Ottawa’s labour market down 24,900 jobs since March

a woman holding a pink umbrella: The hospitality and food services industry has been one of Ottawa's hardest hit job sectors since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, with more than 10,000 jobs lost since March.

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The hospitality and food services industry has been one of Ottawa’s hardest hit job sectors since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, with more than 10,000 jobs lost since March.

The City of Ottawa released a breakdown of recent employment numbers on Wednesday, showing the effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the local economy.

Ottawa’s labour force lost 24,900 jobs since March, which translates to an approximate 4.35 per cent decline overall.

The job sectors hardest hit, according to the report, include: the hospitality and food services industry, wholesale and retail and the professional, scientific and technical services industries. 

Since the shutdown in March, and slow recovery over the summer, some industries were able to partially recoup job losses while others continued to see a decline. 

Ottawa’s hospitality and food services industry lost 10,400 jobs, down from 30,700 in March, but the sector did see a 4,600 bump

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Labour calls for UK jobs guarantee in potential Arm sale to Nvidia

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The Labour party has called on the government to intervene to prevent parts of the microchip designer Arm from being moved out of the UK if it is bought by the US chipmaker Nvidia.

Ed Miliband, the shadow business secretary, said the government should seek “legally binding assurances” from Nvidia that it would not move Arm’s headquarters out of Cambridge.

Arm, the UK’s most valuable tech company, could be sold by its owner, SoftBank, to Nvidia for more than $32bn (£25bn), according to reports that first emerged in July.

Arm designs chips that are adapted by manufacturers and used in most mobile phones as well as computers and, increasingly, devices connected to the “internet of things”.

Apple uses Arm-based chips in its iPhones, and in June it said it would move to Arm’s architecture for its Mac computers, in a blow to

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Ofqual exam results algorithm was unlawful, says Labour | Education

Ofqual’s exam results algorithm was unlawful, the shadow attorney general has said, as Gavin Williamson finally gave his backing to the beleaguered regulator.

The education secretary, who has previously pointed the finger at Ofqual over the exams fiasco, issued a statement on Wednesday saying he had full confidence in the regulator. He admitted it had ultimately been Ofqual’s decision to make U-turn on results produced by its algorithm in favour of teacher-assessed grades.

Meanwhile, Charlie Falconer, who was lord chancellor under Tony Blair and is now a Labour frontbencher in the Lords, argued that ministers and Ofqual would have been aware of at least three breaches of the law in the standardisation formula used.

Gavin Williamson, 12 August, to ITV

“[I have] every confidence that the system we have put in place is a robust system, a system that’s fair”

Gavin Williamson, 12 August, to the BBC

“The system, for

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Amazon bucks UK labour market gloom with 7,000 new jobs

LONDON (Reuters) – Amazon (AMZN.O) brought a little cheer to Britain’s troubled labour market on Thursday, saying it will create a further 7,000 permanent jobs in 2020, taking total new hires this year to 10,000.

An Amazon logo is seen at its centre in Darlington, County Durham, Britain September 3, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith

Last month the number of people in work in Britain suffered the biggest drop since 2009 and the coronavirus is expected to take a much heavier toll on unemployment when the government winds down its huge job-protection scheme.

The one bright spot however has come from online retail and logistics as orders surged during lockdown. Amazon’s latest recruitment will take its total UK workforce to over 40,000 by the end of the year.

The U.S. internet giant said the 7,000 new roles will be for warehouse workers, as well as engineers, HR and IT professionals

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Labour urges delay to GCSE and A-level exams so students can catch up on education

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Labour has called for GCSE and A-level exams to be delayed by up to two months next summer in order to give students a chance to catch up on education missed because of the coronavirus.

The shadow education secretary, Kate Green, said that the annual series of exams for year 11 and year 13 pupils in England should be pushed back from May to June or July to allow time for extra learning.

And she said that the announcement on a new timetable should come quickly to avoid a repeat of the chaotic last-minute decision-making around this year’s A-level and GCSE results and the arrangements for this week’s return to classrooms.

In a letter to Ofqual in June, the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, confirmed that his intention was for exams to go ahead in 2021, and he asked the regulator to draw up plans for

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