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AcreResources - Global survey results suggest a happy, well remunerated and growing sector.

AcreResources - Global survey results suggest a happy, well remunerated and growing sector.

With so many reports of pay freezes and job losses, this comprehensive survey of 847 professionals from around the world gives an insight into one of the few, resilient employment sectors. The survey is the result of a collaboration between sustainability recruitment specialists Acre Resources, corporate responsibility consultancy Acona, creative communications agency Flag and the publication Ethical Performance.

Now in its fourth year, the survey provides insight into the individuals employed in this expanding marketplace, from the types of organisations they work for, to their job functions, salaries and career backgrounds.

The results indicate a positive outlook for the sector in regard to salary, job security and job satisfaction. The UK average salary rose to &pound56,360, an increase of 14% since 2009, with Europe (excluding the UK) being the highest earning region globally, with an average salary of &pound69,000. Almost one quarter of respondents received basic salaries of &pound80,000 and upwards and 4% were rewarded with salaries in excess of &pound140,000.

Over 80% of respondents felt that their job security has improved or remained the same over the past 12 months (the same as 2010) with the same number (80%) of respondents satisfied with their jobs. 94% of respondents would recommend a career in the sector.

However, one area of CR professional’s salary causing concern is the gap between male and female remuneration. An average salary for a male is &pound67,300, while an average salary for a female is &pound56,800 - representing a widening pay gap than was seen during the last salary survey in 2010.

Andy Cartland, Founder & Director, Acre Resources –  “A major development over the past 12 months is the increasing number of CEOs that are engaging with sustainability. This coupled with the positive salary trends points to a maturing sector that’s gaining in credibility and influence within the corporate structure.”

“It’s interesting to note the decline of & lsquo;Reporting’ as an activity that sustainability professionals undertake. Having been the top activity in 2010, it’s now been replaced by & lsquo;Strategy Development and Implementation’ which is a sign that sustainability is being seen as more than an issue of mere compliance. Activities relating to Carbon and Energy Efficiency have also become increasingly common amongst practitioners”

Paul Burke, Senior Partner, Acona Partners LLP –

“There is little evidence that the CR sector is contracting. In fact, the survey suggests the opposite is true, with rising salaries – a 15% increase in the UK average over the last five years, for example – and four times as many respondents than for the 2010 survey, the number of people working in CR have increased over the last twelve months.”

“The survey confirms that CR and Sustainability practitioners are extremely well-educated with first degrees the norm and postgraduate qualifications commonplace. Yet, only one in five of respondents claimed to have a professional qualification in CR or Sustainability – reflecting the difficulty of developing a qualification (akin to those in areas such as Human Resources Management and Marketing) – that encompasses the diversity of roles found in the sector.”


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