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


Future employment

There will be 5% more Events manager jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

You’ll oversee the whole project, from planning at the start to running the event on the day.

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • discussing what the client wants
  • coming up with original ideas for events
  • agreeing budgets and timescales with the client
  • researching venues, contacts and suppliers
  • negotiating prices with suppliers and contractors
  • 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
  • ensuring that health, safety and insurance regulations are followed
  • managing a team

Events managers often have a variety of backgrounds. You can do a college or university course in events management but it isn’t essential.

Whatever your qualifications or background, you should have practical experience gained from public relations, travel and tourism, or helping to organise events like live entertainment.

You could gain experience of organising events and activities in your social life. Paid or unpaid work as a crew member at large events or exhibitions can also be a good way of building contacts within the industry.

The Business Visits and Events Partnership has more information about working in events management.

£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.


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.

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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • excellent organisation skills
  • the ability to carry out a number of tasks at the same time
  • good communication and people skills
  • a creative approach to problem-solving
  • a high level of attention to detail
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • good negotiation, sales and marketing skills
  • budget awareness
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