Charity HR directors paid 10% more than other board members


HR directors take home nearly 10% more pay than other members of the board in the voluntary and charity sector, Personnel Today can exclusively reveal.

HR and personnel directors earned on average £75,313 this year compared to the average of £68,550 for all directors, a difference of £6,763, according to the Celre 2009 Annual Voluntary Sector Salary Survey published exclusively on XpertHR.

The research, based on data from 178 employers covering 29,012 individuals, also found that the average basic salary of chief executives at organisations whose turnover exceeded £50m was £99,564. The average bonus awarded to those chief executives was 9.5% of the basic salary.

A lack of suitably skilled applicants and career progression also caused serious recruitment and retention problems in the charity and voluntary sector.

Some 94% of organisations blamed a lack of skills for problems with recruiting across all levels. More than one-fifth of the respondents said they found it hard to recruit managers, while 12% admitted they could not find suitable directors.

Half of the employers claimed a lack of career progression caused people to leave the sector, while 41% said salary levels contributed to retention problems.

[Article updated at 12:19pm, 30 October]


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