New research shows the building and construction industry is one of the best for giving paid leave to employees to volunteer
Software provider, The Access Group, has analysed 1,000 UK companies across 20 sectors to find out which ones are most likely to run volunteering initiatives.
Of the 50 building and construction firms analysed, almost two-thirds (62%) offer paid-for volunteering opportunities and professionals can expect to take an average of 1.07 days per year.
One construction company offered as much as five days per year, fully paid, for staff to take time off for voluntary work.
The legal sector came first, according to the findings, with over three-quarters of legal firms (78%) offering charity days, followed by telecoms, and building and construction.
Shaf Mansour, senior product manager at The Access Group’s not-for-profit division, said: “Embracing the spirit of corporate responsibility, companies that generously offer paid volunteering days not only invest in the growth and wellbeing of their staff but also weave a tapestry of positive impact within the very fabric of our society.
“It’s a symbiotic relationship where the company flourishes, employees thrive, and communities are enriched, showcasing the true power of business with a heart.”
Commenting on the findings, Caroline Fanning, chief employee success officer at The Access Group, said: “Many of those working in the building and construction sector have the hands-on skills to support manual projects, and have donated thousands of hours to lend a hand in developing local communities.
“Other businesses in the industry encourage their employees to simply donate their time to make a positive impact to a charity of their choice.
“As well as supporting good causes, many of these businesses will also be reaping the wider benefits of volunteering, such as improving staff recruitment, engagement and retention.”