Voluntary sector employment rising, Labour Force Survey figures show

New study finds that job numbers buck trends of losses in other sectors

The number of people employed in the voluntary sector rose 6.5 per cent to 778,000 last year, bucking the trend of job losses in the public and private sectors.

The figures have been taken from the latest Labour Force Survey and compiled as part of a joint research project by the Third Sector Research Centre and the NCVO in partnership with sector skills body Skills - Third Sector.

The research shows that the number of employees in the voluntary sector was up from about 730,000 in March 2009 to 778,000 in March 2010. Employment in the public and private sectors fell by 0.5 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively over the same period.

Janet Fleming, director of knowledge management at Skills - Third Sector, said she was surprised at what she called the sudden rise.

"I suspect that the voluntary sector is doing better than others because 93 per cent of sector employees work in social care, health, education or housing, and these industries have still been growing," she said.

"But public sector cuts will bite these industries, and when they do it’s likely there is will be a dip."

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in
Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

Latest Jobs

RSS Feed

Third Sector Insight

Sponsored webcasts, surveys and expert reports from Third Sector partners

Markel

Expert Hub

Insurance advice from Markel

Safeguarding in the Third Sector

Safeguarding in the Third Sector

Partner Content: Presented By Markel

Safeguarding - the process of making sure that children and vulnerable adults are protected from harm - is a big concern for organisations in the third sector.

Third Sector Logo

Get our bulletins. Read more articles. Join a growing community of Third Sector professionals

Register now