3 Aug 2023
A new report published by GCVS today highlights the challenges charities, voluntary organisations, and social enterprises face with funding insecurity and staff retention.
The Scottish Centre for Employment Research was commissioned by GCVS to analyse the extent of Fair Work across Scotland’s third sector. Over 650 participants, partners and stakeholders took part to identify the opportunities and challenges for delivering Fair Work.
While the study demonstrates strong evidence of good practice, charities, voluntary organisations, and social enterprises face significant barriers to ensuring the best possible working conditions.
The research carries a strong message about the increasing complexity of work undertaken by the third sector, yet funding remains insecure and short-term. Staff feel devalued and describe what they see as a lack of respect for their significant contribution to the economy, communities, and the wellbeing of people and families across Scotland.
GCVS calls for 12 actions to take forward and embed Fair Work in the sector.
“Achieving Fair Work in our sector is the moral duty we have to respect, reward and value people who dedicate their working lives to helping others and building a better society. They deserve the best, not compromise.”
Ian Bruce, GCVS CEO
“There is much to commend in the third sector’s delivery of fair work: the work is fulfilling; most staff feel respectfully treated; and there is considerable reciprocal flexibility. But there are pockets of real concern around contractual security and pay, opportunities for career (and income) progression, diversity/inclusion and the effectiveness of employee voice. The sector has a platform from which to build but needs closer collaboration with funders, including government, to address those areas where fair work is not delivered. Given the importance of the services delivered by the third sector to our citizens, we hope this research is a first step towards more fully embedding fair work in the third sector in Scotland.”
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