Just 7 per cent of workers are given paid time off to volunteer

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3rd February 2015 11:41 - Voluntary

A recent survey of 2,029 British adults by Charities Aid Foundation has found that less than 10 per cent of employees are given paid time off work to volunteer.Just 7 per cent of workers are given paid time off to volunteer

A further 22 per cent admitted that they are unsure whether paid time off in order to volunteer is available to them. Less than three quarters (72 per cent) of workers claimed that they do not have this privilege.

Charities Aid Foundation has called for businesses to do more to encourage workers to volunteer.The research identified that nearly 60 per cent of people felt that giving employees paid time off to volunteer would encourage more people to do so.

More than two in three claimed that having flexibility in their commitments and existing skills would encourage more people to do more volunteering for good causes.The survey found that 19 per cent had never volunteered but would be interested in doing so in the future.

Previous findings from a Charities Aid Foundation survey have found that there is a significant amount of potential within young people in the workplace, which largely goes unnoticed. Of the respondents aged 18-24, 52 per cent claimed that they would give more time or money to charity if their employer gave them the opportunity to. Of the 25-34 year olds, 56 per cent felt the same. Of the entire sample, 41 per cent agreed.

A separate study by the London Benchmarking Group, which includes some of the UK’s largest employers, highlighted that there is a lack of knowledge amongst employers about the volunteering opportunities available.Approximately 63 per cent of London Benchmarking Group’s members currently provide paid leave in order for their staff to donate time to good causes.

Volunteering England has claimed that 7 in 10 FTSE 100 companies. and some 25 per cent of SMEs, have a volunteering scheme in place to encourage their employees to volunteer.

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