A woman owning a flower workshop is doing an inventory of the goods.
Published:
9 February 2024
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Difficult-to-cover groups
Digital economy
Labour protection
Guideline:
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

The lack of social security coverage for the self-employed has recently attracted significant attention in Europe. Changes in the world of work, including the rising prevalence of platform work, have led to an increasing number of self-employed workers with lower incomes. These trends, together with the COVID-19 pandemic, have shed light on the historically insufficient protection for the self-employed across the region.

Published:
2 November 2023
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Extension of coverage
Digital economy
Labour protection

In Europe, as globally, platform work remains a growing phenomenon. This article explores how recent developments in Europe affect platform workers’ rights and access to social security. In particular, it considers recent steps toward the appropriate classification of certain workers, changes in working conditions, and the extension of new rights and responsibilities.

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Published:
20 July 2023
Type:

Analysis

Region:
European Network
Topic:
Family benefits
Business process
Digital inclusion
E-services
Technological transition
Awareness and information
Service quality
Inequalities

Europe as a region is characterized as having achieved comprehensive social security coverage, yet still faces challenges in ensuring access to social security and preventing the non-take-up of benefits. This article presents a synthesis of discussions held during a technical seminar organized with the ISSA European Network (IEN).

Published:
28 November 2022
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Family benefits
Prevention of occupational risks
Digital inclusion
E-services
Technological transition
Guideline:
Good Governance
Service Quality
Information and Communication Technology
Communication by Social Security Administrations
Administrative Solutions for Coverage Extension

Digital technologies are fundamentally transforming how public services are designed and delivered. This article zooms in on the implementation of digital inclusion strategies among European ISSA member institutions.

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Published:
16 November 2022
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Human resource management
Technological transition
COVID-19
Guideline:
Good Governance
Information and Communication Technology
Human Resource Management in Social Security Administration

While social security administrations have gradually pursued digital strategies over the past decades, the COVID-19 crisis accelerated their digital transformation journey. The resilience and scalability of digital systems in responding to unprecedented needs despite operational constraints has dramatically moved the needle on organizations going “digital by default”. This article builds on the experiences of social security institutions in Europe.

Shot of a young family outdoors
Published:
26 April 2022
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Family benefits
Maternity
Employment of young workers
Migration
Social assistance
Social policies & programmes

The social security systems of the region of Europe have a track record of promoting inclusive growth and social cohesion. In addition to workers’ social insurance, systems typically address income poverty and its root causes through tax-financed income transfers and social assistance. A life-course approach to social protection is a priority, especially for the region’s comprehensive systems. Generally, social protection in Europe mitigates risks that occur from birth through to the start of the working life, as well as in work and during periods of unemployment, incapacity for work or when work is no longer possible.

Portrait of a disabled senior man with a walking cane stick at home
Published:
19 April 2022
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Pensions
Demographic change

The region of Europe is characterized by the diversity of its national social security systems, as well as by the scale and scope of the coverage these provide.

Man talking using hands-free set
Published:
12 April 2022
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Governance and administration
Information and communication technology
Automated processing
Guideline:
Good Governance
Service Quality
Information and Communication Technology

Social security institutions in the region of Europe are fostering institutional maturity in governance and performance, and embracing information and communication technologies (ICT) to achieve service excellence in the programmes they administer.

Mask and notes
Published:
15 February 2021
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Contribution collection and compliance
COVID-19

As part of the wider economic stimulus packages to respond to the second wave of COVID-19, governments continue to temporarily defer the collection of social security contributions (SSC), or to exempt from or reduce the contribution payments of some population groups. To date, 68 countries have introduced at least one of these measures (ISSA Coronavirus Country Measures Monitor). An April 2020 communication from the European Commission supported these as a “valuable tool to reduce the liquidity constraints of undertakings and preserve employment” during the COVID-19 crisis (EC 2020a).

Concept of COVID-19 cornoavirus second wave infection following first wave
Published:
27 November 2020
Type:

Analysis

Region:
Europe
Topic:
Unemployment
Employment policies
COVID-19

In Europe, the second wave of the coronavirus has since September prompted the re-introduction of social distancing measures, restrictions to economic activity, telework, curfews and lockdowns. Without certainty on the duration of the health crisis and its knock-on effects on the economy, governments have been re assessing the status of social security benefits and measures introduced since the onset of the pandemic.