Salary hikes highlight increasing demand for engineering skills in Scotland

Keith Mason

PROFESSIONAL jobs in Scotland’s engineering sector are amongst positions commanding top salary increases, new research has found.

The Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends guide 2023 revealed that quality and middle-management engineering roles and multi-skilled electrical and mechanical engineers have enjoyed salary increases of up to 28%.

Recruitment specialist Hays explained that the guide features over 10,000 salaries across 16 industry areas in all UK regions, including Scotland.

Hays Scotland director, Keith Mason, revealed that STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) are still highly sought after with engineering projects in Scotland likely to be a ‘significant economic driver’ going forward.

“Infrastructure in Scotland is anticipated to grow hugely over the next five or ten years, fuelled mainly by the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure Investment Plan which promises over £26 billion of sustainable build projects and investment in renewables,” he said. “This will mean that engineering skills right across the board will become increasingly in demand. Our survey is already showing salary increases of around 17% – 18% for positions such as automation engineers and manufacturing managers.

“Positions such as field service engineers are also in demand, as prolonging the life of a valuable piece of equipment for a salary of £40,000, is preferable to purchasing a new piece of equipment for £200,000. It can take many years to train an engineer, so it’s important for employers to take a long-term view when recruiting in this sector.”

The full list of top 20 salary increases for 2022 is:

  Job Industry Salary (average 2022) % Salary increase since 2021  
1. Fabricator/Welder Engineering Trade (Manufacturing) £32,000 28%  
2. Head of Tax/Director Taxation (In-house) £125,000 25%  
3. Cyber Security Analyst Technology (Cyber) £56,000 24.4%  
4. Product Manager Technology (Software Development) £62,000 24%  
5. Events Manager Marketing (Events) £37,500 23%  
6. Talent/Resourcing Advisor HR (Recruitment & Resourcing) £40,000 21.2%  
7. Marketing Analyst/CRM Analyst Marketing (Insight) £35,000 20.7%  
8. Head of Business Intelligence Technology (Leadership) £90,000 20%  
9. Salesforce Solution Architect Technology (CRM) £105,000 19.3%  
10. Import/Export Administrator Business Support £25,000 19%  
11. Financial Planning & Analysis Manager Accountancy & Finance £72,500 18.9%  
12. Head of IT Security Technology (Leadership) £95,000 18.8%  
13. Engineering Operative Engineering Trade (Manufacturing) £26,000 18.2%  
14. Manufacturing Manager Engineering & Manufacturing (Defence) £65,000 18.2%  
15. Machine Learning Scientist Technology (Data & Advanced Analytics) £65,000 18.2%  



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17. Automation Engineer Engineering & Manufacturing (Defence) £48,000 17.1%  
18. Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Advisor HR (DE&I) £35,000 16.7%  
19. Salesforce Project Manager Technology (CRM) £58,000 16%  
20. Information Security Manager Technology (Cyber) £75,000 15.4%