Event profs happy with work/life balance despite long hours

The majority of event professionals say they have an adequate work/life balance, despite more than a third (36%) working at least seven hours over time per week, according to C&IT's recent recruitment survey.

Event profs happy with work/life balance despite long hours
Event profs happy with work/life balance despite long hours

C&IT carried out two surveys with our audience to explore recruitment, training and careers challenges from both an employer and employee perspective.

The events industry is not a nine to five job and research in the past has suggested that work/life balance is difficult to achieve. But our survey of 82 events employees revealed that 74% believe they have an adequate work/life balance.

A quarter (26%) of employees said they work 1-3 hours more than their contracted hours per week, 36% said they work 4-6 hours more, 17% said they work 7-9 hours more and almost a fifth (19%) work an extra 10+ hours per week.

On the subject of remuneration, three-quarters of respondents (75%) believe they are reasonably remunerated for what they do and 80% said they have had a salary increase in the last year.

However, more than a fifth (20%) brought up the topic of low starting salaries being a challenge when trying to get into the sector, while long hours and lack of experience were also regarded as challenging for those starting out.

With 83% of employees surveyed feeling positive about their job and career progression in 2017, only a quarter (26%) say they intend to look for a new job in 2017. 

Stats from the employers survey will be published online tomorrow (7 March).

Read all the key stats from the employee survey here

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