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The organisation, made up of senior members of the Golf Club Managers' Association (GCMA), the British and International Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) and The R&A, the world governing body of golf outside of the USA and Mexico, has made the recommendation following several years in which pay has either stagnated or increased more slowly than the rate of inflation. In fact, the 1.5 per cent rise would still be smaller than the current Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation of 2.2 per cent.
It reached the decision following research into more than 700 golf clubs' salaries and conditions of employment.
"The CGCS subcommittee has decided to recommend an increase in the rates of 1.5 per cent across the board," said Keith Lloyd, a member of the CGCS.
"This increase in the recommended rates is less than the Retail Prices Index [RPI] rate normally adopted, as the representatives on the CGCS from both BIGGA and GCMA felt it was unlikely that many clubs would be able to sustain a higher rate increase in salary and associated costs, due to the continued difficult economic climate."
GCMA and BIGGA members can see a summary of the results of the research on their respective organisations' websites, and GCMA members can contribute to the work of the CGCS by filling out this survey.