Topics: Working time, Employment, Statistical survey Pages: 32 (8687 words) Published: December 26, 2014
Measuring job satisfaction in surveys: Bulgaria
Comparative analytical report
Editorial disclaimer
This report has not been subjected to the standard Foundation editorial procedures

This Bulgarian national report is part of a comparative overview (EF/06/55/EN) of how job satisfaction is measured in national working conditions surveys based on 16 national contributions for the European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO).

1. Aim and structure of the topic report questionnaire
The main objective of this topic report is to assess if and how the job satisfaction issue is dealt with in the national surveys and to bring forward some data and trends on job satisfaction. This topic report shall reveal how national surveys produce data on job satisfaction, focusing on the methodologies used and shall present available data on job satisfaction. Thus, the questionnaire is divided into three main sections. The first section is mainly focused on the national surveys dealing with job satisfaction (priority given to the national working conditions surveys) and the methodological frame used. In this section, the national correspondents are basically asked to identify which surveys deal with job satisfaction, what questions are made, how questions are made and what definitions are used in those questions. The second section is addressed to gather available data on general job satisfaction and job satisfaction broken down by some of its determinants. Whenever possible, trends should be identified.

Finally, the last section is focused on the analytical aspects of job satisfaction. In this section, national correspondents are asked to identify correlations between job satisfaction and other variables related to organisational practices that may be present in national surveys data reports and to identify interesting pieces of conceptual or meta analysis of job satisfaction.

2. Questions to the national correspondents
Section 1: Survey sources(s) and questions
1 – Is job satisfaction an issue addressed in your national working conditions surveys? Yes.
Measuring job satisfaction in surveys: Bulgaria

Rumiana Gladicheva

Do other national surveys include any questions on job satisfaction? No.
Please identify sources and survey methodology (also mention first year of implementation, regularity (periodicity), time frame (e.g. over the last twelve months), population, sample size and frame, data collection methodology, etc.).

Two nationwide working conditions surveys have been conducted in Bulgaria to date. The first survey on Working conditions in Bulgaria was carried out in 2001 by the European Foundation as part of the European Working Conditions Survey for candidate countries (further referred to as EWCS).

The second survey was conducted in 2005 independently of the Foundation, but using an adapted version of the Foundation's questionnaire. The survey was commissioned by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Working Conditions Fund. This survey was entitled the Quality of Life and Working Conditions survey, sometimes referred to by the EF as Bulgarian National Working Conditions Survey (NWCS).

Both surveys address the issue of job satisfaction only partially, because their primary concern is satisfaction with working conditions. Bulgarian respondents understand satisfaction with working conditions in a narrow sense – mainly as an evaluation of health and safety at work with an emphasis on physical working conditions.

Survey methodology (NWCS)
Territorial scope: National
Fieldwork: June 2005
First year of implementation: 2005
Editions: 2005
Next forecasted edition: not forecasted
Population: 7,761,049 Bulgarian citizens as of 31 December 2004, of which 2,922,000 people belong to working population in 2004
Sampling strategy: Representative two-stage cluster sample (100 clusters) Sample size: 1,002 people of working population, aged 18+
Maximum sampling error (accuracy): +/- 4 %...
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