Survey reveals slight rise in average fundraiser salary

But consultancy says the number of junior vacancies is down and people are taking longer to find work

Fundraiser salaries have risen
Fundraiser salaries have risen

The average salary for fundraising jobs rose by 2 per cent in 2010, according to the 2011 Fundraising Salary Survey by the recruitment consultancy the Kage Partnership.

The survey, compiled from data on 370 fundraising vacancies with more than 120 charities registered with the Kage Partnership during 2010, found the average salary had increased slightly less than in 2009, when it rose by 2.4 per cent compared with 2008 levels.

The consultancy split the results into work areas and found average salary decreases in two areas: major donor officers and community or regional managers.

Liz Grimes, a partner at the Kage Partnership, said the consultancy had seen significantly fewer junior vacancies during 2010 than in previous years, but there had been an increase in the number of unpaid internships.

Grimes said the consultancy had also noticed that with more people in the jobs market and fewer vacancies to fill than a few years ago, people were taking longer to find jobs. Recruiters were also employing rigorous interview procedures, she said.

"People are being asked to jump through hoops," she said. "Recruiters are taking time to make more informed decisions. A few years ago they were being less cautious."

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