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  • 06 Abril 2016
    The following article, originally written by Brian Sheehan from IRN Publishing for Eurofound's European Observatory of Working Life (EurWork), gives an overview of the reasons behind the decision to raise Ireland's National Minimum Wage (NMW) to above the 2007 level for the first time. The new rate was implemented on 1 January 2016, and followed on from a recommendation in the Low Pay Commission’s first annual report to increase the NMW by 50 cents per hour to a new hourly rate of €9.15. To read the original article please go http://bit.ly/IEWageRise.
  • 31 Marzo 2016
    This year marks the fourth and final year of implementation of Eurofound’s four-year work programme 2013–2016, ‘From crisis to recovery: Better informed policies for a competitive and fair Europe’. Eurofound is projected to release up to 100 reports this year on a number of issues closely related to this overall topic. Many of Eurofound’s publications are particularly relevant for EU policy-makers, business leaders, trade unionists, journalists and academics with an interest in a specific subject area. However, a number of reports and studies are also of significant interest to the general public in both Europe and beyond. Eurofound extensively promotes 12 publications per year via both traditional and social media, as well as through public events and exhibitions. Below is a projection of the headline publications for 2016.
  • 29 Marzo 2016
    Portugal has the highest emigration rate as a proportion of its population in the EU, a rate that is currently at its highest for more than 40 years. With a marked increase in the relocation of the skilled Portuguese workforce – most notably to the UK, France and Germany – Eurofound looks at how official unemployment figures are distorted by an increase in emigration and the exclusion of those on vocational training, employment programmes and ‘discouraged workers’. These figures have been the subject of debate for some time, with the government and trade unions – among others – having differing views of how they are made up, the latter citing employment policies that encourage emigration as a way of adjusting economic stability.
  • 29 Marzo 2016
    For more than a century, the world has marked International Women’s Day. This year, on Tuesday 8 March, the theme for the worldwide campaign was gender parity. Eurofound’s web page dedicated to the day highlights the disparity that still prevails across Europe, as shown by the Agency’s research findings.
  • 29 Marzo 2016
    Eurofound is contributing to the informal Social Protection Committee (SPC) meeting taking place in Amsterdam on 29–30 March. Research Manager Daphne Ahrendt will make a presentation to the opening session on integrated approaches to combating poverty across the EU. The meeting is scheduled to culminate with the finalisation of Council Conclusions on an integrated approach. The SPC meeting is being held under the Dutch Presidency of the EU, which has identified poverty reduction as a focus of attention, to be addressed through sharing knowledge and experience between Member States.
  • 29 Marzo 2016
    Despite the far-reaching impact the economic crisis has had on the European labour market since 2008, working time has remained quite stable in most countries for well over a decade.
  • 29 Marzo 2016
    On 3 March, Eurofound organised its fourth National Cluster Seminar in Warsaw – in collaboration with the Polish employers’ organisation Lewiatan – to address the issue of how best to support a move to competitiveness based on innovation. Hosted by the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, the seminar ‘Quality jobs: from low wage to an innovation economy’, brought together public authorities, social partner representatives, and NGOs from the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. The programme and presentations are available.
  • 29 Marzo 2016
    The figure shows the duration of the statutory maximum working week in EU Member States according to the legislation in place in 2014. With the exception of Belgium, France and Germany (shown in orange), most countries fall into one of two main groups: those that set their maximum weekly hours at the 48 hours specified by the Working Time Directive (in yellow); those that operate a lower limit of 40 hours, which may be extended up to 48 hours or more under certain conditions (in green). Read more in Working time developments in the 21st century: Work duration and its regulation in the EU.
  • 29 Marzo 2016
    Eurofound is currently preparing to conduct its fourth European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS). From September to November 2016, more than 35,000 people will be interviewed face-to-face in the 28 EU Member States and in five candidate countries. The EQLS looks at a range of topics, including living standards, housing, work–life balance, health, trust in people and institutions, social tensions, and perceived social exclusion. As in previous waves, the survey will also investigate trends in people’s subjective well-being – in terms of how satisfied they are with aspects of their life. This round of the survey will have an increased focus on quality of public services, with an extended section covering healthcare (primary care and hospitals), long-term care, childcare and schools. First results will be published in autumn 2017; more detailed analyses will follow in 2018.
  • 29 Marzo 2016
    As labour markets recover across the EU, the number of jobs created in restructurings has converged with the number of jobs lost. Job losses have increased in retail and financial services, while the biggest gains have taken place in private and professional services.

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