Labour Shortages

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Wage Increases and Labour Shortages in Sweden – How companies manage labour shortages

Nominal wage increases in Sweden have been unusually low in recent years, despite a strong outcome for the Swedish labour market. Several indicators point to demand for labour having exceeded supply, which according to the textbook should have led to higher wage growth. In this Commentary I show how survey- based indicators can have exaggerated … Continue reading

Canada – Shifts to onshoring and no shortage of workers in Canada reports KPMG

For the past eight years, manufacturers in Canada have been fighting an uphill battle. From the downturn of the US economy and the rising Canadian dollar, to skilled labour challenges and off-shoring trends – manufacturing here has faced tough headwinds. Today, times are finally moving in a direction that helps rather than hinders manufacturers, according … Continue reading

Skills Gap in Canada – How the myth was shattered

It took nine months of detective work by economists, journalists, social media sleuths and investigators at the Parliamentary Budget Office to solve the mystery of Canada’s missing job vacancies.  Last week auditor general Mike Ferguson made it official: the federal government was using unreliable statistics to support its claim that Canada had plenty of jobs … Continue reading

Canada / The myth of the skills shortage

Canada’s federal politicians are fond of trumpeting that Canada’s economy has performed better than almost any other jurisdiction, and that we should be thankful for their “prudent economic management.” In actual fact, however, the hard numbers indicate that Canada’s jobs performance has been ho-hum at best — and isn’t getting any better. Part of the … Continue reading

Canada / No shortage of workers, invest in training say studies

Two major recent studies provide excellent overviews of recent developments in the Canadian job market, and an informed framework for thinking about our future skills needs writes The Globe and Mail Continue reading

Canada / Encourage Americans to head north and fill skilled positions says Conference Board

That’s the recommendation of a new that makes some interesting points while coming to what some may consider a controversial conclusion Continue reading

Saskatchewan / Shortage of skilled tradespeople

Although Saskatchewan is well on its way into another year of the recent economic boom, there are many labour challenges that remain constant Continue reading

Canada / Temporary foreign workers, a permanent solution?

The permanent solution? Temporary foreign workers. Currently, more than 330,000 workers live and work in Canada as part of the federal temporary foreign worker program – a number that has nearly tripled over the last 10 years, with the bulk of those job-seekers going west in search of work Continue reading

UK / Tech City Startups / Skilled Manpower Shortage Is The Biggest Challenge

More than 40% of Tech City companies say a shortage of skilled workers is the biggest challenge they face, with three quarters blaming the employee shortfall for restricting growth. Research firm GFK interviewed 141 founders, chief executives, managing directors and chief operating officers of Tech City-based companies during March and April this year and also … Continue reading

Ontario / People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People

Rick Miner, Ph.D.  produced the report People Without Jobs, Jobs Without People in February 2010. Job Market Monitor chooses to present some excerpts given its relevancy in the debate about the extend of the Skills Gap in Canada. -*- While much of the world is understandably focused on the current recession, there is a looming demographic and labour … Continue reading

US / Tech Talent Shortage: A Myth ?

So it turns out the United States is not, in fact, the educational wasteland tech industry lobbyists would have you think. Companies like Microsoft often claim that America is suffering from an economically hobbling shortage of science, math, and computer talent. The solution, they argue, is to let employers fill their hiring gaps by importing tens of … Continue reading

US Skills Gap / What if these assumptions are all wrong?

It is conventional wisdom that the United States is suffering from a severe skills shortage, for which low-performing public schools and inadequate teachers must shoulder part of the blame (see here and here, for example).  Employers complain that they cannot fill open slots because there are no Americans skilled enough to fill them, while pundits … Continue reading

Skills Gap | B.C. and Alberta | You can’t just put up a help-wanted ad or hang out a shingle

News that oilsands recruiters have been appearing at British Columbia’s junior hockey games isn’t going over well with the resource sector on this side of the provincial border who are chasing the same pool of skilled workers. B.C.’s mining, forestry and energy sectors are expecting to need as many as 10,000 people over the next … Continue reading

Canada | West | Worker shortage looms again

Remember the bumper sticker from the ‘80s, “Please God, let there be another oil boom. I promise not to piss it all away the next time.” That, of course, was two booms ago. Now we are on the cusp, the very beginning of the third. We seem to be getting smarter at this, but not … Continue reading

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