Fundraisers come top in staff satisfaction survey

Fundraisers are younger, less stressed and better paid than the average charity sector employee, according to research launched today.

Charity Pulse, the annual staff satisfaction survey started this year by Third Sector and Birdsong Charity Consulting, found that 40 per cent of fundraisers questioned were under 30 years of age, compared with 27 per cent of employees across the sector. A further 40 per cent earned more than £30,000 a year, compared with a cross-sector figure of 35 per cent.
“Of the charity staff in the survey, fundraisers were among the most positive,” said Frances Hurst, founder of Birdsong. “Although 43 per cent work more than their contracted hours in the week, they enjoy work and are highly motivated. More than three-quarters feel they are making a difference and
87 per cent are proud to work for a charity.”
The figures also suggest that fundraisers communicate better with their teams than the average sector employee and have more confidence in their senior management teams.
The survey shows that fundraisers stay in their jobs for less time and fewer work part-time than the sector average, but they are happier with their work-life balance.
Although fundraisers seem to fare well in many areas, they are less confident
than the average charity employee that their pay is handled fairly. Less than half – 46 per cent – were happy about this, compared with 7 per cent of charity employees overall.
Of the 700 responses to the survey, 190 were from fundraisers.

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