The aim of the European Social Fund (ESF) Leavers Surveys is to assist in assessing the effectiveness of labour market interventions delivered under ESF. The purpose of this analysis is to conduct a combined examination of data from the 2009-2013 ESF Leavers Surveys to undertake a project-type level analysis and to facilitate more detailed analysis for population subgroups.

Who are the Participants?

  • Respondents from ESF interventions came from a wide variety of backgrounds. Interventions aimed at increasing employment are generally characterised by participants who are more likely to be male, have lower levels of educational attainment and suffer from long term illness.
  • Approximately 7 out of 10 respondents reported that they had been either continuously or mostly in paid employment since full time education.
  • The main difficulty in finding work cited by the unemployed is a lack of jobs in the area in which they live, reported by 39% of respondents. Among those who were economically inactive before ESF, 23% reported medical/health issues as the main concern they faced in finding work.