Working time and work–life balance in a life course perspective

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07 March 2013
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05 February 2013
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Abstract

Understanding how working time is organised and how this is impacting on balance of work versus private life is of fundamental importance. This general statement is very much in accordance with the main objective of the Europe 2020 employment strategy, stating that at least 75% of the population aged 20–64 should be employed by 2020, necessitating in many Member States a significant increase in women’s labour market participation. Drawing on data from Eurofound’s fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), based on interviews with more than 38,000 respondents in 34 countries, this report documents the prevailing working time patterns of employees, the self-employed and lone parents across five country clusters. It also analyses the relationship between paid employment and domestic activities, work–life balance and working time preferences across the life course. An executive summary is also available - see Related content.

 

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    Working time and work–life balance in a life course perspective

    Understanding how working time is organised and how this is impacting on balance of work versus private life is of fundamental importance. This general statement is very much in accordance with the main objective of the Europe 2020 employment strategy, stating that at least 75% of the population aged 20–64 should be employed by 2020, necessitating in many Member States a significant increase in women’s labour market participation. Drawing on data from Eurofound’s fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), based on interviews with more than 38,000 respondents in 34 countries, this report documents the prevailing working time patterns of employees, the self-employed and lone parents across five country clusters. It also analyses the relationship between paid employment and domestic activities, work–life balance and working time preferences across the life course.

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    2
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    ef12731
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    Tempo de trabalho e conciliação entre vida profissional e familiar numa perspetiva ao longo da vida

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    Eurofound
    Mudanças profundas ocorridas nas últimas décadas ao nível da estrutura familiar e demográfica geraram novas necessidades e novos desafios nas sociedades industriais modernas. A globalização e o aumento da concorrência tiveram um importante impacto nos métodos de produção e na organização do trabalho, bem como no tempo de trabalho e na conciliação entre vida profissional e familiar. Este relatório, baseado no Quinto Inquérito Europeu sobre as Condições de Trabalho, analisa as diferenças entre países no que respeita a horas de trabalho efetivo e à distribuição do tempo de trabalho em função do género, estatuto profissional, tipo de agregado familiar e fase da vida. O relatório debruça se sobre fatores que afetam o equilíbrio entre a vida profissional e a vida privada dos trabalhadores e dos seus agregados familiares, e analisa as divergências entre o tempo de trabalho real e as preferências das pessoas nessa matéria. Aborda ainda a questão do trabalho não remunerado, chamando a atenção para o fosso existente entre homens e mulheres quando se trata do tempo dedicado, ao longo da vida, a obrigações domésticas e de assistência a familiares.



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