Working conditions

One of the important areas of EU work concerns labour law and the working conditions for Europeans across different sectors. After all, the Europe 2020 strategy does not only strive for more jobs, but also for better jobs.

Various policy initiatives have been undertaken to improve the working conditions and quality of work which Europeans enjoy. Indeed, policy areas where the EU is especially active include working-time, health conditions and requirements at work, work satisfaction, work-life balance, and the issues which specific groups face in their work. The workers across sectors, but also specific groups such as older workers, young people, migrants, women and disabled people can face different barriers to satisfactory working conditions and this is amongst the many areas which the EU seeks to improve.

Better jobs, or a better image of jobs, will become crucial for certain industries and professions to prevent major shortages in their labour supply. The aging population will enhance competition between employers. At the same time, a ‘race-to-the-bottom’ is becoming more and more evident, where employers compete using loopholes in legislation, fake self-employment and problems with maintaining compliance to cut back on labour costs.

Panteia has an excellent track record on labour market and working conditions studies, both nationally and internationally. To name a few, Panteia has carried out studies on the working conditions encountered by older employees within enterprises and how to optimize this, on the Working Time directive, on the conditions faced by young people entering jobs after traineeships, and on new employment relationships, such as working to one’s ability and the pay associated with this. These and more form part of Panteia diverse, multidisciplinary portfolio on working conditions.

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