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Recruitment & Retention Research

In late 2019 and early 2020 Amárach research carried out, on behalf of Charities Institute Ireland, research into employment trends in the charity sector. 
4 Apr 2022
Research

In late 2019 and early 2020 Amárach research carried out, on behalf of Charities Institute Ireland, research into employment trends in the charity sector. 

  • In November 2019, a qualitative research programme consisting of 12 one to one interviews was undertaken. The interviewees had all worked in the charity sector at a recent stage in their career. Amárach particularly wanted to focus on career insights they gained from working in the sector and how it impacted on them personally and professionally.  
  • For the second part of the research they undertook a quantitative survey of charity sector CEOs, focusing on the challenges they face in the area of recruitment and retention in a full-employment economy. 

A number of findings emerged from this survey, (full findings here). They are: 

  1. There is comprehensive agreement that the public has unrealistic expectations of what Charity sector workers should be paid. 
  2. Remuneration is the key driver for staff deciding to leave the sector, followed by opportunities for career progression and burnout from the role.  
  3. Limited resources and remuneration are viewed as the main barriers to overcome for people moving into the Charity sector. 
  4. Staff with outside sector experience bring commercial knowledge and perspective, as well as innovation and new thinking. 
  5. Creating an environment where staff are supported: Ensuring that staff believe there is a  career path open to them within the organisation, that mentoring is available to help develop their potential and that their salaries will reflect their capabilities and experience.   

Find a full report on quantitative research here and qualitative here. Read the thoughts of our CEO, Liz Hughes, on the findings here.

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