Practitioners' survey 2016 - the highlights

Annual IEMA poll reveals high levels of job satisfaction but a widening gender pay gap

Forty-three per cent of members responding to the 2016 survey of IEMA practitioners are very or highly satisfied in their work, while a further 39% reported being at least moderately satisfied. Just 6% say they derive little satisfaction. These encouragingly high rates lead many practitioners to promote the profession to graduate and career changers.

As the environmentalist reported last month, the results also show that respondents with more than five years’ experience would recommend the profession to others. More than one-third (35%) said that, if they were advising candidates about what to expect from an environment and sustainability career, they would say it was an area where practitioners can make a difference and have a rewarding career.

On the pay front, two-thirds of respondents have received a pay increase in the past 12 months, and median earnings for IEMA members (£38,180) remain well ahead of those for full-time employees in the UK generally (£27,600) in 2015. The relatively high earnings for environment and sustainability practitioners reflect a very well qualified profession. Half have an MA or MSc. The IEMA membership is also working increasingly in senior roles, with 59% in a management or leadership position.

On a less positive note, the profession’s gender pay gap has reached a ...

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