We’re delighted to share our third annual Digital Leaders Remuneration Guide, providing an up-to-date benchmark for digital executives’ financial compensation, across a range of functions, levels and company types.

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This year, we have combined over 800 survey responses with our own internal salary data to provide interesting insight into key trends, as well as practical benchmarking tools for senior-level executives.

It goes without saying that these findings are based on a limited dataset, and therefore caution should be exercised before drawing firm conclusions. However; the overarching trends outlined in this report are borne out by our day-to-day experiences of building outstanding leadership teams for the world’s most innovating companies.

Key trends:

  • The average pay gap in total remuneration between male and female survey respondents was 16.46%. When the data allowed comparison of pay between women and men in equal job roles, the gap was smaller, with the lowest being 3.78% for those in C-level roles.
  • As a whole, median base salaries of senior executives working in digital businesses were up 10.4% on the same time last year.
  • The highest remuneration increases were for those executives overseeing Data & Insight, eCommerce and HR – reflecting the demand for these key functions.
  • One third of survey respondents had changed role in the past year.
  • Over half of those surveyed had changed sector since their last move – displaying a degree of sector agnosticism that suggests digital leaders are able to apply their skills in new environments.
  • When asked what the greatest opportunities for their career would be over the next 12 months, time and again respondents demonstrated an interest in taking on entrepreneurial challenges, whether inside their existing company or by joining / founding a start-up.

Of course, the really interesting data is the cash packages, and we’ve displayed ranges for these, broken down by function. You can see this from page 6 onwards in the report.

We’re extremely grateful to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. Thanks also to Augmentum Capital, Forward Partners, Northzone, Octopus Ventures and MMC Ventures who promoted the survey to their networks.

If there’s anything in this report that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to get in touch by dropping us a line at enquiries@theupgroup.com.