Institute of Groundsmanship calls for 2% pay rise for grounds staff

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG) is recommending a 2% increase in grounds staff's national minimum salary bands for 2010.

The call follows independent industry wide research conducted by PBi Consulting, which found that senior grounds management roles are continuing last year’s trend of being competitively rewarded in line with respective market rates.

This year, public sector pay is likely to be 1.5% or less and inflation is expected to rise to 2.5-3% per cent.

IoG chief executive Geoff Webb said: "Progress is still needed. However, in boosting the average remuneration of entry- and mid-level jobs, we must continue to improve employers’ understanding of these roles and the levels at which they are rewarded.

"As confirmed by the second phase of IoG research, the institute must continue to be proactive in not only promoting uniformity of pay, but also in generating increased awareness of the importance and inherent expertise of grounds care professionals."

PBi Consulting Director Steve Pheasant commented: "Incomes Data Services (IDS) analysis and other remuneration consultant reports have been utilised to confirm pay market trends in both the public and private sector. IDS records pay settlements across the UK economy covering approximately nine million employees in total.

"The IoG salary bands continue to primarily cross reference with the public sector National Joint Council Local Government pay shadow grades reviewed annually in April, and the outcome of the internal salary survey by the Local Government Analysis and Research (LGAR), which this year enabled us to access 4,878 records of local government ground care employees in England and Wales.

"While comparison with British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) salary scales normally continues as a good comparator of salaries in the private sector, in recognition of the difficult economic climate BIGGA did not make a 2010 salary scales adjustment."

The IoG-recommended 2010 national basic salary bands are:

Grounds manager: £28,665-£41,210

Head groundsman: £24,445-£31,795

Deputy head groundsman/sole charge: £20,005-£24,435

Groundsman (skilled): £18,700-£22,850

Groundsman: £14,985-£18,310

Junior groundsman (age 17): £12,700

Junior groundsman (age 16): £10,580

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