CareerWise is always on the lookout for the latest reports related to career development. Here are four reports that we found interesting this week.
Employment fell by 207,000 (-1.1%) in April and the unemployment rate rose 0.6 percentage points to 8.1%. Employment fell in several industries directly impacted by public health restrictions, namely retail trade, accommodation and food services, and information, culture and recreation.
HEQCO surveyed employers, working-age Canadians and representatives from post-secondary institutions on their experiences, awareness and perception of micro-credentials. These surveys and follow-up interviews revealed that many are unaware of micro-credentials and among those who are aware there remains a great deal of confusion about what they are and whom they serve.
Moms at Work surveyed 1,090 Canadian women who had taken maternity leave from their workplace in the past 10 years. Among the findings: 95% did not receive any formal support during their mat leave transition; 40% considered quitting during the return-to-work process; and 79% felt their return to work could have been managed better.
This report quantifies the financial impact of unfilled jobs in the industry, a chronic situation that began prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic and continues today. Despite being the leading manufacturing sector employer in Canada (19.5% of all manufacturing jobs), food and beverage processors need 56,000 more people, or 20% of the current workforce, if the industry is to achieve 2025 growth targets.