Publications

Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, r...Read more

Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, regular articles on working life in Europe, presentations, working papers providing background material to ongoing or already concluded research, and reports arising from ad hoc requests by policymakers. Other corporate publications include annual reports, brochures and promotional publications. Web databases and online resources such as data visualisation applications are available in Data and resources.

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  • Article
    27 Август 1999

    In August 1999, the Finnish government decided that in future unemployed
    people in many districts will have to accept work from a wider geographical
    area than earlier, or lose their benefits. One aim of this change is to
    reduce recruitment bottlenecks. Employers have long been pushing for such
    measures to "activate" unemployed people and alleviate bottlenecks, while
    trade unions wanted to retain the present situation.

  • Article
    27 Август 1999

    In July 1999, the FEB/VBO employers' organisation responded to the coalition
    agreement of Belgium's new government. It welcomes the new coalition's
    intention to reduce employers' social charges, but firmly rejects any
    measures to encourage reductions in working time or any negotiations on this
    subject. The employers also demand structural reforms of social security.

  • Article
    27 Август 1999

    The president of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichischer
    Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB) set out three medium-term policy goals in an
    interview with the /Der Standard/ daily newspaper at the end of July 1999:
    more full-time employment; a reduction in spurious self-employment; and
    income-based accession criteria for countries seeking to join the EU. An
    overhaul of the social security system, particularly its financing, and a
    re-evaluation of male and female occupations in terms of pay, were added to
    the list of priorities at the end of August. In the newspaper interview,
    theÖGB president stated that in the short run - the autumn of 1999 - the
    harmonisation of the legal treatment of wage earners and salary earners would
    take top priority (AT9906153N [1]). He did not rule out major demonstrations
    over this issue, estimated to affect 1.2 million people directly, with action
    scheduled for the second week of September, after the school holidays. The
    national general elections to be held on 3 October would not influence the
    ÖGB's determination to push the issue. Other short-term goals are:

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/wage-and-salary-earners-remain-unequal

  • Article
    27 Август 1999

    in late July 1999, the French cabinet approved the second bill on the 35-hour
    week, which follows up the first law on the subject adopted in June 1998. The
    new bill establishes a two-year "adjustment period", in particular for the
    question of overtime payments.

  • Article
    27 Август 1999

    A meeting organised in July 1999 by the Economic and Social Council and the
    Commission for Equality in Employment and in the Workplace provided an
    opportunity to assess the progress of equal opportunities for women and men
    in Portugal. Various initiatives have been taken under the Global Plan for
    equality, and the National Action Plan for employment incorporates equality
    measures. However, considerable occupational and pay discrimination persists.

  • Article
    27 Август 1999

    The chair of the Finnish Metalworkers' Union, affiliated to the SAK
    confederation, announced in August 1999 that a deal guaranteeing a steady
    rise in real wages could be sufficient for the country's next national
    incomes policy agreement. At the same time, however, some other SAK
    affiliates, such as the Paper Workers' Union, have stressed the importance of
    solving sector-specific problems.

  • Article
    27 Август 1999

    Sport is a growth industry in the Netherlands, and has attracted increasing
    attention from the government and trade unions. Furthermore, the Flexibility
    and Security Act, drastically changing Dutch law on employment contracts,
    which came into force in January 1999, sowed confusion among employers and
    employees in the sports sector. Recent developments include a collective
    agreement for professional footballers, which came into force on 1 July 1999.

  • Article
    27 Август 1999

    The 1998 strike statistics, published in summer 1999 by the Austrian Trade
    Union Federation (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB), shows the year
    to have been free of strikes, including unauthorised strikes. After 1994 and
    1996, this was the third year in the 1990s without strike activity, while in
    1995 the figure was near nil (AT9707124N [1]). In 1997, there were 153,000
    hours, or 1,913 days, of strike action in the public service when internal
    revenue and customs staff struck twice in June, involving about 25,800
    participants (AT9706117F [2])- there were thus about 0.3 minutes of strike
    action per Austrian employee.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/another-year-without-strikes
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/civil-service-strikes

Series

  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This series includes its restructuring-related databases (events, support instruments and legislation) as well as case studies and publications.

  • European Working Conditions Surveys

    The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) launched in 1990 and is carried out every five years, with the latest edition in 2020. It provides an overview of trends in working conditions and quality of employment for the last 30 years. It covers issues such as employment status, working time duration and organisation, work organisation, learning and training, physical and psychosocial risk factors, health and safety, work–life balance, worker participation, earnings and financial security, work and health, and most recently also the future of work.

  • Challenges and prospects in the EU

    Eurofound’s Flagship report series 'Challenges and prospects in the EU' comprise research reports that contain the key results of multiannual research activities and incorporate findings from different related research projects. Flagship reports are the major output of each of Eurofound’s strategic areas of intervention and have as their objective to contribute to current policy debates.

  • COVID-19

    Eurofound’s work on COVID-19 examines the far-reaching socioeconomic implications of the pandemic across Europe as they continue to impact living and working conditions. A key element of the research is the e-survey, conducted in two rounds – in April and in July 2020. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • European Company Survey 2019

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2019, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • Sectoral social dialogue

    Eurofound's representativness studies are designed to allow the European Commission to identify the ‘management and labour’ whom it must consult under article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This series consists of studies of the representativeness of employer and worker organisations in various sectors.

  • National social partners and policymaking

    This series reports on and updates latest information on the involvement of national social partners in policymaking. The series analyses the involvement of national social partners in the implementation of policy reforms within the framework of social dialogue practices, including their involvement in elaborating the National Reform Programmes (NRPs).

  • New forms of employment

    This series reports on the new forms of employment emerging across Europe that are driven by societal, economic and technological developments and are different from traditional standard or non-standard employment in a number of ways. This series explores what characterises these new employment forms and what implications they have for working conditions and the labour market.

  • European Company Surveys

    The European Company Survey (ECS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2004–2005, with the latest edition in 2019. The survey is designed to provide information on workplace practices to develop and evaluate socioeconomic policy in the EU. It covers issues around work organisation, working time arrangements and work–life balance, flexibility, workplace innovation, employee involvement, human resource management, social dialogue, and most recently also skills use, skills strategies and digitalisation.

  • European Quality of Life Surveys

    The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2003, with the latest edition in 2016. It examines both the objective circumstances of people's lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. It covers issues around employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work–life balance. It also looks at subjective topics, such as people's levels of happiness and life satisfaction, and perceptions of the quality of society.

Forthcoming publications