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  • 20 July 2018
    The structure of European societies changed dramatically after the Second World War when economies boomed on the back of a shift from industry towards service-oriented activities. New white-collar and professional jobs emerged, dissolving the rigidities of the old class structure. Mass education provided a skilled workforce, meaning that people drawn from all strata of society could, potentially at least, occupy these jobs.
  • 13 July 2018
    It is well known that women take more responsibility for the care of their children than men. According to the 2016 EQLS, 88% of mothers compared to 64% of fathers in the EU care for their children every day. These fathers estimate they give 21 hours a week to the care of their children, while the mothers dedicate 39 hours per week.
  • 06 July 2018
    Companies that encourage their employees to participate in broad decision-making around operations or strategic direction can not only improve job satisfaction, but also increase levels of innovation. Over half (57%) of companies in the EU encourage their employees to participate in company endeavours outside the immediate responsibilities of their job.
  • 03 July 2018
    Employment is at its highest level ever in the EU, and the employment recovery is now well-established in Europe. But is it being felt in all countries? The employment recovery is well-established in the European Union, and the trends are positive across the main indicators. More people than ever are participating in the labour market – either employed or looking for work – with the EU activity rate (for 15–64-year-olds) at a record 73.5% in Q3 of 2017.
  • 19 June 2018
    Managing occupational safety and health (OSH) can be a big challenge for micro and small enterprises (MSEs). What policies, programmes and tools are most effective to improve OSH in MSEs? And how can businesses be helped to make these work in practice? EU-OSHA, with policy makers and social partners, provides answers at a high-level conference in Brussels, focusing on evidence-based recommendations from the most recent and wide-ranging MSE project reports.
  • 12 June 2018
    The number of people active in the labour market is at an all-time high, ratings for key public services are increasing and there is a marked recovery in trust in national institutions in many Member States, these developments are detailed in Eurofound’s Living and working in Europe yearbook for 2017. It also highlights a continent in transition, where there is an imbalance in opportunities for prosperity, and quality of life, depending on where you live. 
  • 31 May 2018
    Eurofound's datasets for the European Working Conditions and the European Quality of Life surveys are included in the catalogue for the 2018 EU Datathon. The Datathon is a competition, organised by the EU Publications Office, which will highlight the potential of linking EU and national data. The Datathon aims to produce innovative applications and promote the reuse of open data as an enabler in the growing data economy. Eurofound presented its datasets for the European Working Conditions and the European Quality of Life surveys at the EU Open Data webinar on Friday 1 June. The webinar focused on how open data can foster more innovation in Europe.
  • 18 April 2018
    Increases to minimum wages have gathered pace since 2010, with the highest increases recorded in countries which had the lowest minimum wages. However, a large gap remains with minimum wage workers in Bulgaria, the country with the lowest statutory minimum wage, earning just one-eighth the salary of minimum wages workers in Luxembourg, which has the highest rate.
  • 05 April 2018
    The new report Game changing technologies: Exploring the impact on production processes and work summarises the findings of five case studies on the likely impact of game changing technologies on production and employment in the manufacturing sector in Europe up to 2025.
  • 05 April 2018
    Levels of trust and social tension in society, particularly between people of different socio-economic situations and backgrounds, were high on the agenda during the visit of George Katrougkalos, Greek Minister of State for European Affairs, to Eurofound in Dublin on Thursday 5 April. In recent years people in a number of European countries have reported declining levels of trust, both in relation to institutions and broader society. There has also been increases in perceived levels of inequality in a number of Member States.

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