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  • Social partners’ involvement in pension reform in the EU

    The reform of pension systems is arguably one of the key challenges for social policy in Europe in the context of demographic change. In recent years, the issue has been very high on the policy agenda across all EU Member States and in Norway. While several countries have introduced pension reforms...
  • Sharp rise in sickness absence

    2012 saw record levels of sickness absenteeism in Belgium. The yearly report of HR services company SD Worx shows that over the last decade there has been a steady increase in the number, frequency and duration of sickness absences, and the annual national average for working hours lost as a result...
  • How unskilled workers’ health deteriorates with age

    A study in Germany has looked at the rising prevalence of poor health with age, and the potential correlation with occupation. The results show poor health is three times more frequent among older workers compared to their younger colleagues. Manual workers are most likely to say they are in poor...
  • Impact of the crisis on working conditions in Europe

    The economic and financial crisis is affecting working conditions across EU Member States and Norway in different ways and scope. Yet the pattern is of less work, reduced overall working time, less overtime, rising job insecurity, less choice for workers, wage freezes and wage cuts. There is also...
  • Role of governments and social partners in keeping older workers in the labour market

    As the average age of the population is rising, people aged 55–64 make up an increasing share of workers in Europe. This demographic shift, as well as ongoing threats to the sustainability of national welfare and pension systems, has increased pressure for reforms to encourage longer careers. This...
  • Inequality and discrimination in employment still high

    A survey to investigate equality and discrimination in the workplace in Bulgaria has revealed that age, ethnicity, disability and sexual orientation are the most frequently cited grounds for discrimination in the workplace. Age discrimination is more common against those over the age of 50 than...
  • Challenges of an ageing population

    A study by Estonia’s Centre of Applied Social Sciences looks at older people in the labour market and shows that overall awareness of the challenges society faces due to the ageing population is very low. Based on the results, researchers recommend improving measures designed to keep workers in the...
  • Employers positive about recruiting young workers

    Employers in the UK believe they have a part to play in tackling youth unemployment, according to a report by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development. The report shows employers that have recruited a young worker in the past year are generally positive about that worker. But only 56%...
  • Ageing and work in Europe (report)

    With the objective of raising employment rates of older people the EU is promoting policies aimed at abolishing early retirement schemes, setting up more flexible working hours, improving health and safety, and developing access to lifelong learning. This report examines the measures taken by seven...
  • Rise in age-related discrimination at work

    Most of the respondents to the ‘Trends’ survey carried out by the Centre of Empirical Studies (STEM) in April 2011 believed that some groups of people are discriminated against at work. The extent of the problem in the Czech Republic has increased significantly in the last year. Discrimination on...

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