ECS: European Company Survey



The European Company Surveys (ECS) are conducted by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). The ECS survey has been carried out every four years since its inception in 2004-2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance (ESWT). The second survey (performed under the new title European Company Survey) was completed in 2009 and the third survey in 2013. The survey aims to quantify information on company policies and practices across Europe on a harmonised basis; to analyse relationships between company practices and their impact as well to look at practices from the point of view of structures at company level, focusing in particular on social dialogue. The main topics discussed are: - first wave: working time arrangements and work-life balance; - second wave: different forms of flexibility, including working-time flexibility, contractual flexibility, variable pay and financial participation, as well as accompanying human resource measures, and the nature and quality of workplace social dialogue; - third wave: workplace organisation, workplace innovation, employee participation and social dialogue in European workplaces.

Data Providers

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

Data Collection

Periodicity of collection

Every 4 to 5 years.

Type of information available

  • Text Documents Available
  • Indicators available
  • Guidelines for use available
  • Search or browse function available online


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