Labour Day 2015

1 May 2015: Labour Day


1 May 2015: Labour Day  

On the occassion of labour day, which is celebrated each year on 1 May, 
Eurostat publishes some information & data visualisation on the
employment situation in the EU and the Member States.


…that the share of temporary employees aged 20-64 years ranged from 1.5% of all employees in Romania to 27.9% in Poland

…that almost half of all unemployed persons aged 15-74 years in the EU28 were long term unemployed* (49.5% of unemployed), with the highest shares found in Greece (73.5%) and Slovakia (70.2%) and the lowest in Sweden (18.9%) and Finland (22.4%)?

…that the average duration of working life was highest in Sweden (40.9 years) and the Netherlands (39.8 years) and lowest in Italy (30.3 years) and Hungary (30.8 years)?

…that the share of employees who usually work at night ranges from 1.7% in Croatia to 17.8% in Slovakia?

…that 30% of part-time employed persons aged 20-64 years in the EU28 work part-time because they cannot find a full-time job?

* Long-term unemployment refers to the number of people who are out of work and have been actively seeking employment for at least 12 months.

Source: Eurostat, EU Labour Force Survey (Data of extraction: 27.04.2015)


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Full-time and part-time employment in the EU28, 2014
(as % of all persons employed aged 20-64)


The default view shows the split between full-time and part-time employment for all persons aged 20-64. In order to display this data for men or women, please select the option in the box on the right hand side.

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Source: Eurostat, EU Labour Force Survey, dataset code lfsa_eftpt

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Source: European Commission, Directorate-General Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion

Further statistics & information

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  1. Eurostat dedicated section on labour market statistics
  2. Directorate-General Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission: Policies & activities
  3. Directorate-General Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission: Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2014
  4. European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound): European Working Conditions Surveys
  5. International Labour Organisation (ILO): Statistics on strikes & lockouts