Quarterly Recruitment Monitor Q1 2021 2into3

Advertised Senior Roles in Nonprofit Sector Rise 55% in Q1 2021

2into3’s Quarterly Recruitment Monitor for the first quarter of 2021 shows the number of senior roles advertised within the nonprofit sector continues to increase, year on year. 

Our snapshot of data shows that in Q1 2021, a total of 226 senior roles were advertised, up almost 55% on the same quarter last year (146 roles). The number of organisations recruiting increased by 45%, from 110 to 159. 

While the pandemic would only have impacted the last 4 weeks of Q1 2020, it has made a comparison between 2020 and 2021 somewhat difficult. It is unlikely that demand for senior nonprofit professionals has increased by this amount when comparing these time periods; a more likely explanation would be a concentration of demand for staff in the last three monthscarried-over from mid to late 2020, when recruitment may have been put on hold. 

Quarterly Recruitment Monitor Q1 2021 2into3

By Sub-Sector 

Social Services organisations continue to advertise the greatest share of the roles (34%), followed by Health (19%), Local Development & Housing (14%) and Philanthropy & Voluntarism (8%). These four sub-sectors alone account for over three-quarters of all roles recorded by 2into3 in Q1 2021. 

The big change here is in the Philanthropy & Voluntarism sub-sector, which previously accounted for just 2.7% of roles in Q1 2020 is now 8%. Declines were seen in roles within the International (6%, down from 11%) and Education and Research (3%, down from 12%) sub-sectors. 

By Role type 

CEO level roles, as a share of all senior positions advertised, fell from 15% in Q1 2020 to 8% in Q1 2021. There was also a reduction in the number of roles advertised in Administration, Strategy & Governance (down 54%) and HR (down 29%). 

While senior Fundraising roles rose in number (42 up to 48) their share within all roles fell from 29% to 21%. Service, Delivery & Operations roles jumped a massive 185%, from 40 to 114 roles, and accounted for just over half of all senior roles recorded. This may be a reflection of activity in the sector, as organisations scale up to meet the extra demands COVID-19 has placed on their services. 

Advertised Communications & Marketing roles doubled (from 7 to 14) and Finance roles decreased in their overall share, but in absolute terms increased by one-third, year-on-year. 

What does this mean? 

What does this snapshot of activity tell us about the Irish nonprofit sector as we continue our return to normality? It shows that there is still a demand for senior talent within the sector, although the skills and experience that are in demand would appear to be shifting. 

Whether these trends continue or whether they are a short-term response to the pandemic remains to be seen. We present this data with the full knowledge that year-on-year comparisons in the middle of a once in a century event are to be taken with a health warning. 

If our own experience in 2into3 is to be factored-in, the strong, active demand for talent is being balanced against a more passive supply side where candidates appear to be less active in searching for a career move, but are often interested, if they are approached and made aware of what is on offer. The candidates are out there – they just might be a bit harder to find right now.  

 

Our Track Record in Nonprofit Recruitment 

Why use 2into3’s Recruitment Service?

What makes 2into3’s recruitment service unique is our Quality Guarantee. If the person we place in your organisation leaves within 12 months of starting their role, we will source a replacement free of charge. Please see below for more details. The skills of our recruitment team and the 2into3 processes, gives you the reassurance your role will be filled by ideal candidate.

 

Why use 2into3 recruitent service Experts in the Nonprofit Sector

2into3 is uniquely positioning in the nonprofit sector, where our work in Consulting and Research, as well as Recruitment, gives us an unparalleled level of knowledge (and contacts within) the sector. Our work over the last 14 years with more than 260 Irish nonprofits means we understand your recruitment needs better than any commercial recruiter.

We know it takes a certain type of person to work in (or even lead) a nonprofit or charity organisation. There is no guarantee an accomplished manager or leader from the commercial sector could successfully transition into this sector. The same can often be said for senior managers moving from one sub-sector to another.

While core leadership and functional skills are essential, you also need to ensure any potential manager will be a cultural fit, have affinity with your mission and values and will know which stakeholders they need to influence and how best to do so. 2into3, more than any other recruiter, can offer this level of understanding.

And so, we aim to look beyond the obvious candidates for any role, based on our previous recruitment experiences. As well as presenting those who are a complete match to your requirements, we always try to include “an alternative option” that may not have everything but could, based on our understanding of the role, be worth exploring.

 

Quality Guarantee

We are committed to more than just filling roles. 2into3 seek to ensure that all candidates placed by our Recruitment Team succeed in their new positions, because we believe that when a candidate succeeds, it allows the organisation to succeed in its mission. Therefore, we offer a no-fee replacement guarantee, should the postholder’s employment be terminated for any reason other than ill-health or redundancy within the first 12 months of engagement.

 

Wide Pool of Talent

A typical assignment can attract 200 queries. However, we also actively seek out the ideal candidate. Our long track record in recruitment has allowed us to develop an extensive network of senior managers in the sector, that we can target, should the role match their skills and experience. We can also apply our knowledge of the role and sector and seek out others who may not even be actively looking for a new role but could be an excellent match.

 

Efficient Turn Around Time & Quality of the Screening Process

2into3’s recruitment process enables a turnaround time of 8-9 weeks, from the date of placing the job advertisements to the successful candidate accepting the job offer. Instead of our clients having to sift through and process all those unqualified applications, we will only show you those who we feel are capable, typically an average of 9-10 individuals. From that list an average of 4-5 are brought forward to interview and two-thirds of these are typically deemed to be appointable by the client.

 

More on our Recruitment Track Record

Contact Fergal O’Sullivan, Head of Recruitment, on +353 86 180 6051

Recruitment approach to finding ideal candidate by 2into3

Why use a recruitment agency?

Why use a recruitment agency for nonprofit roles with 2into3 Market Knowledge

Just as you are an expert in your particular area of work, we’ve expert knowledge of the recruitment market. We know where to find the candidates for your job; we know where to advertise and promote your role, but more importantly, we have established connections throughout the not-for-profit sector (and wider commercial sector as well). We also know what candidates are looking for, in terms of salary and career expectations. We use this to help you write the best job description, candidate brief and advertisement possible, to attract the best talent.

Hard to Reach Candidates

From 14 years of recruiting, we have an established network of senior level candidates who are seeking a career move and we know also how to reach out to others who may not be actively seeking a move but could potentially be the best candidate for the job, both in terms of skillset and cultural fit.

Candidates, not Applications

When we find those candidates, we have the screening and interview skills needed to separate the great from the good (and from the not so great or good), so you get a high quality shortlist, not a large number of applicants. We will work to refine the candidate profile to meet your exact requirements and ensure any candidates we present meet your criteria and are worthy of consideration. By working with experts who help secure the best possible fit, you reduce the financial and operational risk of a costly mis-hire.

Free Up Resources

It can be quite an onerous task for an organisation to prepare from scratch a detailed job description and a compelling advertisement for a role. This is before sifting through all the applications received to compile a shortlist, that you hope will contain the ideal candidate. Even then, there is more work to screen these candidates and arrange interviews with those you feel make the cut. Not only will we take on all of the above tasks (and more) we will do so in a manner that offers you the reassurance that those shortlisted are qualified and suitable.

At the beginning of any recruitment assignment, we will work with you to get a real insight into your organisation and culture, to understand exactly who you are looking for. We do this to ensure the shortlist of candidates will “fit” your organisation. Once we have a feel for the role and you are happy with the candidate briefing document, we will then work on the project without any need to disturb you, allowing you to focus on your core responsibilities.

For those organisations fortunate enough to have a standalone HR department, our management of the recruitment process will free your HR team to undertake more strategic and valuable people management activities, rather than time-consuming administration such as screening and replying to unsuccessful candidates. At the end of the interview process we will also negotiate terms and check references for the preferred candidate, again relieving you of these time consuming, but critical, tasks.

Saves Time & Money

There is a perception that it is expensive to use an external recruiter, but when all is considered it’s can be more expensive to do it in-house. Spending too much of your limited time on the recruitment project, creates an opportunity cost, meaning your other core day to day activities are impacted eg less engagement with service users, less time building the current team or possibly less fundraising activity. As this is our recruitment team’s sole focus, we ensure a faster turnaround than in-house where the tasks must be fitted-in around other work. This also translates into cost savings over the duration of the recruitment process.

Recruitment approach to finding ideal candidate by 2into3

Usually an assignment takes 8-9 weeks. To illustrate the typical number of interactions required to arrive at a successful candidate, imagine a funnel. Following the placement of the job advert, up to 200 queries can be received. We respond to every individual query, and proceed to filter through the multi-layered process, until we secure the final successful candidate. At every stage our client still has full control of everything we do on their behalf. Some clients like to be updated on every step, others prefer to receive a pre-vetted short list of candidates, our recruitment approach allows for this flexibility.

 

Interested in our recruitment process?

Contact Fergal O’Sullivan, Head of Recruitment on +353 86 180 6051

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Q3 2020 Recruitment Monitor – 31% Fall in Advertised Senior Roles in the Not-For-Profit Sector this Quarter

2into3 Recruitment Monitor Q3 2020

Every quarter, the 2into3 Recruitment Monitor tracks roles advertised on a weekly basis, to illustrate trends and the overall health of senior level recruitment in the sector in Ireland. As expected, the impact of coronavirus pandemic continues to be in the latest analysis.

Data from the latest quarter shows the previous levels of growth in recruitment have slowed in all but one sub-sector, namely Health, and the number of organisations who are hiring have reduced.  While this may seem like all doom and gloom, the findings also tell us that over 100 senior roles were advertised across 79 organisations, which is positive.

 

Looking into the numbers at Sub-sector level:

  • 3 sub-sectors (Religion, Environment and Professional & Vocational) all had zero recruitment for senior roles in Q3, while Philanthropy & Voluntarism sub-sector had just one role.
  • Only two sub-sectors saw an increase in recruitment activity, led by Health sub-sector, increasing by 26% versus that same period last year (from 22 to 28 roles). Arts, Culture & Media saw marginal growth up from 3 to 4 roles.
  • One subsector (Advocacy, Law & Politics) experienced no change, while the remaining subsectors were down when compared to same period last year.

Variation of roles by Subsector Q3 2020- 2into3

Our three-monthly analysis also allows for tracking of activity across the different quarters throughout the year. As Ireland continues to adjust and make best of the situation we are all in, we are seeing some green shoots when we compare April-June 2020 with July-September 2020. At a total level, senior recruitment in the sector is up by almost 16% (110 versus 95 roles). This modest increase is driven by the Health sub-sector but could hopefully augur well for the final three months of 2020.

Management Roles Advertised by SubSector Q3 2020

Role Types

It is probably not a big surprise that (with the exception of one category) all the role types we track showed a significant decrease (between 35% and 78%) The outlier that saw an increase in roles advertised was Delivery & Operational Management (up 17%) and this could well be an example of a role type that simply cannot be postponed. All the others can be managed or reallocated in the short-term, but the core of what you do as an organisation cannot.

With regard to Fundraising roles in particular, comparing Q3 versus Q2 2020, there was a significant jump in roles advertised, rising from 10 to 23 roles. It may well be that organisations held back on such activity while the lockdown was at its most severe but have accepted that funds still need to be raised, by whatever pandemic-appropriate measures necessary.

Management Roles Advertised by Role Type Q3 2020

Income Levels

For those organisations where we have financial details available, 72 of 108, 43% of them had an income in 2018 of over €10M, while 19% reported an income below €1M.

 

Recruiter v. In-House

The number of roles advertised across recruitment agencies fell by 4 percentage points (20% in Q3 2019 vs 16% in Q3 2020).  From 2into3’s perspective however, we have seen a very busy Q3, despite the declining figures for the overall sector. During these three months, we have successful worked on delivery of 12 roles (with 7 commencing between July and September), a significant increase on the level of activity we saw in Q3 2019.

 

Summary

It will come as no surprise to anyone that recruitment activity has dropped this quarter versus the same period last year, given where we are as a sector and a nation, but there are some optimistic signals to note, not least that there was such a respectable level of activity at all. Certain sub-sectors and certain roles seem to be more resilient, but there will always be variations within such a large and diverse sector.

Anecdotally, the experience of 2into3 has been a strong level of candidate interest in the roles for which we have recruited.  Based on the feedback from our clients, the quality of our candidate pool continues to be high.

What the final quarter of 2020 will bring will tell alot, as we continue adapting even more to the “new normal”.

 

Interested in finding out more, contact Fergal O’Sullivan, Head of Recruitment at 2into3, or call +353 86 180 6051

Management Roles by Subsector Q3 2020 2into3 Recruitment Monitor

Impact of Covid-19 on Recruitment Q2 2020

For the last few years, 2into3 has tracked the level of senior recruitment activity in Ireland. The quarterly snapshot allows us to see any mini-trends as they are happening, and to understand who is recruiting, and for what roles.

It will come as no surprise that the data we captured during the second quarter of 2020 show a significant decline in recruitment activity versus the previous year, before COVID-19 took hold. But looking a bit closer at the numbers does show a few interesting variations on an all too common theme.

The total number of management level roles advertised in this period from April to June was 95, a 45% drop from the 173 recorded in 2019. The data also showed a 42% drop in the number of organisations recruiting at a senior level, dropping from 128 in 2019 to 74 in 2020.

Breaking this down further, we can see that only 2 sub-sectors saw an increase in the level of senior recruitment (Local Development & Housing and Religion). Every other sector had reduced activity, some significantly so (e.g. Health and Social Services).

Management Roles Advertised by Sub Sector
Q2 2019 Q2 2020 Diff.
Advocacy, Law & Politics​​ 11 6.36% 6 6.32% -5
Arts, Culture & Media ​​ 4 2.31% 1 1.05% -3
Education & Research​​ 18 10.40% 11 11.58% -7
Environment​​ 1 0.58% 1 1.05% 0
Health​​ 32 18.50% 17 17.89% -15
International​​ 11 6.36% 2 2.11% -9
Local Development & Housing​​ 17 9.83% 23 24.21% 6
Philanthropy & Voluntarism ​​ 2 1.16% 2 2.11% 0
Professional & Vocational​​ 1 0.58% 1 1.05% 0
Recreation & Sport​​ 6 3.47% 3 3.16% -3
Religion​​ 1 0.58% 3 3.16% 2
Social Services​​ 65 37.57% 24 25.26% -41
N/A​​ 4 2.31% 1 1.05% -3
173 95 -78

 

Of those organisations who were recruiting and where financial information was available (59 out of 77), 39% had an annual income of over €10M, while 22% were under €1M.

Every one of the main types of roles that we track saw a reduction in recruitment levels, but again with variation across the range.

Management Roles Advertised by Role Type
Q2 2019 Q2 2020 Diff.
Administration, Strategy & Governance​ 20 11.6% 3 3.2% -17
CEO/Executive Director​ 18 10.4% 14 14.7% -4
Communications & Marketing​ 13 7.5% 2 2.1% -11
Finance ​ 9 5.2% 8 8.4% -1
Fundraising & Business Development​ 40 23.1% 10 10.5% -30
HR​ 11 6.4% 3 3.2% -8
Service Delivery & Operational Management​ 62 35.8% 55 57.9% -7
173 95 -78

 

CEO recruitment dipped slightly, from 18 roles in 2019 to 14 in 2020 (down 22%), while Fundraising and Business Development roles experienced a dramatic 75% decline from 40 in Q2 2019 to 10 in Q2 2020.

Others were relatively unscathed, with Finance roles dropping from just 9 to 8 in the comparable periods, and while there were 7 fewer Service Delivery & Operational Management​ roles, this represented a drop of just 11% (62, down to 55).

In terms of what this data tells us, the most obvious learning is that COVID-19 has had a significant effect on recruitment at a senior level in the not-for-profit sector, but then, we really didn’t need to conduct a detailed analysis to know this.

It does show however that there is a variation in how the pandemic is affecting different sub-sectors, with some pulling back on recruitment more than others. This may well reflect the inescapable need for certain organisations to maintain their staffing levels and the option that others may have to postpone recruiting new staff members, or even replacing departing colleagues.

Anecdotally, 2into3 has had one of its busiest quarters in recent years in terms of our senior recruitment, with 17 roles being managed by us between mid-March and August, so there is still a significant level of activity in the sector. Whether this continues, and whether it continues to impact different areas in different ways will only become evident as we make our way back to the “new normal” in the second half of this exceptional year.

 

Patricia Keenan - 2into3 Belfast office

Belfast office now open – Lead by Patricia Keenan

Patricia Keenan - 2into3 Belfast office

We are delighted to announce the opening of our Belfast office, headed up by Patricia Keenan, Management Consultant. Patricia has been a consultant for over a decade after a career in the public and voluntary sector across the island of Ireland and in London. She worked for local authorities, government departments and social enterprises at a senior level before embarking on a career in consulting in 2005, for a diverse range of public and private sector clients. Patricia will lead the business in Northern Ireland and the border counties.

Patricia is an experienced project manager and has led on a number million pound EU funded projects. She has extensive experience in the rural development sector and LEADER funding across Northern Ireland, having previously sat on the Board of the regional LEADER company. She also oversaw the completion of an all Island diversity training programme within the public sector, a first of its kind. With Patricia on-board we are looking forward to offering a full Island of Ireland service to our clients and working more closely with not-for-profits in Northern Ireland and Northwest region.

In March 2020 we opened our Cork office, led by Rob Foley and now 5 months on we are delighted to continue our expansion northwards. Since starting in 2006, we have expanded our service offering to include Fundraising Strategy, Strategic Planning, Organisational Reviews, Recruitment and Research. We have a wealth of knowledge from working across the diverse range of not-for-profit sub-sectors from Social Services and Health to Education and Sport.

New Year New Career Irish Times 2into3

2into3 Recruitment – New Year New Career in Association with Irish Times

Happy New Year!

If you are considering a career change or a new role in the Not-for-Profit sector in Ireland, check out Fergal O’Sullivan’s interview with the Irish Times.

Or see the article below:

 

Charity begins at work: The lure of the not-for-profit sector

For those who want to work for an organisation with a more meaningful mission, there are many opportunities in the not-for-profit sector

“Successful senior managers, particularly CEO-level, will need to have all the required business acumen, regulatory experience, and board-engagement experience.” Photograph: iStock

“Successful senior managers, particularly CEO-level, will need to have all the required business acumen, regulatory experience, and board-engagement experience.” Photograph: iStock

As a new year begins, many people weighing up job prospects may be tempted to look at the not-for-profit centre. Shifting to an organisation with a more meaningful mission is the key reason people join the sector, suggests Fergal O’Sullivan, head of recruitment at 2into3. The Dublin-based recruitment agency has been working with the not-for-profit sector since 2006.

“We get a lot of interest from people who are in the commercial sector who are looking for a career change, and who want to give something back through a purposeful role,” says O’Sullivan. While 2into3 focuses on senior-level roles, there are openings in the sector at every level, with charities and organisations recruiting for anything from street fundraisers to chief executives.

Street fundraising

Working as part of a street fundraising team may be the right fit for the right person, especially someone outgoing who is looking to break into the sector. “While we don’t often deal with these positions, the skills needed are mainly patience, perseverance and an ability to get on well with people, as this work is very much a sales-type role and not one for the shy and retiring. If you do feel you have that personality and drive, it can be a very rewarding role,” says O’Sullivan.

Communications

“The roles and responsibilities in communications positions can be quite similar to marketing roles in the commercial sector,” says O’Sullivan. “So anyone with a strong background in marketing, PR and general communications may well find they have transferable skills they could bring to the role. Very often, communications is also combined with a fundraising role, as so much of the task of raising funds is communicating the mission of the organisation and the impact the funds will have.”

Head of function roles

“We would recruit for head of function roles for a number of disciplines on a regular basis, including HR manager and finance manager. For roles such as these, the sector in which you operate is less important than having the core skills required to perform the role properly,” says O’Sullivan.

“Roles such as these offer the greatest opportunity for people who are looking for a career with purpose to transfer from the commercial sector into the world of not-for-profit, as the skills required are most obviously transferable,” he says. “Once such a move is made, the exposure to the sector and its own ways of working can make career progression much easier.”

Senior management and chief executive roles

“Senior management roles are the heart of the recruitment activity in 2into3,” says O’Sullivan. “Be that at chief executive level, or as director of fundraising. For such a high-level position, there will likely be the need to know and understand the not-for-profit sector and what the position usually entails for their particular sub-sector, so it may not be a first point for someone moving from the commercial sector. In addition, successful senior managers, particularly CEO-level, will need to have all the required business acumen, regulatory experience, and board-engagement experience you would expect for such a position.”

Niche roles

Part of the appeal for people joining the not-for-profit sector is that there may be more opportunity to blend skills and experience in roles that more accurately fit the person. “The joy of working in the not-for-profit sector is that there’s a huge variance of roles,” says O’Sullivan.

“We would do a certain amount of targeting, particularly for harder-to-fill roles, where we would go out to both our own existing network of people that we know, and also do some executive searching online to find people who would match the particular skill-set,” he says.

While recruiters also work with people with not-for-profit sector experience looking to join a new organisation, it is rarer than people making a transition across from the commercial sector, suggests O’Sullivan. “Many people who end up working in not-for-profit organisations do so because they have a very strong passion for the mission of that organisation. So they tend to be quite at home in it. I think it is one of the biggest draws to the sector, that work can become more than just a job that pays a salary.”

2into3 Recruitment Monitor Q3 2019

Senior Recruitment Activity in the Irish Not-for-Profit Sector Continues to Increase

2into3 Recruitment Monitor Q3 2019

 

2into3 have released the latest quarterly review of senior recruitment activity in the Irish not-for-profit sector. The 2into3 Recruitment Monitor takes a snapshot every three months of what is happening at the mid to senior range of roles being advertised, allowing those working in the sector better understand the market movements.

In the Q3 – 2019 edition of the Monitor, the research shows that competition within the not-for-profit sector continues to intensify as the demand for candidates for senior roles increases year on year.

Commenting on the release of the latest data, Fergal O’Sullivan, Head of Recruitment at 2into3, said: “It is interesting, but not surprising, to see the level of activity continues to increase, not only quarter on quarter, but year on year. From our own activity and monitoring of the sector as we approach full employment, the number of roles advertised for senior not-for-profit roles continues to increase. This healthy recruitment market brings with it its own set of challenges for recruiters in the sector, as the upward trend identified shows no sign of slowing.”

Key highlights from this quarter’s Recruitment Monitor indicate:
• The number of senior roles advertised in Q3 2019 was 159, an increase of 51% on the same period last year. There was also an increase in the number of organisations recruiting for these positions, from 90 to 108 organisations.
• Drilling down by function, while the number of CEO/Executive Director roles remained static Fundraising and Business Development positions increased by 142%, Communications & Marketing by 125% and Finance by 114%. There was little or no change in the number of Administration, Strategy and Governance roles.
• At a sub-sector level, Social Services organisations were by far the most active in Q3, accounting for almost 28% of roles advertised. Health was second, with 14%. Local Development and Housing and Education & Research organisations each accounted for 11% of roles.

For further insights into this quarter’s activity please contact Fergal O’Sullivan on (01) 234 3165 or fergal.osullivan@2into3.com

Senior Recruitment in the Not-for-Profit Sector Continues to Rise

Recruitment in the not-for-profit sector is much more active according to the latest edition of the 2into3 Quarterly Recruitment Monitor. There were 55% more management-level roles opportunities in Q2 2019 (173) than there were in Q2 2018 (112).

To complement the Quarterly Recruitment Monitor, 2into3 also released a snapshot survey to learn more about the experiences of hiring managers in the current market. Results showed that not-for-profit organisations are finding it challenging to recruit management-level talent with one respondent stating that their organisation ‘could not compete in terms of renumeration’.

Results from the survey also showed that the main purpose for not-for-profit recruitment so far in 2019 has been to replace staff members that have left. This was particularly pertinent finding given that 5% of the roles advertised so far in 2019 were also advertised in 2018.

Reflecting on the findings from the latest edition of the Quarterly Recruitment Monitor and the recruitment survey 2into3’s Head of Recruitment, Fergal O’Sullivan, notes: “In a market where candidates find it easier to shop around there is a question to be asked about what action organisations can take to ensure that they remain an employer of choice to not only attract, but to also retain talent?”

The Quarterly Recruitment Monitor is a free-to access publication that serves as a benchmarking resource that provides CEOs, hiring managers and board members in the not-for-profit sector with detailed insights on key trends within the current recruitment market. You can download a full version of the report here.