2 - Householders Survey
We delivered 357 survey sheets and received 181 completed ones; a fraction over 50%. The Rev. Stevens, in his survey of 1877, personally visited every household in the community and questioned the head of the household at length. This ensured a 100% response! In the ‘politically correct’ world of 2010, the Society felt that anonymity was crucial but this prevented any follow-up of households that failed to complete their simple survey form. However, the information retrieved should enable people in the future to have an insight into life in the Sibfords in 2010.For the purposes of our analysis the 181 replies has formed the total basis of our survey and in all calculations is regarded as 100%. The first thing that stood out when reading the survey returns was the number of retired people who live in the village (40.5%). As we had only received 50% completed survey forms it was quite possible that our retired population may have had more time to complete the questionnaire. This made us realise that this figure and possibly some others, may not give as true a reflection of the population of our community as we had hoped. In the South East, only 13.79% of the population are retired.
The first question we asked was how many people were in the household.
15.75% of the whole village community were born in the Sibfords. 9.36% of principal householders were born and still live in the village with the longest being 81 years. In 2010 the principal householder has lived in the villages for an average of 22 years. 10.61% of the population have lived in the villages for more than 50years whilst 31.84% have lived in the villages for less than 10 years. 74.86% of householders own their property (68.71% nationally) The Main Paid Occupation (MPO) of the household represented a range of 56 different types of employment. (The 1877 survey showed 33 different occupations) 48.61% were full time 10.49% were part time 24.86% spent some time working from home 7.73% had some form of secondary paid employment 9.93% provided paid services to the village as part of their paid occupation. 40.33% of households have more than one person in paid employment (APE) representing a further 37 different occupations. In 1877, 45% of principal householders were either farmers or worked on the land. In 2010 this figure had fallen to 2.79% The top ten occupations (MPO) of households as shown below
|OCCUPATION 2010||%||Total Count||MPO Count||APE Count|
|1||Labourer /Farm worker||34.27||61|
Latest National and South East figures taken from the Office for National Statistics