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International Comparisons of Job Quality


"Quality” jobs attract and motivate employees and, in turn, have a positive impact on the economic performance of firms. For example, job quality is associated with lower turnover and absenteeism and improved productivity performance. Accordingly, the quality of employment in Canada relative to that in competitor economies may affect our national competitiveness.

What's more, it is argued, especially in the European Union, that a focus on improved quality of work is a worthwhile end in and of itself. High quality employment improves job satisfaction and the quality of life of workers, and ultimately, the overall quality of a society.

How does Canada rank internationally in terms of job quality? On what indicators is Canada faring well or poorly? Where do we need to focus attention?

CPRN has assembled data on a range of indicators of job quality for Canada, the United States, and 15 European countries. The essential dimensions of job quality that we examine are:

The complete report on international job quality, How Canada Stacks Up: The Quality of Work - An International Perspective, can be downloaded from the CPRN website by clicking here.

Heath and Well-Being

  • Work continuously at rapid rate
  • Work affects health

Skills Development

  • Skills match
  • Received training
  • Work with computers

Career and Employment Security

  • Incidence of involuntary part-time employment
  • Incidence of temporary employment

Reconciliation of Working and Non-Working Life

  • Annual hours worked
  • Incidence of long hours worked
  • Work-life balance

Satisfaction with Working Conditions

  • Overall satisfaction with working conditions