Occupational profiles in working conditions: Identification of groups with multiple disadvantages
- 19 August 2014
ReportNumber of pages:74Reference no.:EF1413Author(s):Peycheva, Darina; Wetzels, Ruud; Parent-Thirion, Agnès; van Houten, GijsTopics:Skills and training; Working time; Working poor; Sustainable work; Working conditions; Job quality; Working conditions and sustainable work
Executive summaryNumber of pages:2Reference no.:EF14131Catalogue info
Occupational profiles in working conditions: Identification of groups with multiple disadvantagesAuthor(s):Eurofound
Job quality indexes are constructed on the basis of such aspects of working conditions as earnings, prospects, working time, and intrinsic job quality (which includes skills, autonomy, the social environment, physical risks and work intensity). Occupations where job quality is consistently low are labelled ‘occupations with multiple disadvantages’, where conditions are such that it is difficult for people to stay in these jobs. This report uses data from the fifth European Working Conditions Survey to identify such occupations. It finds that workers in mid-skilled manual and low-skilled occupations do quite poorly when it comes to earnings, prospects and intrinsic job quality, and they report relatively low levels of both physical and mental well-being. However, their working time quality is generally good. In contrast, workers in high-skilled occupations do relatively well on almost all job quality indicators, except working time.
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European Working Conditions Survey 2010
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.
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