Working time and work–life balance in a life course perspective
- 7 March 2013
- 5 February 2013
ReportNumber of pages:76Reference no.:EF1273
Executive summaryNumber of pages:2Reference no.:EF12731Catalogue info
Working time and work–life balance in a life course perspective - Executive summaryAuthor(s):Eurofound
Profound changes in household and demographic structure in recent decades have created new needs and challenges in modern industrial societies. Globalisation and increased competition have had a major impact on production methods and work organisation, and on working time and work–life balance. This report, based on the fifth European Working Conditions Survey, examines cross-country differences in actual working hours and working time distribution by gender, employment status, household type and life phase. It discusses factors affecting the work–life balance of individuals and households and analyses the gap between actual and preferred working time. Unpaid work is also addressed by focusing on gender disparities across the life course in the time devoted to domestic and care obligations. Read more in the report - see Related content.
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Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the EWCS 2010, the fifth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.