Eurofound has three thematic observatories. These serve as portals to gather and publish data and information on a continuous basis. The existing observatories of EurWORK and EMCC and the newly established EurLIFE provide access to four main topic areas in the 2017–2020 programming period.

European Observatory of Working Life – EurWORK

European Monitoring Centre on Change – EMCC

European Observatory on Quality of Life – EurLIFE

Working conditions and sustainable work

Labour market change

  • Well-functioning and inclusive labour markets
  • Monitoring structural change and managing restructuring
  • Innovation and job creation in companies

Quality of life and public services

  • Quality of life and quality of society
  • Public service

Industrial relations

  • Social dialogue
  • Reporting on working life developments


European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK)

EurWORK provides research and comparative information on key developments in working conditions and sustainable work and in industrial relations that affect all Member States and the EU level. In the area of industrial relations, it gathers information on issues related to social dialogue, while also tracking developments in working life across the Member States. It seeks to contribute to the development of evidence-based policymaking and practices that improve the quality of working life.

European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC)

The EMCC looks at the economic and social developments that drive change in European labour markets. It publishes research which explores ways to achieve well-functioning and inclusive labour markets, monitor structural change and manage restructuring, as well as facilitating innovation and job creation in companies.

The EMCC’s European Restructuring Monitor provides up-to-date analysis on company restructuring, complemented by details of relevant legislation and support initiatives. Its findings are presented in searchable databases and in annual reports.

The European Jobs Monitor describes shifts in employment at Member State and EU level, showing where employment is growing, or contracting, and the implications of this for job quality.

European Observatory on Quality of Life (EurLIFE)

EurLIFE offers access to the results of survey data analysis and qualitative research in the field of quality of life and public services. The research explores the impact that quality of society has on well-being. It also examines access to and quality of public services.

Data collection

The Network of Eurofound Correspondents contributes to all three observatories. These experts, covering all 28 Member States (plus Norway), assess current national situations, prepare case studies and reports, analyse findings and inform Eurofound’s pan-European comparative analysis – across the EU28 and beyond.