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Europe’s labour market comes full circle as employment returns to pre-crisis levels

Europe’s labour market comes full circle as employment returns to pre-crisis levels

News   •   Jun 27, 2017 09:00 BST

Employment in the EU has returned to the same level as before the global financial crisis: the recovery that began in 2013 has resulted in the net creation of eight million new jobs, with most of this new employment being created in services, as well as a significant increase in the manufacturing sector.

Europe’s shrinking middle class

Europe’s shrinking middle class

Blog posts   •   Jun 23, 2017 12:53 BST

In the follow blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Carlos Vacas-Soriano and Enrique Fernández-Macías look at evolution of household disposable real income levels over the period 2004-2013, and the broader phenomenon on Europe's shrinking middle class.

Innovation in European companies

Innovation in European companies

News   •   Jun 22, 2017 16:33 BST

New report http://bit.ly/innovchange exploring links between innovation, company performance and workplace well-being in European companies

Migrants face long road to integration in Europe’s labour market

Migrants face long road to integration in Europe’s labour market

Blog posts   •   Jun 20, 2017 07:00 BST

On the occasion of Word Refugee Day, Eurofound Research Manager Kára Fóti looks at the difficulties that refugees and asylum-seekers face in finding work and opportunities in Europe.

Internationalisation policies for a future oriented regional manufacturing sector

Internationalisation policies for a future oriented regional manufacturing sector

News   •   Jun 09, 2017 10:45 BST

Eurofound organises the third ​Regional Industrial Policy Seminar 3: Internationalisation policies for a future oriented regional manufacturing sector in Shannon, Ireland, on 12-13 June 2017

Europe en marche?

Europe en marche?

Blog posts   •   Jun 06, 2017 11:50 BST

In the following blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Eurofound Head of Information and Communication Mary McCaughey takes a look at what it was like to live and work in Europe in 2016.

What was it like to live and work in Europe in 2016?

What was it like to live and work in Europe in 2016?

News   •   May 30, 2017 09:30 BST

2016 was a landmark year for Europe, both politically and economically. Eurofound's 2016 yearbook shows the latest developments in the work and lives of Europeans, describing trends and transitions in the areas of employment and jobs, workplace practices, working life and quality of life.

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – 17 May 2017

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia – 17 May 2017

News   •   May 16, 2017 09:03 BST

17 May is International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia #IDAHOT, aimed at raising awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulating interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.

Available to order: Families in the economic crisis

Available to order: Families in the economic crisis

News   •   May 15, 2017 14:49 BST

On the occasion of International Day of Families we invite you to download or order our publication Families in the economic crisis: Changes in policy measures in the EU.

International Day of Families – Spotlight on work-life balance

International Day of Families – Spotlight on work-life balance

News   •   May 11, 2017 09:30 BST

International Day of Families on 15 May is a day that focuses on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. Eurofound presents an overview of its research and policy pointers in family-oriented policies contributing to better living conditions and well-being in Europe

Europe Day 2017: My #EU60 story, Mary McCaughey

Europe Day 2017: My #EU60 story, Mary McCaughey

News   •   May 05, 2017 16:10 BST

Europe Day 2017: Eurofound staff explains what Europe means to them to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome #EU60

Europe Day 2017: My #EU60 story, James Higgins

Europe Day 2017: My #EU60 story, James Higgins

News   •   May 05, 2017 15:48 BST

Europe Day 2017: Eurofound staff explains what Europe means to them to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome #EU60

Europe Day 2017: My #EU60 story, Juan Menéndez-Valdés

Europe Day 2017: My #EU60 story, Juan Menéndez-Valdés

News   •   May 05, 2017 15:47 BST

Europe Day 2017: Eurofound staff explains what Europe means to them to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome #EU60

​The only way is up? Social mobility and equal opportunities

​The only way is up? Social mobility and equal opportunities

News   •   May 03, 2017 10:00 BST

The background note for the joint Eurofound and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) high-level conference on social mobility and equal opportunities in Paris, France on Thursday, 4 May 2017, is published.

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.

Does social background determine life chances in Europe?

Does social background determine life chances in Europe?

Blog posts   •   Apr 26, 2017 13:12 BST

In this blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Eurofound Research Manager Anna Ludwinek looks at new research that shows that younger Europeans are likely to have fewer opportunities for upward social mobility than preceding generations.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

News   •   Apr 26, 2017 11:30 BST

This Friday (28 April) is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year's campaign focuses on the need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilise reliable occupational safety and health data.

Intergenerational solidarity needed to face Europe’s long-term challenges

Intergenerational solidarity needed to face Europe’s long-term challenges

News   •   Apr 25, 2017 12:00 BST

29 April is EU Day of Solidarity between Generations. The objective of this annual celebration is to make the European Union more age-friendly and better adapted to our ageing population, as well as have intergenerational solidarity high on the EU agenda.

Diverging trends across Europe highlight stagnation and decline in social mobility

Diverging trends across Europe highlight stagnation and decline in social mobility

News   •   Apr 19, 2017 15:14 BST

Younger Europeans are likely to have fewer opportunities for upward social mobility than preceding generations. Social mobility in Europe seems to have stagnated - at least in some countries - with opportunities for upward social mobility only increasing in a minority of EU countries for all age groups; in some Member States there is even evidence of decline in social mobility

Commission launches public consultation for the evaluation of Eurofound, Cedefop, ETF and EU-OSHA

Commission launches public consultation for the evaluation of Eurofound, Cedefop, ETF and EU-OSHA

News   •   Apr 11, 2017 15:01 BST

The European Commission has launched a public consultation in the context of the evaluation of the four EU agencies under the remit of DG Employment: Eurofound; the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop); the European Training Foundation (ETF); and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).