Voluntary-sector employees among happiest at work

Voluntary-sector employees are some of the happiest and least stressed workers in the labour market, according to a new survey.

Management Today magazine's September issue reveals that sector staff are offered greater opportunities for flexible working and more childcare assistance than their counterparts in manufacturing, media, retail or accountancy. The survey also found that 88 per cent of voluntary-sector staff are proud of their career choice. The survey, funded by the Department of Trade and Industry, was carried out by Continental Research.

Ranila Ravi, spokeswoman at ACEVO, said: "Working in the third sector is a very fullfiling career option. We have always led with regards to work/life balance."

But, Owen Davies, Unison's voluntary- and community-sector national officer, warned: "We come across a lot of organisations where managers sometimes inadvertently exploit their staff's commitment and dedication.

Management Today is owned by Haymarket Publications, publisher of Third Sector.

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