The truth about pay, benefits and books
14.01.08 | Liz Bury
If you work in a bookshop, a publishing house or a library the chances are you’re not in it entirely for the money. Everyone knows that pay in the book world is low, compared to many other professions. And yet many of the most talented graduates opt for poorly paid jobs in this industry, ahead of the chance to work in more lucrative roles. Why?
People speculate about the desire to work with authors, or books, in a creative atmosphere or with a civilised work-life balance. And there is much gnashing of teeth about the effects of low pay on the demographics of the industry (everyone in publishing is a white, middle class, liberal female called Emma, apparently). Is this true? Does it matter?
The Bookseller Salary and Benefits Survey 2008 hopes to uncover the answers to some of the questions surrounding pay, benefits and books. Everyone working with books is invited to take part--the more responses, the more reliable our findings will be. There is also a chance to enter our prize draw to win £300 travel vouchers.
Thank you for participating: www.thissurvey.co.uk/bookseller08