Volunteering overview

Highlights An estimated 14.2 million people formally volunteered at least once a month in 2015/16 Rates of formal and informal volunteering are largely unchanged from the previous year Mean hours of volunteering by regular volunteers remain stable, with regular volunteers giving on average 11.6 hours per month The value of formal volunteering was estimated to […]

Volunteer Profiles

Highlights There are no gender differences in rates of formal volunteering between men and women; however more women than men informally volunteered, both regularly and irregularly (see Volunteering overview for definitions) Women were considerably more likely to provide caring roles and men more likely to give advice and represent others 2015/16 data shows that the […]

Volunteer activities

Highlights Sports organisations, clubs and groups attract the most volunteers, with half of those who have formally volunteered in the past year doing so with a sports club, organisations or group The most popular activity undertaken by volunteers is organising or helping to run a charity event or activity, followed closely by raising/handling money or […]

Motivations and barriers to volunteering

Motivations for volunteering People give multiple reasons for volunteering Among those who had formally volunteered at least once in the last 12 months, the most frequent reasons given for volunteering were to improve things/help people (61%) and that the cause was considered important (39%). Less frequently mentioned reasons included: to get on in my career […]


Highlights 853,000 people were employed in the voluntary sector in the UK in June 2016. This figure represents an overall increase of nearly 27,000 since June 2015. Over the period June 2014 to June 2015 the increase was significantly smaller (+13,000) By comparison, the public sector employed 7.1 million staff, an increase of nearly 9,800 […]