The disclosure of the salaries of some, not all, of the BBC’s ‘talent’ hit the headlines yesterday – we’re all interested in how underpaid we are and how overpaid ‘they’ are.
Before the news came out, I thought about it a little, and I was expecting John Humphrys’s salary to be somewhere between £200k and £300k, although I had neglected to factor in Mastermind so maybe I would have edged my guess up to low £300ks. Well, the actual figure is double that. What does that tell us? Not much, except that I am out of touch with what people earn. For context, Wayne Rooney was paid £300k per week at Man Utd.
How do the conservation charity sector ‘talent’ salaries compare?
I have used the most readily available trustees’ reports and accounts for the following wildlife charities to compile the following table which lists top salaries in bands.
|# staff earning >£60k per annum||# staff earning >£100k per annum||# staff earning >£150k per annum||Highest salary band|
- different organisations use slightly different accounting years
- if a staff member leaves during a FY then their salary for that FY only is included, I think (!), in the information provided by charities
- these organisations differ in their overall budgets and the proportion of those budgets spent on staff salaries
- it would be a matter of supposition to think that the CEO gets the highest salary – but it is quite likely to be true
- I looked at other wildlife charities too – I failed to find the similar information on the GWCT website (it may be there, but I didn’t find it)
- the charity sector is required to be pretty open about salaries
- only six staff, all working for the NT, would have got into the BBC list of staff earning over £150k per annum
- top salaries are higher in the bigger and ‘richer’ charities
- the NT, Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust and WWF-UK currently have female CEOs
And here is another table which compares current ‘top salaries’ in these NGOs now with in the past.