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  • 21 February 2017
    Eurofound hosted a delegation from the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in Dublin on 20 - 21 February. The delegation included Jean Lambert MEP (Greens/EFA), Joëlle Mélin MEP (ENF), Laura Agea MEP (EFDD), Javi López MEP (S&D), and Lynn Boylan MEP (GUE/NGL), as well as political advisors and representatives of the European Parliament's Secretariat. The delegation met with the Eurofound Directorate and senior staff to discuss a range of issues related to living and working conditions in Europe, with specific presentations and discussions on the importance of comparative information and reports; addressing poverty and inequality; the new challenges for regulating work; increasing labour market participation by creating jobs and promoting integration; and the importance of social dialogue. More info:
  • 15 February 2017
    GENEVA/BRUSSELS (ILO News) –The expanding use of digital technologies such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers for work for home and elsewhere is rapidly transforming the traditional model of work. It can improve work-life balance, reduce commuting time, and boost productivity, but it can also potentially result in longer working hours, higher work intensity and work-home interference, according to a new joint ILO-Eurofound report released today.
  • 10 February 2017
    The International Labour Organization (ILO) will launch a joint report with Eurofound entitled Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work, on Wednesday 15 February. At a time when the use of digital technology is constantly growing, the new research highlights opportunities and challenges of expanding telework. It synthesises research carried out by both organisations in 15 countries, including ten EU Member States as well as Argentina, Brazil, India, Japan and the United States. The study also provides recommendations to accompany those sweeping changes. The report and all associated material and information are under strict embargo until 12.00 GMT -13.00 Geneva/Brussels time on Wednesday 15 February.
  • 09 February 2017
    The growth in the level of minimum wages accelerated in the period between January 2016 and January 2017, with the largest increases in newer EU Member States. This continues a trend of slow convergence between minimum wage levels in Europe - however there is still a long way to go, with minimum wage workers in Luxembourg making eight and a half times as much as minimum wage workers in Bulgaria. This is according to the latest findings on statutory minimum wages in the EU from Eurofound’s European Observatory of Working Life.
  • 02 February 2017
    Dr Erika Mezger, Eurofound's Deputy Director, outlines that European Working Conditions Survey EWCS says about working conditions among German workers and how they compare to those of the rest of Europe.
  • 26 January 2017
    Eurofound’s Director Juan Menéndez-Valdés presented to the European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in Brussels today. Mr Menéndez-Valdés, appearing alongside James Calleja, Director of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP), and Madlen Serban, Director of the European Training Foundation (ETF), presented some of the highlights of Eurofound's work in 2016, as well as priorities for 2017 and beyond.
  • 23 January 2017
    An updated integrated dataset for the European Working Conditions Survey 1991-2015 is now available to access via the UK Data Service. The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) is conducted by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). Since its launch in 1990, the EWCS has provided an overview of working conditions in Europe in order to: assess and quantify working conditions of both employees and the self-employed across Europe on a harmonised basis; analyse relationships between different aspects of working conditions; identify groups at risk and issues of concern as well as of progress; monitor trends by providing homogeneous indicators on these issues; and contribute to European policy development in particular on quality of work and employment issues.  
  • 20 January 2017
    The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched a visualisation tool designed to allow easy and quick access to the results of its three-year project 'Safer and healthier work at any age'. The project, carried out at the request of the European Parliament, explores demographic trends, challenges, and existing strategies and policies for safe and healthy ageing at work. 
  • 17 January 2017
    Mid-career reviews (MCR), where employers organise an assessment of workers in the workplace at a mid-point in their working life, are an important tool to ensure that workers' skills continue to match the job demands, or whether a change in tasks or career is required. Eurofound's new report Changing places: Mid-career review and internal mobility, launched in Brussels today, shows that timely mid-career reviews can improve an employee's working life, boost their added value to their employer, and help to address Europe's long-term demographic ageing challenge.
  • 16 January 2017
    (Dublin, Ireland): Eurofound has launched its new work programme for 2017 to 2020. This document sets out the activities the Agency plans to undertake in the next four years to support European decision-makers in formulating effective policies for the improvement of quality of life and work in a fair and competitive Europe during this challenging period.