Eurostat’s latest employment statistics study the employment rate for EU members 20 to 64 years old has reached record high numbers. According to this study, 73.1% of people in the EU have jobs. The increase in employment is a great positive thing for Europe especially after the 2010 economic crisis which left thousands of people unemployed and some even homeless

Problems in the Workforce Arise

However, with such a drastic increase in jobs, it’s only natural that problems within the workforce arise. Though problems in the workforce have indeed occurred in all EU countries it’s important to note that they are not all the same issues. Each country faces a different issue, which could be a reflection of the countries culture, political views, or even geographical locations. Savoy Stewart Commercial Property research project identified and categorized each countries individual work-related issues. The company used Google as its main digital platform for data. They inputted the keywords “how to” and “workplace” to Google’s analytical sections and then over the period of 12 months manually categorized the results by EU country.

Savoy discovered that Spain’s most common workplace question was “How to create a happy workplace,” which also happened to be Germany’s top inquire as well. France’s and Cyprus’s most researched question was “how to improve leadership skills in the workplace.” While Romania employers want to know “how to be successful in the workplace.” Lastly, Italian workers wanted to know “how to engage with millennials.” 

Gender Inequality in the Workforce

According to this study, Ukraine’s most researched question was “how to end sexual harassment in the workplace.” Ukraine has been trying to bridge that gender gap inequality in the workforce, however, according to the Global Gender Gap Report of 2017, the gender equality gap globally is “worsening for the first time in the last 11 years. Women are said to have 68% of the opportunities that men have. Turkey is also battling a gender inequality issue and wants to know “how to ensure gender equality in the workplace.” While Turkey and Ukraine are battling gender equality battles Portugal’s most common question was “how to promote ethical behavior in the workplace,” which could be a reflection of the corruption that’s going on in the country. Then lastly there is Albania who has a broader topic to tackle. Albania’s most researched question was simply “how to survive in the workforce.”