Our full statement ahead of IoF’s open forum on #ShowTheSalary

We have been in existence now for 20 days. In that time our tweets have been seen 1/3 million times. 18 major agencies, job boards and membership bodies have signed our pledge to always #ShowTheSalary, and we’ve been overwhelmed with early response to our charity pledge and from the people that make our sector what it is. We’ve received countless confidential messages from those impacted by salary secrecy, and the power dynamics at play – all heart-breaking, none surprising. The sector is calling out for salary transparency, it’s time we all listened.

We would love to be able to attend the IoF session today and share what we have learnt, but our members must remain anonymous. The discussion must remain focussed on the campaign, and the lived experience of those impacted, not our organisers. And, sadly, our members fear for their job security based on the current climate of redundancies and the power held by those seemingly opposed to the movement (or at least dragging their heels).

The message we want conveyed in our absence is clear. Listen to the lived experience that women and people of colour are sharing – and truly value them. Now is not the time to stall, to demand more academic research, to look at escape routes or caveats, nor to sit on the fence.

Now is the time for action – and action that so many agencies, membership bodies and charities are showing is an easy action to take.

We’re not going to pretend that showing the salary will end pay disparity and discrimination in the charity sector, but it’s an important step to get us there. If we can’t overcome this, step one, the easiest of hurdles, then we’re in bigger trouble than perhaps any of us realised.

We’ll leave you with just a couple of the stories, that are typical of those shared with us so far:

“In my first leadership role the salary wasn’t advertised. I was offered a rate which turned out to be £10,000 (or 20%) below the bottom of the salary band for the role. In 2 years I got to the bottom of the salary band. My (older, white and male) peer in Fundraising was paid nearly 50% more than I was.”

“I’m a good fundraiser, a good pitcher for my company – absolutely no way in a million years I could phone a recruitment agency or charity and ask them immediately what a salary was for an advertised role.  Maybe it’s imposter syndrome, but I would think it would jeopardise my chance of getting the role.

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