Most charity workers negative about Brexit, say early results from Charity Pulse

Third Sector's annual survey of sector staff, which is still open, has so far found that three-quarters of respondents felt 'negative' or 'very negative' about the decision to leave the EU

Three-quarters of charity workers have negative feelings about the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, emerging findings from Third Sector’s latest Charity Pulse survey suggest.

The annual exercise, conducted by Third Sector in partnership with Birdsong Charity Consulting, asks UK voluntary sector staff questions about areas such as their workload, job satisfaction and how they feel about their pay.

This year’s survey includes a special section on Brexit and the impact it might have on their organisations.

When asked what their overall attitude towards Brexit was, 22 per cent of initial respondents to the survey chose "negative" and 53 per cent selected "very negative". Only 9 per cent of respondents so far have said they felt positive or very positive.

The remainder said they felt no different or that they felt a mixture of positive and negative emotions towards the issue.

Participants in the survey, which remains open until 7 April, can leave their details and have the chance to win three free coaching sessions with Birdsong or £100 of ethical shopping vouchers. The survey can also be completed anonymously.

A final report on the findings will be available to download for free from Birdsong in the summer, with the results published by Third Sector.

Frances Hurst, co-founder of Birdsong Charity Consulting, said: "It’s quite striking to see just how many charity staff are feeling negative about the vote to leave the EU. Once we have the final results in we will be able to further analyse this data and see what impact staff think Brexit is having on their charities."

Last year’s study showed that staff satisfaction had been in long-term decline since 2007, when the study was first carried out, with no areas of the 2016 exercise scoring more positively than in 2007.

To take part in the survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, click here.

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