Jansev Jemal, Director of Research and Policy at Pro Bono Economics, said:

“We are now into the 18th consecutive month of the national pay squeeze. The labour market shows continued signs of weakening, with a slight drop in the number of vacancies and a small uptick in unemployment.

“The pressure on pay is contributing to rising pressures on charities. A new survey by PBE found that nearly half (47%) of large and medium-sized charities do not think they will be able to meet demand over the next three months.

“Faced with significant demand and eroding income due to inflation, charities are also having to cope with dwindling volunteer numbers – six in 10 (56%) charities say volunteer recruitment over the past year has been difficult. With this in mind, it is important policymakers recognise and respond to the issues affecting charities as they work to support the most vulnerable.”

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