Workers’ skills and how they are used at work – OECD

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English: The logo of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This summary of latest OECD research is a MUST-READ, this weekend. Check it out!

At the moment income inequality is probably one of America‘s hottest issues but in Europe the focus is on the potential influx of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants, effective January 1. Despite economic growth, unemployment is still a major issue in many Western economies. As I looked at the OECD charts I reflected on these major problems, and wondered why policy-makers are not making more use of the available evidence?

This research highlights the importance of basic skills in reading and numeracy. It examines the link between education and skills, rating the most valuable job-related skills. Most importantly, the research shows international comparisons, and sub-sets not just averages.

Why aren’t policy-makers in North America and Europe focusing on the skills mis-match?

How should millennials respond to the OECD evidence on worker skills?

Any thoughts?

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UK Immigration: Pseudo-research Pulls 385,000 Migrants Out Of A Hat – Social Europe Journal

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United Kingdom: stamp (Photo credit: Sem Paradeiro)

This article by Social Europe Journal is a RECOMMENDED READING. Check it out!

UK Immigration: Pseudo-research Pulls 385,000 Migrants Out Of A Hat.

Basically, the article accuses UK mainstream media of citing dubious research on potential inflows of Bulgarians and Romanians to the UK, effective January 1, on the lifting of EU transitional restrictions.

For me, this is important because it highlights how some of the UK’s major newspapers do not validate their sources. In this case, the methodology of the source is suspect. BUT newspapers, of course, rush to the headlines. It’s the same with austerity, the mainstream media just want to turn the page, irrespective of the evidence.

There is another part to this story. Even if we were able to predict the flow of Bulgarians and Romanians accurately, it is questionable whether the UK Home Office will be able to accurately record the number of additional immigrants in the UK from January 1.

Any thoughts on the potential outcome of the Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants?

 

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