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Summary: Religion and Third Sector

Summary: Religion and Third Sector

  • In 2016, 50% of volunteers were of Christian faith, 46% of volunteers were not religious, and 4% of volunteers were of another faith.

Source: Scottish Household Survey (2016)


Useful Links

Religion Page

Third Sector Page

Publications & Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Third Sector Employment Statistics can be found at the bottom of this page


The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data. Information about confidence intervals in the SHS can be found in Annex 3 of the annual report.

Annual Population Survey and Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive.

Future Developments

Future Developments

The Scottish Government website provides information on developments in Scottish Third Sector policy.

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Third Sector Evidence Library 

Third Sector Research Centre and the Third Sector Knowledge Portal

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum

Social Enterprise Scotland

Volunteer Development Scotland 

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy



Third Sector