European Working Conditions Survey 2020

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) is carrying out the seventh edition of its European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) from February to May 2020.

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  • Kirsty Burston Public Affairs
  • Rebecca Pearce Public Affairs
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The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) is carrying out the seventh edition of its European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) from February to May 2020. In cooperation with Ipsos MORI, Eurofound will be interviewing approximately 45,000 workers in 37 countries. Respondents will be surveyed on different aspects of their working life, such as working time, work organisation, work-life balance and work-related health issues. This survey will provide invaluable, up-to-date and objective data to policy makers and researchers on working conditions and the quality of work and employment to help improve working lives for all people at work. The data will be particularly helpful for the UK Government as it moves forward after Brexit. It will be able to make comparisons with other countries to measure job quality and help improve working conditions. The findings will also be used by many UK academic institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester universities in their research on working conditions and job quality.

Eurofound runs this survey every five years and each survey gives an up-to-date snapshot of the world of work and shows how much, and in what way, things have changed. New questions this time will address the ‘future of work’. This seventh wave of the survey is an important landmark for Eurofound, building as it does on the lessons learned from the previous six surveys and illuminating the rich tapestry of workplace trends over the last 30 years.

Eurofound would appreciate it if those approached by members of Ipsos MORI could find 45 minutes to complete this important face-to-face survey, which is likely to shape policy responses to the changing work environment across countries for years to come. The EWCS results will be specifically used to monitor progress and challenges in job quality; analyse the performance of employment policy; identify groups at risk and issues of concern as well as progress made; and, contribute to new policies for people at work.

People who are contacted are chosen at random. Interviews will be face to face at home. Any answers or information given are treated in the strictest confidence and the anonymity of each interviewee is guaranteed. All the data collected will be used for research purposes only and will be stored securely, with limited access. It is vitally important that as many people respond to the survey as possible so that its results are reliable. The first survey results will be published in 2021.

Eurofound and Ipsos MORI look forward to getting your perspective; together we can provide the information needed to improve the working conditions of people.

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The author(s)

  • Kirsty Burston Public Affairs
  • Rebecca Pearce Public Affairs