Ireland: Job creation in Cork up 6% in 2017 by Enterprise Ireland backed companies


Enterprise Ireland, the Government agency responsible for developing Irish business globally, has reported strong job creation by its client companies in Cork, with a 6% increase in the number of jobs created. 25,975 people are now employed by companies supported by the agency in Cork.

A total of 19,332 new jobs were created by companies supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2017. 209,388 people are now employed in companies supported by the agency, the highest ever.

This represents a net increase of 10,309 jobs for 2017, taking account of job losses. The net increase in jobs is the highest on record with Enterprise Ireland. The job creation figures are up on 2016, showing strong consistent year on year growth, despite the uncertainty that Irish businesses faced in 2017 in the context of Brexit.

Job creation was evenly spread across the country, with every county seeing job increases. Two thirds (64%) of the new jobs created were outside of Dublin. The West, Mid-West and North West saw the largest level of increases at 7% in 2017.

Enterprise Ireland attributes this strong performance by Irish businesses to the continuing growth of an entrepreneurial climate for start-ups, allied to strong jobs growth in the Construction (8% increase), Engineering (8% increase), Life sciences (8% increase), Digital Technology (6% increase), Electronics (6% increase), Food (4% increase) and ICT sectors (5% increase).



Canada:: Ontario’s Minimum Wage is Now $14 an Hour

Starting today, people across Ontario will see their wages rise to $14 an hour as the new general minimum wage takes effect. This change will help workers and their families who are struggling to get ahead in a changing economy.

As part of Ontario’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, the minimum wage will increase again to $15 an hour on January 1, 2019, to be followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation.

Other provisions of the new provincial legislation that come into effect on January 1, 2018, include:

**Ensuring workers are entitled to at least three weeks’ vacation after five years with the same employer, bringing Ontario’s vacation time in line with the national average.

**Expanding the 10 days per calendar year for personal emergency leave to employees in workplaces with fewer than 50 employees, with at least two paid days per year for employees who have been employed for at least a week

**A new domestic or sexual violence leave of up to 10 individual days and up to 15 weeks of job protected leave; the first five days of leave in every calendar year would be paid

**Increased family medical leave from 8 to 28 weeks per year

**A new child death leave from any cause up to 104 weeks, and increased crime-related disappearance of a child leave from 52 to 104 weeks, and

**Changes to make forming a union and reaching a first collective agreement easier

Supporting workers and their families is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts **The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 responds to the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review. It was the first-ever independent review of both the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, 1995.

**The report estimated that more than 30 per cent of Ontario workers were in precarious work in 2014. In 2016, the median hourly wage was $13.00 for part-time workers and $24.73 for full-time workers. Over the past 30 years, part-time work has grown to represent nearly 20 per cent of total employment.

**Studies show that a higher minimum wage results in less employee turnover, which increases business productivity.


UK:: Number of students in Scotland exceeds 235,000


The number of people in higher education in Scotland exceeded 235,000 last year, as student numbers rose. New figures reveal there was an 1% increase in both UK and EU students at Scottish institutions in 2015/16. There was also a 3% rise in the number of international students from non-EU countries, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa).

Experts said it was testament to the “world-class reputation” of Scotland’s universities. The report found that: There were 235,565 enrolments at higher education institutions in Scotland in 2015/16 A total of 184,630 students came from the UK, while EU students totalled 20,945 94% of first year undergraduates from Scotland chose to study north of the border The largest number of non-EU undergraduates came from China and their number rose by 2% last year They were closely followed by the Americans – student numbers rose by 8% in 2015/16 The largest number of EU student enrolments came from Germany, with numbers increasing by 7% Irish students made up the second largest number of EU undergraduates but their numbers fell by 11% However Alastair Sim, the director of Universities Scotland, warned that the number of Indian and Nigerian students had also fallen significantly.

The figures were revealed after an all-party parliamentary group at Westminster was told that Indian students were choosing Australia over the UK. Mr Sim said: “These are welcome figures for Scottish universities from Hesa given the context our universities are currently recruiting in. “Overall, non-EU student numbers are up 3% to 29,980 with Chinese and American student numbers up 2% and 3% respectively.

“However we are seeing the impact of the Home Office’s unhelpful approach to international students with Indian student numbers down and Nigerian student numbers falling significantly. “Our universities are competing with institutions across the world, many who have ambitious targets and are actively being supported by their governments, who recognise the importance and value of international students. “The fact that Scottish universities continued to attract international students at a time where the number of university-sponsored study visa applications fell is testament to the hard-earned world-class reputation of Scotland’s universities.”

The report also found that 50% of the degrees awarded by higher education departments in Scotland were in science subjects, compared with 43% for the UK as a whole. Shirley-Anne Somerville, the minister for further, higher education and science, said she was “delighted” that student numbers were rising. “Scotland has a world-class higher education system and one that will always be based on the principles of being free, fair and funded,” she added. “These latest Hesa figures show a really positive picture for Scotland’s higher education system, we not only have more Scots in higher education but also gaining the qualifications they need to succeed and have worked hard to achieve – it’s a great success story. “It is also extremely heartening to see enrolments in science increase and we must continue to encourage more young people – particularly young women – to choose a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “We will continue to do all that we can to ensure all of our young people get an equal chance to get a world-class education.”


UK:: 80 ‘creative’ jobs available at first-of-its-kind hotel opening in Glasgow


A new hotel opening in Glasgow in 2018 has announced a ‘casting day’ for creative people looking for jobs.

The Radisson RED is due to launch in spring, with building well underway next to the SEC campus, and it will be the first of its kind in the UK.

The RED philosophy is to connect with ‘millennially-minded individuals through art, fashion and music’, and the Glasgow hotel has around 80 vacancies.

They will cover everything from housekeeping to food and drink, engineering to events – and anyone applying is in for a recruitment process with a difference.

The ‘casting day’ will include fun workshops and opportunities for candidates to get creative through music, art and fashion – all soundtracked to a live DJ.

Curator Michael Weston said: “We are on the lookout for RED brand ambassadors who connect with the world around them. We want our team of creatives to be socially aware and able to make genuine friendships with our guests. We encourage laughter, playfulness and even a little mischief with guests that will drive them to come back again and again.

“We are recruiting for a variety of positions, and for those who have never worked in a hotel before, it’s no problem at all. At RED personality is the most important part – we can show you the rest! Our team delight our guests through a concept called FLOW, that means they move freely through the hotel taking on a variety of tasks across all departments.

“Every day is different, they make the guests feel welcome, cook up tasty food, shake the cocktails and generally ensure our guests are happy, catered to and inspired. We were blown away with the response to our first recruitment drive where we had 400 applications for the first seven roles we released, and so we’re hoping for a great response.

“The casting day will give us the opportunity to see how well the candidates identify with our core values so that we can select the applicants that most align with our brand. We want confident individuals who love the city. Our creatives should stand out.”


Canada, B.C:: Seniors care jobs in demand


BC Care Providers Association has launched a new campaign aimed at educating the public on what it calls “the enormous opportunity for careers in seniors’ care.”

Daniel Fontaine CEO of the British Columbia Care Providers Association said that statistically, in B.C., seniors care offers the highest job growth of any field in the coming decade.

“Across the province, we could be doing a much better job of being able to implement strategies that will encourage people to come into seniors care.”

Dubbed #BecauseBCCares, the campaign will focus on three key areas: Job growth in seniors care, Job security, The diversity of job types available in the sector.

“Part of this campaign is telling people that we are an ageing society and that there will be a huge amount of growth in seniors care in the next five to 10 years and beyond.” BCCPA represents the majority of non-government seniors’ care providers in B.C.

“We want to kick off that conversation among friends at dinner tables, and within the seniors care sector itself that we have great career opportunities available in high demand fields that will be here for decades to come.”

“We also want to convey there are many job openings in rural and remote areas across British Columbia, not just in the major urban centres. These smaller communities also offer more affordable housing options coupled with a very high quality of life.”

A day-long conference is being held in Surrey, on Jan. 26. The 2nd Annual BC Continuing Care Collaborative is a partnership between BCCPA and the Ministry of Health. The Hon. Adrian Dix will deliver a keynote address to 140 representatives from government, organized labour, health authorities, career colleges, and care providers who will be in attendance. Fontaine said, for anyone interested in attending the conference, he will “move heaven and earth” to open a spot for them.


Canada:: There are 361K job vacancies in Canada — here’s where workers are needed

Canada’s hospitality industry is one of the sectors feeling the brunt of the job shortages, according to CFIB.

There’s a labour shortage in Canada — and British Columbia seems to be the province most in need of skilled workers, according to a recent report.

A combination of a growing economy and a lack of skilled workers has created a labour shortage of around 361,700 jobs across the country, according to the quarterly report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). This is the highest number of unfulfilled jobs in the private sector every recorded in Canada, the report stated.

“Labour shortages are again becoming a major hindrance to businesses across the country, especially small firms,” Ted Mallett, chief economist at CFIB said. “We need government to take action, to find solutions for chronic shortages that inhibit a small business’ ability to take on new contracts, expand and innovate.”

Avery Shenfeld, chief economist of CIBC said although this is an independent study, it does seem possible that there is a growing job shortage in Canada.

“That does go hand-in-hand with full employment,” he said. “We’re seeding the same in the U.S. Employers who have undesirable jobs can find themselves unable to fill positions.”

Businesses in three provinces are experiencing the brunt of the shortages, according to the report. British Columbia has the highest job vacancy rate (3.4 per cent) followed by Quebec (3.1 per cent) and Ontario (3.0 per cent).

Industries with largest job vacancies:The report said the industries experiencing the biggest labour shortages are: Retail (50,000 jobs) Hospitality (45,900 jobs) Construction (38,000 jobs)

There are a number of reasons for the shortages, such as the hours the job offers, the wage and the skill set needed, the CFIB said. Employers may have to start compromising on skill set, Mallett said. “An employer hoping for a candidate that perfectly meets the objective with the skill set and salary, may not be able to find that person,” he said. “If a job isn’t getting filled, an employer may need to change the skill set for the type of business.”

Shenfeld said employers may also have to start offering more money.“These are relatively low paying positions, so workers could be looking elsewhere,” he said.“Workers’ bargaining power is starting to improve,” he said.

Employers may have to start offering more money in order to compete for the higher skilled workers, he added.So provinces like Ontario, which is increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, may look more attractive to an employee, Shenfeld said.


IRELAND::Huawei creates 20 R&D jobs in Cork and locates research hub at Trinity

Chinese tech powerhouse Huawei is expanding its Dublin, Cork and Athlone operations.Huawei is creating 20 new jobs in Cork as part of a €17.7m investment in its growing R&D footprint in Ireland.

The expansion was announced by Guo Ping, Huawei deputy chair and rotating CEO, who was at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) today (11 December) for the announcement of a research partnership with the university.

‘We are continuing to tap into Ireland’s growing clusters of video, artificial intelligence, cloud, telecoms and technology businesses, nurturing future talent and providing additional new opportunities for highly skilled professionals’– GUO PING

These developments bring Huawei’s R&D investment in Ireland to $21m (€17.7m) in 2017, a significant increase from 2016.The addition of a new research centre for Ireland was alluded to last year during a visit by Huawei board member Chen Lifang to Dublin.

Huawei has been in Ireland for 13 years now and employs 160 people in Dublin, Athlone and Cork across its business and R&D operations. About 75pc of staff at these operations have been recruited locally.

“The company’s new research partnership with Trinity, and its expanding R&D footprint across its Dublin, Cork and Athlone operations, are a strong endorsement of Ireland’s tech credentials and illustrates Huawei’s ongoing commitment to its Irish operations,” said An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD, who was present at the announcement.

“Bilateral trade between Ireland and China is now worth over €12bn each year and, by strengthening our links with companies like Huawei, we can increase this further in the years ahead.”The new research cooperation with TCD will focus on video intelligence and how the emerging area of artificial intelligence will impact society. It will be supported by the Huawei R&D team in Dublin.

“The Trinity partnership, as part of our growing R&D commitment, highlights our long-term dedication to investment and opportunities in Ireland,” Guo Ping

In addition to R&D, about 30 Irish STEM students have participated in Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme in China. “Creating a world-class ecosystem for scientific research is a key part of Irish Government policy and, over recent years, Ireland put in place a range of measures to improve the environment in this area,” said IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan.