Work Package 4: “Working Time”

Working time issues and practices – i.e. the volume of working hours and the way work is structured and organised over the course of time – are at the core of WP 4 “Working Time” (Researchteam International Labormarket, FIA). Working time arrangements include the duration of working time, the work schedules, their rhythm and controlling structures. They are important elements of the regulation of work and the structuring of daily life, and are therefore of fundamental importance for the socio-economic approach of the report. They will carry the same weight in the report as the analysis of income and wealth distribution.

Over the past decades, the working time regime has undergone a transformation: from impulse generator for the collective rhythm of social life in industrial society to flexible and differentiated arrangements with consequences for social and economic life. The driving forces are not just on one side: changing production modes and changing working requirements enable and force more flexible production and working time, and on the other side employees look for an individual fit for their working and private life and consumers wish to get more time flexibility.

The research design represents a continuation of the report on working time and the transformation of working time arrangements, which began in soeb 2. Since the flexibility of working hours alters the company working conditions as well as the employment patterns lifestyles in couple households, persons, households as well as firms all form inquiry units of the working time analysis. In order to describe working hours in the context of lifestyles in households, the use of data from household surveys (MZ, SOEP, PASS) is given priority. The business context is considered by including the IAB establishment panel, among others, and the linked employer-employee data by the IAB (LIAB, see WP 7, 8) also used in the other work packages. International comparative analyses will provide information about the influence of legal regulations and general societal conditions of working time patterns.


Dr. Peter M. Sopp (FIA) and Dr. Alexandra In Suk Wagner (FIA)

Web-Tabellen Kapitel 7 PDF
Sopp, Peter/Wagner, Alexandra (2017): Vertragliche, tatsächliche und gewünschte Arbeitszeiten. soeb-Working-Paper 2017-1. PDF
Sopp, Peter/ Wagner, Alexandra (2015): Stabilität und Wandel der Normalarbeitszeit - eine geschlechtsbezogene Analyse der Arbeitszeitwünsche in Deutschland. Vortrag auf der Denkwerkstätte der FH Johanneum. University of Applied Science. Centrum für Sozialforschung an der Universität Graz in Zusammenarbeit mit der Arbeitszeitgesellschaft am 28./29.05.2015 in Graz. PDF
Sopp, Peter/ Wagner, Alexandra (2015): Arbeitszeitwünsche von Frauen und Männern - Einflussfaktoren und Realisierungschancen. Vortrag auf der Tagung der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung "Vom Nachbarn lernen? - Determinanten weiblicher Erwerbstätigkeit in der EU" am 10.3.2015 in Hannover. PDF
Poster Kapitel 7: Vereinbarte, tatsächliche und gewünschte Arbeitszeiten. PDF