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Future looks bright, say most CSR practitioners

April 2010

Corporate responsibility practitioners appear generally positive about their job prospects despite the recession.

The latest CR Salary Survey shows eight out of ten people working in CSR worldwide feel as safe in their jobs as they did a year ago – or safer.

More than half those working outside Europe and North America are more confident about job security, and only six per cent feel it has declined. In the UK, the proportion feeling less secure in their jobs has fallen from 29 per cent in the 2008-09 survey to 17 per cent. There was little if any difference in feelings about job security between consultants and those with in-house company roles.

The 595 respondents to the survey, which will be published next month, were questioned in January and February this year.

There are few signs that the recession has bitten the sector hard. Although there is some evidence that salaries for the most senior people, both in-house employees and consultants, have fallen slightly over 12 months, most middle-rank practitioners have enjoyed salary increases.

The average salaries of UK-based respondents appear to have risen significantly in the year from about £49,600 to £54,560, while the percentage of those earning £80,600 or more rose from 12 to 17 per cent.

Paul Burke, senior partner at the Acona consultancy, which conducted the survey with EP and the recruitment agency Acre Resources, said: ‘This is a positive sign, given the turbulent economic times of the past 12 months, and taken with the results on feelings about job security, it supports our view that people in the sector are far more hopeful about their prospects than they were last year.’

Feelings about the job itself were also positive. About 80 per cent of respondents reported they are satisfied with their work and 95 per cent would recommend a CSR career.

The latest survey, the third of its kind and the first covering areas outside the UK, shows three-quarters of in-house CSR teams contain nine people or fewer, and less than ten per cent have 20 or more. However, team sizes do seem to be growing.

Just less than two-thirds of respondents said their team was a separate function within their company, with most of the rest part of a larger corporate affairs and communication function.

About a third had no budgetary responsibility, but over ten per cent controlled budgets of more than $2million (£1.3m, €1.46m). One in four of those responsible for a budget over $2m had a primary focus on community investment.

Other figures confirmed the predominance of women in CSR, with 56 per cent of the sample being female, although the global split is less dramatic than in the UK, where the female to male ratio is 61:39. A gender pay and seniority gap was in evidence worldwide – women were far more likely to be in lower-grade jobs and therefore paid less on average than men.

Global | CSR


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