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  • Article
    13 februar 2014

    A general election was held in Austria in September 2013 at the end of the
    five-year parliamentary term. As in 2008, the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ
    [1]) and the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP [2]) won the largest share
    of the vote, although both parties lost seats. The right-wing Freedom Party
    (FPÖ [3]) came third but increased its share of the vote. After several
    weeks of negotiations, a new ‘grand coalition’ was agreed between the
    SPÖ (with 26.8% of the vote) and ÖVP (24%). The two parties now hold 99 out
    of 183 seats in parliament.

    [1] http://www.spoe.at/
    [2] http://www.oevp.at
    [3] http://www.fpoe.at/

  • Article
    11 februar 2014

    The annual report by the Labour Institute of the Greek General Confederation
    of Labour (INE/GSEE [1]) has made an evaluation of the Greek Government’s
    response to the economic crisis in the country, now in its sixth year.

    [1] http://www.inegsee.gr/

  • Article
    11 februar 2014

    The economic crisis has forced many of Greece’s private sector enterprises
    to close or suspend operations. There have also been employment cuts in the
    public sector. This means that there is a rising youth unemployment problem
    in Greece, as young people are leaving school and university to find there is
    a lack of employment opportunities. Half of those aged 29 or under do not
    have a job, and this age group makes up one in three of all unemployed
    workers. Around half of this group have never had a job, and just over half
    have been out of work for more than a year.

  • Article
    6 februar 2014

    A public opinion survey (in Polish, 291 KB PDF) [1] in Poland has found there
    is concern about wage inequality in the country. The survey was carried out
    by Poland’s Public Opinion Research Centre (CBOS [2]). It was part of
    larger research project, Current problems and events, and carried out between
    1–12 August 2013. It used a representative random sample of 902 adult Poles
    using computer assisted face-to-face interviews (CAPI).

    [1] http://www.cbos.pl/SPISKOM.POL/2013/K_127_13.PDF
    [2] http://www.cbos.pl/

  • Report
    4 februar 2014
    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. It also examines whether differences across EU Member States have narrowed or remained stable. 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.
  • Article
    2 februar 2014

    Various types of temporary work in Belgium have different contractual
    agreements. These include paid training schemes, student jobs, occasional
    work, service vouchers, apprenticeships, fixed-term contracts and temporary
    agency work [1]. Most of these work contracts are partly or fully covered by
    Collective Agreement 36 of 27 November 1981.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/temporary-agency-work

  • Article
    2 februar 2014

    On 17 September, the tripartite supervisory board of the Estonian
    Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa [1]) proposed reducing unemployment
    insurance premiums from 3% to 2.1%. The board were in favour of this proposal
    by four votes to two. Representatives of both employers and trade unions
    voted in favour, arguing that the EUIF’s current reserves are large enough
    to survive another crisis. By the end of 2013, the net assets of the EUIF
    were expected to be €525.3 million, predicted to increase to €529.4
    million by the end of 2014. According to the social partners’ estimates, at
    the reduced rate of 2.1% the EUIF would collect €125.7 million gross
    revenue in 2014 and its expected outgoings would be €121.6 million.

    [1] http://www.tootukassa.ee/?lang=en

  • Article
    2 februar 2014

    On 29 October 2013, French Labour Minister Michel Sapin sent a government
    statement (in French, 1MB PDF) [1] to the departments of his ministry about
    the implementation of labour inspectorate reform. The reform was later the
    subject of a paper on the reform of the labour inspectorate (in French) [2]
    presented to France’s Council of Ministers on 6 November 2013.

    [1] http://travail-emploi.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/instruction_du_ministre_Ministere_fort.pdf
    [2] http://www.gouvernement.fr/gouvernement/la-reforme-du-systeme-d-inspection-du-travail

  • Report
    30 januar 2014

    The aim of this working paper is to provide information about the working conditions and in-service training opportunities of early childhood education and care (ECEC) workers and to describe how these factors are linked to outcomes for children. This paper is part of the research project ‘Assessing childcare services’ being carried out by Eurofound in 2013 and 2014. The project focuses on the two dimensions of early childhood education and care that have been the main focus of policy initiatives at European level: ensuring that services are accessible and that they are of good quality.

  • Report
    28 januar 2014
    This report explores how Europeans perceive the quality of their societies, and of their public services. It looks at such aspects of society as trust in institutions and other people, perceived tensions between social groups, attitudes towards migrants and the effects of the economic crisis on social inclusion and social cohesion. It finds that satisfaction with the economic situation of one’s country, not being in employment and overall life satisfaction appear to boost satisfaction with public services; hardship appears to reduce it.

Series

  • European Company Survey 2009

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2009, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2013

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2013, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2003

    Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2003, the first edition of the survey.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2007

    Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2007, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2012

    Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2012, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2005

    Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the EWCS 2005, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2010

    Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the EWCS 2010, the fifth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • Manufacturing employment outlook

    This publication series explores scenarios for the future of manufacturing. The employment implications (number of jobs by sector, occupation, wage profile, and task content) under various possible scenarios are examined. The scenarios focus on various possible developments in global trade and energy policies and technological progress and run to 2030.

Forthcoming publications

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