There are times when the Institute of Management gives a good impression of suggesting that if you're not running a FT-SE 100 company then you are not really managing. Its last annual management pay survey reported rises of 10 per cent for directors due to 'business growth'. Eat your heart out, NHS.

But even though the institute probably thinks the public service ethos is some sort of state-run car factory's sports model, it does offer plenty of information, and access to a whole lot more, of interest to all comers on its web site. For members it will throw even more stuff into the bargain.

Some of the IoM management statistics are interesting. Did you know there are more than four million managers in the UK, amounting to around 16 per cent of the working population? Women account for 1.3 million of these, or 32.3 per cent of managers, compared with 44.3 per cent of the whole workforce.

The figures also reveal an average managerial salary for 1997 of pounds35,107 (with 12.3 per cent earning more than pounds50,000). Full-time chief executives and chairs of FT-SE 100 companies enjoyed a median base salary of pounds400,000 and total income of pounds550,000. The survey is a snip at pounds490.

If you want to hang on to your cash, each report in the IoM's copious output of publications appears in summary, with a couple in full text.

There is stuff on management qualifications and development opportunities, a selection from its Professional Manager magazine, and a range of other bits and pieces.

Reflecting the concerns of your average IoM member, the site carries a list supplied by its library of the 20 most borrowed books: Starting a High Income Consultancy and Successful Business Plans in a Week feature prominently.

Oh, and the IoM is also appealing for management jokes.

Please don't.