The Salary Survey Report – a key IOG membership benefit, which is also available to non-members, was carried out independently by Myriad Research ( using a number of data sources for analysis.

The report provides a comprehensive review of the current economic context, with particular focus on pay projections, economic growth, and inflationary pressures. The report also outlines and analyses pay settlement and earnings trends for two of the main sectors that comprise the IOG membership for which data was available: Education/Public Sector and Private Sector.1

Data sources include: ONS Labour Market Statistics, CBI Economic Forecast, OBR Economic and Fiscal Outlook, CGCS salary scales, NJC for Local Government Services salary guidance, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, and National Minimum Wage and Living Wage recommendations. CIPD and XpertHR remuneration surveys have been used to confirm actual pay settlements and market trends.

This research provides a robust evidential basis for the 2017 IOG salary band recommendations, in readiness for its January 2017 publication. The objectives for this year’s pay settlements are:
• Maintain an affordable pay structure for all grounds staff;
• Ensure sustainability in the face of uncertain future economic outlook;
• Align pay increases with overall market trends; and
• Assist grounds staff in managing the rising cost of living.

1  The most recent data on professional sports staff was from the 2015 IOG survey.

A executive summary and the full report is available to members via the:
IOG Online Resource Library, the member benefits section within the members area of the IOG website, and the side link on the right of this page.

Non IOG members can obtain copies of the survey, costing £95; email or call 01908 312 511.