A recent survey conducted by British newspaper The Daily Telegraph (5 August 2013) has caused an uproar in the nonprofit sector in the United Kingdom (UK). It revealed that nonprofit sector executives from well-known global nonprofits funded by the British aid agency are pocketing up to £184 000 (approximately R2.7 million) per annum in salaries. In some cases, according to the ‘charity rich list’, nine of those charities paid about £300 000 pounds (R3.5 million) each to some of their employees in 2012. This has raised a public relations nightmare in the midst of aid budget reviews.
The South Africa Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that white male Gautengers are the highest earners in South Africa, with young African women in Limpopo the lowest.
According to Statistics South Africa information the SAIRR analysed, the white men, on average, work in the community and social services industry (including government), are in skilled jobs, belong to a union, and are between 55 and 64 years old.
As a Human Resources professional working in the development sector, I always keep an eagle eye on trends and practices in private sector organisations who have the resources and capacity to invest in their people management practices. Having worked in the private sector for most of my career, I recently transitioned to civil society organisations and recognised a need for these organisations to reflect on their people management practices and develop strategies for attracting, retaining and developing their employees.
A study by the World Bank has revealed that while women far outnumber men in universities, men still earn bigger salaries than their female counterparts.
The World Bank's 2012 report on gender equality and development, which was released in Johannesburg over the weekend, shows that the world is still struggling with certain gender issues.
The study involved 90 countries, including South Africa, and looked at how gender equality evolves among developing countries and developed ones.
The New Reality for South African NGOs
South African NGOs need to be aware and take cognisance of the fact that skills shortages and high turnover have become a global phenomenon. Skills are easily transferable across international boundaries and employees have an abundance of choice in an age where access to information is just a broadband connection away.