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Common challenges face workers across the globe but working women most at risk in every country, continent

Common challenges face workers across the globe but working women most at risk in every country, continent

Press releases   •   May 06, 2019 13:05 BST

Despite differences in economic structure, labour markets and development, a pioneering study of the working conditions and job quality of 1.2 billion workers finds common concerns and challenges across 41 countries and four continents, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization and Eurofound.

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.

French vaccine hesitancy rates among highest in EU

French vaccine hesitancy rates among highest in EU

News   •   Jul 14, 2021 07:00 BST

Fewer than 50% of people in France are likely to take the COVID-19 vaccination, according to Eurofound’s large-scale Living, working and COVID-19 online survey. In February and March 2021, just 48.7% replied that they were likely or very likely to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus when it becomes available to them. This is considerably lower than the EU average at 64.4%.

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.

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What can companies do to spark innovation in the workplace?

What can companies do to spark innovation in the workplace?

Blog posts   •   Jul 01, 2021 15:00 BST

As we leave behind the lockdowns and business disruptions of COVID-19 and enter a ‘new normal’, it is time to talk about how workplaces might be transformed to drive innovation.

COVID-19: Could businesses have done better?

COVID-19: Could businesses have done better?

Blog posts   •   Jun 22, 2021 09:00 BST

Are there any lessons to be learnt about the factors that helped some organisations to navigate through the crisis more smoothly than others?

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.

As Member States take different approaches to regulating telework, will the EU bring them into line?

As Member States take different approaches to regulating telework, will the EU bring them into line?

Blog posts   •   Jun 01, 2021 16:30 BST

Now that the pandemic is receding and wholesale telework seems to be here to stay, governments are faced with the need to properly regulate such arrangements. Member States are following different paths, but the EU might step in to promote some level of standardisation.

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Share of workers with tertiary qualifications by migration status in the EU

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Share of individuals who consider themselves to be overqualified

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Unemployment rates by migration status

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Employment rates by migration status

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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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Catherine Cerf is the Workflow Officer in the Working Life Unit of Eurofound