Europe – The EC launches a website to help business to apply for EU financing

September 17, 2015

The new European website is presented in 9 languages and provides information from different programs: http://europa.eu/youreurope/business/funding-grants/access-to-finance/


UK – The British Office of National Statistics has released data on mergers, acquisitions, and the labour market

September 17, 2015

Data on mergers and acquisitions cover the 1990-2015 period and are available here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/international-transactions/mergers-and-acquisitions-involving-uk-companies/q2-2015/sum–mergers-and-acquisitions–quarter-2-apr-to-jun-2015.html Also labour market statistics have been just published here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/index.html


Europe – Workers without a fixed workplace will have to be paid for travel time

September 17, 2015

Workers without a fixed workplace will have to be paid for travel time thanks to a European Court of Justice ruling. Further information can be accessed here: http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2015-09/cp150099en.pdf


UK – Report shows evidence on the trade unions role in boosting the economy

September 17, 2015

A new report from the University of Greenwich and the New Economics Foundation shows, on the basis of econometric evidence, that trade unions have a role to play in boosting the economy and fighting inequality. The report can be accessed here: https://b.3cdn.net/nefoundation/5237986e74dd1368f5_51m6b4u2z.pdf


Germany – Article on the German model underlines social security and partnership

September 17, 2015

Joachim Möller published an article in the Journal for Labour Market Research where he discusses the specific features of the German model as a specific variety of capitalism. The author considers that it builds more on social security and social partnership and that a certain erosion of the German model resulting from less collective bargaining […]


UK – Study concludes that TAW offer insecurity rather than flexibility

September 3, 2015

The UK unemployment rate reached its lowest level for more than six years (5.8%). However, this fall in unemployment was accompanied by a rise in temporary work. A study conducted by Maroukis and Carmer from the University of Bath found that temporary agency workers (TAW) do not earn an adequate income, and that TAW does […]


Europe – Study shows that high levels of employment security can alleviate the detrimental effects of job insecurity on mental well-being

September 3, 2015

The Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies has published a comparative study based on the Nordic countries concluding that the high employment security needed for a successful flexicurity arrangement requires either low levels of unemployment or effective and extensive active labor market programs. The full article can be accessed here: http://www.nordicwl.com/?p=2104


Europe – Study finds declining levels of job quality for the period 1995-2010

September 3, 2015

Eurofound has published the report Convergence and divergence of job quality in Europe 1995–2010 which concludes that there were declining levels of job quality across key components of work organisation. These included downward trends in job discretion and cognitive demand, and the growth of physical demands and workload. This report suggests a trend towards simpler […]


Europe – Joint position of European social partners for 2015-2017

September 3, 2015

The European employers’ organizations, BusinessEurope, CEEP and UEAPME, and the European trade union confederation, ETUC, agreed on a work programme for 2015-2017 and a joint in-depth European employment analysis. Eight years after their first joint labour market analysis, EU social partners provided key recommendations to address challenges stemming from the crisis and structural issues. Those […]