Skills and vocational education and training: this is what n°41 of Social Agenda is all about. Tackling employment and social affairs from the skills angle helps connecting the world of education to that of the labour market and tackling the challenges the EU is presently facing in a new, pragmatic way - taking people's concrete needs as a starting point. This issue of Social Agenda will help you follow, and take part in, the making of the EU's future skills strategy which Marianne Thyssen - Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility European Commissioner - will propose in 2016. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German, also in print.
The latest quarterly data confirms previous positive developments. The EU economy continues its moderate recovery, which is broadening across Member States. Labour markets in the EU continue to gradually recover, benefitting from the strengthening in economic activity.
Employment continues to improve in the EU, euro area and most Member States, and is higher than a year ago in the quasi totality of Member States. Most sectors are contributing to the observed improvement.
Unemployment continues to decline from its high levels in the EU. Long-term unemployment continues to recede gradually, affecting about 5% of the labour force.
We see welcomed developments regarding youth with the employment of those aged 15-24 increasing. Youth unemployment shows a decline which is accompanied by higher enrolment in education and training and a reduction in NEETs rates. In other words, young people in the EU are increasingly engaging in either employment or education and training.
Every year since 2010, between January and July, EU countries get together to examine each other's economic policies and agree on country-specific Recommendations. At a time when the EU demography is shrinking and technological change is accelerating, social investment is key to ensuring a sustainable crisis exit and future prosperity. The social partners therefore have a crucial role to play in EU economic governance – a fast evolving process, as this issue shows. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German, also in print.
The economic situation in the EU has been improving continuously for nearly two years with EU GDP now reaching pre-crisis levels and the recovery extending to most Member States. Employment in the EU also continues to improve, extending to nearly all sectors and involving more permanent and full-time jobs. The increase in employment and participation has also widened to all sub-population groups. Unemployment is slowly receding from its high levels in the EU and in most Member States. Long-term unemployment receded for the first time since the onset of the crisis, and youth unemployment declines to the 2009-2010 level. Alongside this, household income continues to increase at a faster pace compared with the previous quarters. These are some of the main conclusions of the European Commission's latest Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review. This Report is available in electronic format in English only.
The economic recovery which started in the EU in the spring of 2013 remains subdued and recent GDP forecasts for the EU have been revised down. However, despite the weak macroeconomic background, employment has shown a small but consistent growth in the EU since mid-2013, in the large majority of EU Member States, and across the large majority of sectors. Many challenges remain in the EU, with important social consequences, in particular long-term unemployment and low employment opportunities for youth (15-24) and young adults aged 25-39. These are some of the main conclusions of the European Commission's latest Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review. A tool is provided to facilitate the access to regularly updated underlying data, charts and tables. These are accessible from the document or downloadable from the web. This Report is available in electronic format in English only.
What does the new European Commission have in store in the field of employment and social affairs for the next five years? This is precisely what Social Agenda asked the new Commissioner responsible for this area, Marianne Thyssen. Articles on green jobs, social investment and how the European Social Fund is being used highlight other key priorities of the Commission which took office in November 2014. Social Agenda is available in English, French and German, also in print.
The EU labour market is gradually recovering and, for the first time since 2011, GDP, employment and household incomes are growing. However, long-term unemployment is still increasing and the situation of households with low incomes has not improved. These are some of the main conclusions of the European Commission's latest Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review. The current issue of the Quarterly is the first one to provide a tool to facilitate the access to regularly updated underlying data, charts and tables. These are accessible from the document or downloadable from the web. This Report is available in electronic format in English only.
This issue of Social Agenda looks at the new European Social Fund and European Globalisation Adjustment Fund. It highlights the on-going public consultation on how the EU's growth and jobs strategy is going and presents initiatives to make EURES a more pro-active cross-EU job placement tool, manage better company or public service restructuring and ensure quality traineeships. And who are the missing entrepreneurs? Available in English, French and German, also in print.
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: Personal care and related workers, Finance and sales associate professionals, Housekeeping and restaurant services workers, Shop salespersons and demonstrators, and Electrical and electronic equipment mechanics and fitters. This Bulletin is available in English only.
According to this edition of the EU Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review, the recent and currently fragile economic recovery has not yet been able to create new jobs and the social situation in the EU shows little signs of improvement so far. The improved outcomes in the EU labour markets are still at best modest. Employment showed the first signs of stabilising in 2013, with a 0.1% growth in the second half of the year. This analysis also points to an expected increase in poverty levels and a slight improvement in the impact of social protection expenditure in 2013, even if its support effect remains very weak. The situation for households remains serious. The income that households have at their disposal is lagging behind the growth of Gross Domestic Product. It provides also empirical evidence that the crisis at its height had the strongest adverse impact on labour market transitions of men and young people.
This publication is available online in English only.
Please see the table of contents for supplements on labour market transitions, trends in poverty and social exclusion and trends in social expenditure.