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.
The European Commission launched its 6th edition of the EU Social Dialogue Newsletter.
For the first time the Newsletter includes a table showing the follow-up of European sectoral social dialogue 2012 and also the latest overview table summarising the outcomes of European social dialogue in 2013.
Vacancy trends in the European labour market indicate a widening gap in job opportunities between Northern and Southern countries. The latest issue of the European Vacancy Monitor reveals a shortage of labour supply in countries such as Austria, Denmark Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, while competition for jobs is increasing in countries such as Greece, Slovakia and Spain. 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, Housekeeping and restaurant services workers, Personal care and related workers, Electrical and electronic equipment mechanics and fitters, and Shop salespersons and demonstrators. This Bulletin is available in English only.
The seventh edition of the Online Journal focuses on a) the right of residence and access to social benefits for jobseekers seeking work in another Member State, b) the retention of worker status where the migrant has been employed and is involuntarily unemployed and c) the impact of differential social security systems and taxation on the welfare of frontier workers in the EU. This online journal is available in English only.
Youth is the red thread throughout this issue, in particular the EU Youth Guarantee for a quality job, traineeship or education within 4 months of leaving school or becoming unemployed: how the European Commission can help Member States take ownership of this scheme and implement it both nationwide and across borders. It also gives the floor to the European Youth Forum and to a young skateboarder who found a job thanks to the European Social Fund. This issue also contains articles on the EU budgetary framework 2014-2020, the up and coming European elections, undeclared work and stress at work. Social Agenda is available in printed format in English, French and German.
The European Commission launched a special edition of the EU Social Dialogue newsletter, with a specific feature dedicated to success stories on 31 sectoral social dialogue achievements at European level. 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.
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.