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European Company Survey , ECS

    For details on all aspects of the database, see ECS

1. General description

    The European Company Survey (ECS) provides information on company policies and practices, as well as on social dialogue. It is a questionnaire-based representative sample survey carried out by telephone. The ECS started in 2004-2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance (ESWT). The next surveys in 2004, 2009 and 2013 were conducted under the name of the European Company Survey. The ECS tries to contribute to the European 2020 strategy through mapping and understanding company policies which can possibly have an impact on growth and development of social dialogue in companies. It is a research programme by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). 

2. Survey type

  • Cross-national
  • Representative sample survey carried out by telephone in the language(s) of the country
  • Interviews have been conducted with the human resource manager and if possible with an employee representative
  • Quantitative numeric data
  • Data available for 2004-2005, 2009 and 2013

3. Participating countries

    21 to 32 countries, depending on company survey:
  • First ECS (ESWT, 2004-2005): EU-15 and Cyprus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia
  • All countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • Second ECS (2009): EU-27 and Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey
  • All countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • Third ECS (2013): EU-27 and Croatia, Iceland, Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey
  • All countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

4. Topics

a. Socio-demographics

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

b. General


c. Regarding work and welfare

    Topics differ between waves:

    • First ECS (2004-2005):
    • Working time arrangements
    • Work-life balance at company level
    • Second ECS (2009):
    • Working time flexibility
    • Contractual flexibility
    • Human resources practices
    • Variable pay
    • Financial participation
    • Workplace social dialogue
    • Third ECS (2013):
    • Work organisation and innovation
    • Employee participation
    • Social dialogue

    • 5. Questionnaires available

      • Questionnaires ECS 2004-2005 available in PDF format; from UK Data Service (under Documentation)
      • Questionnaires ECS 2009 available in PDF format; from ECS
      • Questionnaires ECS 2013 available in PDF format; from ECS

      6. Keyword search in questionnaires

        No

      7. Data available

      • Reports:
      • ECS 2004-2005: overview report in PDF format; from Eurofound
      • ECS 2009: overview report in PDF format; from Eurofound
      • ECS 2013: overview report in PDF format; from Eurofound
      • Free of charge, no registration required
      • Data:
      • ECS 2004-2005: available free of charge, after registration from UK Data Service
      • ECS 2009: available free of charge, after registration from UK Data Service
      • ECS 2013: available free of charge, after registration from UK Data Service

      8. Online data analysis

      • Online data explorer available for all waves; at UK Data Service
      • Descriptives, tabulation and analysis
      • Free of charge, after registration
      • Data visualisation tool available for the third survey; at Eurofound
      • Maps, charts and tables
      • Free of charge, no registration required