The Works - Search and Selection Annual Salary Survey - page 4

The Works Search
Annual Salary Survey
Over this time period, we have undertaken
an increasing number of search campaigns,
with 63% of our clients comprised of in-house
communications teams across all industries
mainly in the private sector. We have placed more
people in-house than ever before, and Internal
Communications is an area we see really taking
off over the next few years due to its increasing
importance. Our agency clients are a mix of
international major players and exciting fast-
growing specialist boutiques, all based in London.
They have certainly been hiring with momentum
and the demand for exceptional talent remains
As a business, we are doing more proactive search
than ever, headhunting for the best people in the
market. Many of our clients are working with us
exclusively as they realise that going ‘an inch wide
and a mile deep’ is more likely to deliver high
In 2014, we focused more on the quality rather
than the quantity of the roles we were filling. Our
concentrated efforts doing business with clients
and candidates exclusively meant we worked with
some exceptional high flyers, many of whom were
not active on the market. Everyone we placed
during the year passed their probation with flying
The UK employment market continues to improve
and businesses are stepping up hiring efforts,
creating new roles and growing their teams to
manage expanding workloads. Companies are
hiring strategically, looking to bring in professionals
who will add value both immediately and over
the coming years. With more focus than ever on
employee retention, companies are offering more
meaningful pay rises. However, PR professionals
with niche skills have gained more confidence in
their value, which has naturally impacted salary
of our clients are
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