Show the Salary campaign launches to promote equity in charity sector recruitment

Charities are being challenged on social media to reveal the salaries being offered when jobs are advertised.

Through the Show the Salary campaign charities are being urged to publicly disclose the salaries of their top roles instead of advertising them as coming with a “competitive salary”.

The group says “salary secrecy is a discriminatory practice that perpetuates wage gaps. We’re calling on the charity sector to always #Showthesalary when advertising roles”.

The aim is to promote equity and tackle racism and sexism in the workplace. Show the Salary says “salary secrecy” affects “women and black candidates hardest”.

Among charities to be challenged via social media to promote the salaries of their senior staff when recruiting is NHS Charities Together. This challenge specifically referred to the charity recruiting for a new director of fundraising with the offer of a “competitive salary”.

Another to be challenged on social media is the Woodland Trust over its recruitment of a head of diversity and inclusion, with a ‘competitive salary’.

The Woodland Trust has corrected this with the job now listed as offering between £45,000 to £50,000 a year.

Show the Salary has singled out the British Red Cross for praise after the charity swiftly took action to promote salaries in its recruitment following a challenge by the campaign.

The campaign group is to contact charities directly as well as charity sector recruitment agencies to sign a pledge that they will always show salaries when they advertise for a role. Those signing will also be expected to never ask candidates for previous salary details and never include a degree elgibility criteria, unless its “truly essential to the role”.

All those that sign will be listed on Show the Salary’s website and be given a logo to use “to demonstrate their ongoing commitment”.

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