The HR advice service is available to all voluntary and community sector organisations on a range of HR topics.

We provide HR advice and guidance on a range of topics to help voluntary and community organisations deal with HR matters effectively. 

We also provide examples of HR policies through publishing our staff handbook.  

Please be aware that these policies have been scrutinised and approved by the NICVA Executive Committee for use as NICVA policies alone, ie they are not intended for use in other organisations. We strongly advise that before implementing any HR policy in an organisation it should be agreed by a board or management committee and that the full implications of the policy are considered.   


NICVA Payscales 2016 - 2018

The NJC payscales were agreed in May 2016 following negotiations on the cost of living increase. NICVA has now updated its payscales for 2016 - 2018 using NJC points 6 - 49. 

Minimum Wage increased rates - April 2020

The National Minimum and National Living Wage rates will increase on 1 April 2020.

NICVA maintains Investors in People Gold accreditation

NICVA staff and Executive Committee were delighted this year to maintain the Investors in People Gold accreditation, first awarded to NICVA in 2012 and subsequently in 2015.

Payscales 2018 - 2020

[Update: check payscales for 2020/2021 here ]

The payscales for 2018 - 2020 have been updated to reflect the changes to the NJC pay spine for 2019/20.

National Minimum and Living Wage rates increase - 2019

The national minimum wage and national living wage rates will increase on 1 April 2019.

Could your charity benefit from an intern?

We have teamed up with Queen’s University Belfast to launch a specific call to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in a position to offer short internships to QUB students over the summer.

Human Resources Training Series 2019

People are our greatest asset and so it's important ensure that they are developed, supported and managed well. NICVA and Sector Matters have developed this HR training series for all those who manage staff and volunteers. 

Recruiting Staff: GDPR and Criminal Convictions

Guidance for organisations who collect criminal records data in recruiting employees or volunteers.

Work Christmas Parties and steps you can take to minimize the risk of an HR Hangover

This article provides a brief legal update and offers some practical advice to guide organisations through the festive party season.

#NICVAPeople - a minute with Helen McLaughlin

The second in our #NICVAPeople series sees us interview Helen McLaughlin.

Payment in Lieu of Notice

As of April 2018 payments made in lieu of notice are now taxable. This article briefly defines 'Payment in Lieu of Notice', outlines when they might be used and advises of the tax changes that you may need to be aware of.'s picture

Alex Hastings

Human Resources Manager

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