Aberdeenshire ahead of the curve for jobseekers with inflation-beating pay increases 

New Q1 data analysis over the last three years by Scottish recruitment website HiJOBS has revealed particularly strong pay growth in the Aberdeenshire region.

The job market in the area appears to have been one of the most resilient in Scotland, enjoying successive rises in both median salaries and hourly rates of pay each year since 2021. This is in contrast to many other parts of the country, where annual salaries and employer confidence have been particularly rocked by economic volatility and rising inflation. 

A comparison of Q1 2022 to Q1 2023 demonstrates an impressive rise of 11% in the median hourly pay rate in Aberdeenshire in the last 12 months, exceeding the Scotland-wide increase of 8%. In the same period, the median annual salary increased 5%, just behind the Scotland-wide increase of 6%. In Moray, both median salaries and hourly rates increased by 13% from Q1 2022 to Q1 2023.

In terms of the job market, there is definitely a sense of growing momentum in Aberdeen and the surrounding area right nowIt’s great to see that demand for new talent is translating into consistent and  increasing rises in salary and hourly wages.

Laura Saunders, Commercial Director at HiJOBS

Taking a two year view, growth in pay offered for jobs in Aberdeenshire outstripped the rest of the country on both fronts. The median annual salary was up 6% between Q1 2021 and Q1 2023 (vs. a drop of 1% across Scotland) and median hourly pay rocketed 20% (vs. the Scotland-wide increase of 15%).  

At an absolute value level, Aberdeenshire also overperformed. The median annual salary offered in the region was £35,225.25 in Q1 2023, 9% higher than the median for the whole of Scotland, which was £32,426.25. And the local median hourly pay rate was 5% higher than the national rate, at £12 vs. £11.45.

The region is a major player in employment sectors enjoying particularly high pay growth: the median hourly pay rate for Construction jobs in Scotland in Q1 2023 was 36% up on Q1 2022, while the median annual salary had increased 12%; in the Energy sector hourly pay was up 13% and salaries up 8%.  

Laura Saunders, Commercial Director and Founder, HiJOBS said:

“In terms of the job market, there is definitely a sense of growing momentum in Aberdeen and the surrounding area right now. As the transition towards renewable energy and embracing of new technologies in industries like aquaculture and life sciences continue, HiJOBS is seeing a greater diversification in job opportunities. These are ranging from innovative new tech start-ups to the large international corporations. It’s great to see that demand for new talent is translating into consistent and  increasing rises in salary and hourly wages.”

There are over 100 jobs in Aberdeenshire and more than 50 jobs in Moray currently listed on HiJOBS.net along with live pay and employer data for the regions.

About the data

HiJOBS data analysis reviewed median hourly pay rates and median annual salaries for more than 30,000 job postings across all Scottish regions and business sectors. The analysis compared Q1 job postings from 2021, 2022 and 2023.

More expert data analysis, recruitment trends and jobseeking tips can be found on HiJOBS’ career hub.



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