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The pandemic aggravated labour shortages in some sectors; the problem is now emerging in others

The pandemic aggravated labour shortages in some sectors; the problem is now emerging in others

Blog posts   •   Jul 20, 2021 12:00 BST

Following the declines in employment rates and working hours across Europe in 2020,i economies began to show signs of recovery during the first quarter of 2021. The gradual rekindling of economic activity has led to a surge in demand for workers and reawakened concerns over labour shortages.

What can companies do to spark innovation in the workplace?

What can companies do to spark innovation in the workplace?

Blog posts   •   Jul 01, 2021 15:00 BST

As we leave behind the lockdowns and business disruptions of COVID-19 and enter a ‘new normal’, it is time to talk about how workplaces might be transformed to drive innovation.

Vaccine acceptance hinges on transparent communication

Vaccine acceptance hinges on transparent communication

Blog posts   •   Jun 24, 2021 09:00 BST

Vaccine acceptance is key to the success of COVID-19 vaccination campaigns worldwide. Worryingly, over a quarter of people living in Europe are hesitant about taking a COVID-19 vaccine, and the level of hesitancy is especially high among heavy users of social media.

COVID-19: Could businesses have done better?

COVID-19: Could businesses have done better?

Blog posts   •   Jun 22, 2021 09:00 BST

Are there any lessons to be learnt about the factors that helped some organisations to navigate through the crisis more smoothly than others?

Gender pay transparency: Advancing the cause through a truly European proposal

Gender pay transparency: Advancing the cause through a truly European proposal

Blog posts   •   Jun 21, 2021 14:00 BST

With its proposed directive on gender pay transparency, the European Commission has significantly bolstered the set of tools for delivering its objectives compared to those presented in its 2014 Recommendation. The proposed portfolio of measures addresses many shortcomings of the instruments that national authorities currently employ.

Minimum wages rise again, but the pandemic puts a brake on their growth

Minimum wages rise again, but the pandemic puts a brake on their growth

Blog posts   •   Jun 09, 2021 07:00 BST

Decision-makers approached minimum wage setting for 2021 cautiously due to the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Despite this, nominal statutory minimum wages rose in most Member States and the UK, although at lower rates than in recent years.

As Member States take different approaches to regulating telework, will the EU bring them into line?

As Member States take different approaches to regulating telework, will the EU bring them into line?

Blog posts   •   Jun 01, 2021 16:30 BST

Now that the pandemic is receding and wholesale telework seems to be here to stay, governments are faced with the need to properly regulate such arrangements. Member States are following different paths, but the EU might step in to promote some level of standardisation.

COVID-19 could be a catalyst for fundamental change that will define the Future of Europe

COVID-19 could be a catalyst for fundamental change that will define the Future of Europe

Blog posts   •   May 04, 2021 15:00 BST

​On 9 May, the Conference on the Future of Europe will get underway. Floated well before the COVID-19 outbreak, its timing in the wake of the seismic shifts precipitated by the pandemic, and its implementation alongside the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, means that the outcomes could be far-reaching.

Good news for gender equality as we exit the COVID-19 crisis?

Good news for gender equality as we exit the COVID-19 crisis?

Blog posts   •   Apr 28, 2021 15:00 BST

The pandemic has had differential impacts on women. Raised consciousness about them must be applied to advance gender equality in recovery measures.

Choosing to challenge – the EU Gender Equality Strategy one year in

Choosing to challenge – the EU Gender Equality Strategy one year in

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2021 08:00 GMT

​This year’s theme to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March is Choose to Challenge (or #ChooseToChallenge, if you prefer). The idea is to highlight that ‘from challenge comes change’ and that ‘we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality’.

Charting a positive path for platform workers

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.

Two worlds of income support during COVID-19

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?

COVID-19: A tale of two service sectors

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

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

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?

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.

Shaping the future of long-term care: A good outcome will benefit all

Shaping the future of long-term care: A good outcome will benefit all

Blog posts   •   Dec 03, 2020 07:00 GMT

An ageing Europe and rising public expenditure on long-term care have signalled for some time that the fundamentals of care provision need to be addressed. However, the shocking death toll in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that many long-term care services were ill-equipped to protect their vulnerable users have lately focused the public mind on the issue.

Member States are dawdling on gender pay transparency

Member States are dawdling on gender pay transparency

Blog posts   •   Nov 05, 2020 15:45 GMT

The gender pay gap in gross hourly earnings in the EU was 14.8% in 2018. To help combat discriminatory pay practices by employers, the European Commission recommended in 2014 the introduction of pay transparency measures in all Member States. But more than half still have not implemented any such measures. Where do Member States currently stand on the agenda?

New impetus to collective bargaining: Insights from the ECS

New impetus to collective bargaining: Insights from the ECS

Blog posts   •   Oct 28, 2020 11:00 GMT

New data from Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) show that two-thirds of workers (private sector, with more than 10 employees, EU27) are estimated to have their wages set via a collective wage agreement. Bargaining coverage is substantially higher in countries where there are sectoral agreements and where these are frequently extended to non-covered companies or workers.

Youth in a time of COVID

Youth in a time of COVID

Blog posts   •   Oct 23, 2020 10:09 BST

Young people are overrepresented in the sectors hit hardest by COVID-19 restrictions, such as retail, travel and hospitality. According to Eurofound’s ‘Living, working and COVID-19’ survey of people in Europe, 11% of respondents aged 18–29 lost their jobs during the pandemic, compared to 8% of workers over 30.