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The Real Global Gig Economy and Informal Workforce Trends

2017 Total Workforce Index™ Introduction The Gig Economy as it’s currently defined by most is composed of both informal and non-informal contingent workers. ManpowerGroup Solutions recognized that there are two unique subsets under the umbrella of contingent work, those with and those without formal contracts for employment. The true ‘Gig Worker’ is a contingent worker with no formal contract who earns...

Next-Gen Manufacturing Roles in the United States

Research by UI LABS and ManpowerGroup identified 165 roles that'll shape the "factory of the future," and why there couldn't be a more exciting time to be in manufacturing than now. This research was recently reported on by TechTarget SearchERP and is available here. The Digital Manufacturing and Design business ecosystem grows and evolves every day. For small companies and large enterprises, the...

Russia: Opportunity to Become New APAC Manufacturing Hub

‘Made in Russia’ May Soon Be in a Store Near You Contingent workforce engagements in the manufacturing industry are mainly associated with countries in the APAC region such as China, Vietnam and the Philippines. However, a shift may be on the horizon as increased regulations and less favorable parity requirements become more common throughout the APAC region. In the EMEA...

Near-shoring Trend and Improvements in Technology Steer New Manufacturing Production Plants towards the Americas

Both Mexico and the manufacturing industry are undergoing a technological transformation. The internet and linking of machines, sensors and computers to human operators and production managers is advancing and creating better efficiency for advanced levels of monitoring, collecting, processing and analysis of data. Multipurpose robots are being implemented in more countries outside of China since the number of multipurpose...

Switzerland: Retail Downturn May Lead to Hiring of More Temporary Workers

The downturn in the Swiss retail manufacturing sector has hit luxury watchmakers who are requesting discounted rates from their suppliers, in order to cope with the cost of labor and deflated sales. The reduction in supplies and materials would watch producers retain their existing skilled labor who have afforded them success during the booms in the industry. Most suppliers...

Mexico: Near-shoring Trends and Improvements in Technology Grow Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturing processes in Mexico have recently garnered increased interest from companies outside of Mexico. The local market has evolved into a viable option for manufacturing outside of the United States, especially given proximity to the U.S. market, which keeps shipping costs down. Cost efficient logistics in conjunction with decreasing production cost savings in other markets (such as China) create...

United States: Oil Prices Become a Problem for Steelmakers

A decrease in the demand for U.S. steel is negatively affecting domestic producers and importers. Steelmakers in the United States are quick to blame a spike in the import of lower priced Chinese steel shipments to the U.S. for the recent plunge in prices. However, with imports nearing their lowest point in four years, the real culprit is coming...

Slovakia: Outlook Strong for Automotive Manufacturing Growth

The Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic recently reported a slight decrease in wages from June to July 2015. After reaching an all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2014, the average manufacturing wage is now slowly trending downward. Employers have reported extremely optimistic hiring plans for the final quarter of 2015. Analysts expect the strongest labor market in...

France: Manufacturing Experienced Unexpected Decline Last Quarter

Recovery in the euro zone’s second-largest economy is struggling to take hold, as evidenced by an unexpected drop in French industrial production in July. Globally, manufacturing is becoming much more capital intensive. Mechanization and robotic developments are leveling the playing field and destroying the comparative advantage once enjoyed by China and other low labor cost producers. More large companies,...

Canada: Unemployment on the Rise Due to Retail Job Cuts

The hiring market outlook is more positive in North America, than in South or Central America, for the first time since the economic downturn nearly a decade ago. Impacting both resource planning and cost allocation, in conjunction with ACA and Health Exchange markets, are an increasing number of markets initiating localized minimum wage regulations across the United States. There...