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Factsheet for case PT-2020-28/964 – measures in Portugal

Telework - Increasing the number of Public Administration workers in teleworking

Teletrabalho - Aumentar o número de trabalhadores da Administração Pública em teletrabalho

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 06 July 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
Author Heloisa Perista and Maria da Paz Campos Lima (CESIS) and Eurofound
Case created 10 July 2020 (updated 05 August 2020)

Background information

The Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 41/2020, of 6 June, that approved the Economic and Social Stabilisation Programme, established new measures to promote and extend teleworking (2.6), among which is the increase of the number of Public Administration workers in teleworking (2.6.1). The government intends, by the end of the legislature (in 2023), to have at least 25% of Public Administration workers in teleworking (among the universe of those performing functions compatible with this modality of work) - allowing greater flexibility in the provision of work and better reconciliation between the personal, family and professional life.

Content of measure

The government intends, by the end of the legislature (in 2023), to have at least 25% of Public Administration workers in teleworking (among the universe of those performing functions compatible with this modality of work) - allowing greater flexibility in the provision of work and better reconciliation between the personal, family and professional life. Part of these workers may be in "coworking" spaces, even located in the interior of the country, thus combating the desertification of these territories and promoting the decentralisation of public services in the interior regions.

Addressees: Public Administration workers Amount: 4.4 M € Financing source: State Budget Responsible entities: DGAEP (Directorate-General for Administration and Public Employment).

Use of measure

The government aims at having 25% of public administration workers teleworking until 2023.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Informed
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level

Involvement

Consultation.

Views and reactions

Not known.

Sources

  • 06 June 2020: Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 41/2020 (data.dre.pt)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Telework - Increasing the number of Public Administration workers in teleworking , case PT-2020-28/964 (measures in Portugal), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.