Charity CEO salaries are up but gender gap widens 12/11/08

The median salary for charity CEOs has shot up by over 8% from last year to nearly £60,000, while salaries for those heading the UK’s largest charities remain firmly over the £100,000 mark, according to the latest ACEVO Pay Survey.

But by far the biggest salary increases are for CEOs of small charities, where the Pay Survey recorded a 23.3% increase on last year.

Stephen Bubb, CEO of ACEVO, said: “The figures highlight the continuing professionalisation of charity CEOs and the growing awareness of how important it is to invest in them.”

The survey did highlight the growing gap in pay between women and men in CEO positions. Bubb addeed: “The charity sector needs to get its house in order. It is shameful that there is a growing gender gap in a sector that champions social justice.”

The ACEVO 2008 Pay Survey shows that the median salary for female charity CEOs is £11,000 lower than the equivalent for their male counterparts.

The gap appears to be widening, with salaries for men rising faster than for women. With the exception of women employed in organisations with an income of £150,000 - £250,000, the salaries of men in all organisation income bands are higher, suggesting that for equivalent roles, women are paid less.

They are also less likely to hold chief executive positions in larger charities.

The ACEVO survey also showed that less than one in three charities have people from an ethnic minority on their trustee board.

Bubb added: “Alongside the pay gap between men and women in the sector, the spectre of so many all-white trustee boards in modern-day, multi-ethnic Britain is deeply concerning. We cannot afford to be complacent about our approach to equality and we risk seriously damaging our reputation as a sector if these trends continue.”

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