Economics

The competitive edge

12 Mar 2012 | Brian Amble

So-called 'emerging economies' might be closing the gap on Europe and the United States, but it when it comes to attracting capital, businesses, talent and tourists, cities in the United States and Western Europe are still ahead of the competition.

Sign of the times

29 Sep 2011 | Brian Amble

It's sad sign of the times that greeting card manufacturer, Hallmark, has launched a range of cards intended to cheer up someone who has just lost their job.

Headhunters see surge in executive recruitment

17 Aug 2010 | Brian Amble

If top-end executive recruitment is any sort of barometer of economic trends, then news that business is picking up for the world's headhunters is welcome sign that we are finally moving out of recession.

US companies plan to rebuild their workforces

19 Jul 2010 | Brian Amble

More than half of the large American companies that reduced their staffing levels over the past year plan to rebuild their workforces to pre-recession levels by the middle of 2012.

Half of Americans hit by the recession

01 Jul 2010 | Brian Amble

More than half of Americans have experienced some sort of work-related fallout as a result of the recession, a far greater proportion than those who appear in official statistics as out of work or under-employed.

A rough guide to the Euro debt crisis

03 Jun 2010 | Brian Amble

Want to understand the not-so-looming debt catastrophe that Europe has got itself into? This gem courtesy of Australian-based satarist John Clarke hits the nail on the head.

Upsurge in executive jobs

23 Apr 2010 | Brian Amble

Despite the continuing downturn, there are executive jobs out there - if you know where to look. One in five companies globally are creating new executive-level jobs while more than half are looking for new hires to fill existing roles.

Cautious optimism on US jobs outlook

13 Apr 2010 | Brian Amble

For all the talk of an economic recovery, has the outlook improved as far as the jobs market is concerned? As far as many of America's CEOs are concerned, it seems that the jury is still out.

The intensification of ignorance

24 Mar 2010 | Philip Whiteley

According to the hype of the past few years, the information revolution means we are better informed than ever before. But the reality is that computerisation based on bogus assumptions has led to an intensification and acceleration of ignorance.

The rise of the supercycle

24 Mar 2010 | Arun Motianey

The financial crisis that many believe we have just come through is one of those episodes in history after which nothing quite remains the same. The trouble is, policymakers and economists have fundamentally misdiagnosed their responses to it.

Discouraged workers may hold the key to recovery

08 Mar 2010 | Nic Paton

Real economic recovery can't come until the million or so U.S workers who have lost their jobs and given up all hope of finding another can be tempted back into the jobs' market.

CEOs increasingly upbeat

04 Mar 2010 | Nic Paton

Chief executives appear to be increasingly confident that they can begin moving out of survival mode and start priming their businesses for a return to growth.

CEOs think the worst is over

28 Jan 2010 | Brian Amble

CEOs the world over are confident that the worst of the recession has passed and that their businesses Ė and their headcounts Ė will grow during 2010. But what lessons have they learned from the crisis?

Entrepreneurs buck the economy

24 Nov 2009 | Brian Amble

Despite the economic turmoil, entrepreneurial activity in the US actually increased in 2008 compared to 2007, although new ventures tend to be smaller and the risks of failure greater.

Will China be the next subprime disaster?

17 Nov 2009 | Brian Amble

Is China an economic miracle or a disaster waiting to happen? That depends who you ask.

Global jobs market shows signs of recovery

08 Sep 2009 | Brian Amble

Will we start to see a real recovery the global jobs market in the last quarter of 2009? If the latest survey data is anything to go by, the answer depends very much on where you're located.

Signs of hope for the US jobs market

27 Aug 2009 | Brian Amble

There are encouraging signs that the US jobs market is finally picking up as a new survey finds that more than half of employers are planning to hire full-time employees over the next year.

Asian companies well set for the recovery

25 Aug 2009 | Brian Amble

Companies whose growth strategies did not depend on heavy borrowing are best set to thrive as the economy recovers, a new report suggests. And many of these are Indian or Chinese.

Expect pay raises to return next year

22 Jul 2009 | Nic Paton

Assuming the economic recovery does not get blown off course, most American managers could be looking forward to pay rises and bonuses again next year.

The era of permanent cut-backs?

21 Jul 2009 | Nic Paton

Rather than starting to move beyond recessionary cost-cutting, we may be on the brink of an era of permanent cut-backs where companies have to earn the right to grow.