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  • Report
    7 november 2017

    This study provides information designed to encourage sectoral social dialogue in the tanning and leather sector. The aim of Eurofound’s series of studies on representativeness is to identify the relevant national and supranational social partner organisations in the field of industrial relations in selected sectors.

  • Pay inequalities come back into focus in post-crisis Europe
    Blog
    3 november 2017

    The ability to make ends meet is a vital issue for many Europeans and an important priority for European policymakers. In the immediate aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis the initial focus was to mitigate and reverse job loss, particularly in the countries most affected. With employment back to pre-crisis levels and unemployment on the decline, attention is turning to income inequality, and in particular pay inequality; an issue with ramifications beyond the labour market, and one which may well prove as intractable as the issue of unemployment in the previous decade. 

  • Article
    2 november 2017

    Prime Minister Theresa May’s Florence speech on Brexit, the lifting of the public sector pay cap for the police and prison officers, and the first strike at McDonald’s are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in the United Kingdom in the third quarter of 2017.

  • Article
    2 november 2017

    Two agreements on new rules governing industrial relations and representativeness, incentives for measures promoting work–life balance, and consultations on possible amendments of the pension system are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Italy in the third quarter of 2017.

  • Article
    2 november 2017

    Union approval of the Public Service Stability Agreement, private sector pay bargaining, public consultation on the gender pay gap, and government backing for the banning of zero-hour contracts are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Ireland in the third quarter of 2017.

  • Article
    2 november 2017

    Economic stability, the conclusion of several sectoral agreements, the Federal Constitutional Court ruling on the Collective Bargaining Unity Act, and results of the federal elections are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Germany in the third quarter of 2017.

  • Article
    2 november 2017

    The reintroduction of the Cost of Living Allowance and a two-hour strike by emergency nurses over the government’s inaction on violence in public hospitals, are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Cyprus in the third quarter of 2017.

  • Article
    2 november 2017

    The start of the autumn round of collective bargaining, proposals for a new working time regulation, and a reform of the parental leave system are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Finland in the third quarter of 2017.

  • Article
    2 november 2017

    Amendments to national legislation, the establishment of an action team for tripartite social dialogue, changes in wages calculation for public sector employees, and an updated company agreement are the main topics of interest in this article. This country update reports on the latest developments in working life in Croatia in the third quarter of 2017.

  • Rethinking working time in Europe
    Blog
    1 november 2017

    The results of recent research on working time patterns in the EU constitute a strong plea for working time policies that clearly acknowledge the life course perspective. This means that working time must not only be thought and organised in daily, weekly, monthly and/or yearly terms but also take into full consideration the different stages of our lives.

Series

  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This series includes its restructuring-related databases (events, support instruments and legislation) as well as case studies and publications.

  • European Working Conditions Surveys

    The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) launched in 1990 and is carried out every five years, with the latest edition in 2020. It provides an overview of trends in working conditions and quality of employment for the last 30 years. It covers issues such as employment status, working time duration and organisation, work organisation, learning and training, physical and psychosocial risk factors, health and safety, work–life balance, worker participation, earnings and financial security, work and health, and most recently also the future of work.

  • Challenges and prospects in the EU

    Eurofound’s Flagship report series 'Challenges and prospects in the EU' comprise research reports that contain the key results of multiannual research activities and incorporate findings from different related research projects. Flagship reports are the major output of each of Eurofound’s strategic areas of intervention and have as their objective to contribute to current policy debates.

  • COVID-19

    Eurofound’s work on COVID-19 examines the far-reaching socioeconomic implications of the pandemic across Europe as they continue to impact living and working conditions. A key element of the research is the e-survey, conducted in two rounds – in April and in July 2020. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • European Company Survey 2019

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2019, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • Sectoral social dialogue

    Eurofound's representativness studies are designed to allow the European Commission to identify the ‘management and labour’ whom it must consult under article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This series consists of studies of the representativeness of employer and worker organisations in various sectors.

  • National social partners and policymaking

    This series reports on and updates latest information on the involvement of national social partners in policymaking. The series analyses the involvement of national social partners in the implementation of policy reforms within the framework of social dialogue practices, including their involvement in elaborating the National Reform Programmes (NRPs).

  • New forms of employment

    This series reports on the new forms of employment emerging across Europe that are driven by societal, economic and technological developments and are different from traditional standard or non-standard employment in a number of ways. This series explores what characterises these new employment forms and what implications they have for working conditions and the labour market.

  • European Company Surveys

    The European Company Survey (ECS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2004–2005, with the latest edition in 2019. The survey is designed to provide information on workplace practices to develop and evaluate socioeconomic policy in the EU. It covers issues around work organisation, working time arrangements and work–life balance, flexibility, workplace innovation, employee involvement, human resource management, social dialogue, and most recently also skills use, skills strategies and digitalisation.

  • European Quality of Life Surveys

    The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2003, with the latest edition in 2016. It examines both the objective circumstances of people's lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. It covers issues around employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work–life balance. It also looks at subjective topics, such as people's levels of happiness and life satisfaction, and perceptions of the quality of society.

Forthcoming publications