Comic Relief tops list of charity employers

Save the Children and Shelter also rate highly in Third Sector Research survey

Comic Relief named top employer
Comic Relief named top employer

Comic Relief is the most popular of 24 major charity employers, according to new research.

An online survey of more than 1,000 people looking for work in the voluntary or already employed in it, carried out by Third Sector Research in November, found that 70 per cent of respondents said they were "fairly interested" or "very interested" in working for the organisation.

"Comic Relief was regarded as the most exciting place to work, with more than three quarters of respondents (76 per cent) agreeing with this statement," says the survey report. Save the Children came out as the second most popular and Shelter was third.

Respondents were also asked what factors would be important in their next career move in the sector. Sixty eight per cent chose the organisation's ablility to make a difference in their cause area, and  66 per cent chose "a cause I believe in."

Thirty-six per cent chose "opportunities to progress", and 33 per cent "an exciting working environment" and "a competitive salary."

Oxfam was seen as the charity with the best reputation, with 95.1 per cent of respondents agreeing with the statement that the charity is well regarded in the wider world.

Macmillan Cancer Support scored highest on the statement: "To what extent do you agree that the named charity deals with a cause I believe in?"

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