Morale among charity workers could be rising, survey indicates

Early figures from this year's Charity Pulse show an increase in morale; there is still time to take part in the study

Morale among charity sector workers could be on the rise, early indications from this year’s Charity Pulse survey show.

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

Early results from this year’s survey, which is open until 7 April, show that 55 per cent of respondents so far feel morale in their charities is high, compared with a final figure of 42 per cent last year and only 33 per cent in 2015.

Frances Hurst, co-founder of Birdsong Charity Consulting, said: "This figure is really encouraging, but we need more responses from charity employees to validate what is going on. The more people who take part, the more useful the data will be."

The study, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, includes a special section this year on what charity workers feel about Brexit and the impact it might have on their organisations.

Participants can leave their details to have the chance to win three free coaching sessions with Birdsong or £100 of ethical shopping vouchers. The survey can also be completed anonymously.

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.

The survey will be open until 7 April and a final report will be available to download for free from Birdsong in the summer, with the results published by Third Sector.

To take part, click here.

Have you worked in fundraising for less than three years? Enter Third Sector’s new Fundraisers: The New Generation awards here. Entry is free.

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