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Canada – Immigrant wives―especially the younger ones―participate less often in the labour market than Canadian-born wives

Immigrant wives―especially the younger ones―participate less often in the labour market than Canadian-born wives Of all immigrant wives aged 25 to 54 whose husbands were aged 25 to 54 and were employed as paid workers, 76% participated in the labour market―i.e., they had a job or actively looked for one―from 2010 to 2014 (Table 1). … Continue reading

Inequality – Students in the most deprived schools are half as likely as those from more affluent schools to be entered triple science in UK

New Schools Network research has found that there is a worrying trend that excludes the poorest students from the most rigorous subjects at GCSE. ++ Schools in the least affluent areas account for only 85,000 entries for Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs, compared to 160,000 from advantaged schools ++ Pupils in most deprived schools opting … Continue reading

62 people own the same as half the world, reveals Oxfam Davos report | Oxfam International

The Oxfam report An Economy for the 1%, shows that the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population has fallen by a trillion dollars since 2010, a drop of 41 percent. This has occurred despite the global population increasing by around 400 million people during that period. Meanwhile, the wealth of the richest 62 … Continue reading

Brain Drain in Philippines – 1.8 M temporary migrant workers left in 2014

In 2014, 1.8 million temporary migrant workers left the Philippines to work in more than 190 countries, each one bearing an employment contract issued and certified by the Government of the Philippines. From factory and domestic workers to engineers and nurses, Filipinos occupy a wide range of jobs abroad. Legal movements of temporary workers on … Continue reading

Gender Wage Gaps in US – For every dollar paid to white, African American women are paid from just 48 cents to 69 cents and Latinas from just 43 cents to 59 cents

According to just-released U.S. Census Bureau data, African American women and Latinas are suffering from significant gender-based wage gaps in the 20 states in which most are employed full time, year round. The analysis reveals that for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men in these states, on average, African American women are paid from … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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