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September 22, 2006
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Mastering the Ultimate Staffing Metric: Quality of Hire

Reveille and Hyperbole:
As employers and industries throughout the country progressively realize the value of hiring military veterans, MilitaryStars, the nation's largest military career expo company, continues its rollout of new venues throughout 2006. Phoenix, AZ will play host to MilitaryStars' Western Regional Career Expo on October 3rd, 2006, and regional companies from myriad industries are signing on to attend the event alongside MilitaryStars' national contract employers.

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Skilled migrants are economy's engine room
SKILLED migrants were necessary to keep Australia's economy booming, but this did not mean the Federal Government had neglected its role in training Australians, the Minister for Immigration, Amanda Vanstone, said yesterday.  The Government is keen to address what is frequently referred to as a skills crisis with declining numbers of skilled workers in particular areas forcing employers to look overseas for employees. "Without skilled migration, Australian jobs would be at threat as business and industry struggled to fill orders and grow," Senator Vanstone said. (Fairfax Digital)

Older workers could be new answer to labour shortage
Maybe they've been around for a long while, but I really didn't start noticing them until this summer: All the "Help Wanted" signs in store windows. It seems many retail businesses are in search of staff these days, looking for someone to sell clothing or furniture or giftware. Judy Cutler thinks she's got part of the solution to the growing labour shortage: Hire older workers. (The Ottawa Citizen)

Survey shows oilpatch lacks labour strategy
Canada's energy and resources sector is keenly aware of a worsening labour shortage, but few companies have coping strategies in place, says a survey by Deloitte consultants. The 2006 Energy and Resources Talent Pulse Survey, which involved 55 senior managers from the Canadian oil and gas, utilities and mining sectors, said the growing lack of skilled workers is already limiting productivity and efficiency. "Oil and gas companies are very capital intensive businesses and the focus has always been on the return of capital," Stephen Diotte, a Deloitte partner and author of the study, said in an interview. (Business Edge)

Older and Active: How Americans Over 55 Are Contributing to Society

The 7 Myths of Technology Recruiting
Work-Arounds for Some Common Assumptions
Take out capital and time to market, and nothing may be more vital to the success of a technology startup than recruiting. Top technology companies depend on top people and competition for such stars has always been keen. And it's gotten worse. Human resources experts estimate that 1.6 million IT workers will be needed over the next year; 850,000 of those positions will go unfilled. "It's a war zone," says Holly Maurer-Klein, Founder and President of local HR consultant HMK Associates. If it's true that recruiting is analogous to warfare, it's also true that the theaters of battle have changed. Deb Burk, Manager of Human Resources for IBM Transarc Lab and AIM Services, recalls the character of early skirmishes (TEQ Magazine)

What a boomer wants
Housing, community trends emerge for baby boomer generation
The country's more than 77 million baby boomers represent more than a quarter of the U.S. population and have a substantial build up of spending power. As more of them move toward retirement age, businesses are paying attention to what this generation's real estate needs are.
And if they learn anything about the boomer consumers, it's to not classify them as over the hill. (MarketWatch)

EU misses goal on getting more people into work
The EU has failed to meet a key target set in 2001 to increase the number of people with jobs in order to meet the challenge of an ageing society, new Eurostat figures have revealed. EU leaders meeting in Stockholm in 2001 agreed that in 2005, at least 67 percent of people in the union aged 15-64 should be employed in order to finance rising pension and social costs due to an ageing population. (EUOBSERVER)

Would more work be good for you?
He can't get no satisfaction, but is still working in his sixties . When the new law against age discrimination comes into effect on 1 October it could bring a dramatic opportunity for millions of workers. Those whose employers stipulate a retirement age of 60 will now find they can work on until at least 65.  If their employer does not like that idea they will have to come up with a very good reason - not related to age - to justify the enforced retirement. (BBC News)

How UK 'turned its back' on older workers
Employment rates for the over 50s fell for two decades  Lose your job after the age of 50 - or even 40 in some industries - and you may have a fight on your hands to find a new one.  Stories are legion of older workers leaving employment never to return.  In fact, according to official figures, some 2.8 million people over the age of 45 are without paid work in the UK. (BBC News)

Rising Demand for Older Workers
In a remarkable reversal of long-held employer attitudes, jobseekers 55 and older - who have historically had the toughest time getting hired - are now enjoying the most robust employment growth among all age groups. Members of this group have not only won nearly one million new jobs over the last 12 months, but a new quarterly survey reveals that they are finding jobs a month faster than a year ago, only a tiny bit behind younger applicants. (JobJournal)

Demand grows for older workers
Firms focus on hiring and retaining Baby Boomers

In the 80s, it was MBAs. In the 90s, it was entrepreneurial dot-commers. In this decade, the hottest trend to watch in employment is older workers: Hiring them, keeping them and bringing them back from retirement. Why? A big part of it boils down to two words: Baby Boomers. When a recruiter called Yda Pack about a job last fall, she tried to not get her hopes up. The 59-year old healthcare compliance manager says she'd had promising job leads fall through once interviewers got wind of her age. (MSNBC)

Older Workers in Demand
Starbucks, among other employers, has sweetened the pot to entice older employees in anticipation of a shortage of workers. The San Francisco Business Times reports that the gourmet coffee chain is making older workers an offer they can't refuse: full medical, dental, and optical coverage for part-time work. While layoffs and unemployment now grab the headlines, number-crunchers say the labor shortages of the late 1990s are ready to make a comeback, and the biggest drop will be among the young. (BLR)

Senior citizens staying in work force, study says
Number of employees 55 and older reaches a new high, partly because employers are cutting pensions and health care
Older workers appear to be in demand these days, with the number of working Americans in their 50s, 60s, 70s and even 80s hitting a record high, according to a new study. The number of workers 55 and older reached 24.6 million in August, the highest level recorded, according to job-search consultant Challenger, Gray & Christmas. About one-fourth of these workers were 65 and older, up 45 percent from the 3.6 million employed 10 years ago, according to the study. (MEDIANEWS)

Manufacturers fight image to find workers
Daniel McGee, 21, is a paid apprentice at E.J. Ajax & Sons, a metal-parts maker. When his training is complete, he could make $58,240 a year. Daniel McGee's parents were apprehensive when their son turned his back on the college degree they assumed he would earn. A bachelor's degree was the key to success in the modern economy, and their son was on track to earn one, with athletic honors, a 3.0 grade-point average at his Minnesota high school and scholarships in hand.  But as McGee saw it, his future lay in the old-world industry of metalworking. And to succeed, he would have to do something that would shock many parents: turn down the scholarships and study machine-tool technology at a two-year technical college. McGee, 21, realized what many American workers didn't: Manufacturing, long known for plant closings and layoffs, is now clamoring for workers to fill high-paying, skilled jobs. (Los Angeles Times)

Older Workers More Loyal to Employers
Workers 55 to 64 have been in their current jobs roughly three times as long as their younger counterparts. Employers who are looking to reduce turnover might want to consider hiring older workers, not recent college graduates, according to a new study. The study, released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that workers ages 55 to 64 have been with their current employers a median of 9.3 years, while workers ages 25 to 34 have a median tenure of only 2.9 years. HR professionals say the mix of a tight labor market and baby boomers postponing retirement has encouraged employers to hire and retain experienced older workers. (Inc)

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Report Shows Increasing Employment Rates in Europe
 Europe's welfare states have steadily narrowed their traditional employment gap with respect to the United States, according to a report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The employment gap between the United States and Europe has shrunk considerably since 2000, falling to 1.1 percentage points in 2005 for prime-age workers.

The report, Old Europe Goes to Work: Rising Employment Rates in the European Union, by economists John Schmitt and Dean Baker, concludes that Europe has nearly closed the employment gap with the United States for workers aged 25 to 54 years old. The shift reflects both declining employment rates in the United States and increasing employment rates in Europe.

"Europe has really turned things around at the same time that the United States has been struggling," said Schmitt. "Employment rates for prime age workers (25 to 54 years old) are a good test of Europe's success in generating employment."

Key findings in the report:

  • Europe has nearly closed the employment gap over the course of this decade. In 2000, the overall employment rate for prime-age workers in the U.S. was 5.0 percentage points higher than the corresponding rate in Europe. By 2005, the fall in the U.S. employment rate and a rise in the European employment rate reduced the gap to 1.1 percentage points.
  • The small remaining difference between EU and U.S. employment rates is primarily due to low employment rates among women in Italy and Spain.
  • Three traditional welfare states – Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden – have been the best performers. In 2005, prime-age employment rates were higher in the Netherlands (81.5 percent), Denmark (83.9 percent), and Sweden (87.7 percent) than in the United States (79.3 percent).
  • In 2005, France had a slightly higher employment rate for prime-age workers than the United States did. Remarkably, the higher overall employment rate in France was entirely due to higher employment rates among French women.
  • Employment rate vs. Unemployment rate: Analyzing the employment rate has several advantages over the unemployment rate. In particular, the employment rate provides a better measure of an economy's success in incorporating women into the paid workforce.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives. CEPR's Advisory Board of Economists includes Nobel Laureate economists Robert Solow and Joseph Stiglitz; Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics at Harvard University; and Eileen Appelbaum, Professor and Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University.

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