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Employment Insurance in Canada – 39.0% of the unemployed in 2014 had not contributed

The rate of eligibility for receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits was 83.1% in 2014, down from 85.8% in 2013, but in line with the 83.0% average seen over the previous 10 years. The decline in 2014 was most notable among youths aged 15 to 24 and men of all ages. To be eligible to receive regular benefits, unemployed individuals must have contributed to the EI program, met … Continue reading

Skills Gap – soft skills and the internal work makes them so hard

Here are three categories of soft skills and the internal work which I believe makes them so hard. Self-awareness is hard because it requires courage. Self-awareness is an essential attribute of an effective leader. Self-awareness requires owning personal behavior and accepting responsibility for your role in situations. The self-aware leader is skilled at pausing to … Continue reading

Gender Gap – 65% of women don’t think men consider them equals at work

65% Of Women Don’t Think Men Consider Them Equals At Work How women and men really feel about workplace sexism, according to a MAKERS/HuffPost survey. Source: 65% Of Women Don’t Think Men Consider Them Equals At Work

High Job Performance – Put in more hours won’t work anymore

How do you drive sustainably high performance in an era of relentlessly rising demand?…  The typical solution – put in more hours – won’t work anymore. The vast majority of salaried employees are already doing that, and many of them are paying a price that they are finding less and less acceptable. They are exhausted … Continue reading

People in poorer countries in the southern hemisphere are increasingly migrating to richer countries

People in poorer countries in the southern hemisphere are increasingly migrating to richer countries, mostly in the northern parts of the world, in search of a better economic future. The trend has sped up since the early 1990s, a new study by the International Monetary Fund reveals. The accompanying chart shows where global migrants are … Continue reading

Does immigration have an impact on wages?

The Press Association looks at some of the evidence : Recent research suggests immigration has relatively minor effects on average wages. A 2009 study by the Institute for Public Policy Research found that, between 2000 and 2007, a rise in the number of migrants equivalent to 1% of the UK-born working age population lowered average … Continue reading

Social Assistance Receipt Among Refugee Claimants in Canada – At least 65% in the first year, over 85% in Quebec

Prior to the December 2012 reforms to the in-Canada refugee determination system, it was possible for some refugee claimants to reside in Canada for several years before the final adjudication of their claim. Their labour market activities, their receipt of publicly funded benefits, and their well-being during that period are relevant to public policy. Nonetheless, … Continue reading

US – Lower- and mid-wage occupations experienced proportionately greater declines in their real wages

Averaged across all occupations, real median hourly wages declined by 4.0 percent from 2009 to 2014. As Figure 1 shows, lower- and mid-wage occupations experienced proportionately greater declines in their real wages than did higher-wage occupations. Between 2009 and 2014, occupations in the bottom three-fifths saw median wage declines of 4.0 percent or greater. By … Continue reading

Immigrants who had prior Canadian skilled work experience had a very large initial earnings advantage study finds

Although most Canadian temporary foreign worker programs did not include provisions that allow participants to apply for permanent residency until recently, a substantial number of temporary foreign workers have become landed immigrants since the 1980s. For instance, from 2008 to 2012, about 32,000 temporary foreign workers gained permanent residency each year, accounting for 13% of … Continue reading

Youth Labour Force Participation in Canada – The first significant, prolonged decline since the early 1990s

The labour force participation rate of 15- to 24-year-olds (the percentage who are employed or seeking employment) declined from 67.3% in 2008 to 64.2% in 2014, reflecting a 3.8-percentage-point drop from 2008 to 2012 followed by a slight increase (Chart 1). The decline was particularly pronounced among youth aged 15 to 19, whose participation rate fell … Continue reading

US – None of the productivity growth flowed into the paychecks

This paper updates and explains the implications of the central component of the wage stagnation story: the growing gap between overall productivity growth and the pay of the vast majority of workers since the 1970s. A careful analysis of this gap between pay and productivity provides several important insights for the ongoing debate about how … Continue reading

Workplace Bullying – About one in three (35 percent) workers survey finds

According to recent research from staffing firm OfficeTeam, about one in three (35 percent) workers surveyed admitted they’ve had an office bully. More than one-quarter (27 percent) of human resources (HR) managers interviewed said they think workplace bullying happens at least somewhat often at their company. When employees were asked how they responded to a … Continue reading

Unemployment – Waiting doesn’t bring better outcomes

In some things, waiting brings better outcomes. We’ve all learned that it’s better to spend more time searching at the buffet line before making a decision. Otherwise, you end up with a plate full of wontons and miss out on the crab legs at the end. Or perhaps it’s better to wait for the next … Continue reading

Communting to Work – The future does not have to be this way

By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, up from about 50 percent today. Over the same period, more than two billion people are likely to enter the middle class, with the majority of them living in cities in emerging markets, particularly China. The number of megacities with more than ten … Continue reading

US – Graduates’ current work engagement linked to key college experiences

Decades of Gallup research have demonstrated that engaged employees are more productive, are less likely to be absent, have lower turnover, have fewer safety incidents and are more productive and profitable. And findings from the Gallup-Purdue Index — a study of more than 30,000 college graduates — reveal some surprising connections between the experiences students … Continue reading

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