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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.

​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.

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.

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.

EU-OSHA: Work-related accidents and injuries cost EU €476 billion a year according to new global estimates

EU-OSHA: Work-related accidents and injuries cost EU €476 billion a year according to new global estimates

News   •   Sep 04, 2017 11:52 BST

New findings reveal that worldwide work-related injury and illness result in the loss of 3.9 % of GDP, at an annual cost of roughly €2 680 billion.

Labour mobility in Europe during the Great Recession

Labour mobility in Europe during the Great Recession

Blog posts   •   Aug 24, 2017 15:28 BST

​This blog piece was originally posted on Social Europe. Its authors are Martina Bisello and Enrique Fernández-Macías, both researchers at Eurofound, and Vincenzo Maccarrone, from University College Dublin.

Employment shifts in Europe during the recovery: Three little noticed trends

Employment shifts in Europe during the recovery: Three little noticed trends

Blog posts   •   Aug 21, 2017 11:53 BST

In this blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Eurofound Research Manager John Hurley looks at shifting employment structures in recent years. ​

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.

New survey launched to improve reporting of collective bargaining in the EU

New survey launched to improve reporting of collective bargaining in the EU

News   •   Aug 15, 2017 16:53 BST

Eurofound has launched a stakeholder survey in an effort to improve the way in which it reports on collective bargaining, and to transition from an initial focus on wage-bargaining outcomes to cover collective bargaining in a more holistic way,

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

News   •   Jul 30, 2017 07:00 BST

On the occasion of World Day against Trafficking in Persons we invite you to download or order our publication on Regulation of labour market intermediaries and the role of social partners in preventing trafficking of labour.

Estimating labour market slack in the European Union

Estimating labour market slack in the European Union

News   •   Jul 18, 2017 08:00 BST

Labour market slack is the shortfall between the volume of work desired by workers and the actual volume of work available. The aim of this report is to develop a more nuanced estimate of labour slack using EU Labour Force Survey data, which allows involuntary part-timers and inactive people with some labour market attachment to be identified and quantified.

Aspects of non-standard employment in Europe

Aspects of non-standard employment in Europe

News   •   Jul 17, 2017 08:00 BST

This report examines developments in non-standard employment – temporary, temporary agency and part-time work and self-employment – over the last decade. It shows that the significant increase in the temporary employment rate between the late 1980s and the early 2000s has been halted and replaced by a slight decline from 14.5% in 2006 to 14.2% in 2016.

Converging economies, diverging societies? Upward convergence in the EU - Foundation Forum 2017

Converging economies, diverging societies? Upward convergence in the EU - Foundation Forum 2017

News   •   Jul 13, 2017 11:10 BST

The Foundation Forum 2017 on 14-15 November will bring together up to 200 experts, policymakers, employer and worker representatives, national governments, thinkers and practitioners in Dublin Castle to hammer out the issues around upward convergence as a common goal of social convergence in living and working conditions in the European Union.