Employment continues to grow in the EU's information and communications technology (ICT) sector, with a 2% increase in the number of employees between 2011 and 2012 in 26 EU Member States (Ireland and Croatia are excluded for methodological reasons).
The latest issue of the European Vacancy Monitor published by the European Commission highlights the importance of this sector as a source of jobs, including for younger workers.
At the same time the report warns that the declining number of university and college students in the ICT field is likely to lead to future staff shortages in the sector.
This publication is available online in English only.
According to this issue of the European Job Mobility Bulletin, based on the vacancies published on the EURES portal, the top 5 jobs in Europe are: Finance and sales associate professionals, Modern health associate professionals (except nursing), Computing professionals, Housekeeping and restaurant services workers, and Electrical and electronic equipment mechanics and fitters. This Bulletin is available in English only.
Social Agenda No 35 presents the new European Commission programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) 2014-2020. It also addresses social Economic and Monetary Union, the upcoming annual convention of the European platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion, the state of industrial relations in Europe and the first EU legislative proposal on Roma integration. The magazine will be available in printed format in English, French and German.
The European Commission launched the fourth edition of the EU Social Dialogue newsletter with a specific feature dedicated to the psycho-social risks at work.
Published 3 times a year, this newsletter provides a broad picture of developments in European social dialogue, which is being developed at cross-industry level and through 43 sectoral social dialogue committees. This publication is available online in English only.
Hirings were down for most occupational groups and fell for the first time since the second quarter of 2010 for expert / specialised workers (professionals). At the same time, the healthcare sector showed growing demand, according to the September 2013 edition of the European Vacancy Monitor. This Bulletin is available in English only.
Social Agenda No 34 features the European Commission’s recent proposal to concretely help EU workers who want to move, or already have moved, within the European Single Market. Although the EU legislation on the freedom of movement of workers dates back to 1968, the right to equal treatment with the workers of the host country (i.e. non-discrimination on the grounds of nationality) is still not familiar to many, including among national and local civil servants. Social Agenda also looks from an employment and social affairs angle at the EU budgetary framework leading up to 2020, the need for common European indicators to improve cohesion policy and the 2013 European Semester. And it explains why "Social Europe" is one of the European Commission's most popular social media platforms.
Social Agenda is available in printed format in English, French and German.
The sixth edition of the Online Journal follows the European Commission’s recent adoption of a proposal for a Directive, which looks at ways to improve the application of worker’s rights in the EU. The proposed legislation seeks to increase this effectiveness, through a better application of EU law on people’s rights to work in another Member State. Within this context three different experts in the field offer their insights into the current situation, with a specific focus on the dynamics of contemporary forms of intra-EU mobility and ambiguities that currently exist in the rules on access to social assistance benefits for EU citizens when abroad.
This online journal is available in English only.
Decline in recruitment demand was particularly pronounced for craft and related trade workers as well as for plant and machine operators (-9% and -7%) in the third quarter of 2012, according to the May 2013 edition of the European Vacancy Monitor. This Bulletin is available in English only.
According to this issue of the European Job Mobility Bulletin, based on the vacancies published on the EURES portal, good job opportunities are available for: Finance and sales associate professionals, Architects, engineers and related professionals, Housekeeping and restaurant service workers, Personal care and related workers, Computing professionals. This Bulletin is available in English only.
If they want to experience economic growth again while reducing their unemployment and poverty rates significantly, Member States must focus on investing in people or "human capital" and make the transition from a welfare state to a social investor state. This issue of Social Agenda focuses on the Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion which the European Commission put forward on 20 February 2013. It also looks at people's perception of the quality of life, at the skills that will be needed in the near future and at what EU citizenship means in practice. Social Agenda will be available in English, French and German.