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Sectoral social dialogue - Personal services/Hairdressing

Social partners

Workers' organisations Employers' organisations
UNI Europa (Hair & beauty) European Confederation of Hairdressing employers' organisations (Coiffure EU)

Social dialogue in the personal services sector covers activities defined by NACE (class 96.02):

  • hairdressing
  • other beauty treatments

It provides 1.3% of all EU jobs.

Between 2002 and 2012, employment in the sector grew by 1.3% a year on average. There are about 200 to 400 hairdressers and beauticians for every 100,000 people in the EU.

More and more hairdressers are becoming self-employed or setting up as small independents. This is putting pressure on traditional small salons that employ in-house staff.

However, the market share of hairdressing chains and franchises is increasing.

Key areas

The personal services committee is currently focusing on:

1.  occupational health & safety

2.  promoting the European Hairdressing Certificate

3.  changes in the structure of the hairdressing sector

Activities & meetings

Check the library entries with agendas, minutes and presentations

Recent achievements

  • 2014 – Resolution on securing employment in the hairdressing sector
  • 2014 – Memorandum of understanding between social partners and EU-OSHA) on development, use and maintenance of the OiRA tool
  • 2013 – Report on the European agreement on the implementation of the European Hairdressing Certificates
  • 2012 – European framework agreement on the protection of occupational health and safety in the hairdressing sector
  • Health & safety projects SafeHair 1.0 and 2.0 for hairdressing in the EU (with the University of Osnabrück).

    The projects led to:
    • 2010 – ‘Declaration of Dresden’, including a skin protection recommendation for hairdressing in the EU
    • 2012 – ‘Safe Hair Skin & Beauty toolbox’ for use in training


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