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. 

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.

#NICVAPeople - a minute with Siobhán McAlister

The first in our #NICVAPeople series sees us interview Siobhán McAlister.

Aviva Community Fund 2018

The Aviva Community Fund is back for 2018 providing funding and support for local projects across the UK.  Could this year be your organisation's turn for funding?

NJC Payscales 2018 – 2020

The National Joint Council for Local Government Services has confirmed the pay deal, setting new pay rates from 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2019.

National Minimum and Living Wage rates increase - 2018

The national minimum wage and national living wage rates will increase on 1 April 2018

National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2016

The national minimum wage rates from 1 October 2016 are outlined below.


Essential HR for Trustees
3 Nov 2021 -
16:00 to 17:00
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Alex Hastings

Human Resources Manager

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