CAD salary survey
This is our tenth anniversary year!
To gain insights into the priorities of CAD professionals in the UK, we conducted a survey of over 1,000 CAD staff.
To find out what matters most to CAD Designers, we asked 15 questions.
- Check my salary -
The average salary has increased by 3.3% from £34,124 in 2021 to £35,250 in 2022.
Salary is still the most significant factor for candidates. 84% of CAD staff say it is a key motivator when considering a new role.
- Payrise -
With the cost of living increasing we asked, have you been offered a significant pay rise to counter the effects? A resounding 85% of respondents have not.
- Changing jobs -
Although most respondents have not been offered a pay rise, only 43% of candidates felt this was enough of a reason to consider changing jobs.
- Deciding factors -
Why do candidates change jobs?
We have compared the top five responses for the past three years and noticed salary has continued to be the leading factor.
It is still clear that flexible working continues to be an important consideration post Covid.
General working environment and training opportunities are still important with over 50% of candidates listing them as deciding factors.
- Job security -
How secure do you feel in your current role?
- Job seniority -
Which of the following best describes your current job level?
- Software -
Software preferences have seen some dramatic changes.
There is still a continued reliance on AutoCAD but surprisingly, Revit has seen a 3% decrease over the past year.
Interestingly, there has been a 6% move away from SolidWorks towards Autodesk Inventor.
- Location -
This year has seen a 6% rise in candidates living in “The North”. There has also been a 2% rise for candidates in the Midlands.
We continue to see growth in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle who all seem to be drawing candidates from the South.
There has been a 6% drop in respondents from London.
- Age -
This year has seen a slight increase of candidates between 18 to 34 year olds.
The increased feeling of job security, along with pay rises, should see this number continue to grow as the industry remains an excellent option for graduates and apprenticeships alike.
- Job appreciation -
2020 saw the biggest changes with candidate appreciation but things have remained consistent this year. There has been a 3% increase with candidates moving from ‘quite appreciated’ to ‘very appreciated’.
- Stress at work -
CAD staff continue to feel stressed at work with over 83% of respondents feeling workplace pressure.
- Training -
Have you been offered job related training for the CAD software you use?
- Software -
Do you think your work would be made easier using other CAD software options?
- Reward -
How rewarding is your current role?
How likely do you feel progression through management levels is?
- How can CADagency help -
Whether you are looking for a new role or have a vacancy to fill, we can help.
Call us: 01245 790233