Despite the economic challenges that architecture, engineering, planning (A/E/P) & environmental consulting firms are facing, a large majority continue to include pay increases for their staff in their annual budgets, according to a new report released by ZweigWhite. Moreover, according to ZweigWhite’s 2010 Policies, Procedures, and Benefits Survey of Architecture, Engineering, Planning & Environmental Consulting Firms, the average pay increase in 2010 has increased from 2009.
“Not only do AEP & environmental consulting firms continue to include pay increases in their budgets, but the average percentage of pay increases projected for this year continues to rise,” says Margot Suydam, managing editor of ZweigWhite’s Management Surveys. “This is particularly true of pay increases at A/E (mostly architecture) and multidisciplinary engineering firms more than other firm types.”
The 2010 Policies, Procedures, and Benefits Survey of Architecture, Engineering, Planning & Environmental Consulting Firms reports on and analyzes industry norms that govern today’s workforce, covering everything from leave, vacation, and professional development policies to compensation issues, 401(k) plans, and group insurance benefits. The report addresses all aspects of personnel-related issues, such as hiring practices, recruitment, performance reviews, severance pay, employee relocation, and more. We also explore the education, background, responsibilities, and compensation of human resources directors. The report features comparison tables where data is broken down into demographic subgroups such as firm type, firm staff size, and region of office.