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Blue Eskimo’s 2010 salary and work survey

Each year, Blue Eskimo undertakes a comprehensive work and salary survey for the learning sector. The results of this year’s survey are in – and make for interesting reading.

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This is the third year we've undertaken the survey, our first taking place just before the recession hit hard at the end of 2008. We invite people from a wide range of roles within the learning sector - and within corporate learning departments - to take part in the survey.

As in previous years, the response rate was excellent. 587 people responded, up from 506 the year before. Most of the responses (as you would expect) came from the UK, but we had quite a few from the rest of Europe and a smattering from overseas, mainly North America.

The purpose of the survey is to gather employment information about the training, learning and e-learning industries - both public and private sector, in learning companies and corporate learning departments.

We publish the full survey on our website and make it available free of charge (you can download the full salary and work survey here - PDF 2.3MB).

Most of the responses (72.75%) came from the private sector. People who responded came from a fairly even split of roles at all organisational levels. The top responders worked in e-learning, education, soft skills training, IT services and IT training - working in a range of roles including sales (14.70%), senior management (12.53%), training (10.58%), training management (9.88%), instructional design (8.92%) and project management (8.92%). We also had a significant number of responses from people in general management roles, consulting, marketing and administration.

By far and away the largest percentage of people (81.76%) were in full-time employment, with contractors, part-timers and temporary workers making up the rest.

Of course the biggest thing most people want to know is 'how does my salary compare to the industry'?

The survey gave us detailed information, breaking down the industry into both salary bands and the day rate achieved by learning contractors.

Basic salaries 2010

Up to £15,000 5.05%
£15,000-£20,000 4.62%
£21,000-£25,000 8.79%
£26,000-£30,000 11.21%
£31,000-£35,000 13.41%
£36,000-£40,000 16.04%
£41,000-£45,000 10.99%
£46,000-£50,000 7.25%
£51,000-£55,000 5.27%
£56,000-£60,000 4.18%
£61,000-£65,000 1.54%
£66,000-£70,000 3.08%
£71,000-£75,000 1.76%
£76,000-£80,000 2.20%
£81,000-£85,000 1.54%
£86,000-£90,000 0.66%
£91,000-£95,000 0.22%
£96,000-£100,000 0.22%
Above £100,000 1.97%


Contractors' daily rates 2010

Up to £200 18.84%
£201-£300 31.88%
£301-£400 15.94%
£401-£500 8.70%
£501-£600 7.25%
£601-£700 4.35%
£701-£800 2.90%
Over £800 10.14%

Most people's salaries have remained static over the last twelve months (61.76%) though a larger percentage of people than last year did manage secure an increase that wasat least in line with inflation (25.05%).

Our survey also goes into detail regarding how people's overall package can be enhanced over and above the salary. Less than half of those who responded (41.32%) said that they had some kind of personal target which helped them increase their earnings. The company pension proved to be the biggest benefit (44.40%), followed by a bonus scheme (34.29%), sick pay (33.41%) and medical insurance (32.75%).

Of course, work isn't all about money. We were also interested to hear how happy people are at work and what their work/life balance is like.

We found that the majority of people work a good number of hours more than those for which they are paid - indeed, around 80% of those who responded said they did.Almost three quartersof people (66.37%) worked up to 10 unpaid hours a week.

That said, over half of those who responded (53.85%) felt that their salary was 'about right' when compared to the rest of the industry and just more than half (53.41%) felt that their benefits package was either 'about right' or 'higher than average'. Better still, 82.42% of people were either 'quite happy' or 'very happy' in their jobs. A whopping 68.53% were happy working in the learning industry.

The effects of the economy could be seen in the survey's results, with 65.69% of people saying that the recession had made their roles tougher - and a massive 85.27% of people felt that the organisations had reduced their training budgets as a result of the recession.

While not all of the statistics are positive, the overall impression is that of an industry that's holding its own in tough times. The majority of people are happy in their work and satisfied with their rewards for it. Indeed, despite the depth of the recession, many of the key performance indicators have remained broadly stable when compared to our first survey, taken before things really bit hard.

The full survey contains much more detail, more questions and answers along with comparative data from last year's survey.

You can download the full salary and work survey here (PDF 2.3MB). It's free.


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