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Refugees – Worldwide displacement tops 70 million

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million in 2018. This is the highest level that UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has seen in its almost 70 years. Data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, released today, shows that almost 70.8 million people are now forcibly displaced. To put this in … Continue reading

The Future of Work – The case of India

The overall job landscape in the country is evolving rapidly. Current job surveys that focus on employment in the traditional sectors no longer provide an accurate representation of job creation. Growth of e-commerce and technology-based sectors is leading to the creation of new job ecosystems, which are becoming a large sources of employment. Informal employment … Continue reading

The Levy and Apprenticeship in Small Firms in England – 92 per cent are held by 16-24 year olds

This report shines a light on the impact of the apprenticeship reforms on small businesses in England. It should inform Government decision-making to improve the system, feeding into the ongoing Review of the Apprenticeship Levy and the upcoming Spending Review. This report is based on quantitative and qualitative data collated from FSB members. It is … Continue reading

The Future of Work – How does technological change affect the labour market?

Technological change has major implications for the labour market (Figure 2.1). It affects the volume of work available, the nature of work, and pay rates for different workers, and it can be very disruptive. The impacts of technological change can be complex to disentangle, for several reasons. First, more than one impact can occur at … Continue reading

Postsecondary Students Perceive Skills Gap in Ontario – The largest gaps in transferable skills in leadership, teamwork and creative/innovative thinking skills

Ontario students perceive gap between skills learned in postsecondary and those needed in the workplace Postsecondary students perceive a gap between the skills they think they will need in their future careers and those they are developing while in university or college, according to a survey conducted by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario … Continue reading

Workplace Learning and Development – At the tipping point LinkedIn finds

State of the learning and development (L&D) industry: At the tipping point Survey results indicate a tipping point in the L&D industry. Increased budgets and executive support are paving the way for talent developers to play a more strategic role. One with the support and technology to tackle day-to-day challenges, as well as more strategic … Continue reading

Reskilling and The Future of Work in US – $24,800 per displaced worker, with $4.7 billion from the private sector to reskill 25% of all workers in disrupted jobs

As the Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts skills, tasks and jobs, there is growing concern that both job displacement and talent shortages will impact business dynamism and societal cohesion. A proactive and strategic effort is needed on the part of all relevant stakeholders to manage reskilling and upskilling to mitigate against both job losses and talent … Continue reading

Women in STEM in Canada – More than 4 in 10 after five years

The underrepresentation of women in certain science, technology, engineering and mathematics and computer science (STEM) fields of study has attracted considerable attention over the last several decades. Women’s representation in STEM fields can be affected by choices and barriers at different stages of their education, including their initial field of study and whether or not … Continue reading

Family Income and Higher Education in Canada – Larger increase in earnings among youth from lower-income families

A postsecondary education has been identified as a key factor in labour market success, but youth from lower income families are far less likely to pursue a college or university education than their counterparts from higher income families. To address this gap, student loans and grants, as well as education savings incentives are largely designed … Continue reading

European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF) – 39 European countries are currently developing 43 NQFs

39 European countries are currently developing 43 national qualifications frameworks (NQFs) which have reached different stages of implementation. Some countries have been or are revising their frameworks. Comprehensive frameworks gaining ground European countries tend to use their frameworks to create comprehensive maps of qualifications in all sectors (VET, higher education, general education, adult learning). Many … Continue reading

Employment in EU – Rate of people aged 20 to 64 reached a new peak at 73.2% in 2018

In 2018, the employment rate of people aged 20 to 64 in the European Union (EU) stood at 73.2%, up compared with 2017 (72.2%). The Europe 2020 strategy target is to reach a total employment rate for people aged 20 to 64 of at least 75% in the EU by 2020. This objective has been … Continue reading

Non-Standard Work – How tax systems influence choice of employment form

Recent policy discussion has highlighted the variety of ways in which the world of work is changing. In this regard, one recent development has been that many countries have seen increases in forms of non-standard work. This raises questions over whether such trends have been beneficial, representing increased flexibility and adaptability in the workforce, or … Continue reading

Going off Welfare in NZ – The highest rates of exiting benefits were men, young people, Asian and Pacific peoples, and people who had less history

Taylor Fry were commissioned by Superu to look at where people go when they move off benefit in New Zealand. We used the linked administrative datasets available on Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) to examine the characteristics of, and outcomes for people who move off a benefit. We looked at people who moved … Continue reading

Wages – Decline in organized labor has reduced the bargaining power of labor across the developed world Bridgewater says

The biggest force behind the global profit margin expansion has been the decline in the labor share of output. A key factor that has contributed to this reduction in labor’s bargaining power versus capital is the decline of organized labor and unions. This phenomenon has occurred over decades for an array of reasons that are … Continue reading

Employers’ Recruitment Practices in UK – 9 percentage point reduction in the proportion of employers who monitor the age of their workforce during recruitment

This report presents the findings from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employer engagement survey 2018, conducted by IFF Research. The employer engagement survey 2018 is the third wave of a cross-sectional representative survey of 4,201 employers across Great Britain. The survey was conducted between February and July 2018 and the previous waves of … Continue reading

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