Third sector HR benchmarking study launched

Charities and not-for-profit organisations are being encouraged to participate in a leading benchmarking study that will compare human resources practices across the third sector.

Agenda Consulting’s People Count Third Sector is a unique study and is developed in partnership with NCVO, Charities HR Network, Mental Health Providers Forum and People In Aid. The study compares practices such as recruitment, diversity, staff retention, learning and development and performance management across participating organisations.

Participants are able to compare their own practices against sector-wide standards and identify areas where their HR functions and policies may need attention.

Participants have until Friday 20 May 2011 to register to take part in People Count Third Sector and final reports will be published in August 2011.

Over 200 organisations have participated in People Count Third Sector in recent years including some of the biggest names in the not-for-profit sector, including Amnesty International, Cancer Research UK, MIND, Save the Children, Comic Relief and the Royal Albert Hall.

Organisations registering before Friday 13 May can participate for £490 + VAT while members of NCVO, Charities HR Network, Mental Health Providers Forum and People in Aid receive can participate at a discounted rate of £470 + VAT.

To participate in People Count Third Sector please visit the Agenda Consulting website here or contact Tracy Jarvis at Agenda on 01865 263 720.

Roger Parry, Director of Agenda Consulting, says:

“We all know the pressures that voluntary and not-for-profit organisations are under and effective HR management is vital in ensuring that their policies are effective, efficient and up to date.

“HR managers will be thinking hard about how to get the most out of their people and being able to evaluate and compare their HR policies with other organisations in the sector is a crucial competitive advantage.”

Peter Atfield, HR Director of CLIC Sargent says “With People Count Third Sector you have significantly more information about which areas need to be addressed and we can use this within operational management”

John Bartle of Nottingham Community Housing Association says, “The beauty of People Count is that it provides benchmarking information for our organisation on HR issues that is not available through any other route. Because it is relevant to what we do, we can use it to improve our performance.”

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