Workforce pay benchmark

The Workforce Pay Benchmark is part of a series of surveys that provide you with a complete pay benchmarking tool for your business.  This report focuses on pay for more than 100 jobs in manufacturing, including skilled through to unskilled shop floor roles, apprentices and clerical and technical jobs.


The latest Workforce Pay Benchmark results – which cover pay data for over 36,000 employees across 340 companies – show that the North East has dropped from the highest paying region in 2016 to third in the list in 2017 for Clerical & Technical employees, with Median Basic pay of £26,117.  Northern Ireland tops the table with Median Basic pay that is 11% higher than the UK figure.

Manual employees in Northern Ireland also receive the highest Median Basic pay in 2017, at £22,861.  North West come in a close second with £22,096, which is 3% above the UK median.



EEF’s Workforce Pay Benchmark covers in excess of 100 job functions and is designed to provide valuable pay data, across a variety of manual and non-manual job roles in the manufacturing sector.  Roles included in the report range from administrative and accounts through to supervisory and technical roles. The manual jobs extend from unskilled positions through to the skilled workforce and also include details of pay for craft and technician apprentices.

The benchmark looks at national and regional pay, with additional breakdowns for the UK data by:

  • Company size (numbers employed and turnover)

  • Sector

Find out how your company can get a copy:

As we rely on responses to ensure that our pay benchmark reports continue to represent all sectors, regions and sizes of manufacturing organisations, we are only offering free copies of our pay reports to those members of EEF who participate.  If you are an EEF member please contact us to find out how you can access the full report, and if you have not participated, what the costs are.

Non-members please contact us to find out more or to purchase the report (cost is £420 + VAT).


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