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Quality of work life

Producer: Statistics Finland
Homepage: http://
Main topic: Labour Market
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): No


The quality of work life survey is an extensive personal interview survey conducted since 1977 to monitor employees’ working conditions and changes in them.

Data content

Besides describing the physical, mental and social work environments, the data also depict the contents of work, employees’ labour market positions, conditions of employment, values and valuations of work and factors at the work organisation level. The collected basic data are confidential.

Classifications used

The used standard classifications of Statistics Finland are those on occupations, industries, socio-economic groups, levels of education and regions.

Data collection methods and data sources

The data are collected with personal face-to-face interviews using a standardised questionnaire. The sample is obtained from the labour force survey by drawing from it either employed persons or wage and salary earners. Between 3,800 and 7,000 persons have been interviewed in each survey round. Non-response rate in the quality of work life survey has varied between eight and 33 per cent.

Data collections

Updating frequency

The quality of work life survey has so far been conducted in 1977, 1984, 1990, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018

Time of completion or release

The data from the surveys have usually been ready within a couple of months from the end of the field work period. The first published reports have come out in abour six months from the end of the survey.

Time series

Data and published reports are available from the 1977, 1984, 1990, 1997, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018 quality of work life surveys. The initial report from the 2013 survey was ready in December 2019


employment relationship, hours worked, occupational health, well-being at work, work communities, work satisfaction, working conditions, working life, workload

Contact information

Additional information

Data from the sureys have been released to outside researchers after removal of personal identifiers. Printouts and analyses are also produced from them to customer requirements.

Last updated 13.02.2020