Michel Cournoyer

Michel Cournoyer has written 6567 posts for Job Market Monitor

What I wish I knew before I entered the workplace

what I wish I knew before I entered the workplace, and if I were writing a letter to the then me from the now me, what advice would I give myself?1. Start thinking about work earlier 2. Research and get advice 3. Get work experience 4. Good pay does not always = a great job … Continue reading

US – 11 Workers die at work every day

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in recent years, an average of 11 Americans die on the job every single day and another roughly 50,000 die annually because of illnesses they contracted on the job — meaning that working kills roughly 54,000 Americans every year (and injures millions more). “These numbers are unacceptable to … Continue reading

Job Search – 90% of job seekers utilize mobile devices to conduct key functions

Mobile technology is rapidly changing how job seekers look for new positions, according to a survey by global talent mobility consulting firm Lee Hecht Harrison. The results revealed that 90% of job seekers utilize mobile devices to conduct key functions when looking for their next career opportunity. Only one in 10 workers isn’t using mobile … Continue reading

UK – More workers trapped in minimum wage jobs

A growing number of employees are trapped in minimum wage jobs, according to a report that illustrates the hollowing out of Britain’s labour market. One in 20 employees earned only the minimum wage in 2013, the highest proportion since its introduction, according to the Resolution Foundation, a think-tank. It also highlights the “shadow effect” of … Continue reading

Microsoft – Cuts another 3,000 jobs, reaching almost 18,000 cuts overall

Microsoft this morning cut an additional 3,000 jobs from its workforce around the world, saying it has now completed almost all of the 18,000 job cuts that were announced by CEO Satya Nadella in July. About 638 of the job cuts are in the Seattle region. That brings the regional total to more than 2,700 positions … Continue reading

Skills for Chicagoland’s Future – Tackling the problem of the long-term unemployed from a different angle

Marie Trzupek Lynch is tackling the problem of the long-term unemployed from a different angle as founding president and CEO of public-private partnership Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, an initiative backed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Lynch has been working to prove the model since 2012 when she pivoted from predecessor Chicago Career Tech. That … Continue reading

Job Search and Recruiting – New speech technology matches service workers to jobs

Jobaline.com, the leading mobile and bilingual job marketplace that matches employers with hourly workers in the U.S., announced the release of its patent pending Jobaline Voice Analyzer™ at the “Talent Acquisition: The New Era” symposium hosted by TMP Worldwide. Voice Analyzer matches workers to jobs based on how listeners react emotionally to specific voices.  Jobaline … Continue reading

Monetary Policy in US – The FED ends quantitative easing

With the U.S. economy showing signs of life, the Federal Reserve moved Wednesday to end billions of dollars in monthly bond purchases aimed at boosting growth. The central bank had initiated the policy, known as “quantitative easing,” in 2008 to keep interest rates low and boost economic activity following the financial crisis. Six years later, … Continue reading

STEM in US – The barriers to entry are also lower than most think.

With the expansion of advanced technologies and processes into more and more fields, the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) economy is much bigger than many imagine and the barriers to entry are also lower than most think. Occupations like pipefitting and welding require only a high school diploma plus technical training to start. In … Continue reading

Canada – Cumulative earnings varied considerably—both across and within fields of study StatCan finds

A new study that followed men and women over two decades found that . Using longitudinal tax data linked to 1991 Census data, the study tracked individuals from 1991, when they were 26 to 35 years old, to 2010, when they were 45 to 54 years old. Individuals were grouped according to their highest level of completed education and major field of study reported in 1991. The labour … Continue reading

UK – One in three employees report that their career progression to date has failed to meet their expectations finds CIPD

One in three employees (33%) report that their career progression to date has failed to meet their expectations, according to the latest CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook survey. The survey of over 2,500 employees published by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, in partnership with Halogen Software, also found that more than a … Continue reading

US – Almost all of the private sector jobs have been created by businesses less than five years ol

Amid the political maneuvering, there is, happily, some serious work being done by the Kauffman Foundation and the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity to figure out where new jobs actually do come from. The surprising truth is that over the last twenty five years, almost all of the private sector jobs have been created by … Continue reading

Canada – To what extent has employment growth slowed among core-age workers? and other questions

Question: How does employment growth compare with economic growth in the post-recession period?  Question: How does the composition of employment growth in recent years compare with employment gains in the early to mid 2000s? Question: How does employment growth in goods industries compare to service industries? Question: To what extent has the pace of private … Continue reading

Skills Gap in UK – Young people lack appropriate work behaviour and time management skills says report

The report ‘Improving Employability in the UK’, found that young people lack appropriate work behaviour and time management skills. 57% of SMEs had concerns they would use their mobile phones at work and 46% worried they wouldn’t be punctual. Apprentice star Karren Brady, who chairs the LifeSkills Advisory Council, launched the report, which  calls on … Continue reading

Canada – Less wage discrimination for women, aboriginals, and visible minorities in public sector, not higher salaries overall finds the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Women, aboriginal workers, and visible minority workers experience less wage discrimination in the public sector than in the private sector, says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The study compares the wages of full-time public and private sector workers and finds significant gaps in the wages of women, aboriginal … Continue reading

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