Labour market research focuses mainly on employment policy, its objectives and instruments, the institutions implementing it and problems associated with minimising unemployment. Attention is therefore paid to assessing the efficacy of active labour market policy instruments from both the national and regional perspectives. Developments on the labour market are also monitored, above all the labour supply and demand and work-related migration. Long-term attention is paid to the standing of selected social groups (the disabled, seniors, foreign nationals) on the labour market.
Other areas covered by the institute’s research are the capacity and limitations of social dialogue and collective bargaining at national, sectoral and enterprise level, and working conditions, most notably working time, work organisation, flexible forms of employment, flexicurity in the conditions of the Czech Republic, changes in the nature of work, professional training and the work/life balance. Factors having a negative influence on the quality of working life, in particular the physical and mental impacts of the workload, are also scrutinised.
The institute publishes two bulletins every year: Development of the Main Economic and Social Indicators of the Czech Republic and International Work-related Migration in the Czech Republic.