Size and scope

Overview The voluntary sector is a vital part of the fabric of a strong society in the UK. It is extremely diverse, hosting a vast array of organisations ranging in size, aims and activity. Our analysis of the sector is based on our “general charities” definition (see Methodology) which allows comparison of figures from year […]


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 […]