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Professionals Podcasts - Trend analysis

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Hello,
1) People feel less secure at work than in the past.
2) This doesn't mean that people necessarily feel more secure, through.
I would like to know if these above two sentences have the same meaning.
In second sentence, I thought people might feel normal rather than less secure same way as first one.
Thank you
Pearl

Hello Pearl,

They more or less mean the same thing. 2 comes in the context of statistics which show that the same percentage of people nowadays have permanent contracts as people did in the past. This suggests that they have more secure positions, but sentence 2 suggests that, despite this, people don't feel more secure. It gives a little more information than 1.

All the best,
Kirk
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Hi everybody from Spain,

In my opion the old working patterns not persist at least in Spain where you have to work a lot of hours and the salary is very bad, I think that over 25 years ago the people work a lot too but the salary was better than now, also nowadays the people are more prepare than before with more studies, languages...but the problem is that the companies doesn't recognize them this big effort so I hope the things change in the future as soon as possible.

Thanks for the podcast

It is extremely useful topic in our work life. Finding out the main features in processes or facts is essential for each position in the companies. There are lots of vocabulary in the audio script which helps to deal with figures. Concerning the interview topic, unfortunetely, it is true that people around the world work compared to the past. It is really difficult to find work-life balance nowadays...

ACCORDING TO RECENT TREND ANALYSIS NOW WOMEN ARE HEADING TOP LEVEL MANAGEMENT POSITIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD.THEY ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO LEAD THE COMPANY AND PAVING THE COMPANIES INTO THE PROFITS.IN RECENT TIMES WORKING HOURS ARE ALSO CHANGED THAN TO EARLIER TIMES AND COMPANIES ARE TAKING CARE OF THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH MEDICAL BENIFITS AND SOME OTHER ATTRACTIVE ADVANTAGES TO RETAIN EMPLOYEES.

In 1985, Japanese government enacted the law, which women and men have an equal oppotunity to work. After enacting the law, even women become to take the important position in a company or organization. However, nowadays it is difficult for women and young people to get a job due to economic downturn. The fact is that job oppotunities for women decline when the economy gets worse.
Meanwhile, I confused about working time from the article. Is the working time for women is more than 46 hours a week positive meaning? I think this hours is a little bit longer because the limited working time for a week is 52 hours in Japan.