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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.

Europe’s recovery means a better life for many, but not all

Europe’s recovery means a better life for many, but not all

News   •   Jun 12, 2018 12:00 BST

​The number of people active in the labour market is at an all-time high, ratings for key public services are increasing and there is a marked recovery in trust in national institutions in many Member States, these developments are detailed in Eurofound’s latest Living and working in Europe yearbook for 2017.

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.

Invitation to 'Future jobs - current challenges: Cedefop 2018 Skills forecast' launch event, in Brussels on 8 June 2018

Invitation to 'Future jobs - current challenges: Cedefop 2018 Skills forecast' launch event, in Brussels on 8 June 2018

News   •   May 31, 2018 16:00 BST

Invitation to 'Future jobs - current challenges: Cedefop 2018 Skills forecast' launch event, in Brussels on 8 June 2018

Automation, digitalisation and platforms: Implications for work and employment

Automation, digitalisation and platforms: Implications for work and employment

News   •   May 25, 2018 09:00 BST

The onset of the digital revolution has resulted in technological advances that are constantly evolving. This report reviews the history of the digital revolution to date, placing it in the context of other periods of marked technological advances and examining how technological change interacts with changes in institutions.

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.

Minimum wages continue to climb across Europe

Minimum wages continue to climb across Europe

News   •   Apr 19, 2018 09:00 BST

Increases to minimum wages have gathered pace since 2010, with the highest increases recorded in countries which had the lowest minimum wages. However a large gap remains, with minimum wage workers in Bulgaria, the country with the lowest statutory minimum wage, earning just one-eighth the salary of minimum wages workers in Luxembourg, which has the highest rate.

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.

Disruption on the horizon: Game changing technologies in manufacturing in Europe

Disruption on the horizon: Game changing technologies in manufacturing in Europe

News   •   Apr 05, 2018 13:00 BST

The new report Game changing technologies: Exploring the impact on production processes and work summarises the findings of five case studies on the likely impact of game changing technologies on production and employment in the manufacturing sector in Europe up to 2025.

EU Agencies unite against harassment on International Women’s Day

EU Agencies unite against harassment on International Women’s Day

News   •   Mar 08, 2018 12:00 GMT

The Heads of the EU Agencies have pledged to communicate to their staff that harassment in the workplace is not acceptable, to ensure respect for existing laws and the staff regulation, to promote diversity at work, and to provide a trusted environment in the workplace.

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.

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

Tune in at 09:30 CET on 8 March and watch: Access to and quality of public services in the EU - a debate on improving quality of life

Tune in at 09:30 CET on 8 March and watch: Access to and quality of public services in the EU - a debate on improving quality of life

News   •   Mar 07, 2018 17:00 GMT

Eurofound and the European Economic and Social Committee, under the banner of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU, bring together representatives of the social partners, EU institutions, national and regional representatives, practitioners, civil society and academics to debate on access and quality of public services in EU28, as highlighted in Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey.

Evidence-based research is fundamental to gender equality in Europe

Evidence-based research is fundamental to gender equality in Europe

News   •   Mar 06, 2018 16:00 GMT

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March we invite you to explore the issue of gender equality in depth, to read about the different areas in which gender equality is most urgently needed. Eurofound assists in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies for all EU citizens and those that call Europe home.

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.

People on lower incomes in Europe economising on food to make ends meet

People on lower incomes in Europe economising on food to make ends meet

News   •   Feb 19, 2018 13:00 GMT

People in the lowest income quartile in the EU are going without fresh fruit and vegetables to save, and a higher proportion are buying cheaper cuts of meat or buying less meat because of money concerns. This practice is occurring throughout Europe, but there are vast differences between Member States.

Optimism about the future is up in the EU, but in some countries there are concerns for younger generations

Optimism about the future is up in the EU, but in some countries there are concerns for younger generations

News   •   Feb 12, 2018 09:00 GMT

People surveyed about their optimism for the future in Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) were more optimistic about their own future in 2016 than they had been about the future in general in 2011. This growth in optimism can partly be attributed to the improved economic situation in Europe since 2011.

The Future of Manufacturing in Europe

The Future of Manufacturing in Europe

News   •   Feb 09, 2018 09:00 GMT

​The pilot project on the Future of Manufacturing in Europe was launched in 2015 to explore the prospects for a globally competitive future in manufacturing and the associated implications for employment in terms of the number of jobs, workforce composition, skill needs and geographical dispersion throughout Europe.