As the world looks for innovative ways to jump-start economic growth through job creation, more attention is being focused on how entrepreneurship can ignite the process.

Taking that into account, the 2015 edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Index—which measures the quality and scale of small-business start-up activity—was released today, coinciding with Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international initiative among more than 150 countries that includes competitions and networking events held globally through Friday, Nov. 23. The end goal: to help aspiring entrepreneurs find mentors and access to capital and spur job and economic growth.

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The ‘app economy’ has grown the number of web design and programming jobs by 11% from 63,000 in Q2 2013 to 70,000 in Q2 2014, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

NoPalaver Group, a provider of accounting services to contractors, reveals that the number of programmers and software development professionals has increased by 8% in a year, up from 253,000 to 274,000.

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Scotland’s jobs market continued to improve last month as business confidence remained high, a new report has suggested.

There were sharp increases in permanent placements and salaries in October, according to the latest Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs.

However, growth eased in the temporary jobs market, reaching its slowest level in five months.

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November’s jobs roundup continues with the announcement by Bristol Myers Squibb of a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing site in Cruiserath, Dublin, employing 350-400.

Over 300 jobs announced by Bristol Myers Squibb

PharmaChemical Ireland has welcomed the announcement by Bristol Myers Squibb of a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing site in Cruiserath, Dublin.

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Britain has created as many jobs over the past four years as the euro region has lost, underlining the widening economic gulf with the country’s biggest trading partner.

The char of the day shows working-age employment in the U.K. rose by 1.4 million to 29.4 million in the second quarter compared with the same period in 2010, based on data from the European Union statistics agency, Eurostat. In the 18 nations that share the euro, it dropped by 1.4 million to 138.7 million.

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OZ: Recession Warning To Australia

Australia is headed for recession and nothing can be done to stop it, a prominent economist warns.

The mining boom has bred complacency over the past decade and it’s now too late to avoid a recession in 2015, says Saxo Bank chief economist Steen Jakobsen.

“It’s too late, the wheels are in motion,” Jakobsen said.

But recession would create a sense of urgency that could lead to simplification of taxes and regulation, and shift the political agenda away from big miners and banks to small to medium-sized business, he said.

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More than 9,000 Christmas jobs are still available in the UK – a 50% increase on last year, according to a study from job search engine

The report said that employers are struggling to get the staff they need ahead of the festive rush. It also revealed that the largest proportion of this year’s vacancies could be seen in the areas of sales, logistics and retail.

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New Zealand wants to lure thousands of West Australians and expats across the Tasman to fill a nationwide skills shortage.

A delegation of 30 government officials and major employers will hold walk-in interviews and potentially make thousands of on-the-spot offers to suitable candidates at a two-day jobs expo in Perth on November 22 and 23.

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Unemployment in Northern Ireland has fallen for the 22nd month in a row, but young people are being left behind as the over-50s are stealing their jobs.

At 5.9%, the province has the highest claimant count of all the UK regions, with Northern Ireland having either the highest or second highest rate for the last 55 months.

The rate of unemployment, as measured by the Labour Force Survey, was estimated to be 6% between July and September. This is down 0.6% on the last quarter and down 1.3% year-on-year.

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