2012 Update

Employment in the voluntary sector has increased in the first three quarters of 2012. The latest estimates for Q3 2012 indicate a total of 793,000 paid employees working in the voluntary sector (LFS).

Looking at the data in more detail, however, reveals a more uncertain picture:

  • There has also been a considerable rise in the number of employees employed on a non-permanent basis in the voluntary sector. Between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012, the number of voluntary sector employees whose job was not permanent in some way increased by 18,000 to 94,000 (+23.4%) (LFS).

Staff employed on a non-permanent basis in the voluntary sector, 2011-12 (headcount)

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Source: Labour Force Survey (Base: All people aged 16 and over)
  • The proportion of employees working part-time because they could not find full-time employment has increased. Between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012, the number of voluntary sector employees working part-time because they could not find a full-time job increased by 15,000 to 56,000 (+36%) (LFS).
  • The number of employees who reported receiving training only during paid working hours has decreased. Between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012, the number of voluntary sector workers who had received training only during paid working hours decreased by 5,000 to 15,000 (-24.8%) (LFS).

Part-time and full-time employment in the voluntary sector, including reason for part-time employment, 2011-2012 (headcount)

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Source: Labour Force Survey (Base: All people aged 16 and over)

Access more information on LFS quarterly estimates for 2012:
Key findings for Quarter 1, 2012
Key findings for Quarter 2, 2012
Key findings for Quarter 3, 2012