Abstracts: November 28th, 2002

The Survey found that average staff turnover has increased from 8.5% in 2001 to 10.7% in 2002. Resignations have risen to 7.5% compared with 4.7% in 2001. 91.2% of employers surveyed undertook some recruitment in the past year with 50% of them reporting problems in recruiting. These problems were most commonly encountered when recruiting Managers or Professional staff, while it was competition from other organisations which caused the greatest difficulty for the recruitment of other staff. The second most common reason for difficulty in recruiting for all categories was salary levels. These findings are in line with those from the commercial and public sectors which show similar recruitment and retention trends. Shortages in specialised skills appear to be the primary cause of difficulty with recruitment in all sectors while salaries tend to be the most reported cause of retention problems.The Survey was carried out by Remuneration Economics in association with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. The report is available from Remuneration Economics http://www.celre.co.uk  Tel: 020 8549 8726.