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The sixth European Working Conditions Survey, carried out by Eurofound last year, has begun to yield results. The ‘first findings’ contain a wealth of interesting facts and statistics about the European labour market. According to the résumé ‘Gender differences remain important, both in work and in life outside work’ and this is reflected in the figures on working hours. While men work, on average, just short of 40 hours a week and women about 33, once unpaid labour, such as childcare, is taken into account, women are spending approximately 6 more hours a week toiling. Gender segregation at work is also alive and well with only 21% of workers surveyed reporting that they share their job title with equal numbers of women and men. The proportion of employees who have a female boss has gone up from 24% in the 2000 survey to 33% but only 15% of men have one compared to 50% of women. Although part-time work has been steadily increasing for some time there are still many workers who are dissatisfied with their arrangements. 13% of those asked wanted to increase their hours while 28% would like to decrease theirs. Not surprisingly those working more than 48 hours per week are most likely to want a decrease and those on under 20 hours an increase. The figures on ‘atypical working hours’ also make interesting reading. Over half of all employees surveyed work at least one Saturday per month (so no longer ‘atypical’?) and 30% a Sunday.
First findings:Sixth European Working Conditions Survey is downloadable at: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/resume/2015/working-conditions/first-findings-sixth-european-working-conditions-survey-resume