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This news archive contains articles published from 2007 up the end of 2020. For current news, see Eurofound's latest stories.

  • 17 September 2015
    A core objective of EU policy is to improve working conditions and harmonise them across the Member States. Many factors affect job quality and the impact of these can vary between countries, occupations and sectors. As a result, changes in job quality across Europe may be faster in some countries and slower in others, causing job quality to diverge or converge between countries. A recently published report from Eurofound maps the convergence and divergence of job quality across the EU from 1995 to 2010. It examines the statistical significance of trends in key dimensions of job quality – skills and discretion; work risks; work intensity; and working time quality – to provide an up-to-date analysis of changes in job quality across the EU, providing new insights to inform policymaking.
  • 17 September 2015
    Many people across Europe do not take up the social benefits to which they are entitled – the monetary social benefits that support people in vulnerable situations. The reasons include lack of awareness of specific benefits or of eligibility, complicated application procedures, and stigma. A new report from Eurofound argues that it is often the most vulnerable groups who miss out on much-needed support. While it might be perceived that non-take-up is in fact desirable from a financial point of view, the report argues that such thinking is mistaken: benefits are put in place to achieve specific goals – for example, to prevent poverty or to get people into work. If they do not reach the groups they are aimed at, this represents a failure of policy.
  • 11 September 2015
    Eurofound marked its 40th anniversary at the International Trade Union House in Brussels on 9 September. The event was part of a series of initiatives to highlight our contribution to EU policy developments in the area of social and work-related policies over the past 40 years.
  • 09 September 2015
    Eurofound publishes report exploring workplace innovation practices in Europe. Workplace innovation measures (WPI) are emerging as a strong driving force to transform workplaces to make better use of human talents and skills while sharpening innovation and improving competitiveness. However, there is a need for greater clarity about what policymakers can do to stimulate WPI. Eurofound’s new report on ‘Workplace innovation in European companies’ provides an understanding of why and how WPI is implemented in companies and organisations. The report will be presented to European social policy-makers and practitioners in Leuven, Belgium today.
  • 03 September 2015
    Earlier this year Eurofound teamed up with the UK Data Service to make our European Quality of Life Survey data available for the first time. Following on from this has launched a competition for the best mobile application using this data, with entrants submitting a video demonstrating their app. There are a number of prizes for different entries, including a £7,500 first prize. The competition runs until 30 September and winners are announced on 30 October.
  • 31 August 2015
    Collectively agreed nominal pay outcomes in 2014 break with the past Collectively agreed nominal pay is the same or lower in almost all of the countries surveyed in 2014 compared to 2013, according to new research from Eurofound. However, lower inflation during the same period resulted in increases in real collectively agreed pay, confirming the return of growth in real terms which had begun in 2013. Eurofound’s report Developments in collectively agreed pay 2014 provides insights into collective wage bargaining outcomes in Europe. This report describes the developments in collectively agreed pay in the EU Member States in 2014 and compares them to developments in previous years, providing an overview of developments since 1999.
  • 25 August 2015
    During the recession and up to 2013, employment grew only in the highest-paid jobs across the EU as a whole. As the recovery takes hold, however, employment is now rebounding low-paid and mid-paid jobs.
  • Cover image of the EJM annual report 2015
    14 August 2015
    As employment rates increase in Europe, job creation in part-time and temporary employment is outstripping the creation of traditional secure jobs.
  • Teacher helping young trainees on computers
    28 July 2015
    On 16–17 July, an informal meeting of Ministers of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities was held in Luxembourg. Ministers of employment met to discuss ‘Youth employment and job creation: Youth Guarantee and beyond’, with input from Eurofound and the European Youth Forum.
  • Cover of the report Job tenure in turbulent times
    24 July 2015
    Latest findings on job tenure suggest that the amount of time a worker stays in a job is rising on average across the EU, but the fluctuations in the economy may be masking an underlying trend towards shorter tenures.