Recruitment easier but keeping staff is a growing problem

Charities are finding it easier to recruit staff but harder to retain them, according to the 15th annual voluntary sector salary survey.

The report by Remuneration Economics found that the proportion of charities experiencing staff recruitment problems fell from 66 per cent last year to 60 per cent.

But retention problems are now shared by 55 per cent of charities, up from 41 per cent in 2002.

NCVO chief executive Stuart Etherington commented: "It is good news that voluntary organisations are beginning to find it easier to recruit staff in a tight labour market.

"However, a perceived lack of career prospects continues to undermine staff retention. In a difficult economic climate voluntary organisations must consider how they can offer the kind of personal and career development opportunities that will enable them to hold on to staff."

Charity sector salaries increased by an average of 6.1 per cent, up from 4.7 per cent in 2002.

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