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Eurofound launches the sixth edition of its survey assessing working conditions across Europe

Eurofound launches the sixth edition of its survey assessing working conditions across Europe

Press Releases   •   Jan 29, 2015 11:00 GMT

Eurofound launches the fieldwork for the 6th European Working Conditions Survey (6th EWCS). With over 43,000 interviews with workers in 35 countries, the survey offers a comparative snapshot of the state of working conditions and its changing trends in Europe. The first findings of the 6th EWCS will be presented at the end of 2015.

​Eurofound’s 2015 Annual Work Programme

​Eurofound’s 2015 Annual Work Programme

Press Releases   •   Jan 12, 2015 12:30 GMT

Eurofound’s 2015 work programme outlines a dual challenge for the European Union and the Member States: finding a way out of the crisis while pursuing the mid-term ambition of achieving progress towards a competitive and fair Europe. Although the financial situation in Europe seems to have stabilised, the recovery is still very modest and needs to be consolidated.

Crisis has affected supply and demand in healthcare

Crisis has affected supply and demand in healthcare

Press Releases   •   Nov 19, 2014 11:55 GMT

In the wake of the economic and financial crisis, many European governments have cut spending on healthcare services. A new report from Eurofound identifies the groups most likely to face barriers to healthcare as a consequence of the crisis, including a number of new groups that have been generally overlooked by policymakers.

Levels of work-related stress, and violence and harassment, are still high in European workplaces

Levels of work-related stress, and violence and harassment, are still high in European workplaces

Press Releases   •   Oct 13, 2014 08:45 BST

A new report out today gives a broad overview on psychosocial risks at European workplaces and provides examples on the way forward at political as well as company level. The report is presented today to national labour inspectors and practitioners from several southern European countries in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and to EU-level policymakers in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday 16 October 2014.

Europe is struggling to deliver improved living and working conditions for all

Europe is struggling to deliver improved living and working conditions for all

Press Releases   •   Jul 14, 2014 09:42 BST

Eurofound’s fifth annual yearbook, Living and working in Europe, based on the Agency’s research from 2013, describes developments in the EU in the wake of the crisis, focusing on major topic areas including changes in labour markets and employment, efforts to tackle youth unemployment, innovation in workplaces and public trust in institutions.

Working time and annual holidays divide Europe

Working time and annual holidays divide Europe

Press Releases   •   Jun 24, 2014 13:30 BST

The average collectively agreed weekly working time in the European Union stood at 38.1 hours in 2013, according to Eurofound’s latest working time update. The combined total of agreed annual leave and public holidays in the EU varied from 40 days in Germany and France to 29 days in Belgium - a difference of more than two working weeks. The Working Time Developments in Europe 2013 report is out.

Social dialogue as a driver in shaping and improving employment and working conditions in the EU

Press Releases   •   Jun 20, 2014 09:57 BST

In cooperation with the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Eurofound is organising a high-level conference Social Dialogue as a driver in shaping and improving employment and working conditions in the EU in Athens on Monday 23 June 2014. Keynote speakers include Nobel Price winner Sir Christopher Pissarides and Ioannis Vroutsis, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Welfare.

Purchasing power of EU workers rising, despite limited collectively agreed pay increases

Purchasing power of EU workers rising, despite limited collectively agreed pay increases

Press Releases   •   Jun 12, 2014 13:39 BST

Nominal collectively agreed pay increases remained limited in the majority of EU Member States in 2013. However, because of lower inflation rates, employees in a number of European countries saw the purchasing power of their wages increase, reflecting a change from the post-crisis trend that had been observed since 2011. Eurofound’s annual update on pay is out.

Positive effects of steel workers’ direct participation in managing health, safety and psychosocial risks at the workplace

Positive effects of steel workers’ direct participation in managing health, safety and psychosocial risks at the workplace

Press Releases   •   Apr 08, 2014 12:30 BST

Encouraging people to talk about their problems at work, especially psychosocial problems, is a key element in prevention strategies. Eurofound releases a new report that looks at industrial relations practices regarding health and safety strategies in the European steel sector by analysing company practices in ArcelorMittal (FR), Rautaruukki (FIN) and Salzgitter AG (DE).

Increase in young people living at home across EU since onset of economic crisis

Increase in young people living at home across EU since onset of economic crisis

Press Releases   •   Mar 25, 2014 08:30 GMT

The number of young people living at home with their parents across Europe has increased from 44% to 48% between 2007 and 2011, according to new research by Eurofound. The ‘Social situation of young people in Europe’, presented to policymakers in Dublin today, offer comparative insight across EU Member States of the social situation of youth in Europe and evolving trends.

Wage setting mechanisms and minimum wages under the spotlight in Europe

Wage setting mechanisms and minimum wages under the spotlight in Europe

Press Releases   •   Mar 06, 2014 15:00 GMT

The 'Pay in Europe in the 21st century' report provides comparative time series on wage-bargaining outcomes across the EU Member States and Norway. It also investigates the different systems and levels of minimum wages in Europe at present, evaluating the implications of a hypothetical scenario of a minimum wage set at 60% of the median national wage.

High levels of restructuring activity in the midst of improved economic outlook for Europe

High levels of restructuring activity in the midst of improved economic outlook for Europe

Press Releases   •   Feb 11, 2014 13:15 GMT

Recent months have seen an improvement in economic outlook but large-scale restructuring activity in the EU continues to result in greater announced job losses than job gains. The latest European Restructuring Monitor ERM quarterly is out, highlighting job loss and job creation activities and restructuring trends across the European Union.

The economic crisis has significantly reduced the rate of offshoring in Europe

The economic crisis has significantly reduced the rate of offshoring in Europe

Press Releases   •   Dec 04, 2013 18:30 GMT

The offshoring share of restructuring job loss in Europe peaked before the 2008–2009 crisis and has remained lower ever since, according to the 2013 annual report of the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) - Monitoring and managing restructuring in the 21st century. The report also presents a retrospective of over a decade of monitoring the impact of large-scale restructuring activity in Europe.

Despite recession, EU companies have difficulties finding workers with the right skills

Despite recession, EU companies have difficulties finding workers with the right skills

Press Releases   •   Nov 26, 2013 06:30 GMT

In the midst of Europe’s greatest recession, 40% of all EU companies have difficulties finding workers with the right skills. For innovative companies, this is even more challenging. This emerges from Eurofound’s third European Company Survey (ECS), launched in Brussels on 26 November 2013. The European Company Survey (ECS) maps what is happening in companies across the European Union.

Inequalities in well-being rise in Europe during crisis

Inequalities in well-being rise in Europe during crisis

Press Releases   •   Nov 18, 2013 22:26 GMT

While life satisfaction increased marginally across the European Union between 2007 and 2011, happiness and optimism levels have fallen and perceived social exclusion has increased, indicating a decline in overall well-being in many European countries. Eurofound’s new report is the first in a series of reports which covers trends in quality of life in Europe over the past decade.