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Majority of construction sector's young workers unhappy with salary

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Finance

Majority of construction sector's young workers unhappy with salary Majority of construction sector's young workers unhappy with salary

Over half (58%) of the construction sector's professionals aged under 30 are dissatisfied with their salary, with a quarter reporting no change in pay in their last review.

Despite an upswing in activity in the sector, CareerStructure.com's survey of over 2,000 professionals working in construction, engineering and the built environment found that over a third of young workers (36%) expect to leave their current employer in six months or less.

The survey discovered that salary is the number one priority for young people in their careers, with 64% saying it was very important, followed by career prospects and challenging work (both 63%).

Over 50% said they were not satisfied with their current benefits, with a performance-related bonus and paid overtime the most sought after additions to existing packages.

On a more positive note, the majority were satisfied with their current promotion prospects and over half (56%) would rate their employer as good or excellent.

The top 10 most important factors for young construction workers:

1. Salary
2. Career prospects / Challenging Work
3. Job security
4. Recognition of work done
5. Training
6. Degree of responsibility
7. Relationship with colleagues
8. Holiday entitlement
9. Physical working environment
10. Fringe benefits

Rob Searle, commercial director at CareerStructure.com, said: “Young workers are the future of the industry so more must be done to convince them why construction and engineering are attractive professions.

"The industry is facing an ongoing skills shortage, which means it’s now more important than ever to retain the best young talent.

“While salary will always be important, young professionals are increasingly looking for companies that provide good career prospects as well as opportunities to learn and take on new challenges. Companies must commit to providing good training and benefits packages to both recruit and retain the best talent.”

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