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Mid-Market Enterprises (MMEs) – Directly employ 169 million people across 15 countries and territories spanning Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas

HSBC today released a global report highlighting the unsung role that mid-market enterprises (MMEs) play in the life of nations. The report, titled Hidden Impact: The vital role of mid-market enterprises and commissioned by HSBC from Oxford Economics, showcases the enormous contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment, and the supply chain that MMEs contribute … Continue reading

Workplace pension scheme membership in UK – Up to record 59% in 2014, from 50% in 2013 ONS finds

Workplace pension scheme membership has increased to 59% in 2014, from 50% in 2013, driven by increases in membership of occupational defined contribution and group personal and group stakeholder schemes.The increase is likely to be driven by automatic enrolment. Occupational defined benefit pensions schemes represented less than half (49%) of total workplace pension membership in … Continue reading

2015 US Manufacturing Skills Gap Report – The skills gap is widening

A strong manufacturing industry is fundamental to our nation’s economic prosperity. Since the industrial revolution, manufacturing has contributed to higher export potential, better standards of living, and more jobs. Investments in manufacturing have a strong multiplier effect for the broader economy, too. Every dollar spent in manufacturing adds $1.37 to the U.S. economy, and every 100 … Continue reading

Millennials in US – Myths, Exaggerations and Uncomfortable Truths : an IBM Study

IBM today announced that pretty much everything you thought you knew about Millennials could well be wrong. A new IBM study reveals much of the hype about Millennial employees simply isn’t true. They aren’t the “lazy, entitled, selfish and shallow” workers that many believe them to be. The results of the global, multigenerational study “Myths, Exaggerations and Uncomfortable Truths” … Continue reading

US – Non-routine cognitive analytic and non-routine physical demands are associated with worse health, earlier labor force exit, and increased use of Disability Insurance

Work accounts for a significant portion of Americans’ daily lives and is increasingly recognized as a determinant of health status. Research dating to the Whitehall study results of the 1970s has shown a relationship between occupation and long-term health outcomes including mortality, diabetes and cardiovascular disease that cannot be explained by differences in income, education, … Continue reading

US – Unemployment rates among college graduates are declining

Hard times are becoming better times for most college graduates, though how much better varies widely among college majors – and for Communications and Journalism majors, whose unemployment rates are still rising, better times have yet to arrive. Overall, however, unemployment rates among college graduates are declining. The earnings advantage they enjoy over high school … Continue reading

Immigrant Integration in Europe – The Role of Origin Countries

A number of major migrant-sending countries (including Morocco, Turkey, and Mexico) have started to promote the successful integration of their immigrants abroad, with the expectation that successfully integrated immigrants have more to offer their countries of origin. Until now, the substantial diaspora engagement measures seen most often at the national level have overshadowed activities at the regional … Continue reading

US – The 2015 Economic Report of the President on the labor market

Chapter 3  of  [The 2015 Economic Report of the President] addresses the opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. labor market. The sharp drop in unemployment in 2014 came amid a stabilization in the labor force participation rate and the strongest annual job growth since the 1990s as businesses added more than 3 million jobs. But … Continue reading

Advanced industries in US – 12.3 million workers, 9 percent of total U.S. employment

Advanced industries represent a sizable economic anchor for the U.S. economy and have led the post-recession employment recovery Modest in size, the sector packs a massive economic punch: As an employer and source of economic activity the advanced industry sector plays a major role in the U.S. economy. as of 2013, the nation’s 50 advanced industries … Continue reading

Employment Insurance (EI) in Canada –  The rate of eligibility was 85.8% in 2013, up from 81.9% StatCana finds

The rate of eligibility for receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in 2013 was 85.8%, up from 81.9% in 2012. To be eligible to receive regular benefits, unemployed individuals must have contributed to the EI program, met the criteria for job separation and accumulated enough insurable hours (see note to readers). Increases in eligibility rates for regular EI benefits from 2012 to 2013 were … Continue reading

Automotive Jobs in Canada – Since 2001, more than 53,000 jobs have been lost

The automotive industry’s contributions to the Canadian economy have declined significantly compared to the years between the late 1990s and mid-2000s when automotive manufacturing accounted for eleven per cent of total manufacturing GDP (Sweeney, 2013). While employment in the automotive industry has decreased since 2000, and production capacity in several segments has declined, the industry … Continue reading

Richest 1% will own more than the rest of the world by 2016

The explosion in inequality is holding back the fight against global poverty according to a new Oxfam report, Wealth: Having it all and wanting more, the combined wealth of the richest 1 per cent will overtake that of the other 99 per cent of humanity next year unless the current trend of rising inequality is … Continue reading

The long-term employment challenge – The productivity solution

Global employment growth has been slowing for more than two decades. By around 2050, our research finds, the global number of employees is likely to peak. In fact, employee headcounts are already declining in Germany, Italy, Japan, and Russia; in China and South Korea, they are likely to begin falling as early as 2024. While … Continue reading

Canada – Excluding pension assets, family units with RPP assets had a median net worth of $210,600 in 2012 StatCan finds

This study compares the wealth holdings of family units covered by workplace pension plans with those of other family units. It focuses on families and unattached individuals who had no significant business equity and whose major income recipient was aged 30 to 54 and employed as a paid worker. The paper also examines whether wealth … Continue reading

Gender Pay Gap in US – On average in 2013, women made 82 percent of the median weekly earnings of male full-time wage and salary workers BLS finds

In 2013, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $706. On average in 2013, women made 82 percent of the median weekly earnings of male full-time wage and salary workers ($860). In 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data are available, women earned 62 percent of … Continue reading

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