Morale in the charity sector has hit an all-time low, according to results from the latest annual Charity Pulse survey of voluntary sector employees.
Results from the survey carried out by Third Sector with Birdsong Charity Consulting, show that only 29 per cent think morale in their charities is high, a drop of 14 percentage points from 43 per cent last year – the biggest fall since the survey began in 2007.
Frances Hurst, co-founder of Birdsong, which analysed the survey responses, was surprised by the figures. "It is typical to have a change of a few percentage points, but this year it is quite significant, particularly with staff morale," she said. "Our feeling is that we are now seeing in charities what other sectors have experienced over the past few years since the economic downturn."
The proportion of the 579 charity employees surveyed who would recommend their organisations as employers has also fallen, from 70 per cent in 2011 to 56 per cent this year.
Charity workers are also losing respect for senior management – 30 per cent of respondents say they do not think management is capable, up from 19 per cent a year ago. They also believe it is not safe to challenge their leaders – up 11 percentage points from last year to 34 per cent – and 38 per cent of respondents now think their leaders are out of touch, up from 30 per cent.