Working time developments in the 21st century: Work duration and its regulation in the EU

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01 Marzo 2016
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01 Marzo 2016
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This report examines the main trends and milestones characterising the evolution of the most important aspects of collectively agreed working time in the European Union during the first decade of the 21st century. Drawing primarily on information collected by Eurofound across all EU Member States and Norway, it focuses in particular on five sectors: chemicals, metalworking, banking, retail and public administration. The report describes the institutional regimes of regulation and assesses the evolution of agreed working hours (hours expected to be spent on work according to collective agreements or agreed between employers and employees) and usual working hours (hours usually spent in practice in work activities) between 1999 and 2014. The report points to the tension that exists between the pressure for decreased working hours in favour of a better work–life balance and fewer health problems for workers and the need for working time flexibility to meet the demands of a modern world economy. An executive summary is available - See Related content.

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    Number of Pages: 
    102
    Reference No: 
    EF1573
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1439-6
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-02-15-968-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/888566
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    Working time developments in the 21st century: Work duration and its regulation in the EU

    This report examines the main trends and milestones characterising the evolution of the most important aspects of collectively agreed working time in the European Union during the first decade of the 21st century. Drawing primarily on information collected by Eurofound across all EU Member States and Norway, it focuses in particular on five sectors: chemicals, metalworking, banking, retail and public administration.

  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF15731
    Catalogue info

    Avances en relación con el tiempo de trabajo en el siglo XXI: duración de la jornada laboral y su regulación en la UE

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Este informe examina los principales hitos y tendencias que caracterizan la evolución de los aspectos más importantes del tiempo de trabajo acordado mediante convenio colectivo en la Unión Europea durante la primera década del siglo XXI. Basado fundamentalmente en información recopilada por Eurofound en todos los Estados miembros y Noruega, se centra en particular en cinco sectores: productos químicos, metalurgia, banca, comercio minorista y administración pública. El informe describe los regímenes institucionales de reglamentación y evalúa la evolución de la jornada de trabajo convenida (horas previstas de trabajo en los convenios colectivos o los acuerdos entre empresa y trabajadores) y las horas de trabajo habituales (horas reales dedicadas habitualmente al trabajo) entre 1999 y 2014. Este informe llama la atención sobre la tensión que existe entre las presiones para reducir la jornada laboral en favor de una mayor conciliación entre vida laboral y profesional y una reducción de los problemas de salud, por una parte, y la necesidad de flexibilizar el tiempo de trabajo para satisfacer las demandas de la economía moderna mundial.

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Is the report "Working time developments in the 21st century: Work duration and its regulation in the EU" (EF1573) also available in French ?
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18.03.2016

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