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Working Hours Study

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • EMNID, Bielefeld
Publication Date
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Work and Industry
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
  • Abstract

    The content of the study is two-part: 1. recording of actual temporal situation, length and distribution of working hours for employees in the Federal Republic and 2. ideas and wishes about working hours. Topics: 1. On actual working hours: weekly working hours; distribution among the weekdays of time worked each week; working hours in the course of the day; daily start of work and end of work; core working hours and flextime; extent, reasons and compensation for overtime work; frequency and forms of shift work; experiences with and length of shift work up to now; frequency, extent and compensation of night work; Sunday and holiday work; employment of spouse; extent of work of working spouse; coordination of working hours between working partners; commute times to work; primary means of transport on the way to work; detailed recording of daily time budget. 2. Ideas and wishes about working hours: preferred time worked each week with financial adjustment; ideal time worked each week; inclination toward part-time work; ideas about the ideal number of hours each week and situation of part-time work; desired type of overtime compensation; interest in shift, night and holiday work; attitude to flexible age limit. Demography: age; sex; school education; occupation; occupational position; area of business of company; household income; household size; city size; state; union membership.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1979-12 / 1980-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Employees with at least 3 working hours per week. Age: 14 and older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 4036
In this investigation part-time work was defined as employment for less than 35 hours per week. The current data set contains the data of 2 waves with about 2000 respondents each. The first wave was in the field from December 1979 to January 1980, the second wave from February to April 1980.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1181 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Bundesminister für Arbeit und Sozialordnung (Hrsg.): Lage, Dauer, Tatsachen, Entwicklungen, Erwartungen und Verteilung der Arbeitszeit. Bonn: Forschungsbericht 1981.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

EMNID, Bielefeld (1980): Arbeitszeitstudie. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.