HTA's annual salary survey finds 40% of garden businesses have frozen wages in 2009

The HTA's annual salary survey reveals that 40% of businesses in the sector have decided to freeze current wage levels, but nursery staff have escaped the trend.

Average wages in the nursery and garden centre sectors have been frozen by 40% of firms, according to research from the HTA.

But salaries paid to nursery managers and nursery workers have increased by up to 7%.

The survey also reveals that a number of businesses have agreed pay cuts with their employees, with the largest reported to be 10%. The salary of sales managers showed a marked decrease, from an average of £28,607 in 2008 to £26,964 in 2009. By contrast, the salary paid to nursery managers increased from £24,348 to £26,030. 

Other key findings of the survey reveal that:

  • The average wage paid to nursery workers in the southern region in 2009 is again significantly the highest with an average of £16,046, showing the same trend as in 2008 and 2007.
  • There is a significant rise in the level of wage paid to nursery workers in all four regions with the average rising to £15,035 in 2009 from £14,494 in 2008.

HTA director general David Gwyther said: "The HTA salary survey, now in its 14th year, continues to provide an invaluable tool for garden centres and nurseries, especially during these uncertain economic times. This year's findings reveal the impact of the recession on the sector with a significant increase in the number of businesses choosing not to increase wage levels and seeking to reduce costs through redundancies."


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