EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

About EurWORK

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Eurofound’s long-established observatories on industrial relations (EIRO) and working conditions (EWCO) have now been combined to form EurWORK: the European Observatory of Working Life.


EurWORK gathers all Eurofound's resources on working conditions and industrial relations, and is supported by a Network of European Correspondents across all EU Member States and Norway. Eurofound runs two regular surveys on working life issues: the European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) and the European Company Survey (ECS), which are a further major resource for the observatory.

Key focus

EurWORK focuses particularly on a number of topics and provides regular updates on the issues below:


Quarterly reporting

Eurofound's Network of European Correspondents are reporting on aspects of working life on a quarterly basis. Based on these reports, Eurofound staff compiles topical updates in the areas listed above and publishes further in-depth articles and news items.

Comparative reports

EurWORK's comparative information is based on contributions from all 28 MS and Norway. Comparative analytical reports look in more depth into a certain topic, and are based on semi-standardised questionnaires, which are published alongside an overview report.

Representativeness studies

Representativeness is a criterion used by the Commission to identify the ‘management and labour’ whom it must consult under article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), and who may initiate social dialogue leading to Council decision's under article 155 of the same treaty. In 2006 the European Commission mandated Eurofound to carry out studies on the representativeness of European sectoral social partner organisations.

These 'representativeness studies' are designed to provide basic information needed for the setting up and functioning of sectoral social dialogue committees at European level. The sectoral social dialogue committees are the mechanism used by the Commission to consult management and labour under article 154 TFEU.

Other EurWORK products

Working life country profiles provide relevant background information on the structures, institutions and regulations underpinning working life in the EU28 Member States, Norway and at EU-Level. The  European industrial relations dictionary is a comprehensive collection of the most commonly used terms in employment and industrial relations at EU level today. It contains over 350 entries, featuring concise definitions and relevant contextual information, with hyperlinks to EU legislation and case law. The collective wage bargaining portal provides quantitative and qualitative information on collectively agreed pay developments from 1999 onwards and other related pay data and explains the context of the pay bargaining system in the different EU Member States.

Other research on working conditions and industrial relations

In addition to the above products, EurWORK also features further research on working conditions and industrial relations, such as for instance secondary analysis from Eurofound’s surveys, reports compiled at the request of Eurofound’s stakeholders as well as other strategic research in the area.

Target audience

EurWORK aims to serve the main Eurofound stakeholders, ie. European social partners, EU institutions and member state governments, as well as policy-makers and practitioners in the employment and restructuring fields.