Not-For-Profit Organizations Recruiting Practices Changing

May 18, 2012    

Technology and the economy have changed the recruiting landscape for the not-for-profit industry. Based on the 2011 Compensation Data Not-For-Profit survey results, fewer companies are using cash options as a recruitment tactic in the midst of a struggling economy. From 2009 to 2011, employers offering increasing start rates decreased from 19.5 percent to 12.5 percent.

The methods used to recruit new employees have also changed, with a notable decrease in the use of job fairs. In 2011, less than 47 percent of organizations reported using job fairs, down from 53.2 percent in 2009. Advertising on the Internet has increasingly become a means to recruit employees, increasing from 80.3 percent in 2009 to 82.5 percent last year. In 2009, 44.6 percent of companies recruited through trade or professional association advertising compared to 46.2 percent in 2011.

“As the economy slowly recovers organizations are challenged with retaining high performing employees,” said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys, the nation’s leading pay and benefits survey data provider. “With the job market opening up, employees are looking to take their next career step, and employers are turning their focus to keeping these employees satisfied.”

A recent Workplace Survey confirms this, indicating many are pursuing work again as they did prior to the recession. Employees see this as the time to take control of forwarding their career. Many of those looking for their next career move believe they will find it this year.

Overall, voluntary turnover rates in the not-for-profit industry have seen a slight change between 2009 and 2011, decreasing to 9.4 percent this year from 10.8 percent in 2009. Museums reported the highest voluntary turnover rate in 2011 at 12.2 percent. In contrast, associations reported a 5.9 percent voluntary turnover rate last year.

About the Survey
Compensation Data 2011 Not-For-Profit contains data on more than 450 titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. The results feature data from more than 400 not-for-profit organizations reporting on nearly 1,300 locations across the country. The results provide a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefit information and pay practices with an effective date of March 1, 2011.

Compdata Surveys is the nation’s leading compensation and benefits survey data provider. Thousands of U.S. organizations provide data each year ensuring the reliability of our results. Compdata Surveys has been providing comprehensive data at affordable prices to organizations from coast to coast since 1988. For further information about the compensation and benefits surveys, contact Michelle Willis at (800) 300-9570.

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