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Income inequalities in Europe on the rise since Great Recession

Income inequalities in Europe on the rise since Great Recession

News   •   Mar 15, 2017 09:00 GMT

Income inequalities have increased in around two-thirds of EU Member States largely due to growing unemployment levels since the onset of the crisis. At the same time EU-wide income inequality also increased as income convergence between European countries stalled.

Two new studies highlight the significant contribution of EU Agencies to citizens and administrations

Two new studies highlight the significant contribution of EU Agencies to citizens and administrations

News   •   Dec 06, 2016 15:06 GMT

Two new studies presented today during the EU Agencies Forum at the European Parliament highlight the vast contribution of the 45 EU Agencies and Joint Undertakings to the economic and political development of the European Union

Partial retirement schemes can help secure pensions

Partial retirement schemes can help secure pensions

News   •   Sep 12, 2016 08:00 BST

​Partial retirement schemes can be an important part of the solution to improving sustainability of Europe’s pension systems.

Going beyond the label: Exploring the diversity of NEETs

Going beyond the label: Exploring the diversity of NEETs

News   •   Jul 12, 2016 08:00 BST

Although recent statistics show an improvement in the labour market situation of young people, Eurofound’s new report ‘Exploring the diversity of NEETs’ emphasises the ongoing need to focus on the specific needs of different groups of young people who are NEET.

Statement on the referendum of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union
​A year in the life of Europe

​A year in the life of Europe

News   •   Jun 21, 2016 12:05 BST

What do Europeans do at work? A task-based analysis: European Jobs Monitor 2016

What do Europeans do at work? A task-based analysis: European Jobs Monitor 2016

News   •   Jun 20, 2016 17:59 BST

Europe has begun to emerge from the prolonged slump caused by the global financial crisis in 2008 and exacerbated by the euro zone single-currency crisis in 2010–2011. In 2014–2015, aggregate employment levels rose faster than at any time since 2008: over four million new jobs were created in the EU28. The fifth annual European Jobs Monitor report looks at employment shifts in the European Union.

Regional industrial policy after a large manufacturing plant closure
New challenges could disrupt working time stability in Europe
Young, innovative and internationally-active SMEs driving job-growth in Europe
Eurofound puts spotlight on drivers of job creation in SMEs

Eurofound puts spotlight on drivers of job creation in SMEs

News   •   Nov 19, 2015 07:30 GMT

Despite the ongoing focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by policymakers and academics little is known of the underlying drivers of successful job creation in SMEs. In an effort to close this knowledge gap, Eurofound carried out comprehensive research looking at SMEs across the EU28. These are the first findings, the full report will be available early in 2016.

Developments in working life annual review shows a Europe in flux

Developments in working life annual review shows a Europe in flux

News   •   Nov 06, 2015 10:00 GMT

The Developments in Working Life in Europe 2014 annual review, which is part of a series of annual reviews published by Eurofound, shows that Europe is undergoing significant changes in terms of its economy, industrial relations and working conditions. Although progress is being made in all three areas, the enduring economic crisis has made this progress both fragile and unequal.

An EU perspective on wage inequality

An EU perspective on wage inequality

News   •   May 18, 2015 07:00 BST

Wage inequality has been increasing overall in Europe since the onset of the Great Recession, and is mainly due to rising wage inequalities within countries, according to a new report from Eurofound, the Dublin-based EU Agency.

From Val Duchesse to Riga: how to relaunch social dialogue?

From Val Duchesse to Riga: how to relaunch social dialogue?

News   •   Apr 20, 2015 15:41 BST

On 21 and 22 April 2015 Ministers for Employment and Social Affairs in Riga again discussed informally ways towards a true and responsible social dialogue.

Restructuring in the public sector in Europe

Restructuring in the public sector in Europe

News   •   Mar 10, 2015 11:30 GMT

In the immediate aftermath of the recession in 2008, employment in the public sector continued to grow, helping to sustain demand in the European economy. However, by 2010 significant restructuring was underway in the public sector in several Member States. The ‘ERM Annual Report 2014 – Restructuring in the public sector’ provides an overview of restructuring trends in Member States since 2008.

Take-up rate of parental and paternity leave remains low across Europe

Take-up rate of parental and paternity leave remains low across Europe

News   •   Feb 26, 2015 14:25 GMT

The take-up rate of parental and paternity leave among fathers has been increasing in most Member States but it still remains relatively low. Covering all the EU Member States and Norway, this report looks at the most recent trends in terms of take-up of parental and paternity leave, existing provisions and factors influencing take-up rates.

Big differences in incidence of industrial action in companies across the EU

Big differences in incidence of industrial action in companies across the EU

News   •   Feb 17, 2015 10:25 GMT

The global economic and financial crisis brought to an end an era of relative calm with regards to collective industrial action, and the highest incidence of industrial action was not surprisingly found in countries worst hit by the crisis. Wednesday 18 February is the international day of action in defence of the right to strike, initiated by the International Trade Union Confederation ITUC.

​EU sanctions against Russia impact on reported restructuring job losses in Europe

​EU sanctions against Russia impact on reported restructuring job losses in Europe

News   •   Feb 05, 2015 14:45 GMT

Dramatic recent oil price declines have seen deflation take hold in the EU, and general price levels in December 2014 were 0.2% lower than a year earlier. ​EU sanctions against Russia impact on reported restructuring job losses in Europe. This is further evidence of a tentative European economic recovery that appears to be running out of steam, the latest ERM Quarterly report.

A spotlight on statutory minimum wage levels in Europe in 2015

A spotlight on statutory minimum wage levels in Europe in 2015

News   •   Feb 02, 2015 17:45 GMT

The minimum wage levels have begun to increase over the past two years, following years of no change. The latest quarterly update from EurWORK presents the most recent data on statutory minimum wages in Europe, applicable on 1 January 2015, and an overview of the discussions leading to the final settlements made in 2014.

Europe's wage-setting mechanisms under the spotlight

Europe's wage-setting mechanisms under the spotlight

News   •   Jun 18, 2014 12:59 BST

The crisis has triggered considerable changes in wage-bargaining regimes in a number of countries, further extending the existing tendency towards decentralisation in others. Eurofound launches today a report on 'Changes to wage-setting mechanisms in the context of the crisis and the EU’s new economic governance regime' at a lunch time debate with European Social Partners in Brussels, Belgium.