Pay at Amnesty International UK

We want to be transparent about all of our salaries at Amnesty International UK, including that of our most senior staff, and are guided by the NCVO recommendations in their report on senior pay.

Amnesty International UK operates a pay and reward policy that, as part of our offering, aims to attract and retain the best talent needed to to take forward our ambitious human rights work within the UK. We aim to pay all roles at the median salary level for the sector and ensure that all elements of pay are fair and transparent and easily understood by our employees. When required we undertake benchmarking exercises using established salary surveys.

Our latest pay scales are attached at the bottom of this page. Each pay band is made up six steps, with incremental pay increases awarded annually. The Director’s increment is not automatic, and is subject to the Amnesty International UK Board’s approval.  For roles based in London, a London Weighting element is also included as part of the salary. We don’t apply any form of performance-related pay, nor do we have a bonus scheme, or pay overtime.

Amnesty International UK’s Senior Management Team is made up of five roles – the Director of Amnesty International UK, and four Department Directors.

The Director of Amnesty International UK is currently paid the maximum of the scale which is £102,751 per annum, whilst our Departmental Directors’ pay scale starts at £65,353 and rising to £84,119. The Board has responsibility for agreeing and setting the Amnesty International UK Director salary band, whilst Department Directors come under our collective bargaining agreement with the union, the same as other staff.

A cost of living award is negotiated annually for all employees through our Pay Negotiation Committee, which includes representatives from Amnesty International UK’s recognised trade union, Unite. For 2017 a 2.2% pay award was agreed for all staff.

All staff at Amnesty International UK (including the Senior Management Team) are entitled to the same benefits. Employer pension contributions start at 5%, rising to a maximum of 9% dependent on the level of employee contribution made.

The ratio comparing the highest full time salary to the lowest full time salary is 4.8 to 1. The average ratio for organisations within the not for profit sector with 100-250 employees is 7.0 to 1 (People Count Third Sector 2016 report).

Amnesty International UK is a Living Wage accredited employer, meaning all our staff and contractors are paid at least the Living Wage.



Pay scales January 2017