Third-sector staff change jobs more often, finds survey

More than one in 10 voluntary-sector staff have changed jobs this year as charities struggle to recruit and retain staff, according to a new employment survey.

The turnover figure of 10.7 per cent compares with 8.5 per cent in 2001.

Resignations are the biggest factor, accounting for 7.5 per cent of departures compared with just 4.7 per cent in 2001.

That more people are leaving voluntarily suggests employees are shopping around for the most attractive package and taking advantage of the skills shortage blighting the sector.

The Remuneration Economics' 14th annual voluntary-sector salary survey, produced in association with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, revealed redundancies were down from 3 per cent of the workforce in 2001 to 1.6 per cent.

The two main recruitment difficulties are competition and salary levels, and are most acutely felt when attracting managerial and professional staff.

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