Employment survey: An inclusive research project

Employment Survey from the Frontline.

  • Lisa and Stephen did a survey with their support team and colleagues
  • They found out people’s experience in paid work
  • They also found out how people get on in unpaid work
  • They provided the results in the survey below

Work is one of the most important parts of life for many people. In Eolas, we are always discussing our jobs and experiences of the world of work. We decided to research these issues in more detail.

With the support of the staff we decided to find out about where, when and for how long people were working.

The survey was divided into three different parts:

  • Designing the questionnaires and deciding what questions to ask
  • Interviewing all the service users in Eolas
  • Analysis of the data

Some of the questions we asked were:

  • How many hours they worked?
  • How long they were working in their jobs?
  • If they wanted more or less work.

We also wanted to find out about the unpaid work experience and voluntary work.

The longest part was when we had to fill in every questionnaire, as they were 42 clients. We took the time to adapt the questions when it was necessary and to organise our times according to each client timetable.

Finally, we had to analyse the data. We got support from the staff to do the statistics by using graphics. It showed very clearly all the results.

The results of the survey were very interesting. Some of the things we found out were that the majority of the people are looking for more hours of work, but the most of them already have a job. Some people also wanted to explore more the Voluntary area of work.

The data is presented in a very accessible and visual way which makes the findings easy to follow. We showed our findings to Jerry Buckley, manager at Connect Employment. He was very impressed and delighted with the work. He asked if we could do the research in other SHS units for his staff to see. We also hope to make a PowerPoint presentation about our findings and present it to Connect Staff.

To conclude, we think the best way to work on people’s needs is to get to know what they are first. We think there’s nobody better to speak for us than ourselves.



surveyWe decided that the results of this Survey could be useful for everyone in the organization to know so we are preparing an article for the Sunbeam Times.





1 No Yes No No
2 Yes 2:30 hs Yes No No
3 Yes 2 hs No No No
4 No None Yes No No
5 Yes 2 hs No No No
6 Yes 2 hs Yes Yes Yes. In a Hair dresser
7 yes 4 hs No No Yes. Working with kids or old people
8 No No No None
9 Yes 2 hs Yes No No
10 Yes 2 hs Yes No No
11 Yes 3 hs Yes Yes No
12 No Yes Yes Shop
13 Yes 1 hs Yes No Shop
14 Yes 1:45 hs Yes No Yes. Car Wash
15 Yes 2 hs Yes No No
16 Yes 2 hs Yes No Yes. In a Shop
17 No No No Yes. A cleaning job
18 Yes 1 hs Yes No Yes. Office paper work
19 Yes 1 hs Yes No Yes. More Hair Dresser
20 Yes 9 hs Yes No Yes. One shift more in my work
21 Yes 16 hs Yes No no more pay
22 Yes 4 hs No No No
23 Yes 1 hs Yes No No
24 Yes 1 hs Yes No Yes. The guards
25 Yes 1 hs Yes No Yes. Care taking
26 Yes 9 hs No No Yes. In a Flower shop
27 No Yes No More work in Tesco
28 Yes 1 hs Yes No More work in Hair Dresser
29 Yes 2:30 hs Yes No Yes. Centra
30 Yes 12:30 hs Yes No No more pay
31 No Yes No Yes. In a Shop Clothes
32 Yes 5 hs Yes No More pay job in Tesco
33 No Yes No Yes. In an Office job
34 Yes 8 hs No No No
35 Yes 2 hs Yes No No
36 Yes 9 hs No No No
37 Yes 3 hs Yes No Yes
38 Yes 1 hs Yes No No
39 No Yes No Yes
40 No Yes No Yes. In Child Care
41 Yes 19 hs No No No
42 Yes 1 hs No No No
43 Yes  – No No No






We are going to do a survey to find out about how people are getting on in work.

We would like your help with this survey.

Can you fill in this form and tell us about you work.


Stevie and LisaLisa and Stephen Browne are service-users of Sunbeam House Services.