Work at the SSE: what salaries to expect and what positions?

Work that makes sense, focused on the general interest, and not just on the growth of the company’s turnover. This is what many profiles strive for when working in a social and solidarity economy. But what salary are we talking about? Sustainable Orientation, an SSE recruiting firm, and On Purpose, an association that supports SSE career change, released a barometer on the subject on June 15.

Result: The average annual salary ranges from EUR 28,790 gross for a position of responsibility in employment and training to EUR 75,429 for a general management position in finance. “We see that SSE salaries at the beginning of a career are not necessarily very different from what is practiced in the private sector. It is in the career that we see a kind of glass ceiling for the highest salaries.– analyzes Jean-Philippe Teboul, deputy director of a recruiting company.

Salary that varies by structure

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

How can such differences be explained? Because of their economic model, according to Jean-Philippe Teboul. Endowment funds often operate on investment income, mutual funds have commercial income. It’s not just that they have “more” money, but that both have a more stable income.”he explains. Unlike popular education actors, “who frequently participate in extracurricular activities and may need to limit their overall spending in order to be eligible for community public competitions”.

Salaries also vary significantly depending on the size of the organization. The larger it is, the more the average wage increases.

Different remuneration depending on the sector

Some industries are more profitable than others. In the medical and social sphere, the highest average salary (54,921 euros) and the lowest in public education and youth (38,804 euros).

However, it should be noted that pay gaps within the same structure are more limited than in the traditional private sector. This can be explained “virtuous standards of the ecosystem (whether it be certain collective bargaining agreements, the demands for fair pay of the Impact France movement or even the criteria for obtaining ESUS approval)”, which asks to limit the gap between the smallest and the largest salary, the barometer points out.

Difficulties with recruiting

The sector is facing a shortage of weapons. Between June 2020 and June 2022, the recruiting firm experienced a 60% drop in applications for certain positions. At the same time, the needs of SES participants are increasing.

What to do to attract talent? Jean-Philippe Théboul admits that structures do not have much room to play on wages. “However, they can work on their identity and their employer brand, as well as the flexibility of their working conditions.”He says.

Methodology: This barometer is based on 884 feedback collected in February and March 2022 from professionals working in the social and solidarity economy (ESS).