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Why hiring is more painful than ever for Agencies – but doesn’t have to be

Posted in: Market Views, PR and Communications, Salaries and Trends

21 Oct 2019 Comments

A former candidate of mine, now an MD, recently got in touch as he was wondering why, in three months of advertising an Associate Director role and working with a few preferred recruitment agencies, he had only received one CV worth considering. Sadly, the candidate turned out to be the wrong fit for the role – and he was no further along in what was proving to be a very painful hiring process.

Ladies, it’s time to ask for a pay rise – follow these five steps

Posted in: Career Advice, PR and Communications, Salaries and Trends

01 Oct 2019 Comments

For our Annual Salary Guide 2019, we asked both male and female PR and Corporate Comms professionals what kind of salary increases they received. Among respondents who received an uplift, across the board, more men were getting a pay rise. And just 6% of men said their salary remained the same, compared to 17% of women.

Even when we feel we deserve a promotion, a pay rise, or a better starting package, not everyone finds it easy to ask. As our survey shows, this can be especially true of women, who continue to struggle with being confident in the benefits they bring to an organisation.

43% of women in Corporate Comms are unhappy with their pay

Posted in: Corporate Communications, Financial PR, PR and Communications, Salaries and Trends

09 Sep 2019 Comments

In our recent Annual Salary Guide 2019, we asked PR and Comms professionals if they were happy with their pay. Their responses revealed increasing levels of dissatisfaction over remuneration, particularly among women. 43% of women in Corporate Communications are not satisfied with what they are being paid compared to 34% of men.

While men are by no means happy, women appear to be more disgruntled than ever. Our survey in 2018 revealed that 35% of women were unhappy with their pay increases compared to 29% of men. Let’s take a closer look at why this might be.

Stop skirting around the issue – flexible working is high on the agenda of your PR employees

Posted in: Corporate Communications, Financial PR, PR and Communications

12 Aug 2019 Comments

Our recent Annual Salary Guide revealed that flexible working is now one of the top priorities for PR and Comms professionals when choosing a job, with 96% of respondents ranking it as extremely or very important. Yet it is no secret that the industry lags behind when it comes to offering flexible working options

Does in-house pay more?  Are the bonuses better? We look at why agencies are losing talent to in-house comms teams

Posted in: Corporate Communications, Financial PR, PR and Communications, Salaries and Trends

15 Jul 2019 Comments

Findings from our recently published Annual Salary Guide 2019 revealed that only 14% of respondents want to move to an agency; a whopping 70% want to move in-house. The remaining 16% want to freelance or leave the industry. This isn’t a surprise; the last ten years have seen an increasing desire for corporate communications professionals to move in-house at some point in their career, making things increasingly tougher for agencies.

Have salaries increased in corporate comms?  Our Salary Guide findings are revealed

Posted in: Corporate Communications, Financial PR, Market Views, PR and Communications, Salaries and Trends

09 Jul 2019 Comments

In our recent Annual Salary Guide, results showed that Corporate Communications salaries haven’t moved a great deal since the previous year. And there isn’t a great deal to shout about on the bonus front, either.
Money matters aside, the survey also examined a broad range of other topical issues such as how happy PR professionals are in their roles, the kind of company benefits they are receiving, the flexible working options on offer, what they look for in a new job search, and the key factors that bring about job satisfaction.

A Thought Leaders Connected interview with three top Property Communications Heads

Posted in: Corporate Communications, Guest Interviews, Market Views, PR and Communications

13 Jun 2019 by Cordelia Pollock Comments

Over the next few months I will be working on a series of articles, each focusing on one of our key industry sectors, bringing you valuable insight from senior communications professionals at some of the foremost companies in the sector. For this first piece, I have been talking to Heads of Communications and Media Relations at leading property advisors & agents, property consultants, and commercial property developers & investors. I have gained their views on the challenges they are currently facing at this time of political uncertainty, as well as what they are finding particularly interesting about property comms at present, what makes them tick and some expert advice for career progression.

6 Steps to writing a job description for maximum impact (+FREE template!)

Posted in: PR and Communications

23 Feb 2019 Comments

Drawing up a job brief is a time-consuming process, but it is really worth the investment if you can find a high performer, particularly when looking to fill a role in a senior position. To put this into perspective, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development puts the cost of hiring the wrong person at four times the annual salary so it’s well worth scheduling time to write a job description that really stands out from the crowd.

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