Annual survey reveals 3 per cent salary increases

The average pay rise in the voluntary sector was 3 per cent in the year to August, according to the IRS Employment Review.

The annual pay and benefits survey said the median increase for charities and not-for-profit organisations was the same as it had been the previous year. Half of all pay deals in the sector were worth between 2.5 per cent and 3 per cent, it revealed.

Barnardo's gave staff a basic increase of 2.95 per cent, and the Methodist Church Home for the Aged and Help the Aged both agreed a 3 per cent rise, the figures show. The British Red Cross gave merit pay awards that averaged 3 per cent. Staff at Remploy, meanwhile, saw a basic rise of 3.4 per cent.

The survey notes that charities are increasingly moving away from national pay scales and establishing their own arrangements.

It also revealed that the finance, transport and communication sectors enjoyed the largest pay increases in the economy, both averaging 3.75 per cent.

The results contrast with figures from Remuneration Economics, published last week, which showed an average growth of 5.3 per cent for voluntary sector salaries in 2005.

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