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Giving Miss Marple a makeover : graduate recruitment, systems failure and the Scottish voluntary sector

Hurrell, Scott A. and Warhurst, Chris and Nickson, Dennis (2011) Giving Miss Marple a makeover : graduate recruitment, systems failure and the Scottish voluntary sector. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 40 (2). pp. 336-355. ISSN 0899-7640

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Abstract

The voluntary sector in Scotland, as across the globe, is becoming increasingly business like. Resultantly, there is an increasing demand for graduates to work in business and support functions. In Scotland, however, despite an oversupply of graduates in the labor market, the voluntary sector reports skills shortages for graduate-level positions; a leadership deficit was also reported in countries such as the United States. Through exploratory, mainly qualitative, case study and stakeholder research, this article proposes that one reason for this mismatch between the supply of and demand for graduates is a systems failure within the sector. Many graduates and university students remain unaware of potentially suitable paid job opportunities, in part because of the sector's voluntary label. To rectify this systems failure, thought needs to be given to the sector's nomenclature and the manner in which voluntary sector organizations attract graduate recruits, for example, through levering value congruence in potential recruits.