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In a further extension of its service to readers, Packaging Today has exclusively commissioned Europe’s largest print and packaging recruitment company, Harrison Scott Europe, to compile an extensive annual salary survey. The figures cover sales and management positions in the UK corrugated, carton, plastic containers and packaging development/technology sectors, as well as managing directors across the board.

The figures represent the average basic salary recorded for that position, while those in brackets represent the highest.

Commenting on the findings from the research Greg Nelson, managing consultant at Harrison Scott, said: “It is interesting to see the figures back up the perception of many candidates and clients that, on average, salaries are higher in printed folded cartons than in the corrugated sector, although there are exceptions of course.

“For example the litho-Lam and PoS sectors within corrugated typically pay high salaries due to the limited number of candidates with the technical knowledge and contacts within this field.

“Packaging technologists command basic salaries on average between 25-35k with more and more companies now recognising this valuable role up to director level, hence the basic salaries up to £75k.

&#8220Packaging technologists command basic salaries on average between 25-35k with more and more companies now recognising this valuable role ”

Greg Nelson, Harrison Scott Europe

“The rigid plastic container sector has always paid relatively higher basic salaries than the other sectors due to the specialist technical knowledge required in each sub-sector or moulding/forming process and possibly the enhanced communication skills required to present the product.

“It is also interesting to note that insufficient data was found to provide figures for the sales manager position in printed folded cartons. I believe this is due to the removal of this layer of management from most carton companies during what has been a very difficult few years for the sector, However, I also believe the sector has now turned a corner, particularly for the small to medium-sized companies.