According to our analysis of the Labour Force Survey[63a], approximately 800,000 people were employed in the voluntary sector in the UK by the end of 2012. This figure represents a small increase of around 18,000 over the previous two years.
Since 2002, the voluntary sector’s workforce has seen an overall increase of around 234,000 employees (41%), with a dip during 2010/11. As a proportion of the total UK workforce, it has risen from 2.1% to roughly 2.7% during this time. At the last quarter of 2012, the 800,000 people employed by the voluntary sector equalled approximately 648,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff. The proportion of FTE to number of employees is 81%. This proportion has not changed more than 2% since 2001. The public sector employed 7.1 million staff at the end of 2012 and the private sector employed 21.5 million. The private sector saw an increase of around 715,000 since the end of 2010 and the public sector decreased by 272,000 over the same period.