What are CharityJob’s Candidate Demographics?

CharityJob is the largest specialist job board for the charity sector. We refer to everyone who uses our site to look for jobs as candidates, so that’s the phrase we use throughout this blog. We asked our active candidates (those who’ve logged in to their account in the last six months) about themselves, and here’s what we found.

Fairness and diversity matter to us here at CharityJob. We have conducted this research so we know, and can let you know, who our active candidates are. (The figures here are only for our candidates who told us they live in the UK.)

We know that the sector as a whole is not very ethnically diverse. The latest data from NCVO show fewer than one in ten people employed in the sector is from an ethnic minority, but one in four of our candidates are. This is not to say that we can solve the problems of diversity in the sector alone, but we want to contribute to the conversation about how the sector can change to reflect the society in which it operates and the communities it serves.

What we found

  • One in four candidates are from an ethnic minority – our candidates are more ethnically diverse than the population or the charity sector.
  • Two in three candidates are over the age of 40, a greater proportion than the sector.
  • Two in three candidates are female, similar to the sector as a whole.
  • One in three candidates live in London.
  • Three in four candidates have an undergraduate degree or higher.
  • One in three candidates work in the sector.
  • Four in ten candidates are management level or above.

Ethnicity

One in four candidates are from an ethnic minority.

What we found: CharityJob candidates are 77% white, compared to the working age population which is 86% White and the UK charity sector which is 91% White.

Ethnicity CharityJob Population (England and Wales only) Charity Sector
White 77% 86% 91%
Black 7% 3% 9%
Asian 6% 8%
Mixed 5% 2%
Other 2% 1%
Prefer not to say 3% n/a

Age

Two in three candidates are 40 or older.

What we found: Around two thirds of our active candidates are over the age of 40.

 

Charity Sector
Age 16-19 1.1%
20-29 15.9%
30-39 20.0%
40-49 24.9%
50-59 24.2%
60-69 11.8%
70+ 2.2%

 

Sex

Two in three candidates are female.

What we found: Nearly two thirds of our candidates are female, similar to the sector as whole.

Sex/gender CharityJob Charity Sector
Female 64% 67%
Male 35% 33%
Other 0.2% N/a
Prefer not to say 1.3%

Disability

One in eight candidates are disabled.

What we found: 13% of our active candidates say they are disabled, compared to 20% of the working age population as a whole.

Do you consider yourself to be disabled under the Equality Act 2010? CharityJob Population Charity Sector
No 81% 80% 77%
Yes 13% 20% 23%
Don’t know 3% N/a
Prefer not to say 3%

Location

One in three candidates lives in London.

What we found: Just under one third of our active candidates live in London, but over half live in London, South East or East of England, regions where people can most easily commute to jobs in London.

 

Region CharityJob Population Charity Sector
East Midlands 5.2% 7.3% 7.3%
East of England 8.0% 9.3% 9.4%
London 31.0% 13.4% 16.7%
North East 3.0% 4.0% 3.8%
North West 7.7% 11.0% 2.7%
Northern Ireland 0.3% 2.8% 8.9%
Scotland 3.4% 8.1% 8.4%
South East 17.5% 13.7% 13.3%
South West 8.5% 8.4% 10.5%
Wales 3.3% 4.7% 4.1%
West Midlands 7.6% 8.9% 7.1%
Yorkshire and The Humber 4.4% 8.2% 7.8%

 

Education

Three in four candidates have an undergraduate degree or higher.

What we found: Two fifths of our active candidates have an undergraduate degree, plus more than a quarter have a masters.

 

Official data are collected differently so the figures are not comparable.

The Almanac data are also collected differently so are also not directly comparable in all areas. However, it is possible to say that our candidates are broadly similar.

Level of highest qualification
Charity Sector Degree or equivalent 53.3%
GCE, A-level or equivalent 19.2%
GCSE grades A*-C or equivalent 11.1%
Higher education 10.9%
International qualifications 3.1%
No qualification 1.7%
Not known 0.0%

 

Work status

Half of our active candidates work full time.

What we found: About half of our active candidates are working full time. This number seems low but, given the survey only went to those who had logged into their account within the last six months, this is probably reflective of those actively seeking a new job.

Work sector

One in three candidates work in the sector.

What we found: One third of our active candidates are in the charity sector, so two thirds are not.

 

Seniority

Four in ten candidates are management level or above.

What we found: More than two thirds of CharityJob active candidates are at or just below management level.

How we did this work

We sent the survey to the 130,000 candidates who had signed in to their CharityJob account in the previous six months (CharityJob has 1.3 million registered candidates, of which 130,000 are ‘currently active’). A sample of 2,199 valid UK-based entries means we can be 95% confident the true figures are within +/- 2% of the figures given. In total we had 2,709 responses, but are only looking at those who said they live in the UK as we do not know whether those based outside the UK have the right to work in this country and therefore cannot definitely consider them to be active candidates.

Conclusion

We have done this work so you know who you will be reaching when you post a job with CharityJob. We know there is always more to do, but we are proud to be able to say that CharityJob candidates are more ethnically diverse than the sector as a whole. We have introduced measures such as anonymous recruitment to improve the fairness of the process itself once candidates apply. Each is a small step, but a small step in the right direction towards a charity sector that is more diverse and fairer in the way it hires.

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