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Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, regular articles on working life in Europe, presentations, working papers providing background material to ongoing or already concluded research, and reports arising from ad hoc requests by policymakers. Other corporate publications include annual reports, brochures and promotional publications. Web databases and online resources such as data visualisation applications are available in Data and resources.


  • Unions criticise proposal to cut compensation for unfair dismissals

    The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in the UK has outlined areas in which it is to consult on proposed changes to employment law. The changes form part of a deregulatory drive by the government which it hopes will reduce the burden on business and stimulate economic growth. As part of the review, it plans to make changes to the employment tribunal system.
  • Survey reveals lack of basic skills among workforce

    In June 2012, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI [1]) and international training provider Pearson [2] published findings from their fifth annual UK Education and skills survey (6.56Mb PDF) [3]. The survey is based on responses from 542 British companies employing a total of 1.6 million workers, and was conducted between January and February 2012. Responses came from businesses of all sizes, a range of sectors and different regions. [1] http://www.cbi.org.uk/ [2] http://www.pearson.com/ [3] http://www.cbi.org.uk/media/1514978/cbi_education_and_skills_survey_2012.pdf
  • De la crisis a la recuperación: Politicas mejor fundadas para una Europa justa y competitiva

    As Eurofound embarks on a new four-year work programme, Europe faces some of its greatest challenges yet. Prospects for economic and social development in Europe and in other parts of the world are increasingly unclear. Drafted against this social and economic background and with these key imperatives to the fore, the priorities of this programme reflect clearly both the immediate challenge of coping with the crisis and the mid-term ambition to achieve progress towards a competitive and fair Europe – and this, of course, with the overall ambition of seeing Europe get ‘back on track’. Building on over 30 years of research and expertise serving Europe’s decision-makers – EU institutions, national governments and social partners – this programme presents the strategic framework for the work of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions for the period 2013 to 2016.
  • Social dialogue in times of global economic crisis

    Social dialogue is one of the cornerstones of social Europe and involves employers, workers and their representatives, and, in tripartite structures, also public authorities in the discussions and negotiations which shape social policy and industrial relations. This study seeks to establish how far Member States were willing or able to use social dialogue as a tool to mitigate the effects of the financial downturn in the wake of the profound global economic crisis which began in autumn 2008. It analyses where it was used, how effective it was and also identifies the factors that could make it more or less likely that the social partners would be involved in efforts to respond to the crisis.
  • Quality of work and employment: A policy tool towards inclusive and sustainable growth - Conference report

    On 12 April 2012, a conference on 'Quality of work and Employment: A policy tool towards inclusive and sustainable growth' was jointly organised by the European Parliament and Eurofound, with the participation of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament and with the support of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. The main findings of the series of European Working Conditions Surveys (EWCS), which have been conducted by Eurofound for more than 20 years now, were discussed, focusing on the current challenges for quality of work and employment and the need for a broader approach to sustainable and inclusive work when employment policies are designed. The overview report of the latest 5th wave of the EWCS was launched at the conference.
  • Go-ahead for Jobs for the Future scheme for young people

    Young people who emerge from the education system in France without a diploma have great difficulty in finding employment. The unemployment rate among this group in the four years after leaving school is 45%, compared with 19% for those who have benefited from training.
  • Government opens debate on issue of demographic change

    The process of demographic change is expected to have significant impact in Germany over the coming decades. Low birth rates and increasing life expectancy mean the proportion of older people will rise while the working-age population will continue to decline. The resulting labour shortage threatens economic growth and puts considerable pressure on social security systems. This applies particularly to technical professions and the natural sciences, where companies face recruitment problems (DE1009019I [1], DE0707039I [2]). [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/debate-on-the-future-of-skilled-labour [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/shortage-of-skilled-labour-in-industrial-sectors
  • Gender equality in non-governmental organisations

    The findings of a policy paper on equal opportunities for women and men (in Polish) [1] published by Poland’s Institute of Policy Affairs (ISP [2]) highlight the role of women in non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The paper is based on data gathered from surveys conducted in 2010 and 2011 by the Klon/Jawor Association [3] and is part of a broader project, Partnership – Equal Chances for Men and Women, implemented by the ISP to address problems of gender inequality in the media, politics, family, labour market and third sector organisations. [1] http://isp.org.pl/publikacje,1,545.html [2] http://isp.org.pl/about-isp,22.html [3] http://klon.org.pl/
  • France: EIRO CAR on the Changing Business Landscape in the Electricity sector and Industrial Relations in Europe

    Disclaimer: This information is made available as a service to the public but has not been edited by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The content is the responsibility of the authors. Employment ...
  • Austria: EIRO CAR on the Changing Business Landscape in the Electricity sector and Industrial Relations in Europe

    Disclaimer: This information is made available as a service to the public but has not been edited by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The content is the responsibility of the authors. Employment ...

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