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Findings of major new survey by CiB and Xchangeteam

London - 05 September 2008: Despite less than ideal economic conditions, a high proportion of communications professionals intend to change jobs over the next twelve months according to a salary survey conducted by the British Association of Communicators in Business (CiB) and Xchangeteam, the leading Marketing, Media and Communications recruiter.

36% of the nearly 180 respondents said that they expected to change job, a considerable variation from the average annual employee turnover figure of 18% cited by the CIPD1.

The most popular reason cited was career development (43% of respondents), followed in joint second place by salary aspirations, and lack of priority and resources given to communications (20% each). 12% of respondents said they wanted to leave because of problems created by structural and reporting issues.

The survey also revealed that communicators’ salaries had not been particularly negatively impacted by current business conditions. 86% of respondents had received a salary increase over the last twelve months, with a rise of up to 5% being most commonly cited (46.9%), followed by 6-10% (10.1%). 74% of respondents were also confident that they would receive a rise over the next twelve months.

28% of respondents were earning over £40,000. The mostly commonly cited pay band was £31-40k (29.1%), followed by £21-30k (24.6%).

CIB national chairman Paul Brasington comments: ‘It’s clear from this survey that pay is not the key factor in making individuals think about moving on. Indeed, 32% of responses focused on frustrations in the workplace relating to employer attitude, structural issues and resources rather than specific career and salary aspirations.

‘The days of automatic loyalty from employees are long gone – there has been an increasing trend for staff to focus on on their own core work values and what brings them job satisfaction even when faced with a challenging commercial climate. High levels of staff churn can create considerable upheaval and expense. Employers would do well to listen more closely to the concerns of their professional communicators as, apart from reducing staff turnover, this could also significantly increase the effectiveness of internal communications in making a real contribution to their business objectives.’

Xchangeteam CEO Emma Brierley says, ‘Based on the results of the survey, it’s clear that CEOs have to start to acknowledge the sterling work carried out by the internal communications professional if they are to retain this talent within their organisations. Internal Communicators are both under-represented at the highest level and, despite the importance of their function to a business, may feel the need to move on to an organisation that places greater value on internal communication and offers them the support and structure they require to achieve the best possible results for the business’.

Other selected findings from the survey include:

• According to respondents, the most important skill in internal communications is ‘understanding the business’ (73%) followed by strategic thinking (44.9%). The more traditional comms skills, such as writing/editing, listening and face-to-face communicating skills scored 54%, 49% and 39% respectively.

• A majority of respondents believe internal communications is rated 'very important’ [19%] or 'fairly important' [48%] in their organisations

• Surprisingly only 11% confirmed that Internal Communications was represented at Board Level, with another 43% saying that IC was represented at Senior Management level.

ENDS

Press enquiries to:

Amanda Burgess, Xchangeteam, Tel: 020 7704 1585 / 07920 052 160
e: info@amandajanepr.com
Catherine Park, CiB, Tel: 01908 313755 / 07957 999725

Notes to editors:

1) The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s Recruitment, retention and turnover survey 2007 reported that the overall annual employee turnover rate for the UK is 18.1%

2) CiB is the leading association in Britain for professionals in internal communications. It has over 1,100 members who comprise a powerful network and drive performance. They lead change and inspire success for the UK's best organisations, public and private, large and small.

CiB was formed in 1949 as the British Association of Industrial Editors and changed its name to the British Association of Communicators in Business in 1995 to reflect the wide range of disciplines demanded of its members. The association is directed by a member-elected executive board, led by the national chairman, all of whom are volunteers. Administration is carried out by a small team at head office led by the chief executive.

CiB has five key objectives:

Advocacy - we work continuously to convince organisations of the importance of effective internal communications;

Standards - we aim to improve the standard of communications practice and delivery;

Status - we strive to maintain and enhance the professional standing of our members

Networking - we promote the regular exchange of ideas, insights and experiences both between members and within the communications industry;

Development - we actively develop the management and technical skills of our members and provide education and training in key aspects of internal communications.

Further information is available at http://www.cib.uk.com

3) About Xchangeteam Group Limited: Xchangeteam was launched in 1999 as a specialist freelance resourcing company in communications and PR, the first in the marketplace. It now offers freelance, interim and permanent recruitment services across Internal & Change Communications, PR, Public Affairs, Marketing, Media, Design, Editorial, Digital, Events and Advertising. Xchangeteam's head office is in London.

Clients include leading corporates, agencies, charities and public sector organisations. The company has a wealth of talent on its register - freelance consultants, interim managers and permanent candidates, ranging from Junior Executives to Board Directors. Xchangeteam won the 2006 London Excellence Award for customer focus, and was Commended in the 2008 Recruiter Awards for Best Marketing Recruitment Firm. For further information - http://www.xchangeteam.com

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