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The human factor in innovation

The human factor in innovation

Blog posts   •   Jun 29, 2018 13:00 BST

Companies are constantly competing for the next big thing in innovation – the next-generation 3D phone, the quantum computer, the virtual doctor. They fixate on technological breakthroughs and look for new business models. But innovation also needs systems, an organisational structure and people who work together.

Germany’s minimum wage has reduced wage inequality

Germany’s minimum wage has reduced wage inequality

Blog posts   •   Jun 20, 2018 09:00 BST

Wages grew and wage inequality fell in most EU countries in 2015. Germany is not one of the countries where wages rose most, but it did have the largest reduction of wage inequality. Our analysis shows that the German minimum wage policy introduced in 2015 strongly lifted the wages of the lowest-paid employees, particularly those employees who were lower-skilled, younger or working in services.

Europe’s economic recovery continues in times of political instability

Europe’s economic recovery continues in times of political instability

Blog posts   •   Jun 18, 2018 13:00 BST

Europe is showing visible signs of progress; in most countries, labour markets are healthier than they have been in a decade, with more people active and in work than ever before, while social exclusion is declining. However, it is also a continent in transition, where an imbalance in opportunities for prosperity and quality of life directly determines to what extent you have felt this recovery.

Three vectors transforming work in the digital revolution

Three vectors transforming work in the digital revolution

Blog posts   •   Jun 08, 2018 09:00 BST

​Digital technologies are transforming work, but the implications have not yet been fully grasped. In a recent Eurofound report, we focus on three main vectors of change to discuss the effects of digital technologies on work and employment and the policy responses such change demands.

Stamping out fraud in hiring practices across Europe

Stamping out fraud in hiring practices across Europe

Blog posts   •   Jun 04, 2018 10:00 BST

Research Manager Isabella Biletta looks at fraudulent practices in the contracting of work across the EU. The article is based on several years of Eurofound research on the subject.

Migrants in European labour markets are persistently disadvantaged by region of origin

Migrants in European labour markets are persistently disadvantaged by region of origin

Blog posts   •   May 22, 2018 12:00 BST

The integration of migrants from outside the EU into society is one of the key challenges that the Union must address to maintain social cohesion and equality. In this blog piece Enrique Fernández-Macías and Tania Paniagua de la Iglesia look at how well migrants and their descendants have integrated into the labour markets of EU Member States.

Long-term unemployed youth: The legacy of the crisis

Long-term unemployed youth: The legacy of the crisis

Blog posts   •   Apr 17, 2018 15:00 BST

In this blog, originally posted in Social Europe, Massimiliano Mascherini looks at the enduring issue of long-term unemployment among young people. Despite considerable improvement in the labour market participation of youth in recent years, the legacy of the crisis is still visible in the substantial increase in the cohort of long-term unemployed young people.

Recent developments in work–life balance in Finland

Recent developments in work–life balance in Finland

Blog posts   •   Feb 22, 2018 13:00 GMT

​The European Quality of Life Survey explores a variety of aspects related to living standards, health, family and work–life balance, as well as people's happiness levels, and their perceptions regarding the quality of their society. The latest survey results for Finland paint a generally positive picture of the country in 2016, just a year before the 100th anniversary of its independence.

The hidden potential of Europe’s economically inactive

The hidden potential of Europe’s economically inactive

Blog posts   •   Dec 20, 2017 13:00 GMT

In this blog piece, originally published in Social Europe, Eurofound Research Manager Anna Ludwinek looks at the substantial section of the population that is not working and does not figure in unemployment statistics, but retains significant employment potential.

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.