With reference to your consultants’ salary guide feature (16 May, page 42), you herald surveying as being “where the real money is”

I am delighted that surveyors are being suitably rewarded for their expertise, but I would caution employers against using salary increases as an exclusive means of retaining their staff, without looking at the type of work that the roles provide.

At Ridge we benchmark our salary and benefits package on a regular basis – we want to be in the top quarter of employers to give us the best chance in the recruitment market. However, we also believe that providing a varied workload creates interest and produces motivated surveyors who enjoy their work and want to stay with us.

For me, and for many other surveyors in the country, the most rewarding aspect of the profession has been the variety of projects and commissions that you deal with. In terms of motivation and staff retention, the chance to work on interesting and varied projects is something that money can’t replace.

Employers should not, therefore, underestimate the value of providing a variety of interesting work for their staff.