EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change
The European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC) is an information resource established to promote an understanding of changes in the world of work, employment and restructuring. Its work is supported by a Network of Eurofound Correspondents across all EU Member States and Norway.
The EMCC focuses on two main topic areas.
Employment and labour markets is one of the six main activities in Eurofound’s work programme for the 2021–2024 period. Eurofound operates as a centre of expertise for monitoring and analysing labour market developments, particularly as European labour markets are faced with major challenges in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its research will focus on the consequences of the pandemic for work and employment and how to maintain the functioning and inclusiveness of the labour market.
Anticipating and managing the impact of change
Anticipating and managing the impact of change is one of the six main activities in Eurofound’s work programme for the 2021–2024 period. Eurofound will provide evidence on structural developments affecting the EU economy and labour markets, driven largely by digitalisation and the transition to a carbon-neutral economy, but also by the COVID-19 crisis. The research is intended to assist policymakers in anticipating and preparing European labour markets and workplaces for these changes.
Eurofound’s work on COVID-19 examines the far-reaching socioeconomic implications of the pandemic across Europe as they continue to impact living and working conditions. A key element of the research is the e-survey Living, working and COVID-19, launched in April 2020, with five rounds completed at different stages during 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.
Featured – Tech sector reducing workforce
After several years of intensive hiring, the big tech industry's employee growth has been slowing down. Google-owner Alphabet, Meta, Microsoft, Salesforce, and many others have recently announced they will reduce headcount. In the company announcements, the main motivator is a slowdown in demand for their services, which had been high during the coronavirus pandemic. The job reductions at the global level are quite significant: 12,000 in Google, 11,000 in Meta, 10,000 in Microsoft and 7,900 in Salesforce. However, they are relatively small compared to the number of hirings that have taken place in recent years. The layoffs are taking place mainly in the USA and, on a lesser scale, in Europe. As many of the big tech firms have their European headquarters in Dublin, a disproportionate share of European jobs cuts is likely to take place in Ireland.
This is evident from recent announcements recorded in Eurofound’s European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) events database, where most of the large, transnational job reduction cases reported in recent months have involved the well-known big tech companies. The ERM dataset is updated daily with fresh cases of large job losses (and job gains) and will continue to monitor the impact in the tech sector.
- European Restructuring Monitor: Restructuring events database
Casos recientes de reestructuración
Publicaciones del EMCC
Recovery from COVID-19: The changing structure of employment in the EU
20 Octubre 2022
Going digital: Restructuring trends in retail banking
26 Septiembre 2022
Ethics in the digital workplace
30 Mayo 2022
The digital age: Implications of automation, digitisation and platforms for work and employment
15 Diciembre 2021
European Jobs Monitor 2021: Gender gaps and the employment structure
14 Diciembre 2021
Understanding the gender pay gap: What role do sector and occupation play?
14 Diciembre 2021
Initiatives to improve conditions for platform workers: Aims, methods, strengths and weaknesses
02 Diciembre 2021
Digitisation in the workplace
25 Octubre 2021
What just happened? COVID-19 lockdowns and change in the labour market
19 Octubre 2021
Tools of trade: Supporting export businesses to improve their workplace practices
06 Octubre 2021