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What the 2022 Salary Survey tells us about job satisfaction and the impact of the Great Resignation


9 June 2022 at 11:59 am
Wendy Williams
Are NFP workers really leaving the sector in droves? 


Wendy Williams | 9 June 2022 at 11:59 am


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What the 2022 Salary Survey tells us about job satisfaction and the impact of the Great Resignation
9 June 2022 at 11:59 am

Are NFP workers really leaving the sector in droves? 

Has the Great Resignation hit the not-for-profit sector? It’s hard to give a definitive answer, but what is clear from the 2022 Pro Bono Australia Salary Survey is that people are not leaving in the numbers that were being thrown around last year.

Polls in 2021 predicted as many as 40 per cent of NFP workers could be tempted by the Great Resignation, with organisations warned to brace for a huge movement of workers this year.

But according to the latest Salary Survey, around two thirds (66.02 per cent) of workers in the not-for-profit sector are either “very unlikely” or “slightly unlikely” to leave their present employment this year, with a further 15.67 per cent only “slightly likely” to leave. 


See also: Pro Bono Australia Salary Survey sheds light on whether boards get paid

Of course, this still leaves nearly one in five workers in the not-for-profit sector (18.31 per cent) who are “very likely” or “likely” to leave their present employment in 2022 – which if it comes to pass would be more than 200,000 people based on an estimated 1.3 million workers in the sector.

Similar numbers play out when participants were asked how often they consider leaving their organisations to work somewhere else. A total of 18.67 per cent answered either “always” or “often”, compared to 46.66 per cent who said “rarely” or “never”, with around a third of respondents replying “sometimes”.

Given that in the year to February 2021 the proportion of Australian workers switching jobs overall fell to an all-time low of 7.6 per cent – down from a peak of 19.5 per cent in 1988-89 – organisations may notice a difference.

But there was plenty of good news in the findings when it came to job satisfaction.

The majority of respondents believe their organisation develops them to do their job, with 67.14 per cent either “agreeing” or “strongly agreeing” with the statement.

Meanwhile, as many as 71.91 per cent of respondents said they were “likely” or “very likely” to recommend their organisation to a friend seeking employment.

 

If you’re interested in checking out the latest NFP benchmarking data, you can access the 2022 Pro Bono Australia Salary Survey report here.


Wendy Williams  |  Editor  |  @WendyAnWilliams

Wendy Williams is a journalist specialising in the not-for-profit sector and broader social economy. She has been the editor of Pro Bono News since 2018.

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