Developments in labour markets and economies across Europe driven by technological advances, changing economic growth patterns as well as employer and employee-driven need for flexibility is leading to a plethora of emerging employment forms across the EU. On the one hand such forms as employee sharing, job sharing, casual work, mobile work, voucher-based work and others introduce flexibility into the labour market and help it to better reflect individual circumstances of employees. On the other hand, some of these forms can make work more precarious and insecure. To map the spread of these employment forms and understand their impacts on employees, employers and economies alike, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) undertook the ‘New forms of employment’ comparative study.

In the framework of the study, ongoing in 2016, PPMI coordinated the preparation of over 60 studies analysing selected public or cross-company instruments and regulations relating to new forms of employment, as well as their positive and negative implications on working conditions, social security, employment rights, employment relations and workers’ representation as well as work organisation. The results are made available by Eurofound, which has published all case studies conducted in the framework of this research as well as the comparative report prepared internally in the EU external agency. Additional case studies on strategic employee sharing, an employment form in which a group of employers hires workers jointly and shares responsibility for them, are being prepared in 2016 by PPMI experts as well as internally at Eurofound.

If you have questions about the ‘New forms of employment’ study, please contact Elma Caicedo.

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