Survey data reports
Survey data reports from the Observatory network of national correspondents
Survey data reports are summaries of national working conditions survey findings in countries covered by the EWCO network. Results from these surveys provide an interesting complement to the results of the Foundation's own working conditions surveys. These national reports can be read in conjunction with the comparative analysis of national working conditions surveys carried out in 2003, which will be updated in 2006.
19 September 2013: Well-being and work (Austria / Survey data report [ or view as size 435 kb])
Well-being, health and safety at work and work-related health problems have been attracting growing public attention in Austria in recent years. An indicator for this rise in interest is the implementation of the Austrian Occupational Health Monitor by the Upper Austrian Chamber of Labour. The survey tries to analyse the links between working conditions and the health status of employees on the basis of very rich data. Some of the most interesting results are presented in this report.
13 June 2013: Increased exposure to noise, overtime and employees witnessing bullying (Denmark / Survey data report [ or view as size 732 kb])
The National Research Centre for the Working Environment has conducted a new cohort study entitled Working Environment and Health in Denmark 2012–2020 (WEHD), which is a continuation of the former Danish Working Environment Cohort Study (DWECS). Results from 2012 serve as baseline measurements due to significant changes in questions to the respondents. Some results are however still comparable with the DWECS 2010 and a tendency towards increase in exposure to very loud noise, overtime and employees witnessing bullying is seen in WEHD 2012.
13 May 2013: Working conditions and occupational risks: SUMER 2010 (France / Survey data report [ or view as size 445 kb])
The latest Medical Monitoring Survey of Professional Risks (SUMER 2010) draws on employee questionnaires and employee interviews with company medical officers to look at working conditions in France. Data are presented on work organisation (including working time), behavioural indicators and exposure to potentially harmful working conditions in the public and private sectors. Exposure to occupational risks differed considerably between sectors and subsectors.
08 May 2013: EU employers take family-friendly working seriously (EU Level / Survey data report [ or view as size 457 kb])
A survey investigating family-friendly working policies in companies in six European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, UK) finds that employers take family-friendly working seriously and have put in place a range of policies to support this, especially in areas such as flexible working and parental support. The main driver for this in most countries was compliance with legislation or collective agreements. The economic crisis has had little impact on the provision of family-friendly working policies.
06 March 2013: Young people’s transition from school to working life (Portugal / Survey data report [ or view as size 448 kb])
Youth unemployment is an increasingly critical issue in Portugal despite improving levels of educational attainment. A survey of 15–34 year-olds by Statistics Portugal in the second quarter of 2009 found that the average age of leaving formal education was 19 years-old. Over 90% of respondents who were not still studying were in a job lasting more than three months. The average time taken to find the first job was 20.4 months (excluding those who did work while at school).
14 February 2013: Working conditions and satisfaction at work (Romania / Survey data report [ or view as size 156 kb])
The National Trade Union Bloc, in conjunction with the National Institute of Statistics, conducted surveys in 2010 and 2011 on working conditions, levels of satisfaction and performance at work. The subsequent report, published in 2012, provides a comparative analysis of employees’ views, focusing on working schedules, atypical work, vocational training, satisfaction at the workplace (related to evaluation and pay), and working abroad.
19 December 2012: Positive trends in working conditions and occupational health (Norway / Survey data report [ or view as size 189 kb])
This report summarises the findings of ‘Faktaboken om arbeidsmiljø og helse 2011’ [Factbook on working and health 2011], which presents updated statistics on the Norwegian working environment and identifies trends in work-related health problems by gender, age and occupational and industry groups. The data, based on responses from a representative sample of more than 24,000 workers, show that Norwegian working conditions and occupational health continue to improve. Most people have favourable working conditions and are in good health, and nine out of ten respondents say they are satisfied with their jobs. However, there are still challenges in some sectors in order to ensure a safe and healthy working environment that promotes motivation, good health and work satisfaction for everyone.
11 December 2012: Young people and effects of education on employability (Hungary / Survey data report [ or view as size 215 kb])
This survey data report summarises recent labour market changes for young workers in Hungary, based on the regular and representative Labour Force Survey carried out by the Hungarian Central Statistical Offices (KSH). Every two to four years an extended survey is carried out to discover how youth education, employability and career opportunities have changed in comparison to the previous survey. It also provides some information about labour market experiences. The first part of this report discusses the general problems faced by young people of working age. The second part outlines the effects of recent economic and social changes on the transition of young people from education to the labour market, and describes the characteristics of youth employment.
07 December 2012: Low awareness of risk factors in workplace (Latvia / Survey data report [ or view as size 506 kb])
This report synthesises some of the most relevant results of a research project on working conditions and work-related risks, comparing survey results obtained in 2006 and 2010 from employers, employees and workplace safety specialists. The results identify various risk factors in the working environment, levels of compliance with safety legislation, the effect of the shadow economy on workplace safety and to what extent employees are informed about workplace safety issues. The research suggests that social dialogue on workplace safety and matters pertaining to legal employment relationships significantly improve the working environment.
10 October 2012: Rise in number of companies instigating prevention activities (Spain / Survey data report [ or view as size 114 kb])
According to the 2009 National Survey on Enterprises’ Health and Safety Management, 43% of companies with six or more workers had risk prevention representatives. Of the surveyed establishments, 20% did not carry out risk assessments whereas 61% had arranged health and safety training in the previous two years. Use of external prevention services had increased since 1999. Work accidents and musculoskeletal problems were the most frequently registered health risks.