Agency staff leap ahead in salaries

After years of lagging behind on pay, agency staff are increasing their lead in the money stakes over in-house practitioners.

After years of lagging behind on pay, agency staff are increasing

their lead in the money stakes over in-house practitioners.



According to the 1999 PR Week/ Media Appointments Salary Survey, the gap

between the average earnings of in-house staff and those working in

consultancies across all job titles has widened to pounds 7,000 in the

past year.



In-house salaries remained static, averaging pounds 30,000 for a PR

manager, while the average salary for an account director has gone up to

pounds 34,000.



The survey highlights a growing disparity between top earners and the

rest of the workforce, with the top ten per cent earners in the

industry, in-house and at agencies, now earning an average of pounds

72,000.



More than 1,000 people working in the industry, from corporate PR

officers to consultancy chairmen, responded to the survey. The results

show increased optimism about how the economic outlook will affect the

industry, despite last year’s fears of recession.



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