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Immigration in Australia – Locally-led migration strategies to better meet rural labour needs

In 151 regional LGAs across the country, the numbers of overseas-born residents are increasing, while the number of Australian-born residents is decreasing. The vast majority (113) of these 151 LGAs are rural. Population loss means there are still labour shortages in many rural areas. More needs to be done to enable rural communities to attract … Continue reading

Long-Term Unemployment in Europe – Programme orientation matters

Skill deficits are a major bottleneck in sustainable activation of the long-term unemployed. Those managing to get back to work often end up in less complex and skill-intensive jobs and have fewer opportunities to develop their potential. Those long-term unemployed not successful in making a transition to work are likely to face even more severe … Continue reading

The Future of Work in US – How to fix the broken historical link between labor productivity and wages

In Don’t Fear the Robots: Why Automation Doesn’t Mean the End of Work, Roosevelt Fellow Mark Paul challenges the narrative that large-scale automation will imminently lead to mass unemployment and economic insecurity. He debunks the idea that we are on the cusp of a major technological change that will drastically alter the nature of work, … Continue reading

Higher Education and Earnings – Studying the same subject at a different institution can yield a very different premium

Each year more than 350,000 students start Higher Education (HE) degrees in England at a total cost of around £17 billion paid by graduates in repayments on student loans and the taxpayer (Belfield et al., 2017). This represents a significant investment and has the potential to have considerable implications for the students’ later-life outcomes. Students … Continue reading

Happiness Outcomes of Migrants

What is known about the effects of migration on the happiness of migrants? According to a study by Martijn Hendriks and co-authors, published in the 2018 World Happiness Report, international migrants worldwide evaluate the quality of their lives on average 9 percent higher after migration. This study’s large sample is highly representative of the global … Continue reading

The European economy since 2000 – More people in work

Since the start of the millennium, more and more people are in work, while working conditions have changed. Strong increase in female employment rate In the period between 2002 and 2017 the employment rate for the total working age population increased from 67 % in 2002 to 72 % in 2017, mainly due to the … Continue reading

Hourly Labour Costs in Europe (QI, 2018) – Rose by 2.0%

Hourly labour costs rose by 2.0% in the euro area (EA19) and by 2.7% in the EU28 in the first quarter of 2018, compared with the same quarter of the previous year. In the fourth quarter of 2017, hourly labour costs increased by 1.4% and 2.3% respectively. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical … Continue reading

UK – Is low pay is the first step towards better-paid, better-skilled ?

The coming years will be pivotal for the UK’s labour market. Along with new questions raised by Brexit, the responses to longstanding issues dogging firms and workers alike will be key. When it comes to action points, Britain’s woeful productivity growth since the financial crisis is top of the list but not far below is … Continue reading

Prices in Europe – Varie by almost one to three between the cheapest and the most expensive Member State

In 2017, price levels for consumer goods and services differed widely in the European Union (EU). Denmark(142% of the EU average) had the highest price level, followed by Luxembourg (127%), Ireland and Sweden(both 125%), Finland (122%) and the United Kingdom (117%). At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest price level was found in … Continue reading

Transition from Full-Time Education to Full-Time Work – Four factors that can accelerate it

The transition to adulthood has traditionally been marked by the completion of key milestones such as completing school and further study, leaving home and becoming financially independent. The prospect of a good job that pays a fair wage has been key to Australia’s promise to our young people and their future prosperity. Work has long … Continue reading

Digital Skills Gap in the EU – Two fifths of the EU workforce have little or no digital skills

Information and communications technologies (ICT) play an increasingly important role in our professional and private lives, and digital competence is of growing importance for every individual. In the future, nearly all jobs will require digital skills. However, European Commission figures show that two fifths of the EU workforce have little or no digital skills. In … Continue reading

Low Pay in Britain – Companies with 5,000 or more workers employ 28 per cent of all low-paid people

Since 2011, the Resolution Foundation has published an annual review. This year’s report – the eighth edition of Low Pay Britain, based on pay data from April 2017 – documents the headline trends shaping the low-paid end of the labour market today and highlights the new challenges policymakers should be addressing. The report identifies three … Continue reading

Greening With Jobs – Action to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius will result in sufficient job creation to more than offset job losses of 6 million elsewhere

According to the ILO report “World Employment and Social Outlook 2018: Greening with Jobs”, action to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius will result in sufficient job creation to more than offset job losses of 6 million elsewhere. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at World Employment and Social Outlook: Greening with … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in England, United Kingdom – There is still some way to go to establish an apprenticeship system to match those of the strongest countries OECD says

Across many countries, apprenticeship is now experiencing a revival, in the light of a wide range of evidence demonstrating its effectiveness as a means of transitioning young people into work, and serving the economy. But few countries can match the energy and range of reforms currently being pursued in England. Key findings England has launched … Continue reading

Early Childhood Education and Care – It increases women’s labour force participation, and has positive effects on children’s well-being, learning and development OECD says

While the benefits of early childhood education and care (ECEC) services to better learning are now widely acknowledged, a widespread and accessible provision for these services also helps support gender equality in the workforce. In particular, the availability, intensity, reliability and affordability of ECEC play an important role in engaging women full time in the … Continue reading

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