Few charity CEOs are from a BAME background, survey finds

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26th January 2017 13:09 - Voluntary

Few charity CEOs are from a BAME background, survey finds: According to a recent charity survey by Acevo, a membership body for the leaders of third sector organisations in England and Wales, just 3 per cent of Chief Executive Officers of charities are from BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) backgrounds.Few charity CEOs are from a BAME background, survey finds

The membership body recently published the research findings from its annual salary survey and suggested that the third sector should adopt a version of the ‘Rooney Rule’, which means that when recruiting for a new Chief Executive, the recruiters should shortlist candidates in a way which represents black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Of the entire population in the United Kingdom, approximately 14 per cent come from a BAME background.

The survey also revealed that for the first time since the beginning of the survey, women have outnumbered men in the number of Chief Executive positions held, with 58 per cent of third sector Chief Executives being female.

The findings also suggested that the median average salary for a charity Chief Executive had fallen to £50,000, from 2015’s average of £55,000 and £60,000 in 2014. As well as this, the median average salary for charity Chief Executives with an income of less than £1m also fell by £2,000 and for charities with an income of more than 15m the average salary fell by more than £5,000. Acevo suggested that this was a clear sign of what they described as ‘belt-tightening’.

The Acevo Pay and Equalities Survey was conducted online between September and October of 2016 and surveyed approximately 273 Chief Executives who were members of both Acevo and its Scottish and Northern Irish equivalents, ACOSVO and CO3.

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