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Sweden – New immigrants are catching up says report

This report assesses how new immigrants to Sweden fare in the country’s labor market. The report is part of a series of six case studies on labor market outcomes among immigrants to European Union countries. The report shows that employment rates during newcomers’ initial years in Sweden are relatively depressed for low-educated refugees and migrants … Continue reading

US – How organized workers fueled america’s broadly shared prosperity

The middle class is the great engine of the American economy. Organized workers built a powerful middle class by taking direct action and advocating for government policies to give workers a fair share of economic wealth. But over the past 40 years, this pattern has been reversed as corporate owners and managers have taken an … Continue reading

Occupations in US – The 10 largest occupations accounted for 21 percent of total employment

Retail salespersons and cashiers were the occupations with the largest employment in May 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These two occupations combined made up nearly 6 percent of total U.S. employment, with employment levels of 4.5 million and 3.3 million, respectively.  The data in this release are from the Occupational Employment … Continue reading

Parenting and “secure attachment” – 40% of children would miss it out says a report

Four in ten babies don’t develop the strong emotional bonds – what psychologists call “secure attachment” – with their parents that are crucial to success later in life. Disadvantaged children are more likely to face educational and behavioural problems when they grow older as a result, new Sutton Trust research finds today.  The review of … Continue reading

US – Liberal arts field can and does lead to successful and remunerative careers in a wide array of professions says a report

In How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment, authors Debra Humphreys and Patrick Kelly analyze data from the 2010-11 US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and provide answers to some common questions posed by students, parents, and policy makers who are increasingly concerned about the value of college degrees. Responding to concerns about … Continue reading

Higher Education in US – The employment status of instructional staff members in 2 charts

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Losing Focus: The Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2013-14 | AAUP Related Posts US / Education / Investment in student falls for first time ever The combination of high education and high-skill occupation is associated with the greatest degree of skill maintenance … Continue reading

US – Public sector workers are older than private sector workers and more

Among workers ages 18 to 64 who work full-time, differences in characteristics that may affect the relative pay and benefits of private and public sector workers include the following:  Age. Reflecting the aging of the U.S. labor force, workers in both the private and public sectors have become older. Nevertheless, employees in the public sector … Continue reading

Future Care Workforce in UK – To add 1 million workers by 2025

The Future Care Workforce reviews the state of the adult social care workforce and how it may have to evolve to meet the challenges it is likely to face over the coming decade. This report was supported by Anchor.  This report finds that the adult social care sector in England will need to add approximately … Continue reading

Gender Gap – Senior roles filled by women in 2014: 24%

New research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) reveals that despite a groundswell of discussion and debate, the proportion of women holding the top jobs around the world remains at just under a quarter. The survey finds growing support for regulation around quotas to get women onto boards, but also several measures that … Continue reading

Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2014 – The top findings

To gain insights into the 2014 global human capital trends, Deloitte conducted a survey in the last quarter of 2013 that included 2,532 business and HR leaders in 94 countries. The survey covered the major industries and all of the world’s geographies (survey demographics are summarized in the appendix to this chapter). The goal was to better … Continue reading

US – Employment recovery has been historically slow writes Atlanta Fed in its Annual Report

The nation’s labor market has recovered far more slowly after the Great Recession than it did following every other economic downturn since World War II. To be sure, employment growth was promising in 2013, and the unemployment rate declined. Other measures of the labor market remained subdued, however. The compensation to workers—including benefits and adjusted … Continue reading

IMF – There is growing evidence that high income inequality can be detrimental to achieving macroeconomic stability and growth

Income inequality has increased in both advanced and developing economies in recent decades. Increasing inequality has been attributed to a range of factors, including the globalization and liberalization of factor and product markets; skill-biased technological change; increases in labor force participation by low-skilled workers; declining top marginal income tax rates; increasing bargaining power of high … Continue reading

Long-Term Unemployment in US – CBO on its causes, effects, and policy options

Minimum Wage and Poverty in US – The income boost would be less than $1.00 for each $1.00 increase in gross earnings writes Congressional Research Service

Pending before Congress is legislation (S. 1737 and H.R. 1010) that would raise the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour to, ultimately, $10.10 per hour. The minimum wage would be adjusted for inflation thereafter. Whether the minimum wage or alternative policies, namely government-funded earnings supplements such as the Earned Income Tax Credit … Continue reading

The Ageing Workforce in Europe – A report from The Economist Intelligence Unit

Historically low birth rates and increasing life expectancy mean that Europe’s working population is ageing fast. In 2012, the continent reached an inevitable demographic tipping point. The percentage of the population at working age fell for the first time in 40 years. It is now forecast to fall every year until 2060. This inescapable trend … Continue reading

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