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  • 22 Marzo 2016
    Eurofound expresses its deepest sympathy to the families of those who have died and those injured in the attacks in Brussels this morning and stands in solidarity with those who continue to uphold the values which define the European Union in the world.  
  • 16 Marzo 2016
    Although workplace innovation is more frequently associated with the private sector, it also has a role to play in public sector organisations. Case studies developed under Eurofound's project on workplace innovation in European companies have highlighted the ways in which public sector organisations have used innovative practices to make best use of their human capital and address challenges that they face.
  • 08 Marzo 2016
    Eurofound salutes International Women’s Day on 8 March, the theme of which is Pledge for Parity, highlighting persistent inequalities between the sexes in areas including politics, employment, education and health. In Europe, equality between women and men at work is rising on some fronts, according to 2015 findings from Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), but the gender gap continues in many areas. For instance, one-third of employees now have a woman supervisor, a rise from one-quarter in 2000, but closer analysis shows that while half of women are supervised by a woman, this is the case for only 15% of men.
  • 02 Marzo 2016
    Ms Montserrat Mir, recently elected Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Congress (ETUC) visited Eurofound today. Ms Mir met with Eurofound’s Director Juan Menéndez-Valdés and senior staff, gaining insights into the cost of the gender employment gap, the gender dimension of working conditions, and access to social protection.
  • 01 Marzo 2016
    Working time has remained relatively stable in the 21st century but socio-demographic challenges and the ubiquitous nature of new technologies may see significant changes in working time in the near future, according to a new report from Eurofound, the EU Agency based in Dublin. Working time developments in the 21st century reveals, for the first time, the development of working time for full-time workers from a long-term perspective, examining the periods before and after the economic crisis.
  • 22 Febrero 2016
    As Europe emerges from the crisis, what strategies are in place to support a move to competitiveness based on innovation? At Eurofound’s fourth National Cluster Seminar in Warsaw on 3 March, ‘Quality jobs: from low wage to an innovation economy’, participants will seek to answer this question. Organised in collaboration with the Polish employers’ organisation Lewiatan and hosted by the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, the event will bring together public authorities, social partner representatives, and NGOs from the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia to discuss a number of issues: the challenges these countries face in striving to grow competitiveness; the transformation from low-wage jobs to innovation economies; and what shape innovation may take in the future.
  • 22 Febrero 2016
    The level at which the statutory minimum wage is set greatly varies between the Member States of the EU, as new research by Eurofound highlights. Bulgaria and Romania have the lowest minimum wage in the EU, while Luxembourg has the highest minimum wage – about nine times that of Bulgaria. Changes to the minimum wage also vary greatly between countries: between January 2015 and January 2016, the highest increases in the minimum wage (by more than 10%) were in Bulgaria, Estonia and Lithuania. In Belgium and Greece, by contrast, the minimum wage has remained unchanged since 2012.
  • 22 Febrero 2016
    In recent years, social partners have become more closely involved in the European Semester process, the EU’s annual cycle of economic policy guidance and surveillance. However, both they and the EU institutions agree that their even closer involvement is desirable – in the European and national strands of the Semester.
  • 22 Febrero 2016
    A new representativeness study from Eurofound looks at the graphical sector in Europe. Deeply affected by the economic crisis, with no real sign of recovery, the sector faces a number of challenges, not least the rise of the internet as a source of information and advertising as well as globalised competition, leading to job losses and overcapacity. The study is the first in a new wave, carried out at the request of the European Commission, which aims to identify the representative social partner organisations to be consulted under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. In addition to its analysis of the employment and economic trends of the sector, this latest study finds that UNI Europa Graphical and Intergraf are the most important European-level social partner organisations, based on their membership.
  • 22 Febrero 2016
    Demands for greater flexibility in labour markets, and reforms in employment protection legislation related to these demands, have led a growth in temporary employment in most European countries since the 1980s. Eurofound’s new report Recent developments in temporary employment: Employment growth, wages and transitions takes a broad perspective on this phenomenon, examining temporary employment in the EU27 in the period 2001–2012. The report maps the recent evolution of temporary employment, before and after the economic crisis, calculates the wage gap between temporary and permanent employees and analyses the wage gap within companies.