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US – Declines in completion rates across ages and enrollment intensities

The official end of the Great Recession is considered to be June 2009 (National Bureau of Economic Research, 2010). However, its effects on employment, wages, and family finances have lingered, impacting students and their colleges and universities through 2009, and well beyond. This year’s completions report clearly shows the continuing effects of recession on the … Continue reading

US – More mexicans leaving than coming in

More Mexican immigrants have returned to Mexico from the U.S. than have migrated here since the end of the Great Recession, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from both countries. The same data sources also show the overall flow of Mexican immigrants between the two countries is at … Continue reading

Business Environment – The only constant is unrelenting change

The only constant in today’s business environment is unrelenting change. Amid mounting complexity, the old playbook no longer works. Although known concepts might appear from a distance to need just an update and a bit of adaptation, organizations that take this approach risk becoming wrapped up in a never-ending stream of change that soaks up … Continue reading

Global growth prospects have clouded this year OECD says, but labour markets should continue to improve

A further sharp slowdown in emerging market economies (EMEs) is weighing on global activity and trade, and subdued investment and productivity growth is checking the momentum of the recovery in the advanced economies. Supportive macroeconomic policies and lower commodity prices are projected to strengthen global growth gradually through 2016 and 2017, but this outcome is … Continue reading

Canada – Losing high-paying jobs for first time since recession

Canada has been losing high-paying jobs for the first time since the recession. David Madani of Capital Economics crunched the latest Statistics Canada numbers and found that “employment and income trends have worsened,” with a slowdown in the rise of lower-paying jobs and an outright loss of higher-income positions largely because of the oil shock. … Continue reading

Internships in Australia – Sacrificing $6000 in wages and working an average of nine weeks without pay

Young Australians slogging through unpaid internships are sacrificing $6000 in wages and working an average of nine weeks without pay. A new report by advocacy body Interns Australia found nearly 90 per cent of interns work for free or below the minimum wage. Interns spent an average of 45 days doing unpaid work, which translates to $5913 in wages if the intern was … Continue reading

College Graduates in US – Which skills employers are looking for

When hiring recent college graduates, employers say they place the greatest priority on a demonstrated proficiency in skills and knowledge that cut across majors. Written and oral communication skills, teamwork skills, ethical decision-making, critical thinking skills, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings are the most highly valued among the 17 skills and … 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

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

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