NEUJOBS: Creating and adapting jobs in Europe (2011-2015)

European UnionNEUJOBS is a research project financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. Its objective is to analyse likely future developments in the European labour market(s).

By the end of the project, NEUJOBS seeks answers to questions such as:


  • What will European labour market(s) look like in 2025? What are the possible scenarios for employment in the next decade?
  • Which sectors in the economy will be the drivers for employment growth and which groups in the society will be mostly affected?
  • How will the socio-ecoological transition influence employment destruction and creation?
  • How will welfare systems change in order to cope with family and fiscal transformation?
  • What is the role of policy makers, especially at EU level, in shaping and accompanying the transitions?
  • How can the development of skills be guided to meet the challenges of a socio-ecological transition?
  • How can innovation be stimulated to contribute both to economic growth and to a more sustainable production system?
  • How can we attain a work-life balance while remaining competitive and innovative?

Research areas

NEUJOBS consists of 23 work packages organised in six groups:

Group 1 provides a conceptualisation of the socio-ecological transition that constitutes the basis for the other work-packages.

Group 2 considers in detail the main drivers for change and the resulting relevant policies. Regarding the drivers we analyse the discourse on job quality,educational needs, changes in the organisation of production and in the employment structure. Regarding relevant policies, research in this group assesses the impact of changes in family composition, the effect of labour relations and the issue of financing transition in an era of budget constraints. The regional dimension is taken into account, also in relation to migration flows.

Group 3 models economic and employment development on the basis of the inputs provided in the previous work packages.

Group 4 examines possible employment trends in key sectors of the economy in the light of the transition processes: energy, health care and goods/services for the ageing population, care services, housing and transport.

Group 5 focuses on impact groups, namely those vital for employment growth in the EU: women, the elderly, immigrants and Roma.

Group 6 is composed of transversal work packages: implications of NEUJOBS findings for EU policy-making, dissemination of project results, project management and coordination.

Further information

John Doling
Professor of Housing Studies

Date: 2011-2015
Sponsored by: Commission of the European Communities