Overview

The new UK Voluntary Sector Workforce Almanac 2013 is an easy-to-use and accessible website which draws upon a decade’s worth of authoritative data to explore how the sector’s workforce has changed.

The fifteen themes within this website explore the main traits of voluntary sector employment, covering its size and characteristics, the nature of working conditions within the sector, and the levels of skills and training across the sector over the period 2001-2011.

This research has been produced Skills – Third Sector, NCVO and the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) working in partnership. We believe a thriving voluntary sector is crucial to building stronger communities and delivering good quality services.

Charities, voluntary and community groups, social enterprises and their stakeholders need the best quality evidence base to help them inform policy and practice and plan for the future, ensuring these organisations have people with the right skills to be effective and resilient in meeting the changing needs of society.

Skills – Third Sector is an independent charity set up to champion the skills needs of the staff, volunteers and trustees in charities, social enterprises and other not for profit organisations.We work with the sector’s organisations to provide information and resources; develop skills standards and qualifications; identify strategic priorities for workforce development; and work with others to generate solutions to workforce development needs.
NCVO champions and strengthens the voluntary sector, with over 10,000 members, from the largest charities to the smallest community organisations. For over 90 years, NCVO has brought the voluntary sector’s people together: to solve problems, address root causes, and inspire each other. NCVO’s research aims to support the development of policy and practice in the voluntary sector.
The Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) exists to develop the research on, for and with the third sector in the UK. Led by the universities of Birmingham and Southampton, the Centre was established to provide a strong evidence base to inform policy-making and practice.The Centre works in collaboration with the third sector, to ensure its research reflects the realities of those working within it. TSRC is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Office for Civil Society and the Barrow Cadbury Trust.