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Show us the money, young turks demand

15 Jul 14 A worrying picture of young British construction professionals has been painted by a new survey.

Has it come to this?
Has it come to this?

It strongly suggests that they care more about money than career prospects or feeling happy in their work. And more than half reckon they are underpaid.

These are the findings of a survey of more than 2,000 construction and engineering professionals under the age of 30 by recruitment website

It found that 58% were not satisfied with their salary and 36% expect to leave their current employer within the next six months.

Some 54% said they were not satisfied with the benefits they received. They wanted a performance-related bonus and reckoned they should be paid overtime like manual workers.

On a more positive note, the majority were satisfied with their current promotion prospects, confident they were about to zoom up the career ladder, and more than half of them (56%) rated their employer as good or excellent – despite the money issue.

Rob Searle, commercial director at, 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.”

The top ten most important factors for young people in their career are:

  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

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