9 May 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
More than half of the respondents to IWFM's 2019 Pay & Prospects survey say they have gained more confidence in their role as a result of completing their qualifications.
This is an increase on the 2017 figure of 50 per cent. Those holding an IWFM qualification were more likely to report that their qualification has led to them gaining more confidence in their role (76 per cent).
Three in 10 respondents (30 per cent) hold an IWFM qualification, while one in six (17 per cent) is studying for one.
Overall, 94 per cent of respondents hold some form of qualification and 52 per cent hold a qualification in FM.
Additionally, about half the respondents (49 per cent) have some sort of qualification in a non-FM subject.
Half the respondents in 2018/19 are IWFM members and say the most widely cited benefit of having IWFM membership is that it has helped them to expand their professional network. Other significant benefits mentioned are that IWFM membership helped them to gain recognition from peers (46 per cent) as well as gain more confidence (41 per cent).
Seven in 10 respondents report that their employer offers short courses (70 per cent) and half report that they provide opportunities to gain qualifications (50 per cent).
The 2019 survey is the 14th survey by the institute (formerly known as the British Institute of Facilities Management). In 2019, 467 people from the sector took part in the survey, which opened on 30 January and closed on 4 March.