Senior fundraising managers 'received biggest pay rises in 2008'

Survey says trust, major donor and events fundraising managers also commanded big increases

Senior fundraising managers saw their pay rise faster than junior or middle managers in 2008, according to a new report.

The annual fundraising salary survey, published this week by recruitment agency the Kage Partnership, showed that average salaries in higher-paid posts grew by between 2.7 and 7.5 per cent in 2008, while junior and executive level pay rose by up to 3.7 per cent only.

Corporate fundraising salaries remained static overall, but there was a 1.4 per cent fall in pay for corporate fundraising managers. Daryl Upsall, chief executive of international recruitment agency Daryl Upsall Consulting, blamed the decrease on the recent decline in corporate giving.

He suggested the 7.5 per cent rise in trust fundraising managers' pay was due to increasing demand for high-quality candidates as charities looked to the US for funds. "Americans fund a broader range of causes, so candidates with knowledge in this area are very attractive," he said.

Upsall attributed the rise in event fundraising salaries of between 3.7 and 4.7 per cent to "a new era of fundraising". He said online sponsorship had prompted a revival in event fundraising that had forced charities to search hard for good candidates and driven up salaries.

Upsall said there was a skills shortage in senior management but that the recession would change this because jobs would be shed, leading to more choice for charities seeking to fill posts.


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