2017 National Pay and Benefits Survey

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The 2017 National Pay and Benefits Survey, the third in the series, was released today by The Community Foundation for Ireland, who commissioned the research in association with The Wheel and Dóchas. The survey was conducted by Quality Matters and Anne Coughlan (Independent HR Researcher). The report details everything from rates of pay across the sector to conditions of employment including pension schemes, paid leave and other employment benefits.

The National Pay and Benefits Survey include details of almost 250 community and voluntary organisations. Of the organisations surveyed 55% employed less than 10 employees, 19% employed between 20-100 employees and 10% had more than 100 employees. 46% of organisations in the report had an income less than €500,000 per annum, while 30% had an income of €1,000,000 or more. The main funding source was the government providing an average of 53.7% of income.

Rates of Pay and pay related issues

Detailed in the report are more than 1,500 rates of pay for more than 60 categories of employee. For almost all categories of employee, average rates of pay increased with the size of the organisation and with income levels. Just over one in ten (11.6%) of the 1,541 basic annual salaries in the survey are over €70,000, 3.6% are over €90,000 and 1.7% over a €100,000.

In both the 2015 and 2017 surveys, only a third of organisations surveyed granted a pay increase in the previous twelve months, indicating that a significant number of organisations have not increased their pay in line with increases and restoration of pre-recessionary pay rates that has been seen in other industries.  In the 2017 survey, 27% of organisations stated that they planned to increase pay for the coming twelve months and a further 32% stated they were unsure.

The report also makes comparisons with the private sector, referencing IBEC’s 2017 Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution Sector Pay Survey which indicates CEO’s and Senior Management in the community and voluntary sector on average receive almost half the pay of similar roles in the private sector. It is significantly less even when organisation size differences are taken into account.

Conditions of employment

Conditions of employment within the survey include pension schemes, overtime, annual leave, health insurance, educational opportunities, maternal and parental leave, flexible working arrangements, bonus schemes and canteen facilities.

In the community and voluntary sector no employer contribution is made to a pension scheme in 47% of organisations, while 27% of organisations contributed to a pension scheme for all employees and 25% of organisation’s contributed for some employees.

Some 92% of organisations did not pay for overtime; however a time in lieu policy was operational in most organisations. The average basic annual leave entitlement is 22.6 days for the majority or organisations with 26% of organisations granting additional leave days related to length of service and 53% granting additional leave days for holiday periods.

Eight per cent of organisations contributed in part or full to the cost of health insurance; 43% pay employees when they are on Maternity leave, over and above the statutory entitlement and 21% pay over and above the statutory entitlement for Paternity leave. Some 7% of organisations operate a bonus scheme for all employees and 8% have one for some employees. Where details were provided, the majority of these bonuses amount to €500 or less.

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