Quantitative analysis - through analysis of the Labour Force Survey we are examining the characteristics of those working in the third sector; through the British Household Panel Survey we are looking at job satisfaction; and using the Annual Population Survey we are looking at the different levels of well-being expressed among workers in different sectors. Working in partnership with NCVO and Skills Third Sector, we continue to provide timely statistics on the size and composition of the workforce. Information on the voluntary sector workforce since 2001 can be found on the Voluntary Sector Workforce Almanac 2013 website.
Qualitative research - tapping into wider debates about insecurity, low pay and a polarisation of ‘good jobs’ and ‘bad jobs’ we are currently undertaking qualitative research on changes in pay and conditions for the sector’s workforce in a variety of third sector organisations. In particular this research will explore the effects of austerity and changes to commissioning on the way organisations structure and manage their workforce; how this is experienced by workers and the potential impact of these changes on the delivery of services.
Links to other TSRC research - Research planned in this work stream is closely associated with TSRC’s quantitative data analysis stream. It also has links to the qualitative longitudinal study, ‘Real Times’ and the Service Delivery work stream, in their analysis of third sector delivery of government employment services. We also keep in close contact with other streams to help provide further evidence.