Jobs provide most people with their main source of income, should they not be in a lucky position to earn more in terms of capital revenues. But being employed is also about social inclusion.
Germany has been quite successful in riding out the eurozone's economic weakness after the global financial crisis. It boasts a very robust labor market, with unemployment at record-low levels. Others have had to struggle more. This page collates recent DW content on the topic.
Over the past 10 years, hundreds of thousands of Spaniards have emigrated because of their country's economic crisis. Now that the Spanish economy is slowly picking up, many want to return home. However, even with years of experience working abroad, finding a stable job in Spain is still anything but easy. The unemployment rate is around eighteen per cent – amongst under 35's, it's around 40%.
Africa's oldest republic celebrates 170 years of independence today - as President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prepares to step down following a relatively stable ten years in office. But much work remains for the country's next president - especially when it comes to the economy.
Despite India’s buoyant economy, female employment has fallen dramatically over the last decade. Only 27 percent of women are in the workforce. That puts India behind countries like Bangladesh and Brazil. In New Delhi, one woman has stepped outside of Indian labor stereotypes – she works as a bouncer at a New Delhi club.
In Kosovo, around 30% are unemployed and amongst young people the figure tops 60%. Women are the worst off - only one in ten work. And that needs to change, decided a computer programmer in Pristina. So she set up a training programme called Girls Coding Kosovo to train women to programme computers and broaden their horizons and potential to find work. Mitra Nazar went to meet her to learn more.
Lorna Rutto resigned her comfortable banking job in 2009 to start EcoPost in Nairobi. Every month, her company uses approximately 20 tons of plastic waste. Utilising dirty plastic to make a product that saves wood is not just an environmental plus; it also boosts employment.
New regulations force large companies with over 750,000 Euros in sales to publish those sales figures, as well as their profit, number of employees and amount of taxes paid in every European country they do business in. In the future, the tax will be paid where the profit is made.
In Japan from the 1930's until now, the idea that you work for one company until you die, or retire, was widespread. There is even a name for people who die in their job through overwork "Karoshi". But now, some young Japanese are challenging these ideas and daring to dream of going freelance or setting up their own business. Emma Wallis went to meet two of them in Kyoto and Osaka.
On this week's Pulse, we will be marching to the Afrobeat; meeting Niger rappers who use music to make their political voices heard. Pop across the borders: we get up close and personal with German singer Oceana. And, young people in Japan who are challenging work ideas and dreaming big. Tune in to this jam-packed edition of Pulse for more.
With a big boost expected for his new party in the second round of France's parliamentary elections, President Emmanuel Macron has wasted no time in announcing a reform agenda. But French history is littered with reforms that failed against entrenched resistance.