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Non-Standard Work – How tax systems influence choice of employment form

Recent policy discussion has highlighted the variety of ways in which the world of work is changing. In this regard, one recent development has been that many countries have seen increases in forms of non-standard work. This raises questions over whether such trends have been beneficial, representing increased flexibility and adaptability in the workforce, or … Continue reading

Going off Welfare in NZ – The highest rates of exiting benefits were men, young people, Asian and Pacific peoples, and people who had less history

Taylor Fry were commissioned by Superu to look at where people go when they move off benefit in New Zealand. We used the linked administrative datasets available on Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) to examine the characteristics of, and outcomes for people who move off a benefit. We looked at people who moved … Continue reading

Wages – Decline in organized labor has reduced the bargaining power of labor across the developed world Bridgewater says

The biggest force behind the global profit margin expansion has been the decline in the labor share of output. A key factor that has contributed to this reduction in labor’s bargaining power versus capital is the decline of organized labor and unions. This phenomenon has occurred over decades for an array of reasons that are … Continue reading

Employers’ Recruitment Practices in UK – 9 percentage point reduction in the proportion of employers who monitor the age of their workforce during recruitment

This report presents the findings from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employer engagement survey 2018, conducted by IFF Research. The employer engagement survey 2018 is the third wave of a cross-sectional representative survey of 4,201 employers across Great Britain. The survey was conducted between February and July 2018 and the previous waves of … Continue reading

Wage Growth Slowdown in Australia – The extent and causes

A range of measures show a significant slowing in wage growth in Australia over the past five years. The Wage Price Index (WPI) grew at an annual average of 2.2 per cent in the five years to December 2018, which compares with average annual growth of 3.3 per cent in the previous five years to … Continue reading

Skills for Green Jobs in Europe – No common approach to and no definition of it

Preparing for sustainable growth within the context of a circular economy is an accepted policy aim across the globe. The implications for economic sectors, and consequently for occupations, skills and relevant policies, are undeniable. In 2010 Cedefop collaborated with the International Labour Organization and reviewed the state of play regarding ‘green skills’ and ‘green jobs’ … Continue reading

Apprenticeships in UK – Should be broader, higher quality, better prepared

Apprenticeships are seen as the jewel in the crown of technical education in the UK. While they are generally perceived positively by the businesses and apprentices involved, and some significant progress has been made in recent years, there is no doubt that this particular jewel risks becoming significantly tarnished. Our evidence shows that, with the … Continue reading

The Squeezed Middle Class – The education and training systems should offer a wider range of learning opportunities at various ages OCDE says

Over the past decade, the OECD has documented the evolution of inequalities in income and opportunities in details in a series of flagship publications, from Growing Unequal? (2008), to Divided we Stand (2011), to In it Together (2015) and the latest release on The Broken Social Elevator that focused on social mobility and showed that … Continue reading

Skills in OECD – The Priorities for Adult Learning (PAL) Dashboard

With digitalisation, deepening globalisation and population ageing, the world of work is changing. The extent to which individuals, firms and economies can harness the benefits of these changes critically depends on the readiness of adult learning systems to help people develop relevant skills for this changing world of work. This report presents the key results … Continue reading

Skills Gap – 3 Approaches for funding reskilling and upskilling

The skills gap is widening as the battle for talent intensifies It is becoming harder and harder to find talent with key skills, while redundancies and severance expenses are mounting. Investment in internal training can help tackle these issues, but companies often do not prioritise such initiatives owing to cost, time, the unclear return on … Continue reading

Skills, Training and Lifelong Learning in Canada – Lifelong Learning Plans needed

As work evolves, workers need the right mix of skills and continuous learning opportunities at all career stages. Training programs need to function well, and the market must enable a smooth flow of workers into and out of positions while ensuring lifelong learning. While Canada’s K-12 education system is a world leader in equipping children … Continue reading

New Forms of Work – Policy Responses in OECD countries

Recent labour market trends have prompted countries to reflect on whether existing systems of labour legislation, lifelong learning, social protection, taxation and collective bargaining are still fit for purpose. While in some cases they are, in others policies may need to be adapted to ensure protection for vulnerable workers and to prevent abuse, and to … Continue reading

Skills in UK – Over the last decade, the rate of improvement has slowed report says

Learning and skills play a central role in driving economic growth, promoting social justice and supporting inclusive communities. Over the last decade, economic growth has been slower than in the preceding decades. Independent forecasts suggest this is a permanent fall in the UK economy’s speed limit. This is neither inevitable nor unavoidable. Seismic shifts in the … Continue reading

Humanities in Australia – Future knowledge, skills and capabilities

Questions relating to the future of Australia’s humanities workforce intersect with a larger debate on the future of work generally. A key topic of discussion in this debate revolves around the skills and capabilities humanities researchers (and graduates more broadly) will require to successfully navigate the labour market of tomorrow. With respect to the humanities … Continue reading

Future of Work, Intelligent Automation (IA) and Talents – 10 percent of companies held more than 30 percent of the job postings among the largest 100 US companies

Easing the pressure points: The state of intelligent automation, a new report by KPMG International and HFS Research, provides the data and research needed to help properly assess an organization’s progress on the intelligent automation (IA) journey. Based on a survey of nearly 600 business leaders across 13 countries, this report paints a clear picture … Continue reading

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