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Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry in US – Two-thirds of women and half of men surveyed had experienced some form

With more than 11 million employees, the restaurant industry is one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the country. It is also the single-largest source of sexual-harassment charges filed by women with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Women occupy most of the financially precarious restaurant jobs; more than 70% of servers … Continue reading

Wages in UK – Weekly earnings for full-time employees annual growth: the smallest since 1997 and decreased by 1.6% in real terms finds ONS

Key points In April 2014 median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £518, up 0.1% from £517 in 2013. This is the smallest annual growth since 1997, the first year for which ASHE data are available. Growth has been slower since the economic downturn, with the annual increase averaging around 1.4% per year between … Continue reading

Low Pay in UK – 236,000 jobs with pay less than the National Minimum Wage finds ONS

This release presents statistics on the number of jobs with pay less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in the UK. The NMW is a minimum amount per hour that most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid. There are different rates of NMW depending on a worker’s age and whether they are … Continue reading

World Population – Adolescents, youth and the transformation of the future: the Power of 1.8 Billion

Young people matter. They matter because an unprecedented 1.8 billion youth are alive today, and because they are the shapers and leaders of our global future. They matter because they have inherent human rights that must be fulfilled. Yet, in a world of adult concerns, young people are often overlooked. This tendency cries out for … Continue reading

Labor force participation among young moms and dads in US – Mothers are working a greater portion of the year

Over the past four decades, the labor force has changed dramatically. Women’s labor market participation rates have risen, and women are increasingly working throughout their adult lives. One consequence of these changes is that men’s and women’s roles have been converging, with men taking a more active role at home, doing a greater share of … Continue reading

US – All recessions the same for husbands losing job and wives

Earlier research showed an added-worker effect for wives when their husbands stopped working during the Great Recession (December 2007–June 2009) but not when husbands stopped working in recent years of prosperity (2004–2005). By including one recession per decade for the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, this article builds upon that research by using Current Population Survey … Continue reading

US – Long-Term Unemployed in March 2007 and March 2014

The recent recession and slow recovery led to a high rate of long-term unemployment, which is defined as being out of work for more than 26 consecutive weeks. That rate peaked at 4.3 percent in the second quarter of calendar year 2010 and has fallen considerably since then. It was 2.4 percent in March 2014 … Continue reading

UK – 12.4% or 1 in 8, were born abroad in 2013, 8.9% in 2004 finds ONS

This article outlines the latest population estimates for the UK by country of birth and nationality, covering the period from 2004 up to the latest data for the year ending December 2013. The report discusses how these figures have changed over this period and highlights any statistically significant changes over the past two years in … Continue reading

There is little difference in workplace preferences between millennials, Generation Xers and baby boomers study finds

Designing the office of the future? Don’t plan it around (what you think you know about) U.S. millennials. The study, based on aggregated CBRE Workplace Strategy surveys from more than 5,500 office workers across numerous industries, found that while current assumptions about millennials are driving the design of many workplaces today, there is actually little … Continue reading

OECD – Post-secondary vocational education and training plays an under-recognised role in country skill systems

School and university, and the well-trod path between them, play a dominant role in thinking about education policy. But outside these two institutions there exists a less well understood world of colleges, diplomas, certificates and professional examinations – the world of post-secondary vocational education and training. many professional and technical jobs require no more than … Continue reading

Child Labor in the World – 10 percent of the world’s children, or 168 million

ILO estimates document that, from 2000 to 2012, child labor fell by 78 million or 30 percent, placing the most current estimate of child laborers at 168 million, of which 85 million are in hazardous work.(23) Behind these numbers are children wielding machetes to crack open cocoa pods; girls working as domestic servants in third-party … Continue reading

UK – 35% of UK jobs are at high risk from automation over the next two decades finds Deloitte UK

Our London Futures insights series focuses on the London economy and what it needs to do to maintain and reinforce its position as a leading global business hub. Our latest report in the programme, Agiletown: the relentless march of technology and London’s response, focuses on the challenges and opportunities that technology presents to London. The … Continue reading

The Highly Educated Cities in US – Higher wage growth for both low- and high-skill workers and substantially larger increases in housing costs

Over the past three decades, the earnings of workers with a college education have substantially increased relative to those with less education. In 1980, the average college graduate earned 38% more than the average high school graduate. By 2000, the college-high school graduate wage gap increased to 57%, and by 2011 it rose to 73%. At the same … Continue reading

Employment in the Arab World – The demographic “youth bulge” represents one of the greatest opportunities, as well as one of the greatest challenges

The demographic “youth bulge” represents one of the greatest opportunities, as well as one of the greatest challenges, faced by the Arab World. With more than half of its population under 25 years old and the world’s highest regional youth unemployment rate, the Middle East and North Africa region stands at a critical juncture. This … Continue reading

Canada – The best and worst place to be a woman

This study reveals the best and worst places to be a woman in Canada. It ranks Canada’s 20 largest metropolitan areas based on a comparison of how men and women are faring in five areas: economic security, leadership, health, personal security, and education.  Among the study’s key findings is the fact that Canada’s big three … Continue reading

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