7 apríl 2022
Job creation refers to the process of providing new jobs, especially for people who were previously unemployed or inactive. Job creation is a key priority for EU social and employment policy.
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The European Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe adopted in November 2014 focuses on creating jobs and boosting growth by making smarter use of financial resources, removing obstacles to investment and providing visibility and technical assistance to investment projects.Read more
The European Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe adopted in November 2014 focuses on creating jobs and boosting growth by making smarter use of financial resources, removing obstacles to investment and providing visibility and technical assistance to investment projects. Building on this, the InvestEU Programme 2021–2027 will further boost investment, innovation and job creation by making EU funding simpler to access and more effective.
Research shows that the strongest recent structural employment growth was recorded in the health and care sectors and in information and communication technologies. Both sectors have strong potential for continued job creation, along with green jobs, as highlighted in the Commission’s 2012 ‘Employment package’.
The Commission has recognised the contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to economic development and labour markets in the EU, and it supports SMEs through a variety of policies and instruments. In 2016, the European Parliament issued a resolution on how best to support the job creation potential of SMEs.
- European Commission: Jobs, growth and investment
- European Commission: Investment Plan for Europe
- European Commission: What's next? The InvestEU Programme (2021-2027)
- European Commission: Employment package 2012
- European Parliament: Resolution on how best to harness the job creation potential of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Eurofound’s work on job creation links in with the Commission’s 2019–2024 priority on an economy that works for people.
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Tools for continuous monitoring of labour market developments and of restructuring in the Member States have been developed in the framework of Eurofound’s European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC).Read more
Tools for continuous monitoring of labour market developments and of restructuring in the Member States have been developed in the framework of Eurofound’s European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC). The EMCC is the point of access for all information on changing labour markets, restructuring and job creation. The investigation of factors supporting or inhibiting job creation also requires access to company-level information. Eurofound has conducted three waves of its European Company Survey (ECS) since 2003, providing comparative evidence on company practices and their link to innovation and job creation.
Eurofound’s European Jobs Monitor (EJM) looks in detail at recent shifts in employment at Member State and aggregate EU levels, covering cases of job creation and job loss by occupation and sector. The 2017 report on occupational change and wage inequality shows that in 2016 employment in the EU finally returned to the same level as before the global financial crisis.
The European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) has recently explored the case of SMEs, meaning companies with fewer than 250 employees, as a source of job creation. It found that SMEs are likely to have contributed to improved employment levels and increasingly gain attention as a source of job creation in Europe. However, due to the large scale of the SME population, there is considerable heterogeneity among them, and not all are equally dynamic job creators.
‘Born global’ enterprises – young companies with an international mindset – are also dynamic in job creation, despite their low share among enterprises. Eurofound research has looked at the potential of job creation in these new international businesses. It characterises born globals and outline their main strengths and weaknesses, as well as economic and labour market potential.
A study on the creation of more and better jobs in home-care services highlights the persistent labour shortages in the health and social care sector. It analyses initiatives that were successful in either creating more jobs in the sector, or improving the quality of its jobs, with the dual aim of attracting new recruits and retaining existing staff.Read less
Key outputs over the years
Publications & dataTop
The sections below provide access to a range of publications, data and ongoing work on this topic.
- Publications (187)
- Ongoing work
Eurofound publications come in a variety of formats, including reports, policy briefs, blogs, articles and presentations.
First impacts of the Ukrainian crisis on employment in the EUArticle 7 apríl 2022
The digital age: Implications of automation, digitisation and platforms for work and employmentPublication 15 desember 2021
Bank restructuring: disruptors versus incumbentsArticle 18 nóvember 2021
Tools of trade: Supporting export businesses to improve their workplace practicesPublication 6 október 2021
Europe’s low-carbon transition makes economic senseBlog 21 febrúar 2020
Where are all the good jobs?Blog 29 október 2019
Capital gains: Employment growth in EU capitals outstrips other regions over 15-year periodNews 7 október 2019
European Jobs Monitor 2019: Shifts in the employment structure at regional levelPublication 7 október 2019
Cooperatives and social enterprises: Work and employment in selected countriesPublication 12 júní 2019
The future of manufacturing in EuropePublication 10 apríl 2019
A selection of related data on this topic are linked below.
- Data: European Jobs Monitor
- ERM restructuring events database – factsheets on large-scale restructuring events in each EU Member State, updated daily
- ERM restructuring support instruments database – addresses growth support
- ERM restructuring case studies database – includes business expansion in search criteria
- European Reshoring Monitor – identifies cases of firms relocating manufacturing activities to Europe
Research continues in this topic on a variety of themes, which are outlined below with links to forthcoming titles.
Current research will also focus on:
- how workplace practices and company characteristics are associated with the development of employment levels in companies.