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Equine Careers: How Grooms can increase their salary

Equine Careers: How Grooms can increase their salary

Several times, every day I am involved in discussions with grooms and employers about salaries. One of the most commonly asked question by grooms in what is considered a poorly paid profession is, “what can I do to get the top end of the salary ranges advertised in your jobs?”.

There are some basics you can achieve fairly easily:

  • Ensure you have the best possible level of skills…learn from professionals and be able to showcase what you can do at the job interview/trial
  • Have good people skills and be a team player who can mix
  • Make smart career moves and choose jobs which help you get to where you want to be in your career
  • Stay in those jobs 18 months minimum
  • Have a professional but succinct CV
  • Have us negotiate your salary with employers when finding your next job on THE GROOMS LIST
  • Gain some extra qualifications


Intelligent Career Planning

This is by no means all you can do to enhance your equine career. Any investment in your career will undoubtedly pay back dividends, but you don’t want to make moves and spend money on qualifications and licences willy-nilly.  Through a series of articles over the next few months, we will tell you how you could get some serious extra money in your pay packet each month.


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How to grow your equine career AND your salary!


When working with horses, whether as a groom or an employer, we do need to acknowledge the physical risks we put ourselves and others in, often in remote locations. We have all seen the gory pictures, we don’t need reminding and most of us have at least one story to tell. As the first in a series of articles about how grooms can increase their salary, let’s start with the simple, effective, inexpensive and possibly life-saving step – get a First Aid certificate PLUS get a 10% discount on the course fees via The Grooms List! But beyond financial considerations, let’s not forget that we need to look after ourselves and each other. Find out more about options available to you, the difference it makes to your business or career and, of course, claim your 10% discount here!

HGV Horsebox Training - get an HGV licence

By having a 7.5 tonne+/HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) license, and a certificate to legally transport horses (as part of your job, or as your job) you can add anything from circa £200 up to £1000 or more to your monthly wage. If you are a freelance groom to add this service to your skills repertoire can really improve your “offerings” to prospective clients. The outlay required to get these qualifications can be steep for many, but at The Grooms List we have many jobs that come in where the Employer is happy to fund this training in return for a contractual promise to remain in the role for which you were employed for a mutually agreed fair period of time. The Grooms List by Caroline Carter Recruitment has negotiated a cracking 20% discount for you or your employer to make this more affordable for you by partnering with a specialised HGV trainer who trains...

So as we embark on a new year change and self-improvement comes on to the radar once more. Whether to gain qualifications is always a hotly debated topic and many have strong opinions on the subject. There is no doubt about it that the BHS qualifications are prized highly throughout the world and will, especially when combined with additional practical experience, make you more sought after in certain areas of the equestrian job market both at home and abroad. They can be a door opener and an income booster in many situations! We are delighted to have another guest blogger on board to start the review on this big subject....

Become a professional groom in 6 Simple Steps

Speaking with grooms day in day out I am often struck that so many start their career based on dreams but then leave on some of the realities. We all know being a groom is hard work, it takes dedication above and beyond sometimes and that much is still to be done to get terms and conditions to where they need to be. Emily Taylor talks to grooms regularly about their hopes and dreams, their ambitions and disappointments and sometimes even their tragedies. She feels strongly about what it takes to become and most importantly remain a professional groom in a very turbulent equestrian world...

Get FREE equine careers advice

If you’d like free, friendly, no obligation advice from Caroline about your next career move, finding the right job, or your forthcoming job interview please do get in touch!

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