The PERHOUSE seeks to improve working conditions and personal and household services through industrial relations in Central European countries.

The PERHOUSE project seeks to analyse the current characteristics and challenges related to service provision and working conditions in the personal and household services (PHS) sectors in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries

Demand for PHS has been increasing within the broader trend of de-institutionalising the care sector due to the lack of available services in integrated care and non-care services.

Understanding and strengthening the role of industrial relations would improve the working conditions in the PHS sector in CEE countries.

It would also help systematise the workplace fundamental definitions and set benchmarks for the quality of services, working conditions, and access to care and non-care services provided in home settings.

In turn, regularisation of the sector would facilitate integration into broader industrial relations structures for seeking multiplier effects on the provision of care and non-care-oriented services by public and private providers, would contribute to tackling the high share of undeclared work in the sector and to providing decent working conditions to PHS workers.

The project has a strong regional focus on CEE. It will be carried out at the EU level and in 12 countries: Poland, Estonia, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, North Macedonia, Romania, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

Data will be collected via surveys and qualitative interviews both at the national and EU levels, processed in the form of research reports and policy briefs, and innovative dissemination materials, including audio-visual tools and exchanges among social partners and other EU-level and EU-level national- level stakeholders via project meetings and workshops.

The general objective is the explore industrial relations to improve the working conditions and services in the PHS sector of CEE countries.

Project Target Groups

There are three main targets groups in the project:  domestic workers, social partners and service receivers.


Activities and events


The total duration of the project is 24 months, starting from August 2022 until August 2024.


Additionally, the project counts with different associated partners:

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