Benchmarking project launched for voluntary sector

Voluntary
sector employers are taking part in an HR benchmarking project to help them
compare their performance against private and public sector organisations.

The
study is based on organisations employing 100 or more UK-based staff and will
collect information on 50 key measures including staff recruitment and
selection, length of service and staff turnover.

It
will also look at areas such as absenteeism, diversity issues, the cost of the
HR function and spending on training and development.

Joanna
Wootten, HR service manager at the National Council for Voluntary
Organisations, said the study would help voluntary sector employers formulate
HR strategy and give them the chance to benchmark themselves against their
peers.

Sonia
Higgs, chair of the Charities HR Network, and also HR director at Advanced
Housing and Support, believes the initiative will help drive up standards in
the voluntary sector.

“Sharing
good practice with similar organisations will benefit all stakeholders in this
cost-effective exercise,” she said.

So
far 85 organisations have expressed an interest in the project and the
Charities HR Network is hoping at least 100 voluntary sector employers will
eventually take part.

Voluntary
sector bodies interested in taking part should contact Roger Parry on 0118
9481700.

By Ben Willmott

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