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What research tells us about the voluntary sector workforce

Our ongoing research aims to support the development of policy and practice in the voluntary sector, as reflected in the following research.

The UK Civil Society Almanac: Workforce, 2015

This chapter of the Civil Society Almanac focuses on the paid workforce of the voluntary sector. It explores the key trends and characteristics of the voluntary sector's workforce including data from 2005 to 2014. The Almanac was produced by NCVO in partnership with the Third Sector Research Centre, and with support from Sarasin and Partners.

For statistics on the voluntary sector workforce (including age, gender, location, working patterns and pay, amongst other topics), see our UK Civil Society Almanac data page.

Other useful research

Many academics and research institutions address the voluntary sector workforce as well. Here is a selection of other useful pieces of research on the voluntary sector workforce.

YearTitleAuthors
2011 Mapping what we know about the third sector workforce Stephen McKay and Domenico Moro, TSRC
2011 Participation: trends, facts and figures, an NCVO Almanac NCVO
2010 Paper 40: Womens' leadership, employment and participation in the third sector Simon Teasdale, Stephen McKay, Jenny Phillimore and Nina Teasdale, TSRC
2010 Paper 28: The growing workforce in the voluntary and community sectors Domenico Moro and Stephen McKay, TSRC
2010 On the Up: Voluntary Sector Wages in the UK 1998-2007 Alasdair Rutherford, University of Stirling
2010 Where is the Warm Glow? Donated Labour in the Health & Social Work Industries Alasdair Rutherford, University of Stirling
2009 The Good Life: Comparing Job Quality Between the Private, Public and Voluntary Sectors Alasdair Rutherford, University of Stirling
2009 In Search of the "Warm Glow": Estimating Pay and Job Satisfaction in the Private, Public and Voluntary Sectors Alasdair Rutherford, University of Stirling

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