doctor's hands tearing a paper with the word "jobs" written on itEurofound has presented the findings of its “Living, Working and Covid-19” e-survey in a new report which aims to capture the far-reaching implications of the pandemic on the way people live and work across Europe.

Participants for the study were sourced through Eurofound’s stakeholders and social media advertising. Two rounds of the e-survey have been carried out to date: one in April, when most Member States were in lockdown, and one in July, when society and economies were slowly re-opening.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Young people emerged as some of of the hardest-hit groups who, along with those out of work, report the lowest levels of well-being, despite some improvement since the onset of the pandemic.
  • While life satisfaction and optimism increased since April, young people continue to feel excluded from society and remain at greatest risk of depression showing how restrictions during lockdown affect them more.

Eurodiaconia will continue its advocacy work in the area of Access to Employment for all people at European level, enabling a framework for the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the final round of negotiations around the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+), together with its members and partner organisations. Our network continues to exchange and promote best practices, for example at thematic events such as our network meeting on Access to Employment which took place last week.


For more information, please read the Eurofound report.