Charities buck crunch to take on more employees

The charity sector could be defying the credit crunch by taking on more employees in spite of rising unemployment.

Recent figures from the UK Statistics Authority show that the number of unemployed peopl has risen every month since January.

However, Women Like Us, a recruitment company specialising in finding part-time work for women in charities, has seen an increase in sector employment.

The company has reported a rise of 26 per cent in enquiries from employers looking to recruit permanent part-time staff in May, and its year-on-year increase in recruitment has been 121 per cent.

"Some businesses are still growing despite the economic downturn," said David Curtis, director of Women Like Us.

"Employers who offer part-time work see this as a great solution because they are getting the skills and experience but not having to pay full-time salaries, so they can afford to take on more staff."

A survey by Russam GMS also shows an increase in interim management activity across the charity and not-for-profit sector.

Charles Russam, chairman at Russam GMS, said: "The average daily rates for interims in the charity sector are markedly lower, but they are starting to catch up as charities recognise the commercial value in getting as close as possible to paying market rates."

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