The adequate management of human resources dedicated to research in Europe is a priority for the European Commission. In this section, we highlight some of the European policies and initiatives in this regard.
It encourages research institutions to implement the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers “Charter & Code” in their policies and practices. It also advises institutions and organisations to implement the “HR Excellence in Research” logo.
- Charter & Code
The European Charter for Researchers (Charter and Code) includes a series of principles that specify the rights and responsibilities of researchers and the entities that employ and/or finance them.
The Code of conduct for recruiting researchers contains a series of principles that must always be adhered to by employers and/or financing entities when they hire researchers.
These two documents are aimed both at researchers and employers and/or financing entities of the public and private sectors. The implementation of the Charter & Code principles increases the attractiveness of the European Research Area.
You can find more information at the Europe portal.
- “HR Excellence in Research” logo
The “HR Excellence in Research” logo gives public recognition to research institutions that have made progress in aligning their human resources policies with the principles defined in the “Charter & Code”. The institutions awarded the logo have the right to use it to highlight their commitment to the implementation of fair and transparent recruitment and evaluation of the performance of their researchers.
Listed below are the steps to follow for implementation of the logo:
- Internal analysis of the entity that wishes to obtain the seal of quality in order to know the degree of alignment with the charter and code and detect the gaps that there are between the institutional strategy and the principles of the C&C.
- Plan of action. Once this analysis has been completed, the entity develops its own Human Resources Strategy for researchers and it creates a Plan of Action.
- Seal of Excellence. The European Commission reviews this Plan of Action to give the seal to the interested entity. Following its approval, the institution makes the plan of action public and it is able to use the aforementioned logo.
- Self-evaluation. The institution carries out a new internal analysis within a period of no greater than two years to observe fulfilment of the plan of action proposed and design a new updated version.
- External evaluation. The entity undergoes an external evaluation every 4 years in which it is observed whether or not it is fulfilling the plan of action and whether or not the “HR Excellence in Research” logo should be maintained.
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Since the European Commission recommended the implementation of the Charter and Code in 2005, approximately 1,200 institutions from 35 European and non-European countries have declared their support and more than 200 institutions have obtained the “HR Excellence in Research” logo.
- Pensions for researchers
Researchers are highly qualified workers who are able to be very mobile. However, in relation to their mobility there are some gaps in their social security protection and the transfer of their pension rights. The European Commission wishes to solve this problem through RESAVER, a single pan-European pensions system.