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Sweden – Toward a six-hour workday

The 40 hour work week for a full-time employee has been trimmed to 30 hours at some Swedish firms, and studies have found that the result is more productivity and better morale. Brath, an SEO specialist startup, shifted to six hour days three years ago. “The reason is that we actually care about our employees, … Continue reading

Job Report in US – Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by only 142,000 in September

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 142,000 in September, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care and information, while mining employment fell. Household Survey Data In September, the unemployment rate held at 5.1 percent, and the number of unemployed … Continue reading

Industry 4.0 – How will job profiles evolve?

Industrial production was transformed by steam power in the nineteenth century, electricity in the early twentieth century, and automation in the 1970s. These waves of technological advancement did not reduce overall employment, however. Although the number of manufacturing jobs decreased, new jobs emerged and the demand for new skills grew. Today, another workforce transformation is … Continue reading

Caterpillar – To cut up to 5,000 jobs by end of 2016

Shares of heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar (CAT) are down sharply after the company said today it is cutting its sales outlook for the year and will slash as many as 5,000 jobs between now and the end of 2016 in a cost-cutting move amid tough conditions in its energy, mining and construction businesses. Caterpillar also warned that total layoffs could … Continue reading

Minimum Wage in UK – Women, pensioners and part-time workers to gain most from increases

Women, pensioners and part-time workers stand to gain most from increases in the minimum wage, new research shows. One-in-three working women will benefit from the Government’s plans to introduce a national living wage, according to new research. Six million workers, representing about a fifth of all employees, will see their pay lifted by the end … Continue reading

Uber in Brazil – It increases unemployment says president

The president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has criticised ride-sharing service Uber for increasing unemployment, adding to a chorus of labour concerns about the world’s most valuable venture-backed startup. Rousseff said local authorities must regulate the service, which has led conventional taxi drivers to stage protests and lobby lawmakers in Brazil’s three biggest cities. São Paulo, … Continue reading

UK – ‘Zero-hours’ jobs on the rise

The number of Britons reporting they are employed on ‘zero-hours’ contracts which offer no guaranteed work or pay has risen by almost a fifth over the past year, official figures showed on Wednesday. Zero-hours contracts are popular with employers in the hospitality, social care and further education sectors, but the opposition Labour Party had pledged … Continue reading

Alberta – From labour shortages to 35,000 oilpatch jobs lost

Less than a year ago, Alberta was still complaining of a labour shortage.  Schools couldn’t find bus drivers, job vacancy rates were the highest in the country.  It’s no secret that the situation has changed. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says that 35,000 oilpatch jobs have been cut this year, 25,000 from the oil … Continue reading

Canada – In recession as economic growth shrank for a second quarter in a row

Canada’s economy contracted by an annualized 0.5 percent in the second quarter, according to Statistics Canada data on Tuesday, indicating a recession in the first half of the year. The second-quarter downturn was less than the 1.0 percent decline forecast by economists, and followed a more deeply revised contraction of 0.8 percent in the first … Continue reading

Germany – Slight rise in in unemployment in August

Fresh data on the German labor market have shown the number of people looking for a job in Europe’s powerhouse economy has gone up marginally. But experts say it’s a seasonal effect not to be worried about. Germany’s Federal Labor Office (BA) said Tuesday it recorded 23,000 job-seekers more across the country in August as … Continue reading

Unemployment in EU – The lowest rate recorded since February 2012 but 4.634 million young persons are still unemployed

The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.9% in July 2015, down from 11.1% in June 2015, and from 11.6% in July 2014. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since February 2012. The EU28 unemployment rate was 9.5% in July 2015, down from 9.6% in June 2015, and from 10.2% … Continue reading

Satisfaction With Job in US – Up from 2005 finds Gallup

Employed Americans’ satisfaction with 13 aspects of their current jobs has largely improved in the last decade. The percentages of workers “completely satisfied” with their health benefits and vacation time have increased the most since 2005, each rising at least 10 percentage points. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Americans’ Satisfaction With … Continue reading

Bad Bosses – Almost half of workers have left a job because of them

And nearly a third don’t rate the skills of their current manager. They say ‘people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers’, and a survey by B2B marketplace Approved Index may have proved that once and for all, discovering that nearly half (42 per cent) of employees have left a job because of a bad boss. … Continue reading

Panasonic – 1,300 jobs cut in Beijing

Electronics giant Panasonic on Thursday said it will stop making lithium-ion batteries and will shut down the factory that produces the batteries in Beijing. The company will cut 1,300 jobs as it aims to produce higher-grossing items such as electric car batteries. The plant has been open for 15 years and produces batteries for simple … Continue reading

US Jobless Claims – A decline after four straight weekly increases

The number of Americans seeking first-time unemployment benefits fell last week, suggesting the labor market remains healthy.  Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., decreased by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 271,000 in the week ended Aug. 22 the Labor Department said Thursday. The decline comes after four straight weekly increases. Economists … Continue reading

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