Michel Cournoyer

Michel Cournoyer has written 10435 posts for Job Market Monitor

Pandemic UI in US – Ending it increased employment by 4.4 pp while reducing UI recipiency by 35 pp

In June 2021, 22 states ended all supplemental pandemic unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, eliminating benefits entirely for over 2 million workers and reducing benefits by $300 per week for over 1 million workers. Using anonymous bank transaction data and a difference-in-differences research design, we measure the effect of withdrawing pandemic UI on the financial and … Continue reading

The European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) – What is it ?

ESCO works as a dictionary, describing, identifying and classifying professional occupations and skills relevant for the EU labour market and education and training. Those concepts and the relationships between them can be understood by electronic systems, which allows different online platforms to use ESCO for services like matching jobseekers to jobs on the basis of … Continue reading

Reskilling and Career Paths – A study of 209,000 people in 190 countries

A study of 209,000 people in 190 countries shows the appeal of professional reinvention at an uncertain time. More than two-thirds of workers globally are willing to retrain for new jobs, an attitude that may set the stage for vast workplace changes after the pandemic ends. The interest in switching careers is tied to both … Continue reading

Developing new standards for internships – Six principles for the regulation of internships

We suggest six principles to guide the design of new laws for this purpose, or indeed the framing of new international standards. 1. Certain types of internship, however they are labelled by the parties, should attract the same entitlements and protections as an ‘ordinary’ employment relationship. 2. Even if a particular type of internship should … Continue reading

EI and Working-While-on-Claim Provisions in Canada – Does working part-time help claimants ?

Canada’s Employment Insurance (EI) program provides income support for workers who have lost their jobs. The program also strives to help recently unemployed Canadians keep a foothold in the labour market and provide a stepping stone to new permanent work. It does so through working-while-on-claim (WWC) provisions that encourage claimants to take part-time or casual … Continue reading

Portable Apprenticeships in UK – A consultation

Apprenticeships are more important than ever in equipping individuals and businesses with the skills they need as we build back better from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The UK government wants to make sure apprenticeships reflect modern models of employment for all employers in all sectors. In sectors such as the creative industries, construction and digital, … Continue reading

VET Qualifications in Europe – Must be relevant at national and local levels while opening the door to international comparability

VET qualifications must be relevant at national and local levels while opening the door to international comparability Pressure on European education and training systems has increased in recent years, with technological and demographic trends reshaping demand for skills and qualifications and making lifelong learning a necessity, for both individuals and countries. Vocational education and training … Continue reading

Le Revenu d’Engagement pour les Jeunes en France – La réciprocité

Elisabeth Borne a réuni le comité qui contribuera à l’élaboration et à la mise en place du revenu d’engagement annoncé par le président de la République lors de sa dernière allocution. Les Missions locales seront en 1ère ligne pour déployer ce dispositif. Le principe du revenu d’engagement « est de proposer à chaque jeune, qui … Continue reading

L’Emploi au Canada (Juillet 2021) — L’emploi augmente dans quatre provinces

L’emploi a augmenté dans quatre provinces en juillet, et des hausses ont été enregistrées en Ontario, au Manitoba, en Nouvelle-Écosse et à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. (NDLR : aussi au Québec, voir tableau plus bas) La Saskatchewan est la seule province où l’emploi a diminué. La Colombie-Britannique est la seule province où l’emploi a été supérieur à son … Continue reading

Job Report in US (July 2021) – Employment rose by 943,000 and and the unemployment declined by 0.5 percentage point to 5.4 percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 943,000 in July, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage point to 5.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, in local government education, and in professional and business services. This news release presents statistics from two monthly … Continue reading

Perspectives on National Occupational Standards in UK – What do users think?

This research explored stakeholder perceptions and use of National Occupational Standards (NOS), and visions for their future, to inform the NOS Governance Group’s pre-strategy work. It was conducted by the Edge Foundation between December 2019 and May 2020 and involved interviews with 28 stakeholders. From the early 1980s, occupational standards have been evolving in the … Continue reading

Investing in Career Guidance – Employer engagement activities

Effective career guidance helps individuals to reach their potential, economies to become more efficient and societies to become fairer. It is critical to the smooth transitions of people as they make choices about education and training and to mobility within the labour market. In December 2019, six international organisations came together to publish a first booklet … Continue reading

Covid and Working from Home in Canada – 30% of employees aged 15 to 64

Working from home: a new experiment for many Canadian workers and employers The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the work location of thousands of Canadian workers. From April 2020 to June 2021, 30% of employees aged 15 to 64 who worked during the Labour Force Survey (LFS) reference week had performed most of their hours from … Continue reading

COVID-19, Jobs, Skills and Immigration in Europe – Longer-term trends and challenges not fundamentally altered

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a historic economic recession with significant consequences for employment and, in turn, immigration and skills policy. While it remains to be seen how lasting the pandemic’s effects will be on the worst-hit sectors, such as hospitality, leisure, and tourism, the crisis appears to be entrenching existing … Continue reading

The ‘Great Resignation’- Really the ‘Great Discontent’ Gallup finds

A new Gallup analysis finds that 48% of America’s working population is actively job searching or watching for opportunities. Businesses are facing a staggeringly high quit rate — 3.6 million Americans resigned in May alone — and a record-high number of unfilled positions. And Gallup discovered that workers in all job categories, from customer-facing service … Continue reading

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