Do you enjoy collaborating with others, taking a proactive and resourceful approach, using your organisational skills and have a passion for creating content? If so a career in publishing may be an interesting option for you
The UK publishing industry is the biggest exporter of books in the world and supports 70,000 jobs in the UK. The market continues to grow despite the pandemic.
The 'Big Five' publishers in the UK (Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster) make up a significant portion of the market however there are many other employers ranging from Bloomsbury and Faber & Faber to the thousands of small companies operating in specialist areas such as poetry, art and local interest, around the UK.
Types of publishing
There are three broad areas of publishing:
Consumer or trade publishing
Consumer or trade publishing produces the most widely-known fiction and non-fiction. Products are sold largely through bookshops and online. One in three books is aimed at the children's market, and a high proportion of children’s sales are made through non-traditional trade channels, such as children's school book clubs and fairs.
Big recruiters include: Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins
Key products include textbooks, online teaching resources and revision guides for schools, and ELT (English Language Training) material mainly aimed at overseas markets.
Big recruiters include: Pearson, Oxford University Press (OUP), Cambridge University Press (CUP) and Hodder Education (part of Hachette)
Academic and professional publishing
This is the largest of three broad areas of publishing. This area includes: academic texts, mostly sold to individuals; monographs, journals and other digital products, mostly sold directly to libraries. STM (scientific, technical and medical) publishing falls within this field. As the content is technical, having related experience or a relevant scientific or technical background can be useful when working in STM publishing. STM, as well as other elements from this area, serves the ‘professional’ market as well as the academic – consumers are doctors, accountants, and lawyers, for example, as well as students.
Big recruiters include: Lexis Nexis (RELX), Springer Nature, Informa, Taylor & Francis, SAGE, Elsevier, Pearson and Wiley.