The majority of the voluntary sector workforce are women, with men making up a third of the total workforce in June 2018.
While the proportion of men working for voluntary organisations increased by 10% from 2014 to 2017, it has dropped by 11% since last year.
After several years of growth, the number of men in the sectorfell in 2018
The proportion of people aged 16–34 year olds working in the sector has grown by 3% since June 2017. They represented 29% of the total workforce in 2018.
The growth in the proportion of younger people working in the sector seen since last year is higher than in the public sector (+2%) and the private sector (0%).
However, the voluntary sector workforce is still older than the workforce in other sectors with 38% of employees aged 50 years and over compared to 35% for the public sector and 30% for the private sector.
The proportion of younger people working in the voluntary sector has increased since 2017
The voluntary sector has a predominantly white workforce, with people from BAME backgrounds making up 9% of the workforce.
This proportion is lower than in the public and private sectors (both 12%) and has not changed in the last six years (our data on ethnicity does not go back further than this). It is also lower than in the UK population as a whole based on the latest census (13%).
The proportion of BAME workers in the voluntary sector remains low and has not changed in the last six years
The drop in the proportion of EU nationals working in the voluntary sector after the 2016 EU referendum stalled towards the end of 2017.
In June 2018, the proportion of EU nationals working in voluntary organisations was 4%, after peaking at 5% in early 2016.
For the first time since March 2013, the public sector has a higher proportion of EU workers than the voluntary sector.
Thedecline in the proportion of EU nationals working in voluntary sectorhasstalled