Quality of work life survey

Description of the data collection

The Quality of Work Life Survey is a broad-based national interview survey of Statistics Finland that has been conducted in 1977, 1984, 1990, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018. By international comparison, the data obtained with the survey form an exceptionally long time series that covers 41 years of working life in Finland. The sample size of the survey has varied from 3,800 to 7,000 persons.

The survey widely studies wage and salary earners’ physical, mental and social work environments and gathers data on contents of work, labour market status, terms and conditions of employment, reconciliation between work and family life, occupational health and factors at the work organisation level. The data are collected with personal face-to-face interviews using a standardised questionnaire.

From whom are data collected?

The target population of the Quality of Work Life Survey 2018 consisted of employed wage and salary earners aged 15 to 67, whose regular weekly working hours were at least 10 hours. In 2018, the sample was drawn from the September and October rounds (face-to-face interviews) and from the November to December rounds (web data collection) of the Labour Force Survey. It was found out during the interview for the Labour Force Survey whether the respondent belonged to the sample.

What are the data used for?

Statistics Finland published the 2018 survey results in december 2019. The results are reported widely both as time series and pertaining to a single survey year. The results will be utilised for labour policy decisions, development of working life and scientific research.

The data can only be released for the purposes of research and statistical surveys in such a form that direct identification of individual respondents is not possible.

The data from the data collection are used in the following statistics:

Data processing

Statistics Finland's employees are legally obliged to secrecy. The results of the survey are published as statistics and graphs, from which information given by individual respondents cannot be identified. Background information from administrative registers available to Statistics Finland can be added to the survey data.


The questionnaire is reviewed in connection with each survey round and new questions are added to it for examining topical new working life occurrences.

How often are data collected?

Other regular