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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

Canada – Increases in the compulsory CPP contribution rate were followed by decreases in the private savings research finds

In recent years, there has been a strong push to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Ontario has already set out a plan to create an additional mandatory provincial program mirroring the CPP called the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), which is slated for implementation on January 1, 2017. Yet the debate about expanding compulsory … Continue reading

UK – Schools are too focused on exam results alone say students themselves

Schools are still far too focused on exam results and are not doing enough to equip their students for the workplace, according to students themselves. The new research released today, which questioned both secondary school aged students and their parents, saw three quarters (76%) of pupils say that their school trains them just to pass … Continue reading

Social Media – None of the platforms has experienced a statistically significant increase in usage between September 2014 and April 2015.

The results in this report reflect the noteworthy and rapid emergence of different kinds of communications tools serving different social needs. These new tools add to an already complex and varied terrain of online and mobile interaction. Overall, this survey found that 85% of adults are internet users and 67% are smartphone users. Throughout this … Continue reading

US – Of the 6.6 million jobs added during the recovery, 2.9 million were good jobs report finds

After years of slow growth, jobs are back in large numbers. The national unemployment rate is now 5.3 percent, down from the peak of 10 percent in October 2009. The economy added 250,000 jobs per month in 2014, the best year in job growth since the beginning of the millennium. The job growth fell off … Continue reading

Fulfilling people’s potential could boost global GDP by 20% report finds

New Human Capital Report finds that a world where “nobody is left behind” remains a distant prospect, even in advanced economies First study of its kind measures countries’ ability to nurture talent through education, skills development and deployment at all stages of the human life cycle Finland ranks number one in the index, having developed … Continue reading

Grads Over-qualification and Skills Gap in UK – Many occupations have simply experienced either job competition report finds

The UK has witnessed one of the highest rates of higher education expansion across Europe over recent decades, but has not seen an increase in high-skill jobs matching that expansion – indeed, a number of countries with a slower expansion of higher education sector have experienced a larger increase in high-skill jobs. In this report, … Continue reading

The Working Poor in US – About 45.3 million people, or 14.5 percent of the nation’s population

In 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 45.3 million people, or 14.5 percent of the nation’s population, lived below the official poverty level. Although the poor were primarily children and adults who had not participated in the labor force during the year, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10.5 million … Continue reading

EU – Population rose by 1.7 million during 2013 with net migration as the main driver

The current demographic situation in the EU-28 is characterised in general by population growth.3 However, while the population of the EU-28 as a whole increased in 2013, the population in 13 EU-28 Member States declined. The EU-28 population rose by 1.7 million during 2013 On 1 January 2014 the population of the EU-28 was estimated … Continue reading

Temporary Help Workers in the U.S. Labor Market

The number of jobs in the temporary help services industry reached an all-time high of 2.9 million in May 2015, accounting for 2.4 percent of all private sector jobs in the U.S. economy. This short report looks at the latest official U.S. government statistics on the temporary help services industry and its workforce to provide … Continue reading

UK – 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs each year report says

New research suggests that around 54,000 new mothers may be forced out of their jobs in Britain each year. These findings are based on a survey of over 3,200 women by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, in which 11% of the women interviewed reported having been dismissed, made compulsorily redundant where others in their … Continue reading

Growing Inequalities – Linked to the decline in unionization and the erosion of minimum wages IMF finds

The rise of inequality in advanced economies, and in particular the growing concentration of incomes at the top of the distribution, has become a greater focus of attention for economists and policymakers. Understanding the factors behind this phenomenon is essential to determine whether policy action is needed to reduce income inequality, taking into account other … Continue reading

Participation in US – Looking solely at the falling unemployment rate overstates that recovery

I am pleased to be here today to address an important topic for understanding the health of the labor market and the economy overall: the labor force participation rate, which currently stands at 62.6 percent. The continued decline of the unemployment rate since 2010 is the most commonly cited piece of evidence that the labor … Continue reading

UK – The pursuit of full employment

While there is some consensus around the merits of pursuing full employment, there is no widely agreed definition of what constitutes ‘full’. Nor have we heard much on quite how any given target might be achieved. In this briefing– which marks the launch of a major piece of research on the topic which will conclude before … Continue reading

Emotional Intelligence – 7 interview questions

Here are seven interview questions that can draw revealing answers from the job candidates you interview — and get you on your way to finding employees with stellar emotional intelligence. 1. Who inspires you and why? The job candidate’s answer often gives the interviewer a peek into who the interviewee models him or herself after. … Continue reading

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