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JustJob Index ranks European countries based on employment opportunities, equal treatment, rights at work

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27 March 2014

[video] First-Ever European Union “Jobs” Index Launches, Ranking EU Countries by Quality of Work

Author: JustJobs Network & Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (Norway)

[A]t the Progressive Economy Forum 2014 conference in Brussels, the first-ever EU JustJobs Index will be released detailing which European Union countries rank highest in terms of employment opportunities, job security, equality of treatment and opportunity, rights at work, income security, and other indicators addressing quality employment...Launched...by the JustJobs Network and the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies...[it] examines countries’ ability to create and sustain quality jobs... In the JustJobs Index’s EU28 findings, which included indicators available for all EU countries, the top five countries with the most “just jobs” are Luxembourg, Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Denmark. The bottom five countries are Romania, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain. In the JustJobs Index’s EU21 findings, which included all Index indicators, the top three countries are Sweden, Denmark and Finland, while the bottom three countries are Poland, Greece, and the United Kingdom.

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1 March 2014

[PDF] European JustJobs Index

Author: JustJobs Network & Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (Norway)

In this brief, we have presented the European JustJobs Index, a regional measure that broadens the discourse on employment and that addresses job quality...The European JustJobs Index is aimed at providing a basis for a comprehensive discussion on JustJobs and some initial analysis of trends were provided. Both versions of the European JustJobs Index showed an overall downward decline in JustJobs with some countries dropping substantially over the last 13 years. The financial crisis of 2008 has led to steep decline in countries such as Spain, Greece and Italy. Examining the indices further, reductions in social security expenditures (such as unemployment benefits) and increased inequality contributed to the declining trend in JustJobs. The index illustrates that addressing inequality and social security are essential for JustJobs.

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