And the surveys say...
HR Council releases findings from Canada-wide surveys of non-profit employers and employees
On July 31, 2008, the HR Council released the second of three reports from its comprehensive Labour Force Study. This second report presents findings from its recent Canada-wide surveys of non-profit employers and employees.
Conducted on behalf of the HR Council by Ipsos Reid, the parallel surveys provide an
overall national picture of paid employment in the sector. The Survey of Employers provides empirical evidence about the characteristics of organizations, their recruitment and retention practices and challenges, as well as their skills needs. The Survey of Employees provides new
statistical information about the demographic characteristics of the people who work in the sector, what they find satisfying and dissatisfying about their jobs, and their plans and expectations for the future.
“With the results of these national surveys, we are building tangible evidence of the realities of paid employment in our sector,” says HR Council Executive Director Lynne Toupin. “The data collected in these national surveys will help lay the foundation for the development of
strategies and plans to respond to those realities."
Some interesting findings from the surveys:
- Sector organizations employ a median of five people
- 45.2% of the sector's employees hold a university degree
- More than 1 in 5 full-time employees have more than one paid job
- 88.3% of employees are satisfied or very satisfied with their current job
Read the Executive Summary (PDF)
Read the Full Report (PDF)
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HR Council welcomes Joanne Linzey
Idealist.org presents: The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers
New projects underway at the HR Council:
Core Competencies for Small Organizations
Workforce Strategies for the Voluntary & Non-profit Sector