Living, working and COVID-19 e-survey – Round 5 results

First results from round 5 of Eurofound’s unique e-survey Living, working and COVID-19 are now available. The survey, first launched in early 2020, aims to capture the wide-ranging impact of the pandemic on the lives of EU citizens. The fifth round charts the latest developments, looking at how life has changed in Europe over the past two years of closures and restrictions. It also sheds light on a new uncertain reality caused by the war in Ukraine, record high inflation and sharp rises in the cost of living. It provides the most up-to-date picture for policymakers as they respond to these challenges, alongside recovering from the pandemic.


  • Since 1990, Eurofound has analysed the working conditions of EU employees and the self-employed in its European Working Conditions Survey. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eurofound had to abandon the established approach of face-to-face interviews and move to telephone interviews. In 2021, it contacted more than 58,000 workers in the 27 EU Member States to understand the kind of working conditions they faced during the pandemic. The unique, fully harmonised dataset collected in 2021 is currently being analysed.


    This short video presents some of the highlights drawn from the preliminary data.