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Denmark reports lowest level of job loss and financial insecurity in EU during COVID-19 crisis

Denmark reports lowest level of job loss and financial insecurity in EU during COVID-19 crisis

News   •   Jun 05, 2020 07:00 BST

​First findings from Eurofound's Living, working and COVID-19 online survey provide early indications that people in Denmark have been some of the least impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The pan-European survey reveals that respondents in Denmark report some of the lowest levels of job loss and financial insecurity in the EU.

Minimum wages raised in most EU countries in 2020, but more women still earning the minimum wage than men

Minimum wages raised in most EU countries in 2020, but more women still earning the minimum wage than men

News   •   Jun 04, 2020 07:00 BST

Statutory minimum wages were raised in most EU countries for 2020 – in many even substantially, such as in Poland 17%, Slovakia 12%, and Czechia 11% - according to Eurofound’s ‘​Minimum wages in 2020: Annual review’ published today.

COVID-19 places further strain on Italian labour market and financial security

COVID-19 places further strain on Italian labour market and financial security

News   •   Jun 01, 2020 07:00 BST

Eurofound’s recent research shows that COVID-19 has placed further strain on the Italian labour market and places people across the country in greater financial insecurity.

Young Irish women report being the loneliest in the EU

Young Irish women report being the loneliest in the EU

News   •   May 28, 2020 11:30 BST

​First findings from Eurofound's Living, working and COVID-19 online survey show that, despite comparatively high overall levels of life satisfaction and optimism in Ireland, women aged 18-34 in the country report being the loneliest in the EU. The first wave of Eurofound’s survey was carried out in April, with 85,000 participants – 16,599 of which were aged 18-34.

Youth well-being collateral of COVID-19 confinement

Youth well-being collateral of COVID-19 confinement

News   •   May 25, 2020 07:00 BST

People in the EU aged 18-34 report being more likely to feel depressed, lonely, and anxious than those aged 35 and over. They also indicate lower levels of resilience in dealing with problems in life.

COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch: New tool for tracking measures to mitigate social, economic impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch: New tool for tracking measures to mitigate social, economic impact of COVID-19

News   •   May 21, 2020 11:00 BST

Eurofound has this week launched COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, a database collating and mapping the policy responses introduced in Member States, along with the UK and Norway, to alleviate the social and economic impact of COVID-19 restrictions.

COVID-19 exacerbates Spanish financial precarity

COVID-19 exacerbates Spanish financial precarity

News   •   May 21, 2020 07:00 BST

Nearly half of people surveyed in Spain report that their financial situation is worse now than three months ago, and a similar proportion expect the situation to get worse in the future. Spain also reports above EU average job loss as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Trust in Slovakian national government on a par with EU average during COVID-19 crisis

Trust in Slovakian national government on a par with EU average during COVID-19 crisis

News   •   May 20, 2020 07:00 BST

Trust in Slovakian national government on a par with EU average during COVID-19 crisis.

Italians report low optimism and mental well-being as country grapples with COVID-19 crisis

Italians report low optimism and mental well-being as country grapples with COVID-19 crisis

News   •   May 19, 2020 07:00 BST

People in Italy reported both the third lowest optimism for the future, and fourth lowest mental well-being, in the EU in Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. The survey amassed over 85,000 responses in April, including 2,676 from Italy.

COVID-19 puts unprecedented strain on family life

COVID-19 puts unprecedented strain on family life

News   •   May 15, 2020 07:00 BST

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having a profound impact on families and working life across Europe. In addition to the health implications, many people are now required to balance caring for and educating children, while at the same time continuing to manage work responsibilities.

Irish trust in institutions endures during COVID-19 turmoil

Irish trust in institutions endures during COVID-19 turmoil

News   •   May 11, 2020 07:00 BST

Trust in institutions such as the news media, national government, European Union, healthcare system and Gardaí has remained comparably high in Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite dropping levels of trust across Europe.

Europe Day 9 May 2020: ‘This crisis shows we need more Europe, not less’

Europe Day 9 May 2020: ‘This crisis shows we need more Europe, not less’

News   •   May 09, 2020 09:30 BST

On Europe Day 2020, the EU institutions want to pay tribute through numerous online activities to the many Europeans who, in a spirit of solidarity, are helping our Union get through the coronavirus crisis.

New pan-EU survey highlights plummeting optimism, low trust levels, alongside rising fears of job loss and financial insecurity

New pan-EU survey highlights plummeting optimism, low trust levels, alongside rising fears of job loss and financial insecurity

News   •   May 07, 2020 07:00 BST

The first results from Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 online survey show a Europe grappling to respond to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic with many respondents reporting high levels of loneliness coupled with low levels of optimism about their future.

The Netherlands boasts highest levels of resilience in EU as COVID-19 crisis unfolds

The Netherlands boasts highest levels of resilience in EU as COVID-19 crisis unfolds

News   •   Apr 24, 2020 07:00 BST

The high levels of resilience reported by the Netherlands may be of long-term benefit to the country as the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to present enormous social, economic and health challenges. The Netherlands reports the highest level of resilience across the EU, with just 17% of respondents reporting difficulty managing their lives when things go wrong.

COVID-19 could expose shortcomings in employment and social protection in Europe

COVID-19 could expose shortcomings in employment and social protection in Europe

News   •   Apr 22, 2020 07:00 BST

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) could expose existing shortcomings in employment arrangements and social protection in Europe, particularly for some workers in non-standard employment and vulnerable self-employed groups – who are more likely to be at risk of poverty and the impacts of economic shocks.

Levels of trust in institutions could be key in combatting COVID-19

Levels of trust in institutions could be key in combatting COVID-19

News   •   Apr 06, 2020 07:00 BST

Eurofound's analysis of the 2016 European Quality of Life Survey shows that in many countries decline in trust in institutions was a temporary phenomenon during the recession that followed the 2008 financial crisis.

COVID-19 likely to exacerbate work intensity and gender imbalances on labour market

COVID-19 likely to exacerbate work intensity and gender imbalances on labour market

News   •   Apr 01, 2020 07:00 BST

Eurofound research shows that the healthcare sector already has among the highest reported work intensity scores in Europe. COVID-19 risks not only exacerbating imbalance between sectors, but also creating a broader gender imbalance in work intensity on the labour market, as women are most represented in healthcare.

Improvements in quality of society in Cyprus as COVID-19 challenges take hold

Improvements in quality of society in Cyprus as COVID-19 challenges take hold

News   •   Mar 31, 2020 13:00 BST

While the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents enormous social, economic and health challenges, it is worth noting on Cyprus’ national day that there have been improvements to the quality of society in recent years with the level of social exclusion declining between 2011 and 2016, while at the same time, the level of trust in people has increased.

COVID-19 could permanently change teleworking in Europe

COVID-19 could permanently change teleworking in Europe

News   •   Mar 26, 2020 07:00 GMT

​The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents unprecedented health, social and economic challenges for Europe, and has profound implications for the way people live and work across the globe. One of the changes that it is already having is the proportion of people working from home.

People aged 25-34 most likely to be in arrears

People aged 25-34 most likely to be in arrears

News   •   Mar 25, 2020 07:00 GMT

​People aged 25-34 are most likely to be in arrears in the EU, according to Eurofound’s new report on Addressing household over-indebtedness. Among this age group, 21% of people surveyed in the 2016 European Quality of Life Survey reported being in some form of arrears.