During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people in the European Union (EU) experienced exceptional time pressure at work. But what was the situation before the pandemic hit? It may be interesting to have a closer look at data on how often employees experienced time pressure at work.
In 2019, one in ten persons employed in the EU always worked under time pressure (11%) and one in four often did (25%). In contrast, almost two in three employed persons only sometimes (42%) or never (22%) worked under time pressure.
Source dataset: lfso_19mtwk19
At country level, Malta registered the highest share of employed persons who always worked under time pressure, with 21% in 2019. In contrast, this share was lowest in Slovakia (4%). For the group of persons who often worked under time pressure, Czechia was at the highest end of the scale with 39%, while Spain was at the lowest end with 15%. In Lithuania, more than half of employed persons sometimes worked under time pressure (56%), compared with less than one in three in Malta (29%). The highest rate of employed persons who never experienced time pressure at work was observed in Spain, with 39%. In comparison, only 8% of employed persons in Finland were in that situation.
For more facts and background information, please go to the Statistics Explained article Job autonomy and pressure at work - statistics.
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