New WISUTIL project 2010-2011

Pay and conditions in the utilities

Researchers involved Maarten van Klaveren, Kea Tijdens, Melanie Hughie-Williams and Maarten Keune

WISUTIL is a new project that will collect a wide range of data on pay and conditions in the utilities across Europe. The project is co-ordinated by AIAS and will involve the FORBA ( research organisation in Vienna and the WageIndicator Foundation also in Amsterdam. The WISUTIL project aims at collecting a wide range of data on pay and conditions in the energy, water and waste utilities across Europe. The project is being co-ordinated by the AIAS institute at the University of Amsterdam who will be responsible for compiling a report analysing the findings from the data collection. The report covers:

  1. Market structures and current trends;
  2. Wages, including the incidence of low pay, measuring gross hourly wages; the incidence of overtime compensation; the incidence of performance-based pay;
  3. Working conditions, including the incidence of work-related stress; length of working week; the incidence of overtime; the incidence of irregular hours (including shift work);
  4. Occupational structures and skills, including the incidence of employer-provided training by occupation; job evaluation schemes; career prospects; job matches level of education; the incidence of reorganisations at the workplace, and privatisation;
  5. Workers’ representation: collective bargaining coverage, union density and the incidence of workers’ shop-floor representation;
  6. Market and company structures revisited: a perspective for trade unions in the utilities sector.

The main findings of the project will be discussed at a conference in Vienna in September 2011. Data will be collected from individual respondents who will be recruited by promotional activities of trade unions to a dedicated web-portal where a multilingual web-survey is posted. This will use the international network of WageIndicator web surveys. There will be possibilities to carry out different comparisons of occupational pay rates across Europe, between different countries and potentially within multinational companies.

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