Who is overpaid and who is underpaid?!?

Here is an interesting spin on paycheck fairness. There is a lot of chatter about who is overpaid or underpaid in the workplaces across UAE. It might help to step back for a moment and see what sort of experience immigrant workforce might expect in other parts of the world.    

A recent study conducted by Statistics Canada has revealed that immigrant who come to Canada to look for employment are more likely to be involved in part-time employment opportunities or temporary jobs, as compared to Canadian-born workers. As per the study's findings, compared to Canadian born employees, immigrants tend to be younger and more educated, but still have to settle for working in smaller firms.

The study also revealed that immigrants, despite being underpaid, logged longer hours. Authorities have not yet commented on the findings of the study, but these are being considered an important mirror of Canada's job market. Upon arrival, these newcomers face numerous barriers leading to unemployment and underemployment. Unemployment among recent immigrants is double that of Canadian born. Average earnings are 25% lower than Canadian born.


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One response to “Who is overpaid and who is underpaid?!?”

Paul Lalovich said...

It's a classic story. A taxi driver from Kenya recounts his former life as a surgeon, but now, since immigrating to the United States, he has been forced to take on work that doesn't make use of his actual expertise.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 30 percent of foreign-born workers in the United States are equipped with a bachelor's degree or higher, and yet one out of five of those well educated individuals is either unemployed or working a low-skill job, like dishwashing or taxi driving. Immigrants may not be alone in experiencing the Great Recession, but why are they still struggling harder than their native-born counterparts to secure work that suits their credentials?


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