Poor pay strategies, but free tea and coffee

Voluntary sector organisations have been left trailing by other industries in drawing up strategies for staff pay, new research shows.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s Annual Reward Management Survey, published today, shows that only 25 per cent of voluntary sector organisations have adopted a planned approach to pay, compared with 39 per cent of private sector services.

Both the manufacturing and production and public sectors also have a higher proportion of pay strategies in place, with 31 per cent and 28 per cent respectively.

Sixty per cent of voluntary sector organisations say the most important factor when carrying out an annual review of pay is the rate of inflation. The results come from a survey of more than 600 organisations in the UK across all sectors.

The most prevalent employee benefit in the voluntary sector is staff training, with 90 per cent of organisations saying they provide it.

But the voluntary sector leads the way in providing free tea and coffee to staff – 86 per cent lay it on.

Charles Cotton, rewards specialist at the CIPD, said that public and voluntary sector employers were looking at schemes that rewarded staff on a non-cash basis as a way of recognising their contribution.

“Bonus schemes have not taken off here, possibly because of funding constraints, cultural issues and equal pay concerns,” he said.

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