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Job Quality in Canada – About 30% of all workers were predicted to hold a high-quality job

This study assesses job quality in Canada using an internationally inspired multidimensional framework that covers six broad aspects: income and benefits, career prospects, work intensity, working-time quality, skills and discretion, and social environment. The analysis uses the 2016 General Social Survey, which collected a rich set of information on working conditions in Canada. A total … Continue reading

Wages of Immigrants in Canada, 2016 – Median entry wages of tax filers admitted in 2015 was $25,400

The profile of immigrants to Canada can vary between admission years. Immigrants can face challenges when they arrive in Canada, such as acquiring the ability to speak at least one of the official languages or getting their foreign credentials recognized. The immigrants admitted to Canada in 2015 earned the highest entry wages of any cohort admitted since 1981. … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in US – A key component to the solution to the skills gap

Apprenticeship programs, when implemented effectively, provide workers with a career path featuring paid on-the-job training, skills development, and mentorship, while at the same time providing employers with a steady source of highly trained and productive workers. These programs have the potential to grow into a critical and successful component of America’s workforce strategy, but are … Continue reading

Global Labour Migration – 164 Million people are migrant workers says ILO

The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 164 million people are migrant workers – a rise of 9 per cent since 2013, when they numbered 150 million. According to the 2nd edition of the ILO’s Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers , which covers the period between 2013 and 2017, the majority of migrant workers – … Continue reading

Apprentices in Canada – From 199,074 in 2000 to 405,699 in 2017 with only 51,150 certification in 2017

Despite short-term fluctuations, overall strong economic growth over the last two decades in areas such as construction and natural resources, combined with an aging workforce, have contributed to increased demand for skilled tradespeople in Canada. The total number of people registered in apprenticeship programs in Canada has grown sharply since the end of the 1990s, rising … Continue reading

Employers and Higher Education in US – Broad learning is essential and participation in internships or apprenticeships gives an edge they say

Employers continue to endorse broad learning as essential to long-term career success. When hiring, executives and hiring managers place a high priority on graduates’ demonstrated proficiency in skills and knowledge that cut across majors, and hiring managers are closely aligned with executives in the importance that they place on key college learning outcomes. As noted … Continue reading

Job Satisfaction in Canada – Workers whose job gives them some control over their hours of work report higher levels

Workers whose job gives them some control over their hours of work report higher levels of job satisfaction, according to a new study based on the Longitudinal and International Study of Adults (LISA). The new study, published in Insights on Canadian Society, examines the relationship between the two key concepts of job flexibility and job … Continue reading

Profile of Further Education (FE) learners and apprentices in UK, 2018 – Half of apprentices are 19-24 years old and FE learners often have complex lives

– The profile of FE learners and apprentices highlights the great diversity of the learners the FE sector serves. While half of apprentices are young people (19-24 years), more broadly, the sector serves a large number of adults in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. – There is a relatively high proportion of BAME learners … Continue reading

Working Harder in US – Women account for all of the increase in prime-age adults’ annual work hours from 1979 to 2016

This report tracks annual hours worked by prime-age adults by gender, race, ethnicity, wage level, and family structure. The trends across so many different groups are hard to summarize briefly, but one particular pattern stands out: workers seem to be increasingly separating into two groups: prime-age adults who are falling out of, or never get … Continue reading

Taxes in Europe – Tax-to-GDP ratio up to 40.2%, highest in France

The overall tax-to-GDP ratio, meaning the sum of taxes and net social contributions as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product, stood at 40.2% in the European Union (EU) in 2017, an increase compared with 2016 (39.9%). In the euro area, tax revenue accounted for 41.4% of GDP in 2017, slightly up from 41.2% in 2016. … Continue reading

Transport in Glasgow and north of England – A significant barrier to employment for many residents living in low-income neighbourhoods

This study looks at the transport issues facing out-of-work residents in six low-income neighbourhoods in the Glasgow City Region and north of England, and how these might be overcome. The summary presents findings and recommendations from the two Scottish case study areas: Port Glasgow (Inverclyde) and Castlemilk (Glasgow). A separate summary details the experiences of … Continue reading

Labour Markets in Canada – The changes between 1981 and 2018

The types of jobs being created in Canada continue to be a central theme in discussions of economic change and the financial well-being of Canadians. A new Statistics Canada study documents changes in some of the basic characteristics of jobs over the last four decades. The jobs held by Canadian employees in 2018 differ in many respects … Continue reading

Attending university in UK – Increases women’s earnings at age 29 by 26% and men’s by 6%, but this varies hugely

While men who went to university earn 25% more at age 29 than those who did not (but who had at least five good GCSEs), most of that difference can be attributed to the fact that they have better GCSE and A-level results and came from better-off families on average. Going to university in itself … Continue reading

Global Labour Markets – Regional patterns of the employment distribution by status in employment

Paid employment jobs (those jobs held by employees), particularly continuous and full time paid employment jobs, are known as the standard form of employment, marked by a subordinate and direct relationship between the employer and the employee and the fact that the remuneration is independent from the revenue of the corresponding economic unit. Nevertheless, despite … Continue reading

Which Digital Skills Count – Measuring only overall demand can be misleading

Nesta’s study of 41 million job adverts reveals not all digital skills will be equally valuable in the future and creativity is key. By 2030 the job market will look dramatically different. Previous Nesta research has predicted that about 10 per cent of workers are in occupations that are likely to grow as a share … Continue reading

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