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Careers Survey 2020: Working conditions, professional development, use of technology - air your views!

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Have your say in our Careers Survey and we’ll enter you in a draw to win a smart watch. To have your say, please click here. The survey closes on Friday 29 November, 2019. 

  • Are you happy in your job and with your choice of profession?
  • How do you feel about your working conditions and your opportunities for development? 
  • How do you use technology at work?

The Planner is preparing its 2020 Planner Jobs Careers Survey – the second time we’ve sought the views of readers about remuneration, job satisfaction and career development. 

Tech tools for planners

This year we’re also including a separate section on your use of technology to perform your job.

  • What tools do you use? 
  • What tools would you like to have access to? 
  • How is tech changing how you perform your function?

In return for your time, we’ll enter you into a prize draw to win either an Apple Watch or Android equivalent.

Through this work we aim to ensure that the issues that most keenly affect you are highlighted and acted upon. You’ll see the results pulled together for a report in our February 2020 issue, with a month of online activity focused on careers development content and activities.

If you completed our inaugural careers survey last year, helping us again this year can only help us read career trends in the profession that most need action. If you didn’t complete it last year, the addition of your views can only add to the weight and value of the data.

Thank you in advance for your time - take the survey here.

2019 Survey results

Last year 965 RTPI members took part in The Planner Jobs Careers Survey. We reported the findings back in February. Here are some of the key findings:

Salary: 55% of all respondents said they were happy with their salary progression; but 45% said they felt they were underpaid.

Development: 65% said they were happy with opportunities for development provided by their employer; 35% said they were not.

Career progress: 60% of all respondents said they were happy with how they were developing as a planner; 33% expressed doubts.

Value: 61% of all respondents said they felt their team or department was valued by their organisation; 24% said they did not feel their team or department was value.

Resources: More than half of all respondents – 53% – said they did not feel their team or department had the resources it needed to deliver its goals.

Megatrends: 29% of respondents felt that the availability of digital tools  was the big trend most likely to impact on how planners work.

21st century skills: 28% of respondents felt that training in urban design was the msot important element of a 21st century planning education. 

Future planners: 77% felt more work experience placments would be the best way for planning to attract a more diverse range of young people. 

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