Charity organisations offer a wide variety of diverse employment opportunities for passionate and socially minded individuals and the Charity Commission ensures everything runs smoothly.Positions range from office work to on-site fieldwork, and most commonly involve education, healthcare, or food services. Many positions also include unconventional working hours and travel.
As one might expect, charity work is not highly paid. Rather, it is a profession pursued by those committed to the philanthropic mission and dedicated to helping others. For most, charity work is an extremely satisfying and fulfilling way to earn a living. The range of income for charity employees in the UK is between £15,000 and £42,000, and the average salary is about £25K. Those working in London can expect to earn slightly more, while those in the North East tend to be paid somewhat less than other regions in the nation. Paid positions in the field are highly sought-after, and therefore also extremely competitive. It is usually necessary to have completed relevant postgraduate study, logged numerous community service hours, and obtained previous experience to be considered for most paid jobs.
Some positions available through Charity recruitment agencies are Charity Executive, Fundraising Manager, and Advocacy Expert. For most, work placements and experience is the best route into professional charity work, as they provide relevant training, valuable experience, and important networking opportunities. The largest employers in the UK are Cancer Research and Oxfam.