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European Survey on Working Time and Work-life Balance , ESWT

    For details on all aspects of this database, see ESWT

1. General description

    The ESWT is a European cross-national survey research project set up to make an inventory for 21 European countries of practices in working time and work-life balance issues. The survey sample is taken from management and employee representatives. The survey is representative for all establishments with 10 or more employees, and covers both the private and public sector. The ESWT contains two questionnaires: one for management representatives and one for employee representatives.

2. Survey type

  • Cross-sectional; carried out in 2004/2005
  • Representative national samples, > 15 years of age
  • Two questionnaires: a management questionnaire and an employee questionnaire. Both questionnaires contain more or less the same questions. However, the management questionnaire is slightly more extensive.

3. Participating countries

  • 21 European countries (EU 25 minus Estonia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia)
  • All countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

4. Topics

a. Socio-demographics

    • Respondent:
    • Partner:
    • Parents:
    • Children:
    • Household:

b. General

    Care, industrial relations, retirement, work

c. Regarding work and welfare

  • Management questionnaire:
  • Childcare leave, early retirement, employee characteristics, establishment characteristics, flexibility, gender (care), job opportunities, long-term leave, overtime, part-time/full-time work, phased retirement, trade union, working time, workload
  • Employee questionnaire:
  • flexibility, job motivation, job search, overtime, part-time/full-time work, retirement, retirement age, trade union, working time, work-life balance

  • 5. Questionnaires available

    • Downloadable in PDF format; from UKDA (scroll down to 'Documentation')
    • Free of charge, no registration required

    6. Keyword search in questionnaires


    7. Data available

    • Data downloadable in SPSS and ASCII format; from UKDA
    • Per wave
    • After registration, free of charge
    • For information on registration, see UKDA

    8. Online data analysis