(13 October 2017) – Today, the Commission published its yearly report on labour market and wage developments in Europe.
This year’s edition confirms the positive labour market trends that have been witnessed in the EU.
EU employment has surpassed pre-crisis levels with more than 235 million people at work.
Unemployment which now stands at 7.6% is also approaching levels prior to the recession. In addition, the report shows that it has become easier for unemployed people to find a job.
On the other hand, more flexible working arrangements have brought “advantages to both firms and individuals” according to the Commission, but have led in some cases to a divide between workers holding different types of contracts, with people in temporary employment and self-employment being less well protected.