The charity and voluntary sector is also known as the 'third sector 'or 'not-for-profit sector'. They aim to create social rather than material wealth.
According to the UK Civil Society Almanac 2020, the voluntary sector contributed £18.2billion to the UK economy in 2017/18. The 166,592 voluntary organizations in the UK employed 909,088 people in 2019.
Job roles can be very varied, and many organizations specifically target graduates for their broad range of specific and transferable skills. It is possible to enter the charity and development sector with any degree. Job roles include accountancy and finance, administration, advice and counselling, business development and project management, campaigning, lobbying, and fundraising, corporate social responsibility, graphic design, human resources, information technology, marketing and public relations, research and policy, retail, social care, teaching, education, and training and volunteer management and co-ordination.
Here are some examples of job roles within the sector that includes information on professional qualifications, how much you can get paid, and skills employers are looking for:
Alternatively, you can reference our volunteering page to find out more.
Where to find jobs
Here are some key websites which advertise jobs and opportunities across the UK within this sector.
- Bond – connects, strengthens and champions a dynamic network of civil society organisations to eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice
- Cancer Research UK employs 4,000 people from a diverse range of backgrounds, and they're all amazing at what they do
- CharityJob – 3000 vacancies in the charity sector
- Elevator is a marketplace for people to list, discover and apply for ethical jobs, charity jobs and third sector jobs
- NHS jobs
- Third Sector Jobs – the latest vacancies in the charity sector
- The Big Issue
The main graduate employers are:
Joining or following a professional body can be an effective way to find out about opportunities, news, and recent changes within the sector.
Southwest employment and employers
The Southwest is an excellent place to start your career as a graduate as many of the UK leading companies have a base in Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Cornwall.
Here are some examples of major employers within the southwest region however there are many more large companies and SMEs eager to recruit graduates.
Where could your degree take you?
Many employers will take on graduates from a range of different degree subjects, however if you want to find out about the type of skills and experience you have developed during your degree have a look at our degree subject pages.