The European Commission have released their Joint Employment Report (JER), highlighting the main employment and social developments in the EU over the last year.
The report is part of the Annual Growth Survey that launches the start for the European Semester process, which provides a framework for the coordination of economic policies across the European Union.
In addition, the JER monitors Member States' performance in relation to the Social Scoreboard set up in the context of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
Some of the key messages of the report include:
- Demographic change and rising life expectancy present the pension, healthcare and long-term care systems with a clear need to adapt.
- Unequal access to quality and affordable childcare and long-term care services contributes to the negative effect of parenthood on the employment of women.
- Technological changes and related transformations in labour markets crucially require upskilling and reskilling of the working age population.
- A well-functioning social dialogue, whether bipartite or tripartite, is a key element of the European social market economy.
For a Briefing Note presenting the Joint Employment Report’s relevant information concerning general labour market trends, employment and social care as well as social dialogue, click here.