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Green, Digital and Competitive Index In Europe – The ranking

Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) have never been more important. They count for 99% of European businesses and employ more than 100 million people. SMEs are essential to attaining the ambitious goals for growth, full employment and net-zero-carbon emissions in Europe. To track progress, the Lisbon Council has developed a unique three pillar indicator: The … Continue reading

Remote Work in US West Coast – Tech companies are increasing hiring to other areas

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Emsi’s 2022 Talent Playbook – Technological innovations are radically changing who companies are hiring

Technological innovations are radically changing who companies are hiring. As technology involved in arenas like automation, cybersecurity, and cloud services advances at ever-increasing speeds, companies are looking for future-ready workers. Key Takeaways Technological innovations are radically changing who companies are hiring. As technology involved in arenas like automation, cybersecurity, and cloud services advances at ever-increasing … Continue reading

Minimum Wages in Europe – A decline in real terms between in 15 out of 21 Member States

Against the background of inflation affecting European countries, minimum wage workers in 15 out of 21 Member States with statutory minimum wages registered a decline in their wages in real terms between 1 January 2021 and 1 January 2022. This was despite comparatively large increases in nominal rates in the EU during the period. The … Continue reading

Value of Skill Vacancies in Canada – $25 billion in 2020, which is equivalent to 1.3 per cent of GDP

This issue briefing looks at the economic cost to Canada of being unable to fill all the demand for skills. We estimate that the unrealized value of skill vacancies in the Canadian economy was $25 billion in 2020, which is equivalent to 1.3 per cent of GDP. This represents the sum of the unrealized skill … Continue reading

Temporary Agricultural Workers in Canada – How to strengthen programs with the arrival of large numbers of Central Americans

The arrival of large numbers of Central Americans at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years and the complex motivations driving them to leave their countries has once more demonstrated the need for comprehensive strategies to manage migration through the region. The lion’s share of these migrants come from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and poverty, … Continue reading

Generation Z – Will soon surpass Millennials as the most populous generation on earth

Generation Z will soon surpass Millennials as the most populous generation on earth, with more than one-third of the world’s population counting themselves as Gen Zers. In the US, Gen Z constitutes more than a quarter of the population and, by 2020, will be the most diverse generation in the nation’s history. As Gen Zers … Continue reading

UK Manufacturing Skills – Empowering employer and education provider partnerships along with regional bodies

The All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group recommends that government empowers industry and education provider partnerships to ensure a manufacturing workforce fit for the future. Today Policy Connect and the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group publish their latest report: Supporting UK manufacturing Skills in a post Covid-19 world. The report outlines how the government can support the development … Continue reading

Technology and Public Employment Services (PES) – Freeing staff from routine tasks enables them to focus on more specialized functions, such as working with targeted beneficiaries and undeserved groups

The combined effects of the global pandemic and the general trend of digitalization are pushing public employment services to accelerate their use of innovation to develop and deliver simpler, faster and better services for clients. This report provides a global overview on how public employment services are approaching technology to improve service delivery, prior to … Continue reading

NEETs in Europe – Recent policy developments

Increasing the participation of young people in the labour market has become an urgent policy goal and in recent times the focus has been directed at the ‘NEET’ group – young people ‘not in employment, education and training’. This report summarises the findings from 28 national reports by experts from the ‘European Restructuring Monitor’ (ERM) … Continue reading

Microcredentials in Europe – Demand has led to a proliferation of unregulated certificates whose value is unclear

Microcredentials are not new. They have been in use in various countries and education and training sectors; they have played a role, among others, in the certification of IT courses or health workers’ professional development. Microcredentials open the possibility for people to accumulate, or ‘stack’, different competences which can be documented and recognised by learning … Continue reading

Economic Outlook in US (2022-2032) – CBO’s projections

After 2022, CBO projects, the growth of real gross domestic product will slow because of several factors, including tightening monetary policy, slowing demand for labor, and waning fiscal support. In CBO’s projections, real potential gross domestic product grows faster over the next five years than it has since the 2007–2009 recession because potential labor force … Continue reading

European Skills Index (2022) – National skills systems as leaders, upper or lower middle performers or low achievers

As with every composite indicator, the ESI approach of using statistical information to capture and characterise a complex and multi-dimensional concept implies a simplification of reality. While the ESI cannot be directly used to draw definite conclusions or decide on policy actions, it can act as a starting point for looking at issues, trends and … Continue reading

COVID and Immigration in US – Number of visas for legal permanent residence fell 48 percent

The COVID-19 pandemic both revealed the ways in which the lives of the U.S. born and immigrants are interconnected and exposed the country’s social and economic divides. As the health crisis disrupted the food supply chain and the economy overall, the public gained new awareness of the contributions of foreign-born workers. Even as immigrants working … Continue reading

Gig Workers in US – Poor working conditions, low pay survey finds

Digital platform companies have constructed a business model on the premise that they do not employ their workforce. These companies treat workers who perform the services they offer not as employees but as independent contractors. By classifying their workforce in this way, they deprive workers of fundamental rights under federal and state labor and employment … Continue reading

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