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Rank of Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong and London as the world's most expensive cities, according to a 144 city survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Rank of Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Ottawa on the list of the world's most expensive cities: 47, 56, 71, 80, 90

Number of times longer small businesses (fewer than five employees) in Canada have had to wait to fill vacant job positions versus that of large firms, according to the Candian Federation of Independent Business: 4

Number of long term vacancies in small businesses in Alberta: 37,000

Percentage of Canadian employers who say their staff members are more dedicated to their personal/home lives today than they were in 2001, according to a survey by 82

Percentage who say workers are more likely to put a greater emphasis on professional development (e.g. education, increasing their skill set) than they were five years ago: 71

Percentage who say employees are more career driven than they were five years ago: 62

Number of "effective" executives with international experience that China will need in five years, according to data from McKinsey & Company: 75,000 Number it has today: 3,000-5,000 public blog, according to data from Socialtext: 5.8 Number of companies this equals: 29

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Title Annotation:news; survey of 144 cities
Author:MacIntyre, John
Publication:Northern Ontario Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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