Some charities need to spend money on staff salaries. Many smaller charities are able to run predominantly with volunteers, but many larger charities need people who can work full time or who have specialist expertise, so they need to employ people.
These people, and their salary costs, are often an important part of the difference the charity makes on the front line. They are salaries of care workers, debt advisers, animal protection officers, child protection workers, medical researchers and others who are absolutely critical to a charity achieving what it sets out to do.
On average, salaries for junior and mid-level employees in charities are comparable to those in other sectors. For more senior staff in charities, their salaries are significantly lower than in other sectors.
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