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. 

Volunteering at NICVA

For Volunteers Week we asked NICVA volunteer, Niall Quigley to share his experience and motivations for volunteering with our Centre for Economic Empowerment project.

What you need to know about the Work and Families (NI) Act 2015

The Work and Families (NI) Act deals with voluntary sharing of leave and pay after the birth or adoption of a child as well as extending the right to request flexible working to all.

New rates for 2015/16 statutory payments

New rates for statutory payments such as maternity, paternity, adoption and sickness have been announced for use from 6 April 2015.

NJC Payscales - December 2014

A cost of living increase for NJC pay has now been agreed and a copy of NICVA's updated payscales is attached with this article.

NJC Pay - agreement reached on pay increase

A cost of living pay increase has been agreed by the NJC trade unions and local government employers which will see most workers on NJC pay getting a 2.2% increase from January 2015.

NJC Pay - Strike called off over new pay proposal

Further industrial action by local government workers for 14 October 2014 has been called off following an announcement that the trade unions and employers will consult members on new pay proposals.

National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2014

The national minimum wage will increase on 1 October 2014.

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.'s picture

Alex Hastings

Human Resources Manager

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