Research and intelligence

The one-stop-shop for market intelligence and benchmarking for your business

With data and research playing a critical role in leadership decision-making, EEF’s up-to date market intelligence and benchmarking provides insights that help you make smarter business decisions.

We have a unique understanding of the manufacturing sector. Our research and intelligence insights help you plan for the future with confidence.

Our services:


Pay benchmarking reports

Our three pay surveys enable you to accurately benchmark your rates of pay and benefits against the market, so you can make informed decisions about reward.

Workforce Pay Benchmark: More than 100 manual, clerical and technical roles from administration and accounts through to design, shopfloor and apprentices.
Professionals’ Pay Benchmark: Over 80 engineering and managerial roles, encompassing a range of departments.
Directors’ Pay Benchmark: Director level positions including Managing Director/Chief Executive, with additional data on selected benefits.


Tailor made benchmarking and research

Our bespoke services in benchmarking and research allow for more in-depth and personalised exploration of business issues.


Job matching: You provide a set of job descriptions, we then match these against our database of manufacturing pay data and produce an independent report of our findings.
Bespoke pay and benefit research: We can design and deliver a tailored piece of pay research to meet your specific needs, giving you total flexibility on content.
Employee opinion surveys: We offer a range of levels of employee opinion survey to meet the needs of companies, from operation only to bespoke questionnaire design.
Workplace best practice: We offer research and intelligence to enable you to make informed and confident business decisions to future-proof your business growth.


Industry benchmarking

We also have a range of short benchmarking reports on HR issues such as absence and labour turnover, as well as regular pay settlement updates.

Absence: Compare your absence rates against those of other organisations.
Labour turnover: Benchmark the level of churn in your business.
Pay settlements: Find out the latest trends in national and regional pay settlements.

Sick pay: Find out more about what other organisations offer in terms of sick pay for their employees.
Shift pay: Get a detailed insight into the patterns and premia on six different shift arrangements.


Industry insight

Inflation update: Get a summary of the latest inflation figures.

Industry reports: You can access other EEF industry reports in the EEF resources and knowledge section.

Infoline: Tap into your own research team with fast reliable access to information on EEF reports, economic data and pay research.



Benchmarking survey forms


Get free or discounted access to our pay benchmarks:  Manufacturers who take part in our pay benchmark reports ensure they get either, free access to the pay reports (members only), or a significant discount on the report costs (non-members).

Click here to find out when you can get involved and how to download the survey questionnaires.

New! Click here to find out how you can take part in our new Standby and Call Out survey.


Our blogs


Frequently Asked Questions put to our research team

Find out some common questions posed to our Research team.


The latest on manufacturing pay across the workforce

Find out more about the 2017-18 Workforce Pay Benchmark report.


Shifting the focus onto shift premia in manufacturing

We discuss why manufacturers opt for shift work and the need to understand and review these working arrangements. It also summarises some of the key findings of our new benchmark on shift pay and patterns.


Benchmarking stability in sickness absence

We examine some of the key trends in absence.


Occupational sick pay a common benefit for employees

We look at sick pay provision, how occupational sick pay entitlement varies by length of service and why companies may choose to offer enhanced sick pay.


Finding out exactly what to pay your workforce

Find out about why your company should benchmark pay.


Our publications:



Get access to our annual benchmark on absence rates and average number of days lost to absence.


Labour turnover

Download our benchmark report on employee churn.

Regional pay settlements

Click here to find our regional pay settlement reports.


Sick pay

View and download our newest addition to the benchmark series, looking at sick pay provision.


Find out how we can help: For an informal discussion on how our research team can help you contact or call 0808 168 5874.

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