COVID-19 threatens two decades of progress in working conditions across the EU

News   •   Mar 01, 2021 07:00 GMT

Europe saw two decades of improvement in working conditions in a multitude of areas prior to COVID-19. However, progress in a number of areas, such as gender pay gaps, gender segregation in labour markets, psychosocial risks, and work intensity, were fragile and advancements over 20 years now risk being diluted in less than 20 months.

Charting a positive path for platform workers

Blog posts   •   Feb 24, 2021 15:00 GMT

While 2020 may come to be seen as the year platform work gathered pace and started to go mainstream – thanks in large part to COVID-19 containment measures sparking an increase in food and grocery delivery – 2021 could be the year that regulation of platform work is set in motion.

Eurofound launches third round of its online survey Living, working and COVID-19

News   •   Feb 15, 2021 10:30 GMT

Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 online survey aims to capture the far-reaching implications of the pandemic for the way people live and work across Europe. Two rounds of the online survey have been carried out to date. The third round is launched today, 15 February, and will be open until 29 March 2021.

Eurofound publishes updated, standardised minimum wage data for 2021

News   •   Feb 10, 2021 07:00 GMT

Eurofound has published updated monthly comparable data, converted to euro and standardised across 12 months, for 21 EU Member States and the United Kingdom for 2021

Two worlds of income support during COVID-19

Blog posts   •   Feb 09, 2021 15:00 GMT

The employment toll of COVID-19 has been stark in Europe, and it could have been even greater had it not been for the adoption of unprecedented assistance measures in all Member States, supported by the European Union. But have these policies benefited different groups in the labour market equally, or have they cemented existing inequalities in access to support?

Minimum wages in 2021: Most countries settle for cautious increase

News   •   Feb 08, 2021 07:00 GMT

Nominal statutory minimum wages in most Member States and the UK continued to rise in 2021. With inflation being low, this has resulted in real increases for those minimum wage workers who have managed to retain their jobs and the same working hours.

COVID-19: A tale of two service sectors

Blog posts   •   Feb 03, 2021 10:00 GMT

The employment fallout of COVID-19 has been a story of two types of service work. Office-based knowledge workers have largely kept their jobs and incomes while working from home; whereas client-facing service workers have borne the brunt of the lockdowns and the steep declines in demand for in-person services in restaurants, hotels, leisure and the arts.

Protecting access to healthcare during COVID-19 and beyond

Blog posts   •   Jan 20, 2021 09:00 GMT

Healthcare providers have been overwhelmed by the demand for COVID-19-related care. Medical appointments and treatments for other conditions have often been delayed, potentially leading to escalating health problems and greater future care needs among those who have missed out. If the pandemic leads to an economic crash, this rise in unmet medical needs could spiral.

COVID-19, Big Brother and the business case for doing better

Blog posts   •   Jan 13, 2021 16:00 GMT

In the most successful businesses, managers were found to facilitate employees to work independently rather than to focus on controlling whether they carried out their tasks. Closely monitoring employee behaviour might indeed ensure that workers do their job but is unlikely to motivate them to go beyond their job description.

New forms of employment in Europe – How new is new?

Blog posts   •   Dec 15, 2020 15:00 GMT

Standard employment is not simply being replaced by non-standard work; employment is becoming more diverse, and policy must accordingly become more tailored.

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