A report published by the Higher Education Policy Institute showed that more UK male graduates are unemployed than female ones. According to it, young male graduates are less likely to get employed because they demonstrate lower performance in schools.
The economic crisis resulted in an increase in graduate unemployment from 11.1% in 2008 to 14% last year, according to the latest figures. ...
In 2009, the number of visits abroad by UK residents dropped at the fastest rate since1970s, the Office for National Statistics found.
The figures came out on July 14 in the ONS report Travel Trends, showing that the visits abroad were down 10.4 million (15%), or from 69.0 million in 2008 to 58.6 million last year. At the same time, visits to UK also fell in 2009, but not as drastically – only 6.3% or from 31.9 million in 2008 to 29.9 million.
Fortunately, however, over the past 25 years, the visits abroad have gone up at an average of 4.0%, and visits to the UK have grown at 3.2% annually.
Business trips overseas showed the biggest decline in 2009 as they fell by 23%. ...
Australia needs to lift its intake of skilled migrants to continue growing the economy, a leading demographer says.
Australian National University (ANU) Professor Peter McDonald says immigration is a factor of labor demand and has a vital connection to economic expansion.
"If the government is going to say we are going to cut immigration, I think it's incumbent upon the government to point to the projects and economic aspects they are not going to do."
Prof McDonald, the director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at ANU, said the growth of mining and other industries meant Australia needed to fill labor shortages.
"You can't say on one hand we are going to . ...
The Home Secretary Theresa May said that the number of skilled workers from non-EU countries immigrating to UK will be reduced to 24,100 until April 2011 – a cut of 1,300. This is a temporary move to bring down the number of immigrants while the government sets up a permanent law.
It will concern only highly skilled migrants and skilled workers in specific occupations, who are not from EU countries. ...
Just days after Greece promised to recover the tourists’ extra costs for being stranded in the country due to protests and the volcano in Iceland, new protests are planned and tourists might be stuck in the country again.
According to the trade unions, international flights and ferry services will be blocked. The planned protests are result of the upcoming week of debates starting Tuesday on the austerity measures that include cutting pension, raising retirement age and making easier conditions for companies to terminate employers. ...
Chancellor George Osborne stated that the education spending in England will face up to 25% cut in the next four years in addition to the teachers and lecturers who will also experience a two-year pay free from next year.
Lone parents will also fall victims of the budget changes as they will have to start working when their youngest child starts school. Otherwise, they may lose the income benefit they have been receiving. ...
Australians are one of the most holiday-deprived nations in the world, a recent survey showed.
In fact, with their 16.5 days a year (from 20 allowed), they are on third place after Japanese people who take only nine days a year and Americans - 14.
The survey also revealed that young Australians take fewer holiday days from the allowed because they worry they will miss an important decision at work. Many also prefer to cash out the remaining holiday days at the end of the year.
They are also so dedicated to their careers that “more than one in ten said work was their life and that they were too busy to take time off,” per news.co.au.
In contrast, French workers take 34.5 days annual leave from the allowed 37.5. ...
The finance sector in Scotland is about to experience a drastic job reduction as Aegon is cutting its UK costs. Aegon is a Dutch company and is one of the world’s biggest providers of life insurance, pensions and long-term savings. ...
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Construction employment in Canada remained level in May, while the number of people working in the industry increased significantly in the Lower Mainland of B.C.
Statistics Canada reported that Construction employment in the Lower Mainland-Southwest region grew by 109,800 persons in May, which represents an increase of 5.4 per cent compared to April. ...
In addition to the debt crisis in Greece, tourism also became an issue in the country – or the luck of it.
In an attempt to save its image, Greece promised to cover the extra costs for the tourists who are stuck in the country due to a natural disaster or an industrial action.
Per experts, tourism contributes 20% of Greece’s income, and it accounts for one in every five jobs in the country. As a result of protests over the government austerity cuts, however, tourism drastically decreased to 10%, recent statistics showed.
In addition to the protests, the volcano eruption in Iceland also affected the tourism as it released huge quantities of ash into the air and blocked plane flights for days. ...
While the rest of the world seems to be losing jobs at an alarming rate, the complete opposite can be said about Canada’s Alberta Province. Alberta offers ample job opportunities for those interested in working in the oil and gas field. ...
"A GLOBAL IT company will establish a new customer support centre in the regional Victorian city of Ballarat, generating 600 jobs.
Premier John Brumby was in Ballarat today to announce the arrival of Vertex Australia, which will establish a technical and customer support centre in the city. ...
Opposite to the European economic stagnation, Australia’s unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped from 5.4% in April to 5.2% in May, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported on June 10.
The employment rose as a result of an increase of full-time jobs with 36,400. Thus, the number of employed people went up by 26,900, and the unemployed decreased by 25,400. ...
In an attempt to reduce the immigration in UK
via its Points Bases System, the Labours increased it instead.
According to statistics by Migrationwatch, the migration during 2009 went up by 20% compared to 2007 when the PBS for non-EU workers was still not started. ...
Potential Canadian migrants are being urged to submit their applications for migration within the next few weeks, to avoid being shut out ahead of major immigration changes by the Canadian Government.
The Canadian Government has given itself a deadline of 30 September 2010 to identify changes to the Federal Skilled Worker program. ...
Who would have thought immigration in Europe might be the key factor to pull the continent through the crisis? “Crisis” in this case does not only refer to the economic downturn the continent is currently in, but its overall well-being as well. Here are some frightening statistics that should alert European leaders to rethink immigration rather than restrict it:
Deaths are expected to outnumber births this year in 10 of the European Union's 27 member states. ...
It’s too good and it’s true—according to a survey, the Australian wages have been growing in the past three months to May as a result of a strengthened job market. The Melbourne Institute Wages Report showed that the total pay went up to 4.3% for the past 12 months.
Edda Claus, a researcher at the Melbourne Institute, said that the total pay growth was higher than the hourly wage rate rises.
The survey also indicated that 65% of the participants said their pay rose for the 12-month period. ...
OTTAWA — Canada gained a "shockingly" high 108,700 jobs in April, led by the services sector, as the economic recovery continued to gain momentum.
The gain was the largest on record and the biggest percentage increase since August 2002, Statistics Canada said Friday. April also marked the fourth straight month of higher job numbers, and overshadowed the March total of 17,900.
"The employment increase in April brings total gains since the start of the upward trend in July 2009 to 285,000," Statistics Canada said.
"This was undoubtedly a shockingly good — and in some way inexplicable — jobs report for Canada," said Millan Mulraine, economics strategist at TD Securities.
"And while we believe that the strong economic recovery should continue to help the Canadian economic create jobs at a very respectable clip, this is clearly an unsustainable pace of job growth and we suspect we are likely to see some moderation in the pace of jobs growth in the coming month."
Canada's economic recovery has come much faster than anticipated, as record-low interest rates helped to drive the housing market higher and spurred retail spending.
Statistics Canada said the retail and wholesale trade sectors had the biggest gains in April, adding 32,000 jobs. ...
CANBERRA - Cooks and hairdressers will find it more difficult to secure permanent residency in Australia from July, after the government cut more than half the number of occupations listed in its skilled migration programme.
Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Evans said the new list was part of an ongoing attempt by the government to decouple the link between education and immigration, reported The Australian newspaper.
"Australia's migration programme cannot be determined by the courses studied by international students," he said in a statement.
More than 5,000 of the 41,000 general skilled visas granted in 2007 to 2008 were granted to cooks and hairdressers, and three-quarters of them had formerly studied in Australia.
"We value the international education sector. Its students will still be able to apply for permanent migration or be nominated by employers . ...
Times are looking better in Canada also, this morning a Canada based Oil and Gas company announced that they are looking to fill more than 50 vacant position in the company for its projects. The current vacancies are to be filled with the SRK Corporate Services. ...
The financial crisis paired with drought in Australia created thousands of new jobs, according to the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF)
Australia is in a desperate need of labour in the agriculture sector in order to avoid harvest waste. The government is concerned that the production potential will not be fulfilled due to the lack of work force.
“We calculate that over 100,000 jobs—80,000 for skilled labour and 22,000 entry-level positions—need to be filled in agriculture for farms to return to full production,”
says NFF. ...
A looming skills shortage in Australia's IT sector is threatening to derail projects worth billions of dollars. The squeeze is putting pressure on the federal Government to relax immigration rules. ...
April shows a further rise of the skilled job vacancies in Australia compared with March 2010. Vacancies in April rose in two occupational groups monitored by the Department - trades and associate professionals. ...
New rules for student visas have been created in the beginning of the year, and will drastically affect the number of immigrants.
Many have taken advantage of the lenient student visas’ rules to enter the UK for other purposes. The recent changes in the requirements, however, were made to tighten the immigrant flow.
“Prospective students will have to speak English to a level just below GCSE standard, treating English as a foreign language, rather than the beginner level as at present,” reports guardian.co.uk
On 6 April the UK government made significant changes to Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the points-based system.
The changes include new points criteria for both tiers, a simpler route for very highly skilled workers without Master's degrees, greater flexibility for short-term transfers by multinational companies, and more protection against the use of such transfers to fill long-term vacancies that should go to resident workers.'
The UK Government will make significant changes to Tier 1 (highly skilled workers) and Tier 2 (skilled workers with a job offer and Intra-Company Transfers) of the points-based system.
The changes will come into effect on 6 April 2010. ...
A government report showed that the Australian index measuring the number of jobs available for skilled workers rose in March compared to February.
Positions for trades people, including builders and mechanics, rose 3.0 percent.