Voluntary sector morale improving, first Charity Pulse figures suggest

Frances Hurst of Birdsong Charity Consulting talks of "light at the end of a very dark tunnel" after last year's all-time low

Morale among voluntary sector staff is on the rise, initial findings from this year’s Charity Pulse indicate.

The annual survey, carried out by Third Sector in partnership with Birdsong Charity Consulting, is designed to find out what life is like for voluntary sector workers.

An initial analysis of this year’s survey, which is open until 12 April, shows that 38 per cent of respondents believe morale at their charity is high, compared with 29 per cent in the final results last year.

Last year’s total was the lowest in the history of the survey, which is now in its seventh year. 

The interim results also suggest that charity staff are happier with their senior managers and feel more appreciated by them. Satisfaction with pay levels is also running higher than last year.

Charity employees can choose to participate anonymously or leave their details to be entered into a draw to win four free coaching sessions with Birdsong.

Frances Hurst, co-founder of Birdsong Charity Consulting, said she thought the findings suggested there was light at the end of "a very dark tunnel".

She said: "These headlines look encouraging and are in line with the latest Managing in a Downturn study, published last week, which also reports signs that morale in the sector is improving."

"In previous years, the interim findings have been fairly indicative of the final results, so this will hopefully be the case in 2013."

To take part in the survey, click here.

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