Fair Work in the Voluntary Sector Survey

The Scottish Centre for Employment Research (University of Strathclyde) has been commissioned by Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector, Highland Third Sector Interface and The Robertson Trust to undertake research that maps the extent of fair work in Scotland’s voluntary sector and identifies the opportunities and challenges for employers in delivering fair work.

This survey should be completed by anyone who is a paid worker in the voluntary (or third) sector. Your participation in this survey is crucial to providing a full picture of fair work experiences from which to develop practice and policy, and to having your views and experiences heard.

The Scottish Government is working to make Scotland a Fair Work nation. Fair work is defined by the Fair Work Convention’s Fair Work Framework (2016) and you will be asked questions about your experiences of five dimensions of fair work:

  • Opportunity – to access and progress in work and employment;
  • Security – of employment, work, hours and income;
  • Fulfilment – work that is fulfilling, meaningful and uses your skills and talents;
  • Respect – for your health and safety, contribution and work-life balance; and
  • Effective Voice – your views are sought out, listened to and can make a difference.

We value your time in completing the survey and any help you can give to share it across your organisation and partners.

Please click the following link to complete the survey by 30 November 2022:

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Frequently Asked Questions are covered below.  If you have any other questions about the survey, please contact Johanna McQuarrie.

  • Who should complete the survey?
    Anyone who works on a paid basis in a third / voluntary sector organisation, whether as an employee or a manager.
  • How long do I have to complete the survey?
    The survey will remain open for you to complete until 30 November 2022.
  • Who is administering the survey?
    The Scottish Centre for Employment Research team at the University of Strathclyde are administering the survey on behalf of GCVS, Highland TSI and the Robertson Trust.
  • How long will the survey take to complete?
    You will need approximately 20-25 minutes to complete the survey.
  • Do I need to complete the survey in one session or can I complete it in parts?
    You can work through this survey at your convenience and your progress is automatically saved as long as you use the same device to access it and before the survey closing on 30 November. If you are using a shared device you will need to complete it in one sitting.
  • What happens to the data I provide?
    Only the University research team will have access to the survey data. The University of Strathclyde will provide a report to the joint funders in which no individual organisation or person is identifiable. Your anonymous response will be stored securely and confidentially by the research team at the University of Strathclyde. All use of the data will be governed by the strict ethical protocols of the University of Strathclyde.
  • Do I have to take part in the survey?
    Your participation is voluntary, and you are free to withdraw at any time without providing a reason up to the point that your anonymous completed response is recorded. However, you are strongly encouraged to provide your feedback so that we have a clear evidence base on experiences of work in the sector.
  • Can I complete the survey on my mobile phone?
    The survey can be completed on your smart phone, desktop, laptop or a tablet.
  • What if I have any questions?
    If you have any questions about the research, or the information in the survey, then please contact the project researcher Johanna McQuarrie at j.mcquarrie@strath.ac.uk


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