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Social Protection

Social protection schemes in Europe have mostly been designed for the open-ended, full-time contract and have not kept pace with the changes that have taken place in the world of work. In an increasingly diverse world of work, modernising social protection and social safety nets is needed to guarantee social inclusion.

In 2018, the EU proposed new recommendations to help Members States improve access to social protection for workers and the self-employed:

  • Allow workers in diverse forms of work and the self-employed to adhere to social security schemes.
  • Take measures allowing them to build up and take up adequate, effective social benefits.
  • Facilitate the transfer of social security benefits between jobs.
  • Increase transparency regarding social security systems and rights.

The World Employment Confederation-Europe supports the main approach of the Recommendation which is in line with the notion of social innovation. The promotion of the concept of transferable and portable rights has been particularly welcomed as it is one of the key policy recommendations in our Europe 2024 Vision. The World Employment Confederation-Europe calls on EU policies to rethink protection schemes to ensure the sustainability of national social models by implementing these policy actions.

For examples of how the private employment industry is already re-inventing ways of providing social protection, visit our “Social Innovation Stories” database.

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