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03 July 2009 6:06am

The majority of job applicants to non-profit organisations are willing to take a pay cut of up to 30 per cent to secure jobs they see as ethical, according to a new survey.

EthicalJobs.com.au surveyed human resource managers and executives at more than 60 Australian non-profit organisations including charities, industry bodies and non-profit organisations.

A total of 78 per cent of employers surveyed reported applications from people outside the not-for-profit sector willing to work for less in an equivalent position.

Of those employers, 56 per cent said applicants were willing to work for 10-20 per cent less, 19 per cent said applicants were willing to work for 20-30 per cent less, and 6 per cent said applicants were willing to work for more than 30 per cent less.

“We know that increasing numbers of people are thinking long-term about the world around them and the part they can play in helping secure that future,” said EthicalJobs.com.au founder Michael Cebon.

“But this survey proves that they’re also increasingly willing to act on their concerns by taking a pay cut to make a difference.”

The survey found overwhelming support for the idea of working in an “ethical job”, with 87 per cent of employers surveyed saying job seekers were more likely to apply for a position seen to be ethical.

http://www.recruiterdaily.com.au/nl06_news_selected.php?act=2&selkey=39924&stream=All

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