The average salary of charity chief executives in Scotland fell by more than £5,500 over the past year, according to study by a recruitment website.
Goodmoves, a recruitment website owned by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, analysed a sample of charity chief executive job advertisements placed on the site over the past three years. It found that the average salary was £44,452 for the financial year 2012/13, compared with £49,997 in 2011/12 and £49,809 in 2010/11.
Richard Nisbet, development officer for Goodmoves, said the figures were based on a sample of about 50 charities each year, which consisted of a range of different sized organisations.
The salaries of charity chief executives have been in the spotlight in recent weeks following a Daily Telegraph investigation that found that 30 senior executives at 14 leading foreign aid charities were earning more than £100,000 a year.
Paul White, director of networks at the SCVO, said the figures showed there had been a significant drop in charity leaders’ salaries last year. "It’s important to remember that the size and scale of a charity, and the role and responsibilities of the chief executive, are what determine a suitable salary," he said.
"Charities need to attract and retain talented and capable leaders with the vision to tackle some of the biggest problems facing society today."