Pay and Equalities Survey 2018

Product Code: PUB-PAY-2018, Publication Date: Monday 5 February 2018

ACEVO's annual Pay and Equalities Survey is the most comprehensive breakdown of the sector's senior remuneration packages available. The report examines chief executive salaries, benefits and job satisfaction in detail. It also explores the level of equality and diversity in our sector's leadership, and satisfaction levels in the make-up and performance of boards.

Being a civil society CEO is exciting and rewarding. It provides the opportunity for individuals to work towards making the biggest difference on issues they are passionate about. However, it is also a challenging role, and CEOs must be given professional support and personal development opportunities to help them fulfil their organisation’s goals.

It is not good enough that our 2018 Pay and Equalities Survey shows that over a quarter of CEOs do not have a regular appraisal, or that 8% have not been provided with any recent learning or development opportunities.

ACEVO is proud to offer much needed support, networking and training opportunities for our members, and we hope to deliver even more opportunities to more CEOs and senior leaders in the coming months and years.

But that’s not our only role. As an organisation that represents great leaders and great leadership we have a responsibility to challenge our members; to stimulate debate and action that leads to improvement of sector standards and leadership.

This year’s Pay and Equalities Survey has yet again found that a shamefully small number of civil society CEOs are from a black and minority ethnic background. This figure has remained pretty much static since we started publishing pay and equality data and it will not change unless CEOs and boards collectively prioritise taking actions to break down the barriers and bias that exist within the sector. Every charity CEO and individual in a position of power should be asking themselves: what am I doing to enable the development of a more diverse sector?

There are also figures to be proud of in this year’s report. I am pleased to see a high number of female respondents in this year’s survey alongside a significant reduction in the gender pay gap and no disability pay gap. These are figures to be welcomed, but we cannot become complacent: it is unclear why the disability and gender pay gaps have decreased so significantly among our respondents. However, it is clear that both men and women have seen a salary reduction in the last four years. In 2013 the median female salary was £54,340 and the median male salary £67,000 compared to £50,000 and £52,000 respectively in 2017.

The Pay and Equalities Survey is one of ACEVO’s most important publications because it deals with issues we often don’t feel comfortable talking about. Discussing these issues openly and honestly doesn’t mean that charity CEOs aren’t proud of our work or the sector we work in, but if we do not become more comfortable discussing the challenges we face, both individually and as sector, nothing will change. When it comes to pay and equality, if the conversations are not challenging, they are probably not the right conversations.

Vicky Browning, CEO, ACEVO

Thanks to Russam GMS for supporting this year's survey.

For discussion of the key findings and details of how ACEVO can help, read our exclusive member briefing.