Transfer stimulates dialogue between the European trade union movement and the academic and research community. It contributes research findings on issues of strategic relevance for trade unions, in particular with regard to developments at the European level. Transfer publishes original peer-reviewed research on issues such as new developments in industrial relations, social policy, and labour market developments.

Volume 26 Issue 1, February 2020 

The decade since the global financial crisis in Europe has been marked by slow recovery, and much soul-searching about the future prospects of the European Union’s economy. The recovery also revealed severe labour market mismatches. While some countries and regions suffer workforce shortages, others continue to struggle with high unemployment, especially among young people. Even the fastest growing economies continue to have pockets of stubborn unemployment, especially among those without a tertiary degree, and rapid technological change is increasing fears that many more will be left behind. All this has fuelled discussions about the need for greater investment in training, but, despite general consensus that skill needs are changing, there are as yet few conclusive recommendations about the way educational systems should respond. Moreover, even as the imperative of austerity is being gradually replaced by the discourse of social investment, many cash-strapped EU governments are finding it difficult even to maintain educational spending at current levels, let alone make substantial new investments.

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Editorial board
  • Marina Luttrell, Managing Editor
  • Philippe Pochet, Editor
  • Vera Scépanović, Editor
  • Maarten Keune, Editor