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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.

New programme seeks to respond to diverse social, employment and work-related challenges facing EU policymakers

New programme seeks to respond to diverse social, employment and work-related challenges facing EU policymakers

Press releases   •   Jan 16, 2017 12:03 GMT

Eurofound has launched its new work programme for 2017 to 2020. This document sets out the activities the Agency plans to undertake in the next four years to support European decision-makers in formulating effective policies for the improvement of quality of life and work in a fair and competitive Europe during this challenging period.

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92% of Slovakian companies report difficulties in recruiting adequately skilled employees, amid high youth unemployment

92% of Slovakian companies report difficulties in recruiting adequately skilled employees, amid high youth unemployment

News   •   Aug 27, 2021 07:00 BST

More than 9 out of 10 establishments with 10 or more employees in Slovakia report difficulties in finding suitable candidates for open positions, according to a recent Eurofound report on ‘Tackling labour shortages in EU Member States’. This is the highest proportion in the EU, followed by Romania (90%) and Malta (88%), while rates are lowest in Denmark and Greece (both 57%).

Belgium records relatively low number of job losses during COVID-19 pandemic

Belgium records relatively low number of job losses during COVID-19 pandemic

News   •   Jul 21, 2021 07:00 BST

In spring 2021, around 5% of people in Belgium, who had been employed before the pandemic, reported having lost their job. Compared to the EU average of 10%, Belgium fares comparatively well, with only neighbouring Luxembourg and the Netherlands reporting lower figures, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey.

Almost three quarter of people in Croatia are struggling financially during COVID-19 pandemic, but minimum wage increases slightly

Almost three quarter of people in Croatia are struggling financially during COVID-19 pandemic, but minimum wage increases slightly

News   •   Jun 25, 2021 07:00 BST

​74% of people in Croatia report difficulties making ends meet, according to Eurofound’s large-scale ​Living, working and COVID-19 online survey​. This is the highest figure among EU Member States, where the average was 45.1%. For Croatia, this number remained consistently high throughout the pandemic at 73.5% in April 2020 reporting a difficult personal financial situation.

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.

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The pandemic aggravated labour shortages in some sectors; the problem is now emerging in others

The pandemic aggravated labour shortages in some sectors; the problem is now emerging in others

Blog posts   •   Jul 20, 2021 12:00 BST

Following the declines in employment rates and working hours across Europe in 2020,i economies began to show signs of recovery during the first quarter of 2021. The gradual rekindling of economic activity has led to a surge in demand for workers and reawakened concerns over labour shortages.

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.

Good news for gender equality as we exit the COVID-19 crisis?

Good news for gender equality as we exit the COVID-19 crisis?

Blog posts   •   Apr 28, 2021 15:00 BST

The pandemic has had differential impacts on women. Raised consciousness about them must be applied to advance gender equality in recovery measures.

Two worlds of income support during COVID-19

Two worlds of income support during COVID-19

Blog posts   •   Feb 09, 2021 15:00 GMT

The employment toll of COVID-19 has been stark in Europe, and it could have been even greater had it not been for the adoption of unprecedented assistance measures in all Member States, supported by the European Union. But have these policies benefited different groups in the labour market equally, or have they cemented existing inequalities in access to support?

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Sustainable work through the life course

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Extending working lives through flexible retirement schemes

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Front cover of the report Extending working lives through flexible retirement schemes: Partial retirement. Download the report http://bit...

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Intergenerational solidarity

Intergenerational solidarity

29 April is EU Day of Solidarity between Generations

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Front  Cover - ERM Report 2016

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The European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) 2016 report 'Globalisation slowdown? Recent evidence of offshoring and reshoring in Europe' is ...

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Gijs van Houten is a research manager in the Employment unit at Eurofound. He has specific expertise in cross-national survey methodology and the... Show more

I am the Promotions Officer at Eurofound, the Dublin-based EU agency providing comparative socio-economic research data, findings and policy pointers... Show more

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