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. 

Auto Enrolment Solutions for the Voluntary and Community Sector

NICVA is pleased to provide access to Auto Enrolment Solutions for the voluntary and community sector in NI through Moore Stephens Financial Services (NI) LTD (MSFS). 

NJC Pay dispute – further industrial action

Following the strike on 10 July 2014 by local government workers in Northern Ireland, England and Wales over NJC pay, another one day strike is planned for 14 October 2014.

NJC Payscales - trade union members vote for industrial action

With no agreement in the current pay dispute between the employers' and trade union sides of the NJC (National Joint Council), over 1.2 million local government employees in NI, England and Wales will go on strike on 10 July 2014.

Charity Pay In Northern Ireland FAQ

Information on salary levels in the community, voluntary and charity sector.

New plans announced for parental leave and flexible working rights

This week the Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry announced plans to introduce new rights for shared parental leave for working parents as well as an extension to the right to request flexible working.

NJC payscales – trade unions consult members on employer’s side pay offer

On 20 March 2014, the employer’s side of the National Joint Council announced their pay offer from 1 April 2014.

New rates set for 2014 – 2015 statutory payments

The Department for Work and Pensions has set new rates for statutory sick pay (SSP) and statutory maternity pay (SMP) for 2014 – 2015.

NJC Payscales – Agreement now reached for 2013

Agreement has now been reached on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2013.

Alert - new charity SORP published for comment

Nigel Davies, Technical Secretary to the charity SORP Committee, and Fiona Muldoon, Monitoring and Compliance Manager at the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, outline how you can comment on the new SORP.

Frequently Asked Questions: Definitions of employee, self-employed, volunteer

It is critical that organisations correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees, self-employed or volunteers.

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