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Work after Covid in US – Listening to Americans

In addition to the devastation the coronavirus pandemic has wrought in terms of lives lost, it has been one of the most economically disruptive crises in U.S. history. Among the most urgent concerns is the rising number of the long-term unemployed. In January 2021, four million Americans had been unemployed for six months or more, … Continue reading

Math Performance in Canada – Results over the 2003 to 2018 period show a steady decline with a relatively stable scores in Quebec

How are Canadian students performing in the strategically important subject of math­ematics? Any useful answer depends on the measures consulted and the standards against which results are compared. Given the exclusive authority over education assigned to Canada’s provincial legislatures, attention must also be given to the relative performance of provincial as well as other national … Continue reading

Career Transitions in Canada – The single biggest obstacle is characteristic similarity

Most Canadians who want to make a career transition have viable and desirable options, especially if they possess, or are willing to learn, the skills, abilities, tools, and technologies required for their destination occupation. Key findings • We identified potential career transitions for Canadian workers using two criteria: viability and desirability. • A viable job … Continue reading

Big Data for Skills Policy – Tapping into the potential of it

This publication has been prepared by the interagency technical vocational education and training (TVET) group on skill mismatch in digitised labour markets, to support experts and policy-makers who wish to engage in discussion on the potential of web-based big data for skills policy. It outlines how such data can be used to mitigate labour market … Continue reading

Skills Development in Ireland – Professionals rate their processes as unsophisticated and ineffective

Understanding and meeting the future skills needs of Irish industry will be central to economic and social stability and progress over the coming decades. – Digitisation, AI and Robotics are already having a significant impact on work in many sectors and this trend is expected to increase in pace and intensity in the near term. … Continue reading

Covid, Immigration and Labour Markets in Europe – Policymakers should take steps to clearly communicate the rationale behind labour migration policies

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a historic economic recession with significant consequences for employment and, in turn, immigration and skills policy. While it remains to be seen how lasting the pandemic’s effects will be on the worst-hit sectors, such as hospitality, leisure, and tourism, the crisis appears to be entrenching existing … Continue reading

Skills and Credential Chaos in US – New reports find nearly one million credentials and $2t in yearly education and training expenditures

Today, Credential Engine released two reports that offer unprecedented understanding of the credential landscape. The first report, Counting U.S. Postsecondary and Secondary Credentials, offers the most accurate and robust estimate of credentials across 16 categories—including both traditional degrees, certificates, certifications, licenses and apprenticeships as well as non-traditional offerings such as badges. The report estimates that … Continue reading

Displaced Workers in Canada – Only one in five adopted at least one adjustment strategy

It has been almost a year since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, forcing thousands of workers out of jobs in Canada — many of them permanently. Although emergency income-support programs were introduced fairly quickly, they were meant to be temporary. With mass vaccination on the horizon, now may be the time to start … Continue reading

Future of Work Global Survey 2021 – 82% of employers plan to hire this year

There’s no downplaying the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on the world of work, from the tools and methods employers use to hire and train candidates, to new policies around remote work and flexibility, to a redefined concept of what it actually means to find “the right fit” between candidates and … Continue reading

Older Workers in US – Working longer cannot solve the retirement crisis

Working longer is often proposed as the solution to the retirement crisis caused by older workers’ lack of retirement assets, but new research from SCEPA’s ReLab shows this assumption doesn’t match older workers’ real experiences in the labor market. Spreadsheet models used by advocates of delaying retirement assume older workers delay claiming Social Security to … Continue reading

Jobs Recovery and Older Workers in US – 1.1 Million of them out of the labor force

In the final months of 2020, as the pandemic surged again and businesses were forced to scale back or close, the initial labor market recovery stagnated. For older workers, however, the recovery didn’t just pause—it took several steps back. Older workers (ages 55 and older) gained an insignificant number of jobs between August 2020 and … Continue reading

Overeducation in Canada – The gap between supply and demand went from zero to an 10-percentage point

“Stay in school!” is the rallying cry of many Canadian parents who see education as the key to improving their children’s standard of living. In fact, more education is generally associated with higher salaries and better working conditions. It is also linked to a wide range of other benefits, including increasing a country’s economic prosperity.… … Continue reading

Racial Equity in US – Advancing it in the workplace is a system-level challenge

Advancing racial equity in the workplace is a system-level challenge-ranging from the structural inequities of geography to underrepresentation in industries and jobs that could create additional opportunity to the behaviors of the workplace itself. In the United States, Black workers account for 15 million, or 12 percent, of the 125 million US private-sector workers. The … Continue reading

Work After Lockdown in UK – Working from home under lockdown has disrupted norms

The Work After Lockdown project explores how crisis-driven working from home activates wider change in how people want to work and how organisations respond. Working from home under lockdown has disrupted norms and thinking around the need for office presence. People have adapted quickly and worked well from home. Productivity is good. At the same … Continue reading

‘Work & Skills’ for the Long-Term Unemployed in UK – Between 1 to 1.6 million people who have been out of work for 12 months or more

A new ‘Work & Skills’ initiative is needed for people who are long-term unemployed. Next year there could be between 1 to 1.6 million people who have been out of work for 12 months or more. This could be the highest since the 1980s and will have drastic implications for families and whole communities across … Continue reading

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