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Icon welcomes individuals and organisations from all backgrounds who identify with the conservation and preservation of our cultural heritage.  Our membership embraces the entire conservation community as well as members of the public who are keen to learn more or show their support for conservation work.

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Icon seeks to foster recognition of the responsibility held by conservation professionals in protecting and preserving the world’s cultural heritage. The high-level skills required for this vital role should be recognised in status and salary levels.

We recommend that the minimum salary for conservators should be £20,895 and conservation technicians should be £17,500.  We also recommend that the stipend (not salary) for interns undertaking workbased learning be £15,500.

Icon is currently reviewing the salary minima, in the interim period, we are prepared to consider each job on a case-by-case basis.

For the guidance of employers seeking to determine appropriate salaries for conservators, we provide the following average figures based on a study of all conservation jobs advertised with Icon in 2007:

  • Newly qualified conservator - average - £21,115
  • Qualification and some experience required - average - £23,443
  • Professional Accreditation (PACR) or considerable experience required - average £27,351
  • Senior/management roles - average -  £36,971

Starting salaries and career progression for conservators employed in institutions should be no lower or more restricted than for those alongside whom they work. Icon supports the principle of parity across the heritage professions when promoting the skills and value of conservators, curators, librarians, archivists, archaeologists and historic buildings specialists. Employers are encouraged to assist conservation staff to be accredited under the Professional Accreditation of Conservator Restorers (PACR) scheme run by Icon, the British Horological Institute and the Society of Archivists. Employment of accredited conservators is a mark of excellence in a heritage service. Achievement of accredited status by conservators should be recognised when identifying salary levels.

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