01 March 2001 | Cathy Hayward
A lack of skilled facilities managers has helped push up salaries in the sector by 13 per cent last year, the highest for several years, according to a survey by recruitment consultancy Facilities Recruitment.
"This is caused by increasing demand for good facilities managers, because firms want to attract and retain staff by providing excellent facilities, such as clean, smart offices, gyms and canteens," said John Davis, director at Facilities Recruitment.
Facilities management (FM) is growing as more firms look to outside help to manage facilities. "This removes the risk, such as a security guard failing to turn up so firms can then better concentrate on their core activities," said Davis.
The average salary for facilities managers was £38,418 in 2000, up from £33,430 in 1999. Operations managers picked up £47,389, a rise from £41,230.
Employees thinking of taking advantage of this recruitment boom would be better off joining an fm provider or a consultancy rather than an in-house team, the survey suggested. Total packages for facilities management providers and consultants were substantially higher than for in-house managers.
Senior facilities consultants earned £53,250 on average, compared with an in-house salary of £43,000. Davis attributed this to the intensely competitive orientation of providers and consultants, who offer higher salaries and profit-related bonuses to attract the right staff.
FM managers are also becoming involved in more strategic issues rather than just organising cleaning and security contracts, which reflects the salary leap, he said.
Gavin Ford, assistant head of estates and facilities management at Brighton University, agreed. "Given time, a good facilities manager can identify savings and start to benefit a business, rather than just spend its capital."
The survey was based on 350 interviews with providers, facilities providers and consultants. For more information, call 020 7721 7333.