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Events manager

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £17,000 to £80,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37.5 per week

1. Entry requirements

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.

2. Skills 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

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £17,000 to £21,000

Experienced: £25,000 to £40,000

Highly Experienced: £50,000 to £80,000

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

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

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.

6. Career path and progression

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.

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Last updated: 08 December 2016