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Private Sector Contribution
Newsletter April, 2021

How do Public and Private Employment Services collaborate to support Activation and Transition?

April, 2021
  • WEC published a report on partnerships between public and private employment services
  • The report shows that much collaboration is present in countries with a mature and professional private employment industry
  • The key opportunities identified to level up these partnerships are increased functioning of labour markets and increased access to talent for employers
  • The urgency of these collaborations is underscored by the increased need to support people in making more labour market transition over the course of their lives.

Skills strategies for a sustainable world of work: a joint publication WBCSD and GAN

April, 2021
  • The publication looked into questions such as “What is the risk of not addressing skills mismatches?”, “How to prepare a corporate skills strategy?”
  • The 16 case studies are key to understand the business case for upskilling

Post pandemic working arrangements, productivity increase and remote work potential analysed by McKinsey & Company

April, 2021
  • Recent research shows how post pandemic organisation of work may respond to employees preferred working arrangements and how this affects productivity
  • The hybrid model of both remote and office work emerged as the desired work arrangement
  • Only certain occupations and tasks are able to be conducted in this way. Important differences among countries are showcased.

Career guidance to fill the skills gaps

April, 2021
  • Following an OECD report from January 2021, private employment agencies’ managers and employment experts recall the importance of career guidance.
  • Career guidance must gain visibility but also be improved through subsidies and more effective services.
Newsletter February, 2021

Federation of Egyptian Industries provides services to support SMEs and society

February, 2021
  • The Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) launched new services for improving digital skills of SMEs
  • It also started offering support to companies willing to participate in the rehabilitation of Egyptian villages

WEC Blockchain taskforce to facilitate workforce matching

February, 2021
  • The taskforce was launched at the end of 2019 to explore the potential of blockchain solutions to the private employment services industry.
  • At the end of 2020 it joined the Velocity Network Foundation, a consortium that seeks to use blockchain technology to build an ‘Internet of Careers™’.

The consequences of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement on jobs and investments

February, 2021
  • The largest free-trade area in the world was launched on January 2021 after only 5 years from the beginning of negotiations
  • The agreement is expected to favour investments, decrease poverty and increase jobs
Newsletter January, 2021

Apple adjusts its executives’ bonuses to social, environmental, governance performance

January, 2021
Newsletter December, 2020

Singapore United: an initiative to get together and be stronger

December, 2020
  • Covid-19 pushed Singaporeans to play a role during the peak of the pandemic, from showing their appreciation for workers on the frontline to volunteering in support of the vulnerable persons of the society.
  • Singapore United was launched by the Singaporean Government to allow everyone to give their support in a coordinate manner.
Newsletter November, 2020

HR company ManpowerGroup Switzerland launches New JobCenter Platform to support workers in finding new work opportunities

November, 2020
  • JobCenter consultants support, coach and train dismissed employees during their job search.
Newsletter October, 2020

The private sector in Africa mobilised resources to fight Covid-19

October, 2020
  • The Covid-19 Response Fund is backed by a coalition of African companies.
  • Its objective is to procure medical supplies as well as support to vulnerable population and health workers.
Newsletter July, 2020

Telefónica Spain invests in SMEs

July, 2020
  • The company participates in the digitalisation of SMEs and provide some advanced payment to its small and medium size suppliers

Mastercard new initiative in support of SMEs

July, 2020
  • Mastercard commits USD 250 million for financial, technology, product and insight assets support in US and other countries.
  • Additional USD 33 million will be given to reboot Indian SMEs, especially on business digitalisation and access to finance.
Newsletter July, 2020

French energy Group covered Covid-19 hospitalization costs for its employees worldwide

July, 2020
  • ENGIE Group anticipated part of its ENGIE CARE programme for social protection;
  • It mobilised important funding to ensure payment of its suppliers, SMEs and micro enterprises;
  • Adopted a 15% pay cut of managers policy.
Newsletter May, 2020

American Staffing Industry and Retail Industry Team up

May, 2020
  • Two key industries help placement of workers during the Covid-19 pandemic

Australia: Jobs Finder Programme for Connecting Employment Agencies and Job Seekers

May, 2020
  • The Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA) finalised a partnership with the State of Queensland (Australia) to connect professional recruitment and staffing agencies with job seekers during the Covid-19 pandemic. 
  • The Jobs Finder Programme rewards employment agencies that manage to place job seekers into high priority areas.

Italian Energy Companies and Trade Unions Develop an “Holiday Bank” System to Avoid a Suspension of Work

May, 2020
  • Employees can donate their hours of work to a “holiday bank” to distribute among other employees.

Indian Business Association and an Online Education Company Join Forces to Combat Covid-19

May, 2020
  • The Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in collaboration with a private online education company (Medavarsity) and Nathealth (the health industry body), launched a free training course on Covid-19 understanding and management.

Chinese Private Employment Services Contribute to the “Employees Sharing Schemes”

May, 2020
  • Private sector in China developed an “Employees Sharing Scheme” to transfer temporarily suspended employees to companies of the sector most in need.