Michel Cournoyer

Michel Cournoyer has written 8580 posts for Job Market Monitor

Who are the Persistently NEET Young People – Key socio-demographic characteristics in Australia

The journey of young people immediately post-secondary schooling is of significant interest for policy makers, the wider community and students and their parents. While it is commonly accepted that many young people may experience a short period of not being in education, employment or training (NEET) as a normal part of their transition from school … Continue reading

Universal Basic Income Pilots – They may look and smell like a UBI, but they aren’t.

The annual conference of the Basic Income Earth Network focused on implementation and shed light on a range of experiences worldwide, namely the “pilots” that are quoted in virtually every blog on the subject. On this point, the salience of UBI pilots doesn’t appear to be the technical questions they raise. Rather, their value probably … Continue reading

Skills – The Great Recession drastically changed what employers want

The employment shift from occupations that require mid-level skills toward those at the high and low ends is one of the most important trends in the U.S. labor market over the past 30 years. Previous research has suggested that a primary driver of this job polarization is something called routine-biased technological change (RBTC), an unfortunate … Continue reading

Canada – Total employment rose by 186,000 (+1.0%) in the first six months of 2017

Economic activity continued to strengthen in the first half of 2017 as household spending, exports and business investment supported growth. Business outlays on non-residential structures, machinery and equipment, and intellectual property assets rose during the first two quarters of the year, following notable declines during 2015 and 2016. Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased for … Continue reading

Engagement – The State of the Global Workplace by Gallup

Today’s workplaces are experiencing changes at unprecedented rates. The rise of digitization and automation, increased access to information, and the globalization of markets are among the trends challenging traditional approaches to work, company cultures, management and jobs. Organizations everywhere are looking for strategies and tactics to stay competitive and grow — and simply doing what … Continue reading

US – The United States is not adequately developing and sustaining a workforce with the skills needed to compete in the 21st century says the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The United States needs a skilled technical workforce to remain competitive in the global economy and to ensure that its workers participate in the nation’s economic growth. There are significant opportunities as well as major challenges in this regard. Notably, rigorous evidence indicates that the returns to investments in technical skills in the labor market … Continue reading

Future of Work – Future Skills by the Australian Industry Skills Committee

The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) commissioned the Future Skills and Training Resource to gather and analyse data on Australian and international megatrends, their potential impact on Australia’s future workforce and the implications for vocational education and training.  It complements existing data sources and Industry Reference Committee (IRC) intelligence. It is a practical resource intended to … Continue reading

Workforce Development in US – Fed’s Capstone Conference 2017

Investments for workforce development require a foundation of institutional supports that will ensure accountability. This panel, representing diverse perspectives from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, will explore the institutions, policies and norms needed to establish, reinforce and facilitate new and increased investments. via Investing In America’s Workforce 2017 – YouTube

Working Poor in Europe – The increase in non-standard forms of employment in many countries appears to have contributed to rising it

The ‘working poor’ are a substantial group, the latest estimate putting 10% of European workers at risk of poverty, up from 8% in 2007. This report describes the development of in-work poverty in the EU since the crisis of 2008, picking up where an earlier Eurofound report on this subject, published in 2010, ended and … Continue reading

Persons at Risk of Poverty or Social Exclusion in EU – Decreased to 23.4% last year, only 0.1 percentage points above its 2009 low-point

In 2016, 117.5 million people, or 23.4% of the population, in the European Union (EU) were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. This means that they were in at least one of the following three conditions: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers (income poverty), severely materially deprived or living in households with very low work intensity. … Continue reading

Digital Skills – Effective use of ICTs in life and for work requires adequate skills OECD says

Effective use of ICTs in life and for work requires more specialist and generic skills in ICTs complemented by better foundational skills. “IT staff” ranks second among the top ten jobs that employers have difficulties filling, notably in services, although shortages of ICT specialist skills seem limited to only a few countries, at least in … Continue reading

Skills in UK – 94% of employers say that life skills are at least as important as academic results research finds

Schools’ main focus is on developing children’s core academic knowledge and skills in literacy, numeracy, and range of curriculum subjects. But there are other skills that are increasingly seen as important to children’s wider development: ‘essential life skills’ such as confidence, social skills, self-control, motivation, and resilience. These are the attitudes, skills and behaviours that … Continue reading

Wages of New Hires in US – Stronger growth for women compared to men

There is substantial interest in measuring not just the quantity of new jobs but the quality as well. Existing surveys by the Bureau of Labor Statistics describe the number of new jobs created each month, as well as wages of incumbent workers, but not wages (or other characteristics) of newly created jobs. This paper aims … Continue reading

School-to-Work Transition in France – No improvement for young people with lower secondary qualifications only

Against the background of a weak economic recovery, access to employment for young people in the 2013 cohort was slightly more favourable than for the preceding cohort. In 2016, three years after they had left the education system, one young worker in five was looking for a job; in the case of those with only … Continue reading

Postes Vacants au Québec, T2 2017 – Une hausse de 17 000 (+25,0 %) en un an

Le nombre de postes vacants au Québec a connu une hausse de 17 000 (+25,0 %), et le taux de postes vacants s’est accru de 0,4 point de pourcentage pour s’établir à 2,4 %. La tendance récente d’une croissance supérieure à la moyenne du nombre de postes vacants dans la province a contribué à faire croître la part du Québec dans le nombre … Continue reading

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