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Events manager

Events managers organise and run promotional, business and social events.

Annual Salary

£17,000 to £80,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37.5

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Events manager jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

In this role you could be:

  • discussing what the client wants
  • coming up with original ideas for events
  • agreeing budgets and timescales with the client
  • researching venues, contacts and suppliers, and negotiating prices
  • booking venues, entertainment, equipment and supplies
  • hiring and supervising contractors such as caterers and security
  • publicising the event
  • making sure that everything runs smoothly on the day

You'll also be:

  • ensuring that health, safety and insurance regulations are followed
  • managing a team

University

You can take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:

  • events management
  • marketing
  • communications

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

College

There is no set entry route to become an events manager but it may be useful to do a relevant course like:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Event Planning
  • Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Event Management

Some courses in travel and tourism may include an events planning option.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

Apprenticeship

You could do an events assistant advanced apprenticeship.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

£17,000 to £80,000

Starter salary: £17,000 to £21,000

Experienced salary: £25,000 to £40,000

Your salary may include bonuses and commission, particularly if the job involves sales and marketing.

These figures are a guide.

37.5

You could work at events or at a client's business.

You’ll generally work standard office hours, although you may work long and unsocial hours in the run up to events.

If you manage outdoor events, you’ll have to work in all weather conditions. You may also go to events in the evenings and at the weekend.

Depending on where you run the events, you may need to spend time travelling and staying overnight.

You can apply directly if you have 2 to 3 years' experience of working in public relations, marketing or hospitality.

You could join the Association of Event Organisers and Eventia for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

With experience and a good track record, you could run events that have larger budgets and eventually progress to management.

You could work freelance or set up your own events management business.

You can find out more about becoming an events manager from:

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • leadership skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • maths skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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