Here are some more findings from our recent survey of European technical communicators. These relate to non-UK salaries.
We didn’t get enough data to draw many conclusions, so we’ve provided the responses in the table below. We converted all of the salaries to Euro, to make it easier to compare.
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Here are some more findings from our recent survey of European technical communicators. These relate to UK salaries. Most of the people who responded to our survey were based in the UK, so we are able to look at these in more detail than other countries.
We asked people to describe their seniority levels: Junior, Line staff/Standard, Senior/Team Lead, and Manager. These are often a key factor in the salary someone earns.
Excluding managers, the mean was £45,338.
Are the figures accurate?
The sample size was fairly small (n=61), so we do need to look at this information with some caution.
Data on the Technical Author salaries offered on the main IT jobs boards in the six months to August 2017 show a UK median annual salary of £50,000 (with a median of £47,000 for jobs offered outside of London). They also show a 25% increase in median salary offered (17.5% increase for jobs offered outside of London) since August 2016. That’s based on 167 job adverts – again a fairly small population. We also need to bear in mind the salaries in job vacancies can be higher than those for people who have been a job for a long time, and the number of Technical Author job adverts has decreased in the last 24 months.
See also : Cherryleaf’s recruitment service – Technical Authors and other content developer roles
Here are some of the findings from our recent survey of European technical communicators. These relate to skills and experience. We’ll look at the findings in more details on the Cherryleaf podcast, and we’ll post the data on salaries in later blog posts.
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It’s been a while since our last survey of technical communicator salaries. So we thought it was time we conducted a new one.
We have contracted with QuestionPro, an independent research firm, to field your confidential survey responses. All responses will remain confidential and secure.
The questions will help us learn if salary levels correlate to factors such as age, gender, education, or levels of seniority.
We’ll publish the results on this blog.
Please use this link to complete the online survey:
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The results from the Stack Overflow 2016 survey have been announced this week. It identified poor documentation as the second most common workplace gripe for developers.
We asked Technical Authors to complete a survey into the issues and challenges they face in 2016 and beyond. There were four main themes that stood out:
- Issues around working in an Agile environment.
- A need to develop skills in creating training screencasts. This included how to use tools, structuring and presenting content, and the ideal length of each video.
- Improving the status of Technical Authors and the Technical Publications department in the organisation. This topic has come up in previous surveys.
- Developing skills in using DITA.
We’ve looked at Agile recently, and we’ll revisit the other topics in the upcoming months.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the survey.
We were looking at some of the survey results from the ISTC’s 2015 survey of technical communicators in the UK.
The survey reported:
- 37.5% of the respondents worked as the sole technical communicator in their organisation.
- 76% worked in an organisation with six technical communicators or fewer.
This means, in the UK, it’s harder to justify the ROI of large scale content management systems. With less content being created, the benefits may not outweigh the cost of the software. It also means that UK technical communicators need to rely more on resources outside their company if they want to develop with skills and keep up to date with trends.
The ISTC’s next survey is due for release in February 2016. We suspect we’ll find similar findings in that report.