Healthcare charities dominate in salary survey
A survey has shown the UK’s highest paid charity chief raked in a whopping £780,000 last year while the average salary of top charity bosses is revealed to be £170,000.
David Mobbs earned the eye watering sum for being responsible for Nuffield Health, the private hospital operator.
Charity Finance magazine has published the Chief Executives Survey 2015 based on the Charity 100 Index, showing that, overall, chief executives salaries have risen by 3.4% over the past two years, from £164,500 in 2013.
However, the survey added the caveat that average pay is inflated by four very high earners, mostly at medical charities. If these posts are excluded, average pay falls sharply to £152,000.
Despite average salaries increasing, many top bosses took pay cuts last year, the survey found.
Mobbs himself saw his salary bracket fall from £860,000 to £780,000. However, this year his pay was boosted by a £140,000 “fluctuation” possibly related to performance.
Pay levels for charity chiefs has come under criticism of late in the media – but statistics show averages are still significantly lower than their private sector counterparts.
Chief executives at FTSE 100 companies average salaries top £4.9 million per year - 28 times the average charity chief’s salary while NHS bosses at top hospitals can expect to earn at least £400,000.
Top earning Scots earn substantially less than their English equivalents, however.
Highest paid in Scotland is thought to be Stuart Earley, the chief executive of the Scottish SPCA who is on a salary of £185,000.
Laura Lee, executive in charge of cancer charity Maggie’s Centre, is thought to earn between £110,000 and £120,000.
Bosses at Quarriers, Capability Scotland, Scottish Autism and SAMH are all on wages around the £100,000 mark.
|UK's highest paid charity chief executives|
|1. David Mobbs, Nuffield Health. Salary range: £780,000-£790,000|
|2. Paul Holdom, London Clinic Trustees. Salary range: £390,000-£400,000|
|3. Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust. Salary: £394,000|
|4. Simon Cooke, Marie Stopes. Salary range: £370,000-£380,000|
|5. Michael Anderson, CIFF (UK). Salary range: £360,000-£370,000|
|6. Peter Vicary-Smith, Consumers' Association. Salary range: £330,000-£340,000|
|7. Nigel Fine, Institution of Engineering. Salary range: £320,000-£330,000|
|8. Paul Hardaker, Institute of Physics. Salary range: £290,000-£300,000|
|9. Alex Beard, Royal Opera House. Salary: £250,000|