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Commissioning Editor

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A commissioning editor is responsible for identifying new authors, books and other media products to be published.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Generally salaries in publishing at entry level can be around £20,000 a year, but improve as you progress. The average salary in the UK is around £33,000 a year.

Experienced commissioning editors may earn around £40,000 a year and above, but this will depend on the size of the company and how profitable it is.

Some publishers are self-employed and their pay is profit-related.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
13319
2.3 %
RISE
2023
13622
  United Kingdom
2018
187934
2.3 %
RISE
2023
192317

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Whilst the majority of opportunities are in London and the south east of England there are a number of publishers in Scotland. These include larger educational and smaller independent publishers, some of which specialise in Gaelic language. Publishing Scotland lists some of these on their website.

The Society of Young Publishers (SYP) is open to anyone working, or considering working, in the publication trade. They organise a range of events, publish a quarterly magazine and provide a jobs database for members. There is a branch in Scotland.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Periodical Publishers Association (PPA)
Tel: 020 7404 4166
E-mail: info@ppa.co.uk
Website: http://www.ppa.co.uk/
Twitter: @PPACareers

Publishers' Association
Tel: 020 7378 0504
E-mail: mail@publishers.org.uk
Website: http://www.publishers.org.uk/
Twitter: @PublishersAssoc

Society of Young Publishers (SYP)
Website: http://www.thesyp.org.uk
Twitter: @SYPScotland
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesyp/

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