Salary Recommendations

ARA believes that salaries should reflect the skills, expertise and qualificationsrequired to perform the duties of the post regardless of employer, sectoror job title.

The Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) is committed to supporting and promoting the archive, recordkeeping, information management and conservation professions.  

ARA believes that salaries should reflect the skills, expertise and qualifications required to perform the duties of the post regardless of employer, sector or job title.  

About the Salary Recommendations

The ARA Salary Recommendations establish expected salary ranges for all tiers of management. A supplementary document provides guidelines for freelance professionals.

The Recommendations are designed to help employers set salaries for archive, recordkeeping, information management and conservation posts. For ARA members, the Recommendations are a useful advocacy tool when raising the issue of pay with employers and funding bodies.  

Salary Recommendations

Level Salary Description
Para-professional £20,000/€22,000 minimum Eg: support staff, performing some tasks independently. Possibly working towards qualification as a Foundation Member of the ARA and/or towards a degree/diploma.
Lower Management

Level 1: Starting in the range of £27,000-£32,000 or €30,000-€35,000

 

Level 2: £32,000 or €35,000 minimum

Eg: responsible for a discrete area of work/delivers on short term targets. Basic level of responsibility. Recently completed a specialist degree and/or qualified as a Foundation Member of the ARA.

 

                                                                                               Eg: manages some resources, people and/or services; possibly working towards qualification as a Registered Member of the ARA.

Experienced – Middle Management £40,000/€45,000 minimum Eg: service delivery and resource leadership; specialist role, e.g. sole conservator; general consultant. May have qualified as a Registered Member of the ARA and may be working towards Fellowship qualification.
Senior Professional - Senior Management £55,000/60,000 minimum 

Eg: multi-role, strategic, seniorleadership position, substantialsector experience in the sector;specialist consultant and/orconservator. May have qualified as a Fellow of the ARA.

*All figures are gross and do not include London weighting.

For more details, please see the published ARA Pay Review Group Report

Guidance for freelancers

ARA recognises that increasing numbers of professionals are working independently on a freelance, contract or agency basis, often at an hourly or daily rate. The Guidance for Freelancers is designed to help inform those considering a move into freelance work. However, ARA advises members to undertake detailed research according to their own specific circumstances before committing to contract work. 

Trainee roles

Graduate traineeships, apprenticeship and internships are not explicitly included in the Recommendations. However, the information provided below can be used to establish a suitable salary range for such roles. 

Methodology

The Salary Recommendations were informed by a twelve-month research initiative led by the ARA Pay Review Group. Publications consulted include the ARA/CILIP Workforce Survey (2015) and Sue Hill Knowledge and Information Management Salary Survey (2017) alongside salary guidelines produced by CILIP (2014) and the Museums Association (2009 and 2017). The Group also analysed pay in comparable sectors. More information can be found on the pages of the ARA Pay Review Group, or by reading the ARA Pay Review Group Report.

Review

The Salary Recommendations were published in August 2018 and will be reviewed annually.