EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

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  • Working conditions and workers' health

    This report uses European Working Conditions Survey data to examine working conditions and their implications for worker’s health. Ensuring the sustainability of work in the context of ageing populations implies a greater number of people in employment who can remain in the workforce for longer....
  • Netherlands: Latest working life developments – Q4 2017

    Employer organisations’ plans for improving working conditions and wages for disabled workers, criticism of the system calculating the pension age, and career advice for older workers are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working...
  • Extending working life: What do workers want?

    In the context of moves to raise the legal retirement age in many EU Member States, this article explores the views of workers about the issue of extending working life. It highlights differences in the share of workers regarding the age they would like to work to and the ability to work until 60...
  • Hungary: Latest working life developments – Q2 2017

    Publication of a study on the minimum wage, the introduction of pensioners’ cooperatives to reduce labour and skill shortages, and a proposal to extend working time are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Hungary in...
  • EU level: Latest working life developments – Q1 2017

    Issues related to the European Commission’s proposal on the European Pillar of Social Rights, as well as some developments in social dialogue at EU level, are the main topics of interest in this article. This update reports on the latest developments in working life at EU level in the first...
  • Estonia: New training schemes aim to counter unemployment

    Training schemes to prevent unemployment and support employment will be available for Estonian employees from May 2017. The social partners are hopeful that these will help to address the issues of an ageing labour force and skills mismatch. Background The labour market situation has steadily...
  • Sustainable work throughout the life course: National policies and strategies

    European countries face the challenges of ageing populations supported by shrinking workforces, more precarious types of employment, and in many cases, a decreasing number of jobs in the wake of the economic crisis. As a result, the issue of how to enable more people to participate in the labour ...
  • Austria: Study examines seniority principle in the labour market

    A study of the problems older employees face in the Austrian labour market shows that their age is the biggest hindrance to getting a job. The study debunks the common belief that older workers’ problems are caused by the ‘seniority principle’: the fact that the longer workers are employed, the...
  • Sustainable work over the life course: Concept paper

    Ageing of the population is likely to threaten the ability of states to finance welfare states and social protection systems in the future. A viable solution is to increase employment rates and to lengthen working life. To achieve this dual goal requires devising new solutions for working...
  • Czech Republic: Average age of employees is increasing

    The average age of Czech employees has increased by 3.7 years in the last 20 years.  According to a report by the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO), the average age of an employee is now 42.4 years (in Czech). Apart from an ageing population and an increase in life expectancy, there have been...

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