NCVO — UK Civil Society Almanac 2018

Last week NCVO published its latest round up of the voluntary sector, including information on: the number and nature of voluntary sector organisations, workforce, charitable-giving, and volunteering, for the year 2015/16 (the data, to be truly comprehensive, always runs at least a year behind).

  • There were 166,001 voluntary organisations in the UK in 2015/16.
  • The voluntary sector’s economy is dominated by larger organisations that account for 81% of the sector’s total income.
  • In 2015/16, social service provision was the most common activity.
  • The sector’s total income increased by £1.6bn (4%) to £47.8bn in 2015/16.
  • 52% of the sector’s income comes from major and super-major organisations
  • Organisations with income of £1m or above account for 80% of total voluntary sector spending.
  • In 2016/17, just over a third of people (37%) formally volunteered at least once a year and around a fifth (22%) formally volunteered at least once a month.
  • In 2016/17, one in two people informally volunteered at least once a year and just over a quarter (27%) of people informally volunteered at least once a month.
  • 880,556 people worked in the voluntary sector in June 2017.
  • There was a 4% (35,000) increase in people working in the voluntary sector between June 2016 and June 2017.

For further information on the national picture see NCVO's website