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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.

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.

EU priorities: Working for a strong Europe

EU priorities: Working for a strong Europe

News   •   Feb 27, 2020 15:46 GMT

The new von der Leyen Commission took office on 1 December 2019. Having adopted its first work programme on 29 January 2020, the Commission sets out its plans for a transition to a fair, climate-neutral and digital Europe. It outlines six top priorities. Eurofound’s work directly feeds into a number of these key areas aimed at creating a strong social Europe.

First-generation migrants more likely to have third-level education

First-generation migrants more likely to have third-level education

News   •   Nov 29, 2019 07:00 GMT

First-generation migrants in the EU are significantly more likely to have attained tertiary qualifications than natives and second-generation migrants. However, first-generation migrant workers are also more likely to have primary education only, compared to the native population. This shows that educational attainment is more polarised.

First-generation migrant workers 10 times more likely to experience discrimination than natives

First-generation migrant workers 10 times more likely to experience discrimination than natives

News   •   Nov 28, 2019 09:00 GMT

First-generation migrant workers are 10 times more likely to report experiencing discrimination linked to race, ethnic background or colour than native workers; second-generation migrants are five times more likely. Overall, just 2% of workers reported discrimination on these grounds in the European Working Conditions Survey, but for those that are first-generation migrants this climbed to 10%.

Second-generation EU migrants outperform natives on the labour market

Second-generation EU migrants outperform natives on the labour market

News   •   Nov 27, 2019 12:00 GMT

Second-generation migrants with an EU background are more likely to be employed and in high-performing positions, such as managerial roles, than first-generation migrants – and even outperform natives in terms of employment rate.

Just one in three workers with limiting chronic disease in adapted workplace

Just one in three workers with limiting chronic disease in adapted workplace

News   •   Oct 24, 2019 17:10 BST

Just one in three workers in the EU whose daily activities are severely or somewhat limited by a chronic disease report that their workplace has been adapted to accommodate their health problem. This means the majority of workers in Europe with a limiting health condition are not being supported in terms of workplace adaptation.

Workers in Europe in good health, but emotional demands take their toll

Workers in Europe in good health, but emotional demands take their toll

News   •   May 16, 2019 12:00 BST

People at work in Europe report good health and well-being, and increased control over their work activities. However, Eurofound data shows that work is also becoming more emotionally demanding, which poses a risk to health, as well as the long-term sustainability of work itself.

Does employment status matter for job quality?

Does employment status matter for job quality?

News   •   Nov 22, 2018 13:00 GMT

​Across the EU, on average 66% of the workforce holds a permanent contract and enjoys the most favourable standards of job quality. But for those in non-standard forms of employment, is job status negatively impacting job quality? The short answer is yes.

World Mental Health Day: Common approach to burnout still lacking

World Mental Health Day: Common approach to burnout still lacking

News   •   Oct 10, 2018 07:00 BST

​Today is World Mental Health Day, a yearly event held by the World Health Organization with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. Eurofound has made a limited number of copies of its latest report on Burnout i​n the workplace available to order, free of charge, via its website

Big differences in female share of employment and management in Europe

Big differences in female share of employment and management in Europe

News   •   Oct 04, 2018 09:00 BST

​On average, women make up 36% of all managers in Europe. Some of the newer Member States lead the way in terms of the equal representation of men and women both in labour markets and in management. This graph shows the female share of management in each of the Member States.

Equality still far from reach for women in management

Equality still far from reach for women in management

News   •   Oct 02, 2018 15:16 BST

Management is still mostly a man's game. The limited presence of women in management roles in European workplaces, despite years of gender equality policy, illustrates the magnitude of the challenge in achieving gender equality at work and highlights the need for more concerted effort and comprehensive long-term strategies to drive change.

Upcoming policy brief: Women in management

Upcoming policy brief: Women in management

News   •   Aug 21, 2018 15:41 BST

Eurofound's forthcoming policy brief focuses on women who have overcome the barriers and advanced into management. It aims to assess whether women, once they have reached a managerial role, continue to encounter obstacles that their male counterparts do not face.

Evidence-based research is fundamental to gender equality in Europe

Evidence-based research is fundamental to gender equality in Europe

News   •   Mar 06, 2018 16:00 GMT

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March we invite you to explore the issue of gender equality in depth, to read about the different areas in which gender equality is most urgently needed. Eurofound assists in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies for all EU citizens and those that call Europe home.

Publication Alert: Working conditions of workers of different ages

Publication Alert: Working conditions of workers of different ages

News   •   Feb 06, 2018 09:00 GMT

​The new report on Working conditions of workers of different ages uses data from the latest European Working Conditions Survey in order analyse the different factors contributing to workers deciding to continue working in later life.

European Statistics Day: Get your facts straight with Eurofound

European Statistics Day: Get your facts straight with Eurofound

News   •   Oct 20, 2017 11:19 BST

20 October is European Statistics Day, an initiative of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) and with the support of the members of the European Statistical System and the European System of Central Banks.

Publication alert: Exploring self-employment in the European Union

Publication alert: Exploring self-employment in the European Union

News   •   Sep 27, 2017 09:00 BST

In the rapidly changing world of work, the traditional dichotomy of employee and self-employed is insufficient to capture the wide diversity of self-employed workers in Europe today. This report identifies five categories of self-employed, reflecting the wide-ranging attitudes, income levels, and health and well-being among this diverse group.

Annual review shows working life in Europe in transition

Annual review shows working life in Europe in transition

News   •   Sep 25, 2017 15:00 BST

Working life in Europe is in a period of transition. Economic growth has picked up, employment continues to grow for the third consecutive year and unemployment rates – while still being above the level of 2007 in the EU28 - are generally in decline. However, Brexit and pay inequality present challenges for the future.

Being poorly educated increases the risk of in-work poverty

Being poorly educated increases the risk of in-work poverty

News   •   Sep 20, 2017 10:00 BST

This graph highlights the importance of education, indicating that in all EU countries except Finland, the at-risk-of-poverty rate is highest among people with the lowest level of education.

Four out of five workers in Europe happy with working time ‘fit’

Four out of five workers in Europe happy with working time ‘fit’

News   •   Sep 18, 2017 15:30 BST

81% of workers say their working hours fit well, or very well, with their private life obligations. However men continue to have longer working hours (on average 6.5 hours per week more than women) and report more difficulties adapting working time to family life or other commitments.