Professionals' pay benchmark

The Professionals’ Pay Benchmark is part of a series that also includes the Workforce Pay Benchmark and Directors' Pay Benchmark. Together, these reports provide you with a complete manufacturing pay benchmarking tool for your business.

The Professionals’ Pay Benchmark Survey has been in operation for sixteen years and has consistently produced high quality benchmarking pay data.

232 companies responded to the 2017 survey, covering salary data for 6,238 managers and engineers in the industry.


The first pay and benefits section provides an analysis of all jobs across the whole of the United Kingdom. This section also includes pay by:

  • Company size (numbers employed and turnover)
  • Sector

The remaining sections provide analysis of pay and bonuses per job, by individual region, of which there are eight:

East of England: Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland and Suffolk.

North East of England: Cleveland, County Durham, Humberside, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and Yorkshire.

North West of England: Cheshire, Clwyd, Cumbria, Gwynedd, Lancashire and Merseyside.

Northern Ireland.


South East of England: Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Isle Of Wight, Kent, London, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, and Surrey.

South West of England: Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Dyfed, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Isles of Scilly, Mid Glamorgan, Powys, Somerset, South Glamorgan, West Glamorgan and Wiltshire.

West Midlands: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.

Accessing the Report

Participation rates for our pay benchmark surveys have been declining for a number of years. We rely on member responses to ensure that our pay benchmark reports continue to represent all the sectors, regions and sizes of manufacturing organisations.

Therefore we are now only offering free copies of our pay reports to those members of EEF who participate. This initiative is aimed at increasing response rates, and has the advantage of rewarding members who take part. 

The report is available to purchase for our Affiliate members and non-members.

Email us at to find out if you have participated, the costs, or to order a copy of the full report.

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