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Life beyond the minimum: Living wage could help combat in-work poverty across the EU

Life beyond the minimum: Living wage could help combat in-work poverty across the EU

Press releases   •   Nov 30, 2018 16:26 GMT

Implementing a living wage could play a significant role in offsetting the rise of in-work poverty across the European Union, according to a new report from Eurofound on the Concept and practice of a living wage in the EU.

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EU minimum wages grew cautiously amid COVID-19 economic uncertainty

EU minimum wages grew cautiously amid COVID-19 economic uncertainty

News   •   Jun 10, 2021 11:30 BST

The economic uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic slowed, but did not stop, overall minimum wage growth in the EU in 2021. Minimum wages were raised cautiously in most Member States, with the median country recording an increase of 3%. Only a few Member States froze their minimum wage rates, marking a very different approach to that taken in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

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 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.

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.

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Gender pay transparency: Advancing the cause through a truly European proposal

Gender pay transparency: Advancing the cause through a truly European proposal

Blog posts   •   Jun 21, 2021 14:00 BST

With its proposed directive on gender pay transparency, the European Commission has significantly bolstered the set of tools for delivering its objectives compared to those presented in its 2014 Recommendation. The proposed portfolio of measures addresses many shortcomings of the instruments that national authorities currently employ.

Minimum wages rise again, but the pandemic puts a brake on their growth

Minimum wages rise again, but the pandemic puts a brake on their growth

Blog posts   •   Jun 09, 2021 07:00 BST

Decision-makers approached minimum wage setting for 2021 cautiously due to the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Despite this, nominal statutory minimum wages rose in most Member States and the UK, although at lower rates than in recent years.

Fears and hopes around future minimum wages

Fears and hopes around future minimum wages

Blog posts   •   Jan 16, 2020 10:00 GMT

​As one of their ‘100 days in office’ initiatives, the new European Commission intends to propose an initiative for an EU minimum wage. The aim is that by 2024 every worker in the EU should earn a fair and adequate wage, no matter where they live. And despite the Commission’s assurance that this would not alter national traditions of wage-setting, emotions are already running high

Seniority entitlements: A policy of the past, or a fix for the future?

Seniority entitlements: A policy of the past, or a fix for the future?

Blog posts   •   Apr 23, 2019 13:00 BST

Seniority entitlements have largely been on the decline since the 1990s, and have been gradually phased-out from legislation in Europe, as well as in collective agreements. However, it would be premature to dismiss seniority-based entitlements as a thing of the past, as they remain in force across Europe, even if the more expansive term of ‘relevant experience’ is preferred.

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Audio: Large differences in tax contributions of minimum wage workers across Europe

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The latest Annual Review of minimum wages in Europe gives a detailed analysis of minimum wage rates across Europe, and not only looks at ...

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