Eurofound has published a new article on the statutory minimum wage levels in Europe. This article provides an overview of the minimum wage rates as of 1 January 2016, explains how they were set, and presents relevant discussions on minimum wages at national level.
Eurofound salutes International Women’s Day on 8 March, the theme of which is Pledge for Parity, highlighting persistent inequalities between the sexes in areas including politics, employment, education and health.
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.
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.
** Listen to Eurofound Research Officer Sara Riso introduce the Start-up support for young people publication here.**
Strong partnerships between governments and social partners are essential to prevent trafficking and exploitation in Europe
[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?
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 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 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.
With people living longer and birth rates falling across Europe, a priority of EU policy is to encourage Europeans to remain in work beyond current retirement ages, to minimise pressure on pension systems.