Welfare Reform Consultation Survey - People No Longer in Employment
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  • 1. Action for M.E. Welfare Reform Consultation Survey October 2008
  • 2. People no longer in employment
  • 3. Have you previously been in paid employment? Yes No Total Responses: 779
  • 4. Were you employed by someone else or self- employed? Employed by someone else Self-employed Total Responses: 712
  • 5. How many hours did you used to work each week? 1-5 hours 6-10 hours 11-16 hours 17-24 hours 25-40 hours Over 40 hours Total Responses: 696
  • 6. If you were in paid employment, why did you stop? Return to education 11 To have children 18 Other caring responsibilities 7 I was dismissed 12 My company closed 5 I was made redundant 15 I was advised to leave 54 I decided to leave 90 I was forced to leve 326 Advised to take ill-health retirement 75 Decided to take ill-health retirement 24 Other 79 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 Total Responses: 715
  • 7. If you were advised to leave or take ill-health retirement, who gave you this advice? Family/friends 39 Citizen’s Advice Bureau 1 Independent advisory service 10 Line manager 53 Human resources 97 Occupational health 60 Other 97 0 20 40 60 80 100 Total Responses: 278
  • 8. Please select the closest match to the sector of your former paid employment. Agriculture, hunting and forestry 5 Fishing Mining and quarrying Manufacturing 38 Electricity, gas and water supply 7 Construction 8 Wholesale and retail 56 Hotels and restaurants 18 Transport, storage and communication 15 Banking, finance and insurance 48 Real estate 16 Public administration and defence 58 Education 124 Health and social work 131 Other community, social and personal services 29 Domestic services 9 International organizations 2 Other 147 0 30 60 90 120 150 Total Responses: 711
  • 9. Which of the following best matches the work that you did? Managerial 97 Professional 244 Technical 37 Academic and research 22 Clerical 164 Service and sales 67 Manual 56 Craft 14 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 Total Responses: 701
  • 10. How long is it since you were in paid employment? Less than a year 1-2 years 3-5 years More than 5 years Never Total Responses: 709
  • 11. When did you last search for paid employment? In the last month 1-6 months ago 7-12 months ago More than a year ago Never Can’t remember Total Responses: 723
  • 12. If you have tried to get back into paid employment, how supportive have you found potential employers to be? Very supportive Supportive Neither supportive nor unsupportive Unsupportive Hostile Total Responses: 158
  • 13. If you have tried to get back into paid employment, how informed have you found potential employers to be? Very well informed Quite well informed Less informed than they should be Not informed Misinformed Total Responses: 146
  • 14. Are you engaged in any of the following? Distance learning 71 Further or higher education 26 Short adult education course (vocational) 21 Short adult education course (leisure) 47 Voluntary work 118 Other 47 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 Total Responses: 278
  • 15. What are your expectations for gaining paid employment in the future? I am looking for paid employment I do not need to gain paid employment I will never work again because of my health I will work again only if my health improves Other Total Responses: 759
  • 16. Do you feel that you are well enough to undertake paid employment? Yes No Total Responses: 762
  • 17. If yes, how many hours of paid employment do you think you could undertake? 1-5 hours 6-10 hours 11-16 hours 17-24 hours 25-40 hours Over 40 hours Total Responses: 101
  • 18. What is the maximum distance you feel you would be able to travel to undertake paid employment? Work from home 0-2 miles 3-5 miles 6-10 miles 11-20 miles Over 20 miles Total Responses: 379
  • 19. What is the maximum time that you would be able to spend travelling to work? Less than 5 minutes 5-15 minutes 16-30 minutes 30 minutes - 1 hour 1-2 hours More than 2 hours Total Responses: 325
  • 20. What practical help would you require in order to undertake paid employment? Flexible hours Working from home Special equipment Lighter duties Frequent breaks Support from occupational health Re-training Transport to workplace Allocated car parking Regular meetings with employer Buddy at work Understanding attitude M.E. awareness training Time off for medical appointments Quiet place to rest 0 25 50 75 100 125 150 175 200 225 1st 2nd 3rd Total Responses: 557
  • 21. What practical help would you require in order to undertake paid employment? Flexible hours Working from home Special equipment Lighter duties Frequent breaks Support from occupational health Re-training Transport to workplace Allocated car parking Regular meetings with employer Buddy at work Understanding attitude M.E. awareness training Time off for medical appointments Quiet place to rest 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 1st 2nd 3rd Total Responses: 557
  • 22. Which aspects of your illness do you consider to be the greatest barriers for you in terms of gaining paid employment? Difficulty with cognition 615 Chronic pain 393 Fluctuating health 527 Overwhelming exhaustion 593 Co-morbid depression 114 Post-exertional malaise 492 Sensory disturbance 399 Other 145 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 Total Responses: 737
  • 23. Are there other barriers to you gaining paid employment? No other barriers 101 Employers not taking on people with health problems 138 Employers preferring younger workers 21 Lack of suitable employment 120 Financially better off on benefits 17 Transport problems 33 Skills out of date 51 Lack of childcare 6 Other 116 0 30 60 90 120 150 Total Responses: 603
  • 24. Would you like to be in paid employment? Yes No Total Responses: 728
  • 25. If no, is this because :- I do not need paid employment I have caring responsibilities I have retired Other Total Responses: 244
  • 26. Would you like to be in work-related activities which aim to help you back into work, such as the following :- 177 Help in finding employment 186 125 Specific job searches 194 177 Training programmes 185 149 Condition management programmes 187 222 Voluntary work 153 161 Work-tasters 182 0 25 50 75 100 125 150 175 200 225 Yes No Total Responses: 480