The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) is recommending a 3.5 per cent increase in grounds staff’s national minimum salary bands for 2009, following annual industry-wide research carried out independently by PBi Consulting.
Commenting on the findings – which reveal that senior grounds management roles are beginning to be competitively rewarded in line with respective market rates – IOG Chief Executive Geoff Webb says:
“It is a major concern, however, that the average salary of entry- and mid-level jobs remains to be either below or at the lower end of the IOG’s recommended minimum. This highlights the need to continue to improve industry understanding and reward for these roles.”

The IOG recommended 2009 national basic salary bands are:

Grounds manager £28,100- £40,400

Heads Groundsman £23,965-£31,170

Deputy Head Groundsman/

Lead Professional £19,610-£23,955

Groundsman (Skilled) £18,335-£22,400

Groundsman £14,690-£17,950

Junior Groundsman (Age 17) £12,450

Junior Groundsman (Age 16) £10,370

These figures are based on a 37.5 hour week, and regional pay variations have been taken into account. The bands do not include bonuses, overtime and subsistence payments nor the benefit of any accommodation provided.

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