Promoting employers’ social services organisations

in social dialogue (PESSIS)



The main aim of the PESSIS project is to remedy to the lack of qualitative and quantitative data on labour issues in the sector from the perspective of employers and to promote a culture of social dialogue. The PESSIS project is funded by the PROGRESS programme of the European Commission.



General aim of the project

Social services are services that are considered to be of special importance for the society on the whole and where personal interaction between the providers and the users has a key role. Despite national differences, this sector shares similar experiences and challenges in accessing and promoting employment. The lack of qualitative and quantitative data on the perceptions and experiences of employment constitutes the main barrier to cooperation among employers within the sector at national and cross-border level. This situation is reflected in most EU Member States, where a common framework enabling employers to exchange experiences and find solutions to common problems is rare or non-existent.



Key objectives of the project


This project aims to update the existing information and data in at least 12 EU Member States, identifying practices and experiences which might help the sector to structure itself as employers’ representative. The activity of research will be structured around four key themes:


1.The size of the social services sector’s workforce per country and in aggregated value (12 Member States)

2.The sector’s representativeness in terms of number of employers per country and in aggregated value (12 Member States)

3.The degree of involvement of the employers in the sector in social dialogue at national level

4.The existing structure for employers to exchange information and experiences within the sector



Project duration


9 months (1st December 2011 – 31st August 2012)



Project Partners





European partners


Caritas Europa
Workability Europe

National partners

Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Wohnungslosenhilfe (BAWO)-Austria
Scottish Council for Single Homeless (SCSH)-UK
Cáritas Española
Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI)
Union des Entreprises à Profit Social (UNIPSO)-Belgium
Arbeiterwohlfahrt Bundesverband(AWO)-Germany
Luovi Vocational College-Finland
University Rehabilitation Institute Republic of Slovenia (URI)
Panagia Eleousa-Greece
Dutch Association of Healthcare Providers for People with Disabilities (VGN)


Centre de la Gabrielle-France





PESSIS Website

About PESSIS webpage


PESSIS Newsflash

Issue 4: September 2012


Issue 3: July 2012


Issue 2: May 2012


Issue 1_February 2012


PESSIS Final Conference

Conference programme


Summary report





Finnish report: made by Luovi


Slovenian report: made by URI


Greek report: made by Panagia Eleousa


All National Reports are available on PESSIS website


European Summary Report 


Final report


PESSIS Summary Leaflet




For more information, please contact Cinzia De Letis: tel: +32 2 235 66 61, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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