EU Migration made visible

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In Europe, globalisation has contributed enormously to the increased number of people relocating abroad. In the early 2000’s some estimations placed the number of people living abroad at about 170 million. Today this number has skyrocketed to a staggering 260 million. The promise of a better future and greater opportunities is undoubtedly one of the key factors that contributed to this radical increase in migration.

The media present this increased level of migration generally in a sensational way and predominantly focuses on people migrating as a result of poor living conditions in their own countries, i.e. people fleeing Syria as a result of the continuing war there. This undoubtedly has changed the perception people have of migration, especially in the EU.

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Contrary to the views in the media, the interactive map above focuses on people “on the move” and who are classified as “highly skilled”. The first section of the map is about the number of people living abroad, categorised by their skill level. In the pop-up boxes that appear whenever you click on a country, you can see the percentage of low, medium, and highly skilled workers who have relocated to that particular country.

The graph below the interactive map shows in more detail where highly skilled staff originate from and shows the percentages who were born in the country, how many have relocated there from another EU state, and how many have migrated from a non-EU country. This is interesting as it clearly shows the “friendliness” EU member states have towards skilled non-EU migrants, which can be perceived as an indicator of the level of open-mindedness in that country.

The third and final section focuses on Switzerland, a country generally associated with migration mainly for their income tax rates, which vary from canton to canton and are generally very favourable. Switzerland is currently very interested in attracting skilled migrants from all over the world, and the final section offers some clear insights on migration to Switzerland, like the possibility of staying for longer periods of time than three months if you’re a EU citizen just by filling in a registration form and applying for residence permits.

Based on insights from the European Commission, this map shows trends such as Poland welcoming a higher proportion of highly skilled migrants than the UK, but, in terms of numbers, the UK is still the most attractive relocation destination for highly skilled migrants. However, when you look at the total number of migrants, Germany has taken in the most.

The question now is: will the UK lose her status as most favoured destination for highly skilled migrants now Boris Johnson, who favours Brexit, has become Prime Minister of the UK? Will Germany, the second most attractive destination for highly skilled migrants, replace the UK as the perceived “land of opportunities” in Europe?

The data also indicates that politicians have failed to explain the benefits of migration to their respective citizens. Instead of promoting Europe, they have focused on narrow, nationalistic issues and lost sight of the bigger European picture.

The increasingly nationalist attitude in Europe also has had a big impact on the mobility of highly, medium, and low skilled workers. People simply don’t feel welcome anymore and move on to other countries or return to their own countries.

Statistics give us the chance to form opinions based on concrete facts. And that’s, in essence, what this map aims to do, to give a more plausible and comprehensive context to an informed opinion of the migrant situation in Europe.

Nicola Clothier is CEO of Accurity GmbH, an employment service provider which operates in Switzerland. Nicola graduated with Honours in English Literature from Stirling University and has more than 20 years of experience in providing employment services.

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Online vs. Written Practice Materials for Psychometric Test Prep

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JobTestPrep’s Online Practice Materials vs. Written Practice Materials for Psychometric Test Prep

Written By: Jennifer Feldman

It is becoming increasingly more popular for employers to give graduates online psychometric tests as part of the recruitment process. The psychometric test is used to gain insight into a potential employee’s skill sets, character traits, working style, and ability to handle a workload. Gone are the days of the paper-and-pen test. With a computer-based test comes a whole new set of challenges job seekers should be aware of. Let’s take a look at a typical selection process used by some top employers.

Now that you understand what a typical selection process looks like, it’s time to discover how to best prepare. I am here to outline the five benefits of using online practice materials—online practice tests, interactive study guides, video tutorials, and online interview practice—over traditional written practice materials, i.e. books, paper practice tests, and offline courses.

  1. Why Practise Riding a Bike When You Want to Learn How to Drive a Car?

The first step of the job selection process displayed above is sending in an application online, followed by online assessments, a Skype interview, and, finally, an in-person assessment day. As a candidate, you must pass three out of six steps of the application process online before you even make it to the in-person assessment day. Once you make it to the assessment day, you will face shorter versions of the online assessments. As most of the selection process is to be tackled online, it is best to prepare with online resources.

  1. Learn How to Use the Clock to Your Benefit

Unlike the old-fashioned paper exams, when taking a computer-based exam, there is a digital timer reminding you how much time is left in the test. Here is an inside tip: most tests are not meant to be completed. Therefore, it’s okay if you do not cover all the material, nor should you let the time constraint control you. That being said, a great way to gain an advantage over other candidates is to be familiar with pacing yourself. Also helpful is learning how to use the time clock. Practising online with is the easiest way to do this. JobTestPrep enables you to practise in two different modes: Practice Mode which includes a detailed answer explanation for every question and Timed Mode which simulates the time constraints of the actual exam. Practising with the timer is a gamechanger. You can learn how to manage your time as well as increase your chances of finishing assessments. Take a look at this free practice aptitude test from JobTestPrep to understand how these features work.

  1. Get Instant Feedback

When you take online practice, you receive instant feedback whether you answered the question correctly or incorrectly. If you got a question wrong, you can learn how to solve it, right then and there, while the question is still fresh in your head. You can also get detailed score reports that track your progress. Using both score reports with explanations and test-taking hacks can save you valuable time on the actual exam. When you use traditional written materials, you are not exposed to this valuable feedback.

  1. It’s Time to Teach an Old Horse New Tricks

Unfortunately, the old strategies you used for taking a pen-and-paper exam are completely different than those needed for taking an online exam. When you take an online exam, you can’t star hard items, write yourself little notes, or skip around as easily. A common dilemma you may encounter when taking an online exam is whether you should take educated guesses on more questions or answer fewer questions more accurately. The answer is that you need to strike a balance. Overall, getting good marks on fewer questions is better than finishing the assessment and getting a poor mark.

  1. Access Up-to-Date Resources

One of the best benefits of using online resources is that obsolete materials can easily be updated. When you use a preparation book or e-book, you need to make sure it has current information.

Let the evidence speak for itself in the battle between online materials and written practice materials. My recommendation is out with the old and in with the new. Online products are the best way to prepare. Take a look at these online practice materials for:

This article was contributed by Jennifer Feldman. She is a speech and language expert and blogger at JobTestPrep. She specialises in writing about the employment hiring process.

 

Golden International Hotels Manchester scam

We have removed the following Golden International Hotels Manchester scam:

“Dear Sir/Madam, The Management of Golden International Hotels Manchester UK, is using this media mail to inform you about an open recruitment that is going – on with the Golden International Hotels Manchester United Kingdom Family, this offer of employment can be a good opportunity for you to live in the United kingdom Manchester & work in a good explore of your career to a better position, the floor management of Golden International Hotels Manchester will help every successful applicant in getting their visas & other entry documents, both Sex can apply, if you love to be a part of winning teams at Golden International Hotels Group Manchester UK.The hotel Management will be responsible for the entire successful applicant’s flight air tickets from their country to the Manchester United Kingdom, Accommodating / feeding & medical supports are free for you as a staff of Golden International Hotels Manchester UK. If you are a good Document Controllers, Purchasing Manager, Electrical Engineers, Water treatment chemical engineers, graphic designers, Hotel project architect supervisors, civil staffs, mechanic engineers, lobby agents, Doctors/Nurses,Sous-chefs, Help desk, Accounting clerks, Waiters/waitress,House-person,Pool Lifeguards, Event coordinators, Sales managers, Bartenders, Maintenance staff, Banquet servers,Stewards,and also House -keepers’ etc, then you can apply to get more information now. To show your interest and receive full employment general information, then kindly e-mail the Golden International Hotels Manchester UK management back with your full (CV) in Word Format along with an application cover note letters at (goldeninterhotelsmanchestergroup@worker.com) for review. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiries or feedback. Regards, Golden International Hotels Manchester UK CEO/Director:Prof,Mr.George William General Manager:Mrs.Janet Michael. Human Resources Manager:Mr.Emmanuel John. Golden International Hotels Manchester UK Hrs. ©2018 All Rights Reserved”

Please note that this hotel does NOT exist. The Golden International Hotels Manchester scam has been going for some time. More information on Scanwarners.com.

The Golden International Hotels website has been copied from Club 7 Beach Resort in India. Manchester, strangely enough, is not located somewhere on a Greek island. It’s rather grubby up North in comparison.

This is the usual scam where you will most likely be asked to pay a small fee to cover permits, etc. and then hear back zilch, nothing…

In Europe, as we have pointed out numerous times, you do not pay to get a job. Even work permits are organised via the employer. If you are asked to pay anything you can bet that it is a scam.

The chance that you will get a low skilled job with a work permit attached is well below zero. Generally spoken only specialists that are in very high demand might be able to obtain a work permit. As unemployment levels are very high in Europe, Europeans need to be employed first. Only when a company can prove that nobody with a particular skill set can be found in Europe are they allowed to recruit from outside Europe.