• First findings: Sixth European Working Conditions Survey - Résumé

    The sixth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) presents the diverse picture of Europe at work over time across countries, occupations, gender and age groups. The findings underline the complex reality with which Europe’s policymakers are confronted as they seek to build a fair and competitive Europe.

  • Job creation in SMEs - Résumé

    In light of the recent economic and financial crisis and its detrimental effects on EU labour markets, both academics and policymakers are paying increasing attention to the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in job creation.

  • Third European Company Survey: First findings (résumé)

    The third European Company Survey (ECS) maps practices in establishments with 10 or more employees across the EU28, and in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro and Turkey. In all, over 30,000 establishments were surveyed by Gallup Europe, with a target sample size per country ranging from 300 to 1,650. Topics comprise work organisation, human resources (HR) practices, employee participation and social dialogue, and how these practices support ‘smart growth’.

  • Temporary agency work in the European Union (résumé)

    A résumé of Foundation reseach into temporary agency work in the 15 Member States. It outlines some of the main trends prevalent in this form of employment and highlights the problems and challenges it raises for each Member State and for the EU as a whole.

  • Combining family and work: the working arrangements of women and men

    During the summer of 1998 more than 30,000 persons aged between 16 to 64 years from 16 European countries were interviewed about their current employment status, their working conditions and their preferences. This leaflet summarises the main findings of the survey on the subject of current participation in paid work and future preferences of men and women who are living together as a couple.

  • Integrated approaches to active welfare and employment policies (resumé)

    A resumé of Foundation research in the field of social cohesion which has examined strategies to coordinate labour market activation programmes for recipients of minimum income benefits in all 15 EU Member States.

  • Working conditions in candidate countries and the European Union (résumé)

    In 2001, the Foundation carried out a survey on working conditions in 12 candidate countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia. The questionnaire-based survey is identical to the three working conditions surveys carried out in the EU Member States in 1990, 1995 and 2000, allowing for comparisons to be drawn between these two groups of countries. This leaflet presents the main findings of the candidate countries’ survey.

  • Impact of the recession on age management policies (résumé)

    Eurofound’s research on ‘Restructuring in recession and labour force participation’ explored the age management practices of companies in light of restructuring undergone during the recession. The study looked at policy in relation to the retention of older workers (aged 50 or more) in employment at national and establishment levels in nine European Union (EU) Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

  • Trends in quality of life in the EU: 2003-2009 (résumé)

    Monitoring changes in Europeans’ quality of life and developing policies to boost their well-being are increasingly important in EU debate. Increasingly, it is acknowledged that while economic indicators such as gross domestic product (GDP) are important in assessing the level of well-being in a country, they are not sufficient. More and more, it is argued that public policy should be assessed in terms of how it directly promotes citizens’ welfare, taking in considerations of social and environmental, as well as economic, conditions.

  • Changes over time – First findings from the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (résumé)

    Examining how working conditions have changed (or remained the same) can shed light on what progress is being made towards European policy goals. It can also indicate how drivers of change such as globalisation, technological development, more flexible forms of work organisation, the ageing of Europe’s population, and the rise in the number of households with two earners have impacted on how people are working and being employed. These first findings from Eurofound’s fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) present an initial overview of some key changes in working conditions over time.