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Massive growth in charity sector
Friday, 02 November 2007
Working in the voluntary sector has significantly grown in popularity in the last ten years, according to a new report.
The study, published by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), revealed a 26 per cent increase in the voluntary sector workforce between 1996 and 2005, with over 600,000 now working in the area.
More than two thirds of voluntary sector workers, including graduates, are female, the report indicated, while 39 per cent of voluntary sector employment is part-time.
Janet Fleming, head of the NCVO's Workforce Hub, told Personnel Today: "Our staff are more likely to be employed in social work in a professional capacity and to be highly skilled.
"We have a high proportion of employees who are female, working part-time hours and in small workplaces," she added.
Charity Oxfam currently runs an internship scheme with fixed length voluntary placements in various areas of their work that may offer the potential for graduate careers.