Annual survey on pay and working conditions

12th November 2012

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IEMA calls on its members to contribute to its annual survey of environmental professionals' pay and working conditions

The annual poll assesses how the profession is developing, using salaries, benefits, qualifications, satisfaction levels and examples of individual success as markers of overall progress. This year’s poll is now being finalised and will be open for one month.

The survey results provide a valuable insight into the state of the profession and so the Institute asks its members to please take around 15 minutes to answer the questionnaire between 14 December and 14 January 2013.

The survey for 2011 revealed that an environment professional with Full IEMA membership earned on average £45,250, while an Associate earned £35,000 – notably more than the UK average according to results of the government’s annual survey of hours and earnings, which found that those employed as “professionals” in the UK earned £36,997 in 2011 and “associate professionals” earned £29,554.

The survey also showed that:

  • there was a strong, positive relationship between an environment professional’s income and their IEMA membership level;
  • the difference in earnings between male and female environment professionals is lower than the national average;
  • those in financial and legal services had the highest earnings; and
  • more than two-thirds of environment professionals are satisfied or very satisfied in their roles.

All IEMA members will receive an initial invitation to participate in the survey on 14 December and a reminder will follow in January.

The results of the survey will be published in a special supplement with the March 2013 issue of the environmentalist.


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