The quest for convergence

News   •   Aug 06, 2018 09:00 BST

As the European Union recoups the losses of the crisis and seeks a sounder footing for future growth, the concept of convergence has taken centre stage in the policy discourse. But what do we mean by ‘convergence’ in the European context?

Is teleworking taking off?

News   •   Jul 30, 2018 09:00 BST

Smartphones and mobile technologies are increasingly important in our everyday lives; by expanding opportunities to telework, have they also transformed the world of work?

Social mobility: Going up? Or down?

News   •   Jul 23, 2018 09:00 BST

It seems that social structures are hardening. As the modernisation of economies subsides, fewer new jobs are being created at the higher occupational levels, and this is curtailing upward mobility.

Platform work and employment conditions

News   •   Jul 19, 2018 12:30 BST

@JuanMenendezEF presents #eurofound latest research findings on #platform #work and employment conditions at the informal #EPSCO #eu2018at today 19 July 2018

Sharing caring

News   •   Jul 16, 2018 09:00 BST

​It is well known that women take more responsibility for the care of their children than men. According to the 2016 EQLS, 88% of mothers compared to 64% of fathers in the EU care for their children every day. These fathers estimate they give 21 hours a week to the care of their children, while the mothers dedicate 39 hours per week.

Nurturing innovation at work

News   •   Jul 09, 2018 09:00 BST

Companies that encourage their employees to participate in broad decision-making around operations or strategic direction can not only improve job satisfaction, but also increase levels of innovation.

The tide is rising, are all boats lifting?

News   •   Jul 04, 2018 09:00 BST

​Employment is at its highest level ever in the EU, and the employment recovery is now well-established in Europe. But is it being felt in all countries?

The human factor in innovation

Blog posts   •   Jun 29, 2018 13:00 BST

Companies are constantly competing for the next big thing in innovation – the next-generation 3D phone, the quantum computer, the virtual doctor. They fixate on technological breakthroughs and look for new business models. But innovation also needs systems, an organisational structure and people who work together.

Germany’s minimum wage has reduced wage inequality

Blog posts   •   Jun 20, 2018 09:00 BST

Wages grew and wage inequality fell in most EU countries in 2015. Germany is not one of the countries where wages rose most, but it did have the largest reduction of wage inequality. Our analysis shows that the German minimum wage policy introduced in 2015 strongly lifted the wages of the lowest-paid employees, particularly those employees who were lower-skilled, younger or working in services.

Europe’s economic recovery continues in times of political instability

Blog posts   •   Jun 18, 2018 13:00 BST

Europe is showing visible signs of progress; in most countries, labour markets are healthier than they have been in a decade, with more people active and in work than ever before, while social exclusion is declining. However, it is also a continent in transition, where an imbalance in opportunities for prosperity and quality of life directly determines to what extent you have felt this recovery.

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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.

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