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Attitudes to whistleblowing

We have been commissioning YouGov to conduct research into public attitudes of whistleblowing.  We have been doing this bi-annually since 2007. Below are the results of our research for 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Raising concerns

There has been a small reduction in the number of respondent who stated they were willing to raise concerns if they witnessed wrongdoing in their place of work with the number falling from 85% in 2011 to 83% in 2013 and 81% in 2015.  This figure has recovered in 2018 where the figure is 84%.

1 in 10 UK workers, across all four years, say that in the last two years they have witnessed possible corruption, wrongdoing or malpractice in the last two years.

There has also been a recovery in the number of respondents who then raised the concerns they witnessed with the 2015 results showing a fall of 7% (2015 had 59%) climbing to 64% in 2018.

Respondents willing to raise concerns

Awareness of the law

Awareness of PIDA

There has been a steady increase in awareness of whistleblowing issues.  However, there is much work to be done to promote the law rising from 26% in 2013, 33% in 2015 and 38% in 2018).

In 2018 62% of respondents were either unaware or believed that there was no protection for whistleblowers.

Awareness of employer’s policies

There has been a slight decrease in awareness of employers’ whistleblowing policies which remains low.  In 2018 46% of respondents said their employer had a policy in place, this has fallen from 48% in 2015. 

In 2018 the majority, 54% stated that either their employer either had no policy or were unaware of whether a policy was in place.


Awareness of employer’s policies