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Barclays – To cut more than 30,000 jobs. Yes or no ?

Barclays Plc plans to cut more than 30,000 jobs within two years after firing Chief Executive Antony Jenkins this month, The Times reported on Sunday. This redundancy program, which could reduce the bank’s global workforce below 100,000 by 2017 end, is considered as the only way to address the bank’s chronic underperformance and double its … Continue reading

Canada – Interest rate drops to another record low as a recession is feared

The Canadian dollar has plunged to its lowest point since 2009, and the country’s clouded political future became even murkier as the Bank of Canada dropped its key interest rate to a record low for the second time this year, confirming that the national economy is shrinking as the country heads into an election. Bank … Continue reading

Google – Hiring is slowing down

Google Inc. is slowing down as it grows up. With revenue growth ebbing, profit margins shrinking and shares flat, Google is curbing hiring and seeking ways to run its sprawling empire more efficiently, according to recruiters, venture capitalists and others familiar with the matter…   The clearest sign of the new attitude: Google added 1,819 … Continue reading

The Uberization of the economy

The tidal wave sweeping through the American economy has already reshaped the political landscape — from the rise of an anti-Wall Street movement on the left to the Tea Party on the right — and is sowing frustration among a large mass of voters. “Whether America will be America or not hinges on whether we … Continue reading

Human Capital and Labour Productivity in Canada – HC contribution to productivity growth is substantial

“The good fortune of bountiful natural resources is not enough to ensure rising incomes for Canadians in the long term. Growing labour productivity is the most important determinant of future economic welfare and on that measure, Canada is falling behind its major trading partners.” writes Serge Coulombe in Lagging Behind: Productivity and the Good Fortune … Continue reading

Microsoft – To cut 7,800 jobs

Microsoft Corp. plans to cut as many as 7,800 jobs and write down about $7.6 billion on its Nokia phone-handset unit, wiping out nearly the entire value of a business that failed to gain market share since it was acquired last year. The company also will record a restructuring charge of about $750 million to … Continue reading

Self-Employed in US – The high cost

Working for yourself is liberating—and extraordinarily expensive. You face steep tax bills, have to buy your own health and disability insurance, and need to fund retirement with no help from an employer. Add it all up, and the numbers start to look ugly.  Tempted to join America’s 15 million self-employed? Here is a reality check: … Continue reading

MAN SE (Volkswagen) – To cut 1,800 jobs

Germany’s MAN SE plans to cut around 1,800 jobs at its main trucks division as the Volkswagen-owned (VOWG_p.DE) company slims operations to lower costs and revive profit, two people familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. The job cuts will affect 1,400 white-collar employees and 400 staff in production, the people said. MAN Truck & … Continue reading

Ericsson – 2,200 jobs cut

Swedish vendor eliminates 2,100 positions; 1,700 staff set to leave the company. Ericsson on Wednesday revealed that it has begun giving notice to staff facing redundancy as part of its 9 billion-kronor (€987 million) cost-cutting programme. In the past few weeks approximately 2,100 positions have been eliminated at the vendor’s Swedish R&D and supply operations. … Continue reading

Employment Growth Rates in Canada – Most firms exhibit little organic growth StatCan finds

Studies on job growth typically seek answers to questions such as: What is the source of the growth of jobs? Does job growth lie predominantly in small, large, young or old firms? Where is job growth strongest? Where is it most volatile? An earlier Statistics Canada study, published in The Daily on July 5, 2012, showed that … Continue reading

National Oilwell Varco – To cut 1,500 jobs

Houston-based oil equipment maker National Oilwell Varco’s Norwegian arm said Wednesday it is shedding 1,500 jobs, or about a third of its staff here, as sales drop on lower oil prices and industrywide spending cuts, a day after Norway’s dominant oil company Statoil ASA announced a similar-sized job cut. National Oilwell Varco Norway said it … Continue reading

Gap – To cut 250 jobs at headquarters

Apparel retailer Gap Inc said it would close 175 Gap stores in North America, including 140 this year, and cut about 250 jobs at its headquarters. The company has been struggling with a persistent slump in sales at its namesake brand. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at REFILE-Gap to close 175 stores, … Continue reading

HSBC – To cut 50,000 jobs

HSBC (HSBA.L) pledged a new era of higher dividends on Tuesday, laying out plans to slash nearly one in five jobs and shrink its investment bank by a third to combat sluggish growth across its sprawling empire. Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver has made it his mission to boost profits since taking the helm of Europe’s … Continue reading

Global Supply Chains – Jobs shrink ILO finds

Global supply chains (GSCs)* developed at a fast rate over the last two decades and the number of jobs associated with them grew rapidly from the late 1990s until the financial crisis, reaching almost 500 million by 2007. But after a sharp drop in 2009, GSC-related jobs have only recovered modestly and their share of … Continue reading

Renewable Energy Industry Jobs – More than 7.7 million people worldwide

More than 7.7 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry, according to a new report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This is an 18 per cent increase from last year’s figure of 6.5 million. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015, also provides a … Continue reading

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