Living, working and COVID-19 data

15 February 2021

Eurofound’s e-survey, Living, working and COVID-19, provides a snapshot of the impact of the pandemic on people’s lives, with the aim of helping policymakers to bring about an equal recovery from the crisis. Two rounds of this unique survey have been carried out to date, allowing for comparison between the first round launched on 9 April 2020, when most Member States were in their first lockdown, and the second round in July 2020, when society and economies were slowly re-opening. Eurofound launched a third round of the e-survey on 15 February 2021, as countries are still dealing with various levels of lockdown to curb the spread of new strains of the virus, while vaccine rollout programmes are underway.

To date, the survey examined quality of life and quality of society during this difficult time, with questions ranging from life satisfaction, happiness and optimism, to health and levels of trust in institutions. Respondents were also asked about their work situation, their work–life balance and use of teleworking during the COVID-19 crisis. In the second round, people were also asked about job quality and health and safety at work, online schooling, use of online services, as well as the extent to which they had requested and availed of government support schemes during the pandemic.

Explore the data for rounds one and two on quality of life and quality of society, work and teleworking, the financial situation and security of respondents, as well as the quality of public services during COVID-19.

Read the full report

The full report covering the first and second rounds of the survey is now available.


In light of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, it should be noted that data published on the Eurofound website may include the 28 EU Member States, as the UK was covered in earlier research. This will be progressively amended to reflect the current composition of the 27 EU Member States.

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