For this study, 10 employees were surveyed on topics such as employment satisfaction from a variety of backgrounds including general office work, retail, personal fitness, and the food industry. All interviewees made less than the living wage. Four employers were also surveyed (1 retail, 1 fast food, 1 office and 1 restaurant) regarding hiring practices and familiarity with Living Wage. Results of the survey are summarized below.
Only one employee found their current employment completely unsatisfying, the others are fairly satisfied with their job. All but one employee is currently keeping an eye out for other employment. Younger employees are likely to change jobs purely based on a wage increase; the older employees are more likely to want to move into a different field if they were to change employment. Some employees making less than the Living Wage have other income that we may not see when we see them working. Others getting less than the minimum wage may have more financial responsibilities than what we may see at a glance.