Banner Default Image

Candidate insights

Over the past two decades, CharityJob has built an extensive network of candidates in the not for profit and voluntary space. 

From tried-and-tested industry veterans to bright-eyed career shifters with hopes of leaving a lasting imprint on the world, we listen to our candidates’ needs, ensuring not only the best job-hunting experience but a deeper insight into what our candidates want versus what recruiters are offering.

So how does this come into play when looking at third sector salaries? 

When we asked our candidates what they believed was the most important prompt to complete an application, salary came second, after a clear job description. 

One of the biggest frustrations candidates encounter when searching for a job is that salaries often aren’t there. True, there may be a valid reason it can't be disclosed, but giving no indication or just putting 'competitive' can often create a poor impression in terms of intent and professionalism. This, in turn, impacts the number of applications the role receives.

The fact is that salaries will always be significant when it comes to attracting new talent. Although a majority of candidates understand that salaries will be slightly lower in the charity sector, there are still expectations that pay should reflect not only the responsibilities of the role, but also the skills and know-how that applicants bring.

Let’s take a closer look at what our candidates had to say.

Who are our candidates?

What our candidates want

Last year, over 3.5 million candidates searched our site, with an average of 1.3 million job views per month. This demonstrates the clear and definite interest in long-term careers in the not for profit space. And that interest is only growing.

In 2018, we surveyed over 800 of our candidates about their motivations and frustrations in finding a job in the charity sector. 

Of these, only 26.7% of those actively searching were motivated by a better salary, while 75.4% sought a career that could offer more fulfilment. 

When asked what would make them consider changing from their current role, 64.6% said they would leave for a better salary. 

This suggests that although salary isn’t the driving factor when candidates first join an organisation, it grows in significance the longer they stay. As they gain more experience and develop new skills over time, their value to the organisation grows too. But if their progression isn’t being recognised and rewarded accordingly, they’re likely to seek this out elsewhere.

Not surprisingly, entry-level candidates are most interested in hands-on work that allows them to interact directly with the people they’re aiming to help. 

As candidates progress in their career, they are more driven to sector-specific roles such as governance and fundraising that allow them to use the expertise they’ve built over the years. These roles offer some of the highest paid salaries at Director/CEO level, as they require the most knowledge of UK institutions, to drive key strategies and campaign activity.

Download the full 24-page 2019 Salary Report

Welcome and introduction 

Summary and market trends 

Fundraising ►

Marketing, PR & Digital ►

Business Services ►

Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns ►

Finance ►

Human Resources ►

Projects & Programmes ►

Temporary & Interim ►

Executive salaries ►

Candidate insights ►

Career shifters ►

Regional updates ►

Methodology & FAQ ►

  • Blank
  • Blank
  • Blank
Blogthumb Final

Thinking of temping? Here’s what to consider…

Temping offers flexibility, variety and a chance to boost your CV - but is it right for you?​ Hear from current Harris Hill temps as freelance writer and guest blogger Nicola Greenbrook explores...Do you ever catch yourself gazing out of the window, dreaming about a work life that breaks away from the conventional nine-to-five? Are you someone with multiple interests and many interconnecting ca...

Read more
Blog Thumb 2

Celebrating UK charity jobs for UK Charity Week 2023!

It's UK Charity Week 2023, so join us for a whirlwind festive tour of some of the best opportunities with charities around the country!​Yes, even though it feels about 30 seconds since you bundled last year’s decorations into an overstuffed box in the loft*, it’s December already, which means it’s time to get them down but more importantly, time for UK Charity Week 2023, celebrating the brillia...

Read more
B Corp Blogthumb Final

Harris Hill is now a Certified B Corporation

We're delighted to share the news that Harris Hill is now B Corp Certified! It makes us part of a global community of businesses meeting high standards of social and environmental impact, accountability and transparency, and leading the transformation of the global economic system. That's a big ambition, but at the simplest level, being certified is recognition that we're here for the right rea...

Read more
Blogthumb 2

Access all areas: how to use the Recite Me toolbar

As part of our diversity and inclusion strategy, the Harris Hill website now features the award-winning Recite Me assistive toolbar, providing a wide range of accessibility and language support tools for a more inclusive online experience. Here’s an overview of the benefits and how to use it.​There’s a lot to look out for when you’re searching for a new job online. In most cases, you'll actual...

Read more

Meet the 2023 Charity Softball finalists!

​Landing just ahead of the big day and 20th anniversary celebrations, meet the teams playing for glory in the 2023 Charity Softball League!Like any other year, 2003 gave the world some things we’d rather it hadn’t - war in Iraq, the SARS outbreak, the Black Eyed Peas – but over the course of that long hot summer, it also gave us (courtesy of founding father Leo Visconti) something we’re very gl...

Read more
Finance Blog Thumb

2023 Salary Survey: finance market trends

They’re certainly earning their keep in these financially-challenging times, but are charity finance professionals securing higher salaries and what’s happening in the market? Here’s what our finance experts have to say on the subject, updated from our 2023 Salary Survey, which you can view or download below for all the figures.​​​​​​Finance market trendsTo the world of charity finance now, whe...

Read more
Blogthumb Final2

How to secure new talent (without spending a fortune)

Candidate scarcity and high inflation have made securing new staff more challenging (and expensive) than ever, but there ARE ways to improve your hiring prospects that needn't cost a thing...(updated and extended from the 2023 Harris Hill Salary Survey)Beyond the world of marketing, where they grow on carefully-branded trees, our 2023 Salary Survey finds candidates in short supply and high dema...

Read more
Temps Blog Thumb

Considering hiring a temp? Here’s what you need to know…

​Hiring temps is a flexible and cost-effective way to fill gaps and bring in extra resource or skills, but if you haven't before, where should you start and what are the benefits? Freelance writer and HR specialist Nicola Greenbrook talks us through everything you need to know.What is a temp?A temporary agency worker or ‘temp’ differs from a permanent member of staff as, rather than being direc...

Read more