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Annual meeting of Eurofound’s correspondents

Annual meeting of Eurofound’s correspondents

News   •   Apr 21, 2016 12:41 BST

Wage boost for low-paid workers in UK and Ireland

Wage boost for low-paid workers in UK and Ireland

News   •   Apr 21, 2016 12:38 BST

​A national living wage came into force in the UK on 1 April, meaning that employers are now required to pay employees aged 25 and over at least GBP 7.20 (€9.02) an hour.

Looking ahead to the next four-year programme

Looking ahead to the next four-year programme

News   •   Apr 21, 2016 12:28 BST

Eurofound’s Programming Document 2017–2020, adopted by the Agency’s Governing Board, will set the template for all of its activities over the next four years.

Preventing trafficking of labour in Europe

Preventing trafficking of labour in Europe

News   •   Apr 21, 2016 12:19 BST

New data on the highly topical issue of preventing trafficking of labour will be presented to MEPs at a working lunch in Brussels on 27 April, with the launch of a new report from Eurofound.

Avoiding The Quick Fix Approach To Solving Youth Unemployment
Understanding what works is key for effective youth entrepreneurship policies
Ireland increases minimum wage to above 2007 level for the first time
International Women's Day 2016 – The campaign for equality continues
The importance of collective bargaining in establishing working time in Europe
New challenges could disrupt working time stability in Europe
The rise of temporary contracts in Europe

The rise of temporary contracts in Europe

Blog posts   •   Feb 19, 2016 08:00 GMT

Young, innovative and internationally-active SMEs driving job-growth in Europe
New Article: Statutory minimum wages in the EU 2016

New Article: Statutory minimum wages in the EU 2016

Blog posts   •   Feb 05, 2016 14:00 GMT

Eurofound has published a new article on the statutory minimum wage levels in Europe. This article provides an overview of the minimum wage rates as of 1 January 2016, explains how they were set, and presents relevant discussions on minimum wages at national level.

The Case For Universal Support For European Families

The Case For Universal Support For European Families

Blog posts   •   Feb 03, 2016 15:48 GMT

In this blog piece Daphne Ahrendt, Research Manager at Eurofound, analyses the new Families in the Economic Crisis report. She explains how the shift towards means tested support in Europe could be cutting off vital resources for struggling families.

Many European families still at risk of poverty, despite economic growth

Many European families still at risk of poverty, despite economic growth

Press Releases   •   Jan 28, 2016 08:00 GMT

Despite a return to economic growth, lone-parent families and large families with three or more dependent children face significant difficulties throughout Europe. In some countries more than eight out of ten lone-parent families are at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Addressing the employment and social consequences of mobility and migration
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.

Working time clashes with work–life balance for many workers

Working time clashes with work–life balance for many workers

Blog posts   •   Nov 30, 2015 17:22 GMT

​Despite increasing sophistication of work organisation and the development of ICT tools with the aim of making the workplace more efficient, long working time continues to be a fact of life for many workers, according to the last findings on working conditions in Europe from Eurofound. To download the report go to http://bit.ly/Resume6EWCS.

Survey shows diverse picture of Europe at work - but with some positive developments

Survey shows diverse picture of Europe at work - but with some positive developments

Press Releases   •   Nov 24, 2015 12:45 GMT

The first findings from Eurofound’s ​6th European Working Conditions Survey presents a diverse picture of Europe at work over time across countries, occupations, gender and age groups. It was presented for the first time today at a joint ​high-level event with the Luxembourg EU Presidency.

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.