The Federal Employment Agency is a public corporation and carries out its duties independently within the framework of the law pertaining to it. Along with career advisory services and the mediation of training positions and jobs, it conducts research on the labour market and gathers statistics on it.
The State institute of social research in Dortmund is one of the largest institutes of labour research in Germany. An interdisciplinary team of about 50 labour-oriented and social scientists, economists, educationalists, statisticians, and computer specialists carry out research, provide advice and evaluate current issues connected to the world of work.
Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB) (i.e. Institute for Labour Market and Vocational Research)
The Institute for Labour Market and Vocational Research conducts research on the labour market in order to offer competent advice to political actors at all levels. Its organisational proximity to the Federal Employment Agency ensures that scientific knowledge is channelled directly into political opinion-making and action on the labour market; freedom to research and to publicise findings guarantees that independent – and thus also critical – advice can be offered.
Institut für Sozialforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik e.V. (ISG) (i.e. Institute of Social Research and Social Policy)
The Institute of Social Research and Social Policy was founded in 1952 as a research and educational institute. Its main areas of work are: policy advice, evaluation of labour market and socio-political programmes as well as providing expert opinions and studies on economic, labour market, health-related and socio-political issues.
The Institute for Labour and Technology at the Wissenschaftszentrum NRW (i.e. North Rhine-Westphalian Science Centre) is an institute for applied research and development. Its task is to develop and test innovative solutions through which to cope with structural change, with the aim of improving the situation on the employment market and the sustainability of generating economic value.
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies is one of the most renowned research institutes in Germany. Proceeding from an institutional approach, research is carried out on how markets and economic organisations emerge from the historico-institutional, political and cultural contexts in which they are embedded and how institutional contexts change in the course of history.
The Social Science Research Center Berlin, funded by the Federal Government and the State of Berlin is Europe's largest social science institute. An interdisciplinary team of staff researches development trends, adjustment problems and opportunities for innovation in modern societies.
The Institute of Social Research was founded in 1923 and closed down in 1933 by the national-socialist government. In 1950, Max Horkheimer, Friedrich Pollock and Theodor W. Adorno had it reopened in Frankfurt. Up to the present day, the work of the institute adheres to the principle that social science research should attempt to form a critical understanding of society and provide impetus so that the latter continues to develop in an emancipatory fashion.
How will employment market structures and the use of time develop? What characteristics will lead to success on the employment market of the future? What institutional changes and economic or socio-political measures can improve the way the employment market functions? In what way will wage and other collective agreements develop or need to develop? These, among others, are the questions asked by the Research Department for the Future of Labor at IZA (i.e. Institute for the Study of Labor).
PIZA is a project on "future-orientated labour research" that is being implemented by the Association Work and Future on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Its aim is to contribute to bringing research on employment, along with its studies and results, closer to companies and people themselves.
What forms of work will we encounter in the near future? How flexible can the individual be? Is it possible to live in a self-determined and dignified way at this time of growing capitalism with all its demands that are made on employees? In the project WORK ABOUT WORK artists, social scientists, the unemployed and anyone who is interested are trying to find answers to these questions.
The Kulturstiftung des Bundes (i.e. Federal Foundation for Culture) has included “Work in the Future” in its programme as a new main topic. Here a number of initiatives and measures are brought together to illustrate changes in the world of work from a cultural perspective.
Attac sees itself as part of the movement critical of globalisation whose protest is directed against the growing social inequality throughout the world and against a globalisation which is only orientated to powerful economic interests. Attac has 90,000 members in 50 countries and was founded in France in 1998.
The Euro Mayday network arose in Italy in 2001 and spread throughout Europe in 2004 and 2005. Each year on 1 May, parades are held in many European towns to draw attention to the fact that work and living situations have become precarious in many ways. The network aims at bringing the tradition of 1st May back to life with a political parade beyond the usual rituals in order to fight worldwide for a self-determined, dignified life and social rights.
LabourNet Germany is a meeting place of left-wing trade-unionists with and without a job in the broadest sense of the word. The spectrum of topics covers among other things the realities of the world of work and society – and the attempts to change both – as well as debates and action within and outside the trade unions, labour struggles and works and social activities.
The Berlin Campaign against Hartz IV is directed against the Hartz IV 'reforms' which have meant the loss of rights, obligatory work, and wages on the poverty level for millions of people. The campaign provides information on the possibilities of resisting Hartz IV measures and gives practical tips for those receiving Hartz IV benefits.
This database, which has been in existence since 2000, primarily recommends women scientists from research institutions outside the universities and thus creates the necessary process of transfer between the scientific and the political fields within an international context.
The International Labour Organization was founded by the UN in 1919 and has the aim of implementing social justice and internationally recognised human and labour rights. The ILO formulates international work standards through conventions and recommendations which lay down a minimum for labour rights: freedom of association, law of organisations, collective negotiations, abolishment of forced labour, equal opportunity, etc. The databases of the ILO act as a basic source of information on the topic of work.
The German Association of Women Academics aims at putting women academics in the position to apply their specialist knowledge effectively. In doing so, importance is laid on supporting young women and girls via gender mainstreaming and by encouraging them to combine career and family. The exchange is a worldwide one.
Dokumentationszentrum für europäische Gewerkschaftspublikationen (DEGPOL) (i.e. Documentation centre for European trade union publications)
To compile this database, between 100 and 150 German, German-language and to a certain extent foreign-language trade-union newspapers are analysed. The most important contributions are then included in the database. The level of data lies at roughly 22,000 articles. In addition to this all brochures and books of importance to the political trade-union movement within the DEG archives are completely registered.
EIRO was founded by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in 1997. EIRO collects, analyses and disseminates up-to-date information on key developments within industrial relations in Europe. The provision of information is primarily aimed at European organisations and associations and EU institutions.
EMIRE arose in connection with the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions and presents a glossary of working conditions in European countries for Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Also the Federal Employment Agency offers an employment market. Those looking for a job as well as employers can look for job vacancies and applicant profiles or put them online.
This database contains literature on labour market and vocational research as well as bibliographic information on all central topics to do with the labour market, careers and qualifications. The research documentation on labour market and vocational research contains information on empirical and theoretical research studies. The institute documentation on the labour market and vocations provides information on institutions and organisations which deal with the employment market, professions and qualifications from a political, scientific, administrative or association-orientated perspective.
the research and cooperation centre GendA was founded by the Institute for Political Science of the University of Marburg. Under the topic of work and gender it offers also a women expert’s database at both a national and international level with contact data, fields of activity and main focus of work from active women scientists.