Charity pay falls behind

Average charity pay is as much as 32 per cent below that in other business sectors. However, there has been a 3.5 per cent rise in median basic pay for voluntary sector workers, according to the 28th edition of the Croner Charity Rewards survey of pay and benefits in the charity sector.

The survey, which examined data from 10,287 job recordings representing 41,017 charity workers, reveals that the average salary in the sector overall is £32,672. Working in international aid is the highest paid charitable activity, with an average salary of £39,944.

Within charities the highest paid director jobs are in IT, followed by science and finance. While at junior management level the highest earners are in purchasing and supply, specialist, and information services. Pay for chief executives in charities averages £82,423, which is 30 per cent below the all sector median of £166,516.

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