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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.

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.

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.

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.

Towards age-friendly work in Europe: a life-course perspective on work and ageing from EU Agencies

Towards age-friendly work in Europe: a life-course perspective on work and ageing from EU Agencies

News   •   Jun 29, 2017 10:35 BST

The EU’s population and workforce are ageing. This has implications for employment, working conditions, living standards and welfare. How should we respond to these challenges?

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.

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

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.

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.

Network of European correspondents annual meeting

Network of European correspondents annual meeting

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 16:27 GMT

The annual meeting of Eurofound’s correspondents – in the fourth and final year of the current contract – will take place in Dublin on 27–28 March. Guest speaker Raymond Maes, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission’s DG Employment, will outline the EU priorities for the coming period.

Latest working life developments at EU level

Latest working life developments at EU level

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 16:25 GMT

Developments in the field of employment and social affairs announced in the European Commission’s work programme for 2017 include initiatives to address the challenges of work–life balance faced by working families, a European Pillar of Social Rights aimed at fostering a fair playing field in the European social market economy, and a White Paper on the Future of Europe.

Eurofound seeks academic experts to advise on work

Eurofound seeks academic experts to advise on work

News   •   Mar 23, 2017 16:25 GMT

Eurofound is in the process of drawing up a list of academic experts to cover the research areas of its 2017–2020 programme. Experts may be asked to advise on planned research approaches and methodologies or to carry out peer reviews.