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Working in fitness survey results published

The results of the third Working in Fitness Survey, the annual survey of people working in the health and fitness sector, have now been published.

The survey is conducted online by SkillsActive in partnership with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), and in association with Leisure-net Solutions.

This year there were over 1,200 responses, presenting a picture of the views and opinions of the fitness industry through the eyes of those working in it - instructors, trainers and teachers.

According to the survey, while this year saw an increase in the average amount of time spent on training, one in five fitness professionals do not feel that they have adequate training to do their job. Smaller organisations were found to be superior in providing for the training needs of their staff.

Overall job and employer satisfaction in the industry remains high with nine out of ten employees expecting to remain in the industry for the next three years, with low pay the factor most likely to cause workers to leave the industry.

While there is some dissatisfaction about remuneration for those outside managerial positions, the average annual salary has increased by almost 10% to £17,200 and over half the respondents received a pay increase in the past year.

Muriel Bankhead, Head of Research at SkillsActive said: "It is encouraging that the Fitness Industry continues to maintain a positive image with its employees and remains a good employer. Training is strong in the sector and is integral to increasing productivity; however, there is a persistent fifth of respondents who feel they have not received adequate training for their job. This and other areas of improvement in remuneration packages and career development, including getting more women into senior management, are required to strengthen their current position."

The full Working in Fitness report can be accessed here: http://www.skillsactive.com/resources/research

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