One hundred job advertisements for health and safety managers or advisors were recently studied by NEBOSH between 23rd March and 6th April this year.
93 openings required NEBOSH qualification or IOSH Technician membership or both. Overall, 66 of the 100 positions mentioned at least one NEBOSH qualification. Membership of IOSH (The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) at Technician level or higher was mentioned in 48 job adverts. Five mentioned ‘Tech IOSH’, whilst ’Grad IOSH’ was specified 17 times and 26 positions called for Chartered Membership (CMIOSH). Membership at all three levels requires accredited qualifications.
NEBOSH Chief Executive, Teresa Budworth, commented that job openings in UK in the field of health and safety demand appropriate level of qualifications from any job seeker. “It’s clear that anyone seeking a job as a health and safety manager or advisor in the UK will struggle to find a position without appropriate level qualifications.”
As the responsibilities of a health and safety manager are getting widened, the role is becoming more demanding and more and more companies will specify the need for qualifications when advertising their health and safety vacancies.
In the same report, the average top-end salary advertised was £45k per year. The report also showed that the majority of vacancies (29%) were located in London whilst just 2% were based in Yorkshire and the North East. See the graph below for the statistics covering other regions across the UK.