Groundbreaking Study of Women's Experiences in the Workplace
Project 28-40 is now the largest survey of women and work in UK
In November 2013, Opportunity Now launched an exciting project to gather the stories of women’s experiences in work, with a particular focus on women aged 28-40 (but including women of all ages). Project 28-40 is about listening to what women have to say and taking action to change the status quo.
The survey was an overwhelming success, with 25,000 women and men participating. A survey of unprecedented scale, this was the first of its kind. Huge thanks to those of you who participated – we could not have done it without you!
What now? Still time to make your voice heard!
Between January – April we are conducting in-depth analysis of the survey findings. As part of this work we will be running ten focus groups, to explore the emerging themes of the survey in more detail. Focus groups will take place between 11th – 28th February. Focus groups will each contain 8–10 participants; we will hold groups in London, Leeds, Glasgow and Bristol.
We need the following people to participate:
- Women aged 28-40 (including women in senior roles, mid/junior roles, women not in work, women working flexibly, women working full time)
- Men aged 28-40
- Women under 28
- Women over 40
This is a fantastic opportunity for women and men to make their voices heard. It does not matter if you did not participate in the survey – we are still interested to hear your views!
How to apply
If you are interested to make your voice heard, please click here to complete the booking form. It is likely that groups will get booked up quickly, therefore we would encourage people to apply for the focus groups before Friday 31st January. However we will still accept applications after this date.
It is standard practice to give one week’s notice for focus group attendance to avoid a long lead time in which to over think the subject, although we will give more notice where possible.
Why are we doing this?
Women at the top are under-represented. There is still a gender pay gap. Yet there is no shortage of talented, ambitious women in the UK & Ireland. We want women to help us answer some big questions:
- What is important to women, what are their ambitions and how do they make choices in life?
- How effective is the current level of support and career development opportunities for women in work?
- What impact does workplace culture have on your career – what is the atmosphere like in today’s workplace?
- Can you really identify with role models in the workplace?
- What influences some women to leave their employer or leave the workforce altogether?
We will use your responses to more accurately diagnose why women are not being promoted at the same rate as men during this critical phase for career development.