Freelance IT specialists could be supporting charities more - report

IT professionals trail behind management consultants and human resources (HR) specialists as the most 'giving' when it comes to supporting charities through their professional skills.

IT professionals trail behind management consultants and human resources (HR) specialists as the most 'giving' when it comes to supporting charities through their professional skills.

Research conducted by people4charity.com, which matches freelance workers to registered charities, suggests that business advisers and personnel experts top the league table for offering preferential rates for third sector organisations.

The study of 9,000 freelance professionals shows that almost four-in-ten freelance management consultants and HR specialists are prepared to cut their rates by around 15 per cent for the charity sector, closely followed by one in three freelance lawyers (14.9 per cent discount) and then IT professionals, offering a 14.7 per cent discount. Finance and accounting professionals offer the lowest average discount, according to the research.

"In this season of goodwill, it is interesting to see that management consultants are confounding their stereotype, while HR professionals are perhaps living up to theirs."

"What is noteworthy from this research is that giving to charity through skills is on the increase among freelance workers," says Duncan Taylor of people4charity.com. "Our research shows that over 35 per cent of independent professionals will now work for the third sector at a discount that averages out at 14 per cent."

The people4charity.com research involved more than 9,000 freelance professionals across ten industry sectors. www.people4charity.com.

Image: IT professionals typically offer a 14.7 per cent discount when working for registered charities

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