Wages rise as jobs exceed job seekers in East Anglia

Cooper Lomaz Recruitment managing director Richard Mould, left, and operations director Mark Fletcher launch the company's 2015 Salary Survey. ANL-150224-105514001
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment managing director Richard Mould, left, and operations director Mark Fletcher launch the company's 2015 Salary Survey. ANL-150224-105514001
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Pay rises are once again the norm in Suffolk while many candidates have the luxury of choosing between job offers, a survey has revealed.

The annual East Anglia salary survey by Bury St Edmunds-based independent recruiters Cooper Lomaz shows the average salary for professional and management roles in Suffolk is now £33,177.

That compares with £33,649 for Norfolk, £35,213 for Essex and £37,467 for Cambridgeshire.

The figures are based on responses from 15,000 industry professionals, in eight key sectors, with whom Cooper Lomaz has worked during the past year.

Operations director Mark Fletcher said:“There are clear signs that the jobs market is moving well again now.”

The newly-published survey shows that in sector after sector the number of vacancies in the skilled, professional and management market in which Cooper Lomaz specialises, currently outstrips the numbers seeking work.

“We identified the start of this trend in last year’s salary survey,” said Mr Fletcher. “In some sectors the situation is now acute.”

“While the number of vacancies has risen significantly, the number of available qualified people has not. In IT and Sales & Marketing the number of candidates has decreased. People seeking employment are getting multiple job offers and recruiters are having to work much harder and smarter to fill positions.”

This year’s survey has uncovered a wave of optimism surging through the employment market, with 53 per cent of companies having expanded in 2014.