Michel Cournoyer

Michel Cournoyer has written 8334 posts for Job Market Monitor

Talent for ICT in Canada – The immigration stream

The application and adoption of social, mobile, applications, analytics and the cloud (SMAAC) and Internet of Things (IoT) in sectors such as health, manufacturing, natural resources, financial services and government services has created strong demand for highly skilled workers capable of implementing and managing these technologies. However, Canada is experiencing a shortage of skilled ICT … Continue reading

Skills and Education – The global movement

Every country is at a different stage of evolution in its education development, and implementation of its education system varies not only according to substantive education issues but also according to national pressures and imperatives. Our interest in the Skills for a Changing World country-level work is on how the interdependent functions of curriculum, assessment, … Continue reading

The Middle Class in Europe – Expands in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, but …

From 1991 to 2010, the middle class expands in France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, but, as in the United States, shrinks in Germany, Italy and Spain The fortunes of the middle classes in Western Europe’s largest economies are moving in opposite directions. From 1991 to 2010, the shares of adults living in middle-income … Continue reading

UE – Le taux d’emploi des 20-64 ans a atteint un nouveau pic de 71,1% en 2016

Sept États membres ont déjà atteint leur objectif de 2020 En 2016, le taux d’emploi de la population âgée de 20 à 64 ans dans l’Union européenne (UE) s’est établi à 71,1%, en hausse par rapport à 2015 (70,1%) et à son précédent pic enregistré en 2008 (70,3%). L’objectif de la stratégie Europe 2020 est d’atteindre un … Continue reading

Skills System in UK – From ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’: making it a world class

The majority of people who will be working in 2030 are already in the workforce, and will be untouched by the current round of educational reforms. UK employers spend less on training than other major EU economies and less than the EU average. Participation in job-related adult learning has fallen significantly in recent years, leaving … Continue reading

The impact on employment and wages of Robots in US – No overall positive impact on any group

As robots and other computer-assisted technologies take over tasks previously performed by labour, there is increasing concern about the future of jobs and wages. This column discusses evidence that industrial robots reduced employment and wages between 1990 and 2007. Estimates suggest that an extra robot per 1,000 workers reduces the employment to population ratio by 0.18-0.34 … Continue reading

Recruiting – 10 things ethical and professional recruiters never, ever do

The barriers to entry for a would-be independent contingency recruiter are nonexistent.  Anyone with a phone and an internet connection can call themselves a recruiter and start representing themselves that way to candidates. That’s why the business of recruiting has a bad reputation with so many people. It’s a shame, because there are also top-notch, … Continue reading

FedViews – The April jobs report left little doubt that the economy has reached full employment

The April jobs report left little doubt that the economy has reached full employment. Unemployment fell to 4.5% in March, below most estimates of its sustainable level in a healthy economy, or the natural rate. Other indicators also point to stronger conditions. For example, the number of workers who reported being involuntarily part time employed … Continue reading

Immigration in Canada – Lowest Score for Canada Express Entry draw

Canadian Immigration authorities conducted the 10th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and  60th overall, inviting 3,665 applicants for permanent residence, under all programs. The lowest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score was 415, a record for the all-time low CRS score for Express Entry. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at New Record For … Continue reading

“Australians first” Labor Strategy – Temporary work visa will be replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS)

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbulll announced his own “Australians first” labor strategy. The government is abolishing its temporary work visa for skilled employees currently held by 95,000 people, or 1% of the workforce. The 457 visa, which like the American H-1B visa was sponsored by employers, will be replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. … Continue reading

L’Assurance-Emploi au Québec, février 2017 – Le plus bas niveau enregistré

Le nombre de prestataires d’assurance-emploi au Québec a diminué de 3,4 % pour s’établir à 131 700 en février, soit le plus bas niveau enregistré depuis le début de la série en 1997. La plus récente tendance à la baisse observée dans la province s’est amorcée à la fin de 2015 et elle coïncide avec une tendance à la baisse du chômage. Toutes … Continue reading

Older Workers – How do employers adapt ?

Aging men and women are increasingly remaining in the labor force. Most often the reason for this is that they need to work additional years in order to be able to support an increasing number of years in retirement. This leaves employers scrambling for ways to adapt to a growing number of retirement-aged workers. Clark … Continue reading

Millennial Workers in US – Just as likely to stick with their employers

Millennial workers, those ages 18 to 35, are just as likely to stick with their employers as their older counterparts in Generation X were when they were young adults, according to recently released government data. And among the college-educated, Millennials have longer track records with their employers than Generation X workers did in 2000 when … Continue reading

High-skilled workers four times more likely to emigrate

Contrary to public perception, the migrant share of the world population has not changed substantially since the 1960s, with roughly 3 percent currently living in a country different from their country of birth. Global migration patterns, however, have become increasingly asymmetric as high-skilled migration has become a greater force globally. The international distribution of talent … Continue reading

The Future of Work – What do we want ? (video)

Highlights from award-winning economic historian Robert Skidelsky giving a keynote address about the future of work with remarks by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

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