Over half of UK employers more likely to hire someone with experience of volunteering

8 June 2016        

Category: BHF Shops

group of BHF shop volunteers smiling together

BHF survey reveals the UK’s attitudes to volunteering during Volunteers’ Week

Over half of UK bosses (54 per cent) would be more likely to employ someone who cited voluntary work on their CV over someone that didn't, according to a new BHF survey. This new insight comes during Volunteers’ Week, an annual celebration that recognises the fantastic work of all volunteers across the UK.   

British employers estimate that skills picked up by their employees through volunteering contributes an extra value of over £35,000 each year to their business, and rate volunteers as being more caring (58 per cent), reliable (49 per cent) and driven (46 per cent).

In fact, over a third (42 per cent) of employers said seeing voluntary work on a CV would make them more likely to want to interview the applicant, which rated higher than basic IT skills (39 per cent) or a degree (34 per cent).

Hear from one of our shop managers, former volunteer Matthew Jay

BHF Shop Manager and former volunteer, Matthew Jay, was born with Tetralogy of Fallow - a congenital heart condition made up of four heart abnormalities - and underwent a heart operation at just 6 weeks old. He began volunteering at the BHF in 2008, working his way up to shop manager at the Harrow BHF Shop.

He said: “It’s good to hear so many employers value the skills gained through volunteering. I started out as a volunteer myself and learnt so much on the job. Initially I wanted to give something back to the BHF, a charity that had supported me as a child. But the more I learnt, the more interested I became in retail and when a paid position became available, I went for it.

“I’m now responsible for managing over 60 volunteers in the shop and I love it. Each person is here for a different reason but we all have something in common – we all want to raise as much money as possible to fund life saving heart research, whilst picking up invaluable skills along the way.” 

It takes over 20,000 volunteers to keep the BHF’s 750 shops across the UK running, raising around £30million each year to help fund life saving heart research in the fight against coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer.

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