Erm yes, tad over the top really

The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) last night [TUE] confirmed it had parted company with its fat cat boss Stuart Earley, who has been slammed by charity experts and animal rights campaigners for taking home more than £200,000 a year.

It is understood that the charity’s board demanded showdown talks with the 59-year-old after suffering a significant slump in donations, with regular contributors refusing to donate in protest at his massive salary.

Sorta depends on how big the organisation is:

Mr Earley, who oversees the SSPCA’s £14.2m annual income and its 358 employees, earned a staggering £216,000 in 2015 – a salary of £185,000 and a £31,000 bonus – as well as pension contributions of £31,000.

1.4% of turnover.

Makes that $20 million a year they pay the CEO of the $450 billion Walmart seem a bargain, doesn’t it?

28 thoughts on “Erm yes, tad over the top really”

  1. A business –fine. A charity –no.

    I wouldn’t give knowing that the cunt at the top was getting that kind of cash.

    Is it symptomatic of the organisation? How much of the money actually helps our four-legged friends and how much is part of a Clinton-style caper where “admin” costs eat up all but 6% of the money?

  2. Can’t wait to see this happen south of the border, with the RSPCA!

    I’m surprised they didn’t blame the drop in funding on other issues, however…

  3. The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) last night [TUE] confirmed it had parted company with its fat cat boss Stuart Earley,

    So the SSPCA is against overweight felines.

  4. Just did a quick back of a fag packet calculation for BP

    Bob Dudley 2014 pay – $15m
    BP 2014 turnover $353bn

    CEO pay as % of turnover – 0.004%

    (BP ratio)/(SSPCA ratio) – factor of 250 or thereabouts

  5. also slightly amazingly (and with more than a whiff of hubris about it) he lists himself on LinkedIn as working in “law enforcement”

  6. Hasn’t the RSPCA basically turned into a bunch of enforcers? I note that the reaction to the Heseltine story about strangling the dog was that they would have taken him to court if it had not happened so long ago. Charity? No. Bunch of cents? Yes

  7. Charity? No. Bunch of cents? Yes

    You seem to believe these are mutually exclusive?

    Just as a few examples:
    Greenpeace
    ASH
    Consensus Action on Salt, Sugar and Health
    Fair Tax Mark Ltd (okay, technically a “Community Benefit Society”)

  8. The emoluments of members of the enemy class in the Third Sector crime zone cannot be classed as “earnings” in any meaningful sense of the word.

  9. Ecks – correct; ‘thievery’ would be more accurate.

    On a smaller scale, there are a lot of businesses – often those targeting SJWs and others weak of mind – which boost PR by saying they are “not for profit”, which means “there’s no profit once my salary and surprisingly large expenses are deducted”.

    Actually that sounds a bit like my business, even though we do try to make a profit (and don’t have so many SJW customers)…

  10. MC, there is a difference between the not for profit and the for profit organisations. Both try and make a profit, one a bit harder than the other maybe. What happens to the profit is slightly different – not much but slightly.

  11. @ Ted S

    Beat me to it with the sentiment, more wittily expressed than my post would have been.

    Presumably she’ll get a job next at a council as a ‘chief executive’. Wouldn’t want to see her having to economise on Whiskas.

  12. Surely as charity there would have had to be trustees or similar to approve the salary / package? Are they being forced out too? I notice they wanted to talk about it but how did it get that big in the first place?

  13. There will be trustees. The executive team (chair, secretary, treasurer) may have set the level and just got it signed off by the other trustees.
    What would be an expected salary level for that type of job with that kind of budget and expected targets?
    You could get a chief executive on minimum wage by advertising at the jobcentre. Would not perhaps have the skills and experience you want. So somewhere is a level where you can recruit the skillset you want. And for that charity its now lower than they were paying that guy.

  14. @Martin – Thanks, personally I don’t mind what they pay – what I’m wondering is why he is being forced out for accepting the salary offered however (in)appropriate… Surely the person (people) deciding what the offer should be are the one(s) that should go not the person accepting the offer?

  15. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Third Sector panjandrums getting paid fat wedges isn’t “earnings”. It’s not “theft”. It’s spoils of war.

  16. Martin, I’ll do it for 50k and my kid’s schooling. Would like an excuse to come home anyway.

    It’s a fucking animal charity not a proper business.

  17. £200k isn’t unusual in the charity sector for a CEX.
    Not saying it’s good value, but it’s what a 35-50m turnover HA chief exec gets.

  18. Consensus Action on Salt, Sugar and Health

    They really called it that? so just make cheques out to CASSH can’t see any problem there

  19. I had a look at their website. For £14m, a total of 8000 wild animals were helped and 6000 animals rehomed.

    But they spoke to 320,000 schoolchildren. Presumably not to explain why the fuck it costs a grand to rehome an animal.

    Of course, the reason they do this is twofold: it’s marketing. It’s about raising money. But they class it as “awareness”, no doubt, which means they can call it a charity activity rather than marketing costs.

    I just don’t trust the big charities much because they’re really just massive power-hungry marketing and sales schemes. They can make easy money based on excellent reputations. I mean, what do Barnardo’s exactly do today?

  20. Bloke in Wiltshire – its not easy money when the demand in the charity sector is massively more than any one source type wants to give.
    In a day you can have a dozen charities wanting money from you. And the next day a dozen more.

    I could write to charitable trusts and ask them nicely for money, perhaps 1 in 10 of my general asks granting us money and perhaps 1 in 5 of my priority list asks granting money. Not always what was asked for and had to justify the money but that was around a couple hundred thousand a year between different charities. And that was at the lower end of the charity income skillset.
    A highly skilled fundraiser asking people in person can get more than that in a day. With the right people being asked.

    Always going to be more demand for money than supply. The trick is, as always, getting your charity’s money before other charities do.

  21. Does the fake charities website or similar have a handy list of charity CEO wages vs income? I’m curious to post it on CIF and see how long it lasts.

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