According to the latest agency starting salaries, while the top ten creative agencies take differing numbers of graduates, they all offer similar employment packages.
While two of the top ten agencies (Saatchi & Saatchi and Lowe Worldwide) would not comment on their graduate employment plans, the rest confirmed that their graduate starting salaries are around the £20,000 mark.
On top of this, the agencies also offer standard additional benefits, which can include private medical cover, health and sickness assurance, interest-free loans for season tickets and, after a qualification period, a contributory pension scheme. Many also have other perks, such as a subsidised agency bar, duvet days and subsidised gym membership.
TBWA\London, which is employing six graduates this year, offers its graduates free breakfasts every morning, a half-day holiday before every Bank Holiday and free reiki massages. It encourages its staff to mix together, running a free bar every Thursday plus zodiac nights to bring together staff with the same star sign.
Publicis is looking to employ up to eight graduates starting in September and working in account management and planning. As well as a starting salary of £19,000, the agency gives successful applicants a £1,000 bonus on top of the interest-free season-ticket loan.
The smaller top-ten agencies offer similar perks - M&C Saatchi has offered four graduate positions in 2004 with a lower starting salary (£18,500) but a £500 bigger joining bonus. M&C Saatchi reviews its package every year and, next September, joiners can expect a better package.
Euro RSCG London has three graduate positions to fill. While the agency would not confirm how much it was offering, it claimed it had 800 applicants for these positions.