Newsletter Issue 22: January 2016


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Event Directors Dinner
4th February 2016
Merchant Taylors' Hall
Graduate Conference Academy
22 – 25 February 2016
etc. venues, The Hatton
Association Excellence Awards
26th February 2016
Hilton London Bankside
Conference Awards
1st July 2016
Tobacco Dock
Leaders Breakfast Forum
8th June 2016
For members of Conference Leaders Group only

GCN Salary Survey Results

The second GCN Salary Survey, completed by the full range of job functions in conference and event companies, had an excellent response and generated some interesting and contentious top line figures. Notably;

Gender pay disparity – at all levels and in all functions men in events are paid more than women. The average salary of female respondents was £40,000 with a £45,000 take home; male respondents averaged a £58,000 base with a £76,000 take home. Clearly, this is an issue which the industry needs to address.

Staff retention – 70% of respondents had stayed with their current company in 2015, however 48% of respondents told us that they were considering a move in the next 12 months, indicating an underlying disquiet of employees either with their current company or the industry at large.

Pay Increases – the majority of respondents had received a pay increase in 2015 averaging between 2 – 5%, well above the national average.

Incentives – 25% of respondents received no incentive pay and of the 75% who did, over half received less than £5,000 in incentive payments.

In terms of detailed breakdown of salaries by job function;

Content & Marketing

As with last year, marketing packages are made of higher basics and lower bonuses than content – and total packages are just slightly lower than content for each level of seniority assessed. For both the content and marketing functions there has been a slight drop in Head of Department pay and a slight increase in pay across all other levels compared to last year.


Sales have the highest packages – with the highest proportion made up of commission, although commission is not as significant a contributor to overall remuneration at executive level as might be expected. Results were very similar to last year up to Senior Manager level, although we once again recorded a drop in total packages being achieved at the most senior level.


Last year operations were the lowest paid of all the job functions – both in terms of basic and bonus and this is still broadly the case. However, this year’s results indicate that the gap has narrowed, certainly compared to the content function, although once again there was a drop in total package achieved at the highest level.

If you would like to order the full salary survey, and receive the detailed insight into the remuneration and incentives in conference industry, simply click here.


GCN are committed to researching and providing data and analysis on the B2B conference and events industry. As part of this, GCN will be conducting surveys and insights into specific job functions and roles. The first of these is the Content and Producer Survey. All respondents will receive a free copy – simply click here to complete.

Association Excellence Awards, 26th February 2016

The Association Excellence Awards 2016 recognise excellence and exceptional achievements in trade and professional associations. They build on the success of the launch event in 2015, when more than 40 C-level association leaders and 300 association professionals came together.

The finalists have now been announced and places are booking fast. If you’d like to be part of this industry celebration, book your places here.



Conference Awards, 1st July 2016

The Conference Awards, are now in their seventh year and have become the recognised and much anticipated fixture in the Conference and Events calendar.

Winning one of the 20 award categories has become a benchmark achievement, bringing pride, peer acknowledgement and marketing advantage to the deserving recipient.

With our rigorous judging panel, comprised of highly respected professionals from across the conference and events sector, the Conference Awards have gained the respect and backing of the industry that they were designed to serve and celebrate.

Every year sees the competition grow more fierce, as businesses, teams and venues pitch their successes against each other, in the endeavour of winning one of the increasingly coveted awards.

The awards are now open for entries.


Ascential to go for London listing

IET London: Savoy Place re-engineered for events

UBM news releases

Haymarket delivers solid growth in operating profit

Progressive Digital Media Group - proposed acquisition and disposal

Ascential presses ahead with £800m float despite rough market

ALM Purchases Legal Week from Incisive Media


For more information about GCN Talent see:

Senior Conference Producer and Project Manager – Legal Events - £27,000 - £35,000 plus profit share, London

Head of Production - Conferences £50,000 – £70,000 plus profit share, London

Senior Conference Producer - £35,000 - £40,000 plus profit share, London

Head of Commercial – Global Financial Events - £50,000 - £55,000 plus commission, London

Head of Exhibitions and Awards - £50,000 plus commission, London

Sponsorship Sales Manager - £30,000 plus commission, London

Business Development Manager (Germany) - £29,000 plus commission, London plus travel to Germany

Commercial Manager – Global Financial Events £38,000-£42,000 plus commission, London

Key Account Manager – Leading Fair Trade - £40,000 - £42,000 plus commission, London

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