Compensation Survey 2018, Irish Museums Association (Development)

Posted: Wednesday, 27 June 2018

The Irish Museums Association launched a compensation survey for the Irish museum sector today, 28 June 2018. The deadline for responses has been extended to 15 October 2018.

This is the first time a survey of this type has been carried out on the island of Ireland and it will result in an important benchmark of information on compensation levels in the museum sector. By using questions comparable to those on found on international museum surveys and the broader cultural and charity sector, it will provide an unprecedented instrument for cross-regional and international comparisons, and a tool for future advocacy and development.

Your museums engagement with the process will allow us to establish the current compensation levels within the professional museum sector. It will inform on the health of the sector and present an opportunity for Irish museums to make informed and effective remuneration decisions, providing a useful benchmarking tool and assisting you to attract, support and retain employees within the context of your overall HR and organisational plan.

Following on from results of the Irish Museums Survey 2016 which presented an overview of the museum sector, the Irish Museums Association will be issuing invitations to museums with paid staff to take part in this valuable research. The projected timeline is as follows: 

28 June - 15 July 2018: Issuing of invitations
15 October 2018: Deadline for responses
Mid October - November: Follow up and Analysis of results
December: Publication of report

While every effort will be made to ensure invitations are sent to all qualifying museums, should you not hear from the Irish Museums Association by the 15 July 2018 and wish to take part in this research, please contact Gina O'Kelly on Note that all information collected in the survey will be treated as strictly confidential and accessed solely by the research team. No identifying information will be named in the analysis report, so you can be assured that your responses will remain anonymous.

This research is being carried out by the Irish Museums Association. The Irish Museums Association receives core funding from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council of Ireland.