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Belgium records relatively low number of job losses during COVID-19 pandemic

Belgium records relatively low number of job losses during COVID-19 pandemic

News   •   Jul 21, 2021 07:00 BST

In spring 2021, around 5% of people in Belgium, who had been employed before the pandemic, reported having lost their job. Compared to the EU average of 10%, Belgium fares comparatively well, with only neighbouring Luxembourg and the Netherlands reporting lower figures, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey.

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.

EU research shows COVID-19 poised to end progress on gender equality

EU research shows COVID-19 poised to end progress on gender equality

News   •   Jul 15, 2021 12:00 BST

The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis threaten to roll back recent progress in gender equality, including an overall trend of upward convergence.

French vaccine hesitancy rates among highest in EU

French vaccine hesitancy rates among highest in EU

News   •   Jul 14, 2021 07:00 BST

Fewer than 50% of people in France are likely to take the COVID-19 vaccination, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. In February and March 2021, just 48.7% replied that they were likely or very likely to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus when it becomes available to them. This is considerably lower than the EU average at 64.4%.

Holistic approach needed to ensure vulnerable groups not left behind by climate policies

Holistic approach needed to ensure vulnerable groups not left behind by climate policies

News   •   Jul 07, 2021 09:00 BST

Achieving climate-neutral objectives established at European and international levels, such as in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the European Green Deal, needs broad-based support and cross-departmental policy development at national, regional and local levels.

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.

Mental health in Slovenia above EU average during COVID-19 pandemic

Mental health in Slovenia above EU average during COVID-19 pandemic

News   •   Jun 25, 2021 07:00 BST

​Slovenians have fared comparatively well in terms of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to their EU counterparts standing at 53.2 on a scale of 100, behind only Denmark and Finland. According to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, w​orking and COVID-19 online survey, the EU average was 45.3 in spring 2021.

Almost three quarter of people in Croatia are struggling financially during COVID-19 pandemic, but minimum wage increases slightly

Almost three quarter of people in Croatia are struggling financially during COVID-19 pandemic, but minimum wage increases slightly

News   •   Jun 25, 2021 07:00 BST

​74% of people in Croatia report difficulties making ends meet, according to Eurofound’s large-scale ​Living, working and COVID-19 online survey​. This is the highest figure among EU Member States, where the average was 45.1%. For Croatia, this number remained consistently high throughout the pandemic at 73.5% in April 2020 reporting a difficult personal financial situation.

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.

Financial situation in Luxembourg improving following COVID-19 pandemic

Financial situation in Luxembourg improving following COVID-19 pandemic

News   •   Jun 23, 2021 07:00 BST

The financial situation of people in Luxembourg is significantly better than the EU average with 11.3% of respondents reporting difficulties in making ends meet in February and March 2021, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. This is the third lowest figure among EU Member States with the EU average at 23.6%, just behind Denmark and Sweden.

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.

EU minimum wages grew cautiously amid COVID-19 economic uncertainty

EU minimum wages grew cautiously amid COVID-19 economic uncertainty

News   •   Jun 10, 2021 11:30 BST

The economic uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic slowed, but did not stop, overall minimum wage growth in the EU in 2021. Minimum wages were raised cautiously in most Member States, with the median country recording an increase of 3%. Only a few Member States froze their minimum wage rates, marking a very different approach to that taken in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

Portugal records highest trust in the EU, among Member States

Portugal records highest trust in the EU, among Member States

News   •   Jun 10, 2021 07:00 BST

The trust of people in Portugal in the European Union is the highest across all Member States, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 survey. With 5.9, it is significantly higher than the EU average at 4.6. Trust in the EU in Portugal has increased throughout the COVID-19 pandemic from 5.2 in April 2020 to 5.4 during the summer of last year to 5.9 in spring 2021.

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.

Trust in national government has declined in Sweden throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

Trust in national government has declined in Sweden throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

News   •   Jun 06, 2021 07:00 BST

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, trust of people in Sweden in their national government has declined from 6.4 to 5.1. Respondents rated their trust levels at the onset of the pandemic (data collection April 2020) at 6.4 on average, which decreased to 5.5 during the summer months of last year and then to 5.1 in February and March of this year.

Denmark only EU country where trust in national government increased since summer 2020

Denmark only EU country where trust in national government increased since summer 2020

News   •   Jun 05, 2021 07:00 BST

Trust in the national government in Denmark ranked highest among EU countries at 7 out of 10, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. This marked an increase of 0.5 points compared to the summer of last year. This pattern goes against the trend observed in all other EU Member States, where the average trust rating fell to just 3.9 from 4.6.

Reduced feeling of financial strain in Italy

Reduced feeling of financial strain in Italy

News   •   Jun 02, 2021 11:00 BST

Pessimism about one’s future financial situation has decreased in Italy compared to summer 2020, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. In February 2021, over one fifth (22.5%) of people in Italy expected a worsening of their situation compared to 27.6% in June/July of last year.

Just 12% in EU feel pandemic support measures are fair

Just 12% in EU feel pandemic support measures are fair

News   •   Jun 02, 2021 07:00 BST

Just 12% of people surveyed in the third round of Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 online survey believed the support measures rolled out to help deal with the implications of the pandemic were fair, with the same proportion believing that the measures reached those who needed them.

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.