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Hybrid fundraising jobs increased by 900% in three years, CIoF figures show

17 Apr 2023 News

Hybrid roles advertised in the fundraising sector have increased by more than 900% in three years while onsite roles have declined by 64%, according to new research.  

CharityJob’s analysis of recruitment figures showed a huge change in working patterns in the fundraising sector between 2019 and 2022 as organisations have embraced hybrid and remote working. 

The Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIoF) asked CharityJob to look at its recruitment data from 2022 and compare it with that of 2019. 

It found that 52% of all advertised jobs in fundraising in 2022 were hybrid, while a third were onside and 15% remote.

In comparison, only 5% of these roles advertised in 2019 were hybrid, 91% onsite and just 4% remote. 

Shift to hybrid and remote non-managerial roles 

The biggest increases in the various ways of working were found in experienced non-manager roles, with an increase of over 900% in hybrid experienced non-manager roles and 480% in remote experienced non-manager roles.

According to the analysis, the fundraising sector offers more full-time positions than the charity sector overall. Indeed, the former had 8% more full-time jobs than the latter in 2019 and 9% more last year. 

In total, the number of junior roles available in fundraising can be compared with the charity sector’s, but the base location appears to be “more flexible, including hybrid and remote roles”. 

Moreover, the fundraising sector has more managerial roles compared with the rest of the charity sector while these offer more flexibility when it comes to their base location. 

Pandemic ushered ‘opportunities for flexibility’

Ceri Edwards, executive director of people and engagement at CIoF, said that Covid-19 “ushered opportunities for flexibility and improved work-life balance”, which “changed workplaces for the better and will have ensured many of us remain with charities that have given us better prospects for our careers and a renewed outlook on our working weeks”.

“These strides forward are to be welcomed and will undoubtedly make roles more appealing to many. And while we know that a career in fundraising brings huge rewards and a lifetime of impact, it won’t always be enough to attract the talent we need to excite our supporters as we connect them with the causes they care about.

“Our focus now must be on ensuring that the advantages new ways of working bring are open to all, are accompanied by a strong focus on wellbeing and professional development; and that together we foster cultures of inclusion and growth for fundraisers wherever they work.”

Raya Wexler, co-founder of CharityJob, added: “In a competitive job market, this is a very welcome shift. The move towards more flexible ways of working both opens up fundraising roles to much broader pools of candidates and offers existing fundraisers the optimal conditions to flourish. This means charities have the best chance of securing top talent. 

“The flexibility and career progression opportunities currently available mean there’s never been a better time to start or progress a career in fundraising.” 

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