Less than 10 per cent of staff volunteer in working hours

Annual survey from IFF Research reveals that 14 per cent of employers encourage volunteering in work time, but 13 per cent forbid it

Jan Shury, joint managing director at IFF Research
Jan Shury, joint managing director at IFF Research

Only 7 per cent of employees have done voluntary work during working hours in their current jobs, according to a survey published this week.

In its annual Attitudes To Work report, the research company IFF Research found that 27 per cent of respondents had done voluntary work in their current jobs, but only 27 per cent of those had done so during work time – equating to 7 per cent of the overall sample.

Thirteen per cent of respondents said their employers forbade volunteering during working hours; 14 per cent said their employers encouraged them to do so.

Jan Shury, joint managing director at IFF Research, said: "There still appears to be much to do if a volunteering culture is to become embedded as part of our working lives and if our workforce is to make a real contribution to the success of the big society project."

The report surveyed a representative sample of 460 UK employees, 208 of whom worked for charities or in the public sector.


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