Scottish household survey 2016: key findings

Short report summarising the key findings from the Scottish household survey 2016: annual report.



Levels of volunteering have remained relatively stable over the last five years, with around three in ten adults providing unpaid help to organisations or groups.

In 2016, 27% of adults provided unpaid help to organisations or groups in the last 12 months.

Stable level of volunteering

2009: 28%

2016: 27%

Gender gap

Gender gap between volunteers

The profile of volunteers has also remained relatively stable over time.

Overall, in 2016 as in every other year, more women (29%) than men (26%) volunteered in the last 12 months.

Volunteers are more likely to be:

  • women
  • from higher socio-economic and income groups
  • from rural areas
  • from less deprived areas.


Email: Emma McCallum,

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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