Working longer and harder?

A critical assessment of work effort in Britain in comparison to Europe

in Making work more equal

Long working hours and work intensification are frequently cited in media reports as the main causes behind the increased prevalence of work-related stress. However, the linkage is based on the prior assumption that British workers are working longer and harder than their predecessors. This chapter examines the empirical validity of this claim. To do so, we draw on cross-sectional surveys of workers who were questioned about various aspects of their working lives. The chapter draws on three data sources in particular. To address the scale of change, the Skills and Employment Survey series is used with evidence taken from five cross-sectional surveys stretching back to 1992 and extending forward to 2012. To set these results in a European context two other series – the European Labour Force Survey and the European Working Conditions Survey – are used.

Making work more equal

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