Second European Working Conditions Survey (1996)

In January 1996 the survey was expanded to include a much wider range of issues including physical environment, workplace design, working hours, work organisation and social relationships at the workplace. The survey collated data from interviews from 15,800 workers (either employed or self-employed) throughout the EU. The basic sample design was a multi-stage random sampling, called ‘random walk’. This method has been used in each of the subsequent European Working Conditions Surveys.

Main publications and documents:

Secondary analysis reports:

The following reports and summaries present and analyse data on the 15 Member States of the European Union, collected from the Foundation's second European Working Conditions Survey conducted in 1996.


The questionnaire of the second working conditions survey is available for the various countries as follows:

English - Basic French - Basic
Austria DE  Ireland EN
Belgium FR  Italy IT
Belgium NL  Luxembourg FR
Denmark DK  Luxembourg LU
East Germany DE   Netherlands NL
Finland FI  Portugal PT
Finland SE  Spain ES
France FR  Sweden SE
Great Britain EN  West Germany DE
Greece EL