Appendix

References

Further resources

  • The Royal Society for the encouragement of Art, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) (2018): Measuring good work
  • The Royal Society for the encouragement of Art, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA): Future work centre

Methodology

The Employer Skills Survey (ESS) is run by the Department for Education (DfE) every two years and covers topics including recruitment, skills gaps, training and workforce development. Of the 87,430 respondents that took part in this survey, 6,088 (7%) of respondents were senior members of staff in the voluntary sector. This survey collected data on hard-to-fill vacancies, skills-shortage vacancies (referred to in this briefing as ‘missing skills from applicants’) and skills gaps (referred to in this briefing as ‘missing skills from current staff’).

The Employer Perspective Survey (EPS) is also run by Department for Education (DfE) and runs every two years, alternatively to the ESS. It surveyed 18,028 employers, 1,666 (9%) of which worked in the voluntary sector and was conducted with the most senior person at the site with responsibility for recruitment, human resources and workplace skills. This survey collected data on hard-to-fill vacancies, skills-shortage vacancies (referred to in this briefing as ‘missing skills from applicants’) and skills gaps (referred to in this briefing as ‘missing skills from current staff’).

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a survey run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and asks respondents about their employment. It surveys an estimated 38,000 households every quarter, and by pooling together data from four quarters, it is possible to produce reliable estimates of the sectors workforce. In 2018, there were 1,200 respondents that stated they worked in the voluntary sector which is about 2.7% of valid respondents.