Frozen wages

The HTA’s annual salary survey for 2009, which provides a breakdown of average wages in the nursery and garden centre sectors by post and geographical region, reveals that over 40% of businesses in the sector have decided to freeze current wage levels and award no increase in 2009, compared with 10% of businesses in the 2008 survey.

The figure of 40% is higher than the nationally reported figure of 37% for UK businesses as a whole – demonstrating the challenges presented by the current economic situation. The survey also reveals that a number of businesses have agreed pay cuts with their employees, with the largest reported to be 10%, with others reducing between 3-5%.

There is evidence to suggest that there have been a reduction in the number of the posts of Sales Manager and Office Manager in 2009. It is likely that a number have been made redundant with owners, directors and senior directors taking the work over in order to save costs.

The HTA 2009 annual salary survey reports are being sent to all businesses that completed and returned data.

Members that did not complete the questionnaire but would like a copy can purchase one for £30. Please contact Helena Higley on or 0118 930 3132.

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