Big bonuses are often thought to be the preserve of the financial services industry and FTSE board members. But new figures suggest salespeople are just as capable of bagging a big lump sum when the year draws to a close.
Research by Glassdoor, the ‘world’s most transparent jobs and recruiting marketplace’ suggests that the role that attracts the biggest average bonus in Britain is that of ‘global account manager’ – corporate speak for a top salesperson with bells on. They get median bonuses of £37,000, substantially ahead of CEOs (30,450) and traders (£25,000).
It’s worth bearing in mind that the data just comes from Glassdoor members who have submitted their salaries so it might not necessarily be a totally accurate reflection of reality (WPP CEO Martin Sorrell probably has better things to be doing than telling Glassdoor all about his £70m pay package, for instance). The research also doesn't distinguish between different industries and companies - an account executive at a middling midlands PR firm is unlikely to be netting a £24,000 bonus.
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