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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.

Europe sees slow growth in face of economic and social challenges

Europe sees slow growth in face of economic and social challenges

Press releases   •   Jun 01, 2016 08:00 BST

Eurofound has published its yearbook for 2015. The report shows that employment in Europe is on a slow growth trajectory after a long period of job loss and economic stagnation, but quality of life has slipped for many Europeans, and poverty is a threat for millions. Download the report: http://bit.ly/LWE2015

Positive effects of steel workers’ direct participation in managing health, safety and psychosocial risks at the workplace

Positive effects of steel workers’ direct participation in managing health, safety and psychosocial risks at the workplace

Press releases   •   Apr 08, 2014 12:30 BST

Encouraging people to talk about their problems at work, especially psychosocial problems, is a key element in prevention strategies. Eurofound releases a new report that looks at industrial relations practices regarding health and safety strategies in the European steel sector by analysing company practices in ArcelorMittal (FR), Rautaruukki (FIN) and Salzgitter AG (DE).

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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.

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.

Workers in newer Member States expected to work three weeks more per year

Workers in newer Member States expected to work three weeks more per year

News   •   Oct 03, 2019 10:00 BST

Workers in Member States that joined the EU after May 2004 were expected to work close to three full working weeks per year more than those in ‘older’ Member States in 2018.

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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

100 years of 8-hour working days

100 years of 8-hour working days

Blog posts   •   Nov 12, 2019 11:00 GMT

John Maynard Keynes famously thought that, by now, the primary societal issue would be boredom, due to productivity increasing to a level where we would only need to work 15 hours per week. He was evidently wrong. Despite huge changes in technology and productivity, long working hours are still prevalent.

What now for Europe?

What now for Europe?

Blog posts   •   May 30, 2019 15:30 BST

The votes have been cast, tallied and declared and we can now see the political landscape of the new European Parliament. To what extent have mixed developments in employment and quality of life contributed to the more fractured political landscape? And can the EU continue to deliver to the more diverse demands of citizens across Europe?

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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Gross and net annual earnings of single adult workers on the minimum wage

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This graph, taken from the Minimum wages in 2019 annual review, looks at the gross and net annual earnings of a minimum wage worker in th...

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Share of women among different sets of wage earners

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This table, taken from the Minimum wages in 2019 annual review, looks at the percentage of women earning different wage levels in the EU....

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Percentage of employees earning a certain proportion of the statutory minimum wage

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Deputy Director addresses Eurofoundl correspondents

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The annual meeting of Eurofound’s correspondents is took place in Dublin on 27–28 March. Eurofound relies on its Network of European corr...

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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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Women over-represented among minimum and low-wage earners

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The latest Annual Review of minimum wages in Europe shows that there have been increases to the minimum wage across almost all Member Sta...

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Los cambios en los salarios mínimos en Europa podrían tener implicaciones generalizadas

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La última revisión anual de los salarios mínimos en Europa muestra que se han producido aumentos significativos en los salarios mínimos d...

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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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​Stavroula Demetriades is senior research manager in the Employment unit. She has responsibility for research in the areas of innovation, workplace... Show more

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Peter Kerckhofs is a research officer in the Working Life unit at Eurofound and is responsible for representativeness studies. He is currently building... Show more