The 2014 CR and Sustainability Salary Survey results, released this month, show CSR provessionals reporting high job satisfaction and encouraging levels of executive commitment, but a widening gender pay gap.
The report, produced by Acre, Carnstone and Flag, is based on a survey of 1,200 respondents working in the CR and sustainability sectors on their pay, job roles and career histories. It revealed that salary levels in the sector have dropped slightly in the UK, with most of the loss felt by women, whose average salary for women has fallen by £4,500 since 2012. There continues to be fewer women employed in more senior roles.
Sectors with the highest salary levels were natural resources, support services, telecoms and industrials, with banking and finance also returning to the top five, possibly as a result of efforts to rebuild trust among the public and shareholders through CSR.
In terms of job function, the most common activity was CSR strategy development and implementation, followed by reporting or performance measurement, environment, stakeholder assurance and auditing andassurance. The strong showing of various reporting strands echoes BITC’s own emphasis on more open and integrated reporting as a key way to embed sustainability within companies’ operations.
Respondents were upbeat about the security of their jobs, with 83% feeling they were as or more secure than a year ago, and positive about their levels of job satisfaction. Over 52% were satisfied, and 28% very satisfied with their jobs, with 93% saying they would recommend a job in the sector.