## Overview

- Over 400,000 people are employed by charities with fewer than 25 staff.
- The number of staff has increased by 13% over five years.
- There are four volunteers for every one member of staff in small charities.
- This rises to 16 volunteers to each staff member for the smallest charities, those with an income under £100k.

## How many people work for small charities?

- Just under half of the workforce in the voluntary sector are employed by charities with fewer than 25 staff – over 400,000 people.
- Among those, 238,000 (28%) work for charities with fewer than 10 staff.
- 60,000 people (7%) work for charities with over 500 staff.

## How many people volunteer for small charities?

- In 2016, on average, for every one member of staff four people volunteer for small charities.
- Smallest charities have higher numbers of volunteers per paid staff member, on average. Charities with an income under £10k have on average 36 volunteers and 2 paid members of staff.

## How has the small charity workforce changed over time?

- The number of people working for charities with fewer than 25 employees has increased by 13% over five years, from 365,000 to 413,000.
- The biggest growth has been among charities with between 11-19 employees, which increased by 30% over the same period.
- The number of people working for the very largest charities – with over 500 employees – increased by 50% between 2014 and 2019.

## How are small charities responding to Covid-19 as employers?

- 52% of small charities say that they can only meet their payroll costs for the next 1-3 months, with nearly 1 in 10 (9%) not being able to meet their present payroll costs.
- Around one-third (34%) of small charities intend to furlough staff, compared to 41% who did not.

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## Further Reading

**NCVO** *2020* UK Civil Society Almanac 2020: Workforce

**Living Wage Foundation** *2017 *Low Pay in the Charity Sector