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Talent Management in the Indian Social Sector

Compensation levels in the social sector are less than half the levels, being 58% lower at TCTC compared to the

The sector is at par with in providing employment benefits, except for two types of - insurance and leave The sector is below in offering insurance but is ahead of in providing leave

This study provides critical information to the civil society organisations, philanthropists, foundations and the whole development ecosystem to create an enabling environment to attract, nurture and grow talent in the Social Sector. One of the outputs of the study is this online, publically accessible at no-cost, searchable database on compensation benchmarks and talent management practices in the Indian Social Sector. This will empower multiple stakeholders to formulate competitive compensation practices.
Category Wise Analysis

The data and insights on compensation and talent management practices are available across three categories of organisations in the Indian Social Sector.

NGOs and Social Enterprises


The category includes NGOs and SEs which directly work with grassroots communities or implement projects with such communities. These organisations typically operate independently of government or in a quasi-government manner, to serve a defined set of social purposes through a variety of approaches.

Funding Organisations


The category includes organisations that fund the social sector. These organisations fund NGOs and SEs through grants or through impact investment models, while excluding pure government bodies like state departments of ministries that on-board NGOs and SEs for active support in fulfilment of their mandates. The category however does include professionally managed, quasi-government funded organisations.

Ecosystem Support Organisations


The category includes all organisations that offer support services/ solutions that help NGOs/SEs and FOs to perform better in their respective dominant scope of work. These support solutions or services would include functional/ technical services, legal, advisory, incubation, organisational capacity enhancement, knowledge consulting, research and education, policy engagement at ecosystem level, accounting and finance, outreach, and funding support.
Who Will Benefit From The Portal

The portal, being first of its kind, has value propositions for all stakeholders of the Indian Social Sector.

NGOs and Social Enterprises
Insights from this portal will enable the organisations to understand the key drivers of talent and attract the best talent at market appropriate rates. It will also help to re-orient talent management practices and serve as the first step in the overall efforts to harmonise talent compensation across organisations in the sector.
Funding Organisations
By pointing towards market appropriate talent management and compensation practices, the portal will enable funding organisations to support their partners in attracting the best talent. It will also help in identifying priority/ gap areas for investment pertaining to talent.
Ecosystem Support Organisations
The study builds an understanding of various drivers of talent in the sector for informed action and enables them to customise their service offerings on talent attraction, identification, recruitment, development and integration. The portal is an important resource on knowledge about talent management and compensation practices.
Social Sector Aspirant
This portal shall empower social sector aspirants to have a more robust understanding of the sector in terms of sector compensation to make desirable career choices for themselves.
The study is a critical step towards developing a shared vocabulary on talent issues in the ecosystem and aids in developing knowledge on current practices, challenges and strategies for talent management. This freely accessible dataset will help researchers for future research in understanding talent and compensation in the sector.