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The COVID-19 recovery needs a green, social, digitally skilled Europe

The COVID-19 recovery needs a green, social, digitally skilled Europe

Blog posts   •   Sep 15, 2020 07:00 BST

COVID-19 has left many people jobless, furloughed and financially vulnerable, often feeling isolated and pessimistic. It has become clear that the status quo is no longer sustainable or desirable. The political and economic response needs to take these changed attitudes into consideration.

Europe’s low-carbon transition makes economic sense

Europe’s low-carbon transition makes economic sense

Blog posts   •   Feb 10, 2020 07:00 GMT

Europe’s economy, and particularly the economy of rural Europe, may have it all to gain from a low-carbon transition, but getting everyone on board could turn out to be the greatest challenge.

The pandora’s box of the platform economy

The pandora’s box of the platform economy

Blog posts   •   Jan 28, 2020 11:00 GMT

We hear more and more about the platform economy, with the debate often revolving around the potential long-term implications of its growth on the labour market and the impact on traditional and established businesses and industries. There has been increasing calls for a legislative response at European and national level, but what information do we have for evidence-based policy making?

Fears and hopes around future minimum wages

Fears and hopes around future minimum wages

Blog posts   •   Jan 16, 2020 10:00 GMT

​As one of their ‘100 days in office’ initiatives, the new European Commission intends to propose an initiative for an EU minimum wage. The aim is that by 2024 every worker in the EU should earn a fair and adequate wage, no matter where they live. And despite the Commission’s assurance that this would not alter national traditions of wage-setting, emotions are already running high

Restructuring:  Do unions still matter?

Restructuring: Do unions still matter?

Blog posts   •   Nov 20, 2019 11:00 GMT

Trade unions in many EU Member States face the issue of declining membership. This is a fundamental challenge for organised labour, but it is premature to speak about the redundancy unions: when it comes to important decisions affecting the workplace, restructuring being one, trade unions remain a powerful mechanism of employee voice.

Future of work: What can we learn from cooperatives and social enterprises?

Future of work: What can we learn from cooperatives and social enterprises?

Blog posts   •   Nov 15, 2019 11:00 GMT

Much of the discussion on the future of work is focused on globalisation and technology, and their impacts on the labour market. However, there is also a growing interest in the business models used by cooperatives and social enterprises, and how they can contribute to a better future of work.

100 years of 8-hour working days

100 years of 8-hour working days

Blog posts   •   Nov 12, 2019 11:00 GMT

John Maynard Keynes famously thought that, by now, the primary societal issue would be boredom, due to productivity increasing to a level where we would only need to work 15 hours per week. He was evidently wrong. Despite huge changes in technology and productivity, long working hours are still prevalent.

Where are all the good jobs?

Where are all the good jobs?

Blog posts   •   Oct 30, 2019 07:00 GMT

Economic disparities have been decreasing between EU member states over the past decade, but at the same time inequality has been growing within member states. Despite national level convergence, the gap in wealth and income between the rich and the poor is growing in most of Europe.

Let’s move beyond platitudes on platform work

Let’s move beyond platitudes on platform work

Blog posts   •   Oct 17, 2019 12:30 BST

Platform work is still small in scale in Europe, but it is increasing – and this not only in terms of the number of platforms, workers and tasks, but also the diversity of business models, matching mechanisms and types of tasks that are mediated through an online platform or an app.

What now for Europe?

What now for Europe?

Blog posts   •   May 30, 2019 15:30 BST

The votes have been cast, tallied and declared and we can now see the political landscape of the new European Parliament. To what extent have mixed developments in employment and quality of life contributed to the more fractured political landscape? And can the EU continue to deliver to the more diverse demands of citizens across Europe?

ICT-enabled flexible working – All plain sailing?

ICT-enabled flexible working – All plain sailing?

Blog posts   •   May 14, 2019 16:18 BST

Imagine you’re at work and something happens: you have to leave to visit a client, you have to go home to let in the plumber, or you have to collect the kids from school as the football training has just been cancelled. If you’re lucky, your employer gives you the flexibility to do this. If you’re even luckier, it is YOU who decides upon your schedule and place of work.

Restructuring: We need to make sure those that stay behind are not forgotten

Restructuring: We need to make sure those that stay behind are not forgotten

Blog posts   •   May 02, 2019 13:00 BST

Large scale restructuring involving job loss is usually well-documented, and there is rightly a focus on what options there are for those who have lost their jobs. But what impact does all this have on those that are left behind?

Seniority entitlements: A policy of the past, or a fix for the future?

Seniority entitlements: A policy of the past, or a fix for the future?

Blog posts   •   Apr 23, 2019 13:00 BST

Seniority entitlements have largely been on the decline since the 1990s, and have been gradually phased-out from legislation in Europe, as well as in collective agreements. However, it would be premature to dismiss seniority-based entitlements as a thing of the past, as they remain in force across Europe, even if the more expansive term of ‘relevant experience’ is preferred.

We need to boost motivation at work to ease Europe’s demographic headache

We need to boost motivation at work to ease Europe’s demographic headache

Blog posts   •   Mar 20, 2019 09:00 GMT

Motivated workers have higher levels of engagement, better health and are able to work longer. Improving motivation at work is therefore a key component in meeting the challenges of Europe’s ageing workforce and improving the EU’s long-term competitiveness on a global scale. This means that fostering motivation at work isn’t just about personal or business success, it's about Europe’s success.

Women in management: If we want to get serious about gender equality we need to talk about job quality

Women in management: If we want to get serious about gender equality we need to talk about job quality

Blog posts   •   Mar 07, 2019 12:00 GMT

After more than 60 years of European policy on the equal treatment of women and men, men still outnumber women in management positions by almost two to one. The women who do make it into management are more likely to be in non-supervising management roles where they manage operational responsibilities but not staff, and the minority that do manage staff are more likely to be managing other women.

Zum langsamen Start der Lohntransparenz in Deutschland: Ein Blick nach Europa

Zum langsamen Start der Lohntransparenz in Deutschland: Ein Blick nach Europa

Blog posts   •   Feb 19, 2019 13:00 GMT

Ein Jahr nach der Einführung des Entgelttransparenzgesetzes sind die ersten Befunde noch nicht wirklich beeindruckend. Dieses Gesetz ist Deutschlands Antwort auf die Empfehlung der Europäischen Kommission von 2014, zumindest eine von vier Lohntransparenz-Maßnahmen einzuführen, um die Lohnschere zwischen Männern und Frauen zu schließen.

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

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.

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.