EU sources - Investing in people is key to economic growth - January 31, 2016

The European Commission released its annual Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) report for 2015. The ESDE report gives a review of the latest employment and social trends, reflecting on upcoming challenges and possible policy responses. According to the report, despite recent improvements, huge disparities still exist between EU Member States, in terms of economic growth, employment and other key social and labour market indicators. The report looks at ways of addressing the disparities, focusing on job creation, labour market efficiency, social protection modernisation and investment in people. According to the report the EU can make better use of its human resources through mobility. Although the number of mobile workers has increased over the past 20 years, their share in the total work force remains limited: only 4% of the EU's population aged 15 to 64 live in a Member State other than the one they were born in. Yet, the review states that mobile EU workers tend to have better employment prospects overall than the native population. In addition, EU worker mobility shows to have reduced unemployment in some member states and has helped address staff shortages in receiving countries. The ESDE 2015 review also finds that there is a significant share of non-EU workers in occupations below their qualification level. According to the report, fighting long-term unemployment is crucial when striving to improve labour market efficiency, as the long-term unemployed have about half the chance of finding employment compared to short-term unemployed.

English: http://www.staffingindustry.com/eng/Research-Publications/Daily-News …   

The report: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main … 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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