Results of the first AO salary and benefit survey


Results of the first AO salary and benefit survey

Friday, 04 November 2016

The results from the first salary and benefit survey of the AO sector were launched during a fringe session at the FAB Conference on 21 October.  421 AO employees took part in the survey, so thanks to those that took the time to complete it.  Key points from the report include:

  • On average, females are earning 22% less than males working in the sector (this compares with finance at 20%, HR at 8% and marketing and communications at 9%). 
  • Although 64% of employees in the sector are female, at Director level the majority of employees are male. When combined with the wide gender pay gap at this level, the average pay is weighted heavily against women.
  • AO professionals with a higher level of seniority are generally more satisfied with their job.
  • London salaries are 22% higher than the rest of the UK (this compares with marketing and communications at 21% and HR at 9%).
  • Larger awarding organisations provide on average one day extra for training and development each year.
  • Not for profit AOs pay 18% more than those that are for profit.
  • The biggest motivator for moving to a new job was to earn a higher salary.
  • The role of Responsible Officer often included a monetary incentive, either through a marginally higher salary or a supplementary payment.
  • People entered the sector as a skills transfer from another education role/company (40%), a skills transfer from outside an education role/company (22%), entry level career change (17%), entry from school, college, university (11%), internal transfer/promotion (7%) or from a graduate apprenticeship programme (3%).
  • Flexible working, bonus schemes and private healthcare were the top three benefits received which equates to the top three benefits that respondents said they wanted.

The full report can be found here: AO Employee Salary and Benefit Survey.  

TPP will be delivering a webinar for general interest and also for those involved in the recruitment of AO staff on 18 January from 10.15 – 11.15pm.  To register for the webinar click here: What are awarding organisation staff paid? 

We are aware that those responsible for recruiting may not be on our circulation list, so please do share the survey results and information about the webinar with them.

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