Senior fundraisers' salaries rise by 5.7% says TPP Recruitment

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Key findings from TPP Recruitment's latest fundraising salary survey for candidates, employees and employers

Marianne Pattison from TPP Recruitment says fundraising salaries have remained roughly static over the past year
Marianne Pattison from TPP Recruitment says fundraising salaries have remained roughly static over the past year

The salaries of director-level fundraising professionals have risen more sharply than any other job level, according to TPP Recruitment’s latest fundraising salary survey. Meanwhile, fundraising salaries overall have remained static. The survey has also revealed that more than four in five (82%) fundraising professionals may move jobs in the next six months.

TPP is a specialist recruitment consultancy with a dedicated fundraising and development division. Its fundraising salary survey aims to benchmark fundraising salaries across the sector, allowing candidates and employees to check their salary against the average. At the same time, it gives employers a standard point of comparison when budgeting for new roles.

Key findings from the salary survey include:

  1. Senior level salaries have seen the highest increase on last year with director-level salaries seeing an increase of 5.7%, nudging their average salary up to £64,818.
  2. Assistant / Coordinator level salaries have seen the biggest decrease on last year (-3.6%) bringing their average salary down to £21,756.
  3. Legacy, Major Donor and Direct Marketing professionals earn more on average than professionals from other fundraising disciplines.
  4. 82% of respondents said they’re either planning a career move in the next six months or would consider a move for the right role.
  5. Overall, fundraising salaries have remained static in the last year.
  6. Fundraising salaries in London are 5% higher on average than last year, widening the North/South divide.
  7. Women now earn 20% less than men, widening the gender gap.

Most desired company benefit is flexible working hours 

The top three benefits desired by respondents who entered the survey are:

  1. Flexible working hours
  2. Pension contributions
  3. Support for professional development?

These almost match up with the top benefits that are actually being received by these respondents, with the exception of support for professional development, which is substituted for season ticket loans in terms of the third top benefit actually being received. 

Higher salary is top motivator for seeking new role

The survey showed the top motivations for moving to a new role are:

  1. Higher salary
  2. More interesting role
  3. More responsibility / seniority
  4. Better location / commute
  5. Better work/life balance
  6. More attractive cause / mission
  7. Better job security
  8. Better relationship with manager 

Commenting on the salary survey, Marianne Pattison, Consultant, TPP Fundraising & Development, said:

"Salaries have remained roughly static over the past year. There has been fierce demand for major donor and corporate fundraisers in recent years, as charities have focussed on bringing in high value donations. As these new posts have been filled, the volume of these vacancies has dropped off and there are more candidates available, resulting in less pressure on salaries. 

"Instead, areas such as direct marketing and community fundraising, which have traditionally received lower salaries, have become candidate short this year, which could potentially begin to even out the gaps in salary between income streams." 

View the full Charity Fundraising Salary Survey 2015 from TPP Recruitment.

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