Charities struggle with staff recruitment

The average number of vacancies that arose at voluntary groups during 2006 fell by more than 50 per cent compared with the previous year - but the proportion having difficulties recruiting staff has increased.

According to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the average number of vacancies at each organisation fell from 147 in 2005 to 64 in 2006. But the proportion of voluntary organisations that experienced difficulties recruiting to “one or more category of vacancy” in 2006 rose to 81 per cent, compared with 76 per cent in 2005.

The CIPD’s annual Recruitment Retention and Turnover Survey also revealed that 75 per cent of voluntary groups reported difficulties in retaining staff. This was a slight decrease from the previous year’s total of 77 per cent.

Voluntary organisations said the main reason they found it difficult to recruit was that candidates were “looking for more pay than we could offer”. A total of 56 per cent of voluntary groups cited this as a reason for finding it difficult to recruit staff, compared to 43 per cent of private sector organisations and 41 per cent of respondents from the manufacturing and production sector.

The research also showed that only 9 per cent of voluntary groups operate a “structured graduate recruitment programme” – this compared with 28 per cent of private sector organisations, 27 per cent of respondents from the manufacturing and production sector, and 23 per cent of public sector organisations.

A total of 42 per cent of voluntary organisations have “formal resourcing strategies” in place for recruiting employees. This compared to 62 per cent of public sector respondents, 52 per cent of manufacturing and production sector organisations, and 49 per cent of private sector respondents.

The CIPD surveyed a total of 905 organisations, of which 12 per cent were from the voluntary, community and not-for-profit sector.

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