Trends in job quality in Europe

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12 August 2012
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12 August 2012
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Abstract

Using data from the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), this study measures job quality in the 27 countries of the European Union, as well as seven additional countries in Europe that participated in the survey. The intention was to find an objective means of assessing the principle established in a number of EU directives that work should adapt to the workers. Increased understanding of the social costs of poor job quality has focused attention on physical and social environments at work. Prolonged life expectancy and the ageing of the population suggest that jobs will have to be of good quality if more workers are to be persuaded to work longer. The indices constructed for this study do not rely on subjective measurement such as preferences and attitudes, but are built on the self-reported features of jobs that are associated with workers’ well-being. An executive summary is available - see Related content.

 

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    100
    Reference No: 
    ef1228
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1071-8
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-31-12-695-EN-C
    DOI: 
    10.2806/35164
    Catalogue info

    Trends in job quality in Europe

    Using data from the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), this study measures job quality in the 27 countries of the European Union, as well as seven additional countries in Europe that participated in the survey. The intention was to find an objective means of assessing the principle established in a number of EU directives that work should adapt to the workers. Increased understanding of the social costs of poor job quality has focused attention on physical and social environments at work. Prolonged life expectancy and the ageing of the population suggest that jobs will have to be of good quality if more workers are to be persuaded to work longer. The indices constructed for this study do not rely on subjective measurement such as preferences and attitudes, but are built on the self-reported features of jobs that are associated with workers’ well-being.

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  • Executive summary

    Number of pages: 
    2
    Reference No: 
    ef12281
    Catalogue info

    Tendências da qualidade do emprego na Europa: Síntese

    Authors: 
    Eurofound
    Com base nos dados do quinto Inquérito Europeu sobre as Condições de Trabalho (IECT), o presente estudo avalia a qualidade do emprego nos 27 países da União Europeia, bem como nos outros sete países europeus que participaram no referido inquérito. A intenção era encontrar um meio objetivo de avaliar o princípio da adaptação do trabalho aos trabalhadores, que se encontra consignado numa série de diretivas da UE. Uma maior compreensão dos custos sociais associados a uma fraca qualidade do emprego concentrou a atenção nos ambientes físico e social no local de trabalho. O aumento da esperança de vida e o envelhecimento da população apontam para a necessidade de criar empregos de boa qualidade a fim de convencer um maior número de trabalhadores a trabalharem até mais tarde. Os índices construídos para o presente estudo não assentam em medidas subjetivas, como as preferências e as atitudes, mas sim nas características dos empregos que os próprios trabalhadores associam ao seu bem-estar.



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