Working for a charity

Around 800,000 people in the UK work for a charity, they’re crucial to helping the charity make a difference. The variety of roles available is huge.

Where to look for jobs

Many job sites carry adverts for jobs in charities. The biggest dedicated site is You can also try Third Sector Jobs. There are a number of recruitment agencies that specialise in charity roles. Big names include Harris Hill, TPP, Prospect-us, Charity People and Morgan Hunt.

Volunteering can be an excellent way to gain skills and experience and demonstrate your interest in an area. Read more about volunteering.

Pay and conditions

Benchmarking data shows that pay in more junior levels is broadly comparable with that in the public or private sectors, but that more senior staff in charities earn less than they would in equivalent roles elsewhere.

Charities tend to be flexible employers, and data shows that charity staff are more likely than others to work part-time. However they are slightly less likely to be on permanent contracts, perhaps reflecting the sometimes uncertain nature of charities’ income.