Report overview

The report found that 26% of charity workers earn less than the real Living Wage, a voluntary rate that accounts for the cost of living. Data is further broken down by gender, ethnicity, age, full or part-time hours, size of charity, sector and region.

This report looks at the facts of how prevalent low pay is in the charity sector but does not attempt to answer how this is addressed. This is a starting look at where there is more work to be done to ensure people in the charity sector are paid a real Living Wage.

The data on charities that pay the real Living Wage has been collected by the Cardiff Business School at the University of Cardiff and is from a wider survey of Living Wage accredited employers undertaken in 2016. Case study evidence also demonstrates the impact of paying the real Living Wage on employees in the charity sector.

Key findings

The parts of the charity sector with the highest rates of pay below the Living Wage are Residential Care (45.4%) and Education (29.9%).

30.4% of women in the charity sector earn less than the Living Wage, compared to 21% of men.

62% of ‘Other Asian Background’ survey respondents, and 30% of Black/ African/ Caribbean/ Black British respondents reported that they earn below the Living Wage.

Being paid the Living Wage really makes a difference. Just having that extra bit of money in your pocket makes life a bit easier

Date published: 7 November 2017