Worth around £10bn to the UK economy, the printing and publishing industry covers a range of areas including direct sales, design and digital. The sector encompasses 11K organisations and these in turn account for 200K members of staff ranging from pre press operatives to senior managers. Due to the diversity of job types and specific skills required of the industry, printing and publishing recruitment agencies are needed to carry out candidate searches and are specialists at addressing the latest permanent, contract and temporary vacancies of their clients.
Jobs in printing and publishing will typically accrue salaries of £25K-£30K although a manager or someone in a senior position can expect to earn £50K+. Earnings can vary wildly though within the industry with a career as a print finisher seeing a starting salary of £14K whereas a sales executive can earn a basic wage of £20K-£35K. Other printer and publisher job roles include reprographic and lithographic print room professional, artworker and data processing engineer, with the Midlands, London and the South East being the locations that offer the most competitive salary for these positions in the UK.
While there are no standardised entry requirements for the sector, employers will typically look for candidates who are educated to a degree level. Qualifications within design and literature prove to be the most beneficial to those looking to enter the field. Much of the industry requires on the job training and employees will usually be encouraged to take vocationally relevant courses once recruited. As well as academic credentials, other skills that candidates should incorporate into their CV include attention to detail, the ability to work to deadlines and a creative flair. A printing and publishing recruitment agency will have the market knowledge and expertise to search for candidates with the attributes to be successful in the sector.