AEV member salary survey enjoys 30% increase in participation


AEV member salary survey enjoys 30% increase in participation

18 Nov 2015

The Association of Event Venues (AEV) has announced that it has completed the 2015 detailed salary survey of its members and published the results to the survey participants. The survey was launched to the membership in July 2015 with a mentor being made available to help collate and submit responses as participants came forward. The survey asked each venue for very detailed financial information, including pay and bonuses across the whole salary structure, and thus the results will not been made publicly available.The survey attracted a 30% increase in respondents compared to 2014, which was viewed as a positive development by AEV director, Rachel Parker.

“This jump in participation,” said Parker, “is very gratifying, as we have worked hard to convince members to join in with the survey. I understand it is a detailed piece of work that takes some time to complete, but I'm convinced we can bring more and more members round over time. I hope we will continue the trend of rising participation next year.”

Asked about the significance of the AEV salary survey, Parker said, “Annual salary surveys are vital to ensuring the health and future of the sector, because detailed compensation benchmarking allows venues to make informed remuneration decisions. By extension, this improves their ability to find, keep and motivate their best employees, from the show floor to the boardroom.”

The survey's results received their approval from the HR Working Group Chair, Adam Chircop, Head of HR, ExCeL London, and were sent out to the CEO level and HR executives of every participating venue last month.



  • "Great day hosting our first AEV working group event!..WOW did I learn a lot and some great insights into how other venues work and the challenges they are trying to overcome. If you are a venue looking to network with other like minded professionals I would recommend looking at joining the AEV".
    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
  • "“Great essential for a successful venue. The AEV provides a platform to establish consistent best practice in this field"
    Phil Wetz
    Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
  • “The AEV provides collective representation for its member venues, turning individual commitment into a group effort"
    Paul Brough
    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
  • "Proud to be part of this Cross Association discussion. I am confident in our ability to improve and progress our working platform through conversation".
    Amir Vered
    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale
    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Vandenburg
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval