Salary Survey 2012

NICVA’S Salary Survey 2012 is the fourth such study carried out in Northern Ireland. The research focuses on the issues of recruitment, retention, training and pensions as well as salaries and benefits.

This Salary Survey highlights the changing trends in the voluntary and community sector. The research exposes not just the challenges facing the sector in the current economic climate, but also the many positives associated with employment in the sector.

The research focuses on the workforce composition of the voluntary and community sector and considers the issues of recruitment, retention, training and pensions as well as salaries and benefits. These issues are of huge interest to the sector, especially given the looming financial constraints many organisations face.

Key findings include:

  • 75% of the staff in the organisations surveyed are female
  • Female staff are more likely than men to hold a part-time position, with 87% of part-time staff being female
  • There has been a slight increase in recruitment however there has been a reduction in permanent contracts issued (from 68.3% to 60.4%)
  • 13% of organisations found they had difficulty in retaining staff over the past year Budget constraints are reported as the most common barrier to training (39.9%)
  • Work-life balance benefits are common in sector with 51.2% of organisations offering flexible working hours and 45.5% offering special compassionate leave
  • The majority of organisations did not award staff with a salary increase (62%) and only 16.9% awarded between 0.5% and 2%.

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