Maintenance Engineer Salary in the East Midlands 

Danielle Bridgewater

And we are back with another series of our hiring insights. Last time I was able to get heavily involved in the Leicester side of things – which was a story and a half. But now I’ve been able to assess the entire region. 

This time we reviewed 343 Maintenance Engineer (not including facilities, field or fitter type roles) adverts over the course of Q2 and Q3 and uncovered some interesting things. Use the links below to jump to an area of interest, or just scroll to see all! 

We also spoke with engineers to see what they’re on. But more of that will be coming soon. So, let’s start talking about the average advertised Maintenance Engineer salary for the East Midlands.  

Overview of the Region – £42,214 

The East Midlands did come in top in terms of the average overall salary, in comparison to the West Midlands and Warwickshire. But I have a sneaking suspicion that this is the data was a lot easier to find – due to the locations. However, our average is almost 10% more than the average that Indeed reports as the salary in the region– which is mental! 

Remember, this average includes Day Shifts which will naturally lower it. So, this is a bit more of an accurate breakdown:

Shifts Average – £43,205

Days Average – £39,913

Both of these fall just below (or above) the minimum that engineers expect. Whilst you might be thinking that this is a bad thing, it gives us some hope that some areas are at the minimum expectations – otherwise the averages would have been a lot lower. That being said, I did expect them to be higher. 

When you look at the most common shifts that engineers want, only a handful are paying below what engineers expect.  

£43,000 for 4 on 4 off

23% paid below this.

£35,000 for Day Shifts

2% paid below this.

£40,000 for Double Days

51% paid below this.

Both of these stats for 4 on 4 off and days are a good sign. Double days on the other hand. That was another story. Over half paid below £40,000 which is the bare minimum that engineers would want. It’s shifts like these that have brought down the overall averages.  

So, let’s get into the big 3. Derby, Leicester and Nottingham 

Average Salary in Derby: £41,540 

Derby has seen a 3% increase from the research we did in Q1. Truthfully, I was expecting this to have risen a lot more because of the massive distribution/automation companies the areas have – these guys a known for paying well above the market rate. 

But it’s gone up, and that’s a positive. 

I’ve gone into Derby thoroughly, so check out the full blog, but as an overview:  

  • The lowest salary was for a Mon-Fri shift paying £23,950.  Which is criminal even as a range- which for this role was £21,00 – £26,000ish 
  • The highest salary was for a 4 on 4 off shift, paying £48,177. Now, this is where I’d expect a 4 on 4 off shift to be at. So, the fact that some are paying less is concerning. 
  • Derby had the highest mech-only demand of the region, at 20%. 

This is just a snapshot. Learn more about the average Maintenance Engineer salary in Derby.  

Average Salary in Leicester: £43,838 

Now, Leicester was interesting. It saw the biggest jump in the average at 5%, which I was not expecting. As the issue in the area is the skills gap and finding engineers. The salaries I reviewed, and see daily, don’t usually pay on the low side.  

But let’s go through a couple of interesting points: 

  • The highest salary was a day shift paying an insane £56,100. This was a range, which was between £51,200 and £61,000. But this is really insane.  
  • Leicester had the highest electrical-bias skillset demand, at 18%.  
  • Only 45% of adverts displayed salary as a range – which is the lowest of the region.  

Of course, you want to see salaries go up and engineers get paid for the fantastic work they do. But jumps like these (and salaries like that days role) make it even harder to recruit – especially for SMEs. 

Check out the full report for Leicester by clicking the button below! 

Average Salary in Nottingham: £40,842 

Last up is Nottingham. The area saw a 3% increase in salaries compared to Q1, which isn’t as high as I was thinking they’d go up. Nottingham is in a similar situation to Derby, more engineers but not the salaries to attract them. So, it isn’t too surprising that the average is where it is. But here are some interesting pointers: 

  • The highest salary was for a 4 on 4 off shifts and it paid £51,923. Now, this was for a manufacturing company which is interesting as it’s normally the distribution/automation sites that pay this. 
  • Nottingham had the highest Multi-Skilled engineer demand at 54% of adverts asking for this. 
  • Rotating shifts were the least advertised shift in the area. 

Once again, this is just a snippet of the insights I collected. Check out the full area below 👇 

What is going to happen with salaries in the East Midlands? 

So, the average salaries in the East Midlands have risen again. I did expect them to be higher, but with shifts like Double Days paying as low as they are (which is mad) it’s no real surprise. Additionally, I do know that some clients like to put the salaries lower first to see what they can get, then increase it later. 

But, in terms of what will happen in the future, salaries will continue to rise. The market will have to give at some point. But salaries are still the first thing engineers see (and want) when looking for a new role.  

What I have noticed is that, even with more engineers coming to the market through redundancies, their expectations are high. But the same can be said on the client side. So, the battle for engineers trying to get as much as possible vs clients paying a little as possible will continue.  

Additionally, the role of the maintenance engineer will change. I’m already seeing companies asking more from their engineers, asking if they can do a dash of facilities on top or similar. So, these roles could merge in the future, which would impact salaries. Though I don’t know if this would decrease or increase them – what do you think? 

The biggest surprise of them all was how much Leicester increased. I really was expecting to see Derby claim the top spot because of the of the type of companies in the area- they have a lot of big names and even bigger distribution sites. 

But, I pay this and still can’t hire people Dannie. 

If you’re a client and thinking “Great, I’m paying the average I should be able to hire engineers”, then I have a bit of a truth pill for you.  

You’re going to struggle if you are paying the average. Not only because this is the most competitive space to be, but there will also be so many others who are just paying the average. But that won’t get you the good engineers who aren’t actively looking – the passive engineers.  

Yes, you might have a competitor who pays less than you. But there are plenty that are paying more, offering more and doing more to attract engineers. Something that we do as part of our services is review your package, to show you where you can improve and what you need to do to hire (along with the normal recruitment stuff).  

So, if you’re struggling to hire and want some expert advice – with no fees attached – then contact me today

What to do next? 

This blog does just summarise the interesting points I unearthed from our research. To see everything we found, including extra earning potential, the growth between quarters and more, download the guide today. 

Also, we’re going to keep updating this with extra bits like what engineers are on. So, stay tuned for more.  In the meantime, you should check out the Maintenance Engineer jobs we have in the East Midlands – we have new roles every day for you!