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- 8 March 2014 New International Women's Day 2014
Celebrated annually on 8 March, the 2014 theme for International Women’s Day is 'Equality for women is progress for all'. A recent Eurofound report, based on findings from the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), confirms that men's monthly income is considerably higher than women's, with relatively smaller gender differences on other job quality dimensions.
- 6 March 2014 Press release Wage setting mechanisms and minimum wages under the spotlight in Europe
The Pay in Europe in the 21st century report provides comparative time series on wage-bargaining outcomes across the EU Member States and Norway. It also investigates the different systems and levels of minimum wages in Europe at present, evaluating the implications of a hypothetical scenario of a minimum wage set at 60% of the median national wage. The report will be presented to government representatives of EU Member States on Friday 7 March 2014.
- 13 February 2014 Just published Comparing working conditions across sectors in Europe
New material, including an overview report and sectoral information sheets, pinpoints trends across sectors in areas such as working time and work–life balance, work organisation, skills and training, employee representation and the psychosocial and physical environment. It identifies sectors that score particularly well or particularly poorly in terms of job quality and sheds light on differences between sectors in terms of health and well-being.
- 7 February 2014 News Bullied workers report significantly higher levels of work-related ill-health
The latest Foundation Findings explores the issue of physical and psychological violence in the workplace. It found that 6% of European workers report having experienced some form of workplace violence in the past 12 months, and 12% report having experienced non-physical forms of workplace violence - such as verbal abuse, threats of physical violence and unwanted sexual attention - in the past month. The report offers comparative information on workplace violence, and confirms that there are still big differences between countries and sectors in Europe.
- 27 January 2014 Just published Quality of life in Europe: Trends 2003‑2012
Eurofound has conducted the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) in 2003, 2007 and 2011. This report compares the results from the three waves to provide evidence of trends and change in the quality of life of Europeans over a decade. One of its findings is that subjective well-being has remained stable across the EU as whole, but it also finds that financial strain in households has grown in the wake of the economic crisis.
- 22 January 2014 News Young workers face tough job market
The crisis has hit young workers in Europe particularly hard, with widespread job losses and less job security for those who keep their jobs. Young workers and young labour market entrants face a grim prospect: falling youth employment rates, high unemployment rates (23% by mid-2013) and high levels of non-standard forms of employment – temporary, part time, or without a contract – which young workers usually accept as stepping stones to better positions. These are some of the findings of two recently published reports from Eurofound – Working conditions of young entrants to the labour market, and Young people and temporary employment in Europe.
- 3 January 2014 Just published Feeling the squeeze? Pay, wages and income under pressure
This issue of Foundation Focus looks at issues surrounding pay, wages and income in Europe in the face of sustained difficult economic circumstances. Recent Eurofound research on pay, income and material well-being points to wide-scale, long-term change. The crisis has changed the pattern of employment in Europe, as measured by pay: the loss of jobs in the middle of the pay scale – principally in construction and manufacturing – has meant that there are now more low-paid and high-paid jobs.