With over 400 responses nationwide, Nonprofit HR’s 2014 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey alludes to a year of job growth and minimized layoffs—exemplifying the rising demand for nonprofit services.
Because the need for nonprofit services is steadily increasing, more than 45% of the survey respondents plan to open up new positions within the upcoming year. A large portion of these added jobs will have a focus on direct services, program management, and fundraising. Taking the time to train and groom these new employees is viewed as an imperative investment for future organizational development.
In addition to the growing job opportunities, more and more nonprofit employers are avoiding layoffs this year, with only 7% expecting to eliminate current positions. The decrease in predicted layoffs provides a greater sense of security for both current employees and potential job candidates.
Though fewer organizations are planning on cutting staff or exercising hiring freezes, nonprofits are still faced with ongoing challenges, including retention and recruitment consistency. Most of this anxiety stems from a lack of formal planning or budget flexibility. For instance, less than half of the surveyed nonprofits have a formal diversity strategy, and 9/10 fail to uphold a concrete recruitment strategy.
Many nonprofits suffer from the inability to offer competitive pay, a lack of internal diversity, and unrefined hiring strategies. However, most of these challenges can be remedied by simply allotting the necessary time and resources to plan ahead, on a more consistent basis.
Challenges aside, the nonprofit sector has definitely taken monumental steps towards addressing the public’s growing demand for their services. Providing more job opportunities and enhancing job security in 2014 can only strengthen the nonprofit sector’s social impact.
Read more about the 2014 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey results here.