Scottish Household Survey 2015, a consistent picture

27 September 2016

The Scottish Government have just released the results of the latest Scottish Household Survey (for 2015).

SHS LogoThe Scottish Household Survey provides the best information on who volunteered where and in what capacity across Scotland in 2015. This latest survey - which took place throughout 2015 - shows a consistent picture with the adult volunteering participation rate (at least once a  year) remaining unchanged at 27%.   

While the  results of the survey are multi-faceted, section 12 contains the information on volunteering.  

Some of the key high-level findings (with 2014 comparisons) are shown below: 

  • The headline adult volunteering participation rate at least once a  year is unchanged at 27%
  • The gender imbalance in participation has increased to 30% female vs. 24% male (compared to 28% vs. 26%)
  • Highest volunteering participation is in the 35 – 44 age bracket at 31%; typically when people are at their most economically active (2014 in brackets):
    • 16 – 24 year olds = 29% (28%)
    • 25 – 34 year olds = 24% (25%)
    • 35 – 44 year olds = 31% (32%)
    • 45 – 59 year olds = 28% (27%)
    • 60 – 74 year olds = 28% (26%)
    • 75+ year olds       = 19% (21%)
  • Urban/accessible 25% vs. Rural/peripheral 34% - continuing the trend of volunteering having the strongest presence in our remoter/rural areas
  • The volunteering participation rate is only 18% in the SIMD 20% most deprived areas of Scotland vs. 29% for the rest of Scotland
  • Above income levels of £6k p.a. there is a strong positive correlation between volunteering participation and income. For those earning more than £40k p.a. the participation rate is highest at 37%
  • In the analysis of economic status, the unemployed have the lowest participation at 20% and those in education (incl FE/HE) the highest at 38%

We'll be providing our own interpretations of this data over the next period. In the meantime, we'd be very interested in any comments you have. 

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