7 Money Links We Love: Working on Christmas? Welcome to the Club

7 Money Links We Love: Working on Christmas? Welcome to the Club

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A new analysis highlights the technical skills that got U.S. workers hired this year. Why bilingual data scientists were in high demand. The 25 Hottest Skills That Got Workers Hired in 2014 — LinkedIn

According to new data, American air carriers ushered in over $960 million in charges for checked bags last quarter—an increase of 9% over last year. Airlines Get $1 Billion From Baggage Fees — CNN

Planning to make a charitable donation before New Year’s? Then be aware of the IRS’ tricky “date of delivery” rule. Year-End Charitable Giving: Get the Tax Timing Right — MarketWatch

The “Kaizen” philosophy is about getting progressively more efficient at your daily tasks. Why it’s worth taking an hour every week to review your overall productivity strategy. Get Better at Getting Better: The Kaizen Productivity Philosophy  — Lifehacker

By the end of 2015, you’ll likely have a brand-new credit card that offers better fraud protection. But that doesn’t mean consumers will no longer be vulnerable to potential hacks. Big Changes Are Coming for Credit Cards  — CNBC

Forget relaxing with friends and family: A new poll finds more than half of Americans plan to work over their holiday vacation, and some even anticipate catching up for eight hours a day. 57 Percent of Americans Plan to Work During the Holidays  — NBC

Break down the data on the wage gap, and you’ll see that it’s widest in high-paying jobs. And the “mommy track” isn’t the only explanation. Why the Gender-Pay Gap is Largest for the Highest-Paying Jobs — The Atlantic

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