Average rise in PR pay is smaller but beats expectation

Salary reviews in PR have produced smaller pay rises than last year, but have been more generous than expected, according to findings in the PRWeek Salary Survey 2002.

Whether in-house, in the private sector, public sector or in consultancies, salaries increased by an average of more than six per cent, well above the national average of 2.7 per cent.

This was in contrast to the general levels of perceived job insecurity fuelled largely by retrenchments earlier in the year, which anecdotal evidence suggests was an average of ten per cent in consultancies - the worst hit in the PR sector.

Among the highest pay increases were consultancy MDs and chairmen, who received an average 9.6 per cent increase, and board directors with 10.5 per cent.

The best-paid sector was financial and investor relations, where consultancy IR staff command on average £52,100 a year; their in-house counterparts take home £66,900.

Leader, p10/Salary Survey, p13.

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