Partial retirement schemes can help secure pensions

Submitted by james.higgins on Thu, 15/09/2016 - 10:03

Partial retirement schemes can be an important part of the solution to improving sustainability of Europe’s pension systems. However, despite their clear potential, the practical experiences of partial retirement have shown mixed results, according to Eurofound's new report Extending working lives through flexible retirement schemes: Partial retirement released today.

The true cost of poor housing

Submitted by james.higgins on Thu, 15/09/2016 - 10:03

The cost of people living in inadequate housing in the EU Member States is hitting economies to the tune of nearly €194 billion per year, a new report from Eurofound states. The cost of addressing the shortcomings of the housing stock would be in the region of €295 billion (at 2011 prices). However, the report maintains, the outlay could be quickly recouped from savings on healthcare and a range of publicly funded services.

Eurofound contributes to ILERA conference

Submitted by james.higgins on Thu, 15/09/2016 - 10:03

The 11th European Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA) took place in Milan over 8–10 September 2016. A corporate member of ILERA, Eurofound has played an active role in previous European and world congresses, contributing to the discussion and sharing information. It continued its contribution at this year’s congress, the theme of which – The future of representation – is particularly relevant to Eurofound’s work.

A year in review – working life in 2015

Submitted by james.higgins on Thu, 15/09/2016 - 10:03

A new report from Eurofound – Developments in working life in Europe: EurWORK annual review 2015 – collates information based on research from Eurofound’s network of European correspondents. The correspondents report national-level information on industrial relations and working conditions for the Agency’s European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK).

Charting the state of housing across the EU

Submitted by james.higgins on Thu, 15/09/2016 - 10:03

The prevalence of structural problems in dwellings in the EU varies considerably between Member States.

On average, 12% of EU residents report damp or leaks in their walls and roofs; 9% live in accommodation with rot in the windows, doors or floors; and 14% of resident indicate that they cannot afford to keep their home adequately warm.

Such problems are most common in Cyprus, where 51% of dwellings have a structural deficiency, and least common in Austria and Sweden, where 92% of residents reported having no structural problems in their dwellings.

Employee involvement and participation at work: Recent research and policy developments revisited

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Submitted by cau on Tue, 13/09/2016 - 14:43

This topical update looks at the issue of employee involvement and participation at work, specifically reviewing recent pieces of research at EU and national level, EU directives, changes in the legal framework, social partner initiatives and debates identified in EurWORK quarterly reports during 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.

Variable attitudes towards variable pay in Europe

Submitted by james.higgins on Fri, 02/09/2016 - 16:55

Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often unevenly distributed among different groups of workers; particularly benefitting men, highly-skilled and highly ranked workers. Without robust monitoring and transparency, supplementary employee reward systems could potentially exacerbate pre-existing pay inequalities.