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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.