Michel Cournoyer

Michel Cournoyer has written 8910 posts for Job Market Monitor

Unemployed Older Workers in Australia – Employers are cautious about candidates referred by public employment services – especially mature age jobseekers

Australia’s publicly funded employment services are not working particularly well for mature age jobseekers. The rate of long-term unemployment among those aged over 45 is relatively high. In a changed labour market and with an ageing population, understanding the attitudes and needs of employers is vital to assisting unemployed older Australians get and keep jobs. … Continue reading

Job Search in Canada – 12% are looking for a new job while working, 5% 20 years ago

Workers may want to change jobs for any number of reasons, which are not always related to poor working conditions. The criteria used to determine what defines a “better job” differs from one person to another, and evolves through different stages of life. For young parents, for example, their job search could be largely motivated … Continue reading

How To Spot Fake Work-From-Home Job Offers

By Lucy Wyndham –  With 58% of the U.S. workforce expected to be freelancing 10 years from now, according to a Flexjobs blog post, it’s easy to see why more and more people are interested in work-from-home jobs. Despite this positive trend, the sad truth is that cases of fake job scams are increasing by the day. … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in UK – The number starts has been driven mainly by those over 25 years of age

In recent weeks, there has been much controversy over the slowdown in the number of apprenticeship starts and the potential connection with the change in the funding system. The context is one in which there is a government target to have 3 million apprenticeship starts between 2015 and 2020. In the light of recent controversies, … Continue reading

Earnings and Hours in UK – Some hollowing out has occurred, but only in relation to men

The pay of Britain’s workers has rarely been out of the news in the past decade. The unprecedented squeeze on earnings that followed the financial crisis, a new minimum wage for those 25 and over, and the arrival of the “top 1 per cent” in the years leading up to the financial crisis have all … Continue reading

Les Organismes Paritaires Collecteurs Agréés (OPCA) en France – Quasi-disparition des contributions obligatoires versées par les entreprises

La réforme de la formation professionnelle de 2014 est venue bouleverser le modèle économique des organismes paritaires collecteurs agréés (OPCA). En cause, la quasi-disparition des contributions obligatoires versées par les entreprises au titre du plan de formation, qui constituaient, pour l’essentiel, leur principale source de financement. Extraits choisis par le Moniteur de l’emploi . Lire … Continue reading

Population en Europe – Une augmentation de 1,1 million d’habitants due à l’apport du solde migratoire

Au 1er janvier 2018, la population de l’Union européenne (UE) était estimée à 512,6 millions de résidents, contre 511,5 millions au 1er janvier 2017. Au cours de l’année 2017, plus de décès que de naissances ont été enregistrés dans l’UE (5,3 millions de décès et 5,1 millions de naissances), ce qui signifie que la variation … Continue reading

Job Report in US, June 2018 – Employment increased by 213,000 and unemployment rose to 4.0 percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 213,000 in June, and the unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job growth occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care, while retail trade lost jobs. Household Survey Data The unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage point to 4.0 … Continue reading

Job Report in Canada, June 2018 – Employment rose by 32,000 and unemployment up at 6.0%

After two consecutive months of little change, employment rose by 32,000 in June. With more people searching for work, the unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points to 6.0%. Compared with June 2017, employment increased by 215,000 or 1.2%, with all the growth in full-time work. Over the same period, total hours worked grew by 1.4%. Overall employment was little changed in the first six … Continue reading

L’Emploi au Canada et au Québec, Juin 2018 – Le taux de chômage passe à 6,0 % et 5,4 %

Après peu de variation en deux mois consécutifs, l’emploi a progressé de 32 000 en juin. Comme les personnes à la recherche de travail étaient plus nombreuses, le taux de chômage a augmenté de 0,2 point de pourcentage, passant à 6,0 %. Par rapport à juin 2017, l’emploi a progressé de 215 000 ou de 1,2 %, et cette progression est entièrement attribuable au travail à temps plein. … Continue reading

Canadian vs American Jobs – The skill level is significantly higher in 30 of the 35 areas examined

Increased globalization places competitive pressures on firms heavily involved in international trade. To be successful, firms must be innovative and productive—two attributes that rely greatly on a skilled workforce. Key in the toolbox of productive workers are science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. However, STEM skills are often not enough to generate significant productivity … Continue reading

Vocational Education – The vocational wage premium

Comparing cohorts born between 1951 and 1994, we document and interpret changes in the wage differential among graduates from secondary education with a vocational and a general curriculum. The wage gap initially increased and then decreased. We find that these changes cannot be attributed to simple compositional shifts in the economy, but instead relate to … Continue reading

Immigrants au Québec – Depuis 2006, la moitié de la création nette d’emplois

De 2006 à 2017, on constate une création nette de 480 000 emplois au Québec, dont environ 250 000, soit un peu plus de la moitié, ont été comblés par des personnes immigrantes. Ainsi, la part relative des personnes immigrantes dans l’emploi total passe de 10,9 % en 2006 à 15,6 % en 2017. Ces résultats sont tirés de l’article … Continue reading

Graduation Time: How to Update Your Resume

By Lucy Wyndham –  Approximately 3.6 million students were projected to graduate high school in 2018, with colleges and universities expected to award roughly 2.9 million undergraduate and graduate degrees the same year. This means there is a lot of new competition flooding the market, even as the workforce in general seems to be in flux. If you are … Continue reading

The Future of Work, and Wages in Developing Countries – A bloating of service-sector employment and wage stagnation but not to mass unemployment

Automation is likely to affect developing countries in different ways to the way automation affects high-income countries. The poorer a country is, the more jobs it has that are in principle automatable because the kinds of jobs common in developing countries—such as routine agricultural work—are substantially more susceptible to automation than the service jobs—which require … Continue reading

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