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Mental health, trust in decline across the EU and inequalities rise as pandemic enters another year

Mental health, trust in decline across the EU and inequalities rise as pandemic enters another year

News   •   May 10, 2021 07:00 BST

Across Europe, citizens are feeling the divisive social and economic fallout of the pandemic and a dwindling number now view crisis support measures as fair and efficient.

2020 exposed fault lines in Europe’s labour market and society which may serve to shape the debate on the Future of Europe

2020 exposed fault lines in Europe’s labour market and society which may serve to shape the debate on the Future of Europe

News   •   May 07, 2021 15:00 BST

Released just before the publication of the results of the latest Living, working and COVID-19 e-survey, Eurofound's 2020 yearbook takes stock of how much has happened in just 12 months, projects what might lie ahead, and sets the scene for EU policymakers as they seek to shape Europe’s policy responses.

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.

COVID-19 could compound disadvantage for workers with disabilities

COVID-19 could compound disadvantage for workers with disabilities

News   •   Apr 19, 2021 07:00 BST

The COVID-19 pandemic is having negative and far-reaching consequences on labour market participation and social inclusion, which may further disadvantage people with disabilities.

Short-time working schemes could be paramount for Europe’s long-term pandemic response

Short-time working schemes could be paramount for Europe’s long-term pandemic response

News   •   Mar 25, 2021 11:00 GMT

Short-time work or similar measures were implemented in all EU Member States during 2020 and contributed greatly to limiting the rise in unemployment that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, further success was hampered by varying levels of income protection between countries, as well as limitations in coverage.

COVID-19 costs 6 million jobs as Europe slides into inactivity

COVID-19 costs 6 million jobs as Europe slides into inactivity

News   •   Mar 11, 2021 07:00 GMT

There were 5.7 million fewer people in employment in the EU by spring 2020 than at the end of 2019, and 6.3 million fewer compared with the trend growth that could have been expected before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The effects of COVID-19 on education, healthcare and housing put pressure on EU Child Guarantee

The effects of COVID-19 on education, healthcare and housing put pressure on EU Child Guarantee

News   •   Mar 09, 2021 08:38 GMT

Eurofound’s new policy brief on ‘Education, healthcare and housing - How access changed for children and families in 2020’ focuses on the aspects of accessibility for children and families for which Eurofound has data and highlights differences in accessibility before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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’.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

New Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board

New Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board

News   •   Dec 14, 2020 07:00 GMT

Stefan Gran has been elected Chair of Eurofound’s Management Board during the third meeting of the Board on 6 November 2020. He takes over from outgoing chair Aviana Bulgarelli, Ministry of Labour and Social Policies (Ministero del Lavoro, della Salute), Italy.