Work in the chipboard: what salaries to expect and what positions?

Meaningful work is focused on the common interest, not just on growing the company’s turnover. This is what many profiles strive for, working in the social and solidarity economy. But what kind of salary is it? Sustainable Orientation, a recruitment firm specializing in SSE, and On Purpose, an association that supports career change in SSE, published a barometer on the subject on June 15.

The result: the average annual salary ranges from € 28,790 gross as an employment and training officer to € 75,429 as a chief financial officer. “We note that SSE earnings at the beginning of a career are not necessarily as different from those practiced in the private sector. It is during our career that we see a kind of glass ceiling for the highest salaries.analyzes Jean-Philippe Tebul, deputy director of the staffing firm.

Wages depend on the structure

Associations, cooperatives, professional federations, foundations … Remuneration varies significantly depending on the structure. It is in endowment funds that we find the highest average salaries (€ 64,400) among all SSE sectors, followed by mutual ones (€ 61,954). Conversely, associations, adapted companies or NGOs have the lowest average salary (from € 42,500 to € 44,100).

How can such differences be explained? Because of their economic model, according to Jean-Philippe Tebul. “Endowment funds often operate at the expense of investment income, mutual funds have commercial income. It’s not just that they have “more” money, but that they both have more stable incomes. “, he explains. Unlike popular education actors, “Who often play a role in extracurricular activities and may need to limit overall costs in order to be eligible to participate in public competitions from communities”.

Wages also vary significantly depending on the size of the organization. The higher it is, the higher the average wage.

Different payment depending on the industry

Some industries are more profitable than others. Medico-social is the one with the highest average salary (54,921 euros), while public education and youth have the lowest salary (38,804 euros).

However, it should be noted that wage gaps within one structure are more limited than in the traditional private sector. This can be explained “Fair ecosystem standards (whether certain collective agreements, equal pay requirements for the Impact France Movement, or even the criteria for obtaining ESUS approval)”, which asks to limit the gap between the lowest and highest wages, indicates the barometer.

Difficulty with hiring

The sector is facing a shortage of weapons. In the period from June 2020 to June 2022, the number of applications for certain positions in the recruitment firm decreased to 60%. At the same time, the needs of SSE entities are growing.

What to do to attract talent? Jean-Philippe Tebul admits that the structures do not have much freedom to play for a salary. “However, they can work on their identity and employer brand, as well as on the flexibility of their working conditions.”he says.

Methodology: This barometer is based on the collection in February and March 2022 of 884 reviews of professionals working in the field of social and solidarity economy (ESS).