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Charity leaders' pay 'shouldn't be criticised'

20 August 2013

The issue of charity leader pay has come under close scrutiny in recent weeks, with the salaries received by some chief executives called into question. 

However, while this negative publicity is a concern for high-level individuals in the third sector, an industry expert has claimed commentators should reconsider their criticisms of CEO pay. 

Writing for New Statesman, head of Funder Effectiveness at New Philanthropy Capital Angela Kail said the unique nature of a charity leadership position should be taken into account before commenting on this issue. 

She claimed the complex nature of many charitable organisations needs to be considered and cited the CEO of Oxfam, who is paid significantly less than their counterpart at retail chain Next despite running the same number of stores, as evidence of the hard work carried out by third sector leaders.

"We'd like to see the impact of the UK’s leading aid charities make the headlines, instead of six-figure salaries that really say nothing on their own," Ms Kail concluded.

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Categories: Charities, Board & CEO

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