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EI in Canada, September 2014 – 494,400 Benefits recipients, little changed from the previous month

The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in September was 494,400, little changed from the previous month. Compared with September 2013, the number of beneficiaries decreased by 18,000 or 3.5%. Ontario was the only province with a notable decline in September, while there were more people receiving regular benefits in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Manitoba. There … Continue reading

Child Labour in Turkey – 42 child workers killed in first nine months of 2014

As another Universal Children’s Day passed on Nov. 20, the number of children dying at work 42 Turkish child workers killed in first nine months of 2014has continued to rise in Turkey. The number of child workers who died in work accidents during the first nine months of this year stands at 42, according to … Continue reading

Shared Parental Leaves in UK – 63% said they were either interested or very interested

Employee interest in shared parental leave (SPL) will be much higher than originally forecast by the government, according to research by law firm Linklaters. Linklaters surveyed 250 recent parents and parents-to-be working in FTSE 100 companies about SPL, which comes into force on 1 December 2014. Almost two-thirds (63%) said they were either interested or … Continue reading

Jobless Claims in US – 10th Straight week below 300,000

The number of people who applied for new unemployment benefits totaled fewer than 300,000 for the 10th straight week, reflecting the low level of layoffs in the U.S. as the economy continues to strengthen. Initial jobless claims fell by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000 in the week ended Nov. 15, the Labor Department said … Continue reading

Having more job authority increases depression among women, but decreases it among men finds study

Having more job authority increases depression among women, but decreases it among men, new research shows. Do we need to add “depression gap” to the lexicon of problems women face in the workplace? It seems so, according to a new study. The research, published in the December issue of the Journal of Health and Social … Continue reading

Low Wages in US – About 20.6 million people (30% ) are near-minimum-wage workers

About 20.6 million people — 30% of all hourly, non-self-employed workers 18 and older — are what we call “near-minimum-wage workers,” meaning they earn more than the current minimum wage (either the federal $7.25-an-hour minimum or a higher state minimum) but less than the $10.10 hourly rate that emerged over the past year as a … Continue reading

Ebola in Liberia – Half of workforce not working due to the virus finds the World Bank

Working with Liberian authorities and the Gallup Organization, the World Bank surveyed more than 4,000 households using mobile phones. They found that nearly half the working population, especially agricultural workers in rural areas, is no longer working. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Half Of Liberian Workforce Not Working Due To … Continue reading

Peugeot in France – To cut 3,450 jobs in 2015

PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUP.PA) is preparing to cut another 3,450 French jobs next year as the troubled carmaker pursues a recovery plan under new Chief Executive Carlos Tavares, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. The cuts, to be achieved through a combination of early retirements, voluntary buyouts and internal transfers, will be presented … Continue reading

India – 46 percent are fully engaged finds survey

According to the Dale Carnegie India Employee Engagement Report 2014 released today, Indian employees are significantly more engaged than their global counterparts with 46 percent employees fully engaged compared to the global average of 34 percent. Large companies in India with more than 100,000 employees tend to have the lowest amount of disgruntled employees at … Continue reading

Career Advice in UK – Children should choose academic or vocational path at 14 Ofsted chief says

Pupils should be ‘streamed’ into either academic or vocational ‘clusters’ at the age of 14 to help them get jobs when they leave school, according to the head of Ofsted,  Sir Michael Wilshaw said teenagers should transfer between schools before sitting their GCSEs depending on their aptitude for an academic or vocational education. He said … Continue reading

UK – More than two thirds of employers have now automatically enrolled workers into a pension scheme finds CIPD

More than two thirds of employers have now automatically enrolled workers into a pension scheme, with many contributing substantially more than is legally required, CIPD figures have revealed The average employer contribution is 5.6 per cent of salary, with employees typically contributing 4.7 per cent, the CIPD’s latest Labour Market Outlook report found. The legal … Continue reading

Economists may be too optimistic about the recovery path of output following recessions says FRB analysis

The economic collapse in the wake of the global financial crises (GFC) and the weaker-than-expected recovery in many countries have led to questions about the impact of severe downturns on economic potential. Indeed, for several major economies, the level of output is nowhere near returning to pre-crisis trend (figure 1). Such developments have resulted in … Continue reading

US – 12.1% of Full-time employed are seeking new jobs

12.1% of full-time employed U.S. workers are exploring or actively seeking new employment opportunities according to Joberate, a digital information service that measures and quantifies job seeking behaviors of the global workforce Joberate, a digital information service that measures and quantifies job seeking behaviors of the global workforce, recently conducted analysis of its U.S. job … Continue reading

Vocational Education – The Skills Show in Birmingham gets over 75,000 visits

In Birmingham last week, an enormous event took place. The Skills Show. Over 75,000 children, parents and teachers piled into Birmingham’s NEC to try out the widest range of skills available countrywide. The Skills Show is not just a giant exhibition – although it might look like one, with its pop-up restaurants, manicure benches and … Continue reading

Canada – 6.0 unemployed people for every job vacancy in August 2014

Canadian businesses reported 234,000 job vacancies in August, relatively unchanged compared with August 2013. There were 6.0 unemployed people for every job vacancy, little changed from 12 months earlier. The national job vacancy rate was 1.5% in August, the same as the rate observed a year earlier. via The Daily — Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in August 2014.

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