New data from the Fourth European Working Conditions Survey provides a unique
insight into the views of around 30,000 workers in 31 countries on a wide range
of issues including work organisation, working time, equal opportunities,
training, health & safety and job satisfaction.
Work plays a significant part in the lives of most Europeans. Understanding the
conditions under which Europeans are working across the different EU countries
is therefore central to achieving improved quality of work, greater
productivity and ultimately increased employment.
The fourth major wave of the European Working Conditions Survey was conducted
in 2005. The survey aims to provide an analysis of working conditions in the
EU25, in the acceding countries (Romania, Bulgaria) and candidate countries
(Turkey and Croatia), as well as in Switzerland and Norway. In total, nearly
30,000 individual workers were interviewed in face-to-face interviews in their
own homes in the period September-November 2005.
The 2005 survey was carried out using the same methodology as in previous
instances and is based on a questionnaire containing a core of common
questions, allowing meaningful comparisons to be made between this survey and
previous editions. Obviously, the comparative analysis is limited to those
countries that were EU Member States at the time each successive survey was
carried out. Country comparisons should be made with caution as the
distribution of the workforce differs widely between countries.
Conducting an international survey in many different countries and languages is
very demanding in terms of organisational planning and procedures. In order to
ensure that the survey is carried out to the highest specifications and
scientific standards, a detailed methodological framework has been put in
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions