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Download any of our salary and work surveys, free. Blue Eskimo’s survey has been running since 2008 and is widely recognised as the most comprehensive study of its kind within the learning sector.

The survey is designed to provide information about key aspects of employment within the learning industry (including training, learning & development and e-learning) – both within commercial providers and corporate learning departments.

Learning industry salary and work survey 2016

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634 people completed the 2016 survey. This year’s survey did see a significant rise in those who got a salary increase in the last twelve months – from around 49% to around 60%.That’s the biggest shift upwards in the best part of a decade. In 2009 we saw a drop of around 22 percentage points in those who received an increase, which is not surprising since the recession had just kicked in hard. But since then, the numbers of those getting an increase have risen only modestly until this year. Indeed, the percentage of those reporting an increase has, this year, finally pushed its way above 2008 levels, when it sat at 56%, before the 2009 drop (to around 35%).


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The survey is designed to provide information about key aspects of employment within the learning industry (including training, learning & development and e-learning) – both within commercial providers and corporate learning departments.

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The survey is designed to provide information about key aspects of employment within the learning industry (including training, learning & development and e-learning) – both within commercial providers and corporate learning departments.

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This is the sixth year of our survey. In total, 734 people completed the survey. As had been the case right through the economic downturn, the survey shows that while companies may have battened down the hatches they are mostly doing better than ‘just holding their own’. Salaries may not be rising rapidly, but they’re not being radically cut either – although this year has seen a marked reduction in the benefits packages enjoyed by employees.

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This is the fifth year of our survey. In total, 759 people completed the survey. One of the most striking things about this year’s survey, when compared to previous years, is how similar many – though not all – of the results are. With almost 90% of people saying that training budgets are reduced, there’s no doubt that clients are squeezing training providers; training providers pass that squeeze down the line to employees, freelancers and contractors – so again this year we see broadly static salaries. Some of those people who changed jobs in 2012 had to take a pay cut in order to secure a new role, though fewer than had been the case the previous year.

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In total, 813 people completed the survey. This is the fourth year of our survey. There was a notable shift in certain benefits – such as the company pension, medical insurance and sick pay – perhaps indicating that people are getting increases here rather than in their pay packets. It was worrying, though perhaps not unexpected, to see that such a large percentage of people taking a salary drop to secure a new role – perhaps the most negative trend in the survey.

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This is the third year of our survey. In total, 587 people completed the survey. Clearly, trading conditions remain tough – and this has an impact on how people feel. Yet, unlike some industries, the learning industries are weathering the storm reasonably well – many of the key indicators remain broadly static, which, while not encouraging, shouldn’t necessarily be seen as depressing.

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In total, 506 people completed the survey. To say that 2009 has been a tough year would certainly be an understatement – there are clear indicators that the recession had an impact on the learning industries. And yet, as with last year, given the depth of the recession, the outcome of the survey can again be seen as mainly positive, with a balanced response to most questions – and with the percentage figures remaining fairly steady year-on-year.

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In total, 478 people completed the survey. Given the tough economic climate, the outcome of the survey is positive, with a balanced response in most cases. The financial landscape at the end of 2008 is significantly worse than it had been for some years. It was no surprise to see that most salaries had therefore not increased at all in the last year, or only increased in line with inflation. A key figure for employers to take on board is the 54.59% of people looking for a new job in 2009.


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