Eurofound's Headline Publications for 2016

Trimis de james.higgins la Lun, 26/09/2016 - 16:32

This year marks the fourth and final year of implementation of Eurofound’s four-year work programme 2013–2016, ‘From crisis to recovery: Better informed policies for a competitive and fair Europe’. Eurofound is projected to release up to 100 reports this year on a number of issues closely related to this overall topic.

Ireland increases minimum wage to above 2007 level for the first time

Trimis de james.higgins la Lun, 26/09/2016 - 16:32

The following article, originally written by Brian Sheehan from IRN Publishing for Eurofound's European Observatory of Working Life (EurWork), gives an overview of the reasons behind the decision to raise Ireland's National Minimum Wage (NMW) to above the 2007 level for the first time. The new rate was implemented on 1 January 2016, and followed on from a recommendation in the Low Pay Commission’s first annual report to increase the NMW by 50 cents per hour to a new hourly rate of €9.15.

Strong partnerships between governments and social partners are essential to prevent trafficking and exploitation in Europe

Trimis de james.higgins la Lun, 26/09/2016 - 16:32

[Listen to Eurofound Research Officer Andrea Fromm introduce the new report on preventing the trafficking of labour here.]


Workers are mobile and can move freely within the EU single market across borders. In order to protect these workers from being exploited and enables businesses to engage in fair competition, the EU has strong legislation in place. But does that mean that trafficking does not exist within the EU’s borders?

Measuring peoples’ perception of quality of life in Europe

Trimis de james.higgins la Joi, 15/09/2016 - 10:03

Eurofound launches the fieldwork for the fourth edition of its European Quality of Life Survey today. The survey, which offers a comprehensive picture of the views of people living across 33 countries including the EU Member States and candidate countries, will be carried out over the coming 13 weeks.

Partial retirement schemes can help secure pensions

Trimis de james.higgins la Joi, 15/09/2016 - 10:03

Partial retirement schemes can be an important part of the solution to improving sustainability of Europe’s pension systems. However, despite their clear potential, the practical experiences of partial retirement have shown mixed results, according to Eurofound's new report Extending working lives through flexible retirement schemes: Partial retirement released today.

The true cost of poor housing

Trimis de james.higgins la Joi, 15/09/2016 - 10:03

The cost of people living in inadequate housing in the EU Member States is hitting economies to the tune of nearly €194 billion per year, a new report from Eurofound states. The cost of addressing the shortcomings of the housing stock would be in the region of €295 billion (at 2011 prices). However, the report maintains, the outlay could be quickly recouped from savings on healthcare and a range of publicly funded services.