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21/12/2010

Comparative analysis of working time in the European Union

EF/09/95/EN 


The number of hours worked every week or year, and the way in which work is organised, are issues of central concern and interest to both employees and employers. In the case of employees, working hours have a direct bearing on standard of living, level of work–life balance and the overall sustainability of working life. For employers, working time is a key element in the calculation of costs, productivity and competitiveness. Working time, and its regulation, is likewise an important policy issue for national governments. This report, covering the 27 Member States of the EU and Norway, focuses on changes in working time and practices relating to the organisation of work over the period 2000-2006

author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions - J. Morley, F. Sanoussi (Applica); I. Biletta, F.Wolf (Eurofound)
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