European Company Survey 2009
The European Company Survey (ECS) is carried out every four years. The 2009 survey was the second instance and covered 30 countries: the 27 Member states, Croatia, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The ECS 2009 focused on two topics in the field of company policies that are widely debated in the EU: flexibility practices and employee participation at the workplace. The survey covered:
The survey investigated the general structures and practices of company-level employee representation in Europe, shedding light on the different channels of representation, on available resources and on the impact of social dialogue on company decisions in different areas.
The findings provide a unique insight into the flexibility strategies of companies and into workplace social dialogue structures and practices. The first results were published in December 2009. The overview report was published on 1 March 2010.
Following on from the first Eurofound establishment survey in 2004–2005, the ECS 2009 was carried out across the 27 EU Member States and in the candidate countries of Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey. In more than 27,000 establishments with 10 or more employees of both the private and the public sectors, human resources managers and employee representatives – where available – were interviewed about flexibility measures applied at the establishment and the involvement of employee representatives in their set-up.
Interviews were carried out in the spring of 2009. At that time, the current global economic crisis had already begun, although some countries and sectors were more affected than others. In all of the countries, fieldwork was carried out using computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI). Fieldwork in the countries was coordinated by TNS Opinion in Brussels, in cooperation with TNS Infratest Sozialforschung in Munich.
For further information about the European Company Surveys, contact Sophia MacGoris.