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How We Pay Our Staff

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As an organisation with important responsibilities towards our beneficiaries, donors, supporters, staff and the public, we recognise the importance of raising accountability and transparency in all aspects of our work.


We are serious about being the best we can be for the world’s children. That means we place a premium on attracting the best people to work for us and to lead our organisation.

Save the Children UK is a modern, complex organisation with an annual income of £303 million in 2018 (see our 2018 Annual Report for more information). We have a high level of ambition, supporting the Save the Children movement to reach 40.8 million children around the world in 2018, often working in high-risk environments. Fighting for large-scale and lasting change for children, our global breakthroughs aim to ensure that by 2030 no child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday, all children learn from a quality basic education and violence against children will no longer be tolerated.

Securing the right people to deliver our ambitious plans is key to our strategy. One of the many ways we do that is through our competitive reward structure. We commit to paying our staff a fair salary that is competitive within the charity sector, proportionate to the complexity and responsibilities of each role, and in line with our charitable objectives. We pay all staff a living wage of at least £10.55 per hour in London and £9.00 per hour in the rest of the United Kingdom, as of 31 March 2019. We are accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.

We have developed a new pay and grading structure for employees during 2019 to ensure that we meet the three agreed key principles for paying people at Save the Children UK:

  • equality/fairness
  • fiscal responsibility
  • market competitiveness in line with the wider charity sector.

We acknowledge that debates over pay – and executive salaries, in particular – are important and reflect genuine public concerns. We are committed to the right balance between recognising these concerns while at the same time ensuring our salary levels help attract the talent we need to run an effective and efficient multinational organisation. The Performance and Remuneration Committee oversees our pay policy and decides on the salaries of our Chief Executive and executive directors.


The trustees delegate the day-to-day running of the organisation to the executive directors who are considered the key management personnel. Emoluments for all permanent executive directors employed at Save the Children UK for the year ending 31 December 2018 are detailed below.


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