The survey took place between June and December 2019. A total of 3,158 responses were received.
Responses in each region are as follows: North East England, 1,094, North West England, 1,212 and Yorkshire and Humber, 852.
Third Sector Trend samples between 2010 and 2019 have very similar structures which means that reliable comparisons can be made between waves of the study. The report provides detailed analysis on a wide range of issues. Some of the key findings from the 2019 study are presented below.
It is estimated that in 2019 there were 38,250 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees in North East England, 87,500 in Yorkshire and Humber and 115,000 in North West England and across the North there were 240,750 FTE employees.
In Yorkshire and Humber, it is estimated that there are 350,500 volunteers who deliver 25m hours of work. The replacement value of such work by employees would be between £207m (at National Minimum Wage) and £344m (at 80% of average wages).
Reliance on public sector finance (such as contracts from local authorities, the NHS or government departments) becomes much stronger as TSOs grow in size. Only 23% of micro TSOs rely primarily on public sector finance compared with 59% of the biggest TSOs.
The overall picture, at the time of study, was one of considerable optimism amongst TSOs when assessing their prospects of winning financial and volunteer resources they need to maintain or increase their activities. Of course these views were expressed before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. 34% of TSOs expect income to increase over the next two years. TSOs in North West England are the most optimistic (37% compared with 32% in North East England and 32% in Yorkshire and Humber). Optimists are more common than pessimists – only 16-17% of TSOs expect income to fall across the regions.
You can read the full report as an online pdf here (opens in a new tab)