Katie Bieber is an IT Recruitment Consultant in Roevin’s Edmonton branch. She brings over three years of professional experience to her role and in Edmonton’s tech sector. Katie focuses on clients in the IT realm and has developed exceptional connections and a network of candidates in the STEM field. She works with many passionate and pioneering candidates who overcome impressive hurdles as the only women applying for a role or being the only women on a team. Their perseverance and success have inspired her own passion for promoting women in the tech arena.
With March being National Engineering Month – coupled with International Women’s Day falling on March 8th — Adecco is continuing our look at the underrepresentation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
The topic has become an increasingly important point of discussion. Various government bodies, reports, studies, organizations, mission statements and think tanks have explored it in recent years. The problem has almost unanimous support — both from diversity advocates and the STEM sector itself. In 2010, Natural Sciences and Engineer Research Council of Canada (NSERC) released an 84-page report on Women in Science and Engineering in Canada which explored the “under-representation of women in the various fields of science and engineering” and noted that this long-recognized problem was “of concern to the…NSERC”.
Are women really underrepresented in STEM?
According to the 2011 National Household Survey, women accounted for only 39% of university graduates aged 25-34 with a STEM degree, compared with 66% of university graduates in non-STEM programs. Moreover, the percentage of women working in the fields has barely changed in 30 years. In 1987, 20% of the STEM workforce were women. Today, it is still only 22%.
And as NSERC pointed out in their report, “Virtually all countries in the world, to varying levels, have fewer women than men studying in the NSE” (natural sciences and engineering).
The Adecco Group has once again partnered with INSEAD and the Human Capital Leadership Institute to produce the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) — an annual benchmarking report that ranks 118 countries according to their ability to grow, attract and retain talent.
Launched for the first time in 2013, The GTCI provides a tool-kit for governments, businesses, organizations and personnel throughout the world to prepare them for the future of work. Its wealth of data and analysis is intended to help countries overcome talent mismatches and be competitive in the global marketplace.
Why is talent so important?
Talent has become the ‘currency’ of the global labour market and therefore something that decision makers in business, policy and academia need to understand in depth.
Talent is increasingly becoming the subject of intense debate, and these arguments are not simply about skills shortages. Talent competitiveness lies at the heart of important societal issues, such as unemployment, immigration, education and economic growth — whether in the context of restoring post-crisis prosperity, creating jobs for the young, maintaining momentum in high-growth economies or lifting entire nations out of poverty.
The global workforce must recognize the skills they will need for the future, governments must understand how they can secure the right to work for their citizen and countries need to ensure they remain competitive in the global economy.
What global talent trends have emerged?
The 2017 study focuses on how technology is affecting talent competitiveness and the nature of work, exploring both significant challenges and opportunities, and important shifts away from traditional working approaches.
Ever wonder how employment agencies first got started? Would you believe it all began in ancient times? Here’s a quick look at where we came from and where we’re going.
The International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett), which consists of 49 national federations of private employment agencies along with eight of the largest ones in the world, including Adecco, recently published its 2014 economic report, shining a light on the role that employment agencies play in the world economy.
Among their many findings, Ciett points out that when an economy is in recovery, emerging employment opportunities tend to be jobs made available via employment agencies. In fact, fluctuations in agency work occur in tandem with changes in GDP. Ciett also uncovered that companies do not in fact hire employment agencies to substitute for permanent positions in a slow economy. Rather, employment agencies allow companies the flexibility they require during the initial stages of economic improvement. These findings are potentially good news for Canada since, despite having a comparatively small number of employment agencies (750), we have one of the fastest-growing employment agency markets in the world.
The infographic below distills even more of the most interesting findings in Ciett’s report relevant to Canadian employers and job seekers.
It’s that time of year once again. Check out our fact-filled infographic on New Year’s resolutions. We wish you the best of luck with yours in 2014!
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