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If you’re looking for a health and safety management position, you’re most likely to find one in the Midlands with an annual salary of around £44K, according to new research.

As in previous years, the 2012 NEBOSH Jobs Barometer also showed that anyone applying for a health and safety role almost certainly needs to have a relevant qualification.

Between 27 February and 12 March 2012, NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) examined one hundred nationally advertised jobs for health and safety managers or advisors. In 9 out of ten cases, a NEBOSH qualification and/or Technician Membership of IOSH or higher was specified.

Overall, 72% of positions mentioned at least one NEBOSH qualification, up from 66% last year. A NEBOSH Diploma was specified in 42 cases and a NEBOSH Certificate level qualification 37 times. As well as the NEBOSH General Certificate, employers also sought NEBOSH Construction and Environmental Certificates.

Membership of IOSH (The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health ) at Technician level or higher was mentioned in 30% of job adverts. IOSH membership at Technician, Graduate or Chartered levels requires accredited qualifications.

The average top-end salary advertised was £44,000 per annum, down slightly from £45,000 last year. In terms of availability of jobs, there appears to have been little change from 2011, with the health and safety jobs market remaining relatively healthy.

The majority of vacancies (30%) were located in the Midlands. This represents a shift from 2011 when just 16% were based there. Almost a quarter (22%) were located in London and 12% in the South East. Only 9% of roles were in the Home Counties, compared to 17% last year. Just 7% of jobs were in the North of England and Scotland, a similar proportion to 2011. Slightly less than one in 20 (4%) vacancies were "flexible" on location and 6% were based overseas.

Environmental management responsibilities once again featured strongly in health and safety job adverts, mentioned in 62% of available positions, the same as in 2011. Responsibility for quality assurance was mentioned in 18% of roles, up from 12% last year.

NEBOSH Chief Executive, Teresa Budworth, commented: “Obviously we’re delighted that more employers than ever before are insisting that health and safety job applicants hold a NEBOSH qualification.

“But what’s more important is that high standards are not just being maintained, but are improving. This is crucial if employers are to protect lives, prevent injury and avoid the negative effects of poor health in the workplace.”

NEBOSH will be exhibiting at this year's Safety and Health Expo, NEC, Birmingham 15 -17 May 2012 on Stand C40, where you will be able to find details of the range of NEBOSH qualifications now available. Also see www.nebosh.org.uk/qualifications