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. 

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.

Important changes to Payroll Legislation 6 April 2013

To improve the operation of Pay As You Earn (PAYE), HMRC have introduced a new system called Real Time Information, or RTI.

Frequently Asked Questions About Redundancy and Ending Fixed Term and Temporary Contracts

Because of the way many projects are funded in the voluntary and community sector, a question that can arise for employers in this sector is one that relates to fixed term contracts and redundancy.


Appraisal Policy

This article outlines NICVA's policy on the principles and processes for staff appraisal and development planning.'s picture

Alex Hastings

Human Resources Manager

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