The ETUI started work on this issue in January 2008 as a response to insufficient indicators on job quality at the European level.

Based on a range of data sources, it produced a quantitative indicator that captures job quality in Europe. The job quality index (JQI) is based on a series of sub-indices (wages, non-standard employment, working conditions, working time and work-life balance, training and interest representation) that attempt to capture different aspects of job quality. Comparisons in terms of job quality between EU28 countries are possible. Moreover, the JQI allows comparisons over time for the the period 2005-2015, and an analysis of gender gaps in job quality.

The index was updated in 2017 [‘Bad jobs’ recovery? European Job Quality Index 2005-2015] with 2015 data showing a decline in non-wage job quality over the past decade and sluggish real wage growth in the years following the crisis.