Convergence and divergence of job quality in Europe 1995–2010

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24 Август 2015
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This report examines the upward and downward trends in job quality across the EU from 1995 to 2010. The improvement and harmonisation of working conditions are core objectives of the European Union, but many factors affect job quality. The report determines the statistical significance of trends Read more

This report examines the upward and downward trends in job quality across the EU from 1995 to 2010. The improvement and harmonisation of working conditions are core objectives of the European Union, but many factors affect job quality. The report determines the statistical significance of trends in key dimensions of job quality and maps the patterns of convergence and divergence. It offers an up-to-date analysis of changes in job quality across the EU, providing new insights to inform policymaking. The study concludes that dedicated political effort is still needed to improve job quality since this does not appear to be an automatic consequence of economic or technological development. 

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    Number of Pages: 
    92
    Reference No: 
    EF1521
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1379-5
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-01-15-295-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/053563
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    Convergence and divergence of job quality in Europe 1995–2010

    This report examines the upward and downward trends in job quality across the EU from 1995 to 2010. The improvement and harmonisation of working conditions are core objectives of the European Union, but many factors affect job quality.

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    Reference No: 
    EF15211
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    Convergence and divergence of job quality in Europe 1995–2010 - Executive summary

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    Eurofound

    Improving and harmonising working conditions are core objectives of the European Union. A range of policy initiatives support the development of job quality. Many factors affect job quality and their impact may vary between countries, occupations or sectors. As a result, changes in job quality across Europe may be faster in some countries and slower in others, causing job quality to diverge or converge between countries. Divergence will occur when varying rates of change exacerbate differences in job quality, whereas convergence occurs when different rates of change decrease differences. 

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  • European Working Conditions Surveys

    The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) launched in 1990 and is carried out every five years, with the latest edition in 2020. It provides an overview of trends in working conditions and quality of employment for the last 30 years. It covers issues such as employment status, working time duration and organisation, work organisation, learning and training, physical and psychosocial risk factors, health and safety, work–life balance, worker participation, earnings and financial security, work and health, and most recently also the future of work.

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