Social Enterprise UK defines social enterprises as: ‘businesses that trade to tackle social problems; improving communities, people’s life chances, or the environment.’

Their most recent ‘State of Social Enterprise’ report is a heartening read. It’s especially good news if you’re interested in working for purpose as social enterprises are a growing career option. Here’s why:

  1. Social enterprises in the UK employ around 1 million people and that’s set to grow: 47% expect to create new roles in the next 12 months
  2. They’re leading the way in recruiting for diversity. 40% have a female CEO, nearly a third include an employee from a BAME background in their leadership team, and they’re more likely than other businesses to employ people often isolated in the jobs market
  3. They pay fair; most Social Enterprises are Living Wage employers. Not only that, pay ratios are considerably smaller in social enterprises compared to for-profit businesses. (A pay ratio is the difference between the top and bottom salaries in an organisation)
  4. Social Enterprises are thriving on almost every measure in comparison to for-profit SMEs (small and medium enterprises); turnover is growing, staff teams are growing
  5. They’re innovative; more Social Enterprises have released new products and services in the last 12 months compared to other SMEs
  6. Social enterprises don’t fall short on ambition; more than ever are trading internationally and generating a profit from their products and services
  7. There are Social Enterprises in nearly every industry, so there’s no shortage of variety
  8. Three quarters of Social Enterprises measure the social impact of their work — so you can be sure that you’ll be contributing
  9. Social Enterprises aim for inclusivity, 90% seek to engage staff and/or beneficiaries in decision making

To keep achieving amazing things, Social Enterprises need top talent and fresh ideas. We are recruiting the best career starters into roles with small and early stage social enterprises this year. Find out more about Worthwhile.

This blog was adapted from one originally published at