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What should I be getting paid as a junior/graduate?

Posted 9 days ago by Heidi Moreby
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Before we get into the nitty gritty - Congratulations on finishing your degree and graduating!

2022 is an interesting year to be entering the job market as a fresh graduate. Your skills are likely to be in high demand, and some employers are willing to offer higher salaries to combat talent shortages and the rising cost of living.

The current average graduate salary is just over £24,000, according to the Graduate Outcomes report by HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency). But before you get your heart set on a specific number, remember this is dependent on what jobs you’re applying for, your current level of experience and your desired location.

To help you know what you could expect to be getting paid as a graduate, we took a dive into someof these differences:

I want to be a Marketing Assistant

On average Marketing Assistants can expect to be paid between £19,000 - £21,000 a year depending on location.

The averages for May 2022 are:

  • Birmingham - £21,774

  • Manchester - £21,505

  • Leicester - £19,204

  • Northampton - £20,740

I want to be a Junior Graphic Designer

On average Junior Graphic Designers can expect to be paid between £19,000 - £21,000 depending on location.

The averages for May 2022 are:

  • Birmingham - £20,235

  • Manchester - £19,873

  • Leicester - £20,995

I want to be a PR Assistant:

On average PR Assistants earn £23,999, however the most common location for employment is London, which would increase the average salary.

I want to be a Marketer, Creative, Communications, Sales or Digital pro!

For a guide on what to expect at your level, you can download our salary surveys for the Midlands, North and Home Counties regions. Alternatively, don’t hesitate to reach out a member of our team.

*Data gathered from Indeed hiring insights is accurate as of 16th June 2022. ​

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