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Where in Europe do people most trust the media?

Where in Europe do people most trust the media?

News   •   Jan 22, 2019 11:30 GMT

This graph, taken from Eurofound’s recent Societal change and trust in institutions report, and based on European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) data, ranks countries in Europe according to their levels of trust in the media in 2016. It also gives levels of trust for 2007 and 2011.

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2019

Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2019

News   •   Dec 20, 2018 09:45 GMT

We want to thank you for your support and wish you and your family a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year.

Wage and task profiles of employment in Europe in 2030

Wage and task profiles of employment in Europe in 2030

News   •   Dec 19, 2018 16:04 GMT

Structural change is expected to move much faster in the Member States who joined the Union after 2004, and we forecast big changes in the occupational wage and task structure in these countries in the run up to 2030.

New research provides clarity on convergence in Europe

New research provides clarity on convergence in Europe

News   •   Dec 18, 2018 13:15 GMT

Europe is back on track towards upward convergence, but some outliers remain.

Trust in Europe bounces back with economic recovery

Trust in Europe bounces back with economic recovery

News   •   Dec 14, 2018 13:00 GMT

Overall trust in institutions such as national governments, the legal system, the EU, and the media has rebounded in Europe following the recent economic recovery. However, in a number of the Member States most adversely impacted by the crisis, trust in national institutions has still not returned to pre-crisis levels.

Quality of life improving in Ireland but challenges remain

Quality of life improving in Ireland but challenges remain

News   •   Dec 13, 2018 07:00 GMT

Quality of life is improving in Ireland, particularly in relation to social cohesion, with the country recording some of the highest levels optimism in the EU and lowest reported levels of tension between racial and ethnic groups. However, a number of challenges remain, notably in public transport, childcare services, and social housing – all of which are rated below EU averages.

Press alert: Eurofound to present to Irish Parliament’s Joint Committee on EU Affairs

Press alert: Eurofound to present to Irish Parliament’s Joint Committee on EU Affairs

News   •   Dec 11, 2018 13:00 GMT

Eurofound Director Juan Menéndez-Valdés will present to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on EU Affairs at 14:00 GMT on Wednesday 12 December. The presentation will look at Ireland-specific data from the European Quality of Life Survey and European Working Conditions Survey.

Some improvements in the lives of people with disabilities but disadvantage remains

Some improvements in the lives of people with disabilities but disadvantage remains

News   •   Dec 03, 2018 06:00 GMT

​There has been an overall improvement in the employment and social situation of people with disabilities in the EU, with more people with disabilities in employment and actively participating in society in 2016 than 2011. However, disabled people are still significantly less likely to be in employment than people without disabilities, and they remain among the most disadvantaged groups in Europe.

Life beyond the minimum: Living wage could help combat in-work poverty across the EU

Life beyond the minimum: Living wage could help combat in-work poverty across the EU

Press Releases   •   Nov 30, 2018 16:26 GMT

Implementing a living wage could play a significant role in offsetting the rise of in-work poverty across the European Union, according to a new report from Eurofound on the Concept and practice of a living wage in the EU.

The challenge of plenty: Tackling labour shortages in the EU

The challenge of plenty: Tackling labour shortages in the EU

Blog posts   •   Nov 24, 2018 09:00 GMT

​Unemployment in the EU is continuing to fall, with the rate approaching its 2008 low point. This is good news: the Europe 2020 target of 75% employment in the working age population is now in sight for many Member States. However, as unemployment reaches new lows, the opposite problem is emerging – labour shortages

Does employment status matter for job quality?

Does employment status matter for job quality?

News   •   Nov 22, 2018 13:00 GMT

​Across the EU, on average 66% of the workforce holds a permanent contract and enjoys the most favourable standards of job quality. But for those in non-standard forms of employment, is job status negatively impacting job quality? The short answer is yes.

Not finished at 50: Keeping older workers in work

Not finished at 50: Keeping older workers in work

Blog posts   •   Nov 18, 2018 10:00 GMT

Over the last decade, European labour markets have seen a surge in the number of older workers in work and a continuous decline in their unemployment rates. A lot of young and middle-aged workers lost their jobs in the Great Recession, but not so the older age group. This means they receive less policy attention, which is unfortunate for older workers who suddenly find themselves without a job.

 Are blue-collar jobs turning white?

Are blue-collar jobs turning white?

Blog posts   •   Nov 16, 2018 15:33 GMT

​Manual jobs in European manufacturing are being transformed as blue-collar workers take on more intellectual tasks. This is a consequence of the increasing use of digital tools and the growing importance of quality control in production.

Restructuring: Announced losses, gains and impacts on those who remain

Restructuring: Announced losses, gains and impacts on those who remain

News   •   Nov 14, 2018 09:00 GMT

This graph, taken from the latest European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) report, shows the announced job losses and gains since 2008.

Social cohesion and well-being in Europe: A home run for team EU?

Social cohesion and well-being in Europe: A home run for team EU?

News   •   Nov 13, 2018 14:00 GMT

Eurofound's latest report from the Quality of Life​ Survey looks at five key aspects of social cohesion including perceived social exclusion, perceived social tensions, interpersonal trust, participation in society and a sense of community. Collectively, these aspects have an important bearing on the well-being of citizens.

Webinar: Making the platform economy work well for workers

Webinar: Making the platform economy work well for workers

News   •   Nov 05, 2018 14:00 GMT

On 8 November 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 CET, Eurofound will host the webinar ‘Making the platform economy work well for workers’. This two-hour webinar will go beyond the debate about the challenges inherent in this new form of employment and focus on possible solutions to tackle the work and employment-related implications of platform work.

Platform work – Breaking barriers or breaking bad?

Platform work – Breaking barriers or breaking bad?

Blog posts   •   Nov 05, 2018 14:00 GMT

Platform work is neither good nor bad – it just is. We need to adapt to this reality by finding ways to capitalise on the positive while at the same time counteracting the negative. This needs to be done in a differentiated way, taking account of the great variety in platform work. One-size solutions simply will not fit all.

Pay is just one aspect of disadvantage for women on the labour market

Pay is just one aspect of disadvantage for women on the labour market

News   •   Nov 02, 2018 12:30 GMT

​The equal treatment of women and men has been a fundamental principle of the European Union since its inception, but women in Europe still earn on average 16.2% less than men. Tomorrow, Saturday 3 November, marks the moment in the year when women symbolically stop getting paid compared to their male colleagues.

Are apprenticeships keeping up with changes in manufacturing?

Are apprenticeships keeping up with changes in manufacturing?

News   •   Nov 01, 2018 11:00 GMT

Apprenticeships are long established in manufacturing and are attractive for both employers and young people because of the balance between theoretical and practical education that they offer. However, in several countries in Europe and beyond, apprenticeships are lagging behind changes in manufacturing.

Publication alert: Impact of restructuring on working conditions

Publication alert: Impact of restructuring on working conditions

News   •   Oct 25, 2018 13:28 BST

Restructuring is a common feature of labour markets and work organisation. While much research in this area primarily concentrates on the implications for those that lose their jobs, the latest report on restructuring from Eurofound focuses on the impacts for those that remain in an organisation.