Benchmark project for voluntary sector

Voluntary sector employers are taking part in an HR benchmarking project to
help 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, 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
an HR strategy and give them the chance to benchmark themselves against their

She added that it would allow participants to share examples of good
practice and pinpoint strengths and areas for development.

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.

June Hall, HR director at Amnesty International, said: "We have a lot
of people with fantastic knowledge and skills and we want to make sure we can
maximise their potential."


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