Employment Shifts In Europe During The Recovery: Three Little Noticed Trends

John HurleyJohn Hurley

John Hurley

The EU has finally recovered all a net practice waste postulated given a tellurian financial crisis. It has been a prolonged and unpleasant process. But there is during final flourishing justification of certain movement in EU work markets, if not utterly ‘animal spirits’. Many of those member states many influenced by a tellurian downturn have available poignant practice enlargement in a final 3 years – including Spain (+9%), Ireland (+8%) and Greece (+5%).

While altogether practice numbers are behind to where they were, and stability to increase, a structure of practice in a EU has altered in a series of ways. There are some trends that are long-term, pervasive and well-documented – for example, a augmenting services share of employment, occupational upgrading and a enlargement of womanlike employment. Some, however, are reduction well-known. The latest European Jobs Monitor news draws courtesy to 3 rising and reduction remarked work marketplace developments.

First of all, in contrariety to a pre-crisis practice enlargement or even a predicament years (2008-13), practice enlargement given 2013 has been usually modestly lopsided towards well-paid jobs. Recent enlargement has been increasingly strong in low-paid and mid-paid jobs, ensuing in a consumption-led liberation where practice in sectors such as food/beverages, accommodation and personal services in sold have benefited from augmenting demand. Of course, jobs in these sectors are generally reduction well-paid and have singular intensity to minister to altogether capability increases. Their enlargement might be one partial of a reason for a “productivity paradox” – disappearing levels of capability enlargement and low compensate notwithstanding a array of technological advances such as driverless transport, automated factories, telemedicine, online preparation (MOOCs,) etc. – with that we are all increasingly familiar.

Fig: practice enlargement (% pa) by job-wage quintile, EU

Source: European Jobs Monitor annual news 2017, p.11. In any chart, quintile bars paint practice shifts in jobs accounting for, in sequence, a lowest-paid 20% of practice on a left to a highest-paid 20% of practice on a right.

Second, while services comment for a lion’s share of new jobs, there has also been a important miscarry in EU prolongation employment. Over 1.5 million net new jobs have been combined in attention given 2013 and a rate of practice boost has been usually marginally reduce than that for services (1.4 percent per annum contra 1.6 percent, EU). Sectors such as auto, machine and apparatus make in sold have benefitted.

Fig: practice shifts (thousands) by job-wage quintile and extended sector, EU, 2011-16

Source: EJM annual news 2017.

Two serve measure of this boost in prolongation practice are value signalling:

  • While a attention jobs mislaid in a predicament and post-crisis duration were essentially mid-paid, essentially blue-collar prolongation jobs, a miscarry has seen enlargement especially in higher-paid engineering and government jobs. There has been a re-composition of practice within prolongation towards higher-paid, some-more highly-skilled employment.
  • The biggest beneficiaries of a miscarry have been a executive and eastern European countries. The EU13 accounts for 60 percent of a net boost in prolongation practice notwithstanding representing usually around a entertain of EU prolongation jobs. This west –east change in a area of complicated attention in a EU is also clear in a patterns of practice gains and waste outset from restructuring activity prisoner in a European Restructuring Monitor in new years.

And, of course, a new increases need to be seen in a context of a long-run decrease in manufacturing’s share of practice – down from 31 percent as recently as 1995 (EU15) to usually over 14 percent in 2016, as good as a pointy contraction gifted during 2008-13 when over 5m jobs were mislaid in EU manufacturing. Nonetheless, as new Eurostat information on a automobile industry demonstrates, European prolongation is globally competitive, with poignant new practice dividends.

Third, there has been some shutting of a gender practice gap, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Women have accounted for incomparable practice enlargement than group given 2011 (4.1m contra 2.7m). More surprisingly perhaps, in a depart from determined patterns, group are accounting for a most incomparable share of part-time practice growth. In fact, given 2011, new womanlike jobs are some-more expected to have been full-time, while a infancy of net new masculine practice has been in part-time employment, generally lower-paid and mostly involuntary. Male part-timers are most some-more expected than womanlike part-timers, for example, to prove that they are operative part-time usually since they can't find an homogeneous full-time job.

For men, part-time practice enlargement has been important in many jobs that to date have been especially female-employing such as sell sales assistants and personal use workers in a food/beverages sector. One intensity reason is that masculine workers who mislaid their jobs in a prolongation and construction sectors during a predicament have subsequently taken adult lower-paying use jobs, including jobs in a ‘gig’ economy. At a other finish of a salary distribution, there have been augmenting numbers of part-time professionals in a health and preparation sectors and, in line with a altogether gender share of practice in these sectors, these have been essentially womanlike jobs.

Fig: Employment shifts (thousands) by job-wage quintile, full-time / part-time and gender, EU, 2011–2016

Source: EJM annual news 2017 (based on EU-LFS data).

In summary, a jobs liberation in Europe has been noted by a lapse of certain practice enlargement in a center and during a bottom of a salary placement – even if over a longer timeframe aloft paid jobs continue to grow faster than others. A rebound in (generally good quality) prolongation practice has contributed to this certain dynamic. Meanwhile, part-time employment, strongly compared with salary penalties and other pursuit peculiarity deficits, appears to be ‘normalising’, during slightest for some veteran women, while charity some probability of last-resort work marketplace connection for a flourishing series of men.

This blog post is formed on investigate carried out by a author jointly with Enrique Fernandez-Macias and other researchers for Eurofound in a European Jobs Monitor [EJM] project. The EJM marks constructional change in European work markets – in terms of practice shifts by function and zone – and also provides a qualitative comment of these shifts regulating opposite proxies of pursuit quality, particularly normal hourly wage. The 2017 EJM report can be downloaded here.

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