Crisis has affected supply and demand in healthcare

Crisis has affected supply and demand in healthcare

Press Releases   •   Nov 19, 2014 11:55 GMT

In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many European governments have cut spending on healthcare services. A new report from Eurofound identifies the groups most likely to face barriers to healthcare as a consequence of the crisis, including a number of new groups that have been generally overlooked by policymakers.

Europe is struggling to deliver improved living and working conditions for all

Europe is struggling to deliver improved living and working conditions for all

Press Releases   •   Jul 14, 2014 09:42 BST

Eurofound’s fifth annual yearbook, Living and working in Europe, based on the Agency’s research from 2013, describes developments in the EU in the wake of the crisis, focusing on major topic areas including changes in labour markets and employment, efforts to tackle youth unemployment, innovation in workplaces and public trust in institutions.

Working time and annual holidays divide Europe

Working time and annual holidays divide Europe

Press Releases   •   Jun 24, 2014 13:30 BST

The average collectively agreed weekly working time in the European Union stood at 38.1 hours in 2013, according to Eurofound’s latest working time update. The combined total of agreed annual leave and public holidays in the EU varied from 40 days in Germany and France to 29 days in Belgium - a difference of more than two working weeks. The Working Time Developments in Europe 2013 report is out.

Social dialogue as a driver in shaping and improving employment and working conditions in the EU

Press Releases   •   Jun 20, 2014 09:57 BST

In cooperation with the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Eurofound is organising a high-level conference Social Dialogue as a driver in shaping and improving employment and working conditions in the EU in Athens on Monday 23 June 2014. Keynote speakers include Nobel Price winner Sir Christopher Pissarides and Ioannis Vroutsis, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Welfare.

Purchasing power of EU workers rising, despite limited collectively agreed pay increases

Purchasing power of EU workers rising, despite limited collectively agreed pay increases

Press Releases   •   Jun 12, 2014 13:39 BST

Nominal collectively agreed pay increases remained limited in the majority of EU Member States in 2013. However, because of lower inflation rates, employees in a number of European countries saw the purchasing power of their wages increase, reflecting a change from the post-crisis trend that had been observed since 2011. Eurofound’s annual update on pay is out.

Increase in young people living at home across EU since onset of economic crisis

Increase in young people living at home across EU since onset of economic crisis

Press Releases   •   Mar 25, 2014 08:30 GMT

The number of young people living at home with their parents across Europe has increased from 44% to 48% between 2007 and 2011, according to new research by Eurofound. The ‘Social situation of young people in Europe’, presented to policymakers in Dublin today, offer comparative insight across EU Member States of the social situation of youth in Europe and evolving trends.

High levels of restructuring activity in the midst of improved economic outlook for Europe

High levels of restructuring activity in the midst of improved economic outlook for Europe

Press Releases   •   Feb 11, 2014 13:15 GMT

Recent months have seen an improvement in economic outlook but large-scale restructuring activity in the EU continues to result in greater announced job losses than job gains. The latest European Restructuring Monitor ERM quarterly is out, highlighting job loss and job creation activities and restructuring trends across the European Union.

Save the date: Launch event sixth European Working Conditions Survey – Overview report

Save the date: Launch event sixth European Working Conditions Survey – Overview report

Press Releases   •   Nov 03, 2016 17:15 GMT

Eurofound launches the overview report of its 6th European Working Conditions Survey (6th EWCS) at a joint event with the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on 17 November 2016. Join the debate on Twitter at #6EWCS

Migrants from central and eastern EU Member States access fewer benefits overall than local population

Migrants from central and eastern EU Member States access fewer benefits overall than local population

Press Releases   •   Dec 10, 2015 13:00 GMT

Eurofound launches report that analyses the use of various social services and benefits by intra-EU migrants and shows that the ‘welfare magnet’ hypothesis - that EU mobile workers are coming from new EU Member States to older Member States in order to access benefits - is essentially untrue.

Understanding workplace innovation key to making better use of human talents and skills

Understanding workplace innovation key to making better use of human talents and skills

Press Releases   •   Sep 09, 2015 09:30 BST

Eurofound’s new report on ‘Workplace innovation in European companies’ provides an understanding of why and how WPI is implemented in companies and organisations. The report will be presented to European social policy-makers and practitioners in Leuven, Belgium today.

Collectively agreed nominal pay outcomes in 2014 break with the past

Collectively agreed nominal pay outcomes in 2014 break with the past

Press Releases   •   Aug 31, 2015 15:50 BST

Eurofound publishes its annual ‘Developments in collectively agreed pay’ report

Wage setting mechanisms and minimum wages under the spotlight in Europe

Wage setting mechanisms and minimum wages under the spotlight in Europe

Press Releases   •   Mar 06, 2014 15:00 GMT

The 'Pay in Europe in the 21st century' report provides comparative time series on wage-bargaining outcomes across the EU Member States and Norway. It also investigates the different systems and levels of minimum wages in Europe at present, evaluating the implications of a hypothetical scenario of a minimum wage set at 60% of the median national wage.

Positive effects of steel workers’ direct participation in managing health, safety and psychosocial risks at the workplace

Positive effects of steel workers’ direct participation in managing health, safety and psychosocial risks at the workplace

Press Releases   •   Apr 08, 2014 12:30 BST

Encouraging people to talk about their problems at work, especially psychosocial problems, is a key element in prevention strategies. Eurofound releases a new report that looks at industrial relations practices regarding health and safety strategies in the European steel sector by analysing company practices in ArcelorMittal (FR), Rautaruukki (FIN) and Salzgitter AG (DE).

The economic crisis has significantly reduced the rate of offshoring in Europe

The economic crisis has significantly reduced the rate of offshoring in Europe

Press Releases   •   Dec 04, 2013 18:30 GMT

The offshoring share of restructuring job loss in Europe peaked before the 2008–2009 crisis and has remained lower ever since, according to the 2013 annual report of the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) - Monitoring and managing restructuring in the 21st century. The report also presents a retrospective of over a decade of monitoring the impact of large-scale restructuring activity in Europe.

Trend of converging working time across 28 EU Member States has stalled

Trend of converging working time across 28 EU Member States has stalled

News   •   Aug 17, 2017 07:45 BST

The difference in working time between workers in the 28 EU Member States remains large and is especially marked between the ‘older’ 15 EU Member States and the 13 new Member States that joined the EU since 2004, according to new research from Eurofound.

Available to order: Sustainable work throughout the life course

Available to order: Sustainable work throughout the life course

News   •   Apr 29, 2017 07:00 BST

Today is EU Day of Solidarity between Generations, an occasion to focus on actions needed to make Europe more age-friendly and better adapted to our ageing population. One of our publications focusing on this issue, Sustainable work throughout the life course: National policies and strategies, is now available to order via the EU Bookshop.

Publication alert - The gender employment gap: Challenges and solutions

Publication alert - The gender employment gap: Challenges and solutions

News   •   Oct 10, 2016 15:34 BST

Partial retirement schemes can help secure pensions

Partial retirement schemes can help secure pensions

News   •   Sep 12, 2016 08:00 BST

​Partial retirement schemes can be an important part of the solution to improving sustainability of Europe’s pension systems.

Inadequate housing is costing Europe €194 billion per year

Inadequate housing is costing Europe €194 billion per year

News   •   Aug 08, 2016 15:13 BST

Going beyond the label: Exploring the diversity of NEETs

Going beyond the label: Exploring the diversity of NEETs

News   •   Jul 12, 2016 08:00 BST

Although recent statistics show an improvement in the labour market situation of young people, Eurofound’s new report ‘Exploring the diversity of NEETs’ emphasises the ongoing need to focus on the specific needs of different groups of young people who are NEET.

Role of social partners in preventing trafficking of labour

Role of social partners in preventing trafficking of labour

News   •   May 17, 2016 12:54 BST

Understanding what works is key for effective youth entrepreneurship policies

Understanding what works is key for effective youth entrepreneurship policies

News   •   Apr 14, 2016 09:35 BST

Eurofound puts spotlight on drivers of job creation in SMEs

Eurofound puts spotlight on drivers of job creation in SMEs

News   •   Nov 19, 2015 07:30 GMT

Despite the ongoing focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by policymakers and academics little is known of the underlying drivers of successful job creation in SMEs. In an effort to close this knowledge gap, Eurofound carried out comprehensive research looking at SMEs across the EU28. These are the first findings, the full report will be available early in 2016.

An EU perspective on wage inequality

An EU perspective on wage inequality

News   •   May 18, 2015 07:00 BST

Wage inequality has been increasing overall in Europe since the onset of the Great Recession, and is mainly due to rising wage inequalities within countries, according to a new report from Eurofound, the Dublin-based EU Agency.

Restructuring in the public sector in Europe

Restructuring in the public sector in Europe

News   •   Mar 10, 2015 11:30 GMT

In the immediate aftermath of the recession in 2008, employment in the public sector continued to grow, helping to sustain demand in the European economy. However, by 2010 significant restructuring was underway in the public sector in several Member States. The ‘ERM Annual Report 2014 – Restructuring in the public sector’ provides an overview of restructuring trends in Member States since 2008.

Big differences in incidence of industrial action in companies across the EU

Big differences in incidence of industrial action in companies across the EU

News   •   Feb 17, 2015 10:25 GMT

The global economic and financial crisis brought to an end an era of relative calm with regards to collective industrial action, and the highest incidence of industrial action was not surprisingly found in countries worst hit by the crisis. Wednesday 18 February is the international day of action in defence of the right to strike, initiated by the International Trade Union Confederation ITUC.

​EU sanctions against Russia impact on reported restructuring job losses in Europe

​EU sanctions against Russia impact on reported restructuring job losses in Europe

News   •   Feb 05, 2015 14:45 GMT

Dramatic recent oil price declines have seen deflation take hold in the EU, and general price levels in December 2014 were 0.2% lower than a year earlier. ​EU sanctions against Russia impact on reported restructuring job losses in Europe. This is further evidence of a tentative European economic recovery that appears to be running out of steam, the latest ERM Quarterly report.

A spotlight on statutory minimum wage levels in Europe in 2015

A spotlight on statutory minimum wage levels in Europe in 2015

News   •   Feb 02, 2015 17:45 GMT

The minimum wage levels have begun to increase over the past two years, following years of no change. The latest quarterly update from EurWORK presents the most recent data on statutory minimum wages in Europe, applicable on 1 January 2015, and an overview of the discussions leading to the final settlements made in 2014.

The future of the European Social Model – New perspectives for industrial relations, social and employment policy in Europe?

The future of the European Social Model – New perspectives for industrial relations, social and employment policy in Europe?

News   •   Sep 10, 2014 15:45 BST

Eurofound hosts the 2014 annual Industrial Relations Europe Conference (IREC) between 11-12 September 2014. The event gathers Europe's leading Industrial Relations experts and researchers, sharing research findings and looking ahead to new perspectives for industrial relations, social and employment policies in Europe.

Social dialogue in micro and small companies in Europe

Social dialogue in micro and small companies in Europe

News   •   May 26, 2014 13:18 BST

Micro and small companies constitute the backbone of private business in Europe. Despite their crucial place in the economy, there has been little research on role of social dialogue for good working conditions, and implementing health & safety at the workplace, in micro and small companies. Eurofound's new report out today is about to change that.

Follow the debate: Citizen action for better family policies #FamiliesVOTE2014

Follow the debate: Citizen action for better family policies #FamiliesVOTE2014

News   •   Mar 27, 2014 14:30 GMT

What can the European Union do for families in terms of improved well-being, work-life balance and care? The countdown is ON for the #FamiliesVOTE2014 debate 13:00 - 15:00 CET on 28 March, aimed at helping families make the choice for the 2014 European Parliament elections #EP2014..

2014: Citizen Action for better family policies #FamiliesVOTE2014 debate

2014: Citizen Action for better family policies #FamiliesVOTE2014 debate

News   •   Mar 18, 2014 10:45 GMT

The economic crisis has hit EU countries hard, and the unemployment rate of women and young people have risen to unprecedented levels. This puts a lot of pressure on families, and the EU as a whole. What can be done to ensure young people have either a job, or an internship or a place in education or training? Join the debate on what the EU can and will do for families’ wellbeing on 28 March.

Bullied workers report significantly higher levels of work-related ill-health

Bullied workers report significantly higher levels of work-related ill-health

News   •   Feb 04, 2014 10:45 GMT

Workplace violence is a social phenomenon of a certain magnitude. Overall, approximately 6% of European workers report having experienced some form of workplace violence, either physical or psychological, in the past 12 months. Eurofound has charted and monitored workplace violence since 1995, and its latest Foundation Findings show big differences between countries and sectors.

Quality of life trends in Europe over the past decade

Quality of life trends in Europe over the past decade

News   •   Jan 27, 2014 17:11 GMT

Overall subjective well-being has remained stable, but happiness and work-life balance levels have declined, and more people are having trouble making ends meet. This report explores patterns of change in the quality of life in Europe over the last decade, focusing on aspects of everyday life, economic factors, and on issues relevant to public policy, using Eurofound's multidimensional approach.

Gender employment gap costs Europe €370 billion per year

Gender employment gap costs Europe €370 billion per year

News   •   Oct 11, 2016 15:58 BST

Our new report explores the main characteristics and consequences of gender gaps in labour market participation. It finds that the estimated cost of a lower female employment rate was €370 billion in 2013, corresponding to 2.8% of EU GDP. This does not include the unpaid domestic work performed by women who are not active in the labour market.

What do Europeans do at work? A task-based analysis: European Jobs Monitor 2016

What do Europeans do at work? A task-based analysis: European Jobs Monitor 2016

News   •   Jun 20, 2016 17:59 BST

Europe has begun to emerge from the prolonged slump caused by the global financial crisis in 2008 and exacerbated by the euro zone single-currency crisis in 2010–2011. In 2014–2015, aggregate employment levels rose faster than at any time since 2008: over four million new jobs were created in the EU28. The fifth annual European Jobs Monitor report looks at employment shifts in the European Union.

From Val Duchesse to Riga: how to relaunch social dialogue?

From Val Duchesse to Riga: how to relaunch social dialogue?

News   •   Apr 20, 2015 15:41 BST

On 21 and 22 April 2015 Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs in Riga again discussed informally ways towards a true and responsible social dialogue.

Understanding Europe’s wage-setting mechanisms

Understanding Europe’s wage-setting mechanisms

News   •   Jan 20, 2014 14:05 GMT

While arrangements for wage setting remain the competence of the social partners in line with national industrial relations practices, increasingly they are becoming part of a coordinated approach to macroeconomic policies in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Eurofound publishes a unique database on collective wage bargaining levels and outcomes in all EU Member States over the past decade.

Work preferences after 50

Work preferences after 50

News   •   Jun 16, 2014 10:05 BST

Part-time work facilitates a better work–life balance – particularly, it seems, for people aged 50+. Among people aged 50+, both in and out of employment, there is a preference for more part-time options. Today we launch our new Foundation Findings - 3EQLS Policy Brief - on Work preferences after 50.

Families feeling the brunt of increasing social inequalities in Europe

Families feeling the brunt of increasing social inequalities in Europe

News   •   Apr 29, 2014 09:55 BST

Eurofound publishes a report which looks at families in the economic crisis, and outlines relevant kinds of policies and services that can best protect families from the risks of poverty and social exclusion, in such areas as social protection benefits, housing, childcare and healthcare. The findings are presented at a Greek EU Presidency conference in Athens, Greece, today 29 April.

Europe's wage-setting mechanisms under the spotlight

Europe's wage-setting mechanisms under the spotlight

News   •   Jun 18, 2014 12:59 BST

The crisis has triggered considerable changes in wage-bargaining regimes in a number of countries, further extending the existing tendency towards decentralisation in others. Eurofound launches today a report on 'Changes to wage-setting mechanisms in the context of the crisis and the EU’s new economic governance regime' at a lunch time debate with European Social Partners in Brussels, Belgium.

Trust and dialogue are the secrets to business success in times of crisis

Trust and dialogue are the secrets to business success in times of crisis

Blog posts   •   Oct 03, 2016 08:00 BST

Current changes to the labour market may well define the future of Europe

Current changes to the labour market may well define the future of Europe

Blog posts   •   Jul 25, 2016 08:00 BST

Eine bessere Sozialpartnerschaft ist nötig, um Menschenhandel zum Zwecke der Arbeitsausbeutung effektiv vorzubeugen

Eine bessere Sozialpartnerschaft ist nötig, um Menschenhandel zum Zwecke der Arbeitsausbeutung effektiv vorzubeugen

Blog posts   •   May 30, 2016 07:00 BST

Europe must take action to protect LGBT people in the workplace

Europe must take action to protect LGBT people in the workplace

Blog posts   •   May 17, 2016 13:58 BST

Tackling Trafficking For Labour Exploitation In Europe: New Way Forward Together

Tackling Trafficking For Labour Exploitation In Europe: New Way Forward Together

Blog posts   •   May 03, 2016 12:00 BST

Start-up support schemes need to be evaluated on their outcomes for young people

Start-up support schemes need to be evaluated on their outcomes for young people

Blog posts   •   Apr 26, 2016 11:10 BST

Europe’s most perfect economy? What the European Working Conditions Survey tells us about Germany

Europe’s most perfect economy? What the European Working Conditions Survey tells us about Germany

Blog posts   •   Feb 02, 2017 12:04 GMT

Dr Erika Mezger, Eurofound's Deputy Director, outlines that European Working Conditions Survey EWCS says about working conditions among German workers and how they compare to those of the rest of Europe.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!  Three Beautiful Words For Mr Trump

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! Three Beautiful Words For Mr Trump

Blog posts   •   Nov 23, 2016 10:30 GMT

Fewer routine jobs but more routine work

Fewer routine jobs but more routine work

Blog posts   •   Sep 28, 2016 08:00 BST

Working longer by working less?

Working longer by working less?

Blog posts   •   Sep 26, 2016 15:18 BST

Un mercado de trabajo en cambio que  puede definir el futuro de Europa

Un mercado de trabajo en cambio que puede definir el futuro de Europa

Blog posts   •   Jul 27, 2016 08:00 BST

Neuer Eurofound Bericht setzt sich mit der Vielfalt der NEETs in Europa auseinander

Neuer Eurofound Bericht setzt sich mit der Vielfalt der NEETs in Europa auseinander

Blog posts   •   Jul 19, 2016 10:42 BST

Strong partnerships between governments and social partners are essential to prevent trafficking and exploitation in Europe

Strong partnerships between governments and social partners are essential to prevent trafficking and exploitation in Europe

Blog posts   •   May 16, 2016 09:00 BST

Avoiding The Quick Fix Approach To Solving Youth Unemployment

Avoiding The Quick Fix Approach To Solving Youth Unemployment

Blog posts   •   Apr 18, 2016 07:00 BST