We are at a pivotal moment: the climate and biodiversity crises are deepening, and inequalities are even more marked in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The global investment system has an oversized impact on many of these global challenges. We want to make sure that impact is positive. At ShareAction we work with investors, policymakers and individuals to unleash the positive potential of the investment system. We aim to build a world where our financial system serves our planet and its people.
Income inequality and in-work poverty are critical challenges for society today. Over the last 40 years, the gap between the average incomes of the top 10% and the bottom 50% within countries has almost doubled. During the Covid-19 pandemic and in the current cost of living crisis, it is the poorest and most vulnerable communities that are disproportionately affected.
ShareAction’s Good Work programme seeks to harness the power of the investment system to challenge harmful labour practices and push companies to provide more decent work. For more than a decade our Good Work investor coalition has been engaging with FTSE 100 companies on living wages. More recently we have broadened our work to engage on insecure work and gender and ethnicity pay gaps. Our future plans include expanding our work globally, so that living wages are paid throughout international supply chains.
Low pay and inequality pose risks to business, to our economy and society, and have profound impacts on individuals’ lives. But business can be part of the solution. Paying living wages and providing decent work can lift workers and their families out of poverty and help to build more resilient economies and societies.
We are seeking to appoint a new Head of Good Work to oversee our collaborative investor engagement with companies on living wages, insecure work and equity at work, and to develop plans to expand this internationally and secure funder support for this. They will lead a small but ambitious team, helping them to balance workloads, deliver priorities and ensure their own development. They will work collaboratively with colleagues across ShareAction to embed decent work and human rights in all our work and to act as ShareAction’s lead expert on the subjects.
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What we will do for you
Location: Hybrid - London/Home
Contract type: Permanent, Full time but with some flexibility possible
Salary: £49,500- £54,000 per annum, pro rata. Plus 8 per cent pension (non-contributory) and benefits including a healthcare scheme
Closing date: Monday 22 August, 9am
Interviews: there will likely be two rounds of interviews from the week of the 29 August
ShareAction values and respects all differences in people (seen and unseen) and welcomes applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries. We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities and so if you are not 100 percent sure that you meet all the requirements but believe you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply and use the application questions to tell us about your experience and what you hope to bring to this role.
We have a London office and we actively encourage staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available - such as part-time and term-time working, job sharing, home working and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.
ShareAction’s London office is based in vibrant Bermondsey and a short walk from London Bridge underground and national rail. Remote working will remain the norm for many ShareAction staff as we continue to face the Covid-19 pandemic, with office space available as described in London for those who wish to use it.
Please note that to be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK. Due to current restrictions we are unable to hire anyone that isn’t already living in the UK.
Due to our size we are unable to sponsor visas.