Archive for January 2013

Ottawa Hospital 290 full-time jobs cut

Nearly 300 jobs at The Ottawa Hospital are on the chopping block. As it tries to trim $31 million from its $1.04-billion budget for 2013-2014, the hospital announced Wednesday 290 jobs would be affected. Of those jobs, 90 nursing jobs and 100 administrative positions will be cut, in addition to 100 other health care jobs … Continue reading

Korea / Minimum wage raised at 38,880 Korean won for eight hours of work a day

Korea has raised the minimum wage for all workers, including foreign workers under its Employment Permit System, the Department of Labor and Employment said. DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz cited a report from Philippine Overseas Labor Office Korea head Felicitas Bay that the new rate is 5.76 percent higher from last year. “The new rate represents … Continue reading

Harman / 500 jobs cut and, maybe, 500 more

Audio systems maker Harman International Industries Inc slashed its full-year outlook and said it would cut up to 9 percent of its workforce after second-quarter profit missed Street estimates due to lower sales to European carmakers. Harman shares plunged 14 percent to $42.49 in morning trade on the New York Stock Exchange. “We expected European … Continue reading

Canada / Where are all the jobs? Infographics

Source: MacBlog_Jobs – – Macleans.ca.

UK / 150 jobs to go at IPC Media

the UK division, the magazine giant IPC Media, must cut 150 jobs, which amounts to 8% of the total. The publisher of Britain’s best-known consumer magazines, such as Marie Claire, Ideal Home, Woman, Woman’s Own, In Style and Now, said the cuts would be accompanied by “organisational changes.” There will also be sweeping changes to … Continue reading

UK / Skills Gap / Companies complain about hurdles faced by Chinese workers

The EEF, the manufacturing body, said UK employers are leaving job vacancies unfilled for weeks – sometimes months – because they cannot easily get hold of skilled workers from China and other non-EU countries to plug UK gaps. Companies complain that skills shortages hold back growth, with firms looking abroad to fill gaps in technology, … Continue reading

Quebec / Two Best Buy outlets close

Some Best Buy outlets have shut their doors in the last several hours. The electronics chain appears to have closed at least two outlets in Quebec, in Sherbrooke and in Montreal-area Lachenaie. And there are reports that more than a dozen Best Buy big box outlets will close across Canada. The windows at the Sherbrooke … Continue reading

Unprepared For College – Infographics

Although 80% of students graduating high school think they are ready for college once they have their diplomas, the reality does not reflect this confidence. If students base their visions of college on the pop culture representation in movies like Van Wilder or Old School, they are in for a shock when their first week … Continue reading

UK / Youth Unemployment / Labour councils vs Stalin-esque ministers

The harsh reality is government programmes are failing. In fact, fewer than 6,000 young people have been helped into sustained jobs: that’s just 3.4% of young people on the Work Programme. The Youth Contract, launched with much fanfare by the deputy prime minister last year, is working so well that the government has decided to … Continue reading

Singapore / Jobless Rate at 5-Year Low

Singapore’s jobless rate fell to a five-year low last quarter as companies hired more local workers after the government tightened the inflow of foreign labor. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 1.8 percent from 1.9 percent in the third quarter, the Ministry of Manpower said in a statement today. The median estimate of nine … Continue reading

US / Vast majority of wage earners are working harder and more

“The U.S. economy over the past decade has worked primarily to the advantage of a small sliver of winners” writes Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute. (Excepts to follow) Meanwhile, the vast majority of workers have not fared well—a trend that stretches back to the late 1970s. Contrary to some political rhetoric of late, this is … Continue reading

Canada / Youth unemployment to cost $23 billion

The rise in youth unemployment in Canada during the recent recession will cost Canadian youth $23.1 billion in lost wages over the next 18 years, according to a new report by TD Economics. The unemployment rate for Canadians aged 15-24 was 11 per cent in July of 2008, peaking at 16.4 per cent in July … Continue reading

US / Youth vs Parents: We Will Be Better Off They Think

American youth have little doubt that they will have a better life than their parents. Almost all fifth- through 12th-graders are optimistic about the future, saying they are very likely (43%) or somewhat likely (52%) to have a better standard of living, better homes, and a better education than their parents. A combined 5% of … Continue reading

US / Education Matters: Community College

The “jobs gap”—or number of jobs needed to return to pre–Great Recession levels—stood at 11.3 million in late 2012, while 12.8 million Americans were unemployed. Carnevale, Smith, and Strohl (2010), however, estimated 46.8 million new jobs will need to be filled by 2018, of which 13.8 million will be new jobs and 33 million will … Continue reading

A lower minimum wage for trainees in Washington state ?

Washington state has the highest state minimum wage in the nation, but a new bill being considered by lawmakers would allow some employers to pay a lower “training wage” to new employees for a certain period of time. The measure heard before the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on Wednesday would establish a special training … Continue reading

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