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Labour Force Survey Results, Slovenia, ad hoc modul, 2nd quarter 2019

How did we organize our work and working time in 2019?

48% of employed persons did not have any problems getting a few days off on short notice. In most cases (63%), nobody contacted employed persons in free time in relation with work.

  • 3/27/2020
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  • final data
In the 2th quarter of 2019, we looked how employed persons in Slovenia organize their work and working time. In this quarter, we had 991,000 employed persons in Slovenia. According to the ILO definition these persons worked for at least 1 hour for payment or family gain. We found out that 48% of employed persons could easily get a day or two off on short notice. On the other hand, for 12% of them it was very hard to get a few days off on short notice.

Working time
There were great differences in how employees and self-employed persons organize their working time. There were 845,000 employees and 126,000 self-employed persons in 2th quarter of 2019. Employer set the beginning and the end of working time to 79% employees. There were only 5% of those who could set their working time entirely by themselves. Other 16% could set their working time with some limits.
76% of self-employed persons could set their working time entirely by themselves. Approximately 11% had some limits and for 13% of self-employed persons, employer set the beginning and the end of their working time. It is evident that self-employed persons have more freedom with working time organization than employees. We did not include unpaid family workers in the comparison.

One of the key elements of employment is flexibility, .i.e. how often we have to change or adjust our working time because of the requirements of our work tasks, costumers or superiors. More than half (53%) of employed persons adjusted their working time fewer than once per month or never, 20% at least once per month and 27% at least once per week. The share of the last-mentioned means that approximately 269,000 employed persons had to adjust their working time at least once a week.

In the 2th quarter of 2019, we asked employed persons how often they were contacted during their free time from job in the last 2 months before the interview. Most of the employed persons (63%) were never contacted in regards to work matters during leisure time in the last 2 months, 18% were contacted once or twice, while 19% were contacted more frequently.

Time pressure
The pressure that we feel when we are running out of time for the task that we have to preform until deadline is called time pressure. To some this pressure causes a lot of stress. On the other hand, this can stimulate our productivity. The most employed persons (37%) sometimes worked under time pressure, 25% never, 23% often and 15% always.
We looked at the differences between employees and self-employed persons. There were 14% employees an 19% self-employed persons always under the time pressure, 23% of employees and 27% of self-employed often, 38% of employees and 35% of self-employed sometimes and 25% of employees and 19% of self-employed never. From these data we can see that self-employed persons are more often exposed to time pressure.

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