Thursday 29 June 2017

Salary benchmarking survey

ALPSP is often asked whether we can provide information on salary benchmarking and employment trends. Governments often provide earnings data, and taking the UK as an example, the National Office of Statistics (NOS) conducts an  Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) of all industries, based on details gleaned from HMRC and also other national trends. But for the detail on salaries in publishing, including average salary by job title, we rely on careers consultancy who run a periodic salary survey (currently every 3/4 years) to give us detailed information not only on pay and remuneration but also on employment demographics. 

For instance, the statistics from the Salary Survey 2013 indicate that the education level of respondents is higher than at any time, with 94.6% having a graduate degree or Masters, and 2% having a PHD, compared to their 2004 survey where 86.4% had a graduate degree or Masters, and none of the respondents had a PHD.  Back in the 2013 survey, the overall average salary of all respondents was £28,661 yet for academic sector, the average salary was £27,559 and for Business and Professional Publishing, £29,294. Salary reviews varied with 25% getting between 1% and 3% in their most recent review. Bonuses were also increasing and becoming far more common than at any other time.  This is a fraction of the data extracted from a full report of over 80 pages. are currently gathering data for their 2017 survey (sponsored by Inspired Search & Selection Ltd) and in order to provide more accurate sector data, would like ALPSP members to participate. All data is confidential and anonymous and any identifying comments are removed before publication.  You can participate here:  

The survey closes at midnight on 28th July 2017 with early results available in September. A full report will be available later in the year from

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