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The Future of Work in South Africa: Digitisation, Productivity and Job Creation

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Digitisation and automation could result in a net gain of up to 1.2 million jobs in South Africa by 2030. But if companies don’t act swiftly to take advantage of the opportunities these technologies present to drive innovation and growth, the country will suffer.

The report is available from the McKinsey website

European Jobs Monitor 2019

(CC) OkACTE/FlickrEurofound has recently published the latest EJM annual report 2019: Shifts in the employment structure at regional level.

Accumulating evidence indicates that large metropolitan centres are faring much better than other regions within the Member States of the EU. Such interregional inequality contributes to disenchantment with existing political systems, which in turn can weaken the social bonds that ground democratic systems. This is the context for the 2019 edition of the European Jobs Monitor, which analyses shifts in the employment structure – meaning change in the distribution of employment across occupations and sectors – of the EU regions.

The analysis covers 130 regions of 9 Member States, which together account for nearly 4 out of 5 EU workers. The study finds that, while Member States are becoming more similar in their employment structures, regions within the same country are becoming more disparate. It also finds that cities have a disproportionately high share of well-paid, high-skilled services employment alongside growth in low-paid employment. The findings support continued EU regional policy assistance of regions in danger of being left behind.

Download the European Jobs Monitor 2019 here.

25 World’s Best Workplaces 2019

(CC) Flickr/JunaidraoTech giant Cisco tops the list of the World’s Best Workplaces 2019 replacing Salesforce which drops to No. 3, and global hospitality giant Hilton takes second place.

The 25 World’s Best Workplaces list is compiled each year by Fortune research partner Great Place to Work and is based on surveys of employees working for companies with offices around the globe. This year’s top 25 represent industries ranging from information technology to hospitality to health care. Explore the list to learn more about each workplace.

To qualify for consideration in this year’s ranking, companies must appear on at least five of Great Place to Work’s national Best Workplaces lists, which are published with media partners in 58 countries and territories, and also must employ more than 5,000 workers globally. More than 8,000 organizations participated in the survey, representing the voices of more than 12 million workers worldwide.

The top 10 companies in this year’s list are:

  1. Cisco
  2. Hilton
  3. Salesforce
  4. DHL Express
  5. Mars Inc.
  6. SAP SE
  7. EY
  8. Stryker Corporation
  9. SAS
  10. Workday

See the entire list here.

The Global Competitiveness Report 2019

(CC) ilker/FreeimagesThe World Economic Forum has launched “The Global Competitiveness Report 2019”. Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the world economy remains locked in a cycle of low or flat productivity growth despite the injection of more than $10 trillion by central banks. The latest Global Competitiveness Report paints a gloomy picture, yet it also shows that those countries with a holistic approach to socio-economic challenges, look set to get ahead in the race to the frontier.

This year, the report finds that, as monetary policies begin to run out of steam, it is crucial for economies to boost research and development, enhance the skills base of the current and future workforce, develop new infrastructure and integrate new technologies, among other measures.

With a score of 84.8 (+1.3), Singapore is the world’s most competitive economy in 2019. The United States remains the most competitive large economy in the world, coming in at second place. Hong Kong SAR (3rd), Netherlands (4th) and Switzerland (5th) round up the top five. The average across the 141 economies covered is 61 points, almost 40 points to the frontier. This global competitiveness gap is of even more concern as the global economy faces the prospect of a downturn. The changing geopolitical context and rising trade tensions are fuelling uncertainty and could precipitate a slowdown. However, some of this year’s better performers in the GCI appear to be benefiting from the trade feud through trade diversion, including Singapore (1st) and Viet Nam (67th), the most improved country in this year’s index.

The full report can be found on the World Economic Forum webpage.

Annual Review of Working Life 2018

(CC) Annual Review of Working Life 2018/EurofoundThis Eurofound report – the latest in an annual series – describes the main developments in industrial relations and the regulations affecting working conditions at EU level and in the EU Member States and Norway during 2018. Based on data from the Network of Eurofound Correspondents, it presents information related to national social dialogue actors and working life institutions. It summarises key themes and interactions of national peak-level social dialogue, including how social dialogue contributed to national policymaking, and also covers those cases where social dialogue was under pressure, highlighting collective disputes of national significance. In addition, it summarises the main changes affecting collective bargaining, the regulation of working time, employment status, and health and well-being at work.

Read the full report Annual Review of Working Life 2018.

The Anxious triumph: the making of global capitalism, 1880-1914 by Donald Sassoon

The Anxious triumphOverview:

The long-awaited magnum opus of one of Britain’s most wide-ranging historians.

Capitalist enterprise has existed in some form since ancient times, but the globalization and dominance of capitalism as a system began in the 1860s when, in different forms and supported by different political forces, states all over the world developed their modern political frameworks: the unifications of Italy and Germany, the establishment of a republic in France, the elimination of slavery in the American south, the Meiji Restoration in Japan, the emancipation of the serfs in Tsarist Russia. This book magnificently explores how, after the upheavals of industrialisation, a truly global capitalism followed. For the first time in the history of humanity, there was a social system able to provide a high level of consumption for the majority of those who lived within its bounds. Today, capitalism dominates the world.

With wide-ranging scholarship, Donald Sassoon analyses the impact of capitalism on the histories of many different states, and how it creates winners and losers by constantly innovating. This chronic instability, he writes, ‘is the foundation of its advance, not a fault in the system or an incidental by-product’. And it is this instability, this constant churn, which produces the anxious triumph of his title. To control or alleviate such anxieties it was necessary to create a national community, if necessary with colonial adventures, to develop a welfare state, to intervene in the market economy, and to protect it from foreign competition. Capitalists needed a state to discipline them, to nurture them, and to sacrifice a few to save the rest: a state overseeing the war of all against all.

Vigorous, argumentative, surprising and constantly stimulating, The Anxious Triumph gives a fresh perspective on all these questions and on its era. It is a masterpiece by one of Britain’s most engaging and wide-ranging historians. The World in 2019 will build on three decades of publishing success: this will be the 33rd edition. It will look ahead to the Trump administration’s prospects with a new Congress, the reality of Brexit, elections in India, Indonesia, Nigeria and across Europe, tech disruptions from AI and China (could 2019 mark “peak Sillicon Valley”?), space travel 50 years after the Moon landing and culture 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci. Provided by publisher.

You can find this title at IESE’s Library catalog.

Career Forum October 2019 – Vital information

Career Forum Feb 2018The Library wants to help MBA and MiM students get the most out of IESE’s upcoming Career Forum. With that in mind, don’t miss out on the express 15-minute training capsules to glean vital information (financial data, SWOT analysis, latest news and developments…) on the companies that most interest you. We will also show you how to access employee surveys of top employers, career advice, job listings, and career guides to individual industries.

Come at any time between 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. -MBA students- or 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. -MiM students- during this week (October 7-11) and ask for a capsule from the counter.

We look forward to seeing and helping you!

Upward Convergence in Employment and Socioeconomic Factors

(CC) Upward Convergence in Employment and Socioeconomic Factors/EurofoundUpward convergence is a process whereby the performance of EU Member States in a given domain or range of domains is seen to improve while gaps between Member States reduce. Achieving upward convergence is of crucial importance to the EU, as the increase of disparities among Member States threatens the cohesion of the Union by counteracting citizens’ expectations that EU membership will improve working and living conditions.

This report investigates recent socioeconomic and employment trends across Member States and offers possible policy measures to assist in avoiding future divergence. The analysis is based on a set of 21 indicators; most of them are headline indicators on the Social Scoreboard of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The findings reveal that, despite the negative effect of the 2008 economic crisis, upward convergence trends have been restored in most of the indicators examined.

Read the Eurofound report here.

Good Practice Guide on Consumer Data

(CC) OECD/FlickrThis paper aims to complement the OECD Recommendation of on Consumer Protection in E-Commerce and discuss consumer policy issues associated with consumer data practices, offering greater insights into how consumer protection authorities can and have applied the principles in the Recommendation to address those issues.

The guide focuses on selected consumer data practices, including: i) deceptive representations about consumer data practices; ii) misrepresentations by omission; and iii) unfair consumer data practices. It then provides key business tips to comply with consumer protection principles under the E-commerce Recommendation.

Download the full OECD report here.

Platform Work: Maximising the Potential While Safeguarding Standards?

(CC) Platform Work/EurofoundPlatform work emerged onto European labour markets about a decade ago. While still small in scale, it is growing and evolving into a variety of forms. Different types of platform work have significantly different effects on the employment and working conditions of the affiliated workers. To be effective, policy responses aimed at ensuring decent conditions in platform work should take these differences into consideration, rather than applying a one-size-fits-all approach.

This policy brief highlights the main opportunities and challenges of specific types of platform work and illustrates some of the first attempts at addressing them in the EU.

Read the full Eurofound report here.