Living and working in Europe

3 március 2022

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Eurofound’s research captures the many dimensions of living and working in Europe. Each year, the Agency compiles a yearbook to provide a snapshot of what is happening in the work and lives of Europeans as explored in the Agency’s research activities over the course of the previous year.Read more

Eurofound’s research captures the many dimensions of living and working in Europe. Each year, the Agency compiles a yearbook to provide a snapshot of what is happening in the work and lives of Europeans as explored in the Agency’s research activities over the course of the previous year. This serves to inform the policy debate at EU and national levels. As the EU Agency whose vision is ‘to be Europe’s leading knowledge source for better life and work’, it was a priority for Eurofound in 2020 to capture the experience of living and working through the COVID-19 pandemic so that the far-reaching implications could be weighed and understood.

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Key policy priorities at EU level are designed to address the main political, economic or social challenges faced by the EU and its citizRead more

Key policy priorities at EU level are designed to address the main political, economic or social challenges faced by the EU and its citizens. The European Commission’s six top priorities 2019-2024 also reflect the main priorities EU leaders set in the EU’s strategic agenda and, each year, the Council, the Parliament and the Commission agree on their top priorities. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the EU has adapted its priorities and programmes. In February 2021, it established the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). It is the central pillar of the recovery plan for Europe, Next Generation EU, to help Member States address the economic and social impact of  the pandemic, while ensuring their economies take on the green and digital transitions to become more sustainable and resilient.

Eurofound research on living and working in Europe feeds into a number of key EU policy areas centred, in particular, around The European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan presented in March 2021; the move towards a Just Transition; and the future of Europe debate. Eurofound aims to provide knowledge to assist in the development of better social, employment and work-related policies that will lead to a strong social Europe focusing on jobs and skills for the future, and paving the way for a fair, inclusive and resilient socio-economic recovery.

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Research

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Living and working in Europe 2020 covers a wide range of topics, from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment and on people’s well-being to the inequalities in the working conditions of women and men.Read more

Living and working in Europe 2020 covers a wide range of topics, from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment and on people’s well-being to the inequalities in the working conditions of women and men. It also highlights the connections between Eurofound’s work and EU policy priorities in the coming years.

In this light, the yearbook puts the spotlight on a number of important research areas.

Spotlight on employment

The mobilisation against COVID-19 sent shockwaves through European labour markets in 2020, resulting in mass layoffs and a huge economic fallout.

Research focuses on:

  • The impact on employment and how to measure it, as well as the sectors and the workers that suffered most
  • Non-standard employment statuses, such as temporary and part-time, and the working conditions associated with them
  • The rise in platform work and the advantages and drawbacks of this employment form

Spotlight on workplaces

A successful European transition to a green and digital economy is contingent upon the ability of the public and private economic realms to transform what they do and how they do it. This puts a spotlight on the workplace and the challenges for organisations to equip their employees with the right skills and competencies to take on the new tasks and technologies of the future, while also creating the right conditions to motivate employees to give more than the job description requires.

Research focuses on:

  • Unlocking employee potential for a successful transition through workplace practices that enhance autonomy and promote skills development
  • Social dialogue at EU level, building the capacity of the national-level social partners to engage fully in social dialogue and the contribution of social dialogue at company level to successful businesses

Spotlight on work

As the COVID-19 pandemic played out over 2020, one consequence that came sharply into focus was the setback to women’s employment. Another was the rise in telework.

Research focuses on:

  • Gender equality at work, occupational segregation and the differences in job quality experienced by women and men
  • The leap from workplace to cyberspace for many employees with the shift to telework and the challenges for work–life balance

Spotlight on living in Europe

The European Pillar of Social Rights acknowledges the right of citizens to access the care services essential to their quality of life. Yet, many people in different Member States encounter barriers to receiving the services they need. Quality of life for citizens as a whole diminished across Europe during the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020.

Research focuses on:

  • The factors that prevent Europeans from accessing care when they need it, including healthcare, long-term care and early childhood education and care, and how to interpret these barriers
  • COVID-19 and its toll on well-being and social cohesion, informed by Eurofound’s unique Living, working and COVID-19 e-survey

Living and working in Europe post-COVID

The crisis exposed the fault lines in European societies and played out along them. Eurofound’s work calls attention to many of those fault lines – those that run through life and work in Europe. They present many questions about the path ahead and the choices for policymakers.

In 2021, Eurofound began its 2021–2024 programming period, aptly titled Towards recovery and resilience. In that period, the Agency will continue to provide evidence to inform policymakers in their endeavours to address the issues that must be solved to achieve a true social Europe.


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Key outputs over the years

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Publications & data

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The sections below provide access to a range of publications, data and ongoing work on this topic. 

  • Kiadványok (21)
  • Adatok

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