Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Survey of Quality of Life at Work, 2010 (ECVT)
Encuesta de Calidad de Vida en el Trabajo, 2010 (ECVT)

Work and Productivity
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Country Spain
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Contact information

Secretary of Statistics
Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social (Ministry of Employment and the Social Security)
Agustín de Bethencourt, 4
28071 Madrid
Phone: 913630000
Email: estadistica(at)

Timeliness, transparency

No information provided

Type of data


Type of Study

Cross-section, occasional

Data gathering method

Face-to-face interview (CAPI, PAPI)

Access to data

Methodology and abridged and detailed results can be accessed in Spanish at Microdata are not available.

Conditions of access

No information provided

Not applicable

A set of different results report is offered to the public from the general results ( to a set of abridged tables with the main domains and the classification variables ( and the extended results (48 tables) (

Tables are usually presented in PDF and excel formats.

The technical documents (methodology, questionnaire, sample errors) can be accessed in Spanish, respectively, at Other documents (Occupation and economic activity classification) are also written in Spanish and accessed at


Data was collected from 2001 to 2010 (the survey was not carried out in 2005). The initial sample size was 6,020 people (in 1999) and was increased to approximately 9,000 people after 2006 (in 2010, it was 9,240).


Region and size of municipalities in the first stage; census tracts, the dwellings and one person from each dwelling aged 17 and over, in the second stage.

Sample is drawn from the Municipal Register

All of Spain, with the exception of the cities of Ceuta and Melilla; the sample is distributed in a proportional way by region, with an extra-sample in Catalonia to cover the regional representativeness

Individuals living in private dwellings, who are aged 17 and over

Catalonia is also represented

ECVT is a multi-stage, stratified survey, according to the census tracts, the dwellings and one person from each dwelling aged 17 and over. The questionnaire is composed by several areas of interest: - demographic features: age, sex, educational level - some occupational variables describing the workplace - quality of life at work, including satisfaction, organization, environment, social relations at work, working time, security, income, professional training, reconciling work and family life, collective agreements, social and geographical mobility, associations, general life assessments. All the ECVT issues cover five main domains (satisfaction with work organisation, contracts and health conditions at work), work organisations, training, social and geographical mobility, and reconciling family and work. Tables are depicted with a set of classification variables that refer to individuals (age, sex, level of education, professional status, occupation, income), to work (contract types, seniority in the workplace, types of work days, working conditions, economic activity, company size) and to others (regions, municipal size).

• Bòria-Reverter, S., & Crespi-Vallbona, M., & Mascarilla-Miró, O. “Variables determinantes de la satisfacción laboral en España”. Cuadernos de Economía 35(97) (2012): 9–16. Available at:
(12)70018-3) • Blanch, J.M., & Sahagún, M., & Cervantes, G. ”Estructura Factorial del Cuestionario de Condiciones de Trabajo”. Revista de Psicología del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones 26(3) (2010): 175-189. Available at:
• Gamero Burón, C. ”Satisfacción laboral de los asalariados inmigrantes”. Revista de Economía Aplicada 18(54) (2010): 33-56. Available at:
• Gamero Burón, C .”Evaluación del coste por pérdida de jornadas laborales asociado al estrés laboral: propuesta para España”. Estudios De Economía Aplicada 28(3) (2010): 1-20. Available at:
. • Merino Llorente, M. & Somarriba Arechavala, N., & Negro Macho, A. “Un análisis dinámico de la calidad del trabajo en España. Los efectos de la crisis económica”. Estudios de Economía Aplicada 30(1) (2012): 261–282. Available at:




Data quality

No information provided

2006 ECVT was the breaking point to make the contents of the survey more stable.

No information provided


ECVT investigates the quality of life at work by asking for information on situations and activities that occur in the people’s work environment and their family, and on subjective perceptions that workers have about their conditions and labour relations. The weakness of ECVT is clearly related to the inconsistency during the last decade, which has been improved in the last five years where the domains, concepts and sample size were stabilized. No provision of microdata also limits the survey’s usefulness.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Vicente Rodríguez
  • (see Partners)