Job satisfaction is highest in the voluntary sector

YouGov poll shows third sector workers are happier than those in the private and public sectors

Voluntary sector workers have greater job satisfaction and security than workers in other sectors, according to a survey for the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.

The online survey of nearly 3,500 UK employees, carried out by YouGov, examined attitudes to work, particularly in the light of the recession.

The resulting report, Employee Outlook: Job Seeking in a Recession, reveals that 71 per cent of voluntary sector workers are either satisfied or very satisfied with their job, compared with 64 per cent in the private sector and 63 per cent in the public sector.

Only 11 per cent of voluntary sector workers said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied, compared with 18 per cent of private sector workers and 18 per cent in the public sector.

Of people who said they did not want to change their jobs in the next year, 45 per cent of voluntary sector workers cited job satisfaction as the main reason, compared with 32 per cent of workers overall.

Only 11 per cent of voluntary and public sector workers thought they were likely to lose their jobs as a result of the recession, compared with 19 per cent in the private sector.

Eighty-five per cent of voluntary sector workers felt they had control over the way they did their jobs, compared with 79 per cent in the private sector and only 67 per cent in the public sector.

Satisfaction about work-life balance was similar across all three sectors, but voluntary sector organisations and managers were significantly more likely to provide support to help their staff achieve the right balance.

Only 8 per cent of voluntary sector workers said they were under excessive pressure every day, compared with the average of 14 per cent, but 37 per cent of voluntary sector workers complained their workload was excessive, compared with 25 per cent in the private sector and 36 per cent in the public sector.

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