26 maart 2013
Ireland’s economy is relatively small and trade-dependent and is considered one of the most globalised and open in the world. It suffered disproportionate damage following the 2008–2009 global recession as a large construction and financial sector bust revealed widespread misallocation of resources – human and financial – in the preceding boom. Over 60% of construction sector employment has disappeared since 2008 and employment levels have shrunk by 15% overall. On the positive side, unemployment – while high at 14.6% – has been stable since late 2011 and the economy is experiencing output growth – unlike other Member States in financial assistance programmes of the EU, IMF and ECB Troika. Cost competitiveness has improved since 2008 and Ireland continues to attract both high levels of foreign direct investment and foreign human capital. In 2012, 18% of the workforce was foreign-born and 44% of foreign-born workers were graduates.
19 maart 2013
This issue of Foundation Focus looks at the state of play of the European labour market and what governments, social partners and companies are doing to overcome the crisis. Over the last few years, many jobs have been lost, and mass unemployment has become the reality in some Member States. Eurofound’s latest European Quality of Life Survey points to growing inequalities and social exclusion. At the same time, the EU remains committed to the idea of creating and maintaining high-quality jobs. So where are these jobs going to come from? And is job quality being compromised in the attempt to cut costs and maintain competitiveness? All this and more in this issue of Foundation Focus.
13 maart 2013
This issue contains articles on: Youth disengagement in Europe - what cost?; Crisis deepens wage polarisation; News in brief and Publications.
12 februari 2013
This issue contains articles on: Findings in figures; Impact of greening on job quality and quantity; Start-ups: strong potential for growth and jobs; News in brief and Publications.
31 januari 2013
This background paper will first briefly outline the current social and economic situation in Europe. It will then provide the essential case for Economic and Monetary Union and the dilemma it poses for the wider economic governance of relevance for what we know as Social Europe. This dilemma is essentially about the concept of political sovereignty in the context of the international economy – in terms of the European Union, but more fundamentally in the age of globalisation. It goes on to indicate what further economic and political integration may be required to maintain the euro. It then briefly suggests the implications of the global competitive challenges and the requirements of economic governance in Europe for the ‘European Social Model’ as an introduction to the subject matter of the Foundation Forum 2013, namely social and employment policies for a fair and competitive Europe.
21 januari 2013
While the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis appears to have entered a less acute phase, the economic outlook for the coming months remains poor, with weak growth predicted and unemployment continuing to increase. The fourth issue for 2012 includes: macroeconomic trends and prospects; job creation and job losses at a glance (1/10/-31/12/2012); sectoral distribution of job losses/job gains, and top five cases; Country in focus – Sweden; Irish restructuring support measures in focus; Sector in focus – the newspaper industry.
16 januari 2013
This issue contains the following articles: Findings in Figures; Four-year work programme gets under way; Quo vadis Europe? Foundation Forum 2013; News in brief; and Latest publications.
10 januari 2013
In 2013, Eurofound will focus on developing its capacity in the area of policy evaluation. The aim is to improve support to policymakers in identifying and understanding which policies in the employment and social area have been more effective than others. Eurofound’s core activity of monitoring developments across Member States is of particular relevance in 2013 as increasing divergence between Member States is a key concern.
01 januari 2013
Eurofound gathers information on living and working conditions across Europe in order to provide knowledge to assist in the development of social and work-related policies. This fact sheet presents information about Ireland drawn from two of Eurofound’s major research undertakings, the European Quality of Life Survey and the European Working Conditions Survey.
03 december 2012
This issue contains the following articles: Findings in Figures; Impacts of the crisis for EU citizens; Eurofound gears up for the Irish Presidency; News in brief; and Latest publications.