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

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01 Márta 2016
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01 Márta 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
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    Working time developments in the 21st century: Work duration and its regulation in the EU - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    This report examines the evolution of working time at the beginning of the 21st century. It describes the institutional regimes of regulation in EU Member States and Norway, and assesses the evolution of both agreed working hours and usual working hours between 1999 and 2014. The emphasis is on the duration of working time for full-time workers, including collectively agreed normal working hours and how they are fixed. Drawing primarily on information collected by Eurofound across all EU Member States and Norway, the study focuses in particular on five sectors: chemicals, metalworking, banking, retail and public administration. Read more in the report - see Related content.

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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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Paul Grosjean
18.03.2016

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