10 May 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Nine out of 10 respondents reported working in another sector before starting work in the facilities management industry, according to IWFM's 2019 Pay & Prospects survey.
The findings state that the sectors mentioned are "diverse" with building services/engineering the most frequently mentioned (12 per cent), particularly by those now working in an FM organisation (17 per cent).
Building services/engineering is more likely than average to have been the previous sector in which certified IWFM members (20 per cent), male respondents (16 per cents) and those with a BTEC qualification (27 per cent of those with HNCs and 22 per cent of those with HNDs) worked.
Female respondents are significantly more likely than men to have previously worked in office management/administration (19 per cent, compared with 5 per cent) or accounting/financial services/law (7 per cent compared with 3 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.