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Nigel Wright Recruitment’s report highlights rising North East salaries


The leading recruitment consultancy surveyed over 1,000 North East respondents working across different disciplines and levels, in all sectors including manufacturing; business support and professional services; public and third sectors; consumer; and the digital and creative sectors.

Nigel Wright cross referenced the survey data with findings from its extensive regional database to analyse information on the salaries and benefits people receive, as well as data on job satisfaction, the reasons for leaving jobs, gender differences in pay, and the methods used by candidates in their job search.

Some of the highlights of the survey are outlined below:



Job satisfaction

Searching for jobs

Hiring intentions

Paul Wilson, CEO at Nigel Wright, commented on the findings:

“The market is moving forward again after a period of relative stability. Companies are becoming used to diversifying into related markets and where growth is driven by finance, there is ready access to private equity.  Consequently, there are more opportunities emerging, particularly at the mid-level and more senior ends of the market.

“At the same time, companies can’t afford to lose key people.  Because of this, we’re seeing a significant increase in the number of counter offers. At the extreme end of the scale, firms are offering up to 40% pay rises to persuade their star people to stay. It is then down to our skills as a recruiter to manage these situations. Firms have also put succession planning very much back on the agenda.

“There’s an increasing awareness of the importance of strategic talent.  Employers need to consider not just the basic salary but also bonuses and other flexible benefits if they want to retain and attract the right sort of talent.  Professionals want to work for companies with the right attitude and as a brand they believe in and want to work for.

“It’s worth noting that our survey was conducted prior to the Brexit vote, but it was reassuring to see that recruiting talent from overseas wasn’t a major priority for firms seeking to increase headcount this year. We are not experiencing any less activity by clients or candidates since the Brexit vote.

“Finally, as more individuals are now using online media in their job search, it is increasingly important for businesses to invest in their employer brand and in resources that can maximise their potential of attracting the best candidates.”

The full report can be downloaded from

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