Austerity still has the planning profession in its grip, according to Planning's first Careers and Salary Survey since 2011. Pay freezes are still common, and even those whose salaries are rising are not, by and large, getting increases that keep up with inflation. Hours are shown to be on the increase, supporting anecdotal evidence of increased workloads.
But, although conditions are tough, they are actually better than they were when we last surveyed our readers on pay and conditions. Despite the often minuscule or non-existent pay reviews, the median pay bracket for planners has moved up since the 2011 survey. More professionals are seeing salary rises than three years ago, and people are more optimistic about their next pay review. Fewer respondents are considering leaving the profession than was the case in the previous survey.
Another clear message that emerges is that of a divide between private and public sector planners. The former have a higher median pay bracket, are more likely than their public sector counterparts to have had a salary rise in the past year, are much more optimistic about future pay. They are also less likely to be considering leaving the profession. Equally evident is a disparity between the salaries that male planners and female planners can expect, with proportions in the highest and lowest pay brackets skewed in favour of men.
The survey was conducted online over three weeks in August and September. It received 683 responses. The data was produced by analysing the responses of 580 respondents who are chartered town planners, are currently working in planning or a related discipline, and are employed in the UK. Respondents were guaranteed anonymity, although given the option of entering a draw to win £100 in Marks & Spencer vouchers. The winner of that draw has been notified.
Read the full survey below.
Careers and Salary Survey 2014: Total earnings
Planning's last salary survey was in the midst of the recession in 2011. So it is no surprise that there is better news this time in terms of earnings. More.
Careers and Salary Survey 2014: Hours, benefits and leave
Hours seem to have risen slightly since 2011, when our survey found that 61 per cent of planners worked an average 36 to 40-hour week. More.
Careers and Salary Survey 2014: Pay review and prospects
Improvements in the sector's median pay bracket are reflected in the decrease, compared to three years ago, in planners who have had their pay frozen or reduced. More.
Careers and Salary Survey 2014: Job satisfaction
Asked whether they are considering a career move out of planning or planning-related work in the next year, 21 per cent of respondents said that they are, a figure that is down from 24 per cent in 2011, but still higher than the 18 per cent recorded in 2007. More.