Charity HR workers earn lowest wages out of all industries

Charity sector human resources staff are paid lower salaries than those in the public and private sectors, a survey reveals.

The study, by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, states voluntary sector personnel directors receive 13 per cent less than the cross-sector average.

Their private sector counterparts, who hover 19 per cent above the average, fare best, while public sector HR staff earn 5 per cent below the cross-sector average.

"The HR function within the voluntary sector still needs to be seen as a higher priority and something worth investing in," said Joanna Wootten, project manager at the NCVO. "Some charities need to be convinced that thinking strategically about human-resource issues can benefit their organisation, and its bottom line."

The NCVO launched a workforce project last month to improve recruitment and retention in the sector. The project will provide charities with a range of HR services, including details of networks for personnel staff and law updates. The survey comes in the wake of a report that claimed the voluntary sector lacks expertise in human resources.

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