Events Manager Jobs

Events Manager jobs… did you know?

Similar jobs: Catering manager

Any cool event that springs to mind tends to involve food and drink. From a music festival to a wedding, birthday party or glam awards ceremony, catering is a BIG part of putting on events that are remembered for all the right reasons.

As an events manager, you can combine your catering and leisure industry knowhow. Catering is one of many elements you’ll juggle to make an event run smoothly…

Industry: Catering and Hospitality

Events manager job trends

How much money can you make as events manager?

£17,000 – £80,000 (UK average)

Recent labour market information says you can earn on average between £17,000 and £80,000 a year as an events manager in the UK.

What entry qualifications and training do you need for this job?

School, college and training

You’ll usually need at least five GCSEs or their equivalents at grades 9-4 (A* to C) including English, and maths to do this job.

What counts most is your experience. You can leave school and get started by building work experience in all kinds of areas, from hospitality and catering to leisure, travel and tourism.

You can also do college and university courses in events management. These will help you get the inside story on what you really need to know. They can also be a great way to get structured work experience as part of your learning – and work experience counts for a lot with this job.

PLUS: Any degree related to management helps you open a lot of doors in the future, in a wide range of industries and roles.


Events management apprenticeships are very much a thing. You’ll earn a salary while working in an events-related role, often being taken under the wing of an experienced events manager. You’ll also get structured learning and the chance to reflect on what you’ve learned. This will lead to an industry-recognised qualification.

Career progression and further qualifications

As you build your skills, experience and little black book of contacts, you’ll be ripe for taking on bigger projects with more responsibility and higher salaries. Ever wanted to become an events manager for Glastonbury Festival or the next UK Olympics? Someone has to do it. Why not you?

You could work for an events management company, but you could also progress to work freelance or set up your own events management business.

What experience do you need for events manager jobs?

Work experience

Work experience in events management will help you get ahead and build your career.  This is experience you can build up even when you’re still at school.

  • Look for work as a crew member at large events or exhibitions. This can help you build industry contacts while adding a relevant notch to your CV.
  • Build up personal experience through organising events and activities as part of your social life. Why not organise a charity event at your school or in your local community, like a fundraising cake sale?
  • Food management college courses and university degrees will give you the opportunity to gain further hands-on experience in events management as part of your course./li>

You can find out more about working in events management from the Business Visits and Events Partnership.

What skills do you need for events manager jobs?

Useful skills to highlight to your employer when applying for events manager jobs include::

  • Self-management skills – people are going to look to you for guidance, so you need to be organised when it comes to managing time and tasks. Often you’ll be working against the clock, and multi-tasking like a maestro. If an event is getting PR and tickets are being sold for it, that means it really needs to be planned and perfect on the day!
  • Problem-solving skills – it’s always going to be non-stop chaos before the big day and every day will bring a new problem. The caterers didn’t deliver, the cakes are the wrong design, the lighting you wanted is too expensive for the budget, it’s an outdoors venue but it’s scheduled to rain… whatever the problem, you are more than up for the challenge!.
  • Communication skills – you’ll be a natural when it comes to getting the best out of people. Whether you’re talking to clients, suppliers or production crew, you’re comfortable in their company. You’ll get on with people from all walks of life, and make your needs very clear while helping them feel inspired and part of the event.
  • Negotiation skills – there’s a good price and then there’s a best price! You have to juggle things being safe and looking (and tasting) good with the budget you have to spend. When it comes to making your budget stretch, negotiation is all about taking a price that’s set in stone and getting more for your money. Ideally, with some diplomacy so that the supplier likes you and wants to work with you again…

Vocational qualifications and work experience will help you build these skills over time.

What do events managers do?

Depending on your level of experience, your responsibilities could include:

  • Working with the client to see exactly what they want
  • Agreeing the money and deadline side of things with the client
  • Brainstorming original ideas for events
  • Researching anything the event might need, from venues to equipment and entertainment
  • Hiring and overseeing the work of caterers, security and any other teams contracted in to do a specific job for the event
  • Managing staff and teams of people to carry out their jobs
  • Making sure everything is done with health, safety and insurance needs in mind.
  • Promoting the event to get the word out
  • Checking everything is working smoothly on the event itself. Your mobile phone will probably be buzzing all day.

Your first steps into events management jobs

Jobs like these are advertised under different job titles. When you’re looking on job boards, look for the following types of job:

  • Events apprentice
  • Events management apprentice
  • Events assistant
  • Events crew member
  • Events manager

All these types of job can be a good match for your skills.

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