09 December 2012
Achieving work environments that make work sustainable over a lifetime is a key facet of the promotion of longer working lives. This study - based on the fifth European Working Conditions Survey - considers the dimensions of work that have proved essential to the understanding of work sustainability: working conditions; physical and psychological health; the expressive dimension of work; reconciliation of working and non-working time; and socioeconomic conditions. It examines the influence of these factors on how older workers perceive the sustainability of their work, taking account of differences between workers in terms of age, occupation and gender. In addition, the working conditions of the ageing workforce across Member States of the European Union are compared.
26 August 2012
The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions carried out major surveys on working conditions in Europe in 1990, 1995 and 2000. The findings of these surveys reveal a number of alarming trends regarding age and working conditions, in particular: a low level of access to training for older workers, a high degree of physical work among workers in the middle age category, and an overrepresentation of young people in shift and night work. There are also contradictory trends to be observed in policies aimed at older workers.
04 January 2003
The Third European Survey on Working Conditions carried out by the Foundation in 2000 highlights the specific problems encountered by ageing workers in the workplace. In 2001 the Foundation asked Créapt (Centre for research and studies on age and working populations) to perform a secondary analysis of this survey in order to carry out a more detailed qualitative study on the question of ‘age and working conditions in Europe’. This summary gives the main results of the study.