Shifts in the job structure in Europe during the Great Recession

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16 January 2012
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16 January 2012
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Abstract

This report describes the impact of the ‘great recession’ on employment and the job structure in the EU27. It finds that despite a net loss of over five million jobs between 2008–2010, employment continued to grow in top-paying jobs, largely in knowledge-intensive services and business services. Meanwhile, sharp losses in medium-paying jobs in construction and manufacturing led to a shrinking of employment in the middle of the wage spectrum. More jobs were lost to men than to women and employment levels of older workers grew while those of core-age and, in particular, younger workers declined. Part-time work expanded across the wage spectrum while levels of temporary employment began to recover quickly from 2009 onwards after having borne the brunt of the early-recession job losses. An executive summary and an Annex 8 (Quintile charts) are available - see Related content.
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    88
    Reference No: 
    EF1141
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    Shifts in the job structure in Europe during the Great Recession

    This report describes the impact of the ‘great recession’ on employment and the job structure in the EU27. It finds that despite a net loss of over five million jobs between 2008–2010, employment continued to grow in top-paying jobs, largely in knowledge-intensive services and business services. Meanwhile, sharp losses in medium-paying jobs in construction and manufacturing led to a shrinking of employment in the middle of the wage spectrum. More jobs were lost to men than to women and employment levels of older workers grew while those of core-age and, in particular, younger workers declined. Part-time work expanded across the wage spectrum while levels of temporary employment began to recover quickly from 2009 onwards after having borne the brunt of the early-recession job losses.

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    2
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    EF11411
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    Shifts in the job structure in Europe during the Great Recession - Executive summary

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    Eurofound
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    Europe, in common with most of the developed world, continues to deal with the consequences of the Great Recession of 2008–2009. This report describes the impact of the recession on the structure of employment in terms of occupations and sectors in the EU27, both at the aggregate and national level. It does so from a quantitative perspective (identifying shifts in employment levels) and from a qualitative perspective (showing how shifts in employment levels were distributed across the wage spectrum). Read more in the report and technical Annex 8: Quintile charts - see Related content.
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