Voluntary salaries still failing to keep pace, says survey

Scientists' salaries are soaring but for most people in the voluntary sector it has not been a fruitful year at the bargaining table.

A survey published this week reveals the wage gap between charities and other sectors has widened with voluntary organisations now paying staff up to 25 per cent less. The average voluntary-sector wage is now £22,660.

The statistics, compiled for the 13th consecutive year by The Reward Group, indicate charities are losing the battle for pay parity.

Clare Smith, director of human resources at the Leonard Cheshire Foundation, said charities are now struggling to find staff. "The recruitment market is exceedingly difficult and has deteriorated over the past year," she said.

Feature, p18.

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