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Results of a Quality of Work Life Index in Spain. A Comparison of Survey Results and Aggregate Social Indicators

Vicente Royuela, Jordi López-Tamayo and Jordi Suriñach
Social Indicators Research
Vol. 90, No. 2 (Jan., 2009), pp. 225-241
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27734785
Page Count: 17
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Results of a Quality of Work Life Index in Spain. A Comparison of Survey Results and Aggregate Social Indicators
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Abstract

The European Union launched the Lisbon Strategy in 2000 with the aim of establishing itself as the world's most powerful economy. The importance of job quality has returned to the top of the European employment and social policy agenda. As targets are set, significant progress has been made in the creation of indicators. In this study, we compute a composite index for quality of work life using the dimensional structure provided by the European Commission, and present our results for regions, sectors, professional categories and sizes of firm in Spain in the period 2001–2004. We find that better results are found in the more developed regions, in service sectors, in bigger firms and in jobs with more responsibility. Finally, we compare the results of the index with workers' subjective perceptions of job satisfaction, measured by a quality of work life survey. The test results reveal a strong relationship between the two measurements.

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