Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2019

News   •   Dec 20, 2018 09:45 GMT

We want to thank you for your support and wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.

Wage and task profiles of employment in Europe in 2030

News   •   Dec 19, 2018 16:04 GMT

Structural change is expected to move much faster in the Member States who joined the Union after 2004, and we forecast big changes in the occupational wage and task structure in these countries in the run up to 2030.

New research provides clarity on convergence in Europe

News   •   Dec 18, 2018 13:15 GMT

Europe is back on track towards upward convergence, but some outliers remain.

Trust in Europe bounces back with economic recovery

News   •   Dec 14, 2018 13:00 GMT

Overall trust in institutions such as national governments, the legal system, the EU, and the media has rebounded in Europe following the recent economic recovery. However, in a number of the Member States most adversely impacted by the crisis, trust in national institutions has still not returned to pre-crisis levels.

Quality of life improving in Ireland but challenges remain

News   •   Dec 13, 2018 07:00 GMT

Quality of life is improving in Ireland, particularly in relation to social cohesion, with the country recording some of the highest levels optimism in the EU and lowest reported levels of tension between racial and ethnic groups. However, a number of challenges remain, notably in public transport, childcare services, and social housing – all of which are rated below EU averages.

Some improvements in the lives of people with disabilities but disadvantage remains

News   •   Dec 03, 2018 06:00 GMT

​There has been an overall improvement in the employment and social situation of people with disabilities in the EU, with more people with disabilities in employment and actively participating in society in 2016 than 2011. However, disabled people are still significantly less likely to be in employment than people without disabilities, and they remain among the most disadvantaged groups in Europe.

Life beyond the minimum: Living wage could help combat in-work poverty across the EU

Press Releases   •   Nov 30, 2018 16:26 GMT

Implementing a living wage could play a significant role in offsetting the rise of in-work poverty across the European Union, according to a new report from Eurofound on the Concept and practice of a living wage in the EU.

The challenge of plenty: Tackling labour shortages in the EU

Blog posts   •   Nov 24, 2018 09:00 GMT

​Unemployment in the EU is continuing to fall, with the rate approaching its 2008 low point. This is good news: the Europe 2020 target of 75% employment in the working age population is now in sight for many Member States. However, as unemployment reaches new lows, the opposite problem is emerging – labour shortages

Does employment status matter for job quality?

News   •   Nov 22, 2018 13:00 GMT

​Across the EU, on average 66% of the workforce holds a permanent contract and enjoys the most favourable standards of job quality. But for those in non-standard forms of employment, is job status negatively impacting job quality? The short answer is yes.

Not finished at 50: Keeping older workers in work

Blog posts   •   Nov 18, 2018 10:00 GMT

Over the last decade, European labour markets have seen a surge in the number of older workers in work and a continuous decline in their unemployment rates. A lot of young and middle-aged workers lost their jobs in the Great Recession, but not so the older age group. This means they receive less policy attention, which is unfortunate for older workers who suddenly find themselves without a job.

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About Eurofound

Eurofound, a tripartite European Union Agency, provides knowledge to assist in the development of social, employment and work-related policies

Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) is a tripartite EU body, whose mission is to provide knowledge to assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies. Eurofound’s vision is that the Agency’s knowledge will contribute to effective policies that lead to the improvement of quality of life and work in a fair and competitive Europe.

Eurofound is a member of the Network of EU Agencies


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