Staff morale is sinking, Charity Pulse survey suggests

Employees are more concerned than they were last year about job security and pay, according to preliminary results

Staff morale in charities is sinking, the early results of this year's Charity Pulse survey reveal.

The first 400 responses to the annual survey of charity employees, carried out by Third Sector and Birdsong Charity Consulting, show that discontent and anxiety are on the rise.

More employees are worried about their job security than last year. In 2009, 48 per cent said they were not concerned about job security, but the interim 2010 findings show this figure has fallen to 41 per cent.

Staff are also increasingly unhappy with their pay packets. Twenty-six per cent now feel their salary is uncompetitive, compared with 21 per cent in 2009. Thirty per cent have told this year's survey so far that pay is not handled fairly at their charities - up from 24 per cent in 2009.

Employees also feel their charities are getting worse at handling poor performance. In 2009, 36 per cent identified this as a problem, but the interim results for 2010 show this figure has grown to 46 per cent.

"The sample is quite big and we don't usually get such big swings," said Frances Hurst, co-founder of Birdsong. "Last year we expected to see more reaction to the downturn than we did, but it now seems that the recession is really starting to bite."

This year's Charity Pulse survey runs until 16 April. You can take part at www.bird-song.co.uk/charity pulse.html. The full results will be published in July.

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