Does volunteering increase employability?

The Third Sector Research Centre has published the results of a study looking at the link between volunteering and employment.

Key findings from the study include:

  • Overall, volunteering on a monthly basis had a positive effect on the likelihood of people gaining employment. However, volunteering on a weekly or more frequent basis had a negative effect on moving into employment.
  • Volunteering had the most positive effect on employment for those aged 45-60.
  • Among 26 to 44 year olds, volunteering had very little effect on gaining employment. The research also found no positive correlation between volunteering and the chances of students and young people gaining employment.

To download the full briefing, entitled Does volunteering increase employability? Evidence from the British Household Panel Survey, visit