15 – What is the contribution of volunteers to the voluntary sector?

  • In 2010/11, if the number of people in England who volunteered once a month (10.6 million people) had been replaced with paid staff it would have required 1.1 million full-time workers at a cost of £19.4 billion to the economy (based on the median hourly wage). If the same method was applied to the whole of the UK population, an estimated 1.3 million full-time workers would be required, just under twice the number of full-time equivalent paid employees in the voluntary sector. This would be at a cost of £23.1 billion (NCVO, 2012).