Public sector PROs are still losing out to their private sector
counterparts in the salary stakes.
According to the 2001 PRWeek/Median Recruitment Salary Survey, the
average wage of almost pounds 30,000 for a public sector PRO trails the
private sector equivalent by almost pounds 8,000.
At senior level the divide is even greater: a private sector head of
comms earns pounds 51,000, compared to only pounds 37,100 paid in the
Consultancy PROs also lag behind the private sector with an average
salary of pounds 35,000. But senior directors' salaries redress the
balance - a board director's salary is more than pounds 7,000 higher
than that of a private sector head of comms.
And at the highest level, the heads of top PR groups can command in
excess of pounds 750,000.
PR continues to be a time-pressured occupation. A fifth of respondents
work regularly at weekends, and nearly a quarter do not take all their
holiday entitlement. Despite this, the number saying their job is
stressful dropped four per cent from last year.
The survey was conducted in February by Benchmark Research.
Salary Survey, p13/Leader, p10.