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Sectoral social dialogue - Personal services/Hairdressing

Social partners

Employees' organisations Employers' organisations
UNI Europa European Confederation of Hairdressing employers' organisations

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • hairdressing
  • other beauty treatment.

In the EU, around 1.5 million people are employed in the personal services sector.

Recent years have seen constant innovations and changes in hairdressing products, techniques and styles, while the number of hairdressing businesses has grown steadily.

The atomisation of hairdressing into self-employment and micro-enterprises has put competitive pressure on traditional small hairdressing businesses that employ workers. Chains and franchise systems have also increased their market share.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • follow-up to the agreement on the protection of occupational health and safety
  • implementing the social partners' agreement on European Hairdressing Certificates
  • examining the structural change in the hairdressing sector.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


  • European framework agreement on the protection of occupational health and safety in the hairdressing sector (2012)
  • Projects SafeHair 1.0 and 2.0 on common health and safety development for professional hairdressing in Europe (in cooperation with the University of Osnabrück). The projects resulted in:
    • the "Declaration of Dresden" (2010) containing a common skin protection recommendation for the hairdressing sector in Europe
    • the modular SafeHairSkin&Beauty toolbox for use in training (2012)
  • European agreement on the implementation of the European hairdressing certificates (2009)
  • Declaration on the development of professional hairdresser training in Europe (2005)
  • Covenant on health and safety, in particular the use and handling of cosmetic products and their chemical agents (2005)

See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).


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