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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.

Four out of ten employees work in direct contact with clients, customers or patients

Four out of ten employees work in direct contact with clients, customers or patients

News   •   Jul 16, 2020 09:15 BST

Eurofound’s analysis of the labour market in Europe shows that just over four out of ten (41%) of employees in the EU work in direct contact with clients, customers, users, patients or other service recipients. This ‘interactive service work’ is female dominated, with women accounting for 61% of workers.

Le chômage partiel semblerait avoir atténué l’impact financier de la crise COVID-19 sur les travailleurs en France

Le chômage partiel semblerait avoir atténué l’impact financier de la crise COVID-19 sur les travailleurs en France

News   •   Jul 14, 2020 07:00 BST

Dans l'enquête en ligne d’Eurofound, Vivre, travailler et COVID-19, un tiers des personnes en France ont déclaré des pertes d’emploi, ou de contrats, pendant la période de confinement. La France a également enregistré la deuxième plus forte proportion de travailleurs ayant subi une réduction de leurs heures de travail.

Help us delve deeper into the COVID-19 crisis – Call to complete the second wave of Eurofound’s e-survey

Help us delve deeper into the COVID-19 crisis – Call to complete the second wave of Eurofound’s e-survey

News   •   Jul 13, 2020 13:30 BST

The second wave of Eurofound’s pan-EU Living, working and COVID-19 survey is now open. As people across Europe emerge from confinement measures, the second wave of the survey will be more targeted and track changes since the initial confinement period and will seek to provide an even deeper analysis in order to further contribute to Europe’s policy response.

Minimum wage workers on the front line of COVID-19 fallout

Minimum wage workers on the front line of COVID-19 fallout

News   •   Jul 08, 2020 07:00 BST

Minimum wage workers around Europe are in the simultaneous position of being increasingly called upon to provide essential services during COVID-19 confinement and response measures; as well as being more likely to be made redundant or furloughed due to their concentration in highly impacted sectors.

Rise in precarious employment in Croatia places workers under further strain during pandemic

Rise in precarious employment in Croatia places workers under further strain during pandemic

News   •   Jun 25, 2020 12:00 BST

Eurofound’s recent research shows that COVID-19 has placed further strain on the Croatian labour market and puts people across the country at greater risk of financial insecurity.

​Strong levels of mental well-being in Slovenia despite financial impact of COVID-19 crisis

​Strong levels of mental well-being in Slovenia despite financial impact of COVID-19 crisis

News   •   Jun 25, 2020 07:00 BST

More than 40% of people surveyed in Slovenia report loss of employment, or contracts in the case of the self-employed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic – the third highest level in the EU according to Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 survey.

High levels of telework in Luxembourg during confinement, work-life balance negatively affected

High levels of telework in Luxembourg during confinement, work-life balance negatively affected

News   •   Jun 22, 2020 13:00 BST

More than half of people surveyed in Luxembourg report starting to work from home due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 survey. This has gone hand in hand with respondents in Luxembourg reporting lower levels of job loss and financial insecurity when compared to other EU Member States.

Très faible niveau de confiance et d’optimisme en France lors du confinement pendant l’épidémie de COVID-19

Très faible niveau de confiance et d’optimisme en France lors du confinement pendant l’épidémie de COVID-19

News   •   Jun 16, 2020 07:00 BST

Respondents in France recorded among the lowest levels of trust in institutions, including the European Union, national government, media, and police in Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 online survey.

Low levels of optimism in Portugal as labour market challenges take hold

Low levels of optimism in Portugal as labour market challenges take hold

News   •   Jun 10, 2020 10:00 BST

​Eurofound’s Living, working and COVID-19 survey found that almost one third of Portuguese respondents had lost employment (7.3% permanently and 21.9% temporarily) due to the COVID-19 pandemic by April – just above the EU27 average of 28.5%.

COVID-19 fallout takes a higher toll on women, economically and domestically

COVID-19 fallout takes a higher toll on women, economically and domestically

News   •   Jun 10, 2020 07:00 BST

While women appear to be more resilient than men to COVID-19 in terms of health outcomes, that is not the case when it comes to the economic and social fallout.

Living and working in Europe: A compendium of life before the Coronavirus

Living and working in Europe: A compendium of life before the Coronavirus

News   •   Jun 08, 2020 14:00 BST

The latest Living and working in Europe yearbook provides a snapshot of life and work in Europe before the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sweden not spared from economic impact of COVID-19 crisis

Sweden not spared from economic impact of COVID-19 crisis

News   •   Jun 06, 2020 07:00 BST

One in five people (21%) in Sweden report a worsening of their financial situation during the COVID-19 crisis, and a similar proportion (22%) believe their situation will deteriorate over the next three months, according to Eurofound’s Living, Working and COVID-19 survey.

#AskTheExpert webinar 10 June: How are people living and working in the EU experiencing this pandemic?

#AskTheExpert webinar 10 June: How are people living and working in the EU experiencing this pandemic?

News   •   Jun 05, 2020 14:00 BST

Join us on 10 June for a live #AskTheExpert webinar and Q&A with @MascheriniM and @MaryMcCaugheyEF about #COVID19SurveyEU findings to discuss why particular groups of people are feeling the impact more than others and explore the policy options to help address these challenges.

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.