Is there a subjective well-being premium in voluntary sector employment?

Kamerāde, D and McKay, S 2015, 'Is there a subjective well-being premium in voluntary sector employment?' , Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 26 (6) , pp. 2733-2754.

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Abstract

Previous studies have found that employment in the voluntary sector offers a so-called ‘job satisfaction premium’: despite lower salaries, voluntary sector employees are more satisfied with their jobs than workers in other sectors. This paper examines whether voluntary sector employees also experience a subjective well-being premium. Using data from the UK Annual Population Survey 2012/2013, we find that voluntary sector employees do have higher levels of subjective well-being but this subjective well-being premium is not evenly distributed between men and women. Men score higher on happiness and life satisfaction. However, women in the voluntary sector have lower levels of life satisfaction compared with their counterparts in the public sector. We discuss the implications of our findings for policy and practice in the voluntary sector in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0957-8765
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Depositing User: Dr D Kamerāde
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 15:41
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/44236

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