The European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC) is an information resource established to promote an understanding of changes in the world of work, employment and restructuring. Its work is supported by a Network of Eurofound Correspondents across all EU Member States and Norway.
The EMCC focuses on two main topic areas.
Employment and labour markets is one of the six main activities in Eurofound’s work programme for the 2021–2024 period. Eurofound operates as a centre of expertise for monitoring and analysing labour market developments, particularly as European labour markets are faced with major challenges in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its research will focus on the consequences of the pandemic for work and employment and how to maintain the functioning and inclusiveness of the labour market.
Anticipating and managing the impact of change is one of the six main activities in Eurofound’s work programme for the 2021–2024 period. Eurofound will provide evidence on structural developments affecting the EU economy and labour markets, driven largely by digitalisation and the transition to a carbon-neutral economy, but also by the COVID-19 crisis. The research is intended to assist policymakers in anticipating and preparing European labour markets and workplaces for these changes.
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 Living, working and COVID-19, launched in April 2020, with five rounds completed at different stages during 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.
Featured - Platform work update on Eurofound platform repository
Platform work is a growing phenomenon in the EU with business models, types of platform work and policy responses constantly evolving. Even if the scale of platform work remains marginal in the EU, its existence speaks to a broader phenomenon of ever more diverse forms of employment that impact on the employment rights and working conditions of workers.
Practices which a decade ago were the hallmark of the then incipient platform economy such as algorithmic management are nowadays entering into traditional employment settings. The ‘platformisation’ of work presents numerous challenges for the world of work with standard employment moving towards more flexible, project-based work that is embedded into fragmented contractual relationships with multiple employers.
The platform work repository is the most comprehensive up-to-date European wide database that collects information about voluntary and legal initiatives that seek to address the issue of working conditions for platform workers. The database currently contains 279 entries that capture the diversity of instruments adopted in member states in response to the growing importance of platform work.
- Platform economy repository: Initiatives
Going digital: Restructuring trends in retail banking
26 September 2022
Ethics in the digital workplace
30 May 2022
The digital age: Implications of automation, digitisation and platforms for work and employment
15 December 2021
European Jobs Monitor 2021: Gender gaps and the employment structure
14 December 2021
Understanding the gender pay gap: What role do sector and occupation play?
14 December 2021
Initiatives to improve conditions for platform workers: Aims, methods, strengths and weaknesses
02 December 2021
Digitisation in the workplace
25 October 2021
What just happened? COVID-19 lockdowns and change in the labour market
19 October 2021
Tools of trade: Supporting export businesses to improve their workplace practices
06 October 2021
Tackling labour shortages in EU Member States
20 July 2021