The voluntary sector workforce comprises both paid employees who earn a salary or wages in return for the role they perform, and volunteers who earn no money but who may receive expenses relating to their role, such as travel or child care. In the UK, the voluntary sector employees 2.2% of the overall workforce, approximately 611,000 people, with another 14.1 million regular, formal volunteers, equating to an estimated 1.1 million full time workers, who give their time for free (the figure for less regular, informal volunteers is far greater than this).
Any organisation engaging workers, either on an employed or volunteer basis, will be concerned with encouraging their best contribution and performance, but will be subject to the wide range of employment legislation including EU directives, UK laws and regulations and codes of practice. Roots HR helps third sector organisations to COMPLY with employment law and good practice and PERFORM through great people management.
The formal and often final route for an employee who believes their employer is not complying with employment legislation in some way is to raise a claim at an employment tribunal. This can be for a wide variety of reasons, from straightforward unlawful deductions from wages to complex discrimination cases. Often claims are made for more than one reason at the same time. It is an astonishing but unavoidable fact that the 2% of the population employed by the voluntary sector generates over 6% of the overall number of employment tribunal claims received. Employment tribunal claims are often distressing for those involved, take large amounts of time to defend and can result in compensation payments and court costs. All resources that are put into responding to these situations reduce the amount of service provision and end user benefit the organisation can offer.
Roots HR was founded to improve the overall management of people in the third sector, leading to a reduction in the number of tribunals and the associated costs and increased performance and service delivery.