Rodney Sutton BA FCA FCCA CA (SA)
- Advisory and Assurance Partner, and Head of Manufacturing
- +44 (0)330 124 1399
- Email Rodney[email protected]
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On the back of the initial impetus from Dave Bain, MD of Colorcon, it’s been fascinating working with members of the Kent Manufacturing Forum to construct a pay survey for a number of key roles.
Labour is a key challenge in the sector in terms of attraction, recruitment, and retention and whilst Kent Manufacturers are embracing further education and investment in kit, it’s clear that people remain a critical asset in the SME segment.
Thank you to the many who provided input enabling the following feedback.
|Non-weighted Averages – £PA||(Min/Max)|
|Production Service Engineer||20.6k||17.4k – 32.0k|
|Highly Skilled Engineer
Precision engineering type roles but excludes management.
|40.0k||35.1k – 45.0k|
Max warehouse pay generally includes a forklift licence.
|22.8k||16.7k – 29.0k|
|Quality Control Analyst
Top-end of QCA roles covers high-end products destined for the medical sector, etc.
|27.2k||17.4k – 37.0k|
Without doubt, there are numerous and varied job descriptions within each heading, but hopefully, this guide will enable a degree of benchmarking.
I’m constantly talking to Kent manufacturers as they seek ways to improve profitability and business value. Feel free to join the conversation…”
Rodney Sutton – Advisory and Assurance Partner, and Head of Manufacturing
The survey has also thrown up the desire to avoid staff churn – which is expensive and disruptive. Many SMEs are providing healthy pension contributions, four-figure bonuses, healthcare membership, life cover, uniforms/PPE and up to 28 days holiday.
Along with supply chain challenges (price & logistics), staff remain a huge focus. For any SME rebuilding its value and its balance sheet post-COVID, it will need to protect and enhance production capability and hardworking, knowledgeable, and motivated people will play a major role.
In my conversations with the survey participants; I’m convinced Kent Manufacturers are rebuilding enterprise value… we’re bouncing back!”
Shaun Kelly, Corporate Finance Consultant
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