Nonprofit & NGO jobs: 4 Trends in 2023!

2023 brings with it new changes, priorities, and challenges, and while there are always hiring woes, the nonprofit industry is focusing on doing the utmost to hire purposefully to work toward the missions they serve.

1. Most wanted profiles for nonprofit and NGO jobs in 2023.

Candidates in all sectors are desiring transparency, balance, and inclusivity, and nonprofit and NGO jobs are no different. Even though the economy is uncertain, the nonprofit industry is growing, with emphasis on expanding our digital horizons, in both fundraising and marketing.

As Gen Z enters the work force, the reliance on digital channels is expected to continue, with social media playing a bigger role in both recruitment and in the industry itself.

2. The new normal: flexible working is here to stay.

Possibly, the only good thing to arise from the COVID-19 pandemic has been the embrace of flexible working, finally allowing so many of us to discover the elusive ‘work-life balance’ so revered and sought after.

However, the benefits spread far wider than us being able to go to work while secretly still wearing our pyjama bottoms; by allowing flexibility and removing those invisible restrictions, organisations everywhere have created an opportunity for a more sustainable, diverse, and happier workforce.

The nonprofit industry has always been an industry leader concerning staff happiness and sense of purpose, now paired with the stabilised flexibility we have come to know and love, nonprofit jobs are further prioritising the wellbeing of their staff. So, for 2023, we are confident that flexible working is here to stay.

3. The persistent challenge: low pay in the charity sector.

In 2022, it was revealed that UK charity staff are paid an average of 7% less than equivalent staff in other sectors, which isn’t really new news to those in NGO jobs. Across the globe there has been wage disparity, with nonprofits having offered comparably lower salaries, relying on passion of cause to sustain the workforce.

As the cost-of-living-crisis continues, we are all experiencing rapidly rising costs, posing a threat of losing talented nonprofit staff to other sectors. However, it seems finally public support is increasing for workers in NGO jobs, as 2022 saw protests in New York City encouraging U.S. nonprofit organisations to keep pace with inflation and provide compensation increases; pushing the pay disparity into the light.

While some will never be on board with compensating nonprofits job comparably, to retain talent charitable organisations are expected to improve wellbeing, create further benefits and prioritise their missions while the conversation is increasingly being discussed. Hang in there everyone!

4. Is diversity important for nonprofit jobs? More than ever!

Organisations across the globe are finally realising the importance of diversity in the workplace, not only to be inclusive, but as the data shows, a diverse workplace can boost quality, drive innovation and create a more diligent, harder-working, positive environment.

However, in the nonprofit sector, diversity and inclusion is proving essential. As so many charitable operations focus on helping people in a variety of difficult, dangerous, and challenging situations around the globe, it is absolutely essential that we have a variety of unique perspectives and voices from all backgrounds at the table, to create better, smarter and more inclusive ways to reach people, achieve our goals and work towards the important missions of the nonprofits we serve.

Consequently, we expect to see charities everywhere continue their commitment to diversification and equality; creating a more inclusive third sector globally.

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