Annual IEMA members' survey reveals modest pay growth

Environment and sustainability professionals experienced steady pay growth in 2016, with median earnings rising by 2% compared with a rise of 0.5% in 2015, according to the results of this year’s member survey.

IEMA members’ median earnings were £39,000 in 2016, compared to £38,180 in 2015 and £38,000 in 2014.

A wide gender pay difference persists, however. For full-time employees it is 16.7%, much higher than the national figure of 9.4% and the same as reported in last year’s survey.

Some 89% of IEMA practitioners engaged in continuing professional development (CPD) activities in 2016. Filling skills gaps (56%), training or mentoring other staff (28%) and improving environmental performance (24%) were regarded as the biggest direct benefits of CPD.

Members progressed well in their careers last year, with more than half (56%) of practitioners reaching management or leadership positions, ...

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