Latest Scottish Household Survey results (2016)

Scottish Household Survey


The Scottish Government have just released the results of the latest Scottish Household Survey for 2016.

Scottish Household Survey still provides the very best view we have on who volunteered where and in what capacity across Scotland. This latest survey - which took place throughout 2016 - shows little change with the adult volunteering participation rate (at least once a  year) remaining at 27% for the third year in a row.  

The results of the survey (opens as PDF) are multi-faceted, section 11 contains the information on volunteering. 

Some of the key high-level findings (with 2015 comparisons) are shown below:

The headline adult volunteering participation rate at least once a year is unchanged at 27%

The gender imbalance in participation remains albeit the gap has decreased year on year - 29% female vs. 26% male (compared to 30% vs. 24% in 2015)

For the first time, the highest volunteering participation is in the 16 – 24 age bracket at 32%

The rates for key age demographics are as follows (2015 in brackets):

16 – 24 year olds= 32% (29%)

25 – 34 year olds= 27% (24%)

35 – 44 year olds= 29% (31%)

45 – 59 year olds= 27% (28%)

60 – 74 year olds= 28% (28%)

75+ year olds= 18% (19%)

Volunteering in remote rural areas is now 41% compared to 36% in 2015 - continuing the trend of volunteering having the strongest presence in our remote rural areas

The volunteering participation rate remains at 18% in the SIMD 20% most deprived areas of Scotland vs. 30% for the rest of Scotland

Above income levels of £15k p.a. the correlation between volunteering participation and income continues. For those earning more than £40k p.a. the participation rate is even higher this year at 39% (from 37% in 2015)

In the analysis of economic status, the unemployed have the lowest participation at 21% while those in education (incl. FE/HE) the highest at 39%. Volunteers as 'self employed' have increased by 5 percentage points this year to 36%

Volunteering amongst the sick / disabled is now 11% which shows a significant drop from 17% who volunteered in 2015

A ‘lack of time’ and the ‘need to fit in volunteering with other commitments’ remain the main reasons respectively, for both stopping and restarting volunteering