NatCen Careers and Employment
Work happinessScores based on about 16 responses to Indeed's survey on work happiness
- Company size1,001 to 5,000
- Revenue£18m to £73m (GBP)
- IndustryNational Services & Agencies
- HeadquartersKings House, 101-135 Ki...
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I worked for natcen around 18 months. As an interviewer you are not classed as an employee so you have very few employment rights. It's a zero hour contract and you must be available to work for at least 18 hours a week but have no guarantee of any work and no pay if you don't get projects. Pressure is put on you to accept work miles from home with hourly travel paid at £4.50 an hour with a very low mileage allowance. Unpaid online opt in training is offered and if you don't accept work you might not be offered any more that month. You are isolated and don't meet other employees and have targets to meet getting respondants to agree to take part. Work opportunities vary so the pay is impossible to live on, it can also be dangerous going into unknown houses. They are always advertising because people leave in droves.
Took the company nearly 3 months to actually give me any work from accepting job offer. Extremely difficult to live on the pay from this job. You do a ridiculous amount of miles, in under four months in this role I spent nearly £1000 in petrol (mileage expenses are poor). Interviewing is enjoyable as long as the respondents are nice - but be prepared to be very uncomfortable as you are depending on public toilets all day whilst out in the field. In my experience, interviews you conduct in the role take considerably longer than you are told they will. It’s not unusual for an interview to take 4+ hours on one study, which often irritated respondents leading to looking unprofessional.
Enjoyed my time working at NatCen However it was difficult managing my bills and other expenses as it was not a guaranteed wage, it was based of performance which was stressful
During lunch period, I was not allowed to have lunch untill 4pm which later resulted in feeling unwell. Excessive time records. Sometimes long hours, sometimes no work at all.
If you are looking for stable work then I would avoid this company. You will not get paid until at least eight weeks after you begin. You have to go through four weeks of training, which is unpaid. You will receive £150 for the training but it isn't given to you until you complete your first assignment and that could be months. Communication is terrible. Getting replies from the company is non-existent. I was given the green light to begin work for them in September but was then informed by the field supervisor that there was no work until January. I turned down other jobs for this and it was a complete waste of time. I have still not received my £150 for the training. I would advise anyone to avoid working for this company.
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