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Europe – a world-class place to live and work?

Europe – a world-class place to live and work?

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 15:30 GMT

The results from the most recent European Quality of Life Survey show overall progress in the areas of quality of life, quality of society and quality of public services. We have seen improvements for many, although from low points following the economic crisis.

Quality of life improving in Europe, but progress undermined by persisting inequalities and growing uncertainty

Quality of life improving in Europe, but progress undermined by persisting inequalities and growing uncertainty

Press Releases   •   Dec 07, 2017 09:00 GMT

Results from Eurofound’s 2016 European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) show general progress in the three key areas - quality of life, quality of society and quality of public services. Nevertheless, there remain signs of persisting inequalities and rising uncertainties in some areas with particular differences apparent between countries, gender, age and income groups.

Care homes: cost of increased private provision could become barrier to user access unless subsidies rise

Care homes: cost of increased private provision could become barrier to user access unless subsidies rise

News   •   Nov 28, 2017 15:00 GMT

​Eurofound’s new report​ ​Care homes for older Europeans: Public, private and not-for-profit providers is the most comprehensive exercise to date to gather all available data across Member States. The report provides a picture of the quality, accessibility and efficiency of services.

REMINDER Invitation to journalists: New report on care homes for older Europeans, launch event in Dublin, 28 November

REMINDER Invitation to journalists: New report on care homes for older Europeans, launch event in Dublin, 28 November

News   •   Nov 20, 2017 13:03 GMT

Eurofound will launch its new report on care homes for older Europeans at a special event on Tuesday 28 November 2017 in Europe House, Dublin.

Reminder: Invitation to the Foundation Forum 2017 #DublinForum17

Reminder: Invitation to the Foundation Forum 2017 #DublinForum17

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2017 08:00 GMT

The Foundation Forum is Eurofound’s flagship event, aimed at reaching high-level policymakers in the field of social, employment and work-related policies. The event takes place in Dublin on 14-15 November 2017.

Pay inequalities come back into focus in post-crisis Europe

Pay inequalities come back into focus in post-crisis Europe

Blog posts   •   Nov 03, 2017 18:00 GMT

Friday 3 November is European Equal Pay Day. In the following blog piece Christine Aumayr-Pintar looks at the issue of pay inequality, contending that far from being a fair weather issue, addressing pay gaps should be an ongoing priority for Europe.

More than one in four working-age adults in the EU remain economically inactive

More than one in four working-age adults in the EU remain economically inactive

News   •   Nov 02, 2017 09:42 GMT

Unemployment in the EU continues to fall, however more than one in four of the EU’s working-age population are economically inactive; meaning they are not working, and are not seeking work or are not available for work.

Rethinking working time in Europe

Rethinking working time in Europe

Blog posts   •   Nov 01, 2017 15:00 GMT

Working time is more than just clocking in and clocking out. ​In this blog piece, originally published in ​Social Europe, Jorge Cabrita looks at three reasons why working time in Europe should follow a life course perspective.

The many faces of self-employment in Europe

The many faces of self-employment in Europe

Blog posts   •   Oct 27, 2017 13:45 BST

​In this new blog piece Mathijn Wilkens looks at the multi-faceted nature of self-employment in Europe – from the entrepreneurial independent self-employed, to those that find themselves in a more vulnerable position.

New-generation cars boost manufacturing employment

New-generation cars boost manufacturing employment

Blog posts   •   Oct 26, 2017 15:45 BST

Manufacturing is on the up in Europe. The latest data shows that, for the first time since 2005, the number of new manufacturing jobs announced in national media outstripped the number of announced job losses. In this blog piece Andrea Broughton and John Hurley take a closer look at the resurgence of the sector.

European Statistics Day: Get your facts straight with Eurofound

European Statistics Day: Get your facts straight with Eurofound

News   •   Oct 20, 2017 11:19 BST

20 October is European Statistics Day, an initiative of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) and with the support of the members of the European Statistical System and the European System of Central Banks.

More attention must be given to Europe’s working poor

More attention must be given to Europe’s working poor

Blog posts   •   Oct 13, 2017 09:00 BST

​In this blog piece, originally published in ​Social Europe, Eurofound Research Manager Daphne Nathalie Ahrendt looks at the increase in the number of workers that are at risk of poverty and are materially deprived following the 2008 economic and financial crisis, and evaluates the potential social ramifications for Europe.

Who are the NEETs?

Who are the NEETs?

News   •   Oct 04, 2017 11:00 BST

NEETs is a broad category encompassing a heterogeneous population. Disentangling the subgroups within it is essential for a better understanding of their different characteristics and needs, and for tailoring effective policies to reintegrate them into the labour market or education.

Wer sind die jungen Menschen, die weder eine Arbeit haben noch eine schulische oder berufliche Ausbildung absolvieren?

Wer sind die jungen Menschen, die weder eine Arbeit haben noch eine schulische oder berufliche Ausbildung absolvieren?

News   •   Oct 04, 2017 11:00 BST

Die Kategorie der NEET ist breit angelegt und deckt eine heterogene Bevölkerung ab. Um die verschiedenen Merkmale und Bedürfnisse der Untergruppen besser verstehen zu können und maßgeschneiderte wirksame politische Strategien zur Wiedereingliederung in den Arbeitsmarkt oder das Bildungswesen entwickeln zu können, ist es wichtig, eine Aufschlüsselung in Untergruppen vorzunehmen.

​Qui sont les NEET ?

​Qui sont les NEET ?

News   •   Oct 04, 2017 11:00 BST

La vaste catégorie des NEET réunit une population hétérogène. Il est essentiel de distinguer des sous-groupes pour mieux comprendre leurs différents besoins et caractéristiques, et pour élaborer des politiques adaptées et efficaces leur permettant de réintégrer le marché de l’emploi ou le système éducatif.

Publication alert: Exploring self-employment in the European Union

Publication alert: Exploring self-employment in the European Union

News   •   Sep 27, 2017 09:00 BST

In the rapidly changing world of work, the traditional dichotomy of employee and self-employed is insufficient to capture the wide diversity of self-employed workers in Europe today. This report identifies five categories of self-employed, reflecting the wide-ranging attitudes, income levels, and health and well-being among this diverse group.

Annual review shows working life in Europe in transition

Annual review shows working life in Europe in transition

News   •   Sep 25, 2017 15:00 BST

Working life in Europe is in a period of transition. Economic growth has picked up, employment continues to grow for the third consecutive year and unemployment rates – while still being above the level of 2007 in the EU28 - are generally in decline. However, Brexit and pay inequality present challenges for the future.

Being poorly educated increases the risk of in-work poverty

Being poorly educated increases the risk of in-work poverty

News   •   Sep 20, 2017 10:00 BST

This graph highlights the importance of education, indicating that in all EU countries except Finland, the at-risk-of-poverty rate is highest among people with the lowest level of education.

Four out of five workers in Europe happy with working time ‘fit’

Four out of five workers in Europe happy with working time ‘fit’

News   •   Sep 18, 2017 15:30 BST

81% of workers say their working hours fit well, or very well, with their private life obligations. However men continue to have longer working hours (on average 6.5 hours per week more than women) and report more difficulties adapting working time to family life or other commitments.

Increasing numbers of working poor in post-crisis Europe

Increasing numbers of working poor in post-crisis Europe

News   •   Sep 05, 2017 12:00 BST

One in ten workers in the EU is at risk of poverty, and 13% of workers are materially deprived and cannot afford basic household goods. Despite the fact that levels of in-work poverty have increased in Europe during the financial crisis, most Member States do not specifically address in-work poverty.