Scottish fundraising salaries hit by recession

Average salaries are down significantly in the past year

Average salaries for fundraisers in Scotland have tumbled over the past year, research indicates.

A poll of 195 fundraisers for the Scottish Fundraising Salary Survey, published by fundraising recruitment agency Bruce Tait Associates, reveal the average salary for a director of fundraising in Scotland has fallen from £56,500 in 2008 to £47,250 this year.

The report, presented at the Institute of Fundraising Scotland's annual conference in Glasgow last week, shows the average salary for a head of fundraising had fallen from £38,850 to £34,920 and that of a fundraising officer from £24,000 to £23,908.

Bruce Tait, managing director of the agency, said: "In these difficult times, it may seem unsurprising that the figures have fallen, because fewer people are receiving pay rises or switching jobs.

"But it is quite a significant fall, and it shows many charities are cutting their fundraising budgets dramatically."

Nearly 30 per cent of respondents said the main reason they chose to work in fundraising was "to make a difference." The report also showed around two thirds of professional fundraisers had a degree, and 35.3 per cent were aged between 25 and 34.

Almost 10 per cent of respondents to the survey said they did not know whether their organisation was a member of the Fundraising Standards Board.



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