Third sector workforce survey

GCVS is working with Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Glasgow Community Planning Partnership and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to conduct important research into the impact of changes in work patterns and in-work poverty on the third sector in Glasgow.

This confidential third sector workforce survey is being conducted between March and end of July by Rocket Science & Why Research consultants on behalf of the partners.  Its focus is to explore broader trends within the City and highlight the impact on health and wellbeing across the workforce as a whole. The research will not identify specific issues in individual organisations.

GCVS would encourage organisations to take part in the research if approached as part of the research sample.

Poverty and the Living Wage

GCVS are committed to this research as a key aspect or our wider aspiration to combat poverty and promote the Living Wage. It will increase understanding of the impact of austerity on funding and any consequent changes in employment conditions, work-life balance, household income and the impact of these on the delivery of services.   All of the partners will use data and insights from it to support policy development and reduce in -work poverty in the City as identified as a priority in Glasgow’s Single Outcome Agreement.

GCVS will use the research in our development and campaigning activity to strengthen the third sector in Glasgow to support communities, including the most vulnerable.  It will also inform our work to ensure the sector can play an increasingly active role in public service reform by delivering quality services through a highly motivated and skilled workforce.  A key issue for GCVS and our partners is that third sector organisations are adequately funded, now and in future, and we are hopeful that the research will illuminate the impact of trends in grant funding and service commissioning of third sector services on achieving this aim.


As austerity continues to bite and fears grow that advances in reducing poverty in Scotland are being reversed as a result of welfare reform, the impact of low pay and changing working conditions are of increasing concern to policy makers, third sector employers and campaigners.  In recent years funding available to third sector organisations in the city has reduced with many struggling with year on year reductions. This makes it very difficult to pay staff in line with the real costs of living.   This is likely to have implications for the aspirations of community planning partners in Glasgow to encourage all employers, including those in the third sector, to pay a Living Wage currently set at £7.65/Hour.

While third sector staff continue to help those living in poverty, many of our members are concerned about the impact of issues such as job insecurity and wage freezes are having on staff’s lives, health, and stress levels amongst employees.

This research will attempt to cast light on links between health and work in the third sector and how staff and organisations are coping with labour market changes. It will also explore how issues such as; increasing demand for services, resource availability, service design and quality are being affected by the current economic climate.

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