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 Are blue-collar jobs turning white?

Are blue-collar jobs turning white?

Blog posts   •   Nov 16, 2018 15:33 GMT

​Manual jobs in European manufacturing are being transformed as blue-collar workers take on more intellectual tasks. This is a consequence of the increasing use of digital tools and the growing importance of quality control in production.

Platform work – Breaking barriers or breaking bad?

Platform work – Breaking barriers or breaking bad?

Blog posts   •   Nov 05, 2018 14:00 GMT

Platform work is neither good nor bad – it just is. We need to adapt to this reality by finding ways to capitalise on the positive while at the same time counteracting the negative. This needs to be done in a differentiated way, taking account of the great variety in platform work. One-size solutions simply will not fit all.

Progress in paternity and parental leave for fathers – Are baby steps enough?

Progress in paternity and parental leave for fathers – Are baby steps enough?

Blog posts   •   Oct 15, 2018 09:00 BST

Few events challenge the equilibrium between work and life like the arrival of a child. As gender roles continue to change in Europe, supporting the uptake of paternity and parental leave among fathers is fundamental, not just to close the ‘caring gap’ between men and women, but also to provide the best possible outlook for coming generations.

The human factor in innovation

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

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

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.

Three vectors transforming work in the digital revolution

Three vectors transforming work in the digital revolution

Blog posts   •   Jun 08, 2018 09:00 BST

​Digital technologies are transforming work, but the implications have not yet been fully grasped. In a recent Eurofound report, we focus on three main vectors of change to discuss the effects of digital technologies on work and employment and the policy responses such change demands.

Stamping out fraud in hiring practices across Europe

Stamping out fraud in hiring practices across Europe

Blog posts   •   Jun 04, 2018 10:00 BST

Research Manager Isabella Biletta looks at fraudulent practices in the contracting of work across the EU. The article is based on several years of Eurofound research on the subject.

What about men?

What about men?

Blog posts   •   May 23, 2018 09:00 BST

In this blog piece, originally published in Social Europe, Karel Fric and Camilla Galli da Bino look at the issue of discrimination against men in the workplace in Europe, and the current lack of research in this area.

Migrants in European labour markets are persistently disadvantaged by region of origin

Migrants in European labour markets are persistently disadvantaged by region of origin

Blog posts   •   May 22, 2018 12:00 BST

The integration of migrants from outside the EU into society is one of the key challenges that the Union must address to maintain social cohesion and equality. In this blog piece Enrique Fernández-Macías and Tania Paniagua de la Iglesia look at how well migrants and their descendants have integrated into the labour markets of EU Member States.

Long-term unemployed youth: The legacy of the crisis

Long-term unemployed youth: The legacy of the crisis

Blog posts   •   Apr 17, 2018 15:00 BST

In this blog, originally posted in Social Europe, Massimiliano Mascherini looks at the enduring issue of long-term unemployment among young people. Despite considerable improvement in the labour market participation of youth in recent years, the legacy of the crisis is still visible in the substantial increase in the cohort of long-term unemployed young people.

Lebensqualität in Deutschland zunehmend losgelöst von der Wirtschaftsleistung

Lebensqualität in Deutschland zunehmend losgelöst von der Wirtschaftsleistung

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2018 08:00 GMT

Die führende Stellung Deutschlands in Europa in den letzten Jahren war weitgehend auf die Position als Wirtschaftsmacht zurückzuführen. Deutschlands Platz in den kommenden Jahren kann auch durch seine Fähigkeit definiert werden, ein Kraftpaket für sozialen Zusammenhalt und Integration zu werden

Quality of life in Germany is more than just making ends meet

Quality of life in Germany is more than just making ends meet

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2018 08:00 GMT

Germany’s commanding position in Europe in recent years has largely been due to its reputation as an economic powerhouse. Its place in Europe in years to come may well be defined by its ability to also become a powerhouse for social cohesion and integration.

Recent developments in work–life balance in Finland

Recent developments in work–life balance in Finland

Blog posts   •   Feb 22, 2018 13:00 GMT

​The European Quality of Life Survey explores a variety of aspects related to living standards, health, family and work–life balance, as well as people's happiness levels, and their perceptions regarding the quality of their society. The latest survey results for Finland paint a generally positive picture of the country in 2016, just a year before the 100th anniversary of its independence.

Who is providing care home services for older people in Europe?

Who is providing care home services for older people in Europe?

Blog posts   •   Jan 18, 2018 09:00 GMT

In this blog piece Eurofound Research Officer Daniel Molinuevo looks at the changes in care home provision for older Europeans since the economic crisis, and the rising importance of long-term care from both a social and economic perspective.

The hidden potential of Europe’s economically inactive

The hidden potential of Europe’s economically inactive

Blog posts   •   Dec 20, 2017 13:00 GMT

In this blog piece, originally published in Social Europe, Eurofound Research Manager Anna Ludwinek looks at the substantial section of the population that is not working and does not figure in unemployment statistics, but retains significant employment potential.

Europa – een van de beste plekken ter wereld om te wonen en te werken?

Europa – een van de beste plekken ter wereld om te wonen en te werken?

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 15:30 GMT

De Europese enquête over de levenskwaliteit van Eurofound geeft een uniek inzicht in de huidige levenskwaliteit van Europeanen.

Europa: un luogo di prim’ordine per vivere e lavorare?

Europa: un luogo di prim’ordine per vivere e lavorare?

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 15:30 GMT

L’Indagine europea sulla qualità della vita (EQLS) di Eurofound fornisce una visione unica sull’attuale qualità della vita dei cittadini europei.

Europa, ¿un lugar privilegiado para vivir y trabajar?

Europa, ¿un lugar privilegiado para vivir y trabajar?

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 15:30 GMT

La encuesta europea sobre calidad de vida de Eurofound proporciona una visión única acerca de la calidad de vida actual de los europeos.

Europa – ein erstklassiger Platz zum Leben und Arbeiten?

Europa – ein erstklassiger Platz zum Leben und Arbeiten?

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 15:30 GMT

Die von Eurofound durchgeführte Europäische Erhebung zur Lebensqualität bietet einzigartige Einblicke in die aktuelle Lebensqualität der Europäer.