Spaniards least happy with work-life balance

Across the EU, people in Bulgaria, Greece and Spain are least happy with their work-life balance, a new survey has found.

For the EU as a whole, 78 per cent of people aged under 65 said they were either very or fairly satisfied with their work-life balance. But there was substantial variation from one country to the next.

In Bulgaria, Greece and Spain, just 66 per cent of people said they were satisfied. More people said they were not at all satisfied with their work-life balance in Spain (13 per cent) than in any other country.

At the opposite end of the spectrum were Austria and Denmark, where 90 per cent and 89 per cent of people respectively said they were satisfied with their work-life balance. In Denmark, 47 per cent of people said they were very satisfied, while just 2 per cent said they were not at all satisfied.

Work life

The official Eurobarometer survey, published on 25 October, found that there were few differences in satisfaction between men and women, although across the EU 79 per cent of men and only 77 per cent of women were satisfied. In Estonia and Finland there were gaps of 7 percentage points between men and women, with men more satisfied.

There were no countries in which women were more satisfied than men, although there were countries in which a larger proportion of women than men were very satisfied. These included Malta (9 pp), the UK (6 pp) and Ireland (5 pp).

Words: Craig Nicholson
Photo: Eurobarometer

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