European and international collaboration

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The methodology and questionnaires used in Eurofound's pan-European surveys are freely available for use by other organisations, subject to certain copyright conditions, and many have expressed an interest in using our materials or collaborating with Eurofound.

European-level collaboration

Eurofound increased the sample size for the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) in Belgium, France and Slovenia at the request of their governments and at their own cost in order to carry out more in-depth analysis. In cooperation with Eurofound, a Belgian report [FR, NL] and a Slovenian report have now been published. Both Norway and Switzerland have been involved in the EWCS for a number of years: Eurofound carried out the fifth wave of the survey in Norway while Switzerland implemented it independently, based on the EWCS questionnaire but with a slightly different methodology.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), Eurofound has provided EU-OSHA with useful insight into the development of survey methodology and survey design. Eurofound was able to help EU-OSHA set up its 2009 European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER) using the methodology of Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS). Fieldwork for the fourth ECS starts in 2019, in partnership with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop).

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has used the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) questionnaire to carry out surveys on quality of life in Croatia in 2006 (Faces of social exclusion in Croatia) and in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 2008 (People-centred analyses (9.8Mb PDF)). The surveys were part of comprehensive research on quality of life in these two countries.

International collaboration

The Korean Occupational Safety and Health Agency has used the EWCS questionnaire and methodology to carry out a survey on working conditions in 2005 and in 2010. The survey data report Working conditions in Korea summarises the methodology and key findings. Eurofound has also received considerable interest in the use of the EWCS methodology and questionnaire for some South American countries and for New Zealand and Taiwan.

International Labour Organization

In order to overcome the lack of reliable data and information on working conditions in developing and transition countries, Eurofound and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have joined forces to develop a standard methodology for a Global Working Conditions Survey (GWCS). The ILO has used the EWCS as a benchmark for this work and the questionnaire and methodology were used to create a national-level monitoring tool, which is an essential part of the ILO’s Decent Work Country Programmes. The questionnaire is conceived as an open tool adaptable to fit best the needs of the country tripartite actors.

Pilot surveys took place in 2009 in two African countries, Mozambique and Tanzania. In 2010, the first Zanzibar Working Conditions Survey was carried out. It is presented as a follow-up and completion of the study in Tanzania in 2009, which also followed the GWCS module. The survey carried out in Zanzibar aimed to provide a complete picture of working conditions in the United Republic of Tanzania, of which Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part.

Survey data reports are available summarising the GWCS in these countries:

It is anticipated that countries from other areas of the globe will participate in the survey in the future.