Bury, Greater Manchester, Genetic Alliance UK David Fielding, managing partner of the specialist charity executive search company Attenti, perceives a degree of reluctance among senior charity sector employees to change roles at present, which is contributing to average pay levels not changing since Third Sector conducted the last of its salary surveys two years ago. //

Some 47 hospital bosses working for the NHS pocketed more than £400,000 last year, according to research by the Mail Online – 2.4 times the average top-100 charity chief executive. The chief executive started in April 2001*19 Chief executive started in November 2001*20 Pay rise cannot be accurately calculated because the latest salary provided represents the midpoint in a £5,000 salary range*21 The latest salary provided is the midpoint in an £18,000 pay band*22 Updated figures not available*23 The previous salary represents the midpoint in a £10,000 salary range, but the charity said the chief executive received a pay rise of 2.5%. "http:":"https:";if(/^\/{2}/.test(i)&&(i=d+i),window[n]&&window[n].initialized)window[n].process&&window[n].process();else if(!e.getElementById(s)){var r=e.createElement("script");r.async=1,r.id=s,r.src=i,o.parentNode.insertBefore(r,o)}}(document,0,"infogram-async","https://e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed-loader-min.js"); By comparison, FTSE 100 chief executives earn an average of £4.9m per year (with a median salary of £3.9m) – 28 times the average charity chief’s salary. The charity paid four unidentified people more than £60,000 in 2017, its accounts show. Average salaries in the hospitals, medical and scientific category have historically always been among the highest in salary surveys conducted by Third Sector since 2013, and this year is no different. The Consumers’ Association, the charity behind the Which? The charity is a grant-making trust and most funds are held in reserves*14 The charity was formerly known as the Tidy Britain Group. A lot of charity trustees are also finding it difficult to set appropriate pay levels, according to Fielding. John Lowe started in November 2002, the previous figure relates to his predecessor*25 The previous salary listed relates to the current chief executive's predecessor*26 No longer in post (Jackie Ballard became chief executive in November 2002)*27 The costs of Mr Hughes' housing, furniture, car, council tax and insurance are paid for by the charity*28 No longer in post. However, pay levels at the charity are far lower, with its high earner, director Declan O’Mahony, being paid £177,407 in 2017/18. While some charity CEOs do earn large annual salaries, the information in the emails is inaccurate and outdated.

Bosses of leading UK charities including RSPCA, Macmillan Cancer Support and Guide Dogs pocketed five-figure pay rises last year. Many charity executives earn more than the Prime Minister's salary of £150,000 The charity in the top 100 with the lowest number of staff members earning more than £60,000 was the grant-maker the Leverhulme Trust, which employed only three staff on salaries over this amount. Fielding says that rather than just looking at the amount a job pays, many top charity executives are putting increased value on the calibre of the chair, the board they will work with and perks such as flexible working or the ability to work from home. (New chief executive is Jo Williams)*17 Both the latest and the previous salaries represent the midpoint in a £10,000 salary range, but the charity said the chief executive received a pay rise of 2.9%*18 Figures relate to the financial year ending December 2001, which were the most recent accounts available. Browning says she has no hard evidence to show charities have become more open about senior pay levels in recent years, but there are "certainly a lot more conversations being had at chief executive and board level about pay, accountability and transparency". As for the national media, they’re only too happy to criticise perceived "fat-cat" charity salaries. Two charities that have incomes too low to feature in the Charity Commission’s list of the largest 150 charities by annual income but are known to pay high salaries have made the list.

"There is more sensitivity among trustees about how they might justify high pay to the public.". The site's FAQ page explains: So, some charity CEOs do indeed earn big bucks for their services. *23 The previous salary represents the midpoint in a £10,000 salary range, but the charity said the chief executive received a pay rise of 2.5%. By that metric, Wayne LaPierre, the chief of the nonprofit National Rifle Association, earned a whopping $4.6 million per year as of December 31, 2015. But, as Charity Navigator notes, they could likely earn much more in the for-profit sector. Sheffield, South Yorkshire, mySociety The previous year included free housing*10 Updated figures were not available. DRESSING DOWN.

The figures for LaPierre and Klein included quite a bit of deferred compensation for both. Brian Gallagher, head of United Way International, actually earned much more than the figure mentioned in the email—nearly $1.2 million annually as of the end of 2015, putting him 12th on the Charity Watch top earners list. In second place was Save the Children International, which had 346 employees earning more than $75,000 (£58,000).

However, the head of the Salvation Army made more per year than the viral post claimed—$94,000—and that was in 2003, according to the blog. A report produced by backbench MPs last year described the executive pay levels at the company as "totally unacceptable". A number of large, well-known charities do not pay their senior executives enough for them to appear in Third Sector’s top 100 list. These were children’s charity Caudwell Children and the Thrombosis Research Institute (see "Small charities, big payers"). The first is Caudwell Children, which provides equipment, treatment, therapies and support to disabled children and was set up by the mobile phone entrepreneur John Caudwell. Unicef UK paid its highest earner, executive director Mike Penrose, £115,000 in 2017, while St John Ambulance paid its highest earner, who is not identified, between £110,000 and £120,000 over the same period.