The differences between the working conditions inside Europe

Difference between working conditions inside Europe.
In Europe are differences in salary, rewards and the working conditions. In the north European countries are the employees satisfied with the working conditions. Denmark has the highest proportion of satisfied workers 93.4 % followed by the United Kingdom (92.7%), Austria (89.6% ), Germany (89.2%) and the Netherlands (89.2%) The percentage of satified workers in most EU 15 countries (the countries who were member of European Union before 1th of April) are higher than the EU 27 (included the countries who joined after 1 April) . If you see the facts from a welfare perspective workers from countries with a higher Gross national product are in general more satified with their working conditions.
How you can explain the differences between work experiences of employees?
The differences in work experience between countries can be partly explained by the types of work. The type of in the European member states is not the same in every country. Examples of countries who are not in the same proportions prevented in the states are It usage and machine use. In countries where the use of IT is high , the machine using is low and as well vice versa. For the Scandinavian countries is the usage of IT high and low machine utilization. But if we look to the most eastern and southern European countries this is just the reserve. Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey have even a significantly lower IT use than the other countries.

Employees who think that the job is a risk for the health.
Also on this subject are many differences between the European members. The employees of Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have a low percentage of people who are afraid for their health by their work. The percentage is around 20 percent. Latvia, Poland and Greece are the other side on this point. Around 70% percent think that the work has an influence on their health. Also another notable difference between the psychological symptoms. In Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia for example are high rates of physical symptoms but low rates of mental health. The reverse is in Sweden.
A trend in the European union is that the intensity of work increases in the EU 15. And the intensity of the new member states increased. Another trend is an increase in the face of violence. But the satisfaction with working conditions is through the years remained almost unchanged.
In short conclusion you can say that the European Union try to be one, but the difference of working, and culture makes this harder.
Eurofound, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.


7 thoughts on “The differences between the working conditions inside Europe

  1. it is interesting that you are mentioning the difference of working conditions and salaries throughout Europe. I am from the UK and i know that great britain was the first member to successfully opt out of the 1993 European Union Working Time Directive, which states no employee should work more than 48 hours a week. Since this another 13 EU countries have since followed by example. I also recently read that Greek workers actually put in longer hours than anyone else in Europe 42.2 hours per week, compared to just 35.6 in Germany.

  2. I don’t think that working hours per week are determine for the satisfaction of employees. I think it’s important that employers feel like they are valuable for the company and that the company care’s about their employees. During the last years companies paying more and more attention to ergonomical factors to improve the working conditions. This is also a important factor for the sustainability of a company who wants to be Corporate Social Responsible. This is nowadays very important for companies. Especially for companies who are working for the society or sales orientated companies. But it’s also better for the company. When they pay a lot of attention to their employees they will get something back. The employees will be satisfied and the productivity will increase significantly. But I think that countries in the western of Europe, like the Netherlands, the UK, Germany or Denmark pay much more attention to Corporate Social Responsibility then countries in the more Eastern part of Europe, like Latvia, Poland and Greece. I think this is an important reason for the satisfaction of employees.

  3. The satisfaction in working conditions of EU workers being based on the gross national product makes sense as it controls the value of the currency but also the success of whatever company one is working for.

  4. In my opinion, you have to make an informed mobility decision, the people who are looking for jobs and employers require information on a range of practical, legal and administrative issues. The EURES job mobility portal provides information services that help and support those who work in another country or employ workers from another country.

    The living and working conditions database contains data on a number of important issues such as housing, schools, taxes, cost of living, health, social legislation, comparability of qualifications, etc.

    Another important information tool is the Labour Market Information section, which provides information about current developments in the European labor market – divided in countries, regions and economic sectors.

  5. Take a look at google. its a worldwide comp. It’s the best place to work in the world. I think its because the company takes really good care of the employees and has a very good employee structure! To have a dynamic work space now days is important to feel satisfactions. If the company introduces attractive deals for the employees like for example. A company gym where employees can exercise for free, or a daily care center..Something to give back to the employees I think is important because then they will feel appreciated much more and will give back more as well!

  6. I don’t think it’s because of the company when people are satisfied about their job. I think that when a country is ‘healthy’, for example, not a high unemployment rate, not a big crisis, people are also more happy and satisfied. If it’s hard to get a job because of the high unemployment rate, people will get more easy jobs. The conditions of these jobs are always more low, so if they gonna ask you if you are satisfied, people would say no.
    At the other side, of course are the conditions in companies of countries like Germany, The Netherlands, UK and Denmark better. These countries use a higher IT then east and south europle countries, like you said in your blog.


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