I wrote a story for Third Sector magazine on the surprising rise in the numbers of staff employed by small and medium-sized charities.

Editor Andy Hillier suggested I added to the Charity Commission figures by selecting some charities and looking at their recent history. So I picked just 30 interesting-looking charities from across the UK and found the average number of employees, expressed as full-time-equivalents, over each of the six years from 2011 to 2016.

There wasn’t room in the article for all the data. So here’s an interactive graphic with some interesting insights. See below for ideas on how to explore it.

  • Select one of the charities on the left. In the upper chart you’ll see a bubble indicating the charity’s annual income relative to others sampled. In the lower chart you’ll see a line showing how many full-time staff, on average, the charity employed during each year from 2011 to 2016.
  • Or quickly compare different sized charities by choosing different bubbles one after another. The name and basic details of the charity will show. So will the line revealing the staffing history below.
  • Choose a line in the bottom chart that interests you, perhaps because it seems to be going up or down. The charity name and basic details will highlight. Move left or right to see the average number of employees in different years.