European Working Conditions Survey 2024

Eurofound will launch the next edition of its European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) in 2024, aiming to interview approximately 54,000 workers in all EU Member States and some other European countries. It is planned to start the fieldwork in February 2024 with first results and data available in 2025. The EWCS provides a comprehensive picture of the everyday reality of men and women at work. In order to future-proof this unique tool for European comparative analysis on working conditions and to ensure that trend analysis can be maintained, the traditional face-to-face mode will be supplemented by online interviews for the first time.

Survey objectives

The 2024 edition of the survey will provide data to be able to continue to:

  • assess and quantify working conditions of both employees and self-employed workers across the EU Member States and beyond on a harmonised basis
  • analyse relationships between different aspects of working conditions
  • identify work situations that are of concern and/or groups at risk, as well as monitoring areas of improvement
  • monitor trends by providing homogeneous indicators on these issues
  • contribute to European policy development, particularly on quality of work and employment

Main features

As the newest edition in our longest-running survey, the EWCS 2024 aims to ensure continuity of the survey analysis, accurate and timely findings and high-quality outputs, as well as adaptability of data collection methods for the future.

Current work

Preparations are already underway for the EWCS 2024, with much of the early work focusing on the methodological adaptation of the survey and revision of the questionnaire. The main emphasis is on maintaining trends to ensure comparability over time in job quality and key indicators on quality of working life, incorporating gender mainstreaming. Developing new questions will be important to cover the key policy and research agenda around the future of work, including the impact of COVID-19, digitalisation and decarbonisation at work.

A study has been commissioned on how to transition interviewer-administered, cross-national surveys to an online mode, with particular emphasis on the EWCS, and another on cognitive pretesting using cross-cultural interviews and web probing.

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