European Commission reviews progress towards more and better jobs

A new report reviews the European efforts to improve quality at work in line
with the 2003 Brussels Spring European Council request. It highlights the need
for measures to enhance this dimension and points to differences between the
performances of Member States.

Improving quality and productivity in work is one of the main objectives of the
EU's Employment Guidelines for 2003-2005. The concept of quality in work has
been defined in relation to ten dimensions which encompass better skills and
career prospects, improving health and safety at work, better balance between
flexibility and security, as well as work organisation and work-life, and
reducing employment gaps, in particular regarding women and older workers.

The overall trends conceal major differences between Member States. While a few
of them perform well under most indicators of quality (Denmark, the
Netherlands, Sweden, Austria), others display consistently much less favourable
performances (Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal).

The 10 indicators of quality at work are:

- Intrinsic job quality

- Skills, lifelong learning and career development

- Gender equality

- Health and Safety at Work

- Flexibility and security

- Inclusion and access to the labour market

- Work organisation and work-life balance

- Social dialogue and worker involvement

- Diversity and non-discrimination

- Overall work performance

Further information

AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work