8 July 2014
We are pleased to announce the publication of the Social Report 2013, which provides a comprehensive overview of staff and working conditions at the EPO.
First published for the year 2012, the Social Report aims at creating a shared understanding of the current social situation at the EPO and of the challenges ahead. It is also intended to support the implementation of the EPO's strategic HR Roadmap and to help monitor the impact of the measures it envisages.
Between 2012 and 2013 the proportion of examiners and board of appeal members increased from 61.4% to 62.8% of the total EPO workforce, while the proportion of both formalities officers and administrative staff decreased.
By the end of 2013 12% of staff (compared with 8% in 2012) were participating in the part-time home working scheme. According to a recent review, this scheme has had a positive impact on productivity and sick leave, with participants registering on average a 20% reduction in this type of leave. The vast majority - 96% - of participants report that the scheme has contributed favourably to their personal work/life balance.