AEV publishes 2016 salary survey.


AEV publishes 2016 salary survey.

12 Sep 2016

The Association of Event Venues has announced the successful completion of its annual salary survey and has now published the results to all the participants. The 2016 salary survey, launched in April this year, was contracted to survey specialist Explori.

Rachel Parker, AEV director explains, “The survey was carefully designed to understand the earnings and benefits of various roles in the event venue industry at different levels of seniority. We have, in the past, managed the process of gathering and analysing the data within the AEV. However, we wanted to increase the number of respondents and bring a more polished final report to members, which is why Explori has undertaken the project for us.”

All AEV member venues in the UK were invited to take part in the survey, and responses were collected between 22nd April and 10th June 2016. Respondents to the survey were asked to supply data on the roles of various job descriptions from within venues.

The data submitted by the participating venues was then composited, anonymised and analysed by Explori to reveal general trends across a number of statistics including salary, commissions, bonuses, pensions, benefits, cars, and holidays. The survey collected information about remuneration for roles in sales, marketing/communications, event management, facilities/building services, security and health & safety, sampling across 3 and 4 levels of seniority within each participating organisation.

“We are delighted with the results from the project and the way they have been presented back to the participating members. There was an increase in the number of respondents and we look forward to this continuing,” concluded Parker.




  • "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