Showing posts from July, 2012

Policies fail to make dent in Aboriginal joblessness

Australia: ABORIGINAL employment rates have slumped in the past five years, despite unprecedented efforts by the public and private sectors to increase indigenous workforce participation.

The Bureau of Statistics estimates that just 46.4 per cent of adult Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders had a job last year. That was a slight rise from 45.6 per cent in 2010 but well below the peak of 50.4 per cent in 2006.

The figures suggest that despite federal government intervention, numerous programs and private sector initiatives, indigenous participation in the workforce since 2006 has shrunk, not grown.
On these figures, for every 100 people added to the adult Aboriginal population in the past five years, only 22 had a job, while 78 were unemployed or outside the workforce.

Researchers have challenged the bureau's figures, which are complicated by the end of the Community Development Employment Program in remote communities. The program was essentially a work for the dole program, bu…

Olympics boost helps cut UK unemployment to 2.58m

Unemployment has declined for a fourth successive month to its lowest level since last summer – 2.58 million people – as the Olympics helped offset the flat-lining economy and continued turmoil in the eurozone.

The Office for National Statistics said the number of people looking for work had fallen by 65,000 in the three months to May, driving the unemployment rate down to 8.1%, from 8.3% three months earlier. The ONS said the strong performance of London – with the capital registering 61,000 more people in employment over the period – indicated an Olympics link.

Falling unemployment will be welcome news for George Osborne, whose economic policies have come under fierce scrutiny after the International Monetary Fund slashed its growth forecast for the UK this year to just 0.2%.

Howard Archer, of consultancy IHS Global Insight, said: "The labour market is displaying impressive resilience given the very real likelihood that the economy suffered a third successive quarter of contrac…

Spain's unemployment rate edges up

Madrid: Spain's economic crisis continued to take its toll on employment in the second quarter, with the jobless rate edging up to 24.6 percent overall and more than 53 percent among youth.

Those figures - up from 24.4 percent and 52 percent in the previous quarter - mean unemployment in Spain remains the highest among the European Union's 27 member states, whose average jobless rate is 10.3 percent.

The latest results from the National Statistics Institute's EPA workforce survey reveal the human cost of the country's recession-mired economy, as the ranks of the unemployed swelled by 53,500 people between April and June to a record total of 5.69 million.

The statistics are even bleaker considering businesses traditionally take on workers in those months as they prepare for the start of the summer tourist season.

According to the EPA figures, the unemployment rate at the close of the second quarter already reached the level the government had projected for the end of th…

International education policy of New Zealand

International education in New Zealand is being grown and shaped by several key policies. The Government’s Economic Growth Agenda identifies international education as an area that can contribute more to New Zealand’s economic growth. Legislation was introduced into Parliament on 6 April 2011 to establish a new Crown agency for international education, Education New Zealand, to help in achieving this greater contribution. The agency began operations on 1 September 2011. It will enhance the marketing and promotion of New Zealand and New Zealand education providers, and carry out overseas representation.

The Ministry of Education will, however, retain a focus on international education, complementing that of Education New Zealand. The Ministry will take the lead on New Zealands education relationships with multilateral organisations, regulating education providers involved in export education and promoting better support of international students, working with Immigration New Zealand to …

International students in New Zealand

See statistics about international doctoral students enrolled in New Zealand tertiary institutions. Data includes enrolments of international doctoral students by type of institution ('sub-sector'), by provider, by region of citizenship, and country of citizenship.

More details (XLS)

Angry birds in the workplace

In journalism, a little anger is par for course. Or so I was told at the time of my internship with a newspaper. This, right after a senior editor had devoured and spat out a correspondent in the aisle for not submitting a story on time.

The reasons: the daily deadline pressure, competitive environment and a constant rat race. Since then, we all have witnessed a number of public dressing downs, spats and general shouting. So much so, most of us don't even blink an eye now and surely, some of us secretly miss it!

But corporate rage hasn't really been studied. It's difficult to measure and its adverse impact hard to quantify. In fact, there have been studies that prove how a little anger laced with sarcasm actually improves productivity. The study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology tested how hearing different types of customer service calls affected students and their ability to perform. The study shows that people who were exposed to anger and sarcasm worked h…

Canada's economy adds 7,300 jobs in June

TORONTO: Canada's unemployment rate inched down to 7.2 per cent in June as employers added 7,300 new jobs, Statistics Canada reported Friday.

The reporting agency said the jobless rate fell from 7.3 per cent in the previous month to 7.2 per cent in June as full-time jobs increased by 29,300 and part-time employment fell by 22,000 positions.

In addition, the number of hours worked increased by 0.4 per cent and hourly wages rose 3.4 per cent on an annual basis, up from May's 3 per cent.

It was the second month in a row that Canada saw minimal job gains after two stunning months - March and April - when the economy added 140,000 jobs, the biggest two-month gains in over 30 years. May saw an addition of 7,700 jobs.

Despite the size of the earlier increases in March and April, analysts still said it is good news that the gains were confirmed by May and June's numbers, rather than reversed.

"I'm never going to complain about a dip in the unemployment rate, and we did ha…

Romney VS Obama Speeches After Jobs Figures Are Released

'A kick in the gut': Romney slams Obama for sluggish employment figures after as President insists June's 80,000 new jobs are a 'step in the right direction'.

President Barack Obama has hailed a jobs report that revealed that unemployment remained at 8.2 per cent, the third consecutive month of weak employment growth, and triggered a plunge in stocks as a 'step in the right direction'.

US Labour Department statistics for June showed that just 80,000 jobs were added to the economy in June, 10,000 below the already pessimistic consensus among economists and just 3,000 more than the paltry 77,000 in May that sent unemployment back up to 8.2 per cent.

Unemployment has now been at 8 per cent or higher for 41 months, the longest period of such levels since the Great Depression.

The US gained just 225,000 jobs in the past three months, fewer than in January alone and the weakest quarter of job growth for two years. If 2.5 million people who have given up searchin…

Wales is losing a quarter of its brightest students to jobs in England

Shadow Education Minister Angela Burns last night blamed a lack of opportunities for the “brain drain” of Wales’ university graduates.

Data published yesterday by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) revealed that of those who found work in 2010-11, 75% of Welsh university students got jobs in Wales.

The rest were employed in England, where the starting graduate salary was up to £3,000 higher.

By comparison, 98% of English graduates and 86% of Scottish graduates who gained employment did so in their own countries.

Ms Burns, Conservative AM for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, said: “This taxpayer-subsidised ‘brain drain’ is symptomatic of a lack of opportunities for young people in parts of Wales.

“Over 13 years of successive Labour governments, not enough action has been taken in many Welsh communities to nurture economic growth and create jobs.

“Welsh ministers could make more job opportunities available to graduates by promoting entrepreneurship in the education sy…

Despite economy is growing, more signs of slowing jobs growth

Despite some data showing the Australian economy is growing strongly, it may not be growing strongly enough to match the growth in the number of people wanting jobs.

New official figures show the number of job vacancies has dropped to a two-year low.

This won’t be news to the Reserve Bank, which convenes its monthly monetary policy next week. In the minutes of its June 5 board meeting, released last week, the RBA said ‘‘the unemployment rate was still expected to move somewhat higher over the coming quarters’’.

The day after the meeting, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the March quarter national accounts.The figures showed unexpectedly strong growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in real terms, 1.3 per cent from the quarter before and 4.3 per cent from a year before. In both cases they were well above long-term averages of around 0.8 per cent and 3.3 per cent, respectively.

There are signs that the pickup in growth has spilled over into job-creation. The trend in e…

Singapore Yearbook of Manpower Statistics

The Yearbook contains a wide range of statistics on the labour market. These include key data on the labour force, job vacancy, wages, redundancy, labour turnover, hours worked, conditions of employment, labour relations, workplace injuries and occupational diseases, higher education and skills training.

Release Date: 29 June 2012
Preface  ( 19 Kb)Labour Force Concepts and Definitions ( 26 Kb)Tables Income, Earnings and Wages Concepts and Definitions ( 27 Kb)Tables Employment, Hours Worked and Conditions of EmploymentConcepts and Definitions ( 27 Kb)TablesLabour Turnover, Redundancy, Job Vacancy and Employment Service Concepts and Definitions ( 27 Kb)Tables Labour Relations Concepts and Definitions ( 30 Kb)Tables Workplace Injuries and Occupational Diseases Concepts and Definitions ( 27 Kb)

Number of graduates in basic jobs doubles in five years

UK government statistics showed that the number of new  graduates working in jobs like cleaning or bar work has almost doubled to 10,000 in five years.

The figures, from the UK Higher Education Statistics Agency, also showed more than 20,000 were still out of work six months after leaving university. Overall the data showed 71% in work and a further 16% in continued study.

Universities Minister David Willetts said graduates were still doing better than people without degrees.

The figures showed 9% of new graduates were jobless six months after completing their degree in 2010-11.

This was the same proportion as the year before but almost double that for 2006-7 when the figure stood at 5%.

A further 5% were working in jobs such as labourer, courier, office junior, hospital porter, waiter/waitress, bar worker, cleaner or road sweeper - up from 3% five years ago.

The figures also showed a continuing rise in the numbers employed in sales and customer-service roles, such as sales assistant,…

Drop in employment figures

Labour laws on temporary and agency employment have contributed largely to a drop in employment figures. See details..

Recession-hit graduates 'working as cleaners and porters'

A report appeared in the Telegraph ( says that more than 20,000 degree students – almost one-in-10 – who left university last summer were without a job six months later.

Figures show that the number of unemployed graduates has increased by around 1,300 in 12 months and more than 9,000 in just four years. This was almost double the number in 2007 before the recession struck.

The university leavers are forced to take up “elementary” positions because of a shortage of well-paid graduate jobs during the recession, it was revealed.

Last year, some 10,270 graduates found work as labourers, couriers, office juniors, hospital porters, waiters, bar staff, cleaners, road sweepers and school dinner servers.

Of those in work, 14 per cent of ex-students were in sales and customer service positions, including sales assistants, market traders and call centre staff. Nine per cent were in administrative jobs and seven per cent were in elementary occupations, figures show.
However, almo…