Average charity sector salary increased by 4% last year, jobs site reports

03 Apr 2024 News

By Markus Mainka, Adobe

The average salary advertised for roles in the sector increased by 4% to £36,100 last year, according to specialist jobs site CharityJob. 

Its Salary Report 2024 surveyed 48,000 jobs posted on its website in 2023 compared to the 61,900 roles posted on the jobs site in 2022, a decrease of 22%. 

The average salary for roles in London was £38,300, which was 16% higher than the £33,100 average salary for a role outside of the capital. 

CharityJob saw an increase in the proportion of hybrid jobs from 44% in 2022 to 53% last year. 

The proportion of completely on-site roles advertised on the website declined, as they made up 44% of jobs in 2023 compared to 53% in 2022. 

Larger charities were more likely to advertise for completely on-site roles, while smaller charities were more likely to have hybrid roles. 

Demand increases as job listings decline

As job listings declined last year, CharityJob reported a 50% increase in candidate demand for each role.

The website reported an increase in the number of clicks on “apply” buttons, with an average of 31 clicks per job compared to 20 clicks the year prior.  

“For charities looking to hire, this might mean things are getting easier,” the report says. 

Pay advertised below real living wage

Two-thirds (67%) of entry-level and junior roles outside London offered pay below the voluntary “real living wage” of £12 per hour which is calculated by the Living Wage Foundation.

Some 46% of equivalent roles in the capital were offering pay below the voluntary “London living wage”, which is calculated as £13.15 per hour by the foundation.

Raya Wexler, co-founder of CharityJob, said: “We hope this report will help recruiters make fair and informed decisions about salaries.”

“We know that charities are facing huge challenges in the current economic climate. But offering fair salaries remains essential – not only for attracting and retaining top talent, but also for fostering health, wellbeing and inclusion across the workforce.”

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