About Eurofound surveys

Eurofound’s three pan-European surveys are carried out on a regular basis. The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) is conducted every five years, while the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) and the European Company Survey (ECS) are conducted every four to five years. The three surveys share the following features:

  • Representative samples
  • Coverage of all EU Member States as well as (potential) candidate countries and countries in the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
  • Cross-country comparability
  • Multiple waves, enabling trend analysis
  • Developed in close cooperation with Eurofound’s tripartite stakeholders and experts in the field
  • Questionnaires covering a wide range of topics designed to meet European policy needs
  • Questionnaires built on an inter-disciplinary scientific basis
  • Elaborate strategy for quality assurance
  • Timely availability of results, in policy-relevant reports, online data visualisation and microdata.

Data availability

All survey questionnaires and datasets are freely available to the public.


The aim of Eurofound's survey work is to provide high-quality information on living conditions, working conditions and workplace practices in Europe. In order to realise this goal, each of the surveys targets a different population to get specific information. Harmonising survey methodology where possible means that lessons learned can be shared between surveys. More information on methodology can be found on the pages related to each survey edition.

Quality assurance

Eurofound is committed to quality assurance in its surveys, aiming to ensure high-quality survey data by complying with commonly agreed standards for the methodology and procedures.

European and international collaboration

Eurofound’s survey methodology and questionnaires can be used by other organisations once copyright conditions are met. Various organisations have therefore expressed an interest in using these materials or collaborating with Eurofound.