Charities are getting more businesslike in the way they manage staff, according to research published this week by Acevo.
One example of this was that in a poll of 376 members of the chief executives body, carried out by financial adviser Foster Denovo, 78 per cent of respondents had measured the number of days lost through sickness in the past year, a rise of four percentage points compared with 2008.
Two-thirds of small employers measure sick days, with all organisations of 1,000 or more employees doing so.
Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, said that small advances like this showed organisations were "becoming better at managing and understanding the financial costs of their staff".
In 2008, 63 per cent of organisations had not considered the financial impact of auto-enrolling staff into a pension scheme under changes to the Pensions Act in 2012. This figure fell to 47 per cent in the latest poll.