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East Anglian workers see steady average salary growth in 2019

Average salary levels in East Anglia grew solidly for the second year in a row last year across a variety of job roles, according to new data released by Reed Specialist Recruitment. 

  • East Anglia saw a 2.0 per cent average salary growth for 2019, compared to national average growth of 3.4% (figure from ONS)
  • Jobs with the highest wage increase in 2019 at salaries below £40,000 in the region include accounts payable assistants (6.9 per cent) and sous chef (6.6 per cent)
  • Fastest increasing salaries for roles with salaries above £40,000 include data engineer (9.5 per cent), operations director in hospitality (9.0 per cent), UX designer (6.3 per cent) and procurement director (5.2 per cent)

From analysis of 7.5 million jobs posted since the start of 2016, the Reed Specialist Recruitment annual suite of salary guides for 2020, found that salaries across East Anglia business sectors were on the rise.  The 2.0 per cent average salary growth for the region during 2019 is a solid increase, and follows a 1.7 per cent increase in 2018.

Biggest job increases across East Anglia

Several sectors and specific job roles experienced salary increases that outstripped the national average in the region. In roles paying more than £40,000 highlights include a 9.5 per cent increase for data engineers, a 9.0 per cent increase for operations directors in hospitality and a 6.3 per cent increase for UX designers.

Jobs with salaries under £40,000 a year in East Anglia also performed well - a 6.6 per cent increase for sous chefs in the hospitality sector, And, a  6.3 per cent average salary increase for accounts payable assistants in the finance sector.

Matthew White, Regional Managing Director for  Reed East Anglia, said: “Like many other parts of the country, East Anglia will have been affected over recent times by the economic and political uncertainty around Brexit.

“Despite this, the region has performed exceptionally well and sees its strength spanning across sectors with high rises for certain roles within technology, finance, hospitality and marketing. The strong science and technology sector in the region which has produced so much exciting research is also producing new jobs, with data engineers, UX designers and cloud engineers all seeing significant rises in advertised salary.”

Comparisons to other regions

The 2.0 per cent average increase in advertised salaries across the region is more than regions such as the South West (1.8 per cent), the North West (1.7 per cent) and Yorkshire & Humberside (1.6 per cent). However, the 2020 Reed Salary Guides also found that this is below the national average salary growth of 3.4 per cent.

Matt White continued: “The solid increase in salaries that we’ve seen across the region goes to show that it is in a good position to progress through 2020. This also means that as stability returns to East Anglia we will see people looking for jobs and businesses looking to recruit. For this, businesses need to be ready to compete.

“In creating a great place to work employers need to consider important facets such as working environment, culture, flexibility, additional benefits and exciting projects, however getting the right pay rates is always a vital element. Our annual salary guides will help employers in the region to understand the changing climate so that they can compete effectively in a talent-short market. 

“In East Anglia, employing the right people and capturing the best talent will be crucial to helping businesses achieve their objectives. Our salary guides will give an indication of where the competition is locally and where it is going to be in 2020.”