Working Conditions Survey : 80% of Eu Workers Say They Are Satisfied

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The European Commission published on 7 November the results of the Fourth Working Conditions Survey conducted by the Dublin Foundation (www.eurofound.europa.eu). This survey presents the views of workers on a wide range of issues, including work organisation, working time, equal opportunities, training, health and well-being and job satisfaction.

The survey has been conducted every five years since 1990. The interviews were carried out in late 2005 with nearly 30,000 workers in 31 countries (the EU25, Bulgaria and Romania, Croatia, Turkey, Switzerland and Norway).

In 2005, more than 80% of EU workers declared being either satisfied' or very satisfied' with their working conditions. The two middle categories ( satisfied' and not very satisfied') have grown in the last ten years, whereas the proportion of those that declare high levels of satisfaction has decreased by 5%.

One of the main changes in the EU workforce in the last 15 years is the increasing proportion of female workers. But are they working in the same positions as male workers? The results of the survey show that women continue to move into certain categories of the occupational scale, especially into medium or low-skilled occupations in the service sector (clerks, service and sales workers and elementary occupations). The proportion of women in managerial positions and in more traditional industrial occupations is much smaller. …