Nobody was quite sure how the industry would react to the changes in the CDM Regulations or the replacement of the CDM Coordinator with the new Principal Designer role. Most of our clients have been recruiting CDM Consultants to advise designers on CDM 2015, enabling the organisation or client organisation to take on the role of Principal Designer.
With this in mind, ex-CDM-C’s are now operating in the following roles:
Where construction or engineering consultancies have in-house designers, the organisation may want to act as Principal Designer, so CDM Consultants will take on a more inward facing role, providing technical advice and guidance to designers
Providing professional advice and support on CDM to designers outside the business to enable them to fulfil the PD role. We are also finding that there is still demand from end-clients looking for professional advice and assurance on CDMK client duties
Although uptake was initially slow, we are finding that designers are increasingly bringing in CDM Consultants in-house. There are competitive advantages to offering a full design and CDM service and cost-savings associated with a permanent employee rather than paying external consultancy rates.
Regardless of job-title or legislative changes, the skill-set of ex-CDM-C’s is in high demand and is likely to remain so, as many of our clients are working with us to recruit multiple vacancies to meet market demand.
This skills shortage is beginning to push up consultancy rates and salaries – over the course of the past 6 months, we have recorded an average salary increase of 11% for ex-CDM-C’s moving to a new role. Experienced candidates can now expect to receive multiple job offers and counter-offers as organisations compete to secure the best people.
A good basic salary alone is not enough to attract top talent – most people want to be work on interesting projects for an employer who can offer good career development prospects and job security.
Demand for ex-CDM-C’s is highest in the London region, and is being driven by a buoyant construction industry working on major residential, commercial, retail and infrastructure projects.
Candidates with a strong technical background, design knowledge, client-facing skills, management experience and commercial acumen are in the strongest position to secure high-level roles.