Business website of the fortnight 27/05/14

Eurofound is a tripartite European Union Agency, providing knowledge to assist in the development of social and work-related policies. This is a useful website for students studying economics, human resources and international business. Law students may also find relevant information on European employment legislation.

Areas of expertise include: Business and society, Diversity, Employment status, Health, Industrial change, Industrial relations, Population and society, Quality of work, Social cohesion and Work organisation.

There is a link to this website on the My Subject pages under Business School /Human Resources/Other key resources

There is a useful search box on the home page where you can search throughout the website. Some reports date back to 1992. There is a list of latest publications here:

There is a dictionary offering definitions for over 330 technical terms with links to relevant EU documents.

The European Union Open Data Portal gives free access to EU institutional data for commercial and non-commercial purposes. Don’t forget to acknowledge your source. See how to reference an online report at:

If you require a different subject, drop them an email and they will do their best to find a dataset for you. As it is raw data readers can be downloaded to make sense of the statistics. There is a useful section on Country Profiles which cover a wide range of indicators including population and living conditions, labour, health and safety, education, economy and finance, business information, environment, energy, and the information society. For each indicator the Country Profile also offers you a complete table, and interactive graphs and maps.

To use a table on a web page refer to:
To use a chart, map or graph:

There are some other reports to look out for:
A detailed report, published a few weeks ago, entitled Quality of Life in Europe: Families in the Economic Crisis. A 2-page executive summary is also available.

Also 33 downloadable profiles comparing working conditions across sectors in Europe; 18 are currently available. The sectors include banking, construction, education and retail. Future sectors under scrutiny will cover residential care, food and beverages, textiles and clothing.

There is a useful section on Jobs in Europe with links to pages on their own website and on the main EU website informing the development of policy on employment and jobs in Europe.  Click the link to learn more about this topic:

There is an excellent case studies collection including data on small and medium enterprises and an important study on restructuring in SMEs in Europe  using 85 company cases

They also have a presence on Currently with videos relating to the first findings of the third European company survey of 30,000 companies in 32 countries.

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