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Public relations officer Average UK Salary & Prospects

Public relations (PR) officers manage an organisation's public image and reputation.

  • Respond to requests for information from the media or designate an appropriate spokesperson or information source.  
  • Write press releases or other media communications to promote clients.  
  • Establish or maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of community, consumer, employee, or public interest groups.  
  • Plan or direct
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Public relations officers typically work around 38 to 40 hours per week.

As a Public relations officer, you will typically attend events or appointments on the evenings/weekends.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
39,059 GBP *
per year
18,000 GBP
90,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Public relations officer

Men make 19% more than Women
47% of Public relations officers are men
Big gender gap
  • 42,738 GBP
  • 34,671 GBP
Average salary for part-time Public relations officer
Average salary for full-time Public relations officer

  • 17,744 GBP
  • 39,059 GBP
  • 34,671 GBP
  • 42,738 GBP
Pay over time for Public relations officer

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 33,079 GBP
  • 33,897 GBP
  • 37,482 GBP
  • 37,860 GBP
  • 38,738 GBP
  • 39,059 GBP

Future outlook for Public relations officers

Excellent outlook
34 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
3% yearly wage growth (on average)
Very good outlook
27% chance of automation in the future

Public relations officer - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Public relations officer and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 92% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 8% of people in this role have a Master's degree

You'll need:

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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Things to highlight for your Public relations officer interview

Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Persistence Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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