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Digital Skills in Europe – Needs greater than the number of graduates

Despite an overall difficult economic situation, the digital sector is expanding rapidly and continuing to create jobs. According to the European Commission, the prospects for employment growth in the sector are estimated at 2% per year on average by the year 2020. A survey report by the Joint Occupations and Skills Observatory for the Digital, … Continue reading

Gender Gaps in US Workforce – 10 facts

Below are 10 facts about women in the workforce. 1. Women’s labor force participation has stagnated and reversed since 2000 Over the past half century, women have made substantial progress in the labor market. Between 1962 and 2000, women’s labor force participation—defined as the percentage of women ages 16 and older either working or actively … Continue reading

High School Diploma or Less in the US – Some occupations offer clearer pathways to additional training and skills development

Many workers are likely leaving less desirable jobs to pursue better-paying opportunities, to gain additional education, or are simply dropping out of the labor force. Yet there are several notable exceptions, particularly among the skilled trades and many infrastructure-related jobs, which have lower educational barriers to entry and offer more competitive wages. As shown in … Continue reading

Vacancies in Entry level Jobs in Canada – About 1 in 2 require no previous work experience and the majority of entry-level jobs require little education

Understanding whether the skills employers are looking for differ from the ones available in the labour market is important. Some evidence hints that Canadian employers are having difficulty recruiting qualified workers. Employers are looking to recruit employees who can adapt to changing workplace and industry conditions, as well as those who demonstrate strong “people skills” … Continue reading

The workforce in Canada – The 2016 Census (infographics)

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Canadians in the workforce, 2016 Census of Population

Digital Skills in US – Upskilling fast in middle- and lower-level jobs

Look closely at the numbers in our new analysis of the “digitalization” of the labor market and you see that the greatest change is occurring not at the top of the skills distribution, but at the bottom and middle. Sure, the creation of many new jobs for highly skilled software developers and computer systems analysts … Continue reading

The Great Recession in US – 5 Ways how the workforce has changed

Here are five ways in which the U.S. workforce has changed since the onset of the Great Recession. A smaller share of Americans are in the labor force. In December 2007, two-thirds (66.0%) of civilians ages 16 and over either were employed or actively looking for work; as of October of this year, only 62.7% were. The … Continue reading

Why is talent important? – Superior talent is up to eight times more productive

It’s remarkable how much of a productivity kicker an organization gets from top talent. A recent study of more than 600,000 researchers, entertainers, politicians, and athletes found that high performers are 400 percent more productive than average ones.2 Studies of businesses not only show similar results but also reveal that the gap rises with a … Continue reading

Automation in US – What people think it will look like

An October Pew Research Center report examined Americans’ views about automation, including their opinions on how widespread these technologies would become over the next 20 years. Here’s what Americans expect to happen when it comes to four specific types of automation. Computer programs will diagnose and treat most diseases Most stores will be fully automated … Continue reading

The Future of Work – Four ways work will change

Speakers at “The Future of Work,” an all-day symposium held at Stanford’s Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on August 30, explored the changing workplace, new possibilities for higher education, and technology’s impact on careers and industries. The event, attended by about 300 people, was presented by Stanford Career Education and OZY EDU, the education arm of … Continue reading

Vacancies and Unemployment in Canada – About 2/3 of job vacancies require no more than a high school education, while nearly 1/2 of unemployed persons have a postsecondary education

This study provides additional insight into labour demand and supply based on the joint availability of job vacancy and unemployment data over the past two years (2015 and 2016). Specifically, it uses data from the Job Vacancy and Wage Survey (JVWS) and Labour Force Survey (LFS) to answer the following questions: To what extent are … Continue reading

Wealth Gap in US, 2016 – The median wealth of white households was 10 times the wealth of black households and eight times that of Hispanic households

The Great Recession of 2007-2009 triggered a sharp, prolonged decline in the wealth of American families, and an already large wealth gap between white households and black and Hispanic households widened further in its immediate aftermath. But the racial and ethnic wealth gap has evolved differently for families at different income levels, according to a … Continue reading

Canada – The evolution of the approach to immigrant integration

Canada has long been a country of immigrants, largely selected for their ability to contribute to economic development. Though the source countries have evolved, the focus on employment-based immigration has remained, while also allowing for family reunification and refugee admissions. Overall, given Canada’s geography (and the Safe Third-Country Agreement with the United States, which bars … Continue reading

Employment trends by education requirement in US – A shift toward occupations with higher entry education

This article uses Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) data to examine recent employment trends by typical entry-level education requirement (hereafter in this article referred to as “entry education”). As noted earlier, the United States experienced an 18-month economic contraction beginning in December 2007, before entering a period of recovery beginning in June 2009. This section of … Continue reading

Labour market and skills intelligence (LMSI) – How labour markets are developing and, consequently, how jobs, skills and learning needs are changing

Things change. It would be helpful to know how the labour market will be transformed by technology, climate change and demography. Individuals would benefit greatly from knowing what type of education and training to follow; enterprises would know the skills they need; and policy-makers could adapt education and training systems to new skill needs. Labour … Continue reading

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