More than one in three people (38%) are looking to change jobs in the next year or so. Nearly half (45%) of HR decision-makers and hiring managers fear their employees are just waiting for things to settle down before they jump ship.
But if you want to work for a charity, you should try to beat the rush. There are more job vacancies than ever before, over one and a half million job adverts in the UK. Not only this, but competition is as low as ever. All this means that there’s never been a better time to land a new job.
Across the whole UK charity sector, vacancies are above pre-pandemic levels. Data from the ONS and Adzuna show that the number of job opening with charities are around 20% above the level they reached before the pandemic hit.
At CharityJob, vacancies are the highest they have ever been–up by more than a third since before the pandemic. In fact, from March 2021 onwards, every month has seen CharityJob vacancies above their pre-pandemic levels. If you are looking for a job in the charity sector, you have never had more choice.
The BBC has reported that jobs listed as remote working (at least some of the time) in all sectors have risen to 5% of all adverts. But on CharityJob 20% of all jobs, one in five, are listed as working permanently remotely. And on average, they receive nearly twice as many applications.
Many private sector employers, especially in finance, want their employees to return to the office full-time. While that will work for some, others will prefer some flexibility. A PWC survey found US employees actually value greater flexibility over higher pay–music to the ears of the charity sector.
Employers who don’t accommodate their employees’ desire for remote working risk seeing them find jobs elsewhere. If you feel that you’ve benefitted from the flexibility and remote working opportunities the pandemic has brought about, you don’t have to settle for a return to the old normal. More jobs than ever now offer flexible working.
It’s hard to give a definitive answer, but The Covid-19 Voluntary Sector Impact Barometer offers some insights. The project has tracked how charities have been coping with, and responding to, the pandemic. It shows that more charities have expected their paid workforce to increase than to decrease, all through the duration of the study. This could be because well over half of the charities they have spoken to expect demand for their services to increase. Finally, ever since Spring 2021, more charities are expecting their finances to improve than deteriorate (see page 6 of the latest dashboard). If you want to make a difference in your working life, now is a great time to do so, as more people will need the services that charities provide.
With furlough winding down, current conditions (lots of jobs, few applying) may be reversed in the near future. Instead of large numbers of employers chasing small numbers of applicants, the situation may change so that more people are applying for fewer jobs. Anyone not looking now risks missing the boat. Especially as people who switch jobs get higher pay growth than those who stay put.
All these stats show that there may never be a better time to look for a new job. This opportunity might not come again. If you’re thinking of moving on, why not see what’s out there. And don’t forget to read our candidate guide for more tips.