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How can I work regular hours and get a better pay?

11 August 2004
How can I work regular hours and get a better pay?

Question

I work for a hotel group as conference and events manager, looking after the weddings market. I've been in the position for six years, but want regular hours and a better salary. What should I consider?

Answers

! - Lesley Reynolds, chief executive of Portfolio International: There are a reasonable number of options. For example, contract catering within the corporate sector is often favoured in that the corporate companies have in-house events teams and the majority of work is Monday to Friday, although occasionally you will have to cover weekends. I would recommend exploring this possibility with a recruitment consultant of your choice. Johnny Johnson, communications manager with HCTC: Event management is a growing industry and it isn't just about hotels. You might want to think about working in exhibition or conference management with one of the consultancies that specialises in this area, but do bear in mind that the hours tend to be irregular, whether at the hotel end of the business or not. Another option you might like to consider is moving to the public sector. Bodies such as local councils, development agencies and other central or local government departments run many events for a wide range of audiences. The hours tend to be good, often with flexitime, and there are some good salary packages available. For public sector roles, check the *Guardian* newspaper on Wednesdays. Each week our expert panel will answer your career questions. If you'd like to submit a question, send it to .
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