ERIC Number: ED481338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Working Time and the Volume of Work in Germany: The IAB Concept of Measurement. IAB Labour Market Research Topics.
Bach, Hans-Uwe; Koch, Susanne
The Institut fuer Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB) or Institute for Employment Research has developed a detailed working time and volume of work measurement concept in order to more comprehensively assess the demand for labor. The individual components of working time in Germany are obtained from various data sources and combined to form the paid volume of work. The IAB's measurement concept of working time is a quarterly calculation; calculation depth is based on six economic sectors further broken down for calculation of specific components. The basis for determining average actual working time and volume of work is the number of wage and salary earners, self-employed people, and unpaid family workers. The point of departure for determining working time of wage and salary earners is the number of potential working days. Collectively agreed or customary working time is the most influential component in the working time calculation, independent of the economic situation. Other components are sick leave; paid overtime; short-time work; working time accounts; bad weather, strikes, and accepted part-time work; secondary employment; and components to increase flexibility. Results of the volume of work calculation 1991-2001 show the average working time of full-time employees in western Germany was 1,630 hours in 2001, about the same as in the early 1990s; in eastern Germany, the working time was 1,683 hours; overall aggregated volume of work in Germany was 47.7 billion hours in 2001, 7 percent less than in 1991. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adults, Economic Factors, Efficiency, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment, Employment Patterns, Flexible Working Hours, Foreign Countries, Human Capital, Labor Needs, Labor Utilization, Measurement Techniques, National Norms, Organizational Effectiveness, Productivity, Trend Analysis, Work Environment, Worker Days, Working Hours
IAB, Regensburger Strasse 104, 90327, Nurenberg, Germany (Annual price: 15 Euros; free to foreign subscribers). For full text: http://doku.iab.de/topics/2003/topics53.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Employment Research, Nurenberg (Germany).
Identifiers - Location: Germany