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June 2015

Improve computer skills to improve job prospects

Maciej Jakubowski's picture


Adults lacking sufficient computer skills have a lower chance of finding employment. The recent PIAAC survey of adult skills by the OECD finds that adults without computer experience or those who fail on basic ICT tasks when solving problems in a technology rich environment are more often unemployed or out of the labour market. Because of these facts, schools should equip students with computer skills that will allow them to fully participate in our rapidly changing economies. The question remains how to do that effectively and on which computer skills schools should focus. Computers have changed our lives in many ways. They should also change schools and education in general. But, these expectations are not always being met and are not always clearly defined.

Weak labor market institutions and regulations hurt Nigerian workers

Abiodun Folawewo's picture

I have recently completed an analysis of the impact of institutions and regulatory frameworks on labour market outcomes in Nigeria, focusing on unemployment, employment and wage effects in the formal sector. I have found that Nigeria’s labour market institutions and regulatory framework negatively affect the quantity and quality of jobs, as well as employment, wages and productivity. Moreover, the institutional and regulatory framework covering workers’ rights, protection of the vulnerable workers, enforcement of minimum wages, and the provision of decent working conditions are weak.

The private sector’s role in creating more and better jobs

Michel Landel's picture


Can companies withstand strong, financial, growth pressure while still prioritizing good quality of life for their employees? How do the two issues live side by side? In this interview, Michel Landel, CEO of Sodexo - the world’s 18th largest employer with more than 420,000 employees globally - believes that this is not only possible, but critical to the future of business and society. Landel knows the pressure of the financial market, but believes that companies built on long-term vision, rather than quarterly reports, will be more successful. Landel also discusses the importance of jobs in the service sector, the rapid global growth of the service market, particularly in China, and discusses Sodexo’s model of promoting within to advance employees’ careers and create strong management.

The reality behind Chinese unemployment data

Shuaizhang Feng's picture

Looking behind the official Chinese unemployment statistics, over the last 30 years there have been large fluctuations in the number of people without work. This is despite the uniformity of the official statistics. By looking at household survey data and other sources, Shuaizhang Feng proposes a more realistic estimate. Moreover, he examines how different groups within China are suffering disproportionately from unemployment, which suggests courses of action for the country’s policy makers. 

Breaking down the barriers of exclusion through technology

Suneet Singh Tuli's picture

Suneet Singh Tuli founded Datawind to empower the next 3 billion people with computing and internet access. The company provides highly affordable wireless access products and services, including the $35 Aakash/UbiSlate tablets. It is the number three tablet maker in the Indian market. Having initially focused on India, the company is now looking at other markets where the main barrier to technology adoption is affordability.

In this interview, Tuli discusses how internet access allows people living in remote areas to get better at their jobs, both through e-commerce as well as through education. But while the technology is developing at a rapid pace, the bureaucratic delays – especially around licensing and logistics – are preventing the full development impact from being realized.