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Minimum Wage in US – Raising the federal minimum would save safety net programs billions

This issue brief examines the use of public assistance programs by low-wage workers and assesses how raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 over three years—as proposed by the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2014, a bill introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.)—could affect utilization rates, benefit amounts, and government … Continue reading

People and Households Without a Private Pension in Great Britain: 45% of men and 49% of women

Key points For those below retirement age, 45% of men and 49% of women in Great Britain did not have any private pension savings in 2010-2012. 95% of men and women working in Accommodation and food service industries did not pay into a private pension in the UK in 2012. In ‘Public administration, defence and … Continue reading

UK Chief Medical Officer’s report: 70 million working days lost to mental illness last year and £70 to £100 billion cost to the economy

Chief Medical Officer’s report: the rising number of working days lost to mental illness creates personal suffering and costs the economy. The rising number of working days lost to mental illness creates huge personal suffering and huge costs to the economy. We need to do more to help people with mental illness stay in work, … Continue reading

Poverty in the United States in 2013 – A Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report

In 2013, 45.3 million people were counted as poor in the United States under the official poverty measure—a number statistically unchanged from the 46.5 million people estimated as poor in 2012. The poverty rate, or percent of the population considered poor under the official definition, was reported at 14.5% in 2013, a statistically significant drop … Continue reading

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015 is out!

Evidence is emerging of a decline in the power of US universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015, despite the California Institute of Technology’s claim on the top spot for the fourth consecutive year. The West Coast institution heads a top 10 for 2014-15 that still consists almost entirely of US-based universities, … Continue reading

UK – Employers of migrant workers are doing this to support business growth finds CIPD

The most recent figures from the ONS show that net migration into the UK increased by more than 38% to 243,000 in 2013–14 (ONS, August 2014). EU citizens – including an increased number from Romania and Bulgaria – accounted for two-thirds of the growth from the previous figure of 175,000. Opponents of migrant workers argue … Continue reading

For an European unemployment insurance – A Commission Report

The best idea for an EMU-level automatic fiscal stabiliser is in my view a scheme where fiscal stimulus is provided to countries of the monetary union based on developments in their short-term unemployment. Unemployment is an indicator whose big advantages are that it very closely follows developments in the economic cycle, it is easily understandable, … Continue reading

Annual estimates of employees in UK – London has shown the largest increase of all regions

This statistical bulletin focuses on the strengths of [Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) 2013], giving employee estimates by region level and below and by broad industry group and below. There is also a section that focuses on London and a section that looks at public/private estimates of employees. 70% of all local authority districts … Continue reading

UK – Employment prospects for 2012/13 first degree graduates has dramatically improved

Employment prospects for 2012/13 first degree graduates dramatically improved compared to 2011/12 graduates. The proportion of graduates working in professional and managerial jobs in the UK had increased and the unemployment rate decreased from 8.5% to 7.3%. Read more about the outcomes of 2012/13 graduates from six subject areas covering 28 subjects. Find out more about how mature graduates do in … Continue reading

US – Immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit a record 41.3 million according to the Census Bureau

The Census Bureau recently released some of the data from the 2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The data show that the nation’s immigrant population (legal and illegal) grew by 1.4 million from July 2010 to July 2013. The data also imply that 3.3 million new immigrants settled in the country in that same period. These … Continue reading

Big changes are coming to the workplace Oxford Economics finds

Preparing for the 2020 workforce is critical to business strategy, growth, and performance. To understand the challenges and opportunities, Oxford Economics and SAP surveyed over 2,700 executives and more than 2,700 employees in 27 countries during the second quarter of 2014. Based on survey responses, this report shows that many companies lack the structure, strategy, … Continue reading

Canada – Age rather than gender becoming the new income divide finds the Conference Board

Canadians have become accustomed to tales of woe about the plight of young adults: rising tuition fees and crippling student debts; university graduates without jobs or unable to find anything more challenging than serving coffee; even those with good jobs and incomes stuck in their parents’ basements because of the high cost of housing. These … Continue reading

Wage Theft by Employers in US – At least $933 million in 2012 vs robberies ( including bank ) $341 million

Wage theft—employers’ failure to pay workers money they are legally entitled to—affects far more people than more well-known and feared forms of theft such as bank robberies, convenience store robberies, street and highway robberies, and gas station robberies. Employers steal billions of dollars from their employees each year by working them off the clock, by failing … Continue reading

The Skills Gap in US – The ‘not me’ syndrome: the Report

Sixty-one percent of Americans believe that today’s workforce is plagued by a skills gap, but do not see themselves as part of the problem, according to new data released today. The Udemy Skills Gap Index, an independent survey commissioned by Udemy, the leading global marketplace for learning and teaching online, and conducted by ResearchNow, surveyed 1,000 … Continue reading

Job Quality in Europe – Groups with multiple disadvantages

This report, based on data from the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), aims at identifying occupations in Europe that have multiple disadvantages, thereby making it difficult for people to stay in these jobs. Occupations where job quality is consistently low are labelled ‘occupations with multiple disadvantages’. These occupations score relatively poorly on all four … Continue reading

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