Salary Survey 2017

Jun 5, 2017

We are now gathering data for our latest salary survey – the last one being in 2013.

The survey analyses salaries from UK and Ireland book publishers and literary agents who employ staff on a salary or a fixed term contract basis (either full or part time).

The Salary Survey was launched in 1995 and has since gathered momentum from all areas of the industry, with keen interest in it as a key source of remuneration information. To reflect this, the 2017 survey will be sponsored by Inspired Search & Selection, the first choice in publishing recruitment.

Suzy Astbury, MD of Inspired Search & Selection says “Inspired has specialised in placing publishing candidates within the industry from entry level to board level since 1999. We are always looking to add value and offer market insight to clients and the industry and are often called for guidance and advice on salary benchmarking to ensure the industry remains competitive in the remuneration they are offering. Being part of the Salary Survey is a fantastic way of using data to open up the discussion about a crucial part of people’s working lives – their remuneration”

The data is analysed in such a way that it is often used by small and large publishers to understand market rates for specific roles, helping to foster fair salaries for staff. The Salary Survey has seen this to be particularly helpful at the entry and mid-level as there is little salary data about the book industry available.

Suzanne Collier from comments “We’ve always believed that salary information should be transparent. is guiding people daily into making important career decisions and we are committed to keeping our clients are fully informed as to the salary they can expect before making such choices.

This survey, as well as monitoring the increased digitisation of roles, with questions such as “How much of your time are you spending on digital products?” also has additional questions relating to student debt – “Are you still repaying a student loan?” and the cost of living, such as “How much does your commute to work cost?” It will also be asking people why they intend to remain in their job as well as why they might want to leave.

The survey is online until midnight on 28th July 2017 with early results due to be published in September 2017.
You can complete the survey at
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