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Driving Up the Demand for Skills in UK – Skills policy is only one part of a strategic mix

The general direction of skills policy in the UK over the recent past has been to create a market for training in order to improve the degree to which the skills people acquire are matched to those that the economy demands. A recognised weakness of the training market, certainly over the 1990s and early 2000s, … Continue reading

UK – The adult skills system is failing to build an economy that works for everyone IPPR says

The government is seeking to build an economy that works for everyone. As we leave the European Union, we will need to ensure that our country can compete in a global economy, and the government has set goals of boosting living standards, growth and productivity, and addressing deeply engrained regional inequalities. However, England’s adult skills … Continue reading

Automation – The potential scope is expanding

In tandem with the diffusion of computer technologies, labour markets across the OECD have undergone rapid structural transformation. In this paper, we examine i) the impact of technological change on labour market outcomes since the computer revolution of the 1980s, and ii) recent developments in digital technology – including machine learning and robotics – and … Continue reading

Robots and Jobs in Canada – 42 percent of the tasks can be automated report finds

For this report we used methodologies both from Oxford professors Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne and from management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, which have been employed in other jurisdictions, and applied them both to Canadian data for the first time. Read this report to help you: Understand the effects that automation can … Continue reading

Labor Market Information – Using online job-portal big data

Economists and other social scientists are increasingly using big data analytics to address longstanding economic questions and complement existing information sources. Big data produced by online platforms can yield a wealth of diverse, highly granular, multidimensional information with a variety of potential applications. This paper examines how online job-portal data can be used as a … Continue reading

Temporary Foreign Workers in US – The numbers

Many Americans are aware of the often-cited estimate that approximately 11 million unauthorized immigrants reside in the United States. However, the U.S. government does not have an adequate, reliable estimate for the total number of temporary foreign workers who are authorized to be employed in the U.S. labor market in the main nonimmigrant visa classifications … Continue reading

Skills Mismatch – The concept and its measurement

The issue of skills mismatches, in one form or another, is a continuing focus for debate. One of the problems, in addressing mismatch, is that there is confusion over the meaning of the terms involved; another is that the measurement of some of the forms of mismatch is problematic. The aim of this section is … Continue reading

Corporate Tax Rates – On average, lower in 2012 than they were in 2004 in the United States and eight other G20 countries

CBO examines corporate tax rates—the statutory rates, as well as average and effective marginal rates—and the factors that affect them for the United States and other G20 member countries in 2012. How Do Average Corporate Tax Rates Differ by the Country of Incorporation? A U.S.-owned foreign company is one that is incorporated outside the United States … Continue reading

US Immigration – The most frequently sought-after statistics

While the overall immigrant population is at a numerical high, reaching 43.3 million people in 2015, the foreign-born share of the U.S. population (13.5 percent) remains below the 14.8 percent high recorded in 1890. Immigrants represented nearly 17 percent of the total civilian workforce in 2015. Of employed foreign-born workers, the largest share (31 percent) … Continue reading

STEM Education in UK – 61 per cent felt that technical skills would have been more advantageous than academic skills

This report is not concerned with exams. It focuses on how well schools and educators are doing in helping students to develop the technical skills needed for successful careers. We surveyed STEM workers aged under 35 years to understand how they had made the journey from school to work, exploring not only their experience of … Continue reading

STEM – What kind of careers in science do 15-year-old boys and girls expect for themselves?

What kind of careers in science do 15-year-old boys and girls expect for themselves? • On average across OECD countries, almost one in four students – whether boy or girl – expects to work in an occupation that requires further science training beyond compulsory education. • Boys are more than twice as likely as girls … Continue reading

US – How to reduce integration barriers facing foreign-trained immigrants

Nearly 2 million college-educated immigrants and refugees in the United States are not working in middle- or high-skill jobs despite possessing years—sometimes decades—of education and work experience. More than half of these immigrants earned their college degrees abroad, coming to the United States with academic credentials and in some cases significant professional experience. They include … Continue reading

Online talent platforms economic impacts in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, China, India, and Brazil

Online talent platforms are increasingly connecting people to the right work opportunities. By 2025 they could add $2.7 trillion to global GDP, and begin to ameliorate many of the persistent problems in the world’s labor markets, write James Manyika, Susan Lund, Kelsey Robinson, John Valentino, and Richard Dobbs in a report issued by McKinsey Global … Continue reading

US – Employers see a solid business case for offering paid family leave

A growing number of companies are moving to provide paid family leave for their US employees—and they’re not all in industries you might expect. In addition to technology, financial services, and professional services firms, such organizations include food and beverage manufacturers, retail and food services companies, and even the US Department of Defense. And while … Continue reading

Future of Work – We are not facing an employment crisis but a work revolution the World Employment Confederation (International Confederation of Private Employment Services) says

The World Employment Confederation (formerly Ciett) looks into the future of work and urges policymakers to cooperate with the employment industry to determine enhanced international labour regulation As the world of work becomes increasingly flat and interconnected, new global labour policies and regulation are required to deal with issues that go beyond national or regional … Continue reading

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