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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Safeguarding fair, well-functioning and balanced industrial relations in Europe key to inclusive growth and progress

Safeguarding fair, well-functioning and balanced industrial relations in Europe key to inclusive growth and progress

News   •   Dec 11, 2020 11:45 GMT

Eurofound’s new flagship report ‘Challenges and prospects in the EU: Industrial relations Developments 2015-2019’ provides an overview of developments in industrial relations and social dialogue in recent years, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Reflecting on the developments of living and working conditions across the EU over the past decade

Reflecting on the developments of living and working conditions across the EU over the past decade

News   •   Nov 30, 2020 15:04 GMT

At the end of his term as Executive Director on 30 November 2020, we engaged in a socially distant interview with Juan Menéndez-Valdés to review the last decade, his thoughts on Europe and his hopes for Eurofound.

COVID-19 crisis led to doubling of EU restructuring job loss in first six months of 2020

COVID-19 crisis led to doubling of EU restructuring job loss in first six months of 2020

News   •   Nov 11, 2020 07:00 GMT

The COVID-19 crisis has led to a doubling of restructuring job loss in the first half of 2020. The new European Restructuring Monitor ‘ERM report 2020: Restructuring across borders’ reviews recent restructuring activity in the EU, from January 2019 up to and including the first impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. It also presents an analysis of transnational restructuring cases.

Fewer than 10% of EU businesses offer comprehensive learning opportunities critical to employee performance and well-being, new survey says

Fewer than 10% of EU businesses offer comprehensive learning opportunities critical to employee performance and well-being, new survey says

News   •   Oct 29, 2020 09:34 GMT

According to the recently published European Company Survey 2019 by EU agencies Eurofound and Cedefop, almost all managers (96%) agree training is important for employees to do their current job and most workplaces in the EU offer at least some training, yet only a small number – 9% – offer comprehensive training and learning opportunities to most of their employees.

#AskTheExpert webinar 29 October: the European Company Survey 2019 findings on skills

#AskTheExpert webinar 29 October: the European Company Survey 2019 findings on skills

News   •   Oct 28, 2020 13:15 GMT

The #EurofoundCompanySurvey ECS 2019 demonstrates that companies can design their workplace practices to help generate outcomes that benefit both workers and employers. Eurofound is organising a live #AskTheExpert webinar session on 29 October to delve into the European Company Survey 2019 findings relating to skills.

Just 31% of companies capitalise fully on direct employee involvement to enhance performance and well-being

Just 31% of companies capitalise fully on direct employee involvement to enhance performance and well-being

News   •   Oct 20, 2020 07:00 BST

Fewer than one-third (31%) of companies in the EU27 facilitated the regular direct participation of employees in organisational decision-making and accorded them a high degree of influence last year.

Trust in EU recovers following COVID-19 responses

Trust in EU recovers following COVID-19 responses

News   •   Oct 15, 2020 07:00 BST

Trust in the European Union was significantly higher among respondents in the July wave of Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 survey than in April, with average trust in the EU exceeding trust in national governments.

Only one-fifth of European companies find secret to combining optimal workplace wellbeing and business performance

Only one-fifth of European companies find secret to combining optimal workplace wellbeing and business performance

News   •   Oct 13, 2020 07:00 BST

One in five companies in the EU-27 succeed in providing the optimal workplace environment, according to the new European Company Survey, This report is based on the fourth edition of the European Company Survey (ECS), which was carried out jointly by Eurofound and Cedefop in 2019.

Easing of restrictions sparked boost in mental well-being across Europe with largest increases for older people; but young people, unemployed cause for concern

Easing of restrictions sparked boost in mental well-being across Europe with largest increases for older people; but young people, unemployed cause for concern

News   •   Oct 08, 2020 07:00 BST

Mental well-being among people in Europe improved between the April and July waves of Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 surveys, with the largest increases among those aged 50 and over.

40% of work during COVID-19 crisis has been done from home

40% of work during COVID-19 crisis has been done from home

News   •   Oct 01, 2020 07:00 BST

Approximately 40% of paid hours worked by employees were performed from home during the COVID-19 crisis, showing the magnitude of change that has taken place with regards to working life in just six months, and the now paramount importance of telework to Europe’s broader economy.

Unemployed, women, young people still biggest losers, but wide-scale COVID-19 impact evident on other population groups

Unemployed, women, young people still biggest losers, but wide-scale COVID-19 impact evident on other population groups

News   •   Sep 28, 2020 07:00 BST

COVID-19 has brought widespread job loss, large-scale reduction in working hours and the decimation of entire sectors of the EU economy. While this has impacted all parts of the population, inter-generational and gender inequalities have been exacerbated, with years of progress diluted in just six months.

Lack of competition in platform economy could undermine its inherent value

Lack of competition in platform economy could undermine its inherent value

News   •   Sep 21, 2020 11:30 BST

Continued dominance of large non-EU service and work platforms could result in an oligopolistic market situation in the EU in the future. This could hamper the market entry of new players, endangering healthy competition and economic and labour market innovation to the detriment of platform workers and consumers, as well as the broader economy.