Mapping the quality of working life:
An occupational approach.

Decades of social science research has shown that a high quality of working life involves more than having a sufficient wage that is reasonably secure. The nature of the work itself also matters. However, little is known about how the quality of working life – defined multidimensionally to include both economic and intrinsic aspects of work – is structured in the labour market.

We are a group of academic researchers mapping how occupation – one’s field of work – relates to the quality of working life in Britain by analysing decades of large-scale survey data. The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s Secondary Data Analysis Initiative.

Key research questions

  1. What is the structure of ‘occupational quality’?
  2. How does occupational quality influence individuals’ subjective wellbeing over the life course?
  3. Is mobility across the occupational quality structure an effective means of improving the quality of working life?
  4. To what extent does the workplace moderate the effect of occupational quality?

The project

You can read about our research here.

You can find out about the researchers here.