The charity sector is performing worse than the national average on the gender pay gap, a new report by a third sector recruitment agency has concluded.
Research by TPP Recruitment among almost 1,500 voluntary sector workers by means of four surveys this year shows that the pay gap has more than doubled in the past two years, from 7 per cent in 2013 to 16.7 per cent in 2015.
Research by the Fawcett Society, which promotes gender equality, found that the gender pay gap was 14.2 per cent for all full-time UK employees.
But this year’s figure of 16.7 per cent is less than that of 2014, when the pay gap was 18 per cent.
The latest figure means that, on average, for every £1 earned by a man in the voluntary sector, a woman will earn 83p.
TPP said the lack of women in senior management positions was the main reason for the existence of the gap, with only 32 per cent of charity chief executives being female.
The average pay figure for a female director in the charity sector came out as £60,093, compared with £71,570 for men.
The data was gathered from four online salary surveys carried out throughout 2015. They covered: human resources, which had 127 respondents; finance, which had 163; marketing and communications, which had 783; and fundraising, which had 416.
In marketing and communications, women made up almost three-quarters of the workforce, but men earned far higher salaries in senior roles.
For directors, the gap between men and women was 22 per cent.
Fundraising was found to have a particularly high pay gap, with men being paid higher salaries at all levels, with the exception of assistant or coordinator roles.
The gap within finance was less pronounced compared with the other key specialisms, with the average difference being 10 per cent among managers and 9 per cent among directors.
TPP said one reason for the lower pay gap in this area was that charity finance tended to attract women from the private sector who were looking to improve their work-life balance but who also had higher salary expectations than in other specialisms.