Self-employed Workers: Industrial Relations and Working Conditions

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The European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO) and the European Working Conditions Observatory (EWCO) of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) have published the report, “Self-employed Workers: Industrial Relations and Working Conditions in the European Union”. The study presents an overview of industrial relations and employment and working conditions of self-employed workers in the 28 countries surveyed.

Spain leads the way in supporting self-employed workers and creating more jobs. The proportion of self-employed workers varies widely from country to country. While most countries in southern Europe record a relative high proportion –Greece 35%, Italy 26%, Portugal 25%-, in Spain just a total of 11% is self-employed. This is close to the EU average (10.5%), according to the report.

The report is available online.