Oxfam is the best UK not-for-profit employer according to data from job site Indeed, with Citizens Advice in second place, and the British Army ranking third.
Indeed’s Best Places to Work 2016: Public Sector & Non Profits league table of the UK’s best public sector and not-for-profit employers was compiled from tens of thousands of employee reviews on the Indeed site. Charities and the Armed Forces dominate the ranking, together accounting for three-quarters (75%) of the top 20.
Local authorities however scored poorly with employees, with one city council and one county council making it into the top 25.
Indeed asked staff to score their workplace on five categories: management, work-life balance, job security, pay and culture. Oxfam scored consistently highly in all categories, with the six other charities in the top 10 all receiving high scores for their working environment and culture.
Charity employees frequently cited the sense of purpose and the chance to make a difference as key rewards for working there. The third-placed employer, the Army, received high scores from soldiers for its culture and job security.
Bill Richards, Indeed UK managing director, said:
“The popularity of charities in our ranking stems not just from the obvious satisfaction that their staff get from helping a good cause, but also the nature of the workplace. Employers who make their team feel valued, and offer a good work-life balance and a positive culture scored consistently well. Having fun and feeling like your work is having an impact — those are the things that make a workplace in any sector feel special.”
Penny Lawrence, Oxfam GB deputy chief executive said:
“We try to ensure staff have every opportunity to develop their talents in Oxfam and that there are lots of opportunities to learn and engage in our wider work. While salary is important, it’s not everything and it’s clear to us that delivering job satisfaction is not simply a question of wage, it’s a matter of professional development, engagement and recognition of the value of our wonderful staff and volunteers.”
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