[Excerpt] This report provides an in-depth analysis of the quality of employment conditions and employment relations in the European employed workforce. Employment in the report is viewed as the contractual relationship between an employer and a worker, specifically how the rights and duties embedded into the relationship are translated into real rights. The analysis is mainly based on data from the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), conducted in 2010. Where appropriate, comparisons with earlier waves of the EWCS are made.
The report has four main objectives:
- to build indicators for different dimensions of the quality of employment;
- to identify problematic or advantageous situations regarding the quality of employment, as well as groups of workers requiring special attention;
- to examine the evolution of a number of selected indicators of the quality of employment;
- to investigate the relationship between the quality of employment and a number of characteristics of individual workers, their employing organisations, their broader work characteristics, and variations between countries.