Work schedule (night, weekend, on call)


Information concerning the 2021 data: 

In 2021, the SLFS survey changed from being a survey conducted purely by telephone to a multi-mode survey (via internet and telephone) with priority given to the internet survey. In addition, the 2021 questionnaire was modified to comply with the new Eurostat regulations, also in force from January 2021. Following the revision of the SLFS, production of this indicator is altered. Results should be published in spring 2023.


In 2020, 5.5% of employees (excluding apprentices) worked on-call. This form of work is most common among employed persons of retirement age and among those aged 15 to 24 (25.0% and 9.8%). Women work on-call slightly more often than men (6.6% compared with 4.5%). Almost one in five employed persons (excluding apprentices) regularly works on Saturdays and one in ten regularly works on Sundays (18.2% and 9.3%). Weekend work also often takes place among persons of retirement age (Saturdays: 26.7%; Sundays: 15.8%) and among those aged 15 to 24 (Saturdays: 24.3%; Sundays: 10.6%). Women are more likely than men to work on weekends (Saturdays: 20.7% compared with 16.1%; Sundays: 10.3% compared with 8.4%). Furthermore, 15.4% of employees (excluding apprentices) regularly work evenings, i.e. between 7pm and midnight, and 4.2% of employees regularly work nights, i.e. they work between midnight and 6am. While women work evenings slightly more often (16.7% compared with 14.2% among men), men are more likely to work nights than women (4.8% of men compared with 3.6% of women).

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