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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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

The human factor in innovation

The human factor in innovation

Blog posts   •   Jun 29, 2018 13:00 BST

Companies are constantly competing for the next big thing in innovation – the next-generation 3D phone, the quantum computer, the virtual doctor. They fixate on technological breakthroughs and look for new business models. But innovation also needs systems, an organisational structure and people who work together.

Germany’s minimum wage has reduced wage inequality

Germany’s minimum wage has reduced wage inequality

Blog posts   •   Jun 20, 2018 09:00 BST

Wages grew and wage inequality fell in most EU countries in 2015. Germany is not one of the countries where wages rose most, but it did have the largest reduction of wage inequality. Our analysis shows that the German minimum wage policy introduced in 2015 strongly lifted the wages of the lowest-paid employees, particularly those employees who were lower-skilled, younger or working in services.

Migrants in European labour markets are persistently disadvantaged by region of origin

Migrants in European labour markets are persistently disadvantaged by region of origin

Blog posts   •   May 22, 2018 12:00 BST

The integration of migrants from outside the EU into society is one of the key challenges that the Union must address to maintain social cohesion and equality. In this blog piece Enrique Fernández-Macías and Tania Paniagua de la Iglesia look at how well migrants and their descendants have integrated into the labour markets of EU Member States.

Long-term unemployed youth: The legacy of the crisis

Long-term unemployed youth: The legacy of the crisis

Blog posts   •   Apr 17, 2018 15:00 BST

In this blog, originally posted in Social Europe, Massimiliano Mascherini looks at the enduring issue of long-term unemployment among young people. Despite considerable improvement in the labour market participation of youth in recent years, the legacy of the crisis is still visible in the substantial increase in the cohort of long-term unemployed young people.

Labour mobility in Europe during the Great Recession

Labour mobility in Europe during the Great Recession

Blog posts   •   Aug 24, 2017 15:28 BST

​This blog piece was originally posted on Social Europe. Its authors are Martina Bisello and Enrique Fernández-Macías, both researchers at Eurofound, and Vincenzo Maccarrone, from University College Dublin.

Employment shifts in Europe during the recovery: Three little noticed trends

Employment shifts in Europe during the recovery: Three little noticed trends

Blog posts   •   Aug 21, 2017 11:53 BST

In this blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Eurofound Research Manager John Hurley looks at shifting employment structures in recent years. ​

Europe’s shrinking middle class

Europe’s shrinking middle class

Blog posts   •   Jun 23, 2017 12:53 BST

In the follow blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Carlos Vacas-Soriano and Enrique Fernández-Macías look at evolution of household disposable real income levels over the period 2004-2013, and the broader phenomenon on Europe's shrinking middle class.

Migrants face long road to integration in Europe’s labour market

Migrants face long road to integration in Europe’s labour market

Blog posts   •   Jun 20, 2017 07:00 BST

On the occasion of Word Refugee Day, Eurofound Research Manager Kára Fóti looks at the difficulties that refugees and asylum-seekers face in finding work and opportunities in Europe.

Europe en marche?

Europe en marche?

Blog posts   •   Jun 06, 2017 11:50 BST

In the following blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Eurofound Head of Information and Communication Mary McCaughey takes a look at what it was like to live and work in Europe in 2016.

EU income inequality and the Great Recession

EU income inequality and the Great Recession

Blog posts   •   Mar 21, 2017 15:48 GMT

In this blog piece, originally posted on Social Europe, Eurofound researchers Carlos Vacas-Soriano and Enrique-Fernández-Macías look at the development of income inequalities in Europe since the Great Recession.