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As the health, safety and environment [HSE] sector continues to grow and evolve, it has become more important than ever to understand the sector and the people driving it forward. In response to this growing interest, this year we at Acre decided to make the most of our position to gain and share real industry insight.


Recent years have seen more women making an impact in what has traditionally been a male-dominated sector. Even so, the overall number of women working in HSE remains relatively low, with the gender split ratio standing at 3:1 in favour of males.

The Pay Gap

The average annual salary for males is £60k, while the average for women is much lower at £49k. This represents an 18% difference, significantly higher than the 9.1% national average reported in 2017 by the Office for National Statistics.

North vs South

As to the great North/South divide debate this is not always the case. To a certain extent, the average salary decreases the further you get from London, with the study showing a divide of around £11k between north and south, reducing to £5k if you take London out the equation.

Job Satisfaction

Our survey has revealed that on the whole, practitioners enjoy what they do, with 64% saying they are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ within their roles. The data has uncovered strong associations between the feeling of being challenged and feeling secure in one’s role and job satisfaction.

  • "...The valuable information included in this report can help stakeholders ensure that appropriate resources, support, qualifications, and remuneration are made available to support those working in the field..."

    Iain Evans, Chief Executive, Officer NRCQ

  • "I would love to see gender parity in my lifetime. Analysis like this helps draw attention to the casual sexism that still abounds in our culture, workplace and politics – so normal that it can be difficult to recognise."

    Pamela McInroy, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, High Speed Two (HS2)

Mental Health

We asked:Do you have access to adequate workplace wellbeing or mental health information/ resources?

Salary Increases

We asked:How has your basic salary changed in the last 12 months?

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