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Talent for ICT in Canada – The immigration stream

The application and adoption of social, mobile, applications, analytics and the cloud (SMAAC) and Internet of Things (IoT) in sectors such as health, manufacturing, natural resources, financial services and government services has created strong demand for highly skilled workers capable of implementing and managing these technologies. However, Canada is experiencing a shortage of skilled ICT … Continue reading

Skills and Education – The global movement

Every country is at a different stage of evolution in its education development, and implementation of its education system varies not only according to substantive education issues but also according to national pressures and imperatives. Our interest in the Skills for a Changing World country-level work is on how the interdependent functions of curriculum, assessment, … Continue reading

Skills System in UK – From ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’: making it a world class

The majority of people who will be working in 2030 are already in the workforce, and will be untouched by the current round of educational reforms. UK employers spend less on training than other major EU economies and less than the EU average. Participation in job-related adult learning has fallen significantly in recent years, leaving … Continue reading

Older Workers – How do employers adapt ?

Aging men and women are increasingly remaining in the labor force. Most often the reason for this is that they need to work additional years in order to be able to support an increasing number of years in retirement. This leaves employers scrambling for ways to adapt to a growing number of retirement-aged workers. Clark … Continue reading

Automation in Australia – More than five million jobs, almost 40 per cent, have a moderate to high likelihood of disappearing in the next 10 to 15 years

More than five million jobs, almost 40 per cent of Australian jobs that exist today, have a moderate to high likelihood of disappearing in the next 10 to 15 years due to technological advancements, a CEDA report being released today has found. Figure 1 shows the estimated probabilities of the susceptibility of jobs to computerisation … Continue reading

Refugees in Canada – Mixed success when it comes to economic outcomes

Since the fall of 2015, refugee resettlement in Canada has risen dramatically as the Trudeau government committed itself to admitting at least 25,000 Syrian refugees—a goal accomplished by the end of February 2016. As Canada expands its resettlement efforts, ensuring the labor-market integration and self-sufficiency of these new arrivals is a major challenge. Refugees in … Continue reading

Immigration in London – Creating more jobs and delivering economic benefits

The fact base put together by London First and PwC is the most comprehensive review of the data available to date. The partnership between PwC and the ONS – the first of its kind – has enabled PwC to access and use detailed granular data from the ONS’s Virtual Micro-Laboratory. The aim of this report … Continue reading

The threat of technological obsolescence on skills in Europe

With between a quarter and two-fifths of jobs at high or medium risk of automation in OECD countries, it is expected that dynamically evolving technologies will render several of workers’ skills obsolete whilst placing a high premium on others. Indeed, Cedefop’s ESJ survey (Cedefop, 2015) revealed that about a quarter (26%) of adult employees in … Continue reading

Germany – Despite a growing population, shortages remain in the area of skilled tasks

The fourth wave of quali cations and occupational eld projections pre- pared by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) and the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) provide a summary of the German labour market’s expected development up to 2035. New challenges are being presented, particularly against the background of the massive refugee … Continue reading

ICT Skills in Europe – One in three of needing employees are at risk of digital skill gaps

Cedefop’s European skills and jobs (ESJ) survey reveals that more than 7 in 10 adult employees in the EU need at least some fundamental ICT level to be able to perform their jobs. Yet, about one in three of those employees are at risk of digital skill gaps. At the same time, almost half of … Continue reading

UK – Nearly two-thirds of employees say they expect to retire in their 60s, and 17 per cent in their 70s

The British Social Attitudes Survey (BSAS) is an annual face to face survey of approximately 4,300 people in private households, aged 18 and over. They are selected at random to provide a representative picture of attitudes of the population. This report outlines headline findings from the subset of questions included in the 2015 BSAS questionnaire … Continue reading

Postsecondary Enrolment Rates Among 19-Year-Olds In Canada – increased steadily from 2001 to 2014, particularly at the bottom of the income distribution

The objective of this study was to document trends in postsecondary enrolment rates among 19-year-olds matched to their parents in the personal income tax files. Results by quintile of parental income, province of parental residence and sex were produced. The study found that the percentage of 19-year-olds enrolled in a postsecondary education program increased steadily … Continue reading

Sector skills councils are increasingly seen as effective mechanisms to engage industry

Helping enterprises find workers with the right skills, and ensuring that workers acquire the skills they need to find productive employment, is a key to economic prosperity and building inclusive societies. Adopting a forward-looking perspective to improve the competiveness of a certain industry or sector and its future success by upgrading the skills of its … Continue reading

Older Workers in UK – Although their number in employment is rising, employment rates still drop sizeably reports says

Older workers account for a growing proportion of the UK workforce. As such, it is increasingly important to understand more about the working experiences of older individuals as well as the potential impact changes in the age composition of workplaces may have on their performance. Key findings (1) the proportion of workers aged 50 and … Continue reading

Hourly Labour Costs in EU, 2016 – From €4.4 to €42.0, lowest in Bulgaria and Romania, highest in Denmark and Belgium

In 2016, average hourly labour costs in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €25.4 in the European Union (EU) and €29.8 in the euro area. However, this average masks significant gaps between EU Member States, with the lowest hourly labour costs recorded in Bulgaria (€4.4), Romania (€5.5), Lithuania (€7.3), … Continue reading

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