It’s that time again, and this year’s CAD Industry Survey has enjoyed another fantastic response rate, so thanks go out to all those who contributed. The data has now been collated and made into some fancy infographics, so feel free to take a look.
And again we see it’s good news with regard to employment figures. Not only has the amount of unemployed CAD workers dropped a whole 3% over 2014’s results, but those working part time (less than 30 hours per week) has fallen as well, by almost the same amount. 2015 showed very little change for those working under contract, though.
The results to the question of compensation makes very interesting reading this year. The number of you earning £20,000-£25,000 per year has plummeted almost 10%, however, this is not bad news. The £25,000-£30,000 salary group has risen by about 4%, but the really good news is that the big number salaries – £40,000-£45,000, £45,000-£50,000, £50,000-£60,000 and over £60,000 – have all seen significant increases. So it appears everyone’s wages are moving in the right direction.
That being said, the amount of workers feeling very happy and appreciated in their roles has fallen 5%, with those feeling averagely appreciated up about the same amount. Strangely, however, more than half of those that complained last year about the role being totally unrewarding have changed their minds. Maybe this also has something to do with the increase in salaries?
The question of your preferred CAD software is still answered with an almost unanimous voice shouting the name ‘AutoCAD’ to the heavens. However, SketchUp continues to increase in popularity, finally surpassing both its former contemporaries, SolidWorks and Revit, but only by the smallest of margins. Although its user numbers have dropped, it’s good to see 1.73% of you persevering with CATIA. Hang on in there, guys, you know it makes sense.