Convergence and divergence of working conditions in Europe: 1990-2005

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19 April 2009
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19 April 2009
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Abstract

This report examines whether EU Member States are converging or diverging with regard to working conditions and quality of work and employment. While the findings reveal a relative divergence in Europe with the joining of the new Member States in 2004 and 2007, the results confirm that the gap is closing and that in some of the older Member States there is evidence of disimprovements in some areas, such as prevalence of work intensity and reduced access to training. Data from four European Working Conditions Surveys is used to compare trends across a fifteen-year time span. An executive summary is available.

 

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    Reference No: 
    EF08104
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    Convergence and divergence of working conditions in Europe: 1990-2005

    This report examines whether EU Member States are converging or diverging with regard to working conditions and quality of work and employment. While the findings reveal a relative divergence in Europe with the joining of the new Member States in 2004 and 2007, the results confirm that the gap is closing and that in some of the older Member States there is evidence of disimprovements in some areas, such as prevalence of work intensity and reduced access to training. Data from four European Working Conditions Surveys is used to compare trends across a fifteen-year time span. An executive summary is available.

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    EF081041
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    Convergence and divergence of working conditions in Europe: 1990–2005 - Executive summary

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    Eurofound
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    In 2005, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) undertook the fourth wave of its European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), which began in 1990. During this 15-year period, the European Union has experienced significant changes at various levels. This report primarily aims to investigate two research questions. First, it seeks to observe through the various waves of the EWCS the existence of relative movements of convergence or divergence over time concerning the quality of working life. Second, it explores whether similar movements are visible between European countries during the period. A reportis available.
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