MEE's working life barometer 2011:
Relevance of work and willingness to work on the decline
Helsinki (29.02.2012 - Juhani Artto) The relevance of work and
work are diminishing, say a majority of wage and salary earners,
the latest working life barometer. It was published in January by the
Ministry of Employment and the Economy (MEE).
Recent annual reports reveal
this trend has been prevalent for a longer time already. In autumn 2011,
latest material was collected and sifted, it was found that the number
of negative replies (making up the majority) was even
greater than in previous years.
Among those working in government jobs negative replies - to the
relevance of work and willingness to work - constituted an overwhelming
majority. This feeling was shared by also a large majority of municipal
employees and was somewhat smaller majority
among employees working in industry and in private services. In all of
four categories the majority of negative replies was larger in 2011 than
2010. In industry in 2010 positive replies still constituted a narrow
As to the age factor, positive estimates won out only among the youngest
respondents, those below 25 years of age. The largest majority of
"votes" came from employees between 45 and 54 years of age, closely
by the oldest age group (55 and over).
No significant difference was found between the estimates given by men
women. In the 2010 working life barometer women clearly "voted" more
negatively than men.
Positive replies to six other questions
MEE's annual working life barometer does not explain why more and more
and salary earners consider that the relevance of work and willingness
have been diminishing in the last few years. One should not doubt the
used in this survey, as replies given to six other questions have been
Year after year a large majority have been of the opinion that gender
equality and employees' opportunities to influence their own jobs and
skills' improvement have developed positively. Positive replies have
prevailed also when asked about the supervisor's way of management and
availability of information on the goals of the work place.
The replies are based on a statistically representative sample of over
wage and salary employees, from 18 to 64 years of age, whose normal
hours exceed 10 hours per week. The replies were furnished in
September-October 2011 during the course of telephone interviews. The
reply rate was 80 per