Scotland charity chiefs' average salary fell by more than £5,500 over the past year, study finds

Paul White, director of networks at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, says charities need to offer salaries that are sufficient to attract and retain capable leaders

Paul White
Paul White

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."

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