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Volunteering / Greater benefits for over-45s research finds

Research by Third Sector Research Centre finds that 45 to 60-year-olds who volunteer every month gain more from it than younger people

Volunteering has a limited effect on helping people under the age of 45 to find employment, according to a report from the Third Sector Research Centre.

Research carried out for Does Volunteering Improve Employability?, published today, measured whether volunteering improved a person’s chances of finding a job the following year and how it related to job retention and progression.

Overall, volunteering monthly had a positive effect on the likelihood of people gaining employment, the report says. But volunteering on a weekly or more frequent basis had a negative effect on helping people to secure employment.

People aged between 45 and 60 gained the most from volunteering, with those who volunteered monthly  most likely to get a job, according to the report.

But volunteering had very little effect on securing employment for those between the ages of 26 and 44, and no strong effect on job retention among 16 to 25-year-olds.

“We found no positive effect of volunteering on 16 to 25-year-olds’ employment, no matter how much they did,” the report concludes.

The report says that, while volunteering can help some people to find work, “the true value of volunteering, arguably, lies elsewhere”.

Steve McKay, who co-authored the report, said the link between volunteering and employability was more complicated than people often assumed.

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