Eurofound has three thematic observatories. These serve as portals to gather and publish data and information on a continuous basis. The EurWORK, EMCC and EurLIFE observatories provide access to six main topic areas in the 2021–2024 programming period.

European Observatory of Working Life – EurWORK European Monitoring Centre on Change – EMCC European Observatory on Quality of Life – EurLIFE

Working conditions and sustainable work

Industrial relations and social dialogue 

Employment and labour markets Living conditions and quality of life

Two transversal topics are covered by all observatories: 

Anticipating and managing the impact of change 

Promoting social cohesion and convergence 

European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK)

EurWORK provides research and comparative information on key developments in working conditions and sustainable work, focusing on the challenge of improving job quality. It also covers developments in industrial relations and social dialogue that affect the EU Member States. The research also contributes to analysis of the impact of change and social cohesion and convergence.

European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC)

The EMCC looks at the economic and social developments that drive change in the structure of employment and labour markets across Europe. Analysis of restructuring feeds into the research on the impact of change. The research also focuses on labour shortages and underused potential in certain sectors and occupations, exploring policy interventions and company practices.  

The EMCC’s European Restructuring Monitor provides up-to-date analysis on company restructuring, complemented by details of relevant legislation and support initiatives. Its findings are presented in searchable databases and in annual reports. 

The European Jobs Monitor describes shifts in employment at Member State and EU level, showing where employment is growing, or contracting, and the implications of this for job quality.

European Observatory on Quality of Life (EurLIFE)

EurLIFE offers access to the results of survey data analysis and qualitative research in the field of living conditions and quality of life, including the impact of COVID-19 on people’s lives. The research explores quality of society, as well asaccess to and quality of public services. Research on quality of society also contributes to analysis on promoting social cohesion and convergence across the EU Member States. 

Data collection

The Network of Eurofound Correspondents contributes to all three observatories. These experts, covering all 27 EU Member States (plus Norway), assess current national situations, prepare case studies and reports, analyse findings and inform Eurofound’s pan-European comparative analysis – across the EU27 and beyond.