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People with a mission work in the public sector.

22 May 2008

CMPO research finds that individuals in the non-profit sector are significantly more likely to offer unpaid overtime. As co-author Frank Windmeijer put it, 'People with a mission seem to go to work in the the public or non-profit sector.'

Research by CMPO's Paul Gregg, Paul Grout, Anita Ratcliffe, Sarah Smith and Frank Windmeijer (right) has found that individuals in the non-profit sector are significantly more likely to donate their labour, measured by unpaid overtime, than those in the for-profit sector. The researchers find some evidence that individuals differentially select into the non-profit and for-profit sectors according to whether they donate their labour. As Frank Windmeijer put it in an interview with the Guardian newspaper, 'People with a mission seem to go to work in the the public or non-profit sector. It's not so true that the sector itself changes the behaviour of people.' According to the Guardian report, 'Unpaid overtime by public employees is calculated to be saving public sector bosses the costs of employing 60,000 more staff.'

The CMPO findings are based on data from the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). Since 1991 this survey has annually interviewed members of a representative sample of around 5,500 households, covering more than 10,000 individuals. Use this link for the CMPO working paper.

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