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Future of Work: the challenges of non-standard forms of employment regarding working conditions and social protection

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Digitisation, new lifestyles and business practices are tremendously impacting the world of work in the European Union. Today, almost 40% of people employed are either in an atypical employment situation (not full-time, open-ended contract) or self-employed. This phenomenon raises a certain number of challenges, as “non-standard employment has been associated with much lower job quality including lower wages (and fewer work-related benefits), greater job insecurity (including lack of social protection), and higher job strain (including longer working hours). Such workers may also receive less training and have lower career advancement opportunities than workers on traditional, open-ended contracts”.[i] 


In the framework of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission released a proposal for a Council recommendation on access to social protection for workers and the self-employed and a proposal for a Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions. Both documents encourage EU Member states to develop similar working condition and social protection for all workers. They also propose to set up some common basic definitions as a European background such as the worker and its employer. 


The next Policies & Practices session will be the occasion to address questions related to both these files, among which:

-The appropriate level of social protection and working conditions for non-standard forms of employment

-Work-related benefits access for atypical employees and self-employed people 

-The possibility, through the fight against undeclared work, to enhance working conditions for a range of workers currently in highly precarious situation

-The link between employment issues and social inclusion per se


To address these questions, we will welcome : 

-Ragnar Horn, Policy Officer for the modernisation of Social Protection Systems unit of DG EMPL, European Commission




Ragnar Horn is an ambassador of the European Pillar of Social Rights and he is currently working around the initiative "access to social protection", one of the concrete deliverables of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Previously, he worked on a wide range of files in DG EAC and DG EMPL.

He holds two master degrees in business administration from Université de Paris IX-Dauphine and from the Goethe University Frankfurt.


-Ignacio Doreste, ETUC advisor in charge of youth employment, self-employment and atypical work  



Ignacio Doreste is the ETUC advisor working on the dossiers of youth employment, self-employment and atypical work. He graduated in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Madrid and he holds a Masters in Human Resources Management (Open University of Catalunya), International Aid and Cooperation for Development (Complutense University of Madrid) and Clinical Psychology (Spanish Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychology). He has worked for the European Trade Union Confederation since 2013. Before, he was engaged in the Spanish trade union movement since 2009.


[1] Future of Work and Skills, Paper presented at the 2nd Meeting of the G20 Employment Working Group, OECD, February 2017





Friday 5 July, 2024



Virtual Event - Zoom


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