Who had the biggest salary increases in Northern Ireland . . . .

Data analysts in Northern Ireland enjoyed a 16.7 per cent increase in their salaries last year, according to Hays

TECHNOLOGY, engineering and supply chain roles have secured the top salary increases over the past 12 months in Northern Ireland, new data from recruiting experts Hays shows.

In a list of the top 20 roles which received the highest increases, 10 were in technology, six were in engineering and manufacturing, three were in procurement, supply chain & logistics, and one was in the legal sector.

In Northern Ireland, supply chain managers saw an increase of 18.2 per cent, followed by data analysts, who saw an increase of 16.7 per cent. Other roles which experienced above average increases included heads of legal (15.6 per cent), technology product owners (15 per cent) and process engineers (14.3 per cent).

Overall, salaries in Northern Ireland increased by 3.2 per cent according to the Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2022 guide.

More than two-thirds (69 per cent) of employers in Northern Ireland say they intend to increase salaries over the next year, compared with 61 per cent UK-wide.

And those working in areas such as technology, engineering and manufacturing, marketing, life sciences and construction can expect double digit salary growth to continue.

Yet more than a third (36 per cent) of workers in Northern Ireland said they are dissatisfied with their current salary and feel it does not reflect their individual performance.

John Moore, managing director of Hays in Northern Ireland, said: “As hiring intentions continue to climb, areas of the workforce are seeing double digit salary growth. The high demand for staff coupled with low levels of skilled talent in a number of sectors means upwards pressure on pay rates is likely to continue into 2022.

“Our findings show that while salary is important, staff are also attracted to roles with better work-life balance and roles which offer more purpose.

“People are increasingly being motivated to work for organisations which prioritise social responsibility and doing good – there's a clear shift away from more traditional motivators such as pay and benefits.

“Opportunities to volunteer, support charitable organisations, and having a clear strategy for sustainability are all really important to candidates.”

The UK-wide research received 22,749 responses, including 1,084 from Northern Ireland.

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