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Tuesday, 21 January

Prospects & Prospecting & A Little Separation

The results of the BIFM Pay and Prospects Survey 2017 have highlighted the tangible benefits that FM professionals gain from BIFM membership and qualifications, it is claimed.

Formerly known as the Salary Survey, the Pay and Prospects Survey is a well-established piece of research in relation to salary, job satisfaction and development. With 12 years of trend data, the survey offers a detailed insight into employment within the FM sector and helps to track evolving working conditions for FM professionals.

The latest survey, which was completed by over 500 FM professionals between October and November 2017, reveals a continued emphasis on the significance of salary levels. The industry continues to experience some fluctuation in relation to pay progression but this is accompanied by improved prospects for promotion. Little has changed in length of service with a current employer since the survey began.

BIFM CEO, Linda Hausmanis said: “The Pay and Prospects Survey enables us to identify the factors of most significance to FM professionals. We are learning that one of the keys to progression is professional development and networking.

"FM professionals who equip themselves with the skills and expertise to adapt to change within the industry are better able to accommodate any potential challenges which they or their employer may encounter. Our results highlight the value of a BIFM qualification, and show a link between BIFM membership or a qualification and improved career prospects.

"Those with a BIFM qualification are also more likely than average to say they have gained more confidence in their role. Results also show that the BIFM membership impacts positively on career prospects, with respondents demonstrating this has increased their earning potential and enabled them to expand their professional network and gain recognition from peers.”

Download the survey report


GVA announces separation from Apleona

On Friday January 19, GVA announced that it has separated from Apleona and is now an independent group. The separation will allow the two businesses to focus on their respective core markets; GVA as a real estate advisory business and Apleona as a management services business.

GVA will remain under EQT ownership. Andy Mottram, a former member of JLL’s EMEA board, has been appointed to the role of Chairman. Mottram said: “GVA blends consultancy and transactional services across both the private and public sectors and its regional network is the envy of the market. I look forward to supporting Gerry and the team in the next phase of our journey.”

Andreas Aschenbrenner of EQT added: “This provides a solid platform to drive the business forward."


Second acquisition by Nationwide

Following recent announcement of the purchase of Reflekt, Nationwide Window Cleaning Group (NWC), the UK’s largest window, gutter and high-level cleaning business, has bought Electromec one of its key suppliers.   Electromec is a national provider of cradle and access testing services and employs 30 people. Its customers include Manchester Airport, Liverpool Airport, Knight Frank and the NHS.

NWC has appointed Joe Read as Operations Director to head up the division.


Paul Djuric new Chief Executive of Urgent Technology

Djuric joined Urgent Technology in 2014, bringing over eight years’ experience of the FM software and services industry to the business.  Since then Djuric has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the organisation, managing Urgent Technology’s operations division and its UK head office, and contributing to the expansion of the company’s business interests both in the UK and internationally.

Djuric will work with the team to shape, lead and futureproof Urgent Technology’s offering, while growing the CAFM provider’s footprint in its key markets.


TC Facilities Management unveils refreshed website

Following ThisWeekinFM's lead, TC Facilities Management has refreshed its website.  The refreshed look and feel has been designed to offer a more engaging experience with improved navigation and functionality. The new website allows users to share ‘news and insights’ posts that interest them with others across Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.Go on, tap TCFM into Google and see what happens.

Picture: Shaking hands on deals - this one Nationwide has bought Electromec


Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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