Third Sector Jobs: Our commitment to fairness and transparency

Third Sector Jobs recognises the importance of salary transparency in shaping a more equitable charity sector. From 19 April 2021, all listings posted on our jobs board will be required to show a salary

As a leading charity jobs board, Third Sector Jobs is committed to supporting a fairer and more equitable charity sector. Our audience is a sector whose core mission is to address and tackle structural inequalities: we wholeheartedly agree that we have a responsibility to support this wherever we can.

From 19 April, salary transparency will be mandatory when advertising all roles on Third Sector Jobs. Listings that do not show a salary band will not be posted on the site (excluding voluntary, trustee and non-UK roles).

We’re taking this step because supporting mandatory salary transparency at the recruitment stage is a simple and practical step that recruiters and organisations alike can take to tackle pay inequality and foster more equitable workplaces. 

Research shows there are clear benefits for salary transparency: it not only helps to attract a wider range of applicants for advertised roles, diversifying the pool of potential recruits, but research shows it improves employee motivation and overall performance. 

The important work of the campaign group Show the Salary also shows there is enormous appetite for salary transparency in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector – people believe in its importance for creating better workplaces, and many organisations are now leading by example in their own recruitment practices. 

The Jobs team has a longstanding culture of encouraging clients to publish salary requirements, and over the years we found that simply by having direct conversations with clients about the importance of salary transparency, the percentage of non-listed salaries on the recruitment site fell from between seven and 10 per cent to just one per cent. 

The site is now building on this progress by formalising mandatory salary transparency as part of its advertising policy. 

“We are excited and proud to be launching our new policy of mandatory salary transparency, and doing our bit to help drive a more diverse and fair sector,” said Joe Edmonds, commercial director at Third Sector

“We are reaching out to clients to let them know about the changes and emphasising why salary transparency is the right thing to do, and we look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this change.” 

Alongside the new salary transparency measures, Third Sector Jobs will continue its longstanding practice of anonymising applicant information at the recruitment stage to tackle recruiter biases around race, gender, age and more.

The Third Sector Jobs CV database anonymises personal candidate data when viewed by prospective recruiters, meaning that only details relating to skills and experience can be considered when an employer is seeking to hire new talent. 

Contact Joe Edmonds to find out more at joe.edmonds@haymarket.com.

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