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Isit a con?

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Sharron Report 28 Jan 2014 10:00

My OH was a distance learning assessor for years and we are both trained and very experienced market research interviewers.

I don't work now as I am lazing about at home with Fred. He, however, has the work ethic (he owes money and I don't!).

Distance learning is pretty unstructured and I have never been very impressed by it but he wants to pass on his knowledge and proper teacher training would ot be financially viable for him. This is really what I think distance learning is, cheap credentialism, but that is just my opinion!

Anyway, he has had one or two contracts recently, zero hours , naturally, that have come to a sticky end. The last one was a new company that had secured a huge contract involving all the training for a multi- national company. It had been set up by businessmen who were not assessors but who promised excellent support and all you could want in an employer.

Very quickly, the job he had been carrying out for many years with little complaint was wrong, not up to standard, causing problems with the client, anything else they could think of and in an odd way, they parted company.

We have since heard that the company lost the whole contract. Now, I don't think even he was bad enough to lose a whole contract with a multi- national!

He recently picked up a job I would never have touched with his big stick, never mind mine, when I was working. They called it data capture and I call it undercover sugging!

Anyway, a team of street interviewers were assembled to do a short questionnaire in the street under a co-ordinator who had also never before done anything like it. None of them knew each other, unlike a proper team of MR researchers.

OH, being properly trained, did the job professionally and took longer than the others.

Yesterday he received an e-mail from the company telling him that the co-ordinator had sent them feedback suggesting that he had made up addresses.

If there is anything harder than carrying out a proper interview it is trying to make up any part of it. We know, we have been doing the job for years, it's what we do! He wouldn't do it!

I don't know what others did and, of course, they don't know each other, they will not be in contact to discuss whether they cheated or not.

I wouldn't mind betting that every one of them received a similar e-mail though!

Will any of them be paid? I don't know. Small claims would be a hassle and even that is expensive for the unemployed. The first company still owe him money, he won't see that either!


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 28 Jan 2014 10:12

Would it be right to assume that the real object of the questionnaire is to gather contact details? Perhaps the co-ordinator is paid by the volume of results rather than accurate data!

Fingers crossed that he does get paid, and that a vacancy with one of the more established/respected organisations opens up soon.


Sharron Report 28 Jan 2014 10:18

As far as I know it was something to do with how interested people would be in a new gymnasium and that they were trying to find people who would like to receive an information pack in the future.

That was what he thought he was doing anyway.

We are not so very far from retirement, I doubt things will pick up enough for him to get another full- time permanent job.


Porkie_Pie Report 28 Jan 2014 11:00

Sadly most of these MR companies today are just using MR as front to get peoples detail to sell off Names, addresses and phone numbers make them good money for nothing, Most of this is now the reason people recieve junk mail and endless phone calls that we never asked for or wanted.



Sharron Report 28 Jan 2014 11:13

Market Research is very tightly regulated and never sells details. If you ever think that a bona fide company has passed on any detail at any level, interviewers are not even supposed to mention the last person they interviewed to the next, please let the Market Research Society know.They will be very interested indeed.

The address will be on the Thank You leaflet the interviewer gave you.

This job was not regulated by MRS rules. It was a PR company, whose discipline is public relations, cutting corners by not employing a professional market research company.(Would you pay your hairdresser to do your accounts?)

If you are interviewed by a bona fide market research company you can be sure your answers will be strictly confidential. There is a 10% chance you will be contacted by the company to back check on the interviewer to ensure the interview was carried out in a proper manner (one reason not to make up answers).

Your bank is not strictly regulated in this way. They will sell your details, as will you insurance company and anybody else you pass on any details to.

The one place you can be sure they will never leave is an MRS company so always be sure you see an interviewer's identity card before you tell them anything.


Sharron Report 28 Jan 2014 20:33

There is a report in the paper today of a lad working an entire " trial shift" unpaid for Subway and never hearing any more from them.

I think there are companies now who are so strapped for money to carry on trading that they are cutting corners wherever they can, including exploiting the desperate unemployed.


Porkie_Pie Report 28 Jan 2014 20:59

The Subway brand is valued at around 5/6 billion $

It uses a franchise system and like other franchise brands can be a bad deal for the franchisees,

No employee on a trial or otherwise employed should have to work for nothing in order to help anyone build up a successful business,

If the business is that frail then let it go to the dogs and make way for real business's that can provide a decent wage for employees and reasonal profits for owners.



Sharron Report 28 Jan 2014 21:10

Sure,let it go.

It does illustrate the lengths to which small businesses may be going to try to keep afloat.


Porkie_Pie Report 28 Jan 2014 21:25

Sure,let it go??????

I don't understand what you meen, You posted and i posted in reply



Sharron Report 28 Jan 2014 21:35

I answered your reply where you said to let the company go to the dogs by agreeing with you that it should be allowed to go.

Yes, I was agreeing with you.


Porkie_Pie Report 28 Jan 2014 21:38

Thanks, You had me baffled, I must be getting old :-( not the sharpest knife in the draw of late