THE WEEKLY REVIEW
THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2013
Governance &Management News
LABOUR MARKET DATA SHOWSVOLUNARTY SECTOR CHANGES
"reveal [that] the voluntary sector's paid workforce areincreasingly made up of temporary employees; [with]growing numbers of peopleunable to work the hours theywould like, and fewer staff benefiting from on-the-jobtraining."
The TSRC claims that
"the number of paid employeesin the voluntary sector [has]increased by approximately18,000 over July to September 2012... However, the latest LFS(Labour Force Survey) findingsalso reveal more insecureforms of employment [exist] inthe sector, with higher levels of part-time work and lower levelsof permanent employment than in other sectors."
"analysis of the Labour Force Survey by the Office of National Statistics reveals there were793,000 employees in the sector. The number of voluntary sector workers rose by almost 10 per cent."
claimsthat the sector workforce grewby 18,000 compared to theprevious quarter.
also highlighted the increase inpart time employment byarguing that
"37 per cent of [the] voluntary sector workforcewas employed on a part-timebasis - a higher proportion thanin either the public or private sectors... The voluntary sector [also] relied [on] moretemporary staff than other sectors: 88 per cent of voluntary sector employeeswere on permanent contractscompared with 92 per cent inthe public sector and 94 per cent in the private sector."
"staff development has also suffereda hit, according to the figures,because the number of employees undertakingtraining in the four weeksleading up to the survey fell by11,000, or 8 per cent,compared with the previousquarter."
"investing in staff development can seem like a luxury whentime and money are tight, but it's crucial to keep staff engaged and deliver the best services, and it needn't beexpensive. Taking onlinecourses, joining networks,doing job swaps and allowing staff time to volunteer can allhelp develop skills and bringnew ideas to an organisation.
"thenumber of employees working part-time because they cannot find a full-time job has alsoincreased over this period... Thenumber of these employeesworking part-time becausethey could not find a full-time job increased by 15,000 (36 per cent) over the same period."
WIKIMEDIA UK TRUSTEES PLUGEXTERNAL INTERESTS ON NOT-FOR-PROFIT WIKIPEDIA SITE
"anindependent review into thegovernance of Wikimedia UK has found that trustees havebeen too involved in the day-to-day running of the charity toeffectively govern it."
Thearticle is a response to the jointly commissioned workinggroup
" Compass Partnership between Wikimedia UK and theWikimedia Foundation toundertake a review of the UK chapter after a series of concerns over conflicts of interest."
Published this week,the findings outline that
"thecharity was not effectivelymanaging its conflicts of interest. Despite trustees'usually' reporting conflicts theywere not always clearly recorded. The length of timetaken to resolve the QRPedia property ownership(Smartphone Barcode Softwareintellectual property dispute)issue, which remains ongoingwith the project inactive,'created the risk of outsiders perceiving a potential conflict of interest... The report statedthat "the charity's governance requires a 'different' mindset tothat of a Wikimedia UK volunteer and advised of theimportance to 'stand back from some of the detail'."
THIRD SECTOR LEADERSHIP: ISTHERE ONE VOICE FOR THESECTOR?
"takes a seriouslook at possible futures for thethird sector."
The paper discusses
"continuing tensionsbetween delivering services for and advocating on behalf of vulnerable groups, alongsideboth collaboration and growingcompetition between third sector organisations. Giventhese tensions, how could or should a strategic andcoherent voice for the third sector materialise?"
The paper raises
"questions of leadership,legitimacy and leverage todebate who can or should speak for the third sector andon what basis."
"the voluntary sector is toodiverse to unite behind a singlevoice, and so leadership is