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European Company Survey 2009
European Company Survey 2009

Work and Productivity
Relevance for this Topic
Country Europe
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Contact information

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living & Working Conditions
Wyattville Rd.
Dublin 18, Loughlinstown
Phone: (+353-1) 20431 00
Fax: (+353-1) 2824209/2826456
Email: postmaster(at)

Timeliness, transparency

Data collected from January 27,2009 till May 5, 2009, and it was published in March 2010

Type of data


Type of Study

Cross-section, regular

Data gathering method

Telephone interview (CATI)

Access to data

The data is free and available on the UK Data Service website.

Conditions of access

Those interested in viewing or downloading the data must register on the UK Data Service website. If you are not a student in the UK or a UK resident, then you must first complete an application to receive a username. Prior to downloading the data, you must register your research project and inform them of why you are interested in the data. Questionnaires are freely accessible.

It may take up to 3 days to receive a username

Microdata, questionnaires


Data and documentation are available in English.


Data collected in early 2009 The sample size was 27,160 establishments that had 10 employees or more . Participating countries were: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey (EU-27, Croatia, Macedonia and Turkey).

The first European Company Survey was conducted in 2004, but the survey then was known as the “Working time and work-life balance in European companies”

“The sampling for the ECS was done on the basis of a matrix, where the universe in each country was divided into 10 cells defined by five size classes and two main sectors of activity – the ‘Industries’ sector covering NACE Rev.1.1 codes C to F, and the ‘Services’ sector covering NACE codes G to O.” Source:, pg. 90

Only considered establishments (local units) with 10 or more employees (did not look at companies)



Establishments of 10 or more people

This second establishment survey by Eurofound covers the main topic of work and productivity. More specifically, it examined flexibility measures that had been established in the work place. This includes working time flexibility (part-time work, overtime work, working time account systems), the use of non-permanent employment contracts, and wage flexibility. It also looked at company performance. Like the first survey, both human resource managers and employee representatives were interviewed when possible. This allowed data to be collected on what the social dialogue is like in the work place between administrators and employees.

• Bryson, A., Forth, J., & George, A. "Workplace social dialogue in Europe: an analysis of the European Company Survey 2009." (2012). • Forth, J., Bryson, A., & George, A. "Workplace Employee Representation in Europe." Conference Paper, University of Bradford (2012).


Use of NACE to code the different sectors

Data quality

Very limited information provided. Recommendations for future waves are made with regard to looking at data entry error rate and percentage of data that had to be completely re-entered.

The survey was carried out by the TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, which worked with national fieldwork institutes.

Consistent terminology and coding was used.


This survey focuses on working time flexibility in the work place and how employees communicate/interact with the administrators in their offices. Researchers can look at the differences in how flexibility measures are implemented in the work place. The differences in the social dialogues in the different work places can also be observed. Furthermore, because almost all sectors of activity are included - expect for Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing – the survey allows for comparison between sectors. Finally, since the ECS 2013 data collection has already started, it will be soon possible to make comparative analyses.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Diana Lopez-Falcon
  • (see Partners)