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.
09 September 2014: Work climate improves while job satisfaction declines (Italy / Survey data report [ or view as size 928 kb])
The third Quality of work survey report, published by Italy’s National Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training Employment and Social Policies (Isfol), provides both synthetic indicators and an accurate overview of the quality of work in Italy. It shows that while the work climate is still good, job satisfaction is still relatively low because of poor rewards and poor work prospects.
11 June 2014: Undeclared work in the EU (EU Level / Survey data report [ or view as size 624 kb])
This survey data report examines the main findings on the supply side of undeclared work around the EU based on a Special Eurobarometer survey carried out in 2013. The report examines the survey methodology, the concept of undeclared work, the characteristics of those supplying goods and services on an undeclared basis, the types of work activities that are undeclared, and income levels from undeclared work, including the extent of the practice of offering cash in hand.
08 May 2014: Evaluating employment rights awareness (Estonia / Survey data report [ or view as size 260 kb])
Legislation covering employment relations in Estonia was reformed in 2009 and, three years later, the Employment contract act survey was carried out to evaluate how this new policy had been implemented. The survey analyses employees’ and employers’ awareness of their rights in employment relations and the implementation of the minimum conditions (provided for in the act) to ensure employment protection and quality. Employees’ satisfaction and their willingness to pay for an unemployment safety net were also studied.
18 March 2014: Job satisfaction in light of poor economic outlook (Bulgaria / Survey data report [ or view as size 584 kb])
The Institute for Social and Trade Union Research conducted national surveys on work climate in 2010 and 2012. The subsequent report, presented in 2013, provides a comparative analysis of the job satisfaction of employees, and those who are self-employed, with issues such as job security, pay, training, career development, management style, and their social and psychological climate, working time, work-life balance, stress and representation.
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.