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Men still earn 'substantially' more than women in charity finance jobs, says report

29 Oct 2019 News

"Women are still earning substantially less than men," according to a survey of 1,000 charity finance professionals from a recruitment agency.

The Charity Finance Salary and Benefits Survey Report 2019 by Robertson Bell gives a mean average gender pay gap of 10.8 per cent for charity finance staff.

This compares to a higher gender pay gap of 11 per cent across the sector, but has risen from the 9.7 per cent pay gap measured in last year’s report.

In addition the report says the gender pay gap is higher at the 50 largest charities.

Higher gender pay gap at senior level

The report also finds the gender pay gap is higher at more senior levels in finance and highest at larger charities.

The gender pay gap between directors at large charities, with over £60m turnover, is 22 per cent in favour of men, in contrast to a 17.8 per cent gap for all finance staff there.

In contrast, smaller charities with turnovers up to £9m have a gender pay gap of 1.7 per cent and medium-sized charities with turnovers between £9m and £60m had a pay gap of 12.8 per cent.

Women are also better represented at smaller charities, with 54 per cent female senior management, 64 per cent in management and 71 per cent making up non-management.

Charities with more than £60m turnover, on the other hand, have 33 per cent female directors and 30 per cent in management.

White British paid 20 per cent more

According to the report, white British finance staff are paid almost 20 per cent (18.3 per cent) more than all other ethnic groupings, by median average salary across all levels of seniority.

However, the report notes that the figure was distorted by the concentration of white British respondents in senior positions.

White British people make up 75.8 per cent of senior roles, but 14.3 per cent of junior finance positions.

The report also shows that white British people are paid 6.1 per cent more on average than others at senior level, while at junior level, the ethnic pay gap is -0.6 per cent.

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