Sustainability consultants earn less than peers, survey finds

In-house sustainability professionals earn more than their counterparts in consultancy, a poll of the sector has found. The pay gap is around £5,000 in the UK.

Recruitment consultants Acre, communications specialists Flag and sustainability management consultants Carnstone asked people working in corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS) about their pay, job roles, career satisfaction and qualifications. 

The majority (61%) of the 1,296 respondents came from the UK, 18% from the rest of Europe, 11% from the US and 10% across Asia, Australasia, Africa and South America. 

The finding lays to rest the perception that consultants are better paid than those working in-house, the according to a report accompanying the findings. Globally, the average difference between those working in-house and those working for consultancies was just under £9,000 when the survey was last carried out in 2014, but this has now increased to 10,000. 

The pay gap may be partly due to the high level of competition in the consultancy sector depressing fees, the authors said. Just over half (52%) of all consultants earn salaries ...

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