EU Level articles - 2013
17 May 2013: Tackling the gender pay gap in the EU (EU Level / Information update)
Despite many years of equal pay legislation, the gender pay gap was just over 16% in the European Union in 2010, with wide variations between Member States from 0.9% in Slovenia to 27.7% in Estonia. Various inter-related factors contribute to the gap and the European Commission is committed to reducing it. Its actions include legislation, equality strategies, measures to help companies to implement equal pay, and awareness-raising events.
10 May 2013: Impact of the crisis on gender equality (EU Level / Information update)
A new report for the European Commission prepared by the European Network of Experts on Gender Equality examines the impact of the crisis on the situation of women and men at work and on gender equality policies. The report found a significant impact for both men and women in areas such as type of contract, working hours, rights at work, and pressure and harassment at work, although the worsening of working conditions tended to affect men and women slightly differently.
08 May 2013: EU employers take family-friendly working seriously (EU Level / Survey data report [ or view as size 457 kb])
A survey investigating family-friendly working policies in companies in six European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Sweden, UK) finds that employers take family-friendly working seriously and have put in place a range of policies to support this, especially in areas such as flexible working and parental support. The main driver for this in most countries was compliance with legislation or collective agreements. The economic crisis has had little impact on the provision of family-friendly working policies.
08 February 2013: Survey looks at work and family life (EU Level / Information update)
Employers take family-friendly working seriously and have a range of policies to support them, according to a survey. The research looked at family-friendly working policies in companies in six European countries. It showed companies were particularly strong in areas such as flexible working and parental support. The main driver for this in most countries was compliance. The survey found the economic crisis has had little impact on family-friendly working policy provision.