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Immigration in US – More college-educated immigrants than any other country

The United States is home to more college-educated immigrants than any other country. As of 2015, there were 14.7 million immigrants ages 25 and older with a postsecondary diploma or college degree living in the U.S. – more than triple the number in Canada (4.4 million) and more than four times as many as in the … Continue reading

Immigration in US – Near record high but remains below that of many other countries

Nearly 14% of the U.S. population was born in another country, numbering more than 44 million people in 2017, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This was the highest share of foreign-born people in the United States since 1910, when immigrants accounted for 14.7% of the … Continue reading

Immigration In US – Strengthen more than burden it majority says, but Republicans and Democrats have never been further apart

The American public’s views of the impact immigrants have on the country remain largely positive – and deeply partisan. As in recent years, a majority (62%) say immigrants strengthen the country because of their hard work and talents. Just 28% say immigrants are a burden on the country because they take jobs, housing and health … Continue reading

European skills index (ESI) – Four groups of Member States

Skill systems are an important component of country competitiveness and, in aggregate, of the European Union (EU) as a whole. Several key principles of the European pillar of social rights are built around a well-functioning and inclusive labour market with education, training and lifelong learning at the heart. At the same time, the New skills agenda … Continue reading

Diversity in the Workplace – Members of diverse groups do see things differently

Most corporate leaders now understand that in today’s business environment, companies must achieve diversity if they want to acquire and retain talent, build employee engagement, and improve business performance. (See “How Diverse Leadership Teams Boost Innovation,” BCG article, January 2018.) But many leaders still have blind spots regarding diversity. They underestimate the obstacles confronting an … Continue reading

Getting Older – How young people see seniors

WE ASKED: WHAT AGE IS ‘OLD’?  Answer : 59 Female respondents chose 61 as ‘old,’ whereas those identified as male went with 56. PERCEPTIONS OF AGING #1 “People’s driving skills decline as they age.” #2“ As people age, they become lonelier.” #3“ People like their bodies less when they get old.” #4“ As people get … Continue reading

English Proficiency of Immigrants in US – 48 percent of all immigrants reported speaking English less than “very well”

While the immigrant population in the United States continued its moderate growth in 2017, and the foreign-born share of the overall U.S. population reached a near-historic high of 14 percent, other noteworthy trends were underway beneath these totals. Compared to the 1980­–2010 period, the national origins of new arrivals have shifted. Recent newcomers are more … Continue reading

International migration, 2015 – A map

source : Our World in Data

Immigration US – 200 Years as a graphic of a growing tree

Today’s immigration battles take place within a long, slowly accruing history that is difficult to grasp in its sheer scale and complexity. Tens of millions of people who represent every corner of the globe have immigrated to the U.S. over the last two centuries. The picture that emerges over time can resembles a living organism, … Continue reading

Poor in the US in 2017 – About a third were children

>In 2017, 12.3 percent of the population—39.7 million people—lived in poverty, as defined by the official poverty measure [i]. The share of the population living in poverty was statistically significantly lower in 2017 than in 2016 by 0.4 percentage points. The U.S. Census Bureau is tasked with determining how many people in the United States … Continue reading

UK’s Jobs Growth in 2018 – People with disabilities account for three-quarters of the gains and ethnic minorities for over a quarter

The UK’s jobs surge of recent years should not be underestimated, just because it’s old news. With unemployment hovering just above 4 per cent all year it’s easy to forget that as recently as 2016 the Office for Budget Responsibility thought 5.5 per cent was as low as we could sustainably go. We live and … Continue reading

US – The fastest-growing jobs and skills according to LinkedIn

The New Year is almost here and you might be exploring the idea of a new role that’s completely  different from your current one. To help you jump start your search, and give you an idea of what’s on the horizon for the U.S. job market, we’ve identified the fastest-growing jobs and the skills that … Continue reading

Outlook for 2019 in US – A likely recession ?

The longest expansion in our history lasted ten years (March 1991 to March 2001), and the current one will match that milestone in mid-2019. This expansion was already in its eighth year when Trump took office; and as I’ve noted here and elsewhere, all business cycles eventually expire from old age unless they are struck … Continue reading

Pay Gaps in UK – The requirement for companies to publish their gender pay gaps came into effect in early April

This requirement for transparency has led to some major embarrassments for UK companies. The bank JP Morgan, for instance, reported a 54 per cent median pay gap. But it also sparked a wider push, both within firms and across business, to identify the causes of – and possible solutions to – Britain’s ongoing gender pay … Continue reading

Soft Skills – Three major barriers to their development

Millions of people across the world will have to make the transition toward becoming a great deal better versed in soft skills. But that’s far from easy. The paradox is that while we understand a lot about how to develop the “hard skills” of analysis, decision-making, and analytical judgment, we know a great deal less … Continue reading

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