Job satisfaction is highest in the voluntary sector

10/08/2009 Return to news archive

By Paul Jump, Third Sector Online, 7 August 2009 

YouGov poll shows third sector workers are happier than those in the private and public sectors

Voluntary sector workers have greater job satisfaction and security than workers in other sectors, according to a survey for the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.

The online survey of nearly 3,500 UK employees, carried out by YouGov, examined attitudes to work, particularly in the light of the recession.

The resulting report, Employee Outlook: Job Seeking in a Recession, reveals that 71 per cent of voluntary sector workers are either satisfied or very satisfied with their job, compared with 64 per cent in the private sector and 63 per cent in the public sector.

Only 11 per cent of voluntary sector workers said they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied, compared with 18 per cent of private sector workers and 18 per cent in the public sector.

Of people who said they did not want to change their jobs in the next year, 45 per cent of voluntary sector workers cited job satisfaction as the main reason, compared with 32 per cent of workers overall.