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SPINNAKER and the International Marine Purchasing Association are conducting a joint salary survey of marine purchasing professionals from purchasing assistants up to directors. If you want to know how your or your staff's pay measures up, complete the survey and you will be entitled to the results.

Preliminary results so far show the average pay rise in 2009 was 2.5% but the median was 1%, meaning half were below that figure and half above. According to purchasing staff themselves � of whom just 13% are former seafarers by the way � the average expected pay rise is 3.95% for this year. We'll have to see, but we think there is some optimism in there!

A wide range of nationalities have responded to the survey already from Russians to Jordanians, with a strong showing from the UK. Bonuses also vary widely in the survey from zero to a handsome 200,000 euros in one case.

It only takes two minutes to complete the survey (..oh yes it does) and you can find the link at

Naturally, it's all confidential.

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