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  • 22 November 2013
    Eurofound publishes first findings of the third European Company Survey: Despite recession, EU companies have difficulties finding workers with the right skills In the midst of Europe’s greatest recession, 40% of all EU companies have difficulties finding workers with the right skills. For innovative companies, this is even more challenging. This emerges from Eurofound’s third European Company Survey (ECS), launched in Brussels today, which provides a snapshot of human resource management practices, employee participation and social dialogue at the workplace, and performance and innovation. In some countries, both social partnership is strong and a high level of social dialogue is taking place, and there is also extensive innovation in work organisation. In-depth analysis will explore whether and how these phenomena are linked in differing national settings, sectors of activity and company types.
    EurWORK
  • 08 November 2013
    Restructuring is causing job cuts in national postal monopolies in the wake of liberalisation, and private operators are making gains at their expense.
  • 07 November 2013
    Eurofound publishes analysis on subjective well-being levels across Europe: Inequalities in well-being rise in Europe during crisis While life satisfaction increased marginally across the European Union between 2007 and 2011, happiness and optimism levels have fallen and perceived social exclusion has increased, indicating a decline in overall well-being in many European countries during the crisis. Eurofound’s new report assesses the impact of the crisis on the subjective well-being of Europeans, drawing policy-relevant findings from its third European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS). It is the first in a series of reports which covers social inequalities, quality of society and public services, and trends in quality of life in Europe over the past decade.
    EurWORK
  • 07 November 2013
    New reports from Eurofound look in detail at specific aspects of quality of life and changes in these that have taken place as a result of the crisis.
  • 01 November 2013
    In one branch of the SuperElite supermarket chain in Italy, the employee who runs the deli counter is 73 years old, having ‘retired’ over 11 years previously, from another, nearby supermarket. His key reason for coming back into the workforce is to support his three adult children, who are coping with unemployment, eviction and post-divorce financial problems. However, he also enjoys the work, and says, ‘I live for my clients, contacts with other people and smiles of people ... I will die if I stop.’  Despite this, however, complex and unclear regulation can be a barrier to work after retirement: the deli operator does not know if this new income will affect his monthly pension of €900 per month. 
  • 25 October 2013
    The economic crisis has profoundly changed the quality of life of Europeans – changes described in the latest issue of Eurofound’s magazine Foundation Focus.  A comparison of the findings from the second and third waves of the European Quality of Life Survey in 2007 and 2011 – as documented in the Focus – reveals the extent of the impact of the crisis and of disparities in quality of life both across the continent and between social groups. Europeans are finding it harder to make ends meet, particularly those who have had to cope with pay cuts or unemployment.
  • 25 October 2013
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  • 25 October 2013
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  • 25 October 2013
    Important notice! If you would like to receive Eurofound News by email (10 issues a year), please sign up now. Promoting diversity in European workplaces On 3–4 October, Eurofound concluded its 2013 Foundation Seminar Series. Exploring the theme ‘Promoting diversity management: A strategy for inclusion and competitiveness’, the second session of the year took place at the premises of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna.
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  • 25 October 2013
    Important notice! If you would like to receive Eurofound News by email (10 issues a year), please sign up now. New database on collective pay bargaining Although collective wage bargaining is fundamental to the operation of the European labour market, the way in which it operates – or how widely it is used – varies greatly from one Member State to another.
    EurWORK

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