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WATCH: Harvey has caused an instant spike in gas prices nationwide

31-August-2017 - abcnews.com



The largest refinery in the U.S. shuts down as drivers get ready for Labor Day weekend.



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Hello iPhone 8: Apple confirms press event Sept. 12

31-August-2017 - usatoday.com



The new iPhone is coming Sept 12, at a press event in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apples new Cupertino, Calif. headquarters.            



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U.S. pending home sales fell in July, 4th decline in 5 months

31-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Fewer people signed contracts to buy homes in July, the fourth decline in the past five months. The decrease likely reflects the worsening shortage nationwide.            



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Midwest hospital workers to join fight for $15 hourly wage

31-August-2017 - usatoday.com



The employees at Midwest hospitals will join fast-food workers in nationwide day of protests as they seek $15 hourly pay and the right to join a union            



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Hurricane Harvey Shows the Need for Employer Communication and Empathy

31-August-2017 - workforce.com



Although he’d rather not be reminded of the blizzard that dumped 21 inches of snow on Chicago over two days in 2011, Adam Ochstein also shivers when he recalls the record-breaking chill when the city was hit by the polar vortex during the winter of 2014. When disasters strike, employers and HR leaders need to communicate and show empathy toward... The post Hurricane Harvey Shows the Need for Employer Communication and Empathy appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Hays pays first special dividend as international job markets boom

31-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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XL Catlin Adds Technology, Excess D&O Coverage for Design Professionals

31-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



XL Catlin has added two new enhancements to its professional liability insurance for architects, engineers and other design professionals in the US, including an expanded professional services definition and Principal Protector Coverage for qualifying firms. XL Catlins Design Professional team



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Bye-bye Britain? The EU view from a UK factory

31-August-2017 - bbc.com



EU workers at a factory in Blackburn voice their concerns over Brexit.



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Cash flowing again from Fed´s flood-threatened Houston branch

31-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Cash has begun flowing again from the Federal Reserve's steel and cement vault in Houston, heading for banks in the hurricane-ravaged region after several days of flooding halted armored-truck deliveries and stranded employees overnight.



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Marsh Names Nayler, from Aon, to Lead Financial Institutions Industry Practice

31-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Marsh announced the appointment of David Nayler as Leader of its UK Financial Institutions Industry Practice. Reporting to Charles Beresford-Davies, Risk Management Practice leader, UK Ireland, Naylers employment is expected to commence in early 2018. In this role, Nayler



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Florida Workers’ Comp Premiums Going Down? NCCI Files for 9.6% Decrease

31-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Just under a year since Florida workers compensation rates shot up by 14.5 percent, Florida businesses may get some relief in their workers comp premiums. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has recommended to Florida regulators an overall premium



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How to Recruit the Perfect Team for Your Small Business Company

31-August-2017 - onrec.com



A lot of small businesses seem to think that they can’t recruit a great team – that somehow that’s something reserved for businesses that have serious money and can, therefore, attract serious talent. That isn’t necessarily true. Yes, you might be a little bit more cash-strapped than bigger businesses, but you do have attractive qualities that are all your own. Posted in News archive on 31 Aug 2017 Of course, to use them correctly you do need to know what you’re doing and what those strengths are. Only then can you make sure that you’re appealing to people to work for, as you can use your positives to counter your negatives. For that reason, today we’re going to explore your possibilities and how to use them to best effect. You ready? Let’s do it! Know what you need Because you have limited funds and only have the ability to have a small team, it’s vitally important that you actually hire people specifically to fill the needs that you have. So the very first thing that you have to figure out is what those needs are. The best way to accomplish this is to sit down with the people that you’ve already got and find out where you and they feel that the company is coming up short. Once you’ve got a list of skills that you’re looking for, you can then start looking for people to fill as many of those needs at the same time. In this way, people will be able to have a broader set of skills and responsibilities than they otherwise might in a bigger company. Freelancers are good go-between If you’ve got some set of skills that you only need occasionally, it might be best to not actually hire somebody full-time to fill those. Instead, bring in freelancers to provide academic help occasionally. In this way, you only pay them when you need them. Besides, freelancing is huge right now with the ever-growing gig economy . Then, if find that the task is growing and you’re starting to rely on freelancers a lot for a certain job or responsibility, you can always bring in somebody full time to fill that requirement. Heck, you could even bring in one of the freelancers, as you often know exactly what they’re capable of and whether they will fit well within your team. It’s about culture, not qualifications The most important thing that a small business can have is a great work environment. If everybody enjoys coming in to work and there is a real feeling of friendship in the team, then everybody will help everybody else excel. If, on the other hand, people don’t like each other and there’s a seriously negative atmosphere in your business, then not only are people not going to put in the effort that they need to, they’re also going to quit far more quickly, and as you know that’s seriously expensive . It doesn’t end there, either. Having a great atmosphere of people who have each other’s back in the place you work can be hugely appealing to people coming in to see if they want to work with you. Yes, extra money is nice, but if you feel like you always have to watch your back in order to get that bit of extra dough, then that’s not that appealing to most people. Instead, they’d much rather work in a place where they feel welcomed and like they’re part of a family. Being small is a big deal When you approach people to work for your company, don’t make excuses for being a small company. Instead, to exactly the opposite and celebrate it. After all, many people prefer to work in places where they can know everybody by name and where they feel that when they’ve got an idea they don’t have to push it up the chain of command but can walk straight into the boss’s office and see if it’s interesting there. So, if people want to make an actual difference and punch far above their weight, that’s something they’re going to find much easier to do in a small business than in a big company. So use that to draw in the talent. Engage and Motivate  Don’t stop there, either. There is another great advantage to being small and that is that you can get involved with your staff and really know what they’re up to. That means that you can take a far more hands-on approach and really steer them in the right direction. Now, don’t take that to mean that you can micromanage. Micromanaging is a great way to demotivate your staff . So don’t do that. Instead, aim at giving them the freedom they need, even while offering them the guidance so that they can best fit into the company that you’re running. Chances are, they’ll appreciate the attention and the guidance that you’re offering, while you’ll have a much better idea where they excel and where they might need some pointers. In this way, it will be much easier to use their strengths to best benefit your company, while you find ways to help them overcome their weaknesses. Don’t be afraid of new-media A lot of people find the jobs they’re looking for through social media. Others will look up your company online to see what people have to say about it. Therefore, it’s important that you create a good impression there. For example, if your company has a blog and a social media account, don’t just use those to sell your merchandise, but also use them to talk about the atmosphere within your company and to give your employees a real chance to express themselves and what they do. It might even be possible to position somebody within your company as an expert in their field, which they will appreciate and will make your company look like a thought leader.   That can be incredibly helpful, as employees appreciate a chance to show off their skills and their abilities, while it also gives a human touch to your company even as you boost your own websites ratings. In this way, future employees will see what your company is about and what opportunities it offers to employees to grow and demonstrate their skills. This, if they’re in any way ambitious, will make them see your company far more favorably and allow you to interest people who otherwise might not give your company a second glance. Last words You’d be surprised how many people are interested in working in a small business that is well positioned and capable of responding quickly and effectively to the market around them. For that reason, don’t see your small business as a handicap, but instead, see it as one of the biggest reasons that people might want to join your firm. Once you begin seeing your small business in that light, you’ll be able to position yourself well and attract talent and people that you might have thought beyond the scope. And when that starts to happen, your company is really going to go for the stars.



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Louisville employers having trouble finding workers who can pass a drug test

31-August-2017 - usatoday.com



People of all ages are testing positive, and for hard drugs, leading to unsafe working conditions and causing some employers to cut their workforces.            



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Disney to cut jobs at ABC unit in 10% broadcasting cost reduction

31-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Disney wants to eliminate 10% of the TV units costs.            



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Stability in pay awards continues

31-August-2017 - onrec.com



Pay awards in the three months to the end of July 2017 were worth 2%, according to the latest data from pay analysts at XpertHR. Posted in News archive on 31 Aug 2017 This continues the stable trend seen in each rolling quarter since the three months to the end of December 2016. Although the spread of awards has widened, with the middle half of deals worth between 1% and 2.6%, there are no signs of pay award levels rising. The headline pay award is 1.6 percentage points below the level of retail prices index (RPI) inflation, which stood at 3.6% in July 2017, and 0.6 percentage points below consumer prices index (CPI) inflation, which stood at 2.6%. Of our current sample, a quarter of basic awards are worth more than CPI inflation, while only one award provides an increase when compared with RPI inflation. We have now moved into the quiet part of the pay bargaining calendar, as more than seven in 10 pay settlements recorded on the XpertHR pay databank are effective in the first four months of each year. Based on a sample of 47 pay awards from across the economy effective between 1 May and 31 July 2017 (covering the pay awards for more than 755,000 employees), we find that: 2% is the most common pay award, given to 29.8% of employee groups; half of all pay awards are worth between 1.0% and 2.6%; a 2.6% pay award was recorded in the manufacturing and production sectors, which compares favourably with the 1.8% increase noted in the service sector; and more than four in 10 pay awards (45.2%) are higher than employees received a year ago, and less than one-fifth (16.7%) are lower. XpertHR pay and benefits editor Sheila Attwood said: “While most employers are awarding pay rises, the increases are subdued and falling behind inflation. XpertHR’s headline measure of pay awards remains centred on 2%, and is expected to remain there for the foreseeable future.”



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U.S. unemployment claims rise slightly, remain low

31-August-2017 - usatoday.com



More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but the numbers remained low and consistent with a healthy job market.            



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Cycle to Work Day returns to celebrate its 5th anniversary

31-August-2017 - onrec.com



Employer participation in annual event is on the rise Posted in News archive on 31 Aug 2017 Cycle to Work Day, the annual event encouraging workers across the UK to take to two wheels for their commute, will celebrate its 5 th anniversary this September 13 th . The event invites employers as well as individuals to sign up and reap the potential benefits of active commuting—among them, increased workplace productivity, lower rates of sick leave and improved wellbeing. Established by Cyclescheme, a leading UK cycle to work provider, Cycle to Work Day is free for all participants. Employers of all sizes across the UK with or without a cycle to work scheme in place can get behind the event. This year’s Cycle to Work Day is on track to reach its goal of one million miles pledged, and participating cyclists have the opportunity to win from a prize pot worth over £5,000. [1] Research from Cyclescheme shows that cycling to work can have benefits for the workplace, with 45% of the surveyed employees who cycle experiencing less stress at work, and 47% citing improvements to mental wellbeing [2] . In addition, commuters who regularly cycle can suffer less from illness and take fewer sick days and can save the economy an estimated £83 million each year according to a publication from Cycling UK [3] .  Cyclescheme’s research also found that among the UK employers surveyed, 65% cite a healthier workforce as a high priority. [4] Additionally, over the past four years, the rates of employer engagement with Cycle to Work Day have risen substantially, with numbers doubling between 2014 and 2015, according to the study. In 2016, more than 1,000 employers signed up to support their staff in the event. Similarly, individual engagement has significantly increased since the event began in 2013, with a total of 115,702 cyclists pledging to cycle over 1.5 million miles. 2016 was the most successful year to date, with more than 45,000 cyclists pledging 675,545 miles—the equivalent of completing 27 circuits around the globe or over 165 Tour de France races. Cycle to Work Day was created by Cyclescheme in 2013 to encourage cyclists of all abilities to give cycle commuting a try.  In 2016, Halfords came on board as an official partner and is now jointly promoting the event. In addition, Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman MBE has been an ambassador of Cycle to Work Day since 2016, and joins again this year. Adrian Warren, Business Operations Director at Cyclescheme said: “ Our experience over the last five years has demonstrated to us first-hand the impressive benefits that employers feel when they have a workforce with an active commute. We’re proud to give first time cyclists and seasoned cycling commuters alike the chance to engage with us each year. “We urge all employers—from the big to the small—to sign up to Cycle to Work Day 2017 and see what difference it could make to your workplace.” Lucie Cherrington, Head of Cycle to Work at Halfords said: “We’re very proud to support Cycle to Work Day in its fifth year and we continue to believe in its potential to get more people on bikes. It’s great to see so many businesses getting behind it this year and we look forward to playing our part in getting as many people as possible get involved in this brilliant initiative”. Cycle to Work Day takes place on September 13 th , 2017. To get involved, visit: https://www.cycletoworkday.org/ [1] Please see the contest terms and conditions at https://cycletoworkday.wordpress.com/competition-terms-conditions . [2] The Cyclescheme Annual Employee survey 2015 was an online survey conducted by Survey Monkey on behalf of Cyclescheme in 2015. The sample included 10,276 respondents. [3] “Cycling and the economy” was published by Cycling UK in July 2016. [4] The Cyclescheme Work Health and Wellbeing survey was an online survey conducted by Survey Monkey on behalf of Cyclescheme in 2015. The sample included 655 respondents. 



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Workday named a leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Human Capital Management Suites for Midmarket and Large Enterprises

31-August-2017 - onrec.com



Positioned as a leader for second year in a row, achieved highest overall position for ability to execute Posted in News archive on 31 Aug 2017 Workday, Inc . (NYSE: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources , today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the “ Magic Quadrant for Cloud Human Capital Management Suites for Midmarket and Large Enterprises ” 1 . Workday was acknowledged as a leader for the second year in a row and achieved the highest overall position for its ability to execute. “We are proud that Gartner has recognised Workday as a cloud HCM leader for the second consecutive year,” said Cristina Goldt, vice president, HCM products, Workday. “With more than 70 percent of our customers in production, a customer satisfaction rating over 95 percent, and our ongoing delivery of key innovations, we continue to see our growing customer community realising business value and driving future growth with Workday." From day one, Workday was built with one version of software, one customer community, one codeline, and a single security model and user experience. The power of one enables all Workday customers to benefit from  continuous innovation  delivered in the cloud – a differentiator that ensures Workday Human Capital Management customers have the latest functionality to keep pace in a dynamic environment and the workforce insights needed for quick, data-driven actions and business decisions. Customer-driven innovation is at the core of Workday’s product strategy – with a constant commitment to listening to and understanding customer needs in order to build products that will continually transform the way they work. This is what inspired two new offerings within the last year – Workday Learning , an application that offers a personalised, social, and interactive learning experience for organisations to encourage career development at every stage of the employee lifecycle, and Workday Planning , the first planning, budgeting, and forecasting application that unifies financial and workforce planning with analytics and transactions in one system. [1] Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Human Capital Management Suites for Midmarket and Large Enterprises,” by Ron Hanscome, Melanie Lougee, Helen Poitevin, Chris Pang, Jeff Freyermuth, Sam Grinter, John Kostoulas, Mike Burden, 15 August 2017.



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South Dakota Company Fined $95K After Worker Buried in Trench Collapse

31-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Federal safety officials have cited a South Dakota company for failing to protect its workers from trench collapse hazards. Fort Pierre-based First Dakota Enterprises Inc. faces proposed penalties of $95,064 imposed by the U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and



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s1jobs gives you the horn

31-August-2017 - onrec.com



Today sees the launch of s1jobs’ brand new advertising campaign, ‘s1jobs gives you the horn’. Scotland’s most successful recruitment platform has a reputation for humorous Scottish adverts and this is set to be no different. Posted in News archive on 31 Aug 2017 Created with Glasgow Digital Agency, Bright Signals, the ad’s strapline ‘s1jobs gives you the horn’ is set to catch the attention and capture the imagination of their Scottish audience.  The advert depicts a bold, powerful Unicorn encouraging a jobseeker to ‘go on, search what they’re looking for, they will like it’.  The jobseeker is encouraged to be bold, brave and stand out, as Unicorns do, as they search s1jobs.com to discover a better job. The Unicorn ‘horn’ is the vehicle for their creativity, but more importantly is a national symbol for Scotland and a sign of exceptionalism, just like their candidates. Wendy Pauley, s1’s Marketing Director said: “It was time for s1jobs to be bold, brave and stand out.  We’re renowned for our advertising campaigns and we briefed Bright Signals to go big on humour and create another iconic advert for s1jobs.com.  We’re delighted with the results.” Andy McColgan, Bright Signals Content Director said, “We specialise in creating digital content for brands that doesn't feel like advertising, so when the opportunity came up to develop a new campaign for s1jobs - a brand that has been winning awards and setting the agenda with cheeky Scottish humour for over a decade - we jumped at it. We’re confident that the new direction for the brand will raise a smile and turn a few heads in the coming weeks and months." s1jobs are going big on media too, the 40 second ad will appear on STV Player, All 4 and Youtube throughout the autumn and will be supported by traditional radio, digital radio (Spotify and DAX) and a range of digital channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. The new s1jobs campaign, can be found here:  www.s1jobs.com/s1jobsgivesyouthehorn



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Accident at Western Pennsylvania Plant Leaves Two Dead, Four Hurt

31-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



State police say two contractors working on a pipe in an underground pit at a western Pennsylvania power plant were killed when the pipe ruptured, filling the pit with sludge. Police say four other workers above the pit were overcome



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Eploy to share initial findings from the 2017 UK Candidate Attraction Survey

31-August-2017 - onrec.com



Eploy, a leader in enterprise cloud E-Recruitment software, will once again be supporting the much anticipated in-house Recruitment LIVE one day conference on the 5th September at The Business Design Centre, London. Posted in News archive on 31 Aug 2017 Company Profile eploy View profile » This year Eploy will be presenting an exclusive first look at the data from the 2017 UK Candidate Attraction Survey. Some of the key areas covered by the survey include: In-depth analysis of the effectiveness of key sourcing channels, including job boards, social networks, careers sites, employee referrals and talent pooling. The effectiveness of each sourcing channel in each industry / sector. The importance of hiring managers in the sourcing process, irrespective of the size of your organisation. The difference in the ways agencies and in-house recruiters source candidates. The effectiveness of social as a sourcing tool. “We published the 2016 UK Candidate Attraction Report after surveying over 600 UK recruitment professionals. The report went on to be a valuable resource for thousands of in-house and agency recruiters over the past 12 months and we will share exclusively the highlights of the 2017 survey at the event” commented Chris Bogh, Chief Technology Officer at Eploy. The 2017 Candidate Attraction Report survey is open to both in-house and agency recruiters in the UK and can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K5H7X9B . Recruiters taking part can also enter the prize draw to win a £250 Amazon voucher. If you haven’t yet registered for in-house Recruitment LIVE you can register for your free ticket today The event will bring together in-house Recruitment Professionals to inspire, innovate and empower and will cover a variety of hot topics including: 1.     The Road to Recruitment Success 2.     The Talent Crisis 3.     The Future of Work in a World of AI Robotics 4.     Informed Candidates and the Talent Pipeline Visit Eploy at Stands 31 & 32 to find out more about the full Candidate Attraction Report and how Eploy's world class recruitment software can help your organisation to recruit faster and smarter.



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U.S. Agency Sues New York’s Estee Lauder Companies Over Parental Leave Policy

31-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing Estee Lauder Companies Inc. of discriminating against men by giving them less paid parental leave than women. The commission said in the lawsuit filed in Philadelphia federal court



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Jet2.com announces 1,700 jobs in recruitment drive

31-August-2017 - onrec.com



Pilot, Cabin Crew and Ground Operations roles available to support Jet2.com’s ongoing success and growth Posted in News archive on 31 Aug 2017 Leading leisure airline Jet2.com has announced a major recruitment drive, with a host of roadshows across the UK to fill over 1,700 Pilot, Cabin Crew and Ground Operations roles. The announcement comes on the back of a successful recruitment campaign for this summer, which includes flights from new bases Birmingham and London Stansted.  This expansion is set to continue in Summer 18, with the company having 9.8 million seats on sale (a 13% capacity increase) opening up a wealth of exciting opportunities for a host of talented Pilots, Cabin Crew and Ground Operations colleagues alike. Roadshows are taking place throughout August and September at various airports and locations across the UK to support the recruitment of 180 pilot, 900 cabin crew and more than 700 ground operations positions. The roadshows will offer the chance to meet members of the Jet2.com team, receive expert advice and information about the various roles on offer with an informal chat. Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “It has been an exciting year for Jet2.com and Jet2holidays , and we are delighted to be creating so many opportunities to join our award-winning team. If you care passionately about looking after customers, we would love to see you at one of our upcoming roadshows and we look forward to welcoming you on board.” Jet2.com, the third largest registered airline in the UK, was recently named Best Airline – UK and Best Low-Cost Airline – Europe in the inaugural TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for airlines and is also the only UK airline to be recognised by Which? as a Recommended Provider. A recent report by the Institute of Customer Service showed that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays leads the industry for customer satisfaction, meaning a passion for looking after customers is an absolute must. With a growing fleet of aircraft, including 34 brand new Boeing 737-800NG aircraft which are being delivered between 2016 and 2019, there is an ever-growing need for enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate Pilots to join the Jet2.com team, with a particular interest in B737 Type Rated First Officers. The roles are targeted at experienced Pilots with a strong training record and the commitment, energy and flexibility required to deliver the best service to their all-important customers. The Ground Operations Team will be responsible for ensuring that flights depart safely and on time. Working as part of a team of Customer Helpers, they work hard to ensure that customers depart on time, providing the perfect start to a lovely holiday. Aspiring Cabin Crew members will be expected to deliver a consistently high level of safety and a VIP service to customers, working closely with the Captain and the rest of the Crew to make every flight memorable.   As the UK’s leading leisure airline, operating a fleet of more than 80 aircraft in Summer 18 to popular destinations in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands and a wealth of European Cities, this marks an exciting time for Pilots, Cabin Crew and Ground Operations employees to get onboard with the Jet2.com team. To see all the jobs available visit http://www.jet2careers.com/ Details and dates for the Pilot, Cabin Crew and Ground Operations roadshows: Novotel London Stansted London Stansted Airport, CM24 1SF Tuesday 22 nd August 2017: 10:00 – 17:30 Raddison Blu Hotel Manchester Airport, M90 3RA Thursday 31 st August 2017: 10:00 – 17:30 Mercure Leeds Parkway Leeds, LS16 8AG Friday 1 st September 2017: 10:00 – 17:30 Hilton Birmingham Metropole NEC Birmingham, B40 1PP Wednesday 6 th September 2017: 10:00 – 17:30 Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport, DE74 2SH Thursday 7 th September 2017: 10:00 – 17:30 Mercure St Pauls Sheffield, S1 2JE Thursday 7 th September 2017: 07:30 – 19:30 The Normandy Hotel Glasgow PA4 9EJ Tuesday 12 th September 2017: 10:00 – 17:30 Holiday Inn Edinburgh, EH12 6UA Wednesday 13 th September 2017: 10:00 – 17:30 Hotel Novotel Newcastle Airport, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3HZ Friday 22 nd September 2017: 10:00 – 17:30 For further information and to book visit www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com .



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Integro Names McCarroll from Willis Senior Vice President in California

31-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Integro Insurance Brokers has hired Michael McCarroll as senior vice president in the firms Woodland Hills, Calif. office. McCarroll will focus on developing new opportunities within the property casualty, benefits and entertainment sectors. McCarroll joins Integro from Willis. He



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2 Kentucky Counties to Sue Drug Companies Over Opioid Epidemic

31-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Officials in two Kentucky counties have voted to hire attorneys to file lawsuits against wholesale drug distributors to help pay for the costs of combating the opioid epidemic. The Kentucky Enquirer reports Boone and Kenton counties approved the measures last



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Over 20% of graduates have considered cheating on employer aptitude tests as concern over post-Brexit opportunities grows

31-August-2017 - onrec.com



A quarter of graduates willing to pay to access practice material ahead of tests in effort to beat competition Posted in News archive on 31 Aug 2017 More than one in five graduates has either cheated on an employer aptitude test or thought about doing so, as concern over post-Brexit opportunities grows, according to new research from graduate advice sites  WikiJob  and practicereasoningtests.com . The most common method of cheating admitted to was arranging for someone else to take the test for them, says WikiJob, the UK’s largest forum for graduate jobseekers. WikiJob adds that the survey also revealed that a quarter of candidates were prepared to pay to access practice material, while 60% of graduates had practised aptitude tests ahead of sitting them in the application process. James Rice, Head of Digital Marketing at WikiJob, was surprised at the number of candidates who were willing to cheat to get past the tests, commenting: “Concerns over a decline in employment opportunities as a result of Brexit may be fuelling this trend.” “As competition for places on graduate schemes with the most highly regarded employers continues to intensify and fears over the impact of Brexit grow, graduates appear willing to take greater risks to advance to the later stages.” “Thanks to our forum, we’ve been aware for some time of both companies and individuals who are prepared to take aptitude tests on behalf of others for payment, but the figures are shocking.” A representative for JobTestPrep, a provider of practice aptitude test packages, has a few words of caution for those graduates considering cheating: “Cheating basically means you lack confidence in your ability to successfully complete the application process. Preparing for and confronting the difficulties of aptitude tests builds your confidence and develops you into a stronger overall candidate.” 63%  of graduates do not appreciate the importance of aptitude tests – more needs to be done to improve understanding of benefits Additionally, 63% of graduates are not convinced that aptitude tests are a good way to find the best job candidates. Jenny Bettany, a chartered psychologist and psychometric specialist, says: “It's concerning that so few applicants see the value of psychometric tests. These tests are a vital tool to identify candidates for roles in which they will excel and hopefully go on to enjoy highly successful careers. It's clear this isn't coming across to those who apply.” WikiJob explains that a lack of knowledge around the benefits of aptitude testing among graduates has resulted in the high proportion of those who responded to the survey questioning the use of the tests in the recruitment process. Oliver Savill, owner of Assessment Day, a practice test provider, continues:  “There needs to be greater communication from employers about why aptitude tests are being used. If candidates understood that these tests are not just an arbitrary hoop to jump through but a powerful tool based on decades of research that helps graduates get on the first rung of the career ladder, then perhaps there would be improved appreciation of the benefits of the testing process.” --- Survey source:  https://www.wikijob.co.uk/content/features/useful-resources/graduates-whats-your-experience-aptitude-tests



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These are some of the highest paying jobs

31-August-2017 - usatoday.com



LinkedIn has a new survey with the highest paying jobs out there. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more.            



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Lost in Translation: Thailand offers course for women who marry foreigners

30-August-2017 - reuters.com



BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is offering a free course to help Thai women cope with the highs and lows of interracial marriage and avoid potential scams or falling victim to human trafficking when...



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Retired federal magistrate judge has new career as a paramedic

30-August-2017 - abajournal.com



Former U.S. Magistrate Judge Don Bush retired from the bench last year, and he no longer works in the legal profession. But he is still



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Here´s why car rental firms don´t deserve criticism

30-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Car hire firms have been criticised for ripping off drivers when they get to collection desks across Europe. Richard Knubben, director of car hire trade body Leaseurope, responds.



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Your car hire complaints could lead to Spanish clampdown

30-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



British authorities have asked the consumer watchdog in Spain to launch an investigation into car hire rip-offs after we submitted a dossier of damning evidence.



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Victoria McLean: Got A 2:2 Or Third? Don´t Panic! You Don´t Need A Great Degree To Get A Great Job

30-August-2017 - huffingtonpost.co.uk





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Five tips to avoid holiday car hire traps abroad

30-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Responding to Money Mail’s investigation into tactics used by overseas car rental firms to sell insurance, the ABI has issued five key tips to help holidaymakers avoid some of the traps.



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Tomi Lahren lands a job on Fox News

30-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Conservative pundit Tomi Lahren has landed a contributor job at Fox News.            



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Labor Day weekend has loads of new car deals

30-August-2017 - usatoday.com



From Chevrolet to Toyota, theres deals on all kinds of cars            



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Get started: Business owners upbeat, cautious about hiring

30-August-2017 - usatoday.com



While many small business owners are upbeat about their companies and the economy, theyre maintaining their cautious approach to hiring.            



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How to save safely for your grandchildren

30-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



It's a simple act of generosity most grandparents have thought about. But setting up a savings account for a grandchild where you stay in control of the cash can be utterly baffling.



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New Uber CEO promises change, sees IPO in 18-36 months

30-August-2017 - reuters.com



SAN FRANCISCO/GEORGETOWN, Del. (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] new Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi told employees on Wednesday the ride-services company would change its culture and may go public in 18 to 36 months.



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After the flood, Fed likely to see little change in economy, policy course

30-August-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The economic fallout from Hurricane Harvey will make the Federal Reserve's job more difficult when it meets in three weeks, but U.S. central bankers have looked past major storms before with little change in monetary policy and are likely to do the same this time.



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Creating Happiness: Creative Workers Claim to be Happiest at Work

30-August-2017 - workforce.com



Kevin Synoga knows what it is like to work a creative job in a not-so-creative field, but is happy to be in the hard-working environment of his colleagues. Synoga, a graphic designer at a transportation engineering firm, sees happiness at work not solely in creative fields, although surveys show happiness and creativity are often paired together. A recent survey by... The post Creating Happiness: Creative Workers Claim to be Happiest at Work appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Tool hire firm hit by 4th profit alert: HSS down 11.7%

30-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



HSS now expects profits of between £8m and £11m in the second half of the year which puts it on course for profits of as little as £700,000 for the full year after it made losses of £7.3m in the first half.



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HSS Hire shares tank as tool supplier sees losses widen

30-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



HSS saw reported loss before tax almost quadrupling to £30.1million in the six months to July from £7.8million in the same period last year.



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CITY DIARY: Credit Suisse takes Sapience Analytics stake

30-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Sapience Analytics's technology allows bosses to track the work patterns of employees by monitoring their computers and mobile phones.



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Shares in HSS Hire plunge after warning on sales and profits

30-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Job market: businesses added robust 237,000 in August

30-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Payroll processor ADP reported its estimate for job gains this month.            



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Mike Ashley sues Tony Jimenez over golf course deal

30-August-2017 - bbc.com



The Newcastle United owner is alleging a breach of contract over a £3m golf course investment.



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Modern Workspaces: Office Design Possibilities Open Up

30-August-2017 - workforce.com



Trends in office design are busting out of the cubicle and allowing employees to operate in open, collaborative environments. Workforce explores these employee-focused design trends in the video story Modern Workspaces.” You’ll meet a leading office space designer and a wellness company that went from drab to dramatic after instituting a massive interior redesign project. Both offer unique insights on... The post Modern Workspaces: Office Design Possibilities Open Up appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Lost in Translation: Thailand offers course for women who marry foreigners

30-August-2017 - reuters.com



BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is offering a free course to help Thai women cope with the highs and lows of interracial marriage and avoid potential scams or falling victim to human trafficking when...



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Global Study Finds No Increased Lung Cancer Risk for Hard Metal Workers

30-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Workers in the hard metal industry are not at increased risk for lung cancer or any of 63 other potential causes of death, concluded the largest study on this population to date. The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public



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Stonetrust Entering Nebraska Workers’ Comp Market

30-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Omaha, Nebraska-based Method Insurance Services announced it will be the exclusive distribution channel for Stonetrust Commercial Insurance Co. as it enters the Nebraska workers compensation market. Stonetrust is a Nebraska domestic insurer and is pleased to partner with Omaha based



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Hurricane Harvey pushes gas prices near two-year high

30-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Gasoline prices are spiraling toward a two-year high with the Labor Day driving rush approaching after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast.            



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Dave Bartram joins Aon’s Scientific Advisory Board on Assessment

30-August-2017 - onrec.com



Dave Bartram, the former chief psychologist at CEB and research director for SHL Group, has been appointed to Aon’s Scientific Advisory Board on assessment, in a part-time role as an external advisor. Aon is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Posted in News archive on 30 Aug 2017 Company Profile cut-e View profile » Dr. Bartram joins four other prominent figures in academia and business providing external advice and objective insights to guide the research, consulting services and product portfolios at Aon and at cut-e, the assessment specialist acquired by Aon in May 2017.   The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) reviews the talent assessment methodologies and analytic services of Aon and cut-e, examining aspects such as measurement and evaluation, validity and adherence to scientific, ethical and legal requirements. Dave Bartram is a leading occupational psychologist, chartered psychologist and chartered scientist. He is a Fellow and Past President of the International Test Commission; a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP); a Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is also a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and past chair of its steering committee on test standards. He received the BPS Distinguished Contribution to Professional Psychology award in 2004 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology in 2015. In 2017, he was the first recipient of the EFPA Robert Roe Award for Outstanding Contribution of Psychology to Society. Before joining SHL Group (which was acquired by CEB in 2012), he was Professor of Psychology at the University of Hull, where he worked for 26 years. He is a consultant to international organisations and has been advisor to the UK government on assessment procedures and personnel selection systems.  Anthony S. Boyce, a partner at Aon who chairs the Scientific Advisory Board, said: “The Scientific Advisory Board provides an independent perspective that ensures our approach to talent assessment reflects the absolute latest in scientific understanding and innovations as well as ensuring our adherence to the highest professional standards and practices. We’re delighted to welcome Dave to the Board. He’s a renowned figure in the assessment world who brings over 45 years of experience, integrity and innovation to supplement the amazing advisors we already have in place. Dave and the other members of our Board will ensure that we faithfully uphold and represent the principles of the industrial-organisational psychology community as we test 30 million people every year on behalf of our clients.”  The four other distinguished members of the Aon Scientific Advisory Board are: Dr. Ann Marie Ryan, Professor at Michigan State University and SIOP President 2002-03; Dr. Sheldon Zedeck, Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkley and SIOP President 1986-87; Dr. Fred Oswald, Professor at Rice University and SIOP President 2016-17 and Dr. Charles Handler, President and Founder of talent assessment consultancy Rocket-Hire.  Commenting on his appointment, Dave Bartram said: “It’s an honour to join the Aon Scientific Advisory Board. Aon and cut-e are leading providers in the talent assessment and consulting community and both businesses have great potential. Their research programmes and products have tremendous impact on organisations and job candidates all around the world. I’m very much looking forward to working with them to ensure they continue to lead their markets, serve their customers, maintain their standards and develop innovative, next-generation tools that will meet the organisational talent assessment and development needs of the future.”  The Aon Scientific Advisory Board meets annually and the members are appointed on a three-year term. The next meeting will be in Washington DC, on October 23-24 2017. 



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How to interpret stock charts and data

30-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Theres a wealth of resources available to help investors navigate the stock market, including a trove of data and charts.            



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Bring your profile to life with the launch of original video on LinkedIn

30-August-2017 - onrec.com



LinkedIn announces ability to share video directly from the mobile app Posted in News archive on 30 Aug 2017 LinkedIn , the world’s largest professional network, is today announcing the rollout of its new video feature – enabling its 23 million UK members to record, upload and share their professional knowledge and insights through the power of video. In the LinkedIn mobile app, look for the share box at the top of the feed (iOS) or the post button (Android) and tap on the video icon - you can then record a video in the app, or upload something you recorded earlier. Once you’re ready to post, simply add a caption, choose whether you want to share publicly or with your connections only, and that’s it. “You need to make sure you’re grabbing the attention of people looking at your LinkedIn profile, especially in a competitive job market. So don’t be shy and give your profile some personality with video – whether it’s sharing something you’ve created, going behind the scenes of an event, or giving advice to your connections,” says LinkedIn’s Darain Faraz . You can also see who your videos reach on LinkedIn – it will show you audience insights such as the top companies, titles and locations of your viewers, as well as how many likes, shares, comments, views and re-shares your videos are receiving. This will help you better understand if you’re reaching the people and companies you want to impress or would love to work for. The update is being rolled out from today – so if you don’t have it yet, you will soon have the ability to post, view and engage with videos across our global members. To find out more about using video on your profile and get some inspiration on the kind of content you could share, you can read this blog post .



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Self-Employed workers in the UK buck five-year pay squeeze

30-August-2017 - onrec.com



New figures released today, comparing the progress of wages between 2010 and 2015, reveal that despite five years of slow wage growth in the UK, freelance professionals experienced a significant uplift of income during the same period, with hourly rate growth for the self-employed rising at a rate nearly six times faster than employees. Posted in News archive on 30 Aug 2017 The average hourly rate for freelancers* increased by 26.83% between 2010-2015 compared to a 4.52% rise for employees. By 2015 freelancers* averaged an hourly rate of £20.73, £5.47 or 36% more per hour than the national average for employees. New figures released today, comparing the progress of wages between 2010 and 2015, reveal that despite five years of slow wage growth in the UK, freelance professionals experienced a significant uplift of income during the same period, with hourly rate growth for the self-employed rising at a rate nearly six times faster than employees. The data provided by the UK’s largest freelance marketplace PeoplePerHour, were analysed by researchers at the University of Westminster Business School, led by Professor Peter Urwin.  The analysis** found that between 2010 and 2015, the mean hourly rate for freelancers using PeoplePerHour increased by 26.83%, rising from a starting point of £16.34 in 2010 to £20.73 in 2015. While these figures are worth noting in isolation, their significance really comes to light when compared to official earnings for employees during the same period.  According to data taken from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), not only did employees experience a far lower rate of growth in their salaries – just 4.52% – but their overall pay packet was significantly lower, starting at £14.60 per hour in 2010 and only inching up to £15.26 by the end of 2015. By the end of 2015, the self-employed on PeoplePerHour earned an average of £5.47 (36%) more per hour than the national average for employees. Xenios Thrasyvoulou, founder  and CEO of PeoplePerHour, comments: "In 2010, in the midst of the financial crisis, freelancers on PeoplePerHour were already earning more than their employed counterparts, and that gap has significantly widened. The fact that freelancers using our platform are significantly out-earning the national average wage is a reflection of two factors: the quality of the work delivered and the growth in demand from businesses wanting to hire skilled professionals on a freelance basis. With more highly-skilled professionals seeking equilibrium in their work-life balance, many are turning to self-employment as a way to both command higher hourly rates and to have the autonomy they crave. Equally, as companies switch on to the  many benefits of the freelance workforce, freelancers are able to pick and choose their clients and negotiate their hourly rate they are worth, and in turn, businesses are willing to pay more for the skills, expertise and flexibility such a workforce brings."



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Employers concerned for future of the economy despite booming jobs market – REC

30-August-2017 - onrec.com



Posted in News archive on 30 Aug 2017 Company Profile REC View profile » Employer confidence in the UK economy has moved into negative territory, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). The net balance fell from +6 per cent last month to -3 per cent in the latest report, as 31 per cent of employers now expect the economy to worsen and just 28 per cent expect it to improve. Employers are still looking to hire, with one in five (19 per cent) planning to increase permanent headcount in the next three months. Confidence in making hiring and investment decisions remains positive with a net balance of 10 per cent, but is at its lowest for the past year. In addition to signs of deteriorating employer confidence, consumers are also becoming more pessimistic. The GfK’s index of consumer confidence fell to -12, equalling last year’s post-referendum low. The latest JobsOutlook survey of 601 employers also shows: 40 per cent of employers have no spare capacity and would need to recruit to meet additional demand more employers express concerns about a lack of appropriate candidates for construction jobs (both temporary and permanent) than any other area. REC chief executive Kevin Green says: “The jobs market continues to do well despite growing uncertainty. However, this drop in employer confidence should raise a red flag. “Businesses are continuing to hire to meet demand, but issues like access to labour, Brexit negotiations and political uncertainty are creating nervousness. Employers in the construction sector are especially concerned as they rely heavily on EU workers to meet the growing demand for housing and to support the government’s infrastructure plans. “The added factor of dropping consumer confidence is putting some businesses on edge. If people reduce their spending, businesses will be impacted. “The government must do more to create an environment where businesses have clarity. That means clearly laying out what Brexit plans look like and how employers can keep recruiting the people they need from the EU. The jobs market is in a good place but employers will only continue to hire and invest if they feel assured about the future.”



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UK Insurers Face Looming Brexit Deadline to Move Contracts with EU Clients

30-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Insurers in Britain face crunchtime within weeks if the government and the European Union do not allow millions of cross-border policies to continue to run undisturbed beyond Brexit. While Britain is not due to leave the bloc until March 2019,



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Research finds the age of discontent at work starts at just 35

30-August-2017 - onrec.com



Underappreciation and stress fuel discontent as employees get older, with happiness at work falling after the age of 35 Posted in News archive on 30 Aug 2017 Research by Happiness Works on behalf of  Robert Half  UK has revealed that almost one fifth (17%) of people over the age of 55 are unhappy at work. Those in Generation X don’t fare much better with 16% of 35-54 year olds admitting they are also unhappy in their roles. This is double the number of Millennials that said the same. In stark contrast to the older generations, less than one in ten (8%) of those aged 18-34 claimed to be unhappy in their jobs. The full report,  It’s time we all work happy™: The secrets of the happiest companies and employees ,  looked at what influences employee happiness in the workplace and showed that older generations are more heavily affected by workplace stress. One third (34%) of those aged over 35 found their job stressful. This figure is significantly lower for 18-35 year olds where only a quarter (25%) said they suffered from stress. Complaints about work-life balance also come into play the older you are. In total, 12% of those aged 35-54 and 17% of those aged over 55 struggle to juggle work with other aspects of their life. In comparison, just one in 10 Millenials feel the same. Overall, 68% of 18-34 year olds felt more free to be themselves at work, with more than half (55%) of this generation, saying that they were able to be creative at work. This compared to 38% of Generation X and 31% of 55+ year olds, who said they were able to be creative. As employees get older, they are also far less likely to view their colleagues as friends. In fact, 14% of those aged 35-54 years old and 16% of those aged over 55 said they don’t have good friends at work, clearly keeping their work and social lives separate. By comparison, three in five (62%) 18-34 year olds said that they had good friends at work. For those aged over 35, a little appreciation could go a long way. Overall, 60% of those aged 18-35 feel appreciated and just 15% feel undervalued. In comparison, a quarter (25%) of 35-54 year olds feel underappreciated, with this figure rising to 29% for those aged over 55. “Employees that are aged over 35 have valuable experience that the whole organisation can learn and benefit from,” explained Phil Sheridan, Senior Managing Director at Robert Half UK. “It’s important that their happiness is not neglected, so businesses need to take the time to invest in their staff at all levels. Simple things like conducting regular performance reviews, offering new opportunities for learning and setting ambitious career goals are all steps that can ensure more tenured workers feel appreciated and that career goals don’t become static.”



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Beazley Expands Coverage for Social Engineering, Online Fraud Scams

30-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Beazley has launched a new excess policy for the U.S. market that significantly expands the protection available to firms that fall victim to impersonation scams by fraudsters convincing employees to wire funds to external accounts. According to Beazley, this and



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Revealed: The top five questions your employees are afraid to ask

30-August-2017 - onrec.com



… From pay rises and promotions, to flexibility and time off Posted in News archive on 30 Aug 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » Dealing with the boss can be nerve wracking, so it’s unsurprising that one in four (22.5%) professionals admitted that there are certain questions they’re afraid to ask their employer, with this figure rising to almost a third (31.3%) amongst millennials. This is according to a recent study from CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job board. The survey, which explored the views of 1,000 UK professionals, also found that despite being nervous in the first instance, half of workers (49.4%) agreed that they would feel less awkward asking these questions once they’re comfortable with their boss. When asked what questions they hate asking the most, respondents cited the following: Can I have a pay rise?  63.6% Can I have a promotion?  34.6%  Can I work more flexible hours?  32.7% Can you help me with a task?  27.6% Can I take some time off?  26.4% Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library , comments: “There’s a fine line between being too passive, and too aggressive when it comes to your employees asking about pay rises or promotions. It’s important that you create a culture where they feel comfortable enough to ask you anything, it’s then up to you whether  or not your grant their request. If your employee rightly deserves that promotion or whatever it is they’re asking for, hopefully you’ll have already noticed and can reward them for their efforts. Communication is key in the workplace, and providing they approach  you in a professional manner with a reasonable request, there is no reason why your staff should feel nervous about asking a question.” Half of workers (49.4%) agreed that they don’t mind asking difficult questions once they feel more comfortable with their boss, but how long does this usually take? For one third of workers (30.3%) this can take around a month or so, but for 23.4% this takes as little as a week. Other respondents said it takes them up to three months (22.6%), a year (7.3%), and some even said they’ll never feel comfortable with their boss (8.5%). Biggins concludes: “It’s worrying to learn that nearly one in 10 said they’ll never feel comfortable with their boss, especially if this stops them from asking important questions. It may always be nerve wracking asking for help, flexible working or for whatever it is they need,  so as an employer it’s important that you create a friendly culture where your workforce feel that they can approach you if necessary. In the end we’re all human and your employees just want to do what’s best for their career. As a leader you should support  and nurture this.” Learn more about CV-Library at  www.cv-library.co.uk



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Unlimited Vacation Time Is a Lot of Work

29-August-2017 - wsj.com



Experts say unlimited vacation time isn’t a perfect solution to an overworked workforce. Employees can become more hesitant to take time off when they’re allowed to do it any time—and for as long as they desire.



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Generals Bring Battlefield Expertise to the Business World

29-August-2017 - wsj.com



Employers are turning to generals for help on numerous fronts, from corporate governance to grappling with cyberwarfare.



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Workers Save More for Retirement When Employers Tell Them to: Study

29-August-2017 - wsj.com



In an experiment involving older public employees in North Carolina, older workers—typically the most inflexible—were more likely to reassess their savings strategies or increase contributions in response to ‘nudges.’



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New Uber CEO´s First Job: Manage the Board

29-August-2017 - wsj.com



Dara Khosrowshahi, the longtime head of Expedia who has been tapped to take over at Uber, would have to work with a board riven by animosity and legal disputes that is still looking for a new chairman.



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There’s Still a Gender Gap. How It Varies Depends on Who You Ask

29-August-2017 - workforce.com



Although we’ve made significant progress toward gender equality in the past few decades, we still have a huge distance to travel to reach true gender parity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we’ve come closer to equal pay, but haven’t reached it yet — from 62 cents on the dollar in 1979 to roughly 81 cents in 2011. The... The post There’s Still a Gender Gap. How It Varies Depends on Who You Ask appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Letter to Employees During EEOC Probe May Violate Discrimination Laws

29-August-2017 - workforce.com



Suppose an employee files an EEOC charge of discrimination against you. And, further suppose that during the investigation, you receive a request from the agency for the name and contact information for all similarly situated employees. You correctly assume that the EEOC may use the information to contact your employees for investigatory interviews. Do you: Allow the EEOC process to... The post Letter to Employees During EEOC Probe May Violate Discrimination Laws appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Staff will be given a voice on their company´s board

29-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The Prime Minister told the Tory conference last October she would force companies to accept workers’ representatives.



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U.S. consumer confidence hits five-month high; house prices rise

29-August-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S consumer confidence surged to a five-month high in August as households grew increasingly upbeat about the labor market while house prices rose further in June, suggesting a recent acceleration in consumer spending was likely to be sustained.



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Arnold Schwarzenegger hired to highlight PPI claims deadline

29-August-2017 - bbc.com



The actor is the face of a £42m awareness campaign, with two years left to claim PPI compensation.



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Expedia boss ´to take Uber job´

29-August-2017 - bbc.com



Dara Khosrowshahi told US news outlets he is aware of challenges and is "not in this to coast".



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UK house price growth slows despite strong job market

29-August-2017 - bbc.com



House prices growth slowed to 2.1% in August, according to the Nationwide.



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Manufacturers seek clarity over EU worker rights

29-August-2017 - bbc.com



Manufacturers warn of a recruitment crunch if they are unable to keep hiring EU workers after Brexit.



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Banking bonanza

29-August-2017 - bbc.com



Many of Europe's largest banks have already announced their intention to relocate jobs to Frankfurt as Brexit talks go on.



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Tim Cooks swing through Midwest is politician-like

29-August-2017 - usatoday.com



During a mini-tour of Texas, Ohio and Iowa, Cook spoke on jobs, manufacturing and education.            



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What to Ask Your Pharmacy Benefit Manager to Control Spike in Prescription Spending

29-August-2017 - workforce.com



Self-insured employers and benefits professionals are facing a crisis. Each year, they see prescription drug spending increase at alarming rates. According to Conduent’s annual survey, 55 percent of employers spend 20 percent or more of their total health care budget on pharmacy benefits for their employees. In addition, 75 percent of employers say “affordable pharmacy benefits” has the highest impact... The post What to Ask Your Pharmacy Benefit Manager to Control Spike in Prescription Spending appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Some Constructive Criticism on Health Savings Accounts

29-August-2017 - workforce.com



I recently came across a blog on LinkedIn written by John Lowell, a consultant and actuary, titled “Perhaps Employees Just Don’t Want HSAs.” Health savings accounts are valuable to many employers though it appears it takes special messaging for employees to buy in. I found this interesting because from the employer side, I often hear about the excellence of health... The post Some Constructive Criticism on Health Savings Accounts appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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California DOI Hearing Date Set for Workers’ Comp Pure Premium Rate Filing

29-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The California Department of Insurance announced that it will hold a public hearing on Oct. 5 to consider the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureaus Jan. 1, 2018 pure premium rate filing. The filing was submitted to the CDI on Aug.



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Trial Nears for Final Defendant in Delaware Murder-For-Hire Case

29-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A judge is holding a final case review for the last of four defendants charged in the murder-for-hire killings of a Delaware couple. Mondays court proceeding comes as a trial looms for Dominique Benson in the 2013 deaths of Joseph



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California Bill Targets Sexual Harassment by Venture Capitalists

29-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A rash of sexual harassment scandals this summer involving venture capitalists has laid bare a major weakness in laws meant to protect workers from unwelcome advances. While legislation is clear on many workplace interactions, theres next to nothing on the



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Illinois Governor Vetoes 2nd Workers’ Comp Bill

29-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed another workers compensation reform bill that was strongly opposed by the insurance industry. He has nixed HB2525, which would have required pre-approval of workers comp insurance rates. The legislative analysis of the bill stated



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Zalewski Named Chair of California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board

29-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



California Gov. Jerry Brown has named Katherine Zalewski chair on the California Workers Compensation Appeals Board. Zalewski served on the board since her appointment by Brown in 2014. Prior to her appointment, she joined the Department of Industrial Relations as



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Study Keys on Opioids in California Comp Claims Involving Mental Health

29-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A new study shows the prevalence of opioids in workers compensation claims involving mental health. The study by the California Workers Compensation Institute tracks changes in the prevalence, volume and strength of opioid prescriptions in California work injury lost-time claims



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Office Spaces Focusing More on Communal Areas

28-August-2017 - wsj.com



Businesses are beginning to design offices spaces that are increasing the amount of square footage per employee when shared work settings are taken into account.



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Expedia confirms CEO Dara Khosrowshahi´s job offer from Uber

28-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Expedia is confirming that CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been offered the top job at ride-hailing company Uber



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Who is Uber CEO front-runner Dara Khosrowshahi?

28-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Expedia CEO Dara Khosrashahi has reportedly been offered the top job at Uber, though its currently unclear if he has accepted the offer. The Iranian-American businessman took the helm of travel site Expedia in August of 2005.            



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Lawyers face backlash over rip-off leases

28-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Conveyancing solicitors are meant to help buyers understand their contracts and advise them against agreeing a bad deal when buying a new home.



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Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi gets Uber top job

28-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Dara Khosrowshahi, 48, will have to overhaul the taxi app firm’s image, repair relations with its investors and make it profitable.



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Expedia´s Khosrowshahi poised to take Uber CEO job: memo

28-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Expedia Inc Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi is poised to accept Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] offer to become its new CEO, according to an internal memo sent to Expedia staff, putting him in charge of turning around the loss-making, scandal-ridden ride-services company.



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Government career break returner schemes launched

28-August-2017 - bbc.com



The schemes offer paid job placements for people returning to work after a break.



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West Virginia Miner Who Survived 2006 Sago Blast Dies on Job

28-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A coal miner who died on the job in West Virginia was the brother of one of the 12 killed in the Sago Mine disaster of 2006. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that authorities identified the miner found dead Friday as



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We found some great Labor Day sales on major appliances

28-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Stores want to move merchandise at the end of the summerso you can get some great deals            



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Nevada Gambling Regulators Don’t Want Marijuana in Casinos

28-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Nevadas gambling regulators are grappling with how to deal with the states latest legal vice – recreational marijuana – and theyve made it clear that pot doesnt belong in casinos. In the first of a series of policy discussions, the



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Former New Jersey Transit Worker Says He Was Fired for Raising Safety Concerns

28-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A recently fired New Jersey Transit compliance officer told lawmakers on Friday that he was terminated for raising safety and other concerns and that the agency is a runaway train. Todd Barretta told a joint Assembly and Senate oversight committee



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Sioux Falls, S.D., Sees Drop in People Working Finance, Insurance Jobs

28-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The finance industry has lost hundreds of workers in the past three years as health care and retail companies continue growing their workforce in the area. The Argus Leader reports that finance and insurance companies employed just under 14,000 people



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UK swimwear firm Orlebar Brown to make £50m splash

27-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The firm, which came to prominence when Daniel Craig wore a pair of its trunks as James Bond, is said to have hired Cavendish Corporate Finance to explore future funding options.



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Blaenau Gwent: New firms created using US jobs model

27-August-2017 - bbc.com



Blaenau Gwent has the highest unemployment rate in Wales but locals are encouraged to start businesses.



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Jeff Immelt says not pursuing Uber CEO job

27-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's [UBER.UL] field of candidates for a new chief executive officer narrowed further on Sunday when Jeff Immelt, chairman of General Electric Co, said he was no longer in the running for the top leadership position.



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Immelt out of running as Uber CEO; Whitman could land job

27-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Immelts surprise announcement is the latest drama in a months-long saga that began when major investors ousted then-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in June.            



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St. Louis Workers Likely to See Wage Drop with New Law

27-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Thousands of workers in St. Louis will likely see smaller paychecks starting Monday, when a new Missouri law takes effect barring local government from enacting minimum wages different than the state minimum. The law is drawing protests in St. Louis



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RAF veteran expands Heroes4Hire business nationwide

26-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Heroes4Hire Handymen, based in Warrington, was launched by Nigel Blanchard in April to utilise the skills and work ethic of former Armed Forces personnel.



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Economic adviser knocks Trump´s response to Charlottesville

26-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Gary Cohn, a top economic adviser to President Donald Trump, says the administration 'must do better' in condemning hate groups but that he won't resign: 'I will not allow neo-Nazis ranting 'Jews will not replace us' to cause this Jew to leave his job.'



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De Beers boss Bruce Cleaver: How to sell diamonds to the Snapchat generation

26-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Incentives, Penalties and Disagreements in Workplace Wellness

25-August-2017 - workforce.com



Workplace wellness is in the weeds this week at Macy’s. As Bloomberg BNA reported, the Labor Department claims that Macy’s tobacco cessation program doesn’t meet certain regulatory requirements. The Labor Department claims that Macy’s tobacco cessation program doesn’t meet certain regulatory requirements, according to Bloomberg BNA. Here’s an excerpt from the report: “Since 2011, Macy’s tobacco cessation program hasn’t met... The post Incentives, Penalties and Disagreements in Workplace Wellness appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Student finances: Essential lessons to stick to a budget

25-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Living on a student budget can be tricky, particularly for teenagers who have never lived away from home - here are our essential lessons to help them master their finances at university.



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Government to decide if firms must reveal pay ratios

25-August-2017 - bbc.com



The government will reveal whether firms should publish the pay gap between executive and workers.



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Citizens Advice reveals top five botched building jobs

25-August-2017 - bbc.com



Roofing and fitted kitchens are amongst the most complained-about home improvement projects.



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WATCH: Massachusetts woman quits job after $758.7M Powerball win

25-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Mavis Wanczyk, 53, a mother of two, will take home $336 million after taxes and has already quit her job at a medical center in Chicopee, Mass., where she worked for 32 years.



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Most UK businesses hit by rising employment costs

25-August-2017 - bbc.com



Apprenticeship levies, pensions auto enrolment and a new higher minimum wage have all raised costs.



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Trump???s top economic official Gary Cohn rails against hate - but stays in his job??

25-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Risk Managers Prefer Standalone Cyber Policies: RIMS Survey

25-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



According to the 2017 RIMS Cyber Survey, risk professionals continued to show preference for standalone cyber insurance policies as the number of practitioners who purchased the coverage increased moderately in 2017. Findings from the 2017 RIMS Cyber Survey include: Organizations



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Are you getting the best deal? How to tell if the price is right on your next prescription

25-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Filling a prescription is no longer the simple errand. Before you fill your next prescription, consider these steps to help find the best possible price.            



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Georgia Insurance Agent Arrested for Misappropriating Workers’ Comp Premiums

25-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



An insurance agent in Floyd County, Ga., has been arrested on fraud charges related to the misappropriation of insurance premiums, according to the Georgia Department of Insurance. Marshall Irwin, 56, owner and operator of the Irwin Agency in Rome, Ga.,



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Five reasons to leave your science bubble

24-August-2017 - sciencemag.org



Inspiration—and career opportunities—can come not only from the lab, but from other interests, such as food, dance, theater, and even policy work.



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5MM: How Self-Driving Cars Will Influence the Future Workforce

24-August-2017 - workforce.com



In this week’s edition of 5 Minutes of Management, Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell discuss the effect of autonomous vehicles on the workforce, in which 1 in 9 workers hold jobs that could be impacted by this trend. Which jobs could benefit from the expected rise of autonomous vehicles, and which could be harmed? They also talk about... The post 5MM: How Self-Driving Cars Will Influence the Future Workforce appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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How to cut your home insurance premiums: Eight top tips

24-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Homeowners in South West London are quoted the highest premiums for buildings and contents insurance than any other bill payers in the country, Here's eight easy steps to cut your insurance bill.



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EU ruling means Britons may need to insure lawnmowers

24-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



A ruling by the European Court of Justice said compensation for injuries suffered by a Slovenian farm worker by a tractor on private land should have been covered by a motor insurance policy.



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Up, down, back again: Stocks dip after meandering again

24-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Stocks flipped between modest gains and losses Thursday trading, the latest meandering course for a market that's been pushed in many directions the last few weeks



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For new uniforms, United turns to Brooks Brothers, Tracy Reese and Carhartt

24-August-2017 - usatoday.com



What do Brooks Brothers, Carhartt and Tracy Reese all have in common? Theyre helping shape a new look for United Airlines employees.            



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Cant keep up: More Americans living paycheck-to-paycheck

24-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Nearly 10% of those making $100,000 or more say they cant make ends meet. Overall, most workers said they are in debt and many believe they always will be.            



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Nearly 8 out of 10 Americans living paycheck to paycheck

24-August-2017 - usatoday.com



CareerBuilder put out a new survey and it found that nearly 8 out of 10 American workers live paycheck to paycheck. Veuers Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) has that story.            



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In wake of Foxconn deal, Wisconsin and Illinois vie for jobs

24-August-2017 - reuters.com



CHICAGO (Reuters) - The pledge by Taiwan's Foxconn to build a $10 billion factory in southern Wisconsin has ignited cross-border competition with Illinois over which state’s residents will get the jobs created by the project.



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Massachusetts woman named as $759 million Powerball winner

24-August-2017 - reuters.com



BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts lottery officials on Thursday identified a 53-year-old health care worker who lives in Chicopee as the winner of more than $750 million in a Powerball drawing, the...



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California Workers’ Comp Medical Payments Per Claim Fell in 2016, Report Shows

24-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Medical payments per claim in Californias workers compensation system dropped 9 percent in 2016 from two years prior, according to a report issued by the the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau on Thursday. The WCIRBs California Workers Compensation Aggregate Medical



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Judge Approves $1M Loan so Alaska Newspaper Can Pay Workers’ Comp, Employees

24-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a $1 million loan for the Alaska Dispatch News to keep it operating as negotiations continue with potential buyers. The newspaper will use the loan from potential buyers approved this week to continue paying



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California Hospital Workers’ Comp Survey Shows Moderating Losses, Higher Adjustment Expenses

24-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A survey from 18 hospital systems and more than 44 individual facilities within California shows average losses paid per indemnity claim rose 2.9 percent annually over the past 10 years. Keenan HealthCare and actuarial consultant Milliman on Thursday released the



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Massachusetts’ Boston Insurance Brokerage Promotes Two

24-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Boston Insurance Brokerage (BIB), a Boston, Mass.-based national wholesale brokerage offering commercial insurance solutions, has promoted John Roderiques to associate vice president of its workers compensation division and Cara Treen to account executive. In their new roles, Roderiques and Treen



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UK Financial Services Sector Seeking ‘Ambitious’ Brexit Trade Agreement

24-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The UKs financial sector is seeking an ambitious trade pact between Britain and the European Union to try to prevent a costly shift of jobs and business to the continent once the country leaves the bloc, according to a draft



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Moultrie Hired as VP of Client Services of S.S. NESBITT Brokerage in Alabama

24-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



EBSCO Industries Inc. (EBSCO) has hired insurance veteran Phillip Moultrie as vice president of client services for its insurance brokerage, S.S. Nesbitt (SSN), based in Birmingham, Ala. Moultries immediate focus will be on ensuring that the agency delivers its services



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Employee Embezzlement Schemes Often Carried Out Over Years

24-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Nearly 25 percent of employee thefts involve large-scale losses of more than $1 million and 29 percent are carried out over five or more years. According to a study on embezzlement by specialist insurer Hiscox, high-loss cases often result from



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Harvey Set to Bring ‘Catastrophic’ Flooding Across Texas

24-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Harvey, which could strengthen into the first hurricane to strike Texas since 2008, forced workers off Gulf of Mexico platforms, sent cotton rallying and has airlines preparing for flight disruptions. Tropical Storm Harvey, which has shut oil and natural gas



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10 business leaders share what they look for when hiring freelancers

24-August-2017 - usatoday.com



10 business leaders share what they look for when hiring freelancers.            



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Heres how much the average American earns at every age

24-August-2017 - usatoday.com



How does your salary compare? Here are the median earnings for Americans at every age bracket, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.            



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Millennials call for companies to ‘step up’ and improve summer internship schemes

24-August-2017 - onrec.com



According to new research[i] developed by Lloyds Banking Group’s social mobility programme, Lloyds Scholars, 18-30 year olds said they spent the majority of their internship printing (53%) and photocopying documents (52%), making tea/ picking up lunch (33%) and cold calling (18%) rather than tackling tasks that would enhance their development. Posted in News archive on 24 Aug 2017 Eight out of ten (83%) 18-30 year olds believe their summer internship were more useful to the company they were employed by, than it was to them Most spent their time printing (53%) photocopying documents (52%), making tea/ picking up lunch (33%) and cold calling (18%) Only half (53%) believe that their skills were taken into consideration and appropriately matched A fifth (21%) believe it had no impact or even a negative impact on their professional opportunities According to new research [i] developed by Lloyds Banking Group’s social mobility programme, Lloyds Scholars, 18-30 year olds said they spent the majority of their internship printing (53%) and photocopying documents (52%), making tea/ picking up lunch (33%) and cold calling (18%) rather than tackling tasks that would enhance their development.  The research into the value of internships shows that millennials are seeking meaningful skills and are challenging organisations to enhance their own internship programmes. After being assigned to a post, only half (53%) of 18-30 year olds believed that their skills were taken into consideration and appropriately matched. The findings highlighted that just under a third (32%) thought it had a very positive impact on their employability skills and just over a third (37%) strongly agreed that their internship presented opportunities to develop new skills and try new things. When it came to gaining real-life business experience, three quarters (76%) thought their placement had a positive or very positive impact, but a fifth (21%) believed it had either no impact or even a negative impact on their professional opportunities. Looking towards their future careers, a quarter (25%) said it had no impact or that it made them feel less positive about the future. Only three out of ten (32%) of 18-30 year olds felt that the internship possibly boosted their employability, while one in twenty (5%) said it had a negative impact on their employability altogether. David Rowsell, Head of Education and Employability Programmes for Lloyds Banking Group said: “This research highlights how important it is to tailor internships to meet young people’s needs so they can use the experience to strengthen their skills, abilities and ultimately boost their employability. The Lloyds Scholars Programme aims to improve opportunities for students to allow them to go on to secure graduate level employment. This goes directly to the heart of our business strategy and helps us deliver our commitment to invest for the long-term economic future of the UK and help Britain prosper." The Lloyds Scholars Programme is looking to address these concerns as the organisation is currently hosting over 400 [ii] summer internships across the Group; its biggest intake to date. The programme offers talented undergraduates at its nine partner universities two paid summer internships where students receive opportunities to develop their employability skills and professional mentoring. In return, all Scholars commit to at least 100 hours of skills based volunteering in their communities each academic year, where they demonstrate vital employability skills including time management, leadership and entrepreneurial business skills. More information is available at  www.lloyds-scholars.com . i Research conducted By Censuswide on behalf of Lloyds Scholars programme was carried out June 2017. Sample was 250 respondents aged 18-25 on their internship experiences in the last five years. Research was carried out on an online panel. ii 400 internships taking place across the business, 199 of these are for the Lloyds Scholars Programme.



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A-Level results: HR Comment

24-August-2017 - onrec.com



Neil Owen, Director, Robert Half Technology UK Posted in News archive on 24 Aug 2017 “For the first time in years, A-level results have shown a strong uptake in STEM subjects, with more women also getting involved in these disciplines. “While STEM subjects have traditionally had a cultural stigma in the UK, results today show that we are moving in the right direction. “Yet, even with positive signs of things moving in the right direction, there is still a huge number of STEM-related jobs that remain unfilled, with employees lacking the right skill-set that make them employable. Interestingly,  92% of HR directors  in the UK are finding it challenging to find skilled professionals. And this needs to change. “The growth of digital subjects is not a greenlight to complacency. The war for talent is set to intensify as companies search for candidates that can combine technical aptitude with softer skills, as we shift to a digital future.  “In addition, with the appetite for crypto-currencies, the internet of things and artificial intelligence continuing to rise, so is the demand for people with the right skills to implement it. Skills including, analytics and programming are in huge demand, placing an even further strain on the job market. “Some of the key benefits of employing graduates are their ability to bring a fresh perspective, new methods of communications and a technically-savvy nature to the working world. Those graduates who are looking to explore a top-tier computer science degree, excellence in mathematics and programming skills will set themselves up for a strong start to their careers. However, technical skills are not the only desired skills. The growth in soft-skills such as effective communications, stakeholder management and commercial awareness should be nurtured within the early years of employment to support long-term career success.   “While this year’s results are positive, we mustn’t become complacent. We need to work together to continue to make these subject areas more attractive, exciting and popular. By facing the widening skills gap head on, we can arm the future workforce with the right tools to strive, whilst at the same time build our economy from the bottom up”.



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New legislation fails to hamper popularity of salary sacrifice scheme

24-August-2017 - onrec.com



70 percent participate in salary sacrifice schemes to develop IT skills Posted in News archive on 24 Aug 2017 Let’s Connect , provider of home technology salary sacrifice schemes and part of Personal Group plc , today announced it is fully compliant with new HMRC rules on salary sacrifice and continues to see strong demand from customers. In a survey* conducted as part of the consultation with HMRC, Let’s Connect found that salary sacrifice schemes which enable employees to buy home technology products can play a vital role in closing the digital skills gap. It does so by supporting education, improving IT skills and providing access to technology to those who otherwise may not afford to do so. This demand for technology is supported by data from MISCO/Microsoft, which show that a typical UK household has on average up to ten devices, with six connected to the internet. This is expected to grow to 19 devices per household by 2020. One of the problems that the scheme addresses is the increasing cost of new technology devices and lack of affordability in lower paid sectors and jobs. Enabling lower paid employees to access new technology in an affordable way is a major benefit to them and their employers. Survey highlights 70 percent said that access to a home technology salary sacrifice scheme has helped them or their family improve their IT skills; 89 percent of employees said they would not have purchased the equipment elsewhere, as they could not afford to buy it outright; When asked to give the reasons for taking part in the scheme the top answers were: It is paid directly from salary It helps spread the cost of major purchases It saves money on high street prices 92 percent of participants are basic rate tax payers; and 83 percent of employees said they would participate in a home technology salary sacrifice scheme again. Salary sacrifice schemes work by enabling employees to agree to sacrifice or ‘exchange’ their pre-tax salary in monthly instalments in return for the Home Technology package of the employees’ choice. Following the ratification of the Finance Bill in April this year 100 percent of tax must be charged to employees from April 2017 over the period of their agreement, although employees do make National Insurance savings on the total amount sacrificed. Salary sacrifice remains an integral and popular component of a holistic employee engagement strategy bringing together employee services, benefits and insurance products. Let’s Connect’s offering is fully compliant with the new HMRC rules and provides home technology salary sacrifice schemes to a number of businesses across a broad range of public and private sector organizations, the largest having around 140,000 employees. Other HMRC changes include Smartphone benefits attract a benefit-in-kind tax since April 2017; National Insurance savings continue for employees, with further pension contribution savings for the English/Welsh NHS; and Same benefits for employees such as easy, affordable monthly payments and no credit checks. Steve Prevett, UK Sales and Marketing Director of Let’s Connect added: “Salary sacrifice remains an effective way for employers to reward their employees’ contribution and for employees to advance their own skills. Despite recent legislation changes, salary sacrifice schemes remain as popular with both employees and employers alike, particularly amongst millennials and Generation Z. We are pleased that the Government, after months of uncertainty have clarified their position and through the new legislation, continue to support salary sacrifice. “Technology has become a fundamental part of everyday life but there is still a significant digital skills gap in the UK – we are currently lagging behind many of our European counterparts and rank only as the 16 th most productive country in Europe. Salary sacrifice schemes have the potential to increase productivity through digital upskilling, increased education and improved wellbeing.” * The survey surveyed more than 1,100 employees who have participated in a salary sacrifice scheme



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Sellick Partnership continues to build on success with senior appointment

24-August-2017 - onrec.com



Professional services recruitment specialist, Sellick Partnership is continuing to build on its national success with the appointment of Mike Hoyle as Finance Director of the business. Posted in News archive on 24 Aug 2017 Prior to this appointment, Mike was the Financial Controller at Sellick Partnership, having joined the business in January 2014. Before joining Sellick Partnership Mike worked for BDO specialising in audit where he built up a high level of technical accounting knowledge across a wide range of sectors. Mike will lead the internal finance team whilst working closely with Managing Director, Jo Sellick and the Board to drive the business forward. As a department, Mike and his team provide support to approximately 90 Sellick Partnership staff, more than 550 clients, over 700 contractors and deal with in excess of 250 permanent placements year-on-year. Speaking about his appointment Mike said; “I am looking forward to my new role as Finance Director at Sellick Partnership and working with the Board to ensure our future organic growth. In my new role I aim to maximise the quality of service provided by our internal finance team to all of our stakeholders by leading and enabling every member of our team to reach their full potential. “Sellick Partnership is a market-leading recruitment firm in every sense and is respected throughout the UK, I hope with my input we can continue to set records for company financial performance and build on the company brand.” Jo Sellick, Managing Director of Sellick Partnership said; “We are delighted that Mike is joining the Board as Finance Director. Mike is extremely focused on getting the right outcomes for our business and has demonstrated his ability to successfully lead people towards a common goal, which gives me great confidence.” “Mike’s extensive knowledge of the recruitment sector, as well as his breadth of experience from his time in practice will be crucial as we continue to develop our recruitment offerings in the months and years to come.”



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Revealed: The most ridiculous workplace rules in the UK

24-August-2017 - onrec.com



New research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library , has found that one third (36.8%) of workplaces in the UK have ridiculous rules in place, with one in five (22.5%) workers stating that they feel they can’t be trusted as a result. Posted in News archive on 24 Aug 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » The study, which asked 1,000 UK workers whether their employer had any silly or unnecessary rules in place, found that over half (57.2%) of workers will disobey any rules they deem as ‘silly’. Interestingly, the most ridiculous rules fell into the following five categories: 1.  Toilet troubles : Many respondents reported that they either had a strict time frame in which to go to the toilet (3 minutes), had to ask to use the toilet facilities, and were even searched before going to the toilet 2.  Dress code dilemmas : Some respondents reported that they had to wear particular coloured clothes to match the business, women weren’t allowed to wear trousers, and one individual even said that they were sent home for not dressing down 3.  Silent treatment : Some employees stated that they weren’t allowed to talk out loud apart from when in the staff room, while others said that they weren’t allowed to say hello to a customer, only ‘good morning’, or ‘good afternoon’ 4.  Time keeping : If you’re two minutes late in one business you’ll have your pay docked by 15 minutes, and in another you aren’t allowed to travel further than 20 metres away from the building at lunch in case you’re late back! 5.  Beverage blunders : Some workplaces won’t allow their staff to drink water and another will not let workers carry drinks up and down the stairs. What’s more, one company won’t let employees have drinks on their desk in case they get spilt Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments: “Every workplace needs rules: otherwise you’d simply never  get things done! That said it’s clear that many of the rules highlighted in our research are just ridiculous. Employees want to feel trusted and while one workplace can differ massively to another, you have to treat your staff like adults – especially when  it comes to being allowed to drink water and going to the toilet!” The research also revealed that the cities which were most likely to have ridiculous rules in place included Glasgow (71.4%), Cardiff (57.1%), Sheffield (46.2%), Birmingham (38.2%) and London (37.1%).



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Employee absence rates rise

24-August-2017 - onrec.com



Employers are losing a median 2.9% of their working time to employee absence, a report from HR website XpertHR finds. Posted in News archive on 24 Aug 2017 This equates to 6.6 days per employee, and represents an increase on the figures for previous years. The findings are based on absence for the 2016 calendar year at 631 organisations. The survey highlights the difference in absence rates between different sectors of the economy. Within the public sector, a median 4% of working time is lost to absence, equivalent to 9.1 days per employees. This compares with 2.6% of time in the private sector, or around 6 days per employee. The data also reveals a difference in absence rates by organisation size. While the smallest organisations (those with less than 100 employees) lose just 1.8% of working time, or 4 days per employee, absence within organisations with 1,000 or more employees accounts for 3.8% of working time, or 8.8 days per employee. While these figures represent a slight increase on the data for the 2015 calendar year (when 2.6% of working time, or 5.8 days per employee, was recorded), they remain comfortably lower than when XpertHR started collecting data more than a decade ago. Back in 2006, a median 3.5% of working time was lost to absence, equivalent to 8 days per employee (see table at end). There are a number of factors that can influence absence rates. Increased interest in HR metrics at an organisation level is likely to result in better recording of absence among the workforce – with the potential for their rates to increase as a result. For an employee perspective, higher engagement levels are likely to result in less time off for absence. Cost of absence Providing cover for absent employees represents a significant cost for employers, who estimate the cost to be £455 per employee per year. However, many employers focus on the cost of paying sick pay for absent employees and fail to quantify factors such as the cost of cover, reduced performance or service, or missed business opportunities, which are likely to make the ultimate cost significantly higher. XpertHR managing editor for pay and HR practice Sheila Attwood said: “High levels of employee sickness absence represent a significant financial cost to the business, and can have an impact on its operations and the wellbeing of those having to cover for absent colleagues. Employers should use the data they collect on absence rates to be proactive in effectively managing absence in their organisation.”



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UB40 leads to employment through Facebook

24-August-2017 - onrec.com



More than 70 bar staff who performed at a UB40 concert in Darlington were recruited exclusively over Facebook, it’s been revealed. Posted in News archive on 24 Aug 2017 Dani Gallone of Berry Recruitment in the town took to social media rather than rely on more traditional methods of recruiting. Just four months after the branch of the national recruiter opened, its Facebook presence was such that 72 bar staff roles were filled for the one-off event. UB40 – named after the Unemployment Benefit ‘Form 40’ - Level 42 and The Original Wailers played in front of thousands at The Northern Echo Arena. The bar staff that Dani was asked to supply were so good that her team has supplied more for other events, including an Olly Murs gig in Carlisle. The Darlington branch has grown rapidly in a short space of time and specialises in the industrial, logistics and automotive environment as well as hospitality. Dani said: “After launching the branch in February we deliberately developed our social media presence. “I believe it is a crucial part of recruitment today and means less reliance on more traditional methods such as job boards. “However, to recruit 72 bar staff just over Facebook was something I didn’t expect – especially as the concert was a week after the dreadful events of the Manchester bombing at the Ariana Grande concert, and on a bank holiday. “Recruiting over social media still requires us to meet and interview candidates and check they are suitable for the roles, but it has worked really well in the north east. “The workers were great and they served lots of red, red wine. “Berry Recruitment has been pushing for staff to utilise social media and the policy is working really well. It is one method among many at our disposal. “Since that concert we’ve supplied further workers for the promoter and other branches have been recruiting for them too. “I wouldn’t have been able to fill the roles we were asked to if I hadn’t used social media. “It also shows that there are plenty of people about who are skilled and willing to work at one-off events.” www.berryrecruitment.co.uk



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Illinois Governor Vetoes 1 of 2 Workers’ Comp Bills Opposed by Insurers

24-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed a workers compensation reform bill that has been strongly opposed by the insurance industry. Rauner on Aug. 18 vetoed HB 2622, which would have created the Illinois Employers Mutual Insurance Co. by allowing the



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Employers´ hiring plans slow as Brexit worries weigh on recruitment 

23-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Finsbury Food to close loss-making Grain D’Or bakery putting 250 jobs at risk

23-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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CITY DIARY: Shore Capital´s Berni Madoff  connection 

23-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Shore Capital has hired Amber Wood to be its new head of compliance. A glance at Wood's LinkedIn account reveals she previously worked as a compliance officer for something call MSIL.



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Edmunds: Good deals for car shoppers on Labor Day weekend

23-August-2017 - abcnews.com



The upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend is a great time to go car shopping



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´Dragon´s Den´ for migrants

23-August-2017 - bbc.com



A project wants to turn migrants in Europe into entrepreneurs and job creators



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These $99 earbuds are great for athletes but theres a catch

23-August-2017 - usatoday.com



They dont cost a lot but will they do the job? Watch to find out!            



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Diversified portfolio: 5 ways to invest in real estate

23-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Many new investors dont know where or how to invest in real estate. So here are five options, ranging from high maintenance to low.            



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Employers worry about state of UK economy

23-August-2017 - bbc.com



Recruitment and Employment Confederation survey finds employer confidence turns negative.



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Google memo writer hires Republican Party official as lawyer

23-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - The engineer fired from Google for writing a memo critical of the company's diversity hiring policies has hired a lawyer who is a member of the Republican National Committee to represent him.



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Missouri Company Fined $700K for Breaking Rules After Worker Fatality

23-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A Missouri plumbing company has been fined more than $700,000 for workplace safety violations, including an employees death. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Arrow Plumbing LLC for the death of 33-year-old Donald D.J. Meyer and for allegedly failing



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MARKET REPORT: Carillion hit as nervous investors flee

23-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The construction giant has secured several key contracts, including one to help build the UK’s controversial HS2 railway, since crashing by more than 60 per cent earlier this year.



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Wells Fargo CEO warns workers that scandal could grow

23-August-2017 - usatoday.com



CEO Tim Sloan says its part of the banks latest attempt to find authorized accounts            



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Penny stocks for beginners

23-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Its hard to check your email without hearing about the next "hot" penny stock thats going to make you rich. But what are penny stocks, and can they really deliver on those promises? Heres my 2 cents worth on penny stocks. Low-priced, small-cap stocks are known as penny stocks. Contrary to their name, penny stocks rarely cost a penny. The SEC considers a penny stock to be pretty much anything under $5. And while there are sub $5 stocks trading on big exchanges like NYSE and NASDAQ, most investors dont think of these when asked to describe a penny stock. READ MORE: How to Buy Penny Stocks (for Beginners) Video provided by TheStreet            



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Edmunds: Good deals for car shoppers on Labor Day weekend

23-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Edmunds selected five of the best deals: two sedans, an SUV, a minivan and a truck. These deals are good now and should be available through Sept. 5.            



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Personal Group uses OutSystems to Develop Hapi, a Powerful Employee Engagement Solution

23-August-2017 - onrec.com



Personal Group PLC, a provider of employee benefits and insurance products, has enlisted the help of the OutSystems low-code development platform to create an innovative employee benefits platform named Hapi. Posted in News archive on 23 Aug 2017 Hapi makes staff happier and more engaged at work through a suite of HR services and employee benefits. As shown in research from the University of Warwick, happier staff are 12 percent more productive [i] . So, Personal Group’s solution benefits the employee and their entire organisation. It provides employees with a single point of access to a range of different services and third-party solutions. Currently, Personal Group works with more than 2 million UK employees across 550 organisations providing a range of services to improve happiness and productivity in the workplace. In the past, Personal Group had depended on third parties to provide a white label platform that it could resell. However, Personal Group wanted to have the power in its hands and was determined to build its own platform to provide a more agile solution to support its growing client base. Personal Group’s IT team typically worked in a Microsoft development environment and coded in C# ASP.Net or Delphi, but opted this time to upgrade its development environment using a modern low-code approach. Personal Group chose OutSystems because company leaders were impressed by its large and successful user base that displayed a wide variety of use cases including creating enhanced digital experiences. “From the outset, we had a clear vision in mind and we wanted to work with a technology partner who could help us realise Hapi’s full potential,” Ashley Doody, CIO of Personal Group, said. “We wanted to accelerate the development of the platform while leveraging the skills and capabilities we had in-house and minimising the amount of additional technology recruits needed to get the platform to market quickly. We also needed to ensure the platform could service a high and growing number of customers and users. OutSystems and a low-code development environment was the perfect answer.” Next on Personal Group’s agenda is to expand on its success with public sector organisations, especially within the NHS and local government, where the new platform has proven invaluable to HR departments. Richard Tilbury, Director of Development at Personal Group, added, “With OutSystems we have a development platform that produces a solution that scales across multiple servers without the need to specifically code for this. Low-code, while initially scary for some developers, is a win for us. The tool is visual, the developer works with flowcharts, and this makes the usual troubleshooting of issues much quicker, as the developer is not having to read through pages of code. OutSystems allows us to turn around new developments quickly.” In terms of future development plans, Personal Group is currently scoping a new mobile app. It plans to use the OutSystems platform to simultaneously develop a solution for iPhone, iPad and Android, targeting a launch for Q3 2017. www.personalgroup.com



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ONS Unemployment Figures comment from Jan Chmiel, Managing Director of Vistage

23-August-2017 - onrec.com



Jan Chmiel, Managing Director of Vistage, the international membership organisation for business leaders comments: Posted in News archive on 23 Aug 2017 “Such low levels of unemployment should have the country jumping for joy. However, the reality of this for UK Businesses may not be so positive. This historically low unemployment means businesses have to fight for the best talent, offering significant honey traps to entice them to join their business. With inflation outstripping wage increases, this leads to more complications with existing employees fighting for more money in order to keep on top of the cost of living. “Our research has shown that the biggest concern for UK businesses at present is talent management. Whilst it today’s figures might seem like good news for the UK, what we are actually seeing here is the perfect storm for the talent management battle to become even more challenging for employers.”



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Unemployment Falls: Comment From totaljobs

23-August-2017 - onrec.com



By totaljobs’ HR Director, David Clift Posted in News archive on 23 Aug 2017 Company Profile Totaljobs View profile » “Today’s fall in the unemployment rate is the latest testament to the strength of the UK’s job market. It is particularly encouraging to see such growth in April to June, one year on from the referendum, and at a time when we may well reflect on how the vote has impacted jobs to date. “As a nod to just how well the job market is currently performing, and to put the figures in context, the last time the UK’s unemployment rate was this low, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ was debuting in cinemas. Since then, ‘Jaws 2’, ‘Jaws 3-D’ and ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ have all been released, to mixed acclaim. “Looking ahead, there is cause for continued optimism. Having repeatedly defied fears of increased unemployment in the wake of political turmoil, the job market has remained robust. “Earlier this week, a survey of more than 1,000 firms by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that firms across the UK expect further increases in employment. “Data from totaljobs echoes this optimism, with certain sectors performing particularly well. Catering and hospitality vacancies, for example, have seen 68% YoY growth in July, Public Sector and Services have seen 38% growth and Not for Profit/Charities roles have seen 25% growth – employers are continuing to hire.”



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NRG partners with NBS to support ambitious growth plans with major recruitment drive

23-August-2017 - onrec.com



Newcastle-based NBS is recruiting an entire new team to focus on developing its business in the UK and internationally. Posted in News archive on 23 Aug 2017 NBS, who are the leading global provider of technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals, are looking to recruit six staff to join a new business development team at its city centre office. Having recently selected NRG as their recruitment partner, NBS aim to build the new business development function to drive business growth and ensure it sustains strong commercial advantage in the global market place.  Helen Whitfield, chief operating officer at NBS, said: “We are a growing business and are helping to lead a changing industry, something we could not do without the wide range of skills and experience our colleagues bring to the business. “UK organisations are looking for a single provider to support their work in international markets so it’s a natural progression for us to develop our teams and services to support both our UK and international customers.” NRG are currently working on a selection of strategic roles that will underpin the development of new and existing business. The roles include: director of business development, two commercial consultants, a business analyst, project manager and a head of partnerships. Therese Liddle, CEO NRG expresses her enthusiasm for this opportunity to be part of the growth strategy for NBS, “It’s wonderful to be part of the journey with NBS, creating a new commercial team that will support their long term vision.” To find out more about these roles and apply, please visit www2.nrgplc.com/NBSopportunities



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Employer demand for graduates remains high

23-August-2017 - onrec.com



This year’s graduates are heading into a robust recruitment market, with eight out of ten employers (79%) taking on new recruits in 2017/2018, a study by HR website XpertHR shows. Posted in News archive on 23 Aug 2017 But it also reveals that starting salaries have been frozen for the past nine years, with data from previous surveys in the annual series showing no change since 2008/2009. Key findings from the survey of 186 public and private sector employers show that: Employers are typically taking on as many or more graduates than in previous years; Median starting salaries are £24,000; and Nine out of ten (87.1%) are having problems finding suitable graduate recruits. The survey shows that nearly half (49%) of organisations are aiming to recruit the same number of graduates as they did last year, with almost as many (44.2%) taking on more; just 6.8% are planning to decrease the number of graduate recruits. Large employers – those with 1,000 or more employees – are most likely to be cutting back, with 12.1% aiming to take on fewer graduates than last year. Despite the lack of movement in starting pay, the overall range of salaries on offer is wide, running from £15,000 at the lower end to £48,000 at the top of the range. The middle half of all salaries (the interquartile range) runs from £20,000 to £26,000. Not surprisingly, the best pay rates are on offer at the largest organisations and in the private sector. By organisation size, the survey found median starting salaries of: £22,000 at organisations with fewer than 250 employees; £23,000 at those with 250 to 999 employees; and £25,000 at those with 1,000 or more employees. Despite their obvious enthusiasm to take on recent graduates, many employers were critical of the calibre of applicants, with more than two-fifths (44.2%) complaining about the poor quality of knowledge, skills and experience on offer. One respondent commented: “Despite the high volume of graduates, the level of genuine talent is low.” The perception that candidates were ill-equipped for the task is particularly acute in the manufacturing sector, where more than half (54.1%) of respondents identified it as an issue. However, not all comments were negative. One respondent commented: "Graduates provide a higher, more consistent return to a business both short term and long term. Their application is great - conscientious and professional with a desire to learn more, so why would we not want to hire more?" XpertHR managing editor for pay and HR practice Sheila Attwood said: “There is good news for recent graduates in our survey. Employers are generally keen to take them on and recognise the value that they have to offer. But the evidence does show that pay has not kept pace with rising prices over recent years, and in common with other employees, they will feel the squeeze. It is also interesting to note that employers who report the greatest difficulties recruiting typically also pay below the median. In contrast, the median graduate starting salary on offer from the minority of employers that say they have not experienced any issues with graduate recruitment is in line with the survey median of £24,000.” www.xperthr.co.uk  



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ICO prosecution and fine should be a lesson to employees and recruitment

23-August-2017 - onrec.com



The recent prosecution and fine of HomeServe Membership Ltd’s recruitment manager should serve as a warning to all companies about the potential consequences of employees illegally sharing personal data that they have access to as part of their job. Posted in News archive on 23 Aug 2017 Company Profile Lawspeed Ltd View profile » The case highlighted the illegal disclosure of 26 job applicants’ CVs by the employed recruitment manager  to a third party recruitment agency containing the personal data of applicants seeking employment with HomeServe, where there was no business need to do so. HomeServe was alerted to the suspicious activity when it discovered that some candidates who had already applied for jobs directly were subsequently also submitted as applicants by a third party agency. The case highlights two important issues; the first is the need for employers to ensure that their staff are aware of what information, held about candidates, is permissible to share under data protection legislation, especially with the GDPR regulations coming into force in May 2018. To help ensure recruiters are prepared for the new data protection legislation Lawspeed is  hosting  GDPR and Data Protection Compliance seminars on the 10th and 12th October 2017. Set in the context of both recruitment and employment, our specialists will deal with the ‘what, the why and the how’, with attendees learning about the areas of operation affected, processes to follow, and types of documentation to use. The second issue raised is how confident are you that your contacts and business information are secure and how easy would it be for your employees to steal them, poach your staff or set up in competition with you? As specialists in recruitment and employment law, Lawspeed is ideally placed to advise your recruitment business. Our employment contract review service makes sure that you have appropriate protection built into your employment contracts, which will restrict a departing employee from soliciting clients, poaching your key staff and agency workers, using information held on your CRM system or competing with your business, and which alerts them to their obligations under data protection legislation.



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UK risks STEM labour shortage by 2023 due to baby boomer retirement

23-August-2017 - onrec.com



As students up and down the country consider their options after receiving exam results this week, research commissioned by EDF Energy further highlights the opportunities they could be missing out on by not continuing to study science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM). Posted in News archive on 23 Aug 2017 Over half a million job openings in STEM over the next six years will need to be filled to replace retiring workers 78% of job openings in STEM over the next six years will be to replace retiring workers, leading to more jobs for STEM graduates and apprentices Women remain critically underrepresented in these fields leading to concerns that there are not enough candidates to fill the shortfall Encouraging girls into science is critical as Computing and STEM subjects post GCSE are still overwhelmingly dominated by boys1 As students up and down the country consider their options after receiving exam results this week, research commissioned by EDF Energy further highlights the opportunities they could be missing out on by not continuing to study science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM). Over half a million job openings in science, research, engineering and technology over the next six years will need to be filled to replace growing number of retiring workers.  An additional 142,000 new STEM-related jobs will also be created, leading to concerns that there are not enough candidates to fill the shortfall. The Jobs of the Future research by the Social Market Foundation, commissioned for EDF Energy’s Pretty Curious campaign, analysed Government data and examined trends in the growth of science, research, engineering and technology jobs. The report found that retirement of those born in the post-World War II baby boom years (between the years 1946 and early 60s) will generate the highest number of vacancies for Generation Z (those born in the mid-1990s to early 2000s) by 2023. Computing services will see the greatest need for replacement demand with 66,000 jobs coming available to cover those set to retire. This is followed by head office positions (35,000 jobs), architecture (30,000 jobs) and education (27,000 jobs) – all areas that have an increased reliance on technology to help deliver their core services. Fiona Jackson, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Employer Branding at EDF Energy said: “The UK needs to be ready for a wave of baby boomer retirees. An example for EDF Energy is the ageing demographic of our existing nuclear workforce, many of which joined during its last major growth period in the 1980s. To recruit the numbers needed  we have invested heavily in initiatives to encourage gender diversity. “STEM-related fields like engineering and computing are currently male-dominated and the future demand highlights the need for more women to enter these fields. As an organisation, we have already increased our intake of female STEM apprentices to over 30%, and our Pretty Curious campaign is designed to address the issue by inspiring girls to get involved in STEM careers.” Encouraging girls into science will be critical to filling the future skills gap. Currently women make up less than a quarter of the workforce in four of the five most in-demand industries for STEM jobs. These include computing, legal and accounting, and architecture. This is despite girls continuing to outperform their male counterparts in A-Level STEM subjects, with a higher percentage achieving A or A* grades in 20161. However, there are significantly fewer girls than boys choosing STEM subjects beyond GCSE, contributing to concerns over the lack of graduates. To find out more about Pretty Curious and the research, visit edfenergy.com/prettycurious. The full Jobs of the Future report can be found here.



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Hawaiian shirts, hog roasts and siestas top this year’s summer perks wish list

23-August-2017 - onrec.com



CV-Library reveals what UK professionals want to help see them through a hot summer’s day at work Posted in News archive on 23 Aug 2017 The Great British summer time can be unpredictable, but our early summer heat wave has led to questions around summer dress codes and working temperatures, with the majority of UK professionals (82%) agreeing that businesses should offer a more relaxed dress code over the hotter months. That’s according to CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job board. The survey, which asked 1,000 workers about seasonal perks in their workplace, found that less than half (42.4%) are allowed to adapt their wardrobe over the summer, with only one in five (19.3%) professionals stating that they receive summer perks such as more relaxed dress. That’s despite nearly two thirds (63.4%) believing that all businesses should offer these as standard. When asked what they currently receive, respondents cited the following: Leaving early on a Friday to enjoy the sun - 56.9% Allowed to wear what we want – 32.3% Summer social activities e.g drinks after work – 31% Free ice creams and chilled drinks - 23.7% Being able to work outside – 14.2% Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library , comments: “Britain’s summer months can be a real struggle whatever level you’re working at. It’s hot one minute, raining the next, and all staff really want to be doing is jetting off somewhere exotic. It’s no surprise then that our data found that many UK professionals are keen to receive seasonal perks, yet only a small percentage are. Now could be a great time to consider the extra perks that you can put in place to help keep workers motivated.” Furthermore, the study revealed that despite the majority (87%) enjoying air-con over the warmer months, nearly one in five (17%) offices go without it. This, along with the usual culprits (shorter working hours, ice creams, cold drinks etc.), all made the list of the most desirable summer perks. However, respondents were also asked to share what they’d most like to receive, if they could have any summer perk possible. CV-Library has picked some of the top answers: Ben from Kent: Being able to wear Hawaiian shirts on Fridays Lucy from Bristol: Lunch time siestas April from Staines: Company hog roasts or barbecues every other week Janet from Barnsley: Paddling pools at the office Spencer from Winchester: Performance based hours – get the job done, then go have fun Dave from Swansea: Free beer and mojitos provided throughout the day Theresa from Clapham: Team holidays and outdoor team building activities, such as music festivals Paul from Sutton: Time out during the day to watch sporting events Sally from Leeds: An all-expenses paid holiday – on the company of course! Matthew from Hull: Showers provided to use whenever we need during a hot day Biggins concludes: “ While it may not be feasible to give every team member an all-expenses paid holiday or provide free beer all day, there are some basic and inexpensive perks you can offer to keep staff from feeling the heat. Air-con is a great way to keep the office cool and providing chilled refreshments can really help staff when the higher temperatures hit. “Remember, these perks can also be a great way to attract talented new recruits as well as improve current staff retention rates. Whatever you choose, be sure to offer perks that reflect your company culture, to ensure you keep staff happy and cool during the summer months!” www.cv-library.co.uk



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Idaho City Tells Insurer to Pay For Children’s Chemical Burns

23-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The city of Lewiston has decided to pay medical bills for children from two families who suffered chemical burns at a park. The children were burned after city employees left a toxic paint stripper applied to graffiti near Pioneer Parks



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The Management Fix That Made Firefox Faster

22-August-2017 - wsj.com



Mozilla, the company that makes the Firefox web browser, used tangible goals and a spirit of competition to inspire workers to focus on critical issues hurting their product’s performance.



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Delivery economy creates wave of low-wage jobs

22-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Third-party delivery apps are on the rise, and so are the delivery people bringing the goods, by way of car, bicycle, scooter and even on foot.            



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Blue Apron puts hiring freeze in place, cuts recruiting staff

22-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Blue Apron has instituted a hiring freeze for its salaried employees and laid off 14 members of its recruiting team.            



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Hiring Basics Can Help Avoid a Bad Candidate Experience

22-August-2017 - workforce.com



It is not breaking news that a bad hire can come with a high price tag — recruiting costs, training costs, man-hours and morale issues — not to mention the lost productivity. But there’s another recruiting misstep that could cost you as well, and it’s probably something you don’t often think about: poor candidate experience. While you as a hiring... The post Hiring Basics Can Help Avoid a Bad Candidate Experience appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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The 10 biggest job interview mistakes: essential advice from the experts

22-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Boeing, Northrop get contracts for nuclear missile work

22-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Air Force picks Boeing and Northrop to continue work on long-range nuclear missile program



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Macys needs more technology, Jim Cramer says

22-August-2017 - usatoday.com



TheStreets Action Alerts PLUS Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer said Macys hiring of an eBay executive is "terrific" and that the retailer needs more technology. Cramer also doesnt think Macys will be as promotional with its product pricing for Christmas. Video provided by TheStreet            



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Small Business head sees businesses held back by lack of loans, workers

22-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Small business owners say they are increasingly optimistic, but many are held back by their inability to get loans or find the right workers for jobs.            



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Macys names new president, cuts about 100 jobs

22-August-2017 - usatoday.com



The department store is working to navigate the volatile changes in retail as online shopping grow more popular.            



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Blackstone explores IPO of Gates Global: sources

22-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Private equity firm Blackstone Group LP is exploring an initial public offering (IPO) of Gates Global LLC, three years after it acquired the U.S. auto parts and building products maker for $5.4 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.



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Pennsylvania Lumber Fire Took 1.5M Gallons to Douse

22-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A fire chief says a Pennsylvania lumber mill fire took 1.5 million gallons of water to douse, though no workers were hurt in the blaze and only one firefighter suffered a minor injury. Lawn Volunteer Fire Chief Daniel Braden says



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Maryland Libraries Are Training Staff to Administer Overdose Antidote

22-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Some library workers in Maryland are learning how to administer an opioid overdose antidote. The Baltimore Sun reports that library systems in Harford, Carroll and Anne Arundel counties have begun offering training to staff in administering naloxone, commonly known as



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Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Report Shows Big Drop in Premium Costs Since 2013

22-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Oklahomas workers compensation system seems to have benefited from reforms that were initiated in 2013, at least in terms of premium costs for businesses. By the end of 2016, employers in Oklahoma had seen a 30 percent reduction in workers



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Recruiting in a Snap

21-August-2017 - workforce.com



Big-name companies such as McDonalds and Goldman Sachs have tested using Snapchat to recruit millennials. In April, McDonald’s Corp. showed surprising social media edge when it took its recruiting campaign to Snapchat, the mobile app that lets users exchange videos and images that self-destruct after a few seconds. The initial campaign began in Australia, where they encouraged candidates to use... The post Recruiting in a Snap appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Clues for inflation, productivity could be revealed in reports out this week

21-August-2017 - usatoday.com



The housing and labor markets remain buoyant, but weak inflation persists.            



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Get Started: FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

21-August-2017 - abcnews.com



The IRS is warning of a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees' W-2 forms _ scams that can put staffers' Social Security numbers in the hands of thieves



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How to have money rolling in without doing anything

21-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Passive income allows you to have a stream of income pouring in with little on-going work on your part.            



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Small business: FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

21-August-2017 - usatoday.com



The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees W-2 forms.            



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Company bosses ´lack cyber-attack training´

21-August-2017 - bbc.com



A government survey finds one in 10 businesses questioned have no plan to deal with hacking.



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How to prevent creeps from using Apples AirDrop to cyber flash

21-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Strangers can use Apples AirDrop to harass users with unwanted photos. Heres how to keep your settings private.            



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How to cash in on a solar eclipse

21-August-2017 - bbc.com



A total solar eclipse is visible across the US on Monday for the first time in nearly a century.



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Ready, set, slow! British Citroen 2CV enthusiasts stage 24-hour race

21-August-2017 - reuters.com



SNETTERTON, England (Reuters) - Roaring engines and squealing tyres - though not especially great speeds - were the ordre du jour at a 24-hour endurance race in Britain celebrating one of history's...



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Macy´s to restructure merchandising unit, cut 100 jobs

21-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Department store chain Macy's Inc said on Monday it would restructure its merchandising operations, which could result in about 100 job cuts.



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Apple´s ´hidden´ job ad found online

21-August-2017 - bbc.com



The advertisement for "a talented engineer" begins with the welcome: "Hey there! You found us."



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Trial Over Bias Claim Against Kansas Secretary of State Kobach’s Office Begins

21-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A former employee in Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobachs office alleges in a lawsuit headed to trial on Aug. 21 that she was fired because she didnt go to church enough. Kobach — who until the middle of 2016



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How Much Solar Eclipse Distraction Will Cost Employers

21-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Add todays total eclipse of the sun to the list of worker distractions that cost U.S. companies hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity. American employers will see at least $694 million in missing output for the roughly 20



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10 in-demand jobs for workers without a bachelors degree

21-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Landing a great job does not necessarily require a bachelors degree. Heres a list of a few to consider.            



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Piece of cake

21-August-2017 - bbc.com



How Cleusa Maria went from being a child farm worker to running one of Brazil's most popular bakery chains.



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Usain Bolt to open fast food takeaway chain 

21-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The world’s fastest man, who retired from athletics at the world championship in London last weekend, is eyeing a new career in the restaurant business and has chosen the UK as his first battleground.



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YouTube video tricking consumers on how to pay bills using Social Security numbers

20-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Consumers are falling for crazy bill paying schemes to pay their old tax bills. But state treasurers warn it wont work.            



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How to prepare for retirement in your 50s

20-August-2017 - usatoday.com



If youre in your 50s, its the ideal time to revisit your retirement plans and make sure theyre on track.            



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Put work skills back on curriculum, urges Michael Mercieca

20-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Michael Mercieca, a trusted guru on work as chief executive of Young Enterprise, says Britain needs to get rid of its obsession with exam results.



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Balfour Beatty attacks industry training board in row over skills shortage

19-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Ofwat candidates for top job emerge

19-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Bank of England workers mull fresh strike action

19-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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The best jobs you can work during the graveyard shift

19-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Not everyone is meant for a 9-to-5 life. Or maybe youre looking for a side hustle to supplement your 9-to-5 life. Ormaybe youre a vampire. Whatever the case may be, we dont judgeand we have some of the best jobs out there for night owls. 1....            



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How to stop low rates hurting your nest egg...

19-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Asset manager Sanlam has made a ‘White List’ of UK Equity Income funds which have achieved the best combined income and growth over five years.



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Simplify pension charges, say employers

19-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Most independent businesses would like to see all workplace pension charges set up under auto-enrolment as a capped, all-in-one fee, says a study.



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The most common travel scams and how to avoid them

19-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Banks, airlines and car hire firms have become increasingly creative when it comes to hidden fees and sneaky tricks designed to rip off travellers.



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How to answer walk me through your resume in a job interview

19-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Youre all excited for your interview and then you get the dreaded question: Walk me through your resume.            



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How to stop comparing yourself to others

19-August-2017 - usatoday.com



How much time do you spend obsessively comparing yourself to your friends or colleagues?            



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How to spot and deal with horrible bosses

19-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Even if youre happy with your job, having problems with your boss can make you miserable.            



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Tired of the office? 3 in-demand jobs that let you work remotely

19-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Staying at home for your job has some major advantages and its more possible than it ever has been.            



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Former UAW official charged in Fiat Chrysler payoff probe

19-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - A former senior official at the United Auto Workers trade union was charged on Friday with conspiring with other union officials to accept improper payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV officials over a four-year period.



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11 US states added jobs in July

18-August-2017 - abcnews.com



11 US states added jobs in July, unemployment rate tumbled to record lows in 2 states



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Heres how to stop anyone from forcing you to unlock your iPhone

18-August-2017 - usatoday.com



A quick and easy way to maintain your privacy            



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Watch and learn: How to win thousands in scholarship money

18-August-2017 - usatoday.com



College educations are more expensive than ever. Get the help you need to reduce or eliminate the cost.            



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Time Management Clock Ticks Toward Value and Away From Hourly Pay

18-August-2017 - workforce.com



Clocking in, signing time sheets and clocking out are normal occurrences in most standard jobs. Working a certain amount of hours and getting paid for them is how work is documented, but the luster of hourly wages and two-week pay periods may not be the shiny gem of the workday that it once was. Being a time watcher at work... The post Time Management Clock Ticks Toward Value and Away From Hourly Pay appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Northern, Southern and Merseyrail strikes set for September

18-August-2017 - bbc.com



The RMT said no progress had been made over the future of the role of guards, due to safety and job loss fears.



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How to manage your finances as an on-demand worker

18-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Learn how to manage your business finances and taxes as an on-demand worker.            



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Need money for college? Heres how to make a grab for $150,000 in scholarships.

18-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Gabrielle McCormick completed her college education for free and now helping others get on the path to debt-free education.            



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Liotta Named Chairman of Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission

18-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Gov. Mary Fallin has named Mark Liotta as chairman of the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission. Liotta, a former state representative from Tulsa, succeeds Robert Gilliland, whose term on the commission expires Aug. 25. Liottas appointment as chairman takes effect Aug.



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Carlton Fields Hires Silverman to New York Office

18-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Carlton Fields has hired Alex B. Silverman to its New York office as an associate. Silverman will practice in the firms Property and Casualty Insurance practice group. Silverman represents insurance companies in complex risks and coverage-related disputes involving multimillion-dollar general



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Judge Sends Suit for California Man’s Helicopter Crash Death to Workers’ Comp

18-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died in an ambulance helicopter crash has been thrown out by a judge who said the case must go through Californias workers compensation death benefits program. The Fresno



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Ex-Esurance Worker in South Dakota Sues Over Alleged Discrimination

18-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A former Esurance call center worker in South Dakota is suing the insurance company alleging discrimination and harassment because hes Jewish. The Argus Leader reports that Brandon Marshall filed the federal lawsuit on Aug. 15. Marshall claims his supervisor called



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Pennsylvania Selects Commissioner Miller to Lead Department of Human Services

18-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has selected Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to lead the states Department of Human Services, effective August 21. He simultaneously announced in an email to state employees that Jessica Altman will serve as Millers replacement to lead



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RACHEL RICKARD STRAUS: Uni is about more than earning

18-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Of course there are economic arguments to make when considering the value of a degree. But they don't cover the half of it.



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Increase in California Workers’ Comp Pure Premium Sent to Department of Insurance

18-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has submitted its Jan. 1, 2018 pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance proposing advisory pure premium rates that average $2.01 per $100 of payroll. That WCIRBS proposed rate is 14.3



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Barcelona steps up fight against illegal tourist rentals

18-August-2017 - reuters.com



MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona plans to hire dozens of new inspectors to crack down on illegal holiday rentals, as the Spanish tourism hub seeks to enforce a licensing regime for people using sites...



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Argos forced to give workers back almost £1.5m after underpaying them

17-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Finding the Right Balance for Employees in Office Design

17-August-2017 - workforce.com



What’s your ideal work environment? I posed this question to friends and family and got a variety of answers. A librarian’s assistant enjoyed her job mostly because in the hours spent shelving books, she could listen to music, did not have to interact with other people and was not bothered by the sun. Someone in the audio/video space sometimes felt... The post Finding the Right Balance for Employees in Office Design appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Ford Motor Co. to Pay Up to $10.1M to Settle EEOC Harassment Case

17-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Ford Motor Co. has agreed to pay up to $10.125 million to settle an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over alleged sex and race harassment at two Ford plants, the federal agency announced. In its investigation,



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New York Bus Firms Seek Damages Over Handling of Workers’ Comp Claim

17-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



New York Bus Operators Compensation Trust (NYBOCT), a Bay Shore, N.Y.-based group self-insured trust created by a number of New York passenger bus companies, has filed a complaint against Arthur J. Gallagher Co., Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. and Risk



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Workplace Is Hostile, Stressful, Grim Place for Many Americans

17-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. Among the findings: Nearly one in five workers



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How do student loans appear on your credit report?

17-August-2017 - usatoday.com



There are lots of questions about the best way to fund education and how student loans affect the credit ratings of newly-minted professionals.            



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With code name, how Toyota-Mazda set off secret race for 4,000-job plant

17-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Toyota and Mazda dangled a tantalizing economic prize when they announced plans to build a new 4,000-job plant, setting off a race among the states.            



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Diversity Training Under Scrutiny Following Fallout With Google Employee

17-August-2017 - workforce.com



D&I is usually focused on the experiences of minority groups. One of the downsides is that it sets up white males to feel discriminated against, as well. Former Google employee James Damore’s 3,000-word assertion that women land fewer tech jobs because of biological differences rather than skills sparked a lot of conversation, particularly about the state of diversity training. Organizations... The post Diversity Training Under Scrutiny Following Fallout With Google Employee appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Exclusive: SEC officials´ holdings, legal work, pose potential conflicts

17-August-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two lawyers appointed to senior jobs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have ties to major companies including financial firms Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Wells Fargo & Co that could complicate efforts to regulate them, according to government documents viewed by Reuters.



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US weekly requests for jobless aid down 12,000 to 232,000

17-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows. The Labor Department says that weekly unemployment applications fell by 12,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 232,000.



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The best-paid jobs you can get without a university degree

17-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Ordnance Survey plots course to record revenues 

17-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The Government-owned firm reported revenue of £152.8m during the latest financial year, up 4 per cent on the previous year and above £150m for the first time ever.



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Insurance Professionals, Meteorologists to Kick Off ‘Hurricane Tour’

17-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Texas insurance experts and meteorologists will be touring the Texas coast to inform the public about hurricane awareness and new legislation aimed at mitigating storm damage and related insurance costs. The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) will lead the team



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Report: California Comp Insurer Written Premiums to be Flat Through 2017

17-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Written premiums from workers compensation insurers in California for the year are expected to be flat at $18.1 billion compared with 2016 thanks largely to rate decreases, according to analysts with the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau. Premiums doubled from



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Lawsuit: Esurance supervisor called employee whiny Jew

17-August-2017 - usatoday.com



The lawsuit filed in South Dakota claims former employee was called a "whiny Jew" and that he was wrongly terminated after reporting the issues.            



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ONS commentary from totaljobs

17-August-2017 - onrec.com



By totaljobs’ HR Director, David Clift Posted in News archive on 17 Aug 2017 Company Profile Totaljobs View profile » “Today’s fall in the unemployment rate is the latest testament to the strength of the UK’s job market. It is particularly encouraging to see such growth in April to June, one year on from the referendum, and at a time when we may well reflect on how the vote has impacted jobs to date. “As a nod to just how well the job market is currently performing, and to put the figures in context, the last time the UK’s unemployment rate was this low, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ was debuting in cinemas. Since then, ‘Jaws 2’, ‘Jaws 3-D’ and ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ have all been released, to mixed acclaim. “Looking ahead, there is cause for continued optimism. Having repeatedly defied fears of increased unemployment in the wake of political turmoil, the job market has remained robust. “Earlier this week, a survey of more than 1,000 firms by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that firms across the UK expect further increases in employment. “Data from totaljobs echoes this optimism, with certain sectors performing particularly well. Catering and hospitality vacancies, for example, have seen 68% YoY growth in July, Public Sector and Services have seen 38% growth and Not for Profit/Charities roles have seen 25% growth – employers are continuing to hire.”



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Ford to pay up to $10.1M to settle harassment allegations

17-August-2017 - usatoday.com



The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it found evidence that employees at two plants subjected female and black workers to harassment.            



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M-Files HR automates employee-related document management

17-August-2017 - onrec.com



Intelligent HR document management solution supports compliance with automated and intuitive administration of HR records and processes throughout the employee lifecycle Posted in News archive on 17 Aug 2017 M-Files Corporation , the intelligent information management company, today announced the immediate availability of M-Files HR , a new offering that can be deployed on-premises or as a cloud-based service that enables organisations to simplify and automate the management of employee-related documents and records associated common HR processes throughout the employee lifecycle, such as onboarding, training and performance reviews. M-Files HR includes simple and secure integrated records management supporting retention and eventual disposition of employee and HR-related records, and is backed with a complete version history and audit log to support compliance with government regulations and corporate governance policies. Many companies still manage HR documents and processes, such as onboarding, training, performance reviews, etc., in an inefficient and error-prone manual manner, exposing them to legal and compliance risks. Email is often the de facto workflow management tool, and a lot of time and energy is wasted by HR staff and supervisors trying to get documents reviewed and approved and ensuring tasks have been completed by the right people. M-Files HR is targeted at helping businesses simplify and automate this common need with a system that is easy to implement and use. M-Files HR is easy to use because it puts information in readily understood context, in this case, in the context of the employee, supervisor, manager, executive, etc.  M-Files HR intelligently understands these common business roles and the relationships between them, allowing employee-related documents and records to be dynamically secured, organised and processed in an intuitive and personalised manner. Without duplication or complex hierarchical folder structures, HR documents, such as CVs, offer letters, government required employment documents, performance reviews, training certificates, etc., are intelligently organised, accessed and processed in context, by role and individual. For instance, a supervisor sees and interacts with only the information related to themselves and their direct reports, or an employee or manager may only be able to view certain documents and information, while an HR manager can modify it or remove access to it. In addition, certain documents are formal records that cannot be modified and must be retained for a certain period. "Numerous companies we speak with have limited visibility into employee information because HR records are often scattered among hard drives, filing cabinets, enterprise applications and unmanaged file sharing systems," said Mika Javanainen, vice president of product management at M-Files. "Record keeping is essential to HR responsibilities, and in order to avoid administrative, legal and compliance problems, HR personnel must follow proper employee record keeping protocols, which means they must know which records to keep, who must review and approve them, how to store them and for how long. M-Files HR is an easy to use solution that empowers human resources staff, managers and other authorised individuals to gain greater visibility and control over HR documentation while also streamlining core HR processes." HR document templates and automated workflows streamline manual processes M-Files HR includes templates and other features that simplify employee records management. A variety of out of the box templates are provided to simplify the creation and management of HR records and files. Templates can be modified or new templates created based on company needs or preferences. Consistently completing important yet common documents, such as a performance review, is as easy as clicking on the template and then filling in the necessary information. Documents can also be pre-generated by managers or HR, and then workflows initiated with an assignment to employees or other managers to complete. HR process automation is a core component of M-Files HR with the ability for HR staff to enforce and automate common HR workflows. This ensures that common processes associated with onboarding and that ongoing employment and career development are executed in a consistent and timely fashion in such a manner that also directly supports compliance with government regulations and corporate governance policies. Integration with other HR systems M-Files HR can be integrated with and complement existing HRMS and HRIS solutions, enterprise content management (ECM) platforms and other systems that store HR records and employee information. M-Files intelligently links content and context when connected to other existing HR and business systems to provide a 360 degree view of information to the user always finds what they need regardless of the system they are using, without duplication of information or content. For more information about M-Files HR, click here .



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Move job to increase pay packet, says REC

17-August-2017 - onrec.com



Commenting on today’s publication of labour market statistics by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which shows that the employment rate reached 75.1 per cent in the three months to June, the highest level since records began in 1971, Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive Kevin Green says: Posted in News archive on 17 Aug 2017 Company Profile REC View profile » “The UK jobs market is continuing to perform beyond expectations as job creation remains strong and employment is at a record high.  “However, the UK is becoming a less popular destination for EU workers. The number of EU nationals working in the UK is increasing, but at a much slower rate than any time in the last three years. Employers are struggling to find people to fill roles in engineering, construction and health, so there is an increasing risk that new jobs will go unfilled. “As competition for talent intensifies, REC data shows that employers are increasing starting salaries to tempt candidates to move jobs. However for their existing staff, wage increases are not keeping up with inflation. The conclusion is that talking to a recruiter and finding a new job is the best way to get a bigger pay packet.”



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Comment: ONS Labour Market Statistics - CV-Library

17-August-2017 - onrec.com



Reacting to the latest ONS Labour Market Statistics, released today, Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: Posted in Opinion on 17 Aug 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » “It’s extremely positive to see that employment rates are continuing to rise, and this is reflected in our own job market data from the second quarter of 2017. Our data found that not only did jobs increase by 1.6% on Q1 2017 but they jumped by a staggering 14.9% when comparing data with the same period last year. “Furthermore, we found that organisations in some of the UK’s key industries are remaining confident and continuing to invest in their workforce. Our data indicates that the manufacturing, charity, automotive and social care sectors all saw an impressive increase in job vacancies last quarter. This is particularly good given that some of these sectors were predicted to be hit hardest by Brexit. “As well as this, our Q2 data remains in line with ONS figures, which revealed that weekly earnings have increased when compared to the same period in 2016. While real earnings may be declining, we found that advertised salaries increased by 1.9% when comparing year-on-year data, suggesting that organisations are willing to invest in potential new recruits.”



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Poor productivity explains lagging pay growth - CIPD

17-August-2017 - onrec.com



Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the demand for labour remains strong, which includes a relatively high share of permanent, full-time jobs. Posted in News archive on 17 Aug 2017 Company Profile CIPD View profile » However, the CIPD today warns that poor productivity growth remains the underlying reason why earnings remain stuck around the 2% mark. The latest monthly figures show that the continued increase in labour supply, driven by a sharp increase in the number of 50-64 year olds (+210k over the past year), ex-welfare claimants in employment (-73k decrease in the number of long-term unemployed) and EU nationals (+126k) is also failing to put pressure on employers to put wages up in response to labour and skill shortages. Responding to the figures, Gerwyn Davies, Senior Labour Market Analyst at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development said : “Predictions that wage growth would accelerate due to rising inflation and a low unemployment rate have still yet to bear fruit.  This is no surprise given today's poor productivity figures, which continue to weigh on the pay prospects of UK workers.  However, it also seems that employers are turning to under-utilised groups of the labour market, such as ex-welfare claimants and older workers, to help offset the relatively tight labour market conditions. “Our Labour Market Outlook survey, published on Monday, showed that many employers are still receiving a relatively high number of suitable applicants for roles, especially for low-skilled vacancies.  However, we should not overlook the fact that the UK economy is currently generating a significant number of high-skilled roles, which could lead to rising skills shortages unless employers raise their game through investment in capital and machinery, improving workforce skills and adopting smart working practices. This threat will increase if skilled workers from the EU14 and EU8 decide to leave the UK to look for work elsewhere.”   www.cipd.co.uk



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Manufacturing Job Surge in July

17-August-2017 - onrec.com



A surge of job vacancies were advertised within the Manufacturing industry in July according to recruitment software provider Recruitive Software. Posted in News archive on 17 Aug 2017 Company Profile Recruitive View profile » The number of manufacturing jobs advertised via Recruitive’s software recorded the highest ever number of jobs being posted compared to any previous months. The average number of candidate’s applying for each position has also seen an increase in July. Carla Fern, Operations Director at Recruitive comments; “July saw an increase of 10.51% and our figures support the statistics from the latest Markit/CIPS Purchasing Manager Index (PMI), which suggest that manufacturing growth picked up in July following a steady month on month growth so far during 2017.” Carla Continues; “With the current high level of vacancies recruiters need to think carefully about their recruitment processes. Their ideal candidate is likely to already be working and not necessarily actively looking for another job opportunity. Our software is proven to enhance the candidate journey and significantly improve application rates.” For more information call 0345 600 0550 or visit www.recruitive.com



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A-Level students from disadvantaged backgrounds risk missing out on ‘free’ degree apprenticeships

17-August-2017 - onrec.com



A-Level students from less privileged backgrounds are at risk of missing out on places on the new breed of ‘earn as you learn’ degree apprenticeships, according to new research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Posted in News archive on 17 Aug 2017 Affluent parents 2.5 times more likely than less well-off to know about degree apprenticeship routes at university Low awareness of ‘earn as you learn’ degree apprenticeships will leave behind less privileged school leavers Findings follow government report revealing widening gulf between numbers of richest and poorest students studying for degrees  Warning comes as 300,000 students set to receive A-Level results A-Level students from less privileged backgrounds are at risk of missing out on places on the new breed of ‘earn as you learn’ degree apprenticeships, according to new research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). One in four (26 per cent) of the parents from the most highly-educated and highest paid social groups are familiar with degree apprenticeships compared to just one in 10 (10 per cent) of parents from lower socio-economic bands. Previous research from CMI has shown that parents are the most common source of careers advice for young people. [1] CMI’s survey of 1,004 UK parents of 11-18-year old children reveals that overall parental awareness of degree apprenticeships has grown from 13 per cent in 2016 to 20 per cent in 2017. However, the gap in awareness between parents from different social groups adds to concerns raised by recent Department for Education data showing a growing gap between the higher educational attainment of school leavers from affluent and less privileged backgrounds. Degree apprenticeships were launched in 2015, enabling students to work in paid roles while studying for a degree in a number of professional fields. Tuition fees are paid by employers via the new Apprenticeship Levy. Petra Wilton , CMI’s director of strategy and one of the architects of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, says: “Degree apprenticeships are now at risk of becoming the preserve of the privileged. Parents are the biggest influence on their children’s career decisions, so a lack of parental knowledge will deprive promising students from all backgrounds of places on degree apprenticeships. We’re now in danger of higher apprenticeships quickly transforming from being perceived as an alternative route into employment for the less able, to being a highly attractive option out of reach to all but the elite. Schools and employers need to work with parents to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and help all young people to consider this new route to a degree and employment.” Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship was launched in 2015 and already has more than 500 enrolled students from across all backgrounds. The Trailblazer degree-level apprenticeship was developed by a group of more than 30 leading employers, including Serco, Nestle and Barclays, and supported by CMI. Universities UK has tipped Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship to become the most subscribed of the new breed of degree-level apprenticeships created under the Government’s Trailblazer scheme. Lady Cobham , director-general of The 5% club, an organisation dedicated to encouraging employers to offer apprenticeships, said: “This excellent research demonstrates how important good careers advice is for young people. Apprenticeships provide a huge range of qualifications and career opportunities. Students are missing out on the chance to enter the world of work, get qualified and be paid at the same time. This lack of knowledge is detrimental to developing the skills we need to meet the UK’s current shortage and make our economy successful.” CMI’s survey of parents also revealed that for those in the know, seven in 10 (69 per cent) believe that degree apprenticeships represent better value for money than the traditional university route. When asked if they would consider taking a degree apprenticeship if they were 18 again, four in five (83 per cent) agreed they would. Nearly nine in 10 (87 per cent) believe a qualification from a professional body would make a student more employable when their child finishes their degree. Wilton adds: “For too many A-Level students about to leave school, the prospect of huge student debt means that traditional university routes are no longer an option. The new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship gives young people a way to earn as they learn, sidestep tuition fees, and to gain both a degree and professional qualification – and then land a job at the end of their studies. When aware of this option, parents clearly support this route, so we need to ensure that no school leaver misses out regardless of their background.”   For more information on Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, visit: www.managers.org.uk/management-apprenticeships Twitter: @cmi_managers #MgtApprentices [1] https://www.managers.org.uk/~/media/Files/PDF/Reports/CMI-EYF-An-Age-Of-Uncertainty-September-2016.pdf    



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Union Pacific to layoff 750 U.S. employees amid broader cost-cutting

17-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Union Pacific Corp said on Wednesday it will cut roughly 500 management jobs and 250 railroad workers by mid-September as the No. 1 U.S. railroad continues broader cost-cutting.



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SBA head sees businesses held back by lack of loans, workers

16-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Six months into her tenure, SBA head sees businesses as optimistic but held back by lack of loans, workers



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From C-suite to legal service founder, Michael Mills has always been a leader (podcast)

16-August-2017 - abajournal.com



It's common now for large law firms to have a chief knowledge officer to determine how technology can help lawyers do their jobs more effectively.



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5MM: Googling Gender Diversity

16-August-2017 - workforce.com



In this week’s edition of 5 Minutes of Management, Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell discuss ongoing diversity saga in Silicon Valley and what 1st Amendment rights employees actually when speaking their mind. Additionally, recent jobs numbers and declining layoffs look good. Or do they? And finally shedding a little light on the solar eclipse. For more 5 Minutes of Management, check out... The post 5MM: Googling Gender Diversity appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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How Much Wasted Work Time Is Too Much?

16-August-2017 - workforce.com



According to a recent survey conducted by OfficeTeam, on average, employees spend eight hours per workweek on nonwork activities. What does this non-work time look like? Personal emails: 30 percent Social networks: 28 percent Sports sites: 8 percent Mobile games: 6 percent Online shopping: 5 percent Entertainment sites: 3 percent Moreover, try as they might to regulate this activity, employers fail. The... The post How Much Wasted Work Time Is Too Much? appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Why Vetting for Work Martyrs During the Hiring Process Isn’t the Answer

16-August-2017 - workforce.com



Remember, logging extra hours or being on call during evenings and weekends does not guarantee results. It can lead to burnout and diminished productivity. Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini has become the latest victim of public scrutiny after telling the New York Times in July about a test she uses to measure a candidates commitment during the hiring process. Her... The post Why Vetting for Work Martyrs During the Hiring Process Isn’t the Answer appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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How have you dealt with job-related stress?

16-August-2017 - abajournal.com



How job-related stress affects lawyers mental health has recently come to the fore. (Even the last season of Better Call Saul took a hard



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Ranked: The best companies for job interviews in the UK 

16-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Weak pound pushes salad-maker under with loss of 260 jobs

16-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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´We can´t get the skilled staff´

16-August-2017 - bbc.com



Stuart Gardner, the boss of British motorbike maker Norton, says that a shortage of skilled employees is holding his firm back.



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National Minimum Wage: Workers win £2m compensation

16-August-2017 - bbc.com



The government's latest campaign lists 230 employers who failed to pay the minimum wage.



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Royal Bank of Scotland to slash nearly 900 IT jobs

16-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Trade union Unite said the taxpayer-backed NatWest owner was aiming to sack 650 permanent employees and 230 contractors as part of a drive to save cash.



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Seven charged in U.S. insider trading ring

16-August-2017 - reuters.com



NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities on Wednesday announced insider trading charges accusing seven people of generating more than $5 million of profit based on tips from a Bank of America Corp employee about dozens of pending corporate transactions.



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Trump, in tweet, hits Amazon over taxes, jobs

16-August-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday criticized Amazon.com on Twitter over taxes and jobs and accused the global retailer, without offering evidence, of hurting U.S. localities and causing job losses.



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Massachusetts Governor Signs Bipartisan Pregnant Worker Protection Legislation

16-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker last month signed H. 3680, a bipartisan bill to extend protections to pregnant workers in the state. The legislation, An Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, will prohibit workplace and hiring discrimination related to



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Taiwan Power Crisis a Growing Concern for Local Industry: Opinion

16-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



I was having dinner with a friend in downtown Taipei on Tuesday night when the electricity went off for the second time that day. Workers accidentally shut off the supply of natural gas to a single power generator just a



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Is the wages puzzle getting less puzzling?

16-August-2017 - bbc.com



The latest unemployment figures may finally provide a clue on how to solve the wages puzzle.



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Amazon to open new Severn Beach warehouse in 2018

16-August-2017 - bbc.com



The retail giant says its new Bristol warehouse will create over 1,000 jobs.



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IKEA is throwing an all-you-can-eat crayfish party, meatballs included

16-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Not sure how to peel a crayfish? IKEA has instructions for that.            



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Employment hits another record pay rises below inflation

16-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The number of people in work went up by by 125,000 to 32.07 million in the three months to June, with the employment rate hitting a record 75.1 per cent.



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CITY DIARY: Oxford United owner and the LearnDirect fiasco

16-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Oxford United owner Darryl Eales could find himself in front of the Public Affairs Committee over adult training provider Learndirect, which is said to be on the brink of collapse.



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Having a bad job can be worse for your health than being unemployed, study finds

16-August-2017 - onrec.com



A new study by The University of Manchester has found that people employed in low-paying or highly stressful jobs may not actually enjoy better health than those who remain unemployed. Posted in News archive on 16 Aug 2017 The aim of the study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, was to examine the association of job transition with health and stress. The researchers were particularly interested in comparing the health of those who remained unemployed with those who transitioned to poor quality work, and examining whether the health impacts of good or poor quality jobs. The study monitored over 1000 participants aged 35-75 who were unemployed during 2009-2010, following up with them during the next few years about their self-reported health and their levels of chronic stress as indicated by their hormones and other biomarkers related to stress. There was a clear pattern of the highest levels of chronic stress for adults who moved into poor quality work, higher than those adults who remained unemployed. Adults who found a good quality job had the lowest levels of biomarkers. Working into any type of job (whether it was a good or poor quality job) was not associated with an improvement in physical health compared to those who remained unemployed. Good quality work was associated with an improvement in mental health scores compared to remaining unemployed, but there were no differences in mental health scores between those who transitioned into poor quality work and those who remained unemployed. In summary, researchers found evidence that formerly unemployed adults who moved into poor quality jobs had elevated risks for a range of health problems, compared to adults who remained unemployed. They found little evidence that reemployment into poor quality jobs was associated with better health and lower adverse levels of biomarkers related to chronic stress compared to remaining unemployed - instead, the evidence suggested that it was associated with higher levels of chronic stress-related biomarkers. “Job quality cannot be disregarded from the employment success of the unemployed,” said the paper’s lead author, Tarani Chandola, professor of medical sociology at The University of Manchester. “Just as good work is good for health, we must also remember poor quality work can be detrimental for health.”



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enei Comment on EHRC Pay Gap Strategy

16-August-2017 - onrec.com



Following the publication of the EHRC’s pay gap strategy, enei chief executive Denise Keating commented: Posted in Opinion on 16 Aug 2017 “The EHRC’s pay gap research has revealed the shameful extent to which pay gaps exist across groups in the UK. It is clear from the statistics that we can’t continue to see the pay gap as a women’s problem. The research has revealed massive pay gaps exist for both disabled people and specific ethnic groups. “We completely agree that flexible options in work are an important tool for reducing pay gaps but we would prefer to see increased focus around tackling bias throughout the employee lifecycle. It is encouraging to see that the EHRC has set challenging strategic goals including an extension of reporting requirements which, if accomplished, would contribute significantly to the reduction of pay gaps of all types. “What we have seen since the introduction of gender pay gap reporting is that, when challenged, the easiest way for organisations to reduce their pay gaps on paper is to outsource their lowest paid roles. This eliminates opportunities for progression within these organisations and results in the bizarre situation where no individual employer has a large pay gap, but the national pay gap remains. A further consideration is that most employers struggle to properly analyse their pay gaps because they simply do not have the mechanisms in place to be able to maximise the declaration rates of staff with some staff being unwilling to declare their ethnicity and disability. Any reporting will be worthless if the largest group is “Prefer not to say”. “As well as the barriers faced, and created, by employers, a critical factor will be Government commitment. We would encourage all political parties to put aside their differences and build consensus on the issue of pay gaps, which both Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May committed to tackling in their respective manifestos just a few short months ago.” www.enei.org.uk



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Trump cant blame Amazon.com for woes of American retailers

16-August-2017 - usatoday.com



The e-commerce giant is hardly killing the retail sector all by itself -- or at all, for that matter.            



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Barriers to Productivity

16-August-2017 - onrec.com



One of the primary roles of a workplace is to maximise productivity to achieve the best results possible for that business. Posted in News archive on 16 Aug 2017 According to research from AXA PPP healthcare , 42% of small businesses said the biggest productivity blocker was employees being disengaged or not enjoying their job. In fact, the ONS reports the UK’s productivity (output per hour) has fallen by 0.5% since the start of 2017. The ability to work smarter and increase productivity is something that, in today’s ‘always-on’ world, no business can afford to ignore, but encouragingly two-thirds of businesses do track their productivity. Disengagement and not enjoying the job are only part of the picture. Workplace distractions can also have a real impact on staff motivation and results. It is also a fact that some of us are prone, no matter how well engaged we are with our job, to distractions more than others. Insight from AXA PPP healthcare highlights the top five common workplace distractions and how to tackle them. Checking your phone at lunch can leave you with higher levels of emotional exhaustion during the afternoon. Phone-based distraction just isn’t as mentally rejuvenating as other activities you can do on your break, such as going for a walk.   Noisy, open plan offices can increase distraction levels and reduce concentration, but short of squirrelling yourself away to work in the car park, what else can you do to avoid the negative effects of working in a noisy environment? Employers could look to designate quiet spaces for those needing to concentrate their attention.   Believe it or not, small distractions can have the biggest impact on productivity. For example, a phone left to ring, the ‘ping’ of constant email alerts or questions from colleagues.  It’s important that there is a strong team ethos to work together and all take responsibility for a smooth running office. Office layout and lighting can also have a surprising impact on workplace productivity. Old fashioned fluorescent lighting is no replacement for as much natural lighting as possible. Lastly, one topic that could be distracting us more than we think is recent political activities. With an ever-changing landscape both at home and abroad, post-election politics are the modern workplace distraction. “Giving people ownership and autonomy to work to their own drum beat, as much as is feasible for the business, can help boost motivation as well as productivity.” said Mike Davis, Head of SME at AXA PPP healthcare . “There is no quick remedy to remove all office distractions, but some changes are easier and more cost effective to put into place. For example, our research shows that employees who are allowed to work from home are 13% more productive versus those that are solely office based. Other solutions include better working practices such as encouraging people to pick up the phone if it would enable faster problem solving than exchanging lots of emails.” Top six tips on how to increase productivity: Designate a quiet spot in your workspace where there are few distractions Discourage over-reliance on emails where a phone call would be more efficient to alleviate email ping pong Shop around to get faster, more reliable mobile and internet connections Offer flexible or remote working, where possible, even on a trial basis Have regular one-on-one chats with employees to find out any concerns or ideas they have about their working environment   Invest wisely in tools and software that will actually help make work easier and more productive Source: Is your business performing well? AXA PPP healthcare infographic .   



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How to stop being the family ATM and learn to say no

16-August-2017 - usatoday.com



If you want someone to stop asking you for money, the worst thing you can do is say no and then give in after persistent pleading.            



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Greenlight Capital Re Names Belfatti to New Role of Chief Operating Officer

16-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Greenlight Capital Re, the Cayman Islands-based specialist property and casualty reinsurance company, announced it has hired Michael Belfatti to the newly created position of chief operating officer, effective immediately. Belfattis responsibilities as COO will include oversight of the companys pricing,



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Mass. Behavioral Health Facility Faces $207K in Fines for OSHA Violations

16-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A Massachusetts behavioral health facility faces $207,690 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations found while conducting a follow-up inspection. On June 29, 2017, OSHA issued UHS of Westwood Pembroke



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Trump says CEOs leaving manufacturing council not taking their jobs seriously

16-August-2017 - usatoday.com



So far, five business leaders have quit Trumps manufacturing advisory council over his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.            



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Unite union claims RBS plans 900 IT job cuts

15-August-2017 - bbc.com



The Unite union says the bank is planning to make the job cuts at its London office by 2020.



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Correction: Economy-Jobs Report story

15-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Correction: Economy-Jobs Report story



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RBS to cut around 900 IT jobs, says union

15-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Future of Learndirect in question

15-August-2017 - bbc.com



The future of a major adult-training provider is in question after it fails to block a critical report.



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Heres how you can watch all local NFL games this year for free

15-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Want to catch your local NFL games? Heres how to do it with just a simple HDTV antenna.            



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Under Armour, Intel CEOs quit Trumps job council over Charlottesville rally response

15-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank joins Intel and Merck CEOs in quitting President Trumps manufacturing job council over Charlottesville rally response.            



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Dates for the Job Board Summit – Europe 2017 Announced

15-August-2017 - onrec.com



Jobg8 are delighted to announce the Job Board Summit – Europe 2017 is taking place on 9-10th November at etc. venues conference centre at St Paul’s, London. Posted in News archive on 15 Aug 2017 Company Profile Jobg8.com View profile » The annual industry event brought together over 200 delegates last year and aims to deliver insights from keynote speakers exploring the industry trends. Louise Grant, CEO of Jobg8 said: “We are extremely excited about the Job Board Summit this year. This event is meant for everyone to come together, where they engage openly about what is happening in our industry. As always we will have educational sessions along with I am sure, some heated debates from our industry thought leaders.” Europe’s job board professionals will be participating in thought-provoking discussions and debates that are important to their business. Louise also said: “ We are putting together the finishing touches to a jam-packed agenda that will presented by some exceptional speakers that I cannot wait to announce.” We will be releasing the full speaker line up soon and if last year’s event is anything to go by, we can expect some of the industry’s most inspiring experts.    



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Too busy for a break: Working Brits pass up on £650 of paid holiday each year

15-August-2017 - onrec.com



Hard working Brits are working through much of their annual holiday entitlement, losing out on over £650 and 10 days annual leave each year. Posted in News archive on 15 Aug 2017 Nearly nine out of ten British workers failed to take all of their holiday allowance last year, with almost one in 20 1  missing out on more than ten days of paid leave. In some cases, that meant workers missing out on as much as £675 of annual leave,  according to a survey undertaken by money-saving site  Voucherbox.co.uk .   The study, which looked at British workers’ annual leave entitlement, also found that 43% of us don’t take our full allowance because we are simply too busy to do so and that over half  2  are entitled to more that 25 days of paid holiday per working year, with 7% reaching the end of the year with at least half their allowance untaken. More than a third of us 3  were unable to carry over our remaining holiday days to the following year or sell it back to our employers meaning that 35% of Brits had to simply lose their annual leave, losing out on an average of £674.60p *  a year. The top reason Brits gave for not taking their full holiday entitlement was that almost half 4  of us felt that our work place was too busy and therefore felt they couldn’t book any time off whilst one in ten said that they had holiday requests denied by their bosses. A whopping 81% of us admitted to working up to nine hours’ unpaid overtime each week, effectively missing out on a further £434.40 in unpaid labour over the year.   18% of Brits still have more than half their holiday allowance left for 2016 despite the fact that we are half way through the year. Shane Forster, Voucherbox.co.uk UK Country Manager stated: “We’ve seen a pattern where people are feeling too busy or guilty to take time off from work and are not only missing out on rest but potentially hundreds of pounds in lost holiday entitlement and through unpaid overtime.   With time off work so important and Brits missing out on so much paid leave, it’s important that holiday doesn’t cost any more than it needs to. There are some great offers around for restaurants and leisure activities ensuring that Brits can make sure that their precious holiday time is as enjoyable as it is good value”  Survey of 1,000 respondents, June 2016  1  4.8% of respondents surveyed missed out on more than 10 days’ annual leave.  2  56% of respondents surveyed answered that they had more than 25 days’ annual holiday entitlement.  3  35% of respondents surveyed answered ‘lose it’ when asked the question, “With your remaining holiday, what did you do?”  4  43% of respondents surveyed answered ‘they felt they were too busy to book of holiday’ when asked the question, “Why didn’t you take your remaining holiday time?”  *Calculated through payscale.com average UK salary 2016 (£26,422 gross / £21, 134.16 net)  



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Role with a view? Britain´s best-paying outdoor jobs revealed, research by Indeed

15-August-2017 - onrec.com



As Britain’s summer finally gets back on track, the global job site Indeed has published data revealing the UK’s ten highest paying outdoor roles. Posted in News archive on 15 Aug 2017 Company Profile Indeed View profile » The roles include jobs in science, sport, construction and even film, and six of them pay more than the average UK salary of £28,000. The two best-paying roles - environmental manager and senior landscape architect - pay an average salary of almost £37,000 a year. Indeed’s data also revealed that jobseekers searching for outdoor jobs are significantly more likely to look during Spring than any other season. The number of searches for "outdoor(s)" in Spring is 2.2% higher than the annual average. By contrast, searches for "outdoor(s)" in Winter are 6.4% less than the average.   Bill Richards, UK Managing Director at Indeed, commented:  “In our list we see a variety of outdoor roles that offer great alternatives to 9-5 desk jobs. “Not only do these roles pay well, they also offer levels of mobility and flexibility that are in high demand with the modern jobseeker. Additional benefits such as fresh air, a non-sedentary lifestyle and a flexible schedule can all help employees achieve a good work/life balance.” Indeed’s data also shows that flexibility is increasingly important for the modern jobseeker. This isn’t just a UK trend - Indeed’s records show that interest in flexible work increased by 42.1% from 2013 to 2015 in nine out of 12 major markets. In the UK, the number of searches for  remote, home and flexible working are all up year-on-year for 2017. New technologies make it easier for workers to remain connected across disparate locations, and as a result more of them are losing interest in the traditional 9 to 5 model. Many want to set their own schedule, organise their own priorities and get the work done on their own terms.  Bill Richards concludes:  “The traditional office setting is becoming less appealing to younger generations of workers - but those interested in an outdoor career should keep in mind that the weather is a central, yet unpredictable variable when outdoors. “Outdoor roles are also known to include extensive travel, in some cases, or to require overtime. This can be an exciting prospect for some jobseekers, while for others it will mean giving up a comfortable routine.”



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Only 19% of talent managers feel their workforces have the skills to support future needs

15-August-2017 - onrec.com



Executive Search Leadership Advisory firm, 6 Group, has conducted a global talent management survey across 13 different sectors with questions ranging from candidate attraction through to talent development. Posted in News archive on 15 Aug 2017 Respondents included senior HR, Talent, In-House Recruitment and Learning Development professionals who were asked to anonymously rate their organisation’s own approaches to talent management.  The aim was to find out whether companies had made progress in reshaping their talent strategies to become more future-looking (proactive) and less focused on the here and now (reactive). Key results from 6 Group’s survey are included below:  Only 19% say their existing workforce has the skills and capabilities to support their future needs 51% say their existing workforce has the skills and capabilities to support their current needs Top Three Problem Areas Identified: 1.     Succession Planning 2.     Talent Pipelining 3.     Competency Assessment Most common score (out of 10) respondents gave their organisation for developing internal talent: 6 Most common score (out of 10) respondents gave their organisation for engaging with external talent: 7 In a report from 6 Group on the results, the firm mentions that the ratings which respondents gave to their internal development and their engagement with external talent were fairly good. However, they state that they’re surprised to find that only a very slight majority (51%) feel their existing workforce was capable of meeting current needs. Dan Solomon, 6 Group’s Head of Marketing Communications, said: “This likely down to many industries still experiencing widespread skills shortages across and the fact we’re still in the midst of the much-discussed ‘war for talent’. “The statistic which shocked us the most was that only 19% of respondents feel their collective workforce has the skills or capabilities to support the company’s future needs. “The question has to be asked, what’s causing the other 81% of people to hold a negative outlook towards the future and what is being done to drive significant change? We can confidently answer the first part of this question by looking at the first two issues of the top three problem areas identified in the survey; succession planning and talent pipelining.” The firm’s report details that succession planning and talent pipelining are activities designed to strengthen long-term recruitment activity and that the data shows that the vast majority of respondents are worried about exactly this – the long term. 6 Group’s Managing Director, James Beazley, said: “We know the problem and we know the solution. Create a robust and well-oiled talent pipeline, which is backed by a well-thought-out succession plan across all key business areas and the outlook begins to become a lot brighter. So, why aren’t enough people doing this? Or, if they are, how come it’s not giving them comfort about the capabilities of their future workforce? “There’s likely to be a number of reasons. Talent pipelining can be time-intensive and requires continual maintenance which a company may not have the resources for. Succession planning is an intricate task which can involve an organisational redesign and rigorous, individual assessments of future leaders across an entire business. However, the challenges mentioned above do not dismiss the indisputable fact that strengthening how you acquire and manage your talent is absolutely essential for the future success of a business.” James adds: “Whether it’s through your own company’s initiative or in partnership with an industry specialist, define your organisation’s mid-to-long-term talent management strategy and implement the activities you will need to drive lasting change.” About 6 Group: For over a decade, 6 Group has been a leading facilitator of transformational change for some of the world’s largest organisations. Across 2017 alone, they’ve conducted a number of organisational redesign projects, succession plans and leadership assessment programmes to support companies in becoming market leaders. For more information, visit www.6-group.com or email enquiries@6-group.com



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Volvo Car UK launches online recruitment service for its retailer network

15-August-2017 - onrec.com



Volvo Car UK has launched a new online portal designed to help its dealers recruit new staff, amid an ongoing campaign by the brand to take on 300 new technicians across its UK network. Posted in News archive on 15 Aug 2017 Volvo Car UK introduces new online recruitment portal to help dealers fill vacancies Service aids processes such as CV retention and interview scheduling Volvo recently announced a drive to recruit 300 new technicians across its UK dealer network by 2020 Volvo Car UK has launched a new online portal designed to help its dealers recruit new staff, amid an ongoing campaign by the brand to take on 300 new technicians across its UK network. The Volvo Recruitment Service provides an efficient and cost-effective way for managers in its 119-strong network to advertise vacant positions, track applications and communicate with potential candidates. This significantly reduces the administrative tasks associated with finding new members of staff. The portal enables dealers to create professional job adverts from 25 editable templates, and advertise on up to 50 job sites including the Volvo Car UK careers webpages, CV Library, Universal Jobmatch and Reed – as well as dealers’ own websites and social media. Through using the service, dealers will also be able to receive, save and retrieve CVs, application forms and cover letters, and even schedule interviews. There is also a library of job descriptions and best practice guides, while users can create a ‘talent pool’ of potential candidates for future opportunities. The portal’s introduction follows the manufacturer’s announcement of a nationwide drive to recruit 300 new technicians to its network by 2020 to support increasing sales and its growing product range. Helen Davis, Career Development and Engagement Manager, Volvo Car UK, commented: “As well as using clever and intuitive technology to make the hiring process more efficient, the Volvo Recruitment Service also enhances the professionalism of the sector by providing a consistent, premium image. We think this will help broaden the industry’s appeal to those who may not have considered a career in automotive retail in the past.” For more information about careers with Volvo Car UK, please visit http://www.volvocars.com/uk/about/our-company/volvo-careers .



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Vodafone adds £1-a-month charge to a million contracts

15-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The new fee — which will net the telecoms giant millions of pounds a year — has been added to every new monthly contract taken out since February.



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California Division of Workers’ Comp Suspends 5 Medical Providers for Fraud

15-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Californias Division of Workers Compensation has suspended five more medical providers from participating in the states workers comp system, bringing the total number of suspended providers to 32. DWC Acting Administrative Director George Parisotto issued suspension orders against the following



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Illinois’ Alera Group Taps Assurex Global’s Clark to Lead Employee Benefits Practice

15-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Alera Group, a Deerfield, Illinois-based national employee benefits, property/casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, appointed John Clark as its national employee benefits practice leader. Clark will leverage Alera Groups resources by coordinating employee benefits services and support, as well



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New York’s Wellthie Hires Keise as Chief Technology Officer

15-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Wellthie, a New York, N.Y.-based insurance technology company offering broker and comparison shopping tools for small businesses and individuals, has hired D. Orlando Keise to serve as its chief technology officer. Effective immediately, Keise will lead Wellthies technology and product



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Companies see no reason to pay more due to over-supply of job applicants

14-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Container Ship Runs Aground at Antwerp Port, Blocking Traffic

14-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Traffic to and from Antwerp, Europes second-biggest port, was halted on Monday after a container ship ran aground on the banks of the river Scheldt which connects the port to the North Sea. A spokeswoman said workers were trying to



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Snap shares bounce off low; employees free to sell shares

14-August-2017 - reuters.com



NEW YORK (Reuters) - Snap Inc shares rebounded on Monday from a record low in a volatile trading session as big investors reported their stakes in the social media company and a wave of employees became eligible to sell their shares.



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When You Discover That You Employ a Nazi

14-August-2017 - workforce.com



In the wake of Friday and Saturday’s horrific, evil events in Charlottesville, the the twitter account YesYoureRacist posted many riot photos and identified many of the rioters. And, as a result, some have lost their jobs. Yes, Youre Racist @YesYoureRacist Replying to @YesYoureRacist UPDATE: Cole White, the first person I exposed, no longer has a job  #GoodNightColeWhite #ExposeTheAltRight#Charlottesville Question: Does one participating in a Nazi rally enjoy... The post When You Discover That You Employ a Nazi appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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California Department of Workers’ Comp Dismissing 292K-Plus Unresolved Liens

14-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The California Division of Workers Compensation is dismissing more than 292,000 unresolved liens. The liens belong to claimants who did not properly file the required supplemental lien form and 4903.05(c) declaration form. Senate Bill 1160, which became effective Jan. 1,



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These jobs pay over $100,000

14-August-2017 - usatoday.com



New data reveals professions that rake in a healthy paycheck.            



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New Jersey’s Meeker Sharkey & Hurley Hires Henry as VP of Business Development

14-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Meeker Sharkey Hurley, a New Jersey-based provider of personal and commercial insurance, employee benefits and risk management services, has hired Dan Henry as vice president of business development. In this role, he is responsible for new business across the



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Six Workers Sue New York’s Swanky Plaza Hotel, Allege Sexual Harassment

14-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Six current or former employees have filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against The Plaza Hotel. The bartenders, servers and hospitality coordinators say they were groped, catcalled and propositioned by managers and other co-workers while working at the New York City



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AIG Appoints Williamson as Global Head of Employee Communications

14-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



American International Group Inc. has appointed Anita Williamson as global head of employee communications, effective today. In this role, Williamson will develop and execute global programs to strengthen employee engagement and align with AIGs global business goals. She will report



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50 Calves Killed After Cattle Truck Wrecks On Mississippi Highway

14-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A truck crash has killed dozens of calves on a south Mississippi highway, with cowboys working for hours to round up roaming survivors. Trooper Master Sgt. Brent Barfield says an 18-wheel cattle truck overturned on U.S. 84 east of Collins



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Adulting: How not to break the bank at college

14-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Students and experts weigh in on how to save money in college.            



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Six in 10 business believe automation will drive productivity, reveals Robert Half

14-August-2017 - onrec.com



New report highlights the impact digital transformation will have on businesses and recruitment strategies Posted in News archive on 14 Aug 2017 Robert Half’s new report,  Digital transformation and the future of  hiring  has found that digital processes will be extended to manual, data entry tasks such as financial modelling (41%), generating financial reports (40%), project management and reporting (38%) within the next three years. As a result, payroll (37%), financial planning (33%), accounts payable (38%) and accounts receivable (32%) are expected to be the roles impacted by automation by 2022. Digitalisation has already emerged as a business priority and is set to impact the future of business by offering new technologies to address threats and opportunities for a competitive advantage. Overall, 87% of executives have recognised the positive impact that the growing reliance on technology holds for organisations. “Digitalisation will offer a new approach where labour and time-intensive processes can be shifted to allow for more value-added work to take place,” explained Matt Weston, Director at Robert Half UK. “Automation is impacting traditional business functions in a big way. Finance is no exception and professionals will need to be prepared to hold a more prominent and integrated influence on the wider business, gaining new skills that will see them through the technological shift.”  The main benefits that businesses are expecting, or already achieving from digital transformation, include improved efficiency and productivity, better decision-making and employees taking on more value add work leading to more fulfilling careers in the long-term. Overall, finance executives believe digitalisation will increase the productivity of each individual (59%), enable employees to focus less on data entry and more on the execution of tasks (53%), providing opportunities to learn new capabilities (51%). “While a technical understanding will remain the core competence that provides professional credibility, it will need to be enhanced with soft skills,” added Peter Simons, head of future of finance, CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). “We are already seeing this move occur within the finance department with the shift from technical to commercial skills. In the future, financial insights won’t just come from financial analysis but collaborating with other areas of the business. Traditionally labelled ‘professional services’ executives will need to engage with people, ask questions, have empathy and communicate in a compelling way to make informed business decisions.” www.roberthalf.co.uk



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DAILY BRIEFING: STV hires ITV´s Simon Pitts as chief exec

14-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Entertainment producer STV has hired ITV executive Simon Pitts as its chief executive. Pitts, who will join next January, is managing director, online, pay TV, interactive and technology at ITV.



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Learning how to drive a hillclimb at Shelsley Walsh

14-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Hillclimbing is one of the oldest forms of motorsport and is a spectacular event where competitors race uphill to set the fastest time. We took a trip to Shelsley Walsh to learn how to do it.



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One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening

14-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Nearly one in five workers say they face a hostile or threatening environment at work, which can include sexual harassment and bullying.            



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Revealed: The top five questions you should NEVER ask in an interview

14-August-2017 - onrec.com



Interviews can be a daunting process for many, and new research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library has found that a whopping 87.4% of workers think there are certain questions candidates should avoid asking in an interview if you want to get the job! Posted in News archive on 14 Aug 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » The research, which quizzed 1,200 UK workers on interview preparation techniques, found that over three quarters (79.3%) of professionals will prepare questions in advance of an interview, with 92.3% stating that they try to ask a question in every job interview they attend. When asked what questions have jeopardised their chances of bagging a job in the past, candidates revealed the following: 1. What does your company do? (53%) 2. How often do you give your employees a pay-rise? (52.9%) 3. Will I have to work long hours? (50.3%) 4. How much will I get paid? (49.8%) 5. Do you offer sick pay? (45.4%) Other responses included asking how much holiday they will receive (25.5%) and who the company’s market competitors are (14.5%). Furthermore, the majority (54.7%) of professionals think it is appropriate to ask 3-5 questions, while 33.4% would ask 1-2 and 9.2% 6-10. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments: “It’s always good to turn up to an interview armed with appropriate  questions to ask and you should always note them down in case you have a mind blank half way through! Not only will this show you’re well prepared, it also demonstrates that you have a genuine interest in the company and the opportunity to work there. “Unfortunately, questions around money and working hours can often  touch a nerve with potential employers, as it could suggest that you’re not actually interested in the role itself and the work you’ll be doing. That’s not to say you can’t ask about the package the company is offering, it’s just important that you phrase  it in the right way.” Furthermore, the research also quizzed candidates on the questions that they’ve asked in an interview which have been well received and boosted their chances of getting the job. The responses included: 1. Is there room for development in this position? (74.2%) 2. How would you describe the general culture of the company and the workplace? (51.3%) 3. What are the team like that I will be working with? (36.8%) 4. When can I start? (24.2%) 5. How do you measure success? (23.3%) Biggins continues: “Rather than going straight in with questions around salaries  and working hours, you can find out more about a company by posing questions about their culture, teams and how they measure success. Doing so will help you paint a picture of what it’s like to work there, and will also show to the interviewer that you are  passionate about working in a company where the fit is right on both sides.  “Never be afraid to follow-up with an interviewer if there are questions  which you don’t feel comfortable asking about face-to-face. Remember, it’s about checking that the company is right for you, as well as if you’re right for the company.” Interestingly, a separate piece of research conducted by the job board amongst 200 UK recruitment professionals, revealed that 58.4% of recruiters think there are candidates shouldn’t ask in an interview, including asking what the company does (24.5%), what happens if they’re late or call in sick (15.6%) and how soon they can expect a promotion (15.6%). 



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The big UK unemployment North-South divide

14-August-2017 - onrec.com



Posted in AdView Article by Shane McGourty, AdView.co.uk on 14 Aug 2017 Company Profile AdView.Online View profile » While politicians may have us believe the gap between the North and South of the UK is shrinking, we know that the concept of a North-South divide has been around for decades, with many experts claiming it is growing wider. In terms of unemployment, there are clear divisions between the North and the South, but is it possible to close the gap and strive towards a more balanced picture of job creation and growth across the country? The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that whilst UK unemployment has fallen to 4.5% - its lowest level since 1975 – there is still a difference between the North and the South. In the three months to May 2017, the highest UK unemployment rate was in the North East at 6%, while the lowest was in the South East, at 3.4%. It is of course positive that unemployment rates across the UK are so low, especially when you take Brexit into account and the uncertainties it has thrown up. However, it does seem like the North still has quite a bit of ground to make up. A 2016 report by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) revealed that 10 of the UK’s top 12 struggling cities are based in the North of England, while not one city in the South featured in the top 12 or 24 of the index. This chimes with the ONS 2016 Annual Population Survey, which found that the 10 cities with the lowest employment rate were primarily in the North, including Hull, Sunderland, Blackburn, Bradford and Liverpool. In contrast, the 10 cities with the highest employment rate were made up of mostly southern locations, such as Crawley, Aldershot, Gloucester, Worthing, Swindon and Reading. With high employment rates across the South East and South West of England, as well as lower than average employment rates in Scotland, the North East and the North West, it would appear there is still a clear North-South divide in the UK. And it’s not just employment rates that illustrate the division. A report published in July, by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, found large income gaps between different regions of the UK. For instance, average salaries in the Midlands, Northern England and Wales were no higher than they were in the South East almost 20 years ago. In Britain's poorest region, the West Midlands, earnings were 25% lower than in the South East. Campbell Robb, chief executive of the JRF, which funded this report, says it’s crucial we “rebalance our lopsided economy”, and is now urging the government to “deliver a plan that drives up skills and productivity across the country”. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady adds that these findings cannot be shrugged off: “People are still missing out on the chance of decent, well-paid work because of where they live. Ministers need to explain how they’ll deliver growth and boost living standards in every corner of the country.” So why is there such a regional disparity? “London has, and always will be, a magnet for wealth and talent and it is this pull that makes the South a seemingly more attractive option to businesses and highly-skilled candidates,” comments Jo Sellick, managing director of recruitment specialist Sellick Partnership. “However, it is unrealistic to expect every part of the UK to have the same employment rate as the average. We should instead be focusing our efforts on creating a more balanced picture of job growth across each region.” Here at AdView, we feel the country is too London-centric and believe the government must take a regional approach to job creation. Companies should be incentivised to startup or relocate to areas where there are high numbers of people available for employment, but these people need to have the appropriate skills, training and education to help companies to grow. To achieve this regional growth, the government needs a longer-term strategy that places the demand for skills strategically around the country and spreads the wealth and opportunities. Freelance photographer Nick Rawle moved from his home town of Oxford to Loughborough in the East Midlands 12 years ago and says that, in his field, the divide is essentially “London - everywhere else”, with the East Midlands feeling very poor, economically, compared to the South East. Despite several years of success as a photographer, he has noticed a marked slow-down in bookings since last year and fears he can no longer run his business there. “Many of my clients in the construction and property sectors are no longer buying from me, and I’ve had to rely on finding work further afield to make ends meet, as prospects here in the East Midlands remain unappealing. I’m giving serious consideration to moving back down South to remain as a freelance photographer, as I don't feel there is enough work locally to support me here.” There have been some efforts to address inequalities across the UK, with government initiatives such as the  Northern Powerhouse , which aims to boost economic growth in the North, as well as plans for a new  industrial strategy , which should start to take shape later this year. Yet to help close the gap, there needs to be a significant increase in the number of skilled jobs outside of London and the South of England. Sellick believes a two-pronged approach is required. “First, we need to invest more in home-grown talent, especially as we make our exit from the EU in the years to come. Second, we need to attract more big business to areas outside of London and the South.” Dan Tomlinson, research and policy analyst at Resolution Foundation, adds that we need to look in detail at regional employment rates among different sections of the population that have traditionally struggled in the labour market, such as younger people or those with disabilities. “Understanding why these groups have much higher employment rates in some parts of the country than others would help policy makers to design local policies that help these sub-groups into work.” Regional employment gaps have now persisted for a long time. Yes, it may be unrealistic to expect absolute equality, but this picture of uneven jobs growth must be rebalanced if we are to reach full employment in the UK.



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Prospects launches Summer Graduate Market Trends

14-August-2017 - onrec.com



Prospects’ summer edition of Graduate Market Trends (GMT) launches today (10 August 2017) with a focus on gender in graduate recruitment and careers. Posted in News archive on 14 Aug 2017 Company Profile Prospects View profile » Inside the latest edition of GMT, experts share data on the gender pay gap and reveal the impact of appearance on graduate careers advice. In addition, gendered language is explored in relation to male-orientated entrepreneurship education and Anne-Marie Canning, Director of Widening Participation at King’s College London, gives her perspective on social mobility. More general graduate labour market issues and themes are also explored in GMT, including a data-rich view of graduate internships and degree fraud as well as a view of the seismic shifts in the higher education landscape.  Sarah Brookes, Marketing Director at Prospects said: “Graduate Market Trends is our quarterly round-up of the latest trends influencing higher education and graduate careers, combining the latest data with informed opinion. If you work in graduate recruitment or help students on to the career ladder then this is a must-read.” Prospects’ Summer GMT is available to view at prospects.ac.uk



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Lawspeed announces GDPR and data protection compliance seminars for October 2017, London and Manchester

14-August-2017 - onrec.com



Ravi Murphy, director of Lawspeed said “the new laws are very complex, with severe penalties for non-compliance. The law will apply from May 2018, but it is essential for recruiters to prepare early. Posted in News archive on 14 Aug 2017 Company Profile Lawspeed Ltd View profile » The seminars will deal with “the what, the why and the how”, with attendees learning about the areas of operation affected, processes to follow and types of documentation to use so they can get ready.” The seminars will be very popular, and with limited capacity, recruitment businesses are advised to book now to secure a place. In addition, we are offering a 20% discount to those booking by 31st August 2017. The cost to attend is £399 + VAT per person, with discounts for ARC members. Early bird places booked by 31st August 2017 are £320 + VAT. Call Lawspeed now to register for this seminar on 01273 236 236 email events@lawspeed.com , or visit www.lawspeed.com/Events/SeminarOct2017.aspx



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New forecast shows pay rises remain subdued at 1% as 24 applicants chase every low-skilled job vacancy

14-August-2017 - onrec.com



Hiring demand remains strong whilst unemployment is at a record low Posted in News archive on 14 Aug 2017 Company Profile CIPD View profile » The latest CIPD/The Adecco Group Labour Market Outlook suggests that UK employment will again grow strongly in the third quarter of 2017, but wage growth is likely to remain weak. The quarterly survey of more than 1,000 employers identifies that near-term employment expectations have risen compared with the previous spring report (May 2017). This is reflected in the quarter’s net employment balance – a measure of the difference between the proportion of employers who expect to increase staff levels and those who expect to decrease staff levels in Q3 2017 – which shows an increase from +20 to +27 during the past three months. However, while the UK labour market remains buoyant, basic pay award expectations for the next 12 months remain at just 1%. The subdued basic pay award outlook can be attributed to a range of reasons. Against the backdrop of poor productivity growth, the report points to an increase in labour supply over the past year as a key factor behind the modest pay projection. This is driven by relatively sharp increases in the number of non-UK nationals from the EU, ex-welfare claimants and 50-64 year olds. although the report is keen to stress the future migration trends appear highly uncertain. The increase in labour supply may explain why the jobs market remains challenging for some jobseekers, especially those seeking lower-skilled jobs. Employers report a median number of 24 applicants for the last low-skilled vacancy they tried to fill, compared with 19 candidates for the last medium-skilled vacancy and eight applicants for the last high-skilled vacancy they were seeking to fill. Overall, employers felt that around half of applicants were suitable for each role they were recruiting for. The variation across skill level is also consistent with labour market trends which show that high-skilled occupations account for a large share of the number of jobs created during the past year in contrast with the low proportion of low-skilled jobs that have been generated. Looking more closely at pay, in the private sector, almost a quarter of firms cite delivering the National Living Wage (23%) as a brake on pay growth, a further fifth (21%) cite uncertainty over access to the single market, and a fifth (21%) reference the Government’s auto-enrolment pensions scheme as acting as a challenge. More than a fifth of firms (21%) also report that affordability is weighing pay down, underlining the urgent need to address weak productivity growth in the UK. Meanwhile, around three quarters of public sector employers (72%) say that restraint in the public sector is the main reason why they cannot match the inflation rate target of 2% in their next basic pay award. Recent CIPD research [1] also indicates that employee pay expectations are weaker this year compared with last year, which may suggest that employers are not coming under any additional pressure to raise pay from workers, despite the low unemployment rate. Looking back, the median for all basic pay decisions that were undertaken in the first six months of 2017 is 1.5%. This may imply that employers have become more pessimistic about basic pay growth over the past six months against the backdrop of a slowing economy. Gerwyn Davies, Senior Labour Market Analyst for the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said: “Predictions of pay growth increasing alongside strong employment growth is the dog that hasn’t barked for some time now, and we are still yet to see tangible signs of this situation changing in the near-term. The facts remain that productivity levels are stagnant, public sector pay increases remain modest while wage costs and uncertainty over access to the EU market have increased for some employers. At the same time, it is also clear that the majority of employers have still been able to find suitable candidates to employ at current wage rates due to a strong labour supply until now. “The good news is that the UK labour market continues to go from strength to strength. This is particularly good news for jobseekers, especially the long-term unemployed, who have recently been able to move into work more quickly than in the past. We believe therefore that the Bank of England was right to give more weight to the prospects for pay and productivity than to the rise in employment in their recent interest rate decision. “Against the backdrop of future migration restrictions and a tight labour market, the need for a workforce development plan is greater than ever.” Alex Fleming, President of General Staffing, The Adecco Group UK&I commented :   “This quarter’s report demonstrates strong and stable employment intentions. These have remained in a positive range for the last two years during which time we have seen unemployment consistently fall. Context is important here though: employers continuing to hire isn’t, necessarily, an indication that they are convinced of a bright economic future, rather that nothing significant has changed in recent months. Many employers are getting on with the day-to-day hiring required to keep their businesses ticking along until they have enough information to build concrete recruitment plans. “Overall, our labour market picture looks promising especially considering the unknown future impact of Brexit on the flow of talent in and out of the UK. Strong labour supply is a key contributor: the long-term unemployed are finding work more quickly and the amount of workers aged 50-64 who are in employment has risen by around 200,000 during the past year. “However continued subdued wage growth that the labour market is currently facing is a real issue that employers need to tackle head on. Employers must to invest in staff to increase productivity, thus in-turn providing them with the opportunity to increase wage growth.”  [1] CIPD. (2017). Employee Outlook. Available at: https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/people/pay/outlook-pay-pensions-report . [Accessed on 24 July 2017].



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Greene King targets young workers in apprenticeship push

13-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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North Korea factories humming with ´Made in China´ clothes, traders say

13-August-2017 - reuters.com



DANDONG, China (Reuters) - Chinese textile firms are increasingly using North Korean factories to take advantage of cheaper labor across the border, traders and businesses in the border city of Dandong told Reuters.



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How to take a pet away or leave it in kennels at home

13-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Whether you want to take a cat or dog on your travels or leave them at home, follow our six step guide to happier holidaying for you and your four-legged friend.



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Bring back the 100% mortgage or risk big city brain drain

13-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Paul Smith, owner and chief executive of Haart, the UK’s biggest independent estate agent, warns that London will see a brain drain of young workers without drastic action.



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How to protect yourself against financial fraud

13-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Figures released last month show that one in nine adults has either been the victim of a cyber attack – often with money secretly taken from a bank account or swindled as they visit a bogus website.



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Participation boost: Americans are still rushing back into the job market

13-August-2017 - usatoday.com



More Americans are being drawn back into a vibrant labor market, including less educated workers in their prime working years            



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WATCH: How to spend your lotto jackpot winnings

12-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Real estate mogul and Shark Tank investor Barbara Corcoran has tips on how to responsibly spend your lotto winnings.



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BT chief is ‘not the right man for the job’, says top investor

12-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Uber, beset by scandal, faces battle over ´destructive´ lawsuit

12-August-2017 - reuters.com



SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride-services company Uber is facing a divided board of directors and angry shareholders after investor Benchmark Capital filed a lawsuit against the company's ousted chief executive, Travis Kalanick, dealing another blow to the firm as it struggles to recover from a series of scandals and hire a new leader.



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Credit Card U? How plastic helps students learn budgeting

11-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Credit cards can also help college students learn how to track spending, pay bills responsibly and avoid interest and fees.            



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Tata fined £1m after Scunthorpe Steel staff exposed to toxic gas

11-August-2017 - bbc.com



Five workers were exposed to vapour from benzole in the coke ovens at the steel plant, in 2011.



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Tata Steel signs agreement for new pensions deal

11-August-2017 - bbc.com



The deal will affect thousands of current and former workers, with 130,000 pension scheme members across the UK.



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Audits show lax oversight by Wisconsin agency counting Foxconn jobs

11-August-2017 - reuters.com



CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Wisconsin agency tasked with holding Foxconn accountable for delivering up to 13,000 jobs in exchange for $1.5 billion in state payroll tax credits has a history of failing to verify job-creation claims and rewarding companies that fall short of quotas, according to state audits.



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Aspire: Active Dashboards recruiting success

11-August-2017 - onrec.com



Aspire has been in recruitment since 1992, formerly as PFJ, or The Graduate Recruitment Company. Posted in News archive on 11 Aug 2017 In 2014, the organisation re-branded as Aspire, and now specialises in recruiting for the digital, media and marketing communications industry. A global organisation, it has five offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Hong Kong and Singapore, employing more than 120 specialist recruiters. The challenge For recruiters, the speed with which they gather and analyse data gives them the edge. Access to and analysis of the right, real-time data can make the difference between a good and bad decision during the complete recruitment process. With five years’ experience of using a dashboard system, Aspire was therefore ahead of many of its competitors. However, there were still limitations to its existing set up and it knew it could do better. “We were already enjoying many of the benefits of using big data; taking the guess work out of recruitment, making it far easier to plan ahead and prioritise in the most efficient and cost-effective way. However, we knew there was still a way to go,” says Chris Chandler, CEO of Aspire. One particular concern was reconciling the company’s global revenue reporting. “As we couldn’t get our company’s global revenue reporting to compile with our old dashboard solution, we were still reliant on spreadsheets in this area. This affected us in several ways. Not only did it prevent quick access to the right information which led to a lack of insight, impacting our decision making, but we couldn’t compare data from disparate sources either. What’s more, with our finance team having to input numbers manually, not only was this a very time consuming job, taking over two days a week, but there was also a large margin for error.” “Importantly for a multi-site organisation like ours, Active Dashboards provided the ability to draw information simultaneously from multiple sources to identify opportunities and flag up any issues.” The Solution: Implementation Aspire installed Dynistics Active Dashboards in October 2014. “A lot of recruitment businesses don’t have the competence or capacity to build a dashboard themselves, so having the ability to install and immediately build sets Active Dashboards apart. That said, until the end of last year we were using it in conjunction with our existing system. While not ideal, it was important for the business that we first fully reconciled our revenue reporting which took some time. However, Dynistics has such great experience and industry knowledge, the team was indispensable in helping us to make the transition. We finally made the break to using Dynistics exclusively at the end of last year.” The outcomes The implementation of Active Dashboards has enabled Aspire’s day-to-day processes to be more agile, particularly with regards to its finance department. “With recruiting a numbers-driven profession, it’s vital you can hone in on the figures that really matter. Now, we are much more sophisticated in terms of data reporting than ever before. With constant access to information, we estimate we save around two days a week, equivalent to over 100 working days every year.” Improved personalisation Another area where Aspire felt let down by its old solution was the lack of personalisation. Fortunately, Active Dashboards provide both the flexibility to allow for customisation and the ability to drill down into any chosen area of the business enabling team leaders and individual recruiters to decide on the KPIs most relevant to their specific areas of work rather than overloading them with irrelevant data. “Whilst it was possible to build our own dashboards before, this was a clunky and costly process and Dynistics offered a massive cost advantage over our current provider. Active Dashboards provided the tools and flexibility for us to create our own tailor-made dashboards, pulling in data from wider sources and getting them up and running very quickly. This provided a far more tailored and effective alternative to our old system.” Client-focused Looking forward, Active Dashboards would also provide a valuable way for Aspire to enhance existing relationships with clients. The implementation of secure online portals would allow the company to log in and view current status and progress updates whenever and wherever it wished, negating the compilation of lengthy reports by its recruitment team and providing a clear picture of historical, current and future outcomes. “Although this is one area still in development, essentially we want to create a seamless process that brings both ours, and our clients’ businesses, closer together. Our plan is that in the future, Active Dashboards will enable us to strengthen client relationships, maximise business opportunities and deliver best practice.” Increased team motivation  Employee motivation is critical to sustaining revenue growth. Having had a previous reliance on spreadsheets in its finance department, Aspire wanted to streamline its financial reporting to give senior managers fast access to the real-time information it needed to operate more efficiently. “We recognised the benefits of linking multiple sources for analysis and reporting, to get a clearer picture of recruiter performance and to inform marketing and social media planning. Another consideration is the future implementation of Active Scoreboards. These would provide Aspire with the ability to showcase and share results, celebrate successes business-wide to improve staff engagement and drive profitable results. “These would provide us with the ability to deliver an instant and complete picture of team performance. Everyone could see both how much time we devote to clients, and how much revenue we get back from them. It would also mean it was also possible to see which activities, such as social media, have the greatest impact on candidate engagement, enabling us to make evidence-based, timely decisions to improve operational performance and uncover additional revenue opportunities fast.” The Future Big data, when harnessed effectively, saves recruiters time and ensures that vacancies are filled by the right individuals more quickly and that candidates are matched with the right role. “One of our key goals is for Aspire to be seen as the market leader in our chosen sectors and we are confident that Active Dashboards can assist us in achieving this,” concludes Chris.



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West Virginia Car Dealer Settles Suit With Former Employee for $2.1M

11-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



An attorney says a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit involving a West Virginia car dealership and a former employee. John Howard Motors Attorney Johnnie Brown told The Dominion Post that the car group and its owner deny any



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Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Warns of Caller Posing as Department Staff

11-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Connecticut Insurance Commissioner Katharine L. Wade has issued a consumer alert advising consumers to be wary of a phone caller who identified herself as an Insurance Department employee and is asking people for their insurance information. The Department does not



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New Jersey’s Jimcor Agency Announces Two Additions to Management Team

11-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Jimcor Agency Inc., a Montvale, N.J.-headquartered independent managing general agent and wholesaler, has hired Christopher Waller as the personal lines manager and Kristen Skender as the director of corporate development. In his new role, Waller will be responsible for underwriting,



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$7M in BP Oil Spill Fines to Create 300 Conservation Jobs

11-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



About $7 million in BP oil spill penalties will create 300 conservation jobs in Gulf of Mexico states. Jeff DeQuattro of The Nature Conservancy said that employment will ramp up over three years: 10 people working in each state next



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Allstate To Create 2,250 Jobs With North Carolina Expansion

11-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Allstate Insurance Co. plans to more than double its North Carolina workforce by expanding in the Charlotte area, creating 2,250 new jobs by 2020. On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper and leaders of the nations largest publicly-traded personal insurance company announced



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UK’s most sought-after job industries revealed

11-August-2017 - onrec.com



Data from over 15.4m applications made by Brits sees construction and administration take top spots Posted in News archive on 11 Aug 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » New analysis of job application data in the UK has revealed the industries that Brits are most keen to get a job within; with the administration, construction and engineering sectors featured in the top spots.   The research also looked at the industries that have become increasingly applied for in the first six months of the year across 17 UK cities 1 , comparing application data from the same period in 2016.  Conducted by leading independent job board  CV-Library , the research is comprised of data from over 8.2 million job applications made between January to June 2017.   Further analysis with average salary data from June 2017 suggests that higher wages have not influenced those sectors with increased job applications. In fact, the majority of popular industries boast similar wages to that of the UK average salary, £27,271, as reported by the  ONS .  The sectors with increased job applications in  London  include 2 : Charity sector: Applications up 25% with an average salary of £26,913  Management sector: Applications up 25% with an average salary of £39,970  Telecoms sector: Applications up 23% with an average salary of £35,461  The sectors with increased job applications in  Manchester  include: Distribution sector: Applications up 52% with an average salary of £28,186  Consulting sector: Applications up 29% with an average salary of £39,514  Manufacturing/Surveying sector: Applications up 25% with an average salary of £29,315  The sectors with increased job applications in  Edinburgh  include: Customer Service sector: Applications up 66% with an average salary of £21,825  Manufacturing/Surveying sector: Applications up 25% with an average salary of £29,315  Personnel/Recruitment sector: Applications up 37% with an average salary of £28,252  The sectors with increased job applications in  Leeds  include: Management sector: Applications up 73% with an average salary of £39,970  Social Care sector: Applications up 18% with an average salary of £27,438  Manufacturing/Surveying sector: Applications up 13% with an average salary of £29,315  Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments:  “Competition for jobs is definitely heating up and it’s clear that certain sectors are thriving in key cities across the UK. So, if you’re looking for a new role in any of these industries, it might be worth considering what you can do to stand out from the crowd and ensure your CV and cover letter really hit the mark when applying for roles.” CV-Library  is one of the UK’s largest online job sites and attracts over 4.3 million unique job seekers every month. Founded by Lee Biggins in 2000, CV-Library is the UK’s leading independent online job board with a database of over 11.8 million CVs.  1 17 UK cities include: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton  2  Determined by comparing application data from January-June 2017 and January-June 2016. Average salary data is across the UK and taken from June 2017  



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Cranfield University signs up to new digital video recruitment platform

11-August-2017 - onrec.com



Cranfield University has linked up with Vidu, the new, video-based recruitment platform that brings together employers and candidates through video and social media. Posted in News archive on 11 Aug 2017 The award-winning University recognises that postgraduates entering the job market are probably more likely to be attracted to a digital recruitment platform—especially one that offers unique features. Vidu enables a user to create a personal profile, link this to their social media and then upload a video demonstrating their personality, strengths and aspirations. The benefits are clear. For graduates, the chance to create a ‘living’, more rounded profile of themselves will help them stand out in the job market—particularly if they’re searching for their first job. Equally they can see an employer’s profile so they’ll be able to make a more informed decision about their career choice. For employers, uploading a company profile enables job-seekers to get an insight into the vacancy and their business, thereby attracting the right sort of candidate and improving the chances of them staying in a job far longer. Penny Pickering, Head of Career Service Delivery at Cranfield  said:  “Vidu brings a refreshing change to the recruitment industry in its somewhat antiquated approach to candidate selection via the traditional CV. I am excited about the new dimension the platform brings and what it can offer our students.” Vidu Founder, Nicky Jones commented: “The tie-in with Cranfield gives Vidu a terrific endorsement. The innovative recruitment site will open up opportunities for employers in the Logistics business. Vacancies can be posted in the knowledge that the ‘cream of the crop’ of Britain’s post graduates will be among the job seekers.” www.vidurecruitment.co.uk



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Jonathan Lee Recruitment fields 1,000 vacancies as manufacturing booms

11-August-2017 - onrec.com



Manufacturing and engineering recruitment specialist predicts competitive market for talent Posted in News archive on 11 Aug 2017 Company Profile Jonathan Lee Recruitment View profile » Jonathan Lee Recruitment is fielding record numbers of vacancies as demand for roles to support engineering and manufacturing businesses throughout the West Midlands and the UK continues to grow. Jon Blaze, head of recruitment operations at the Midlands-based recruitment consultancy explains: “Last month, we saw a number of reports and announcements that highlight just how important manufacturing is now as part of the UK’s vibrant economic mix. West Midlands manufacturing has had a stellar year, with output and order balances the highest of any region in the second quarter of 2017 and this is reflected in the number of vacancies that we are now handling.” Last month, the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has reported that since March 2010 manufacturing jobs in West Midlands have increased by 9.9%, more than four times the national growth rate. Indeed, the West Midlands now boasts 14,670 manufacturing businesses in the region – up 3.1% year on year – and confidence over the last 12 months is the joint highest in the UK and the most improved from last year. Charlotte Horobin, EEF West Midlands region director, said: “Despite some challenging times, manufacturing in the West Midlands remains strong and the region has been one of the best performers over the last year. Firms are really in their stride with our export figures accounting for an impressive 10.9 per cent of all UK manufactured exports.” Blaze continues: “With almost 40 years looking after the recruitment needs of Midlands engineering and manufacturing businesses, this is a very exciting time for the sector and businesses in the region will have to work hard to ensure they attract the best talent, especially in emerging specialisms such as energy storage, mechatronics, robotics and vision systems. Even at Jonathan Lee Recruitment, we have been expanding our team of specialist consultants and expect this trend to continue well into 2018.” For more information visit www.jonlee.co.uk



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Fears for hundreds of Asda staff jobs after profits plunge

11-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The low-cost supermarket has been facing a price war from rivals Aldi and Lidl and many analysts believe it has sacrificed shopping experience. Bosses are reviewing 18 large UK stores.



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Wilko says nearly 4000 jobs at risk of redundancy

11-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Thousands of jobs at discount retailer Wilko are at risk after it said it has entered redundancy consultation with nearly 4,000 staff.



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How to make the most of work experience and internships

11-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Every year, thousands of youngsters participate in work experience or internships – some paid, some unpaid – to get a flavour of what it is like to work in a certain industry.



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U.S. consumer prices stay soft for fifth straight month, up slight 0.1% in July

11-August-2017 - usatoday.com



The Labor Department said Friday that its consumer price index edged up 0.1% last month after no gain in June and a 0.1% fall in May.            



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Employee engagement battle: More than a quarter (28%) of employers struggle to engage their workforce

11-August-2017 - onrec.com



At a time of near full employment and in a candidate-led market, nearly one in three (28%) employers have admitted that they are struggling to keep their employees engaged, according to research released from totaljobs. Posted in Statistics and trends on 11 Aug 2017 Company Profile Totaljobs View profile » Employers say that lower productivity (59%) is being driven by a lack of employee engagement Key warning signs include internet browsing, being constantly late and chatting with colleagues At a time of near full employment and in a candidate-led market, nearly one in three (28%) employers have admitted that they are struggling to keep their employees engaged, according to research released from totaljobs . Over half of employers said lower productivity (59%) and internet browsing (55%) were clear signs of lower engagement they were seeing in the workplace. Worryingly, 62% said poor performance was a common problem as a result of a lack of engagement. Almost half (48%) of employers also report disengaged employees continue to arrive late and leave early, while 41% said chatting with colleagues suggested a lack of workplace engagement. The same number again said taking too many breaks during work hours might also indicate disengagement, as well as employees appearing distracted. Effective employee engagement strategies But when it comes to tackling a lack of employee engagement, one in two employers (51%) said clear communication, via email, newsletters and team meetings for example, was an effective strategy to improve engagement. Nearly half (46%) of employers said setting out clear objectives for both individuals and teams was also effective. Other supportive strategies to help employees engage with their work include: Creating a stimulating work environment (39%) Fostering a strong team dynamic (28%) Building a strong and visible management team (25%) Rewarding the most proactive or engaged employees (24%) Interestingly, more than four in 10 employers (44%) said hiring the right staff in the first instance is one of the most important ways to foster employee engagement. Work relationships creating stronger engagement There may be an alternative solution, however. According to separate totaljobs’ research, 92% of employers say strong work relationships make people more engaged with their job. The value employees place on their working relationships has been recognised by employers, with 80% saying strong work connections are important. Matthew Harradine, director at totaljobs, comments: “Our research suggests a real problem for employers. With the employment rate at record highs, it’s never been more important to keep staff engaged, which more often than not results in keeping them happy and retained. “There are a number of simple solutions to achieve this, like clear communication, and building a strong and visible management team, but it also may come down to subtle changes which can foster all-important work friendships.”



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Better humans proven to re-energize employee performance

11-August-2017 - onrec.com



Brain and body training which combines expert physiotherapists with data analytics Posted in News archive on 11 Aug 2017 It is a well-known fact that healthier and happier people perform better at work. Increasingly, health and well-being are becoming central to every forward-thinking company’s strategic plan. However, ensuring that employees are healthy in mind and body can be a difficult and time-consuming task. Better Humans is a start-up, based in Edinburgh, which offers a unique active well-being and health programme with personalised body and brain resilience training using actual specialist physiotherapists. Better Humans looks at body, brain and even mood health, and then compiles data results which offer tangible long-term benefits to employers. Described as brain and body training for busy people, it is based on the REACH programme, which is a unique blend of tests and digital training using the latest developments in neuroscience, motor imagery, visualisation and brain training. If followed the programme will lead to healthier, happier and more productive employees. lower absenteeism. improve engagement and retention rates. and ultimately enhance the performance of the company overall. Better Humans has been launched by Emma Collingwood, managing director, and Victoria Anderson, clinical and digital director. “We are the only company to offer the combination of brain and body training using specialists”, explains Victoria. “We place human health in front of digital health, if someone is fit and healthy in mind and body at work, it is proven that they perform better. Employees undertake six sessions per week and can speak to a qualified physiotherapist whenever they need to. However, this is not an occupational health tool, it is all about employee benefits which then in turn help the company. If you follow our programme there will be rewards as performance will improve. “Better Humans can help everybody, and has been specifically designed for all fitness levels. We have made it very accessible and affordable as we want all employees to benefit from it, not just senior staff, managers or directors. Our ethos is all about releasing your potential before you get injured. We agree that digital health can be important, but at Better Humans we are actually interested in human health. “If you’re sitting awkwardly, with a stiff back and bad posture day after day, your brain starts to think this is correct. This can then have a negative impact on performance, and can actually cause injury. It needs realigned. An analogy we often use is working with aches and pains, combined with too much stress, is like having too many apps open on your phone, your battery wears down much faster.” Victoria adds: “This is not something a company does simply to tick a box, they will actually get tangible benefits from it in the short-term and long-term. Continuously throughout the programme there is analysis going on in the background, which provides insights into employee behaviour hot spots and what is working well and what is not. This analysis is then delivered in the form of a report to the decision-makers. All data collected and used is anonymous.” Emma Collingwood has a wealth of experience bringing new products and services to market, and was the previous Head of Innovation Development, spanning retail and corporate businesses, and working with JV partners including O2 and Tesco. She more recently, ran a specialist innovation practice working across sectors, including clean-tech opportunities for E.On, digital consumer strategy for O2, new mass market fundraising campaigns for Cancer Research UK and low-cost workplace SME pensions for Aegon. Victoria Anderson is responsible for the physiotherapy operation and new product development. She is a MSK advanced physiotherapist, and previously held the CEO position in an established city centre physiotherapy clinic. Victoria has prior experience in the digital health sector, and is passionate about adopting technology to make skilled physiotherapy practice more widely available. She is also a member of Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). For more information about Better Humans and the Reach programme please visit  www.betterhumans.co.uk .



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Three quarters of IT professionals have applied for a new job in the past four weeks

11-August-2017 - onrec.com



Three quarters of IT professionals have applied for a new job within the last month, according to a new survey from IT specialists Evolution Recruitment Solutions. Posted in News archive on 11 Aug 2017 Speaking to 1,050 IT professionals at all stages of their career, Evolution found that 73% of all respondents had applied for a new job within the last month. Go back over the past six months, and this percentage rises to 84%. Survey questions also sought to find out what the modern IT professional values and looks for when applying for a role. Evolution discovered that: Men value salary more than women (26% of men said it was most important aspect of a job) Women prioritise challenging projects (29%) and flexible hours (25%) over pay Traditional benefits are the least popular reason people choose to take a role Work satisfaction is more important than salary to those in entry level roles, as well as those comfortable in a management or directorial position Entry level professionals place heavy emphasis on the tech stack/languages/frameworks used when making a decision to take a job - nearly five times as many 18 to 24 year olds said this was their biggest consideration compared to other age groups Commenting on the survey, Gareth Morris, Managing Director of Evolution Recruitment Solutions said: “As recruiters we see more job advertisements than most, and it is interesting to see that some of the main selling points companies use, including traditional benefits, perks and bonuses, are becoming redundant in today’s tech job market. What is clear, at all levels within IT, is that people are looking for much more than a good salary in the modern market - flexible working, and fulfilling tasks and projects, are now key motivations for job seekers.” www.evolutionjobs.com



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The jobs being overtaken by robots: in pictures

10-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Apparently Labor Rights of Strikers Top Non-harassment Rights of Workers

10-August-2017 - workforce.com



There exists only one workplace environment in which a white employee can keep his job after yelling the following at a group of African-American employees. “Hey, did you bring enough KFC for everyone?” “Go back to Africa, you bunch of f***ing losers.” “Hey anybody smell that? I smell fried chicken and watermelon.” A gold star for you if you answered... The post Apparently Labor Rights of Strikers Top Non-harassment Rights of Workers appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Heres why low wage jobs could soon outpace other jobs

10-August-2017 - usatoday.com



New data from Careerbuilder.com suggests low-wage jobs will grow faster than middle-wage and high-wage jobs over the next five years.            



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Sweet streams, all these streaming plans, plus Disney, could wind up costing you more

10-August-2017 - usatoday.com



With Disney planning two new streaming services, consumers will increasingly face more choices when it comes to how to get their video programming.            



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Lego boss replaced after eight months

10-August-2017 - bbc.com



The toymaker replaces its 61-year-old chief executive who was not expected to be in the job long term.



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Reporter who wrote sexting story about Fox News Bolling hit with $50 million lawsuit

10-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Fox News host Eric Bolling is suing Yashar Ali, the reporter whose story accuses Bolling of sending graphic texts to female co-workers.            



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Hundreds of Asda jobs at risk as it consults with staff

10-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Exclusive: Husky hires Goldman Sachs for $4 billion sale - sources

10-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd, a Canadian supplier of injection molding equipment to the global plastics industry, has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc to explore a sale that it hopes could value it at close to $4 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.



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Disabled Egyptians make prosthetic limbs for poor

10-August-2017 - reuters.com



CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian development organization that manufactures products for the disabled has opened a workshop in Cairo to make prosthetic limbs for the poor, staffed by workers with...



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Trump Seeks 18 Month Delay, Rewrite of Parts of Fiduciary Rule

10-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Trump administration is moving to further delay part of an Obama-era rule to require brokers who offer retirement advice to put their customers interests ahead of their own. The U.S. Department of Labor said in a court filing Wednesday



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California Workers’ Comp Committee Votes for Higher Pure Premium Filing

10-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The governing committee of the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau today voted to authorize the WCIRB to submit a Jan. 1, 2018 Advisory Pure Premium Rate Filing to the California Insurance Commissioner with rates that average $2.01 per $100 of



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GoodWorks Opens California Office, Names Russo Regional President

10-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



GoodWorks Insurance has named Bryan W. Russo regional president and head of its new office in Walnut Creek, Calif. Russo specializes in employee benefits plans for mid-sized and large employers. Russo was most recently a benefits broker in San Francisco.



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LWCC Promotes Toups to Vice President

10-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Louisiana-based workers compensation insurance provider, LWCC, has promoted Brent Toups to vice president of policyholder services and agency relations. Toups has over 19 years of industry experience with LWCC gaining expertise in the fields of premium audit, agency relations and



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How to create an investment plan to build an income

10-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



You might invest, but do you have a a clearly defined plan of what you are investing for and how you plan to do it. If you're anything like me the answer is 'no'. So here's how to get one.



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Prudential warns of job losses as it decides to merge

10-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The firm is aiming to cut costs by £145 million a year by 2022, seemingly opening the door to making redundancies among its approximately 7300 UK staff.



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Gender Discrimination Is Hindering Tech Industry growth

10-August-2017 - onrec.com



Sopra Banking Software uncover why it is that men still dominate senior positions in Tech and why men are out-earning women, even in equal positions. Posted in News archive on 10 Aug 2017 The UK gender pay gap won’t close until 2069 unless measures are taken to combat it now. That’s another 53 years that women will continue to pay a higher price for being female. A study by McKinsey Global Institute found that in an ideal scenario, where female roles are identical to those of men, “as much as $28 trillion , or 26%, could be added to the global annual GDP by 2025 ”. Gender Disparity in the Workplace Laura Parsons, Senior Manager at Deloitte, shares these findings: Last year, girls outperformed boys in every science, technology, engineering and mathematics subject, and even though innumerable top-paid jobs demand capabilities in STEM subjects - 70% of women in the UK with a STEM qualification aren’t working in compatible fields. What is it that pushes women out of these industries, and how do we secure them from entry level to senior positions, and offer support in pursuit of entrepreneurial ventures?  Unsurprisingly, McKinsey Global Institute found that 38% of women in the technology field feel that gender discrimination staggers growth and chances for progressing their career in the future. 60% of these women attribute not wanting to be a top executive to excessive stress and pressure. Of all the fields researched, these figures were among the highest. Melissa North, head of human resources at Sopra Banking, shares: “Businesses are not taking adequate measures to ensure women feel they have the reassurance to pursue a work-life balance, including starting a family - and therefore women don’t succeed long term. Feeling like they must compromise having a family to have a career is one of the leading reasons women don’t stick around to get moved into leadership roles.” Pip Wilson, entrepreneur, investor, and co-founder of amicableapps, adds: “Ultimately, the thing that will completely level the playing field is an even split between men and women in childcare.” As a parent, Pip Wilson shared the domestic workload with her husband to be able to focus on the success of her business ventures. This often meant her husband would stay home while she worked, and vice versa. Something as simple as employers providing or supporting childcare initiatives for employees could prove to be one of the most important incentives for females in the workplace. Tech: A Growing Sector for Women Entrepreneurs and business women, such as Melinda Gates, wife of businessman and philanthropist Bill, see the value of using tech to their advantage: “To me, the tech industry is one of the best places to work right now. If I was working again, I would work in biological science or tech or a combination of both. Every company needs technology, and yet we’re graduating fewer women technologists. That is not good for society. We have to change it”. Women should view this as the best time to enter the tech market: more people are graduating from tertiary levels than ever before, and women are outperforming men in STEM subjects. As businesses become aware of what this lack of gender representation means for their overall success, the more women will become empowered to hold positions they didn’t before. It’s tough to identify whether the gender bias is due to subconscious views during the recruitment process, or from the ongoing cycle that sees women receiving lower pay and fewer promotions, thus resulting in women keeping themselves placed below men through these continuous actions. The social constructs for gender roles will take time to be broken down. There is good news for women, however. Studies show that those who ask for the same salary as men, in the same role, tend to get offers in line with what they are asking. What Should the Workplace Look Like? Take gaming for example: Women make up only 22% of game developers, yet represent 50% of the people who play video games. As a business woman and consumer, Pip Wilson believes that people inside your company need to reflect the people you’re trying to serve. Businesses need to recognise the responsibility they have to women and gender equality in the workplace, but also the possible benefits that come with hiring from a larger pool of talent, that includes women: Increased labour supply Higher incomes Productivity gains Reduced poverty in developing countries A unique angle and approach to problems, due to a different atmosphere cultivated by women Once a culture of diversity has been adopted and is naturally functioning, there will be a good discrimination in place – one that filters and keeps only the best for the job, regardless of gender. How Companies Can Address the Gender Disparity: Provide practical career insights to educators and policymakers Create more support for women returning to work Share detailed information on the gender pay gap with employees and the public Melissa North, Head of HR at Sopra Banking Software adds that networking is important, “Having a belief and not doubting yourself is important as a woman climbing the business ladder as well as making yourself visible to other women in the industry and talking about your struggles. Not chasing your dreams of going into a new field because of commitments attached to gender shouldn’t hold you back.” Tips for Women in Tech: Talk to others: Fight the temptation to ‘do it yourself’, and get help and advice from wherever you can Find mentors and those who have been in your shoes before: male or female Use tech to your advantage: A study done by Accenture details how mobile tech has made it easier than ever to balance work and home life. Exploit the connectedness, making use of mobile apps and cloud services. A successful business no longer requires a 9-to-5 in an office Have confidence and trusting your abilities: Many women tend to believe they fall short in the skills needed to thrive in business. A lack of confidence means avoiding intimidating tasks or new disciplines, more so than some men, who are more likely to try At a time when the tech industry and business overall is dominated by males, women should take this opportunity to get a head start in whatever they want to achieve, using the various tools available in a changing world. Businesses should recognise this as an opportunity to empower women, and to attract the best new talent, regardless of gender – as it’s crucial to growth.  



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Sales Manager, Daniel Young, joins multi-award winning Opus Recruitment Solutions

10-August-2017 - onrec.com



We’re pleased to announce that experienced recruitment professional, Daniel Young, is joining Opus Recruitment Solutions as the new Sales Manager for the recently refurbished Bristol HQ. Posted in News archive on 10 Aug 2017 Daniel Young has an extensive professional scope of Management, market knowledge and recruitment experience. During his 7 years’ spent working within the technology sector at Computer Futures, Daniel’s entrepreneurial flair saw him propel his career to reach Management level in record time. This saw him successfully place over 250 candidates and win the Sales Team Manager of the Year accolade in 2014. His exceptional client focus, teamed with his ability to penetrate an array of business areas and deliver effectively at all levels will allow him to spearhead Opus into the embedded engineering sector and provide a new offering to the markets in which we are already established. Plans to hire across the technology arm of the Opus Professional Services Group in Bristol throughout H2 2017 will be executed with the help of Daniel Young’s long-standing and successful career within the recruitment industry. Starting with a team of three working the embedded engineering space UK-wide, ambitious plans to more than double headcount have been put in place by H1 2018. Bristol Perm’s growth this year has seen them remain the largest division of the Group, and Danny’s arrival signals intent to continue. This growth will be facilitated by the new Bristol HQ which provides 30% more space than the company’s previous office. The fast-growth success of the Opus Professional Services Group has not gone unnoticed, having been recognised by the Virgin Fast Track 100 for four years. Daniel Young comments, “I've chosen to join the Opus family as I've been impressed with their growth plans over the last 5 years, as well as their projected growth for the next 5 years. Everything about the company indicates a successful business; from the training programme, the back office team, the structure, right through to the Consultants on the floor. They are growing company who are only going one way!” “The opportunity for me to set up the engineering division was too good to turn down and I'm honestly excited about the prospect of growing the team to compliment with the already well established IT business.” Nigel comments “Daniel brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, putting him in prime position to lead the engineering division to success.” www.opusrecruitmentsolutions.com



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Bullhorn Founder and CEO Art Papas Joins JA Worldwide’s Global Council

10-August-2017 - onrec.com



JA Worldwide, one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, has announced that Art Papas, founder and CEO of Bullhorn®, the cloud computing company that helps staffing and recruiting organisations transform their businesses, has joined the JA Worldwide Global Council. Posted in News archive on 10 Aug 2017 Company Profile Bullhorn View profile » Global Council members have an abiding belief in the mission of JA Worldwide, an interest in engaging in JA’s regional and global events, the capacity and desire to significantly support JA, and an enthusiasm for attracting additional supporters to the organisation. Members are senior professionals of exceptional stature who can inspire young entrepreneurs, participate in JA events, and mentor JA’s global staff. “I’m thrilled to join the JA Worldwide Global Council,” Papas said. “JA Worldwide is an outstanding organisation that’s committed to fostering our youth’s entrepreneurial ideas. I’m excited to share my entrepreneurial background and, along with my other council members, help positively impact the lives of young people who are seeking to create encouraging business changes across the world.” Papas recently spoke at the opening of the first-ever European Summit for Entrepreneurship Education, hosted by JA Europe. The summit gathered experts, educators, researchers, business representatives, and policymakers to discuss how Europe can become more competitive by providing more entrepreneurship education to young people. During his discussion, Papas reflected on his own education and advocated that JA can help students achieve their entrepreneurial goals. Named both an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and a Glassdoor Highest-Rated CEO, Papas joins JA Global Council founding member William Schawbel, whose JA involvement dates to 1956, as well as other globally minded corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, JA alumni, former board members, and organisation supporters. “Art Papas is a perfect fit for the JA Global Council, especially as our organisation approaches our centennial and commits to serving even more young people across the globe,” said Brandie Conforti, JA’s global head of development. “Art’s experience as both a successful entrepreneur and a respected CEO more than qualify him to serve with our other prestigious Global Council members. We’re incredibly grateful for Art’s commitment to helping JA reach more students in more areas in more innovative ways.” For more information about JA Worldwide, please visit https://www.jaworldwide.org/home .



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New tests meet the demand to provide consistent assessment results across every device, including mobiles

10-August-2017 - onrec.com



Job candidates innocently assume that if they take an assessment test on their tablet or smartphone, they’ll achieve the same result that they’d get on a desktop computer. However, providing exactly the same test experience across every device is a complex challenge. Posted in News archive on 10 Aug 2017 Company Profile cut-e View profile » Assessment specialist cut-e has launched 16 new ‘device-agnostic’ tests which have been designed to consistently predict job performance, regardless of whether candidates complete them on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. These assessments supplement the 34 mobile-optimised tests that the company launched in 2015-16.  “Candidates, particularly those for entry-level positions, like the convenience of completing assessments via their mobile devices,” said Richard Justenhoven, Product Director at cut-e. “However, employers need to be confident that the tests they’re using to make hiring decisions provide accurate scores, no matter which device the candidate chooses. Some tests might play on a mobile device but they’re not optimised for that format and this penalises candidates because they’re not given the same testing experience that they’d get on a desktop computer. To rectify this, we now have a complete series of 50 ‘mobile-first’ tests which have been designed and built specifically for mobile devices. If a candidate takes these tests via a desktop, they’ll get exactly the same test experience.”  cut-e’s 50 mobile-first assessments include personality and interests questionnaires, language tests and aptitude tests (such as numerical and verbal reasoning, concentration, deductive reasoning, inductive reasoning, mathematical thinking, short-term memory, mechanical understanding and multi-tasking tests). All of these assessments have been built in the HTML5 programming language (instead of Adobe Flash), to ensure that they display properly on different devices and that they’re compatible with different web browsers.  “Hundreds of different phones, tablets and computers are available and there are many different browser combinations, so it’s a big challenge to ensure that a test will give a consistent experience and dependable results every time,” said Richard Justenhoven. “Clicking a mouse takes longer than tapping a screen, so you have to ensure that the completion time is the same on a mobile device as a desktop. We’ve undertaken a significant validation process to ensure that candidates will achieve the same results regardless of whether they take our new tests on a desktop, laptop or an Apple or Android tablet or smartphone. Effectively, all candidates take the same test regardless of the device they’re using. This is the model for the future and other test providers will have to follow our lead, or their clients will never be able to implement mobile assessments.”  Technical challenges had to be overcome to create the new series of tests. For example, cut-e’s developers had to ensure that the test content adjusts correctly for different screen sizes; that candidates are able to complete their tests offline if they lose their internet connection; that randomly-generated test items are created and that ‘adaptive testing’ - which responds to the candidate’s answers - works effectively, and that candidates cannot cheat on the tests, for example by changing the time settings on their device.  “Some assessments - such as our dedicated multitasking test for airline pilots, which includes moving objects - are unsuitable for mobile completion,” admits Richard Justenhoven. “We’ve made other tests, which need to display a lot of information, available on tablets but not on smartphones. However, if a client wants to run a seamless mobile recruitment process, we now have a series of tests which has been specifically designed for this purpose. Clients can be confident that our mobile-first tests have the same high quality as our traditional assessments and they’ll provide fair, objective and consistent selection.”  cut-e will continually update its new series of mobile-first tests to ensure they remain compatible with new devices and future browsers as they are launched.  cut-e is an Aon company. To identify which assessment tests will best meet your needs, please visit www.cut-e.com/product-finder



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Use the power of persuasion to boost your job hunt

09-August-2017 - sciencemag.org



Even if you’re uncomfortable “selling" yourself, these tips will help you unleash your persuasive potential



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US productivity rose a modest 0.9 pct. rate in spring

09-August-2017 - abcnews.com



US productivity edged up at 0.9 percent rate in second quarter, while growth in labor costs slowed



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Talking about the elephant in the roomsocial anxiety

09-August-2017 - abajournal.com



The most isolating time of my career was when I was regularly having anxiety attacks. As with most stress-induced issues, the symptoms were mild and



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US jobs most at risk as Worldpay agrees £9.3bn tie-up with Vantiv

09-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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How to save money on food when you live alone

09-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Often food isnt packaged in smaller portions and, when it is, the price might be too high. But have no fear. You can save money on food when you live alone.            



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As the Google Case Shows, Diversity Is Not an Ideology

09-August-2017 - workforce.com



By now, you’ve likely heard about the male Google employee (James Damore) who circulated within the company a 10-page memo titled, “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” In this memo, he critiqued Google’s efforts at maintaining gender diversity within the ranks of its employees, arguing that women are underrepresented in tech not because of workplaces biases and discrimination, but because of inherent... The post As the Google Case Shows, Diversity Is Not an Ideology appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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5MM: You’ve Been Microchipped!

09-August-2017 - workforce.com



In this week’s edition of 5 Minutes of Management, Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell discuss the pros and cons of a voluntary program at one Wisconsin company to insert microchips in its workforce. They also harken back to a time when asking for job candidates’ social media passwords was thought to be a sound recruiting tactic. For more 5 Minutes... The post 5MM: You’ve Been Microchipped! appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Goldman to use ´personality test´ for hiring decisions

09-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc plans to begin using a "personality test" as part of the hiring process for positions in its banking, trading and finance and risk divisions, a senior Goldman executive said on Wednesday.



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Rash of Food Allergies Prompts Education Push

09-August-2017 - workforce.com



Food allergies are on the rise — particularly among children — and that poses challenges to employers who are likely to see more employees struggling to manage their symptoms in the workplace Laurel Francoeur, attorney and founder of the blog Allergy Law Project Approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies and their numbers are growing each year, according to Food... The post Rash of Food Allergies Prompts Education Push appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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California-Based Farmers Names Mcelvany Head of Reinsurance

09-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Dan McElvany has been named head of reinsurance for Farmers Group Inc. He will begin Sept. 5 and will report to Scott Lindquist, chief financial officer of Farmers Group. McElvany has had a 21-year career in insurance, most recently with



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Pennsylvania’s IA&B Hires Ross as Marketing, Communications Senior Director

09-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Insurance Agents Brokers (IA B), a Mechanicsburg, Penn.-based tri-state trade organization, has hired Jennifer Ross as marketing and communications senior director. In her role, Ross will oversee communications to IAs approximately 1,400 member independent insurance agencies and marketing of the



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Google Author of Diversity Memo Explores Legal Options After Firing

09-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Google software engineer fired for writing an internal memo critical of diversity hiring policies at the company faces an uphill battle legally challenging his termination, but he could succeed in prolonging the controversy, potentially driving the tech firm to



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Employment tribunal fees gone, claims up unless…

09-August-2017 - onrec.com



Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled that the policy of charging employment tribunal (ET) fees of up to £1,200 prevents workers, especially those on lower incomes, from accessing justice and disproportionately affects women. Posted in News archive on 09 Aug 2017 Company Profile The Association of Recruitment Consultancies - ARC View profile » The Court heard that since the introduction of these significant fees in 2013, the number of ET claims brought had fallen by over 70%. It follows that the removal of these charges is likely to result in an equivalent increase, since there is no basis for arguing that the number of potential claimants will have reduced during the same period. Indeed, employment rights have increased since 2013, with the addition of further shared parental leave rights, holiday pay on overtime and so on. Employment law firms will be tickled pink, but is the decision on its own helpful to employers, hirers or recruitment agencies? Certainly, allowing more people access to justice has to be a good thing and indeed should be a guiding principle. However, one of the reasons the government initiated the review into the workings of the ET in 2011 (in which we at the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) participated), was what we call ‘the blackmail effect’. It was and remains (were it not for the fees charge) all too easy for disgruntled workers/employees to make spurious claims. Indeed, some of you may recall that in 2011/12 a number of individuals made it their practice to issue multiple race or sex discrimination claims against recruitment agencies off the back of false CVs containing made up names and race or sex identifiers. ‘The blackmail effect’ is that it is cheaper for the party against whom the allegations are made to pay out, rather than to fight the case, so rewarding a litigant whose case has no merit.  This happens partly because there is little process for the ET to review a claim before it is issued. Whilst there is a post-issue process, the Respondent is already clocking up big legal fees and wasted time. During my meetings with the then Justice Minister he clearly understood this, but unfortunately the need to fund the ET took higher priority. It’s true that the government introduced a pre-application process for ACAS. However, that organisation has no decision-making role, so cannot reject claims even in the most obvious cases. Indeed, ACAS reported to us at the time that 90% of settled cases involved a payment out by the ‘employer’ in any event, so leaving the blackmail effect intact. In the Supreme Court judgment, Lady Hale notes that ‘setting the fees at the rate they have been set […] has deterred meritorious claims at least as much as, if not more than, unmeritorious claims’. This effectively recognises that unmeritorious claims exist, not that this needs proving. Some claims are more obviously unworthy than others and for that reason we at ARC argued in 2011 that there should be an early sifting process, before proceedings can be issued. Where the Applicant cannot produce any supporting evidence for an allegation, for example claiming employment against an agency or hirer, when the contracts record a different arrangement and there are no other factors, the claim simply should not be allowed. I noted that Matthew Taylor in his report recently advocated addressing status as a preliminary point at an early stage, so there is a consensus that this needs reform. However, a review after issue is clearly not as desirable as a clear filtering process before. Sifting could weed out unnecessary multiple claims and cases where there is no tangible evidence for the basis of the complaint. Early sifting may increase administration, but will undoubtedly reduce the number of claims. This would not only result in reduced cost of the ET, it would also help avoid costly and wasteful litigation. A consequence of this, apart from anything else, would be to help build trust in work relationships, a significant positive outcome.  We have written again to the Ministry of Justice to resurrect our proposals and await its reaction to the judgement beyond cancelling the existing fee regime. Finally, ARC was the only recruitment trade association to address this issue and participate in 2011. The recruitment industry will benefit from the arrangement we suggest were it to be adopted and I invite support from all agencies. By working together, we surely can better achieve the result that is needed. Adrian Marlowe Chairman Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC)



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Whats a consumer to do when Disney starts streaming movies on its own?

09-August-2017 - usatoday.com



With Disney planning two new streaming services, consumers will increasingly face more choices when it comes to how to get their video programming.            



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No salary talk please, we’re British!

09-August-2017 - onrec.com



British employees have revealed the most awkward conversation topics in the workplace Posted in News archive on 09 Aug 2017 Nearly half of Britain's employees are in favour of censorship in the workplace Key topics to ban: religion, sex and politics - with salaries following close behind Discussing salaries voted as awkward as discussing sex British employees have revealed the most awkward conversation topics in the workplace. In a survey by OfficeGenie.co.uk , workers placed religion in the top spot (42%). Sex and salaries took joint second (41%), followed by politics in third place (35%). Nearly half of the British workforce would, if given the chance, ban such topics. When revelations of the gender pay gap have recently shaken companies as big as the BBC, it makes sense there is unease surrounding the subject of salaries - hence its place alongside the three usual red-flag topics. Politics proves to be a particularly divisive topic in the workplace, with 1 in 8 people having fallen out with a colleague after a heated political debate. People also feel uncomfortable discussing sexuality (23%), race (20%), and mental or physical illness (20%). For 10% of employees, however, no conversation is off the cards. If given the opportunity to ban such topics, nearly half of the British workforce would take up the offer (47%). While the majority said they wouldn’t advocate workplace censorship, many would ban a range of topics. Proposed topics to ban even included generally innocuous ones, such as eating habits and upbringing. The most popular choices were religion (19%), sex (18%), and politics (15%) and, again, salaries was close behind (11%). Peter Ames, Head of Strategy at  OfficeGenie.co.uk ,  has the following advice: “When it comes to conversations in the workplace, it’s often a case of realising what you maybe shouldn’t discuss rather than what you cannot discuss. Under The Human Rights Act, we’re all entitled to freedom of expression and this naturally encompasses a broad range of topics. It’s important to respect people’s boundaries however and consider your professional image. Of course, hate speech and that of a discriminatory kind is never acceptable. “It’s very rare that an employer will have an outright ban on a topic, but depending on the type of work, there may be security clearance issues or nondisclosure clauses. So it’s always worth checking your contract for such restrictions. “It’s also important to be clear that some conversations, despite being potentially awkward, should definitely be up for discussion. Talking about salaries, health and other potentially ‘awkward’ issues with an employer can help progression, wellbeing, and equality.” www. OfficeGenie.co.uk



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Austin Fraser moves into recruitment office of the future with help from Area

09-August-2017 - onrec.com



Posted in News archive The first occupiers of the landmark Thames Tower building in Reading have moved into state-of-the-art new premises, tipped to be the most vibrant, exciting, and inspirational office building in the Thames Valley. on 09 Aug 2017 Workplace design and fit-out specialist, Area has created a forward-thinking space to accommodate 100 office workers at specialist recruitment consultant Austin Fraser. The space has been carefully designed around the theme of ‘provoking the nexus’, as well as the existing features within the new Thames Tower building, including a restaurant, sky lounge and a 4,000 sq ft rooftop terrace offering panoramic views of Reading. Provoking the nexus means developing a series of connections linking two or more things. For Austin Fraser, this theme represents a workplace that connects people with each other, to the business, and to the environment. The result is a workspace which takes inspiration from, and blurs the lines between, a modern home, boutique hotel, and coffee shop. The office benefits from several design characteristics which aid overall employee wellbeing including an open-plan concierge area which instantly connects staff and visitors. Through intelligent architectural zoning, the primary dining area can serve a number of functions to encourage staff to interact with each other, both on a social and work level. Bespoke furniture in the dining area can easily be modified to create mobile work stations, while the entire space can quickly be turned into an entertainment area for special functions. Further internal spaces include a beer garden and a classroom, which both feature semi-private screening that offers a visual buffer and acoustic rafts which enable both spaces to become a feature within the open-plan environment. Foam blocks can be used to create bespoke room sizes, or used as additional seating if necessary. The main work areas have also been designed with employee wellbeing in mind, complete with sit-stand workspaces, and a layout which facilitates the creation of individual working neighbourhoods within the open-plan space, connected by supporting spaces. Peter Hart, Founder and CEO of Austin Fraser said that the new vibrant space is not just about encouraging people to interact with each other, but also about inspiring candidates, clients, and anybody who walks through their doors. He commented: “We really believe that what Area has created represents the future workplace. It will play a huge role in helping Austin Fraser reach the next level of growth with the right people, technology and environment. Working with Area, it was important for us to have an office environment which offered different types of space to accommodate the different types of people and working practices that run throughout the business. This inspirational workplace will therefore play a key role in helping us to attract and retain the very best talent.” Laurence Shanks, Creative Manager for Area added: “Austin Fraser is a great business success story and a company that has grown organically. They are considered a disruptor in their field and wanted a workspace that reflected this originality. They want their workspace to be the very best in the industry and by delivering the vision of provoking the nexus, we truly believe that they have a flexible and inspirational workspace that will evolve with the business as it continues to grow.” For more information please visit www.areasq.co.uk . To view a video of the project, visit http://www.areasq.co.uk/news-knowledge/austin-fraser-project-video



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The £70,000 a year financial planning job that remains unfilled

09-August-2017 - onrec.com



Role highlights severity of Paraplanner shortages in The City and beyond Posted in News archive on 09 Aug 2017 It pays £70,000 a year, and it’s working for one of the City’s leading financial planning consultancies, yet the total number of candidates interviewed for the position of Chartered Paraplanning Manager amounts to zero, reports a leading financial services recruitment firm. London and Bristol based Heat Recruitment has been partnering with several of the UK’s leading financial services providers for over 12 years, yet of all the roles they have managed during this time it is this that is proving to be the most challenging. Despite offering a salary that has been hiked by another £20,000 and exceeding the industry average salary of £50,000 for this type of role, the Chartered Paraplanning Manager position has been left vacant for several months. Edward Holdaway, Senior Financial Services Consultant at Heat Recruitment, said: “ While the last six months has seen a gradual increase in demand for financial planning jobs in The City and across the UK, Paraplanners are in the shortest supply and it is these roles that are seeing salaries outpace those of others positions. “This role is particularly unique in that it is not only offering a salary far higher than what a Paraplanner can normally expect to be paid, it also comes with a degree of autonomy that is rare for this type of role. Not to mention having one of the most attractive benefits packages that we have seen anywhere in the industry this year.” According to Heat Recruitment, the growing shortage of Paraplanners at all levels will continue to push salaries upwards, with even part-qualified Paraplanners now able to command significant uplifts on their current basic earnings. And this isn’t restricted to the capital. “Since the turn of the year, we have seen Paraplanners salaries rise across all regions, especially in Bristol where the financial services sector is at its strongest outside London. Here, Paraplanners can often expect salaries traditionally associated for roles based in the capital.” It is well-documented that Paraplanners are in high demand and short supply, and the lack of applicants coming forward to take advantage of the package on offer is reflective of a larger issue for the sector, as Edward Holdaway explains. “There seems to be a lack of understanding of what a Paraplanner is, with some still seeing it as little more than a varied administrative role and a route into advice. However, the role, which is still in its infancy when compared to other roles within the financial services sector, has evolved into something more technical. “Its position as a career of choice isn’t quite there yet and the challenge facing the sector is how to ‘sell’ the role of a Paraplanner to those graduates entering the industry.” For more information about the Chartered Paraplanning Manager role cited in this release, please visit: https://www.heatrecruitment.co.uk/job/chartered-paraplanning-manager/



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Lawspeed launches new SPA service

09-August-2017 - onrec.com



Now called ‘Service Provider Accreditation’, Lawspeed’s new SPA service provides assurance to anyone wishing to use a service provider or umbrella company as its payment provider. Posted in Launch on 09 Aug 2017 Company Profile Lawspeed Ltd View profile » In announcing the updated service, first launched in 2009, Lawspeed director Ravi Murphy said “tax regulation and rights such as under the AWR can prove a minefield for the uninitiated. The new public sector Chapter 10 rules, when combined with the agency tax rules and the 2007 managed service company rules all expose agencies to risk. Hirers also face risk under Chapter 10 and wherever engagements are made on any basis other than employment. So, in a crowded market place with a plethora of models available, how does an agency, hirer or candidate know whether a service provider it is dealing with is actually compliant and is therefore safe to work with? The solution is for there to be an independent check of the service provider’s operations in the areas that are relevant. Lawspeed now offers such a check by on site audit and provides compliant operators with accreditation evidenced by use of the well known SPA logo, trusted by agencies since 2009. To ensure transparency, a brief description of the service provider’s audited operations and organisation will be available.” “We believe that this independent accreditation will at last provide a solution for agencies, hirers and candidates to sort out the wheat from the chaff, in a market place that historically has vexed the industry, whilst at the same time affording compliant service providers with market advantage over their non-accredited competitors, some of whom may be operating in a non-compliant way.” When asked how this compares with trade association membership, Murphy said “where a trade association commissions an independent audit of a service provider member, it may justifiably claim compliance provided that the audit result is open and transparent. However, none operate that way in the UK and Lawspeed SPA aims to address that gap. Visit www.lawspeed.com/Expertise/Umbrella_ServiceProviders/SPA.aspx or call Lawspeed on 01273 236236 (quoting SPA)



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C&M Launches Specialist Travel Technology Recruitment Division

09-August-2017 - onrec.com



Simon Woods To Lead New Technology Division Of C M Travel Recruitment Posted in News archive on 09 Aug 2017 Company Profile C M Recruitment View profile » C M Travel Recruitment is excited to announce the launch of the industry’s first specialist travel technology recruitment division. Launching on Wednesday 9 th August, the department will recruit solely for technology positions based at companies within the travel sector. The division will be led by Simon Woods who has amassed 11 years of IT recruitment, including the last 8 years specialising in travel technology roles, where he has recruited for companies including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Monarch, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, TUI, Thomas Cook and Amadeus. Recruiting for all contract, temporary and permanent IT roles in travel, the division is being launched as a result of C M noticing a marked increase in new technology vacancies and candidates in recent years. In total, the number of travel tech roles registered with C M Travel Recruitment has risen by 21 per cent since 2015, while the number of candidates with travel technology experience has increased by 29 per cent during the same period. Simon Woods, Travel Technology Consultant at C M Travel Recruitment, said: "I am delighted to join C M and I'm over the moon to have the opportunity to lead the new travel technology division. "C M's strength lies in the travel sector – we know the big players and the main contacts and have a network that is unparalleled compared to any generic IT recruiter. "When you combine C M's history over the past two decades in the travel industry, our great industry contacts and my 11 years of IT recruitment experience, we feel we have the perfect platform to go out and offer our candidates and clients a completely new solution – and I can't wait to get started!" Barbara Kolosinska, Director at C M Travel Recruitment and C M Executive Recruitment , added: "We're always looking for new opportunities to diversify and we've wanted to set up a travel technology department for some time because we've felt there is a real gap in the market, but we never previously had the right people to make it work. As soon as we met Simon and discovered his knowledge and expertise of the sector, we realised he would be a great fit for C&M and is the perfect person to launch the department, and we're sure he'll make it a huge success. "Most travel companies currently have to seek the help of generic IT recruiters to fill their technology roles because these are essentially their only option, so we are extremely excited to launch this division and position ourselves ahead of the field." www.candm.co.uk



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British Heart Foundation selects Workday for HR Transformation

09-August-2017 - onrec.com



The British Heart Foundation, the UK’s leading heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research, today announced that it has selected Workday to spearhead its HR transformation. Posted in News archive on 09 Aug 2017 Headquartered in London, UK, The British Heart Foundation has 2,700 full-time employees and some 25,000 volunteers. It is dedicated to the vision of a world where people do not die prematurely of heart disease. The charity seeks to achieve this through pioneering research, vital prevention activity and by ensuring quality care and support for people living with heart disease. The British Heart Foundation was looking for a new Human Capital Management (HCM) system that would support the charity on its broader digital transformation journey. Key reasons for selecting Workday HCM included: Easy access to data. Allowing staff and managers to own the information available and use in better ways. Saving time. Managers at the charity’s retail shops spent a lot of time on administration.  BHF wanted to ensure that managers have more time on shop floor and sales time. Streamlining systems into one. Remove duplication of work and data entry by having a single, integrated system of record. Comments on the news “We wanted an HR system that would help transform the organisation and Workday met all our criteria. Workday really is the best system on the market,” commented Kerry Smith, Director of People and Organisational Development, British Heart Foundation. “We don’t see Workday as just an HR tool, we see it as a business transformation tool. It will be a huge step forward for us as an organisation and something that matches our own ambitions and vision for where we want to go as a charity.” “The British Heart Foundation is the largest charity in the UK when it comes to research, education and awareness around heart disease,” commented Carolyn Horne, regional vice president, UK & Ireland, Workday. “Organisations across many industry sectors are experiencing the power of the Workday system as it supports their broader digital transformation goals. We are looking forward to supporting the British Heart Foundation in its own transformation efforts and welcome the charity to the Workday community.” www.workday.com



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Telit Communications boss Oozi Cats steps back

09-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Oozi Cats, 56, has been linked with historic fraud in Massachusetts. Telit has hired solicitors to probe the allegations, which pre-date the company, and is refusing to comment.



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Recruitive Software to Exhibit at In-House Recruitment Live

09-August-2017 - onrec.com



Recruitive Software will be exhibiting at In-House Recruitment Live, being held at the Business Design Centre, London, on the 5th September. Posted in News archive on 09 Aug 2017 Company Profile Recruitive View profile » This ever-successful one day event will be visiting London to continue to inspire, innovate and empower every in-house recruiter to achieve their goals. Recruitive is a leading UK supplier of cloud based, award winning software solutions for in-house recruiters and are delighted to be exhibiting at this event for the first time.                                                     Sarah Tipton, Marketing Assistant at Recruitive comments: “We are delighted to be taking part at this year’s event and we can’t wait to showcase our software to the direct employer market. From enhancing the candidate journey to reducing the time and cost to hire. The proven savings it can bring to this sector have been truly remarkable.” Those who want to reduce their time to hire and also cut their recruitment costs should be sure to stop by stand 13 to say hello to Recruitive Software. To register for FREE exhibition entry please visit: https://edgeglobalmedia.circdata-solutions.co.uk/RFG/publish/LIVE17/ www.recruitive.com



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UK Businesses to Report Gender Pay Gap in 2018

09-August-2017 - onrec.com



Last November, Equal Pay Day marked a gradual decrease in the gap in salaries between full-time employed men and women, 0.2% since the year before. Posted in News archive on 09 Aug 2017 Instant Offices  delves into what the legal implications and desired outcomes of addressing the gender pay gap are. Consider this: if someone asked you to continue doing your job for free until the end of the year, would you say yes? In the UK, Equal Pay Day marks the point in the year when women effectively stop being paid, while men continue earning. 10 th November 2016 marked the average 19.2% pay gap, highlighting how slowly the gap is being closed. The year before, Equal Pay Day was on 9 November, signifying the glacial pace of difference from 19.3% in 2015 to 18.1% for all employees, and a drop from 9.6% to 9.4% for full-time employees, this year. Gender Pay Gap Legislation New gender pay gap reporting requirements, due to start in 2018, will require large employers to report on their gender pay gaps. For companies with over 250 staff members, the need to report their gender pay gap by April 2018 means that more than 8,000 businesses across the UK might currently be unprepared to meet their legal duties. The Guardian reports, “Birmingham council alone faces total costs of £1.2bn to settle its case with female staff. Reading has now won the dubious title of the last local authority in England and Wales to settle an equal pay claim, keeping women waiting for seven years. This is not only a public sector issue. The £100m legal battle between supermarket chain Asda and its shop floor staff shows that the private sector also faces equal value claims.” Aside from the much-needed transparency, the new legislation will encourage businesses to discuss their approach to pay with conviction – which could help change perceptions in traditionally male-orientated industries (such as engineering, finance, and politics) and top positions. This will encourage new talent to join your business, a win for gender equality and business growth. What You Can Do to Address and Challenge the Gender Pay Gap As employers report how much they pay men and women in salaries and bonuses, research by ONS found that: More women work part-time than men, leading to a larger pay gap overall Since 1997 the gender pay gap has narrowed for full-time workers but widened for part-time workers A higher proportion of women work in jobs that tend to be lower-paid From age 40 the  gap  widens significantly To contribute to a society in which individuals can fulfil their potential regardless of their gender, these steps, suggested by The Fawcett Society, will aid you and your employer in making a difference: Talk about your salaries with your colleagues, and whether they know about new regulations being implemented next year, and if they are ready to implement this change Contact your MP and enquire about what they will be doing to close the gender pay gap Advertise jobs at all levels in your organisation as flexible, part-time or a job share, unless there is a strong business case not to Support women to progress to higher paid jobs. Tackle unconscious bias and use targets or quotas to measure progress and focus minds If you haven’t already, be sure to start curating your pay information today to avoid the implications of not complying with the legislation – contribute to gender equality in the workplace.



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Xref launches pioneering recruitment technology

09-August-2017 - onrec.com



Automated candidate referencing company, Xref, has unveiled its new pioneering ‘Sentiment Engine’ technology as part of its continued mission to make the recruitment process easier and more efficient. Posted in Launch on 09 Aug 2017 New tech measures sentiment in candidate references more accurately than humans Geared to make recruitment process easier and more efficient Automated candidate referencing company, Xref , has unveiled its new pioneering ‘Sentiment Engine’ technology as part of its continued mission to make the recruitment process easier and more efficient. The unique technology ‘scores’ candidate feedback from referees and is already delivering 92% to 99% accuracy, higher than that achieved by humans when checking references. Xref’s new Sentiment analysis engine provides employers with an increased sense of a candidate’s professional performance and suitability for a role. The engine leverages an algorithm which examines reference responses and rates feedback positive, negative or neutral, offering a new method of data analysis which interprets the referee’s ‘tone of voice’ for the employer. The technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to scan references and create a concise report that is sent back to the employer for their consideration. The Sentiment Engine will save recruitment professionals up to 16 minutes per reference, as its takes just a few seconds and can be completed at any time of day and on any device. The new tech is part of Xref’s overall candidate referencing solution, which not only saves the organisation time and money but also improves the productivity of the hiring staff, by allowing them to spend time on other tasks of more strategic value to the business. Its time-based referencing service helps employers comply with employment laws and, when supplemented with Sentiment’s ‘tone of voice’ analysis, reduces the chance that a reference is misinterpreted, providing a new indicator to detect the possibility of fraud. The development of the Sentiment Engine is a natural progression for Xref, which continues to positively disrupt the traditional referencing process by putting data at the heart of hiring decisions. The company was borne out of a belief that HR has become almost too reliant on ‘gut feeling’ with old recruitment practices not providing the consistent, reliable and measurable data needed to make confident hiring decisions. Tim Griffiths, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Xref said: “We have a mantra at Xref that ‘if we touch it three times, we automate it’. It’s part of our commitment to make business as efficient as possible and we felt that there had to be a faster and smarter way to read the sentiment within candidate references. “Our Sentiment algorithm leverages neural net technology to extend our platform’s capability for employers. The statistical breakdown of information included in candidates’ references provides insight into a candidates’ suitability, and an important new way to examine reference responses. It’s a great help to employers that want meaningful information to assist making data-driven recruiting decisions.” www.xref.com



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Ugandan gold rush stopped by authorities

09-August-2017 - bbc.com



The gold mines of Mubende provide jobs for many Ugandans, but they were shut down without warning.



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Craft beer brewer aiming to be top of the hops

09-August-2017 - bbc.com



Meet Jaega Wise - the engineering graduate who gave up a job in the City to start her own brewery.



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Fired Google memo writer draws jeers, cheers and a job offer

09-August-2017 - reuters.com



SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The male Google engineer fired for circulating a memo decrying the company's diversity hiring program became the center of a heated debate on sexism, drawing scorn, cheers and even a job offer on Tuesday from WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.



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Google flap: How to have an opinion and still keep your job

09-August-2017 - usatoday.com



What exactly can employees say or not say at work            



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Broking giant TP Icap cuts 175 jobs as integration gets going

08-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Staff shortages are pushing up pay, recruiters say

08-August-2017 - bbc.com



Companies are finding it harder to recruit staff, according to a survey of employment agencies.



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WATCH: Google fires employee behind controversial anti-diversity memo

08-August-2017 - abcnews.com



CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees about the person who wrote an internal memo that criticized Google's efforts to promote diversity in its workforce, saying the staffer violated the company's code of conduct.



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Don’t Let Off-the-clock Overtime Claims Become a Game of Rock, Paper, Scissors

08-August-2017 - workforce.com



Defending claims for off-the-clock work is one of the most difficult tasks employers face under the Fair Labor Standards Act. An employee (or worse, group of employees) says, “I (we) worked, without compensation, before our shift, after our shift, or during our lunch. pay me (us).” Often, these employees have their own personal, detailed logs supporting their claims. And the... The post Dont Let Off-the-clock Overtime Claims Become a Game of Rock, Paper, Scissors appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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HBO says probe of hack is ongoing

08-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - HBO, the Time Warner Inc cable network that broadcasts "Game of Thrones," confirmed on Tuesday that it was investigating a hack that it disclosed to employees 10 days ago.



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US takeover of Worldpay delayed in stand-off over UK jobs

08-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Yesterday, Cincinnati-based Vantiv asked for more time to strike a deal with Worldpay, the second time it has delayed its takeover bid.



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How to switch all your bills without getting into a muddle

08-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



We're constantly being told that to get the best deals on everything from broadband to energy and insurance we should switch, switch, switch. But it's not always as simple as we're led to believe.



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Is my stamp collection valuable? How to find out for free

08-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



In the 1950s and 60s, stamp collecting was commonplace, with around half of young Britons having a collection of some sort.



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Managers and nurses are the workers with the largest debts

08-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Those in retirement owe more money on credit cards, loans and in council tax debts than any category of employed people, according to new research from PayPlan at £19,897.



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Pensioners´ incomes rapidly catching up with workers´ after retirement earnings triple in 40 years

08-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Fatalities Rising as Coal Mine Production Increases

08-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Ray Hatfield Jr. was six months into his latest coal job when he was crushed to death in a Kentucky mine. Hatfield, a 23-year industry veteran, was cleaning a conveyor belt that shuttled coal to the surface of the Appalachian



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UK Businesses Struggle to Hire ‘Brightest Recruiters Blame Brexit Vote

08-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A shortage of staff for British employers worsened in July, hurt by the departure of European Union workers after last years Brexit vote, a group representing recruitment agencies said on Tuesday. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) said the availability



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Maryland’s Chesapeake Employers Elects Gonzalez as Board Chairman

08-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Members of Chesapeake Employers Insurances Board of Directors elected V. Rocky Gonzalez as chairman, effective immediately. Gonzalez succeeds Charles Dankmeyer as chairman, who is now serving as a member of the Board. Other officer changes that are effective immediately include



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Google axes employee who wrote controversial memo about females

08-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Google (GOOGL) fired the employee who wrote that women were biologically less suited to be engineers than men. Video provided by TheStreet            



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8 signs you need to get out of Corporate America

08-August-2017 - usatoday.com



How to determine if youre not well suited to corporate world and might consider getting out.            



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HUB Adds Martinez and Conlon in California

08-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



HUB International of California has named Amanda Martinez an employee benefits account executive and Timothy Conlon a commercial markets consultant and risk management advisor in the San Francisco Calif., office. Martinez was previously with Alliant Insurance Services as an employee



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Construction Worker Buried Alive When Wall Collapses at New York Site

08-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Authorities say a construction worker was buried alive when a concrete and dirt wall collapsed on him at a commercial and residential development site in New York. Poughkeepsie fire officials tell the Poughkeepsie Journal that the wall collapsed Thursday afternoon



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New York’s Integro Insurance Brokers Hires Roberts

08-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Integro Insurance Brokers, a New York-headquartered international broker and risk management firm, has hired Carol Roberts to lead its global super yacht specialty offering. She is based in New York. At Integro, Roberts will work closely with the Private Client



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Millennials, heres how to retire by age 40

08-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Retiring at a young age takes a commitment. how you make that commitment can vary. One thing you need for sure: money. Heres how to figure out how much.            



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The toll of short-term contracts

07-August-2017 - sciencemag.org



As a new French report highlights, early-career researchers face significant challenges landing permanent academic positions—but there may also be some rays of hope



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Job swap! Manchester and Stansted airport bosses switch roles

07-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Legal sector loses 4,300 jobs in July to end streak of gains

07-August-2017 - abajournal.com



A three-month streak of job gains in the legal sector ended has ended. The sector lost 4,300 jobs in July, according to preliminary, seasonally



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The deadliest jobs in the UK – and how much they pay

07-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Funds target ´unknown´ stocks as Wall Street cuts analyst jobs

07-August-2017 - reuters.com



NEW YORK (Reuters) - With a nearly 30-percent gain in 2017, shares of industrial products maker Handy & Harman Ltd are outpacing hot stocks like Google-parent Alphabet Inc and Visa Inc. Yet few on Wall Street have ever heard of the $412-million market-cap company, in large part because no sell-side research analysts publish any estimates of its earnings.



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MARKET REPORT: Plus500 shrugs off crackdown hit a high

07-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Shares in Plus500, which allows customers to trade international contracts for differences online, hit an all-time high after it reported a 104 per cent jump in year-on-year profit.



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Future of Job-Based Health Insurance Seems Secure

07-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Are employees worried about losing their health insurance from their employer? The ongoing political turmoil around Obamacare all but guarantees theyll still be able to do that. Ask Walt Rowen, whose business is etching glass but whose experience managing century-old,



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Trump Administration Drops Rule to Address Truck Driver, Train Engineer Fatigue

07-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Trump administration is halting a year-old effort to seek better ways to diagnose truckers and railroad workers who have sleep apnea, a health condition linked to deadly accidents. Two agencies in the Department of Transportation announced Friday that they



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Normandy Insurance Company Now Writing Workers’ Comp in Pennsylvania

07-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Normandy Insurance Company, a Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based workers compensation carrier, is now offering coverage plans to small, mid-size and large businesses in Pennsylvania. This marks the third major expansion by the multi-state insurer in recent months, and its first venture



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Hub Acquires Assets of New Mexico-Based Bianchi

07-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Hub International Ltd. has acquired the assets of Albuquerque, N.M.-based Bianchi Assoc. Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Richard Bianchi, Bianchis president, will join Hub New Mexico and report to Sherrye Butler, Employee benefits market leader of



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Colorado Worker’s Body Found Under 2-Ton Container at Coal Processing Plant

07-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A worker has died in an accident at a northwestern Colorado coal processing plant, the mine and federal officials said. The body of Jason Stevens of Vernal, Utah was found under a two-ton container used to clean coal at a



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Heres the secret behind the perfect gift according to science

07-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Birthdays, holidays, new job and anniversaries, does the searching for the perfect gift ever stop? Angeli Kakade (@angelikakade) has the story.            



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Cesar Millan tells us 3 things a new dog owner should do

07-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Dog behaviorist Cesar Millan gives advice to brand new pet owners on how to socialize their new four-legged family members.            



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Little Caesars unveils Pizza Portal, letting customers grub and skip human interaction

07-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Self-service pizza stations are convenient and let customers skip the small talk. But the devices could lead to job loss and problems communicating.            



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Unlimited time off? Companies like Principal are giving some workers the option

07-August-2017 - usatoday.com



One of the Des Moiness largest employers is in the midst of rolling out an unlimited time off plan.            



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Is inflation finally perking up? Reports this week offer clues

07-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Economists expect the Labor Department this week to report that persistently weak inflation picked up some in July.            



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Indeed Acquires Leading HR Technology Company InterviewedBuilds Out Indeed’s Jobseeker and Employer Tools

07-August-2017 - onrec.com



Builds Out Indeed’s Jobseeker and Employer Tools Posted in News archive on 07 Aug 2017 Company Profile Indeed View profile » Indeed, the world’s number one job site, announced today it has acquired Interviewed, an HR technology company that makes it faster and easier for employers to identify and evaluate candidates. “Indeed’s mission is to help people get jobs, and today we make it easy for millions of jobseekers to find and apply to jobs all over the world,” said Chris Hyams, president of Indeed. “Interviewed’s technology is a natural extension, allowing jobseekers to demonstrate their skills, and enabling employers to quickly and easily identify the best candidates for their roles. We are excited to have the Interviewed team join us to help make hiring more efficient for the millions of employers hiring on Indeed.” Interviewed, founded in 2015 out of San Francisco, has developed a series of automated screening tools, such as programming tests, personality assessments, language skills and more. Candidates can go through simulations that will give employers valuable insights into a candidate’s readiness and qualifications unique to each job, while the candidate can experience what a typical day might be like, helping to better inform their job search. “We are thrilled that Indeed, the leader in online hiring, will be integrating our platform with their extensive service offerings that work to bring the right candidate to the right opportunity,” said the Darren Nix, CEO of Interviewed. “Indeed’s relentless commitment to helping people find jobs makes it a great home for Interviewed’s tools that strive to cut hiring time in half and create a better experience for both jobseekers and hiring managers.” All of Interviewed’s employees, including Nix and co-founders Daniel O’Shea and Chris Bakke, will become Indeed employees as part of the acquisition.



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The latest release for JobBoard.com is live, with the focus being on increased product flexibility

07-August-2017 - onrec.com



HotLizard are pleased to announce that the latest release for JobBoard.com is now live. Posted in News archive on 07 Aug 2017 Company Profile HotLizard View profile » The focus of this latest release has been based on our client’s feedback, who have requested greater control over the products that they can offer for sale. Jobboard.com’s clients cover a vast range of sectors and have different requirements, which has meant flexibility is at the core of the way that these latest changes have been developed. The increased product flexibility allows clients to set specific time frames and bundles that meet their needs. This release has also seen a variation of the latest design available, as well as some of the reporting being enhanced to include more information. This continual upgrade pathway allows all of JobBoard.com clients to benefit from a platform that grows with them. If you would like to find out how JobBoard.com could work as a cost effective platform for your business, please contact the team on 01621 813 339 or sales@hotlizard.net www.hotlizard.net



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One third of UK workers urge businesses to ditch corporate dress codes

07-August-2017 - onrec.com



One third (33.5%) of UK workers have said that businesses should ditch dress codes in the workplace, with a further 36.9% believing that dressing smart at work has become outdated. Posted in News archive on 07 Aug 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » This is according to the latest data from the UK’s leading independent job board,  CV-Library . The survey, which questioned 1,200 UK workers on their views surrounding dress codes within the workplace, found that 82.5% feel that dress codes have changed over the years, with nearly half (46.8%) believing that dress codes will become more casual and relaxed in the future. Other key findings include: Nearly two thirds (65.5%) of workers ENJOY  following a dress code …with this figure rising to 67.3% amongst 18-24 year olds and 69.1% amongst 55-64 year olds BUT, employees aged between 35 and 44 were the most likely to think that businesses  should ditch dress codes  (42.7%) Furthermore, when asked why they felt the traditional smart work dress code was outdated, respondents cited that this was because it can make people feel uncomfortable (27.8%), it doesn’t allow people to show off their personality (23.9%) and because styles are always changing (18.3%). Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library comments: “There continues to be a lot of debate around dress codes  in the workplace and whether it’s still a necessity to dress smart. Dress codes mean different things to different people: some people prefer to dress smart, while others see it as a perk to be able to wear more casual clothes. We now have more flexibility  in what we can wear to work and if your workplace has the option, then stick to what feels best for you!” That said, of those that favour a smarter dress code, the reasoning behind this included: looking more professional for customers (55.6%), feeling more professional (25.9%), keeping everyone equal (8.9%) and because work clothes should be separate to casual wear (7.2%). A further 2.4% said that dressing smart makes employees more productive.  Biggins continues: “E very workplace is different and the rules are very dependent on the industry or role that a person is working in. T here is no real evidence to suggest that there is a link between standards of behaviour and dress codes, though  I personally believe that you should always  dress smart if you’re in an external facing role or meeting with a client, customer or supplier.” www.cv-library.co.uk



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Four in five firms aren’t feeling the summer slow down

07-August-2017 - onrec.com



With the latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics revealing that productivity declined 0.5% in Q1 2017[1], organisations are hopeful that long days and warmer weather won’t affect productivity this summer. Posted in News archive on 07 Aug 2017 Company Profile Robert Half View profile » Managers in the South West and Wales are the most optimistic about productivity However, managers in the North and the Midlands expect a decline in productivity With the latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics revealing that productivity declined 0.5% in Q1 2017 [1] , organisations are hopeful that long days and warmer weather won’t affect productivity this summer. According to research from leading recruitment specialist, Robert Half UK, four in five (80%) businesses predict that employee productivity will either stay the same or rise during the summer months. The research also shows there are regional differences in opinions between the North and the South. Roughly a third (29%) of businesses in the North expect productivity to drop, compared to just over one in 10 in the South West and Wales (13%) and London and the South East (13%). Region Number expecting productivity to rise Number expecting productivity to stay the same Number expecting productivity to decrease South West and Wales 56% 31% 13% London and the South East 46% 41% 13% Scotland 43% 40% 17% Midlands 35% 39% 26% North 19% 52% 29% The productivity drop off also seems to be more pronounced in larger businesses. Those with over 500 employees are more likely to experience a dip, with a quarter (25%) claiming that employees become ‘somewhat’ or ‘much less’ productive in the summer months. In contrast, just 17% of SMEs with less than 250 employees say the same. “It remains to be seen whether businesses will be affected by the summer slump, but companies seem to be optimistic,” said Phil Sheridan, Senior Managing Director at Robert Half UK . “It’s a time of year where employees often take the opportunity to have a break, relax and recharge their batteries. But by planning ahead and considering whether skilled temporary staff need to be brought in to cover specific projects, organisations can minimise any disruption and maintain their productivity levels.’ Sheridan adds, 'The summer months also prove to be a timely reminder that employee engagement is crucial to productivity, so think of ways to reward your staff such as an early finish on Fridays, summer treats in the office or a more relaxed dress policy. Happy and productive employees ultimately benefit the bottom line.’



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Google employee anti-diversity memo causes row

07-August-2017 - bbc.com



A male employee argues the lack of women in top jobs is due to biological differences between the sexes.



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Google employee´s anti-diversity memo prompts company rebuke

06-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Two Google executives criticized a memo that circulated late last week at the company from an unnamed engineer suggesting that there were "biological causes" for underrepresentation of women in technology and leadership.



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More than 1,000 jobs to go at Sainsbury´s HQ

06-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Sainsbury's is based in Holborn, London (pictured) but also has a separate HR centre in Manchester, an IT team in Walsgrave, Coventry and a banking division in Edinburgh.



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FBI behavior expert explains how to get people to like you

06-August-2017 - usatoday.com



There are a few tried-and-true tricks you can and should employ to improve your likeability.            



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Dont DIY: Business owners delegate human resources tasks

06-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Small businesses added 50,000 jobs last month, meaning that owners are taking on more human resources tasks while theyre also trying to get new business and develop services.            



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Nissan Mississippi workers vote heavily against unionization

05-August-2017 - reuters.com



CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Workers at Nissan Motor Co Ltd's plant in Canton, Mississippi, voted nearly two to one against union representation, the company and the United Auto Workers (UAW) said late on Friday.



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Get your state pension back on the RIGHT track

05-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Workers aged 40 and over are being urged to obtain a forecast of their state pension to avoid huge financial disappointment when they reach official retirement age.



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Government launches tendering process for troublesome asylum seekers housing contract

05-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Wells Fargo needs more time to review customer allegations

05-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Wells Fargo & Co. says it is expanding an internal review of its sales practices, noting that the move could uncover significantly more accounts opened by the bank's employees without customers' consent



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Sainsbury´s cost cuts threaten 1,000 jobs

05-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Where UAW goes now after rejection by Nissan workers in the South

05-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Nissan workers dealt a big blow to the UAW in its drive to expand outside of its base in the upper Midwest            



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Nissan workers reject UAW in crucial vote

05-August-2017 - usatoday.com



The vote was a lopsided victory for Nissan, which has urged workers not to unionize            



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Overdrawn? Here´s how to keep the costs in check

05-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Spiralling bank overdraft costs are under the spotlight again. The Financial Conduct Authority, the City's regulator, says the market needs 'fundamental change'.



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Concerts are hip again, says the man who manages the 02 

05-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The Rolling Stones had a small part in bringing Tom Miserendino to London. A career in music and live events meant he had seen thousands of gigs, but the Stones in Hyde Park in 2013 was a highlight.



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Wells Fargo says number of unauthorized accounts could be even higher

05-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Wells Fargo let investors know Friday that their own probe into fake accounts created by employees would rise above prior estimates.            



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Job loss lessons: 5 things getting fired taught me

05-August-2017 - usatoday.com



I know firsthand that even the worst of professional times offer opportunities to learn.            



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Pearson to axe 3,000 jobs to rein in costs

04-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



According to the group, cuts will hit "managerial positions, centralisation of procurement and the reduction of office locations"



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US economy creates 209,000 jobs in July

04-August-2017 - bbc.com



Hiring by restaurants and bars helped the US economy generate strong jobs growth in July.



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Workers’ Comp Lien Proceedings in California Scheduled for Drobots

04-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Division of Workers Compensation has scheduled lien consolidation proceedings in August for suspended providers Michael D. Drobot, Michael R. Drobot and Philip A. Sobol. Combined, the three have roughly 13,000 liens, which have been consolidated pursuant to the chief



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U.S. adds a robust 209,000 jobs in July

04-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Economists estimate the Labor Department on Friday will report 180,000 job gains for July.            



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Pearson to cut 3,000 jobs worldwide

04-August-2017 - bbc.com



The move is part of a cost cutting drive after the firm reported a record loss last year.



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Dow chalks up eighth record close in a row

04-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended at its eighth straight record high on Friday, with gains in JPMorgan Chase and other banks after data showed U.S. employers hired more workers than expected in July.



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Talent10x: What Goes Into a Company Re-Brand?

04-August-2017 - workforce.com



When a company re-brands, what happens? That’s the focus of this week’s episode of Talent10x, as Talent Economys Frank Kalman and Workforces Rick Bell interview Joe Weinlick, senior vice president of marketing of Nexxt — formally Beyond.com — about the company’s recent re-branding effort and what it meant for the company’s ability to recruit and retain talent, as well as its positioning in the market. Talent10x is a... The post Talent10x: What Goes Into a Company Re-Brand? appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Toyota, Mazda invite U.S. states to compete for a rich prize

04-August-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp opened the door to a bidding war among Midwestern and southern states seeking to land jobs and investment when it announced on Friday it would build a $1.6 billion U.S. assembly plant with Mazda Motor Corp .



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Strong U.S. jobs report bolsters case for further Fed tightening

04-August-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers hired more workers than expected in July and raised their wages, signs of labor market tightness that likely clears the way for the Federal Reserve to announce a plan to start shrinking its massive bond portfolio.



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WATCH: Key questions raised by July´s jobs report

04-August-2017 - abcnews.com



According to Glassdoor's chief economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, the report "revealed the economy continued its remarkable summer growth spurt in July."



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WATCH: FCC cracks down on company´s robo-calls

04-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Philip Roesel of Best Insurance Contracts was hit with an $82 million fine for preying on the elderly and the poor through a term called spoofing.



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Pound dips against dollar after strong US job data; housebuilders dive on Help to Buy fears

04-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Blue Apron to shutdown facility, 470 may lose jobs

04-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Blue Apron is closing a facility in New Jersey that puts together and ships out its ready-to-cook meal kits, and says that about 470 workers may lose their jobs if they don't chose to transfer to another facility in the state



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Pearson says 3,000 jobs will go as part of major restructuring

04-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Key questions raised by July´s jobs report

04-August-2017 - abcnews.com



The U.S. economy added 209,000 jobs in July.



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Toyota, Mazda plan $1.6 billion US plant, to partner in EVs

04-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. say they will invest $1.6 billion to set up a joint-venture auto manufacturing plant in the U.S. _ a move that will create up to 4,000 jobs.



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10 things you should get rid of todayand what to buy instead

04-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Heres what to get rid of, and how to replace it            



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Toyota, Mazda building $1.6B plant in USA

04-August-2017 - usatoday.com



President Trump applauded Toyota and Mazdas plan to set up the joint venture in the USA and create up to 4,000 jobs.            



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Time ticks down for some Blue Apron workers to make a move and keep their jobs

04-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Blue Apron workers have until October to decide whether to move to a new facility and keep their jobs            



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5 signs of a bad workplace

04-August-2017 - usatoday.com



No one sign on this list means youre working someplace less than ideal, but as signs pile up, they certainly might.            



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Struggling publisher Pearson cuts dividend and 3,000 jobs

04-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The cut will affect back office operations including human resources, technology and finance as well as its higher education business in North America.



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Several States See Drop in Opioid-Related Workers’ Compensation Claims: WCRI

04-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



As states institute opioid policies to address the opioid epidemic, a new study has found considerable decreases in the prevalence of longer-term dispensing of opioids to injured workers in a number of states studied. The study, Longer-Term Dispensing of Opioids,



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Beacon Mutual’s New CEO Spero: ‘We’re Within an Hour of Every Policyholder’

04-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The board of directors of Beacon Mutual Insurance Company, a Warwick, R.I.-based workers compensation carrier, has elected Brian Spero as president and CEO of the company, effective in July. Beacons board worked with a national consulting firm, The Hay Group,



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Cause of Pennsylvania Home Explosion Still Unknown

04-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The National Transportation Safety Board has not identified the cause of a Pennsylvania home explosion that killed a utility worker and injured three others. In a preliminary report released Tuesday, the NTSB says a tapping tee leading to the Manor



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Hub Acquires Assets of California-Based East West Insurance Services

04-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Hub International Ltd. has acquired the assets of Pasadena, Calif.-based East West Insurance Services Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. East West employees will join Hub Californias operations. East West specializes in personal lines and commercial lines insurance



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Jobs supporting middle-class living will lag others over next 5 years

04-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Occupations that pay $14.24 or less will rise while middle-wage positions will lag.            



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High pay watchdog accused of ´stoking public hostility´

04-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The comments came after the High Pay Centre released a report saying the typical British worker would take 160 years to earn the average yearly wage of a FTSE 100 chief executive.



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DAILY BRIEFING: US unemployment falls to 16-year low

04-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Unemployment in the United States fell to a 16-year low of 4.3 per cent. The fall in the jobless rate came as American firms created another 209,000 jobs – a second straight month of robust hiring.



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Almost two thirds of British office workers get distracted by their less tech-savvy colleagues

04-August-2017 - onrec.com



Solving the problems of less tech-savvy employees takes up an average of 17 minutes of our working day. Posted in News archive on 04 Aug 2017 A survey 1 of 2,000 British office workers, commissioned by memory and storage experts Crucial , found that Brits work with an average of four colleagues in their office that are less tech-savvy than them. These colleagues always seem to encounter IT problems at work, distracting 62% of the UK workforce and costing businesses lost time fixing issues. When comparing major UK cities, workers in London and Edinburgh are more generous with their time, helping their less tech-savvy colleagues for 17 minutes a day. Workers in Birmingham and Liverpool spend 15 minutes a day assisting colleagues with IT problems. Office workers in Plymouth lose the least amount of time, only donating nine minutes of their day. The most common IT complaints from those who are less tech-savvy are a PC or programme freezing or running slowly (46%), a PC or programme crashing (38%), not being able to connect to the internet (24%) and losing unsaved work (23%). Office workers said that the most common fixes for their colleague’s issues were calling IT support (32%) and turning off their PC (28%). Just over one in five (23%) British office workers admitted that they felt they were one of the less tech-savvy colleagues. A third of these aren’t worried about being less tech-savvy because they have other skills, another third (34%) admitted trying to fix tech problems themselves but always end up calling someone else, whilst 26% know someone will fix it for them anyway. Jonathan Weech, Crucial SSD Sr. Product Marketing Manager says “Slow technology not only wastes time and money but it can be incredibly frustrating. In fact, recent Crucial research found that one in five Brits has a temper tantrum once a week due to slow technology. PCs running slowly, programmes crashing and screens freezing are all avoidable problems.” “Dealing with slow computers and hapless colleagues can be excruciating. But there is hope – a memory and SSD upgrade can be one of the best ways to solve this problem. You can get a lot of the time back that you spend waiting and helping others, and alleviate the stress that comes with it. Massive changes don’t need to happen to improve your computer, and a memory and SSD upgrade delivers small, sustainable changes that deliver immediate and lasting results.” When looking to upgrade, Crucial.com  has the free  Crucial ® Advisor  and System Scanner tools that in 60 seconds or less are guaranteed to find the right product to speed up work computers. 1 All findings from April 2017 survey of 2,000 people that work in an office in the UK. Survey conducted by 3GEM research and commissioned by Crucial.  



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Toyota and Mazda will build U.S. plant creating thousands of jobs

04-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Toyota and Mazda will build a $1.6 billion U.S. assembly plant, adding up to 4,000 new jobs.            



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Do you still need a business card and if so, what should it look like?

04-August-2017 - usatoday.com



The meteoric rise of online networking has changed the way we build our career circles. But in-person introductions still rule the networking world, and business cards are still its currency.            



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Want to be a nurse? 10 of the top nursing programs in the U.S.

04-August-2017 - usatoday.com



So you want to be a nurse? Thats great! Youll have to study up and get certified as the first few steps on the exciting journey to come. Thats where a nursing program comes in. Weve compiled a list of the best places to complete your training....            



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5 must have documents while hiring an employee

04-August-2017 - onrec.com



Are you planning to hire your first employee for your company? Then here are some great tips that will help you to hire your staff. These are some must need documents that you would need while hiring your employee. Posted in News archive on 04 Aug 2017 Document #1 - A W-9 Form The most important document that you need to have while hiring a new outside employee is that your payments to them need to be documented. If you pay an employee more than 600 dollars in a year then you must provide them with a Form W-9 that includes the taxpayer’s identification along with address, name and contact number. This form helps the employee to pay for his own income taxes. You can check out for an income tax withholding that may be required in your state. Check with the income tax authority of the state for further details. In this case, you can hire NI Apply to help you with all these documentation process.   Document #2 - Application, Resume, or Documentation of Qualifications Before you start hiring a person, keep a copy of the documents of his certificates, qualification with you. You can ask for these copies from the employee at the time of interview or at the time of joining the job. These documents should include the employees’ education, previous work history, people references, and additional documents showing qualifications and background. If this is a financial sector then ensure that the person is reliable. Document #3 - A Written Contract When you hire an employee, you should have a copy of the contract on a file basis, which is signed by both the parties. These agreements are very important which need to be put in writing. This contract is very important if a dispute arises in future. These contract includes points like Scope and duration of work Amount and timing of pay Who owns the work Document #4 - A Non-compete Agreement A non-compete agreement may be required for some companies. It restricts the capability of a former employee from owning a competing business within a certain area for a certain period of time from working with another employer Document 5# Social Security Number Always remember to know the employees social security number before hiring him. Keep a copy of the social security number with your company. This number should also be entered in the Form W2. You should also request your employee to show you his or her social security card. The employee may show the card if it is available with him at the moment. You can photocopy the social security card if the employee provides it. Also never accept an ITIN in place of an SSN for employee identification or for work. It is always important for a resident who is working to obtain a social security number. Also it is important to set up a payroll system that will help in paying taxes. Any new employee who has entered your company should be registered in the company records or else the company may be caught for forgery later on.



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Competition heats up amongst candidates, as salaries soar across the UK

04-August-2017 - onrec.com



…And there are more jobs on offer too! Posted in News archive on 04 Aug 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » Competition for jobs is heating up this summer with some of the nation’s key locations and sectors witnessing an above-average hike in applications last month. That’s according to the latest statistics from  CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job site. The data from CV-Library reveals that while the nation witnessed a 1.1% rise in job applications during this period, certain locations in the UK saw an even bigger jump in applications last month, which is particularly impressive given that the summer is traditionally a quieter time for job hunting. These locations included: 1. Bristol – 6.5% 2. Guildford – 6.3% 3. Southampton - 5.9% 4. Brighton – 4.4% 5. Dundee – 3.3% 6. Leeds – 2.7% 7. London – 2.4% 8. Newcastle – 1.8% 9. Manchester – 1.3% 10. Liverpool – 1.3% Furthermore, some of the nation’s core sectors also witnessed an impressive month-on-month increase in applications, further confirming how vibrant the job market is right now. The industries that saw some of the biggest increases in applications last month were education (10.5%), IT (9.4%), accounting (7.6%), retail (6.9%) and engineering (3.3%).  Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library , comments: “It’s extremely positive to see that candidate appetite has picked up over the last month, especially given that application rates were down in June as a result of General Election uncertainty. Bristol in particular is performing really well right now and plenty  of other locations in the top ten are thriving hubs for certain industries in the UK. For businesses, this presents an exciting pool of talent to choose from, while candidates should be prepared to pull out all the stops if they want to stand out from the  competition.” In addition, it’s clear that one of the biggest drivers of applications is the fact that many companies have pushed up their pay packets, with Bristol, Aberdeen and Newcastle seeing some of the biggest salary jumps in July (rising by 10.8%, 5.8% and 5.7% respectively). What’s more, businesses are clearly feeling confident, with the data revealing that advertised job vacancies increased by an impressive 8.3% year-on-year. In fact, some of the nation’s key cities saw impressive job growth last month with Brighton (41.5%), Manchester (18.2%), Leeds (13.6%) and Edinburgh (13.6%) all seeing a rise year-on-year. Biggins concludes: “It’s safe to say that money continues to be a key driver  for candidates, and the increase in application rates is likely due to pay hikes across many of the nation’s key cities and industries. Businesses are feeling more confident right now and with many having recently received their hiring budgets for the year  ahead, now is the time to fight to offer the best possible packages in a bid to attract the top talent.”



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The secret of high-growth organisations: More HR-related interactions

04-August-2017 - onrec.com



New figures show that high-growth organisations have a high frequency of interactions between HR and line managers, suggesting that more regular conversations can lead to faster and better workforce decisions. Posted in News archive on 04 Aug 2017 In a study by IDC, sponsored by Cornerstone OnDemand , the average number of meetings between HR and line managers about recruitment is 21 per year for high growth-organisations, compared to 15 for other organisations. High growth organisations also have more regular meetings for performance review discussions (14 meetings per year on average compared to six in other organisations) and training (eight versus six). Christine Chenneour, HR and Talent Director, Cornerstone OnDemand, said: “Many grumble about too many meetings, or meetings being unproductive, but our findings shows a correlation between a higher frequency of meetings and higher-growth organisations. For HR to be strategic, the key is to have meetings and give ‘air-time’ to subjects that matter to business success – and matters concerning the workforce are instrumental in that. The higher number of interactions means there is better understanding and collaboration between HR and managers – leading to better hires, more motivated employees, and retention of talent.” The data also showed that high-growth organisations had better alignment between HR and IT. Among high growth organisations (growing by 11% or more per annum), 67% of respondents agree HR and IT are well aligned. Conversely, among respondents from organisations growing at less than 11% per annum, this number falls to 58% agreeing HR and IT are aligned. In response, IDC conclude that HR understands the needs and skill requirements of IT, whilst IT can support HR better when it comes to new technology and collaboration systems. In this year’s study, Future Business: Unleashing Your Talent , IDC interviewed 1,469 HR professionals and line of business managers across 14 European countries working in organisations with more than 500 employees. The study follows 2016’s Future People: Workplace Evolution in the Age of Digital Transformation . Supporting this year’s finding, the 2016 survey found that companies with higher growth rates have a higher percentage of collaborative practices. Companies where employees were encouraged to work together sat within the 64% higher portion of high-growth organisations.



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Dice launches Retro Gaming microsite to engage with Tech Professionals as sector job opportunities boom following UK Government Tax Relief

04-August-2017 - onrec.com



Celebrating the importance of the gaming industry in the UK technology jobs market, Dice, the online career site for the tech community, has launched a Retro Gaming microsite. The site will include five classic games, live leaderboards, retro-inspired content and competitions to win Retro themed prizes. Posted in Launch on 04 Aug 2017 Company Profile Dice View profile » Retro is back on trend and passionate gamers are returning to the classics in 2017, proving ‘old school’ technology and gaming is truly in vogue. New tax incentives over the past three years from the UK Government have helped investment in the sector*, and today there are over 2,000 gaming companies in the UK** and more than 10,000 professionals working in the industry***.  Last year the UK gaming industry was worth a whopping £4.33bn. Now, with eSports announced as a medal sport at the 2022 Asian Games and the industry as a whole hitting a huge £76 billion globally in revenues last year, the sector is constantly on the rise. As a result, market demand for tech professionals in this sector is growing, matched by the appetite from the next generation keen to forge a career. In 2016 Dice surveyed 1,000 16-18 year old school leavers which asked about their interest in working within the tech sector. From the research, the most appealing sector for men was gaming (44%) with women voting it the second best sector at 35%, while 42% of men and 27% of women said that their interest in tech came from playing video games in their spare time. “The role that gaming has played in making the tech industry attractive to young professionals is pivotal,” says Jamie Bowler, UK Marketing Director for Dice Europe.  “The UK gaming industry has been foremost in developing the UK tech market and recent government tax breaks have helped the sector, so we are seeing new job opportunities as a result.   The retro gaming microsite is a fun way to engage gamers, but also highlights the job opportunities this sector offers.” http://retrogamesdice.co.uk * https://tiga.org/news/games-tax-relief-strengthens-the-uk-video-games-industry ** https://gamesmap.uk/#/map *** https://creativeskillset.org/about_us/research/creative_skillset_employment_survey_2015



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Accenture Hires 1,700 People in the UK

04-August-2017 - onrec.com



Accenture (NYSE: ACN) will have hired approximately 1,700 people into its UK workforce during its FY17 fiscal year, which ends on August 31, 2017. Posted in News archive on 04 Aug 2017 The roles cover a broad spectrum of skills and offer opportunities to a range of candidates from experienced executives to apprentices and graduates. These positions are based at Accenture’s locations throughout the UK, with a focus on London and Newcastle. Professionals with digital and technology skills have been a key target for the recruitment drive, as Accenture fills more than 500 positions across areas including Robotics, Cyber Defence, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Science, Virtual Reality and DevOps.  The Rt Hon Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP said: “This investment is a vote of confidence in our plan to build a stronger economy. These jobs will be filled around the country in cutting-edge sectors where Britain leads the world, such as cyber security, robotics and virtual reality”.  “Accenture’s growing workforce marks our ongoing commitment to the UK as we continue to help our clients navigate through a period of unprecedented change and digital disruption,” said Olly Benzecry, chairman and senior managing director for Accenture in the UK and Ireland. “It’s an incredibly exciting time to be at Accenture as we work with organisations to unlock value through innovation. “As new technologies rapidly impact every aspect of our lives, from progress in AI to the increasing threat of cyber crime, we are taking on people who possess the skills required to help our clients to succeed in the digital economy. “In return, we offer them the opportunity to work with those technologies that are transforming the way we live and work, in an organisation that puts our employees’ learning and professional development first.” The company is also bolstering its technology advisory and consulting workforce in key industries including Financial Services, Communications Media, Retail, Consumer Goods Services, Utilities and Government, and hiring across its Operations, Strategy and Security businesses. Accenture has recruited approximately 600 entry level employees including both school leavers and university graduates, as the company broadens its recruitment pipeline to attract a diverse range of talented individuals. Accenture is training 40 technology apprentices this year, and offering technology and digital-oriented work experience and vocational training opportunities through Movement to Work , the collaboration of UK employers committed to tackling youth unemployment which Accenture helped found.  Movement to Work is one of Accenture’s flagship Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiatives in the UK, and a number of Movement to Work participants go on to join Accenture’s Technology Apprenticeship Programme. The company’s investment in technology and digital talent comes as it continues to build its innovation capabilities in the UK. Earlier in the year it launched a Liquid Studio in London, providing clients with a collaborative working space where they can experiment with technologies including AI and Internet of Things, and quickly turn concepts into products to accelerate their next phase of digital transformation. In addition, Accenture recently opened an Innovation Centre for Finance & Risk on its Newcastle Campus. The new centre develops solutions for finance and risk data management, data engineering, advanced analytics, AI and reporting. Both facilities form part of the  Accenture Innovation Architecture , which combines capabilities from across the company to help clients develop and deliver disruptive innovations and scale them quickly. From research, ventures and labs to studios, innovation centres and delivery centres, the Accenture Innovation Architecture helps companies imagine the future and bring it to life. Qualified candidates may apply for the latest jobs here: https://www.accenture.com/gb-en/careers/



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Blog: The Initial Impact of Google for Jobs

04-August-2017 - onrec.com



By Andrew Akesson, Venn Digital Posted in News archive on 04 Aug 2017 In June, Google released its new job search functionality in the US and as a digital agency who host and market over 100 recruitment websites, we obviously had an imminent need to test the waters and see how much influence ‘Google for Jobs’ will have over organic traffic. I initially predicted  that this functionality had the potential to put large scale job boards, such as Indeed and Monster, under an even brighter spotlight than Google already does, potentially reducing recruitment agencies organic job listing traffic even further, but my initial thoughts may have been quite a way off the mark. We set the functionality up for one of our US based recruiters and got our first job indexed in GFJ on July 17th. Since then, we have seen a 600% increase in organic traffic to job listing pages from searchers within the United States. This is versus the 14-day time frame before they were listed within the new feature. GFJ has certainly had an influence over user behaviour within the SERP, unless it’s pure coincidence that organic traffic has increased to those pages since they were listed in the new feature. Users still have the option to search for jobs via the traditional SERP and according to SEMrush, organic visibility has remained stable both pre and post July 17th for our US based client. This increase in traffic does suggest that there are plenty of job hunters starting to use GFJ. More evidence to back this up, is that the bigger job boards take up most of the organic real estate on page one of Google’s SERP, which is something our client has always struggled to attain. Can it be a coincidence that organic traffic has increased off of the back of the launch of GFJ, when organic visibility has not moved? Visually this is easier to represent by looking at Search Console data, highlighting US based job listing impressions over the last 90 days for our client. Google is giving searchers more visibility of the job listing in GFJ, rather than putting the emphasis on the job board that is traditionally favoured within the SERP. However, as we are one of the digital agencies that are seemingly early to adopt and implement this new search functionality for recruitment boards, it would be easy to assume that competition for job listings in GFJ is relatively small at the moment, which is definitely a factor involved in the organic increase that we are seeing. Also, Google haven’t added a paid functionality to the tool yet, which, as we all know, will inevitably reduce organic job traffic as listings are pushed nearer to, or below the fold. It would be foolish for any recruitment agency or job board not to work in tandem with this new feature that Google have rolled out, even if it isn’t live in your country yet. It’s never too early to prepare and by implementing the necessary features on site now, you could see an increase in organic traffic to your job pages before your competition. 



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Thanks to shrinking class sizes, a greater percentage of new law grads find employment

03-August-2017 - abajournal.com



The percentage of law grads obtaining jobs requiring bar passage has increased for the third year in a row, rising from 66.6 percent for the



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Nissan´s union fight

03-August-2017 - bbc.com



Nissan workers around the world can join unions, but not in Mississippi. Will a vote change that?



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New Hampshire’s Optisure Risk Partners Hires Eifert

03-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Optisure Risk Partners, a Manchester, N.H.-based insurance broker, has hired Randy Eifert as senior vice president of its Private Client Group and as Risk Management Practice leader. Eifert will provide executive leadership and support company-wide in personal and commercial lines



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Judge voids World Trade Center contractors fraud conviction

03-August-2017 - usatoday.com



A Canadian executive whose steel company won nearly $1 billion of contracts to help rebuild the World Trade Center in New York has persuaded a U.S. judge to overturn his conviction for defrauding a program intended to help minorities and women.            



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More Brits complain about car hire in EU countries

03-August-2017 - bbc.com



Complaints about hiring cars in Europe have risen by a third in the last year.



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This Week in Controversial Workplace Benefits

03-August-2017 - workforce.com



Writing about benefits can get dry sometimes. “Employees like health care,” some survey found. OK, cool. I agree. Then there’s a week where you come across a lot wild, timely, meaty stories that bring up a lot of questions and frustration. And this isn’t even including everything that’s happened in the U.S. health care space. I’ve Got You Under My... The post This Week in Controversial Workplace Benefits appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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U.S. labor market tightening; services sector growth slowing

03-August-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week, pointing to a tightening labor market that likely keeps the Federal Reserve on course to announce plans next month to start reducing its massive bond portfolio.



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Talent10x: What Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Means for the Workforce

03-August-2017 - workforce.com



This week’s episode of Talent10x features Workforce editor Rick Bell as he and Talent Economy Managing Editor Frank Kalman interview employment lawyer and Workforce columnist Jon Hyman about President Donald Trump’s call to ban all transgender people from the military and the potential implications for the private sector workforce. Talent10x is a podcast originally posted on Workforce’s sister publication Talent Economy.  Listen here or subscribe to Talent10x on... The post Talent10x: What Trumps Transgender Military Ban Means for the Workforce appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Employee Wrongfully Terminated for Online Rant

03-August-2017 - workforce.com



Hernan Perez was a server for Pier Sixty LLC, a catering company, for 13 years. During a tense union organizing drive and following what Perez viewed as disrespectful treatment, Perez posted a message on his personal Facebook page calling his supervisor a “NASTY MOTHER FER” and “a LOSER,” saying “f his mother and his entire fing family,” and then concluding... The post Employee Wrongfully Terminated for Online Rant appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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WATCH: Amazon hires thousands of people on the spot

03-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Amazon gave 50,000 people job offers, with 40,000 of them being full-time positions with health insurance.



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The average FTSE 100 CEO salary fell 17pc last year - but still takes 160 years for the average worker to earn

03-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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How to get a buy-to-let mortgage if you are a UK expat

03-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Almost five million Britons live or work outside the UK and many of them don't want to give up property ownership in their homeland, but getting a mortgage has got much harder.



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How to beat Virgin Media exit fees

03-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Kevin Sinclair who lives in Reading had to pay Virgin Media £222 for cancelling his contract early. He wanted to take the service with him but it wasn't available and he still had to pay the penalty fee.



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How to earn maximum interest from your current accounts

03-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Savers have not had it easy in recent years, with interest rates near record lows, but some are turning to elaborate ruses to eke out a better return. Crystal Cansdale, pictured, is one of them.



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Bosses´ fall in pay ´limited and late´

03-August-2017 - bbc.com



Top bosses' annual pay drops, but it would still take 160 years for average workers to earn what they do.



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Deliveroo takes steps to protect workers from violence

03-August-2017 - bbc.com



The food delivery company is trying to protect workers, following acid attacks last month.



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Employers can stop workers drifting away during the ‘summer slowdown’

03-August-2017 - onrec.com



Relaxed summer months at work are welcomed by many, but how many UK employees utilise quieter working days to assess their work life? And what challenges might this cause for leaders? Posted in News archive on 03 Aug 2017 With the summer months well under way, many employees across the UK will be experiencing what is known as the ‘summer slowdown’: a period when colleagues or managers may be on summer holidays, clients and partners are quiet and offices adopt a ‘summer hours’ policy. Without the usual daily tasks filling up their inboxes, employees may begin to look at their current work situation and start to weigh up how satisfied they are. Leaders should be aware of this period and ensure they are keeping their employees satisfied and engaged all year round so morale does not dip during the summer months. To prevent employees drifting away from their current roles or getting caught up in pessimism, leaders can utilise this period to look at how well they keep their staff engaged. Figures from Lee Hecht Harrison | Penna, the global people management business, reveal just under half (48%) of employees have moved jobs at least once in the last five years. Furthermore, almost a third (31%) of employees have not received any form of formal training or development at their current job. Mel Barclay, Head of Career Transition and Senior Career Coach, Lee Hecht Harrison | Penna said: ‘‘The summer months can bring a relaxed atmosphere into many workplaces as work slows down and people go on holiday. However, there is a risk that staff may look at their job role differently when the daily buzz of activity begins to fade. “For leaders, this a key time to ensure your employees know their organisation is always on the ball. Take a look at your development calendars and assess whether they are robust enough for the year ahead. This will naturally feed into reviewing development plans and opening up communication between employer and employee about what is coming up in terms of progression and improvement. If there is nothing in the pipeline, the summer is a good time to start building this out.’’ Mel Barclay offers some top tips for leaders on how to stop the ‘summer slowdown’ causing restlessness amongst staff: Development planning– Is there an even spread of development opportunities across the year? Scheduling development sessions during the summer may be an effective way to keep employees engaged when work begins to slow down, give them something to look forward to and a chance to build on their personal portfolios. Keep people engaged – Make sure you regularly share news from across the organisation, reminding staff it is an exciting and dynamic place to be. Also begin making plans for new projects or plans later on in the year. This demonstrates you are constantly working towards new ideas and solutions and using the summer period to revitalise your workplace. Take stock – A quiet period is a good time for an internal audit of what and what isn’t working. Think about what steps are needed for future success and how best to achieve them. You can map out what different skills are needed across the organisation for different types of business and whether you have the current capabilities to deliver these.



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Reality bites: Average FTSE 100 CEO pay packet drops by 17% in the past year

03-August-2017 - onrec.com



Slowdown in CEO pay welcome, but huge gap remains between the top and the rest Posted in News archive on 03 Aug 2017 An annual assessment of FTSE 100 CEO pay packages released today shows that rewards at the top have dropped by almost a fifth, but still remain extraordinarily high. The analysis, from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, and the High Pay Centre, the independent think tank, shows that the average FTSE 100 CEO now receives an annual pay package of £4.5 million. This represents a 17% drop from £5.4 million in 2015. While this may represent a significant drop in CEO pay packages, it would still take the average UK full-time worker on a salary of £28,000 (median full-time earnings) 160 years to earn what an average FTSE 100 CEO is paid in just one year and 1,718 years to earn what Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, received last year alone (£48.1 million). Key highlights from the CIPD and High Pay Centre’s analysis include: In 2016, the pay ratio between FTSE 100 CEOs and the average pay package of their employees was 129:1 – so for every £1 the average employee is paid, their CEO receives £129. In 2015, the ratio was 148:1. 60 of the FTSE 100 CEOs are paid more than 100 times the typical annual pay of a UK worker which currently stands at £28,000 per year (mean earnings). In contrast to the generous pay packages awarded at the higher levels, just over a quarter of the FTSE 100 are accredited by the Living Wage Foundation for paying the voluntary living wage to all their UK-based staff. There are just six female FTSE 100 CEOs. While women make up 6% of the FTSE 100, they earn just 4% of the total pay. Male CEOs in the FTSE 100 earned on average £4.7 million last year, compared with £2.6 million on average for women. Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, said: “We have to hope that the reversal in rising executive pay is the beginning of a re-think on how CEOs are rewarded, rather than a short-term reaction to political pressure. The fall in executive pay is a step in the right direction, but it’s still happening within an overall reward system where average wages in the UK have been flat. Our analysis also shows a clear gender pay disparity at the top, with female CEOs receiving less than their male peers. Quite rightly this issue of fairness is increasingly being called out and this needs to be addressed at all levels of businesses. “Rather than focusing predominantly on share price or short-term profit, we need a much more balanced scorecard for performance that also takes account of other indicators of success such as investment in people, social responsibility and accountability, and long-term value creation. High pay must be addressed as part of the much broader review of UK corporate governance.” Stefan Stern, director of the High Pay Centre, said: "We have finally seen a fall in executive pay this year, in the context of political pressure and in the spotlight of hostile public opinion. This is welcome, but the response has been limited and very late. It is also, so far, a one-off. We need to see continued efforts to restrain and reverse excess at the top. And we should beware the ratcheting up of pay lower down the FTSE league table as CEOs and remuneration committees ‘chase the median’. This helps nobody but a few lucky top execs". Business Minister Margot James said: “It remains this government’s firm commitment to build an economy that works for everyone, making Britain one of the best places in the world to work, invest and do business. “We have been very clear that to achieve this ambition businesses should be run responsibly, including ensuring executive pay is properly aligned to performance as outlined in the Corporate Governance Reform green paper. “This report shows encouraging signs that the UK’s largest firms are already making progress in this area and our responsible business reforms, which we will publish shortly, will help to enhance the public’s trust and confidence in big business.” The CIPD/High Pay Centre’s analysis highlights how the gap between the highest and lowest FTSE 100 pay packages has closed as companies ‘chase the median’, which currently stands at £3.45 million. The average pay packages of the 25 highest paid CEOs have dropped by 24% to £9.4m in 2016. Conversely, the 32 lowest paid CEOs in the FTSE 100 have seen an increase in their overall package. The CIPD and High Pay Centre are warning that this trend of ‘chasing the median’ needs as much attention from the Government and investors as is given to earners at the top end of the scale. Further findings from the CIPD/High Pay Centre analysis include: Median FTSE 100 CEOs’ pay in 2016 was £3.45 million, a drop from recent years and marginally higher than £3.39 million in 2010. Comparing the median pay of a FTSE 100 CEO to that of a full-time worker, the pay ratio stands at 122:1, or 149:1 when compared against all UK employees. This ratio rises to 132:1 when comparing the average or ‘mean’ pay of a FTSE 100 CEO with that of a full-time worker across the whole UK economy. To advocate fairer and more ethical approaches to pay and reward, the CIPD and High Pay Centre have recommended that all publicly listed companies should be required to: publish the ratio between the pay of their CEO and median pay in their organisation, within the context of their overall reward strategy. have employee representation on their remuneration committee. establish a human capital development sub-committee with a wider remit to focus on all aspects of people, culture and organisation to provide better insight and guidance to the Board and beyond. In addition, the CIPD and High Pay Centre are recommending that the Government should set voluntary human capital (workforce) reporting standards to encourage all publicly listed organisations to provide better information on how they invest in, lead and manage their workforce for the long-term.



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Manufacturers are split on Democrats get-tough trade plan

03-August-2017 - usatoday.com



U.S. manufacturers have mixed views of the Democrats plan to penalize companies that move abroad and back U.S. workers            



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Don´t DIY: Business owners delegate human resources tasks

02-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Small business owners find being a do-it-your-self human resources manager the wrong job for them



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The Angst of Endangered CEOs: ´How Much Time Do I Have?´

02-August-2017 - wsj.com



An array of challenges—from increasing impatience on Wall Street and in boardrooms to a corporate landscape rapidly transformed by new technologies and rival upstarts—has made the top job tougher and more precarious than just a few years ago, top executives say.



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How to Protect Older Workers from Injuries on the Job

02-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



When managers at Bon Secours Virginia Health System started analyzing workers compensation cases, they noticed a bad combination: Lifting heavy and sicker patients was taking a toll on older nurses. We saw an increase in back injuries and older workers



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Court: Indiana County Layoffs of Older Workers not Discriminatory

02-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A federal appeals court has ruled against 20 former Lake County employees who claimed their layoffs were driven by age discrimination. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled that the plaintiffs, many of whom are now in their



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Brexit: Job advert reveals UK trade dispute plans

02-August-2017 - bbc.com



The UK Trade Remedies Organisation will be set up ahead of the UK's exit to tackle unfair trade.



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Marine Scotland´s Unite union members to strike

02-August-2017 - bbc.com



The row centres on complaints staff are paid less than those in similar jobs at Caledonian MacBrayne.



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New Jersey’s Vanguard Hires Graf as Vice President of Operations

02-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Vanguard Claims Administration Inc. (Vanguard), a Woodbury, N.J.-based insurance agency, has hired Paul J. Graf as vice president of operations. With more than 27 years of multi-line claims management experience in the property and casualty insurance industry, Graf will oversee



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Commercial Lines Insurance Renewal Rates Continued Rising in July: IVANS

02-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



In July 2017, premium renewal rate change for the majority of standard commercial lines products remain in positive territory. Workers compensation was the one product that trended negatively, dipping below -1.00 percent for the first time this year. IVANS, a



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Employees Say They Like the Roth 401(k)

02-August-2017 - workforce.com



Brenda Mackey has been saving in a Roth Individual Retirement Account since she was 22 years old. She had no idea she could save this way in her 401(k) plan at work until she saw the option on her plan menu when signing up for benefits in her new job. “I didn’t know Roth 401(k) existed,” Mackey said. “I knew... The post Employees Say They Like the Roth 401(k) appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Family of Man Who Died In Texas Jail Lobby Sue

02-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The wife and mother of a Texas man who died after a struggle with deputies in the Dallas County jail lobby filed a lawsuit alleging excessive force by four deputies and lack of training by the Dallas County Sheriffs Office.



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Is Joint Employment the Issue That Unites Our Divided Government?

02-August-2017 - workforce.com



I cannot recall a time when our government has been more divided across ideological and party lines. (I don’t count the early 1860s, because that’s not a time a can remember.) Thankfully, an issue has come along to build a peace bridge over the streets and through the halls of Washington, D.C. This issue — joint employment, via the Save Local... The post Is Joint Employment the Issue That Unites Our Divided Government? appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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WATCH: Amazon´s Jobs Day gives applicants a look at its fulfillment centers

02-August-2017 - abcnews.com



ABC News' Aaron Katersky goes inside Amazon's Robbinsville, New Jersey, fulfillment center.



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WATCH: Hundreds line up for Amazon´s Jobs Day

02-August-2017 - abcnews.com



People hoping to land one of Amazon's 50,000 open positions lined up in Robinsville, New Jersey.



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Hundreds show up for jobs at Amazon warehouses in U.S. cities

02-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Though its common for Amazon to ramp up its shipping center staff in August to prepare for holiday shopping, the magnitude of the hiring spree underscores Amazons growth.            



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Power supplier Aggreko weighed down by Argentine contracts

02-August-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Q&A: Entrepreneurs behind the socks company Bombas share career advice

02-August-2017 - abcnews.com



The co-founders of the popular sock company Bombas shared their story and career advice for fellow entrepreneurs on "Good Morning America": "Make yourself indispensable."



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Money Mail calls for a crackdown on car hire sharks

02-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



We have been bombarded with thousands of messages and responses after our investigations revealed the dirty tricks these firms use to rip off tourists in Europe.



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INVESTMENT CLINIC: How to review your investments

02-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



I often read that I should review my investments regularly. But exactly how often should I do this and what should I look out for?



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HEFCE selects Workday for financials and HR

02-August-2017 - onrec.com



Workday announces G-Cloud accreditation Posted in News archive on 02 Aug 2017 HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, today announced that it has selected Workday Financial Management and Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) to help consolidate and streamline HR and finance processes for the organisation. HEFCE is the first UK government organisation to select Workday following the company’s recent accreditation on the UK Government’s G-Cloud initiative. Headquartered in Bristol, UK, HEFCE funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. It invests on behalf of students and the public to promote excellence and innovation in research, teaching, and knowledge exchange. HEFCE was looking for a single cloud-based system for finance and HR.  This was primarily due to the integration constraints with existing systems. Following a rigorous tender process, HEFCE selected Workday based on a number of key factors including: Multi-tenanted cloud-based system with a single code line across the platform The combination of impressive reporting capabilities with a powerful, easy-to-use interface Flexibility of the system to meet the changing needs of the organisation and support transformation Ability to meet all security and data protection requirements The deployment will be undertaken by Workday partner, Kainos.   Comments from Workday and HEFCE on the news: “Given the constraints we faced with our legacy systems and the need to put in place a flexible system to support our transition from HEFCE to the Office for Students in April 2018, moving to Workday was a natural choice”, commented Alison Jarvis, head of finance, HEFCE. “With Workday, we have a system of record across our finance and HR functions that supports our needs now and in the future, and a system that provides a single source of truth rather than single systems that cannot integrate. We look forward to working with the company and Kainos on this exciting project.” “ Regardless of the sector you are in or how many employees an organisation may have, having real-time access to reliable finance an HR data to drive more informed decision making is a goal everyone is striving for today,” said Carolyn Horne, regional vice president UK & Ireland, Workday. “Welcoming HEFCE to the Workday community is an important step following our recent G-Cloud accreditation and we look forward to expanding our government efforts in the UK.” www.workday.com



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Three key HR drivers for business success identified in global organisations, but only one measured

02-August-2017 - onrec.com



Deep-dive research into 200 global companies has shown that leadership, performance management and engagement are the three HR drivers considered to have the most impact on business results, yet engagement is the only one that is measured widely. Posted in News archive on 02 Aug 2017 Leadership, performance management and engagement are seen as having the most impact on business success Yet HR metrics mostly capture turnover, engagement and career mobility Leadership and performance score lowest on average metrics use Deep-dive research into 200 global companies has shown that leadership, performance management and engagement are the three HR drivers considered to have the most impact on business results, yet engagement is the only one that is measured widely. Least likely to impact business results are considered to be employee turnover and career mobility yet are most commonly measured. Companies were asked by the Top Employers Institute and Bright Company, in joint research entitled Measuring HR Impact, what activities matter most to achieve business success. Almost seven out of 10 identified leadership in their top five most impactful HR drivers, with 35% ranking it first, the highest single scoring driver. Performance management and engagement were selected by approximately 60% each of the respondents as a top five driver, with 12% ranking them as having the highest potential impact upon business performance. Yet, leadership is bottom of the scale when it comes to measurement, with just 32% doing so, below wellbeing (34%) and succession (38%). Forty one per cent measure performance. Staff turnover is measured by 65% of respondents, engagement by 54% and career & mobility by 53%. Alessio Tanganelli, Regional Director UK of the Top Employers Institute, said: “A common characteristic of the leading drivers is their intangibility. Measurement is based substantially upon perception and subjective criteria rather than the more objective and calibrated figures applicable to other HR drivers. Although their influence is clear, can the magnitude of influence be determined?" The Measuring HR Impact Study ( https://www.top-employers.com/en/insights/measuring-hr-impact ) shows that the majority of organisations hardly use metrics or effect measures for the three HR domains. It provides advice on boosting measurement in the three key HR drivers: Leadership: Several tools exist to gain insight in the way leadership is functioning, but not many organisations actively measure the way their leaders affect business results. Only top performers use all measurement methods available, while overall tending to favour subjective evaluations and rarely using return on investment to evaluate effectiveness. The Top Employers study on Leadership Development identifies more innovative methods on the rise ( https://www.top-employers.com/en/insights/leadership-development ) Performance Management: Many organisations are reviewing their performance management processes, suggesting HR is looking for a new way to monitor and maximise performance of employees. In most organisations, data available has issues with reliability and quality. For a deeper view, see https://www.top-employers.com/en/insights/performance-management . Engagement: The value of annual measurement of employee satisfaction is increasingly under discussion. Critics may say that if employee engagement surveys aren’t predicting important outcomes then organisations may be wasting valuable time and money - and not impacting business outcomes. A way forward is to engage employees with short pulse surveys focused on the way they contribute to business outcomes. www.top-employers.com



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Connells Group powers up payroll and leadership with NGA HR services deal

02-August-2017 - onrec.com



NGA HR signs 7-year HR cloud contract with leading UK property services provider, Connells Group Posted in News archive on 02 Aug 2017 NGA Human Resources (NGA HR), the HR and payroll provider, today announced a seven-year deal with leading UK-based property services provider, Connells Group. Connells Group will now rely on NGA HR’s cloud-based solution to support its rapid business growth and digital transformation projects. Connells Group, with nearly 600 estate agency branches across the UK, has chosen NGA HR’s SaaS ResourceLink software to integrate its HR and payroll systems, standardise working practices, improve internal processes, and significantly reduce operating costs. The software incorporates a number of modules for the modern workplace and now encapsulates the entire employee lifecycle, from recruitment to staff development and succession planning. Key features include: workforce management and compliance. time and attendance tracking. talent management and appraisals. payroll and pensions. reporting and analytics as well as self-service modules for employees and managers. “As a successful and expanding Group of companies, we need a scalable solution that is as efficient as possible.” comments Richard Twigg, Connells Group Finance and Commercial Director. “The sophisticated ResourceLink software means we can replace old processes, like paper payslips and manual spreadsheet uploads, and crucially allows us better management information on things like new joiners, leavers and movers. “We’re delighted to be working with Connells Group” says Mark DeBono, sales director at NGA HR. “Our cloud-based software ensures that Connells will remain compliant and that they save time and money by eliminating data inputduplication. The reporting and analytics functions will also ensure Connells Group continues to stay on track with its market-beating KPIs and performance metrics.” About NGA Human Resources NGA Human Resources is a global leader in helping organisations transform their business-critical HR operations to deliver more effective and efficient people-critical services. We help our clients become better employers through smarter, more streamlined business processes — to save money, manage employee life cycles, and support globally connected, agile organisations. This is how NGA makes HR work. What sets us apart is The NGA Advantage. It’s a combination of deep HR experience and insight, advanced technology platforms and applications, and a global portfolio of flexible service delivery options. Founded in 1969, NGA HR has over 44 years of experience in the IT industry. As a recognised global HR services leader, we have offices in 35 countries on five continents, supporting customers in more than 100 countries. An award winning payroll provider, NGA HR recently won the CIPP awards for both Payroll Service Provider of the Year and Payroll Software Product of the Year 2016. About Connells Group Founded in 1936 and comprising of nearly 600 branches nationwide, the industry-leading Connells Group is the most profitable UK estate agency network.  In addition to operating under the Connells brand, the Group trades under other well-known local names including Allen Harris, Bagshaws Residential, Barnard Marcus, Brown Merry, Fox Sons, Jones Chapman, Manners Harrison, Roger Platt, Shipways, Swetenhams, William H Brown, Sharman Quinney, Burchell Edwards, Ashley Adams, Peter Alan, Rook Matthews Sayer, Paul Dubberley and Gascoigne Halman plus online estate agent Hatched.  As well as residential property sales and lettings, the Group has a comprehensive range of B2C and B2B services including new homes, mortgage services, conveyancing, EPCs, surveying, corporate lettings, asset management, land & planning, LPA receivers and auctions.  Connells Group has won 64 industry awards in the last 12 years.



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The Spanish gin tonic is the ultimate refreshing summer drinkheres how to make one

02-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Spains bartenders put a clever twist on the classic gin and tonic cocktail, and its the drink of the summer.            



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ADP: Businesses added solid 178,000 jobs in July

02-August-2017 - usatoday.com



ADP is expected to report 190,000 private-sector job gains in July.            



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Nurses are in high demand and this is why men should consider becoming one

02-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Booming career path offers great compensation, job security and other benefits.            



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Apple shares sail to record high on healthy iPhone sales

02-August-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday delivered surprisingly strong fiscal third-quarter earnings and signaled that its upcoming 10th-anniversary phone is on schedule, driving the stock up 6 percent to an all-time high in after-hours trading.



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Criticize your boss without losing your job

02-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Feedback, as any good professional understands, is critically important.            



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California Workers’ Comp Drug Formulary Would Reduce Costs, Study Shows

02-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Roughly one-in-three prescription drugs currently dispensed to injured workers in California will be no longer require authorization prior to dispensing under the states proposed workers compensation prescription drug formulary, according to a new study. The new formulary creates more efficiency



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BigLaw embraces the remote work trend

01-August-2017 - abajournal.com



With an emerging workforce focused on career paths offering better work-life balance, BigLaw firms are changing the ways they attract new talent and meet the



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Former Postal Worker Sentenced in Texas for Federal Workers’ Comp Fraud

01-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A U.S. district judge in Texas has sentenced a former postal employee to 21 months in federal prison for participating in a scheme to defraud the Department of Labors (DOL) Office of Workers Compensation Program (OWCP) U.S. Attorney John Parker



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Data Breaches Due to Employee Error, Third Party Suppliers on Rise: Beazley

01-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Hacking and malware attacks including ransomware attacks continue to be the leading cause of breaches, accounting for 32 percent of the 1,330 incidents that insurer Beazleys in-house Breach Response Services helped clients handle in the first half of the year.



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A Day in the Life of a CEO

01-August-2017 - workforce.com



By 6 a.m., Henry Albrecht is already thinking about work. As the chief executive officer of Limeade, a wellness engagement software company in Seattle’s suburbs, Albrecht constantly thinks about work and seemingly is always on the clock. But it’s a good thing, he said, because he gets to interact with employees on a daily basis, check in with specific projects... The post A Day in the Life of a CEO appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Transgender Chinese Man Wins Groundbreaking Job Discrimination Lawsuit

01-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A Chinese court has ruled that a transgender man was unjustly dismissed by a former employer, the plaintiff said Thursday [July 27], in the countrys first such discrimination lawsuit. The 29-year-old man, who identifies himself only as Mr. C to



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Sabre cutting 900 jobs, reports 2Q loss

01-August-2017 - abcnews.com



Sabre reports second-quarter loss of $6.5 million



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NBC Reignites Privacy Debate by Requiring Job Seekers’ Social Media Passwords

01-August-2017 - workforce.com



“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana It’s been eight long years since Bozeman, Montana, set the internet on fire by requiring that job applicants for municipal positions turn over passwords to their personal social media accounts as part of the application process. In the wake of that story, states rushed to introduce legislation prohibiting this practice. many succeeded.... The post NBC Reignites Privacy Debate by Requiring Job Seekers Social Media Passwords appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Taylor Wimpey Profits plunged nearly 25%

01-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Unseen small print in contracts had left leaseholders with ground rents that doubled every 10 years.



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How to make the right first impression in a job interview

01-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



First impressions count. That is a mantra we hear throughout our lives and especially when it comes to job interviews. So, how do you make a lasting one with a future boss?



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Tesla Workers in California Seek Safety Plan, Clarity on Pay

01-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A group of Tesla Inc. workers in California have asked the electric car makers board to provide a plan to address employee safety and information on pay and promotion. The worker group, which hopes to become part of the United



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Heffernan’s Davis Joins Brown & Brown Insurance in California

01-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Brown Brown Insurance has named Todd Davis a sales consultant in California. He will advise clients on their group and individual insurance plans. Davis came to B B from Heffernan Insurance, where he was an assistant vice president of employee



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EagleView in Washington Names Cook Senior Vice President

01-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Bothell, Wash.-based EagleView Technologies has named Kenneth Cook senior vice president. Cook will lead field services while collaborating with engineering and product teams to develop solutions for claims and underwriting professionals in the property insurance space. He was previously vice



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Maine’s MMG Insurance Company Hires Hochradel as VP of Commercial Lines

01-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



MMG Insurance Company, a Presque Isle, Maine-headquartered regional property and casualty insurance company, has hired Derek Hochradel as vice president of commercial lines, effective July 31, 2017. Growth of commercial lines is vital to the future of MMG and represents



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Gender pay gap: ´organisations are desperate to find talent that isn’t pale, male and stale´

01-August-2017 - onrec.com



Mike Taylor Managing Director at Business Performance and Leadership Consultancy Accelerating Experience comments: Posted in News archive on 01 Aug 2017 “There has never been a better time for women to negotiate pay rises and seek promotion. With the current gender balance, organisations are desperate to find talent that isn’t pale, male and stale. Tip on being open in the workplace:  “Being open is difficult when the reality is that more often than not men are higher paid in some job roles, compared to women in the same role and women may not want to approach the conversation. Women need to be confident in conversations when talking to colleagues and there is no time like the present to have a go at talking to colleagues openly.” Tip on speaking to colleagues over pay:  “Often women have more solidarity and speak to one another about what they earn. However, these types of conversations should also be with male colleagues and women should be prepared to ask the question and have the confidence to do so.” Tip on bringing up pay in meetings:  “What is important in these types of meetings is that you ask your employer for parity of pay, putting the onus back on the employer. In these types of discussions it is vital to focus on your strengths and the value you bring to the company.”



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4/5 of UK organisations failing to prepare for the ageing workforce

01-August-2017 - onrec.com



A major study by Capita Resourcing has found that despite the over 50s now forming a third of the UK workforce, 74% of older workers feel that employers aren’t doing enough to recruit them. Posted in News archive on 01 Aug 2017 The Embracing Experience research examined the attitudes of 1,002 workers over the age of 55, as well as 100 senior HR professionals. It reveals that over a third (39%) of older workers have experienced bias towards the younger generation in the workplace, and a whopping 73% say that employers aren’t doing enough to tap into their knowledge and skills. Whilst the majority of older workers say that they do generally feel respected at work, as many as one third (32%) feel side-lined, and 17% say they have been passed over for promotion because of their age. And despite almost all (94%) UK businesses believing older workers could be the key to bridging the skills gap, only one in five (23%) are currently looking to the over 50s to grow their business. Commenting on the findings, Chris Merrick, Director at Capita Resourcing, said: “The UK's older working population is set to increase rapidly in the coming years, whilst at the same time the number of skilled school-leavers will continue to struggle to fill employment gaps. Yet with eyes focused on technology and innovation, few businesses have older workers on their agenda, leading to a huge missed opportunity. It’s time for a recalibration of what it means to be an older worker – these employees want to be challenged, not side-lined.” On retirement, the majority (61%) of older workers understand – or even support – the government’s decision to raise the pension age to 66 by 2020, but some (22%) are also concerned about the impact this might have. Over two thirds (69%) believe there is a significant mismatch between the Government’s view that people need to work longer and bias amongst employers towards younger people, and 79% of businesses say that the Government has not given enough thought to the business impact of raising the retirement age. Merrick concludes: “The good news is that there are many steps that business can take now to benefit from an ageing workforce, such as conducting an age audit to identify patterns of discrimination, and introducing reverse mentoring to upskill senior employees in areas such as digital. Businesses can also tailor their benefits in line with the wants and needs of the older generation, such as more flexibility.” www.capita.co.uk



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Midland employment lawyer considers Supreme Court ruling on tribunal fees

01-August-2017 - onrec.com



Posted in News archive Leading Midlands employment lawyer Sally Morris has said the historic Supreme Court decision which has ruled that employment tribunal fees are unlawful is one of the biggest in the history of employment law. on 01 Aug 2017 The ruling will give people fairer access to justice – with the government now having to pay £32m back to claimants, and some employers, following a challenge by trade union, Unison. The government introduced fees in Summer 2013 – starting at £160 and increasing to £1,200 if further hearings were required. It is a decision which led to a 79% reduction in cases in three years and a large drop in false claims. It may, however, have also been a decision which put the brakes on thousands of people making legitimate claims if they could not afford the fees, according to Ms Morris, a partner at regional law firm mfg Solicitors. She said: “This huge decision now means that tribunal arrangements could go back to where they started. Those who were put off taking their employer to an employment tribunal because of the fee regime may now choose to do so without the expense of fees hanging over them. It is likely to open the floodgates to more claims in the coming months.” For the many employers who operate robust and fair employment practices the ruling is thought to be of little concern. Ms Morris, however, has stressed that there is always the risk of spurious claims finding their way back into a tribunal and employers should be wary. “Overall, it is clear that the ramifications could go well beyond the employment law arena and it is vital that businesses and individuals here in the West Midlands seek professional advice on what the ruling could mean for them.” she added. As part of the ruling, the Supreme Court also found fees were indirectly discriminatory to women with females disproportionately affected. Ms Morris added that current tribunal rules will need to be re-written following the ruling. She said there is a possibility that the fees regime will not be abolished entirely. It is perhaps more likely that the government will issue a consultation paper and then bring in a lower level fees regime, or possibly a structure where fees are payable by the employer. Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said that the Government had acted unlawfully and “has been proved wrong - not just on simple economics, but on constitutional law and basic fairness too." Meanwhile, TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady, said it was a "massive win" for workers. Following the decision Ms Morris and her employment and HR services team have established a legal advice line for individuals or business keen to understand what the landmark decision means for them. Readers can call 01905 610410 or email sally.morris@mfgsolicitors.com for further support.



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RateMyPlacement launches new feature to help employers build talent pools using student data

01-August-2017 - onrec.com



RateMyPlacement has announced a revolutionary new feature to help employers build a talent pool using student data collected through its website. Posted in Launch on 01 Aug 2017 This exciting new feature is an integration between RateMyPlacement and RMP’s software solution, RMP Connect . Student users on RateMyPlacement can “opt in” to share their data with companies they are interested in hearing more about, giving permission for their data to be passed directly into an employer’s RMP Connect Talent Pool. Employers will be able to target students directly in their talent pool based upon their preferences and characteristics. In addition, at the end of a campaign employers are able to track how many of these students, and other students in their talent pool, go on to apply and be hired using RMP Connect’s reporting suite. With Gen Z increasingly demanding personalised, persistent and a permission-based approach, the feature also benefits students using RateMyPlacement through enabling them to shortlist jobs, favourite reviews and follow companies. This will allow students to manage their applications online more effectively and receive targeted and personalised content directly to their inbox. This new integration between RMP Enterprise’s products will help employers build their own talent pools in real time, providing a new personalised experience for students and employers. RMP Enterprise’s Co-founder, Ali Lindsay comments: “Supporting students in their job search is at the heart of everything we do at RMP. This new feature will help employers target and engage with the most informed and interested students, resulting in better quality applications. It’ll also create a more personalised, preference-based experience for students using RateMyPlacement to search for jobs.” For more information on how it works, click here .



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Interview: how CCL cut costs and reduced its sourcing time by 50%

01-August-2017 - onrec.com



In this interview, Jon Cox, director for the UK, Europe, Middle East at CCL, talks about his biggest challenges in the recruitment space and how Textkernel’s semantic search and matching tools, integrated with Bullhorn, helps him save time on resourcing and cut costs by easily training new recruiters on the job. Posted in News archive on 01 Aug 2017 Company Profile Textkernel View profile » What are the biggest challenges for CCL? CCL is a pure play oil gas recruitment business that has been around for 35 years. Accurate matching is critical for a specialist company like ourselves. Our clients want to avoid hiring generalist workers and spending time and money on training them. Therefore they reach out to agencies to help them find the best matching candidates with the right set of skills. For us the biggest challenge is speed, making sure you find the right candidates faster than the competition and win the so-called ‘CV race’. Bullhorn is like a BMW. Combining it with Textkernel makes it a Rolls-Royce. How did you overcome this challenge? In order to speed up our time to source, we added Textkernel’s semantic search and matching technology to Bullhorn. The technology can automatically turn job requisitions into search queries, semantically search the database and include synonyms and find the best matching candidates. Bullhorn is the best of breed solution in everything. It’s a good value product. If you want to go above best of breed, to go for the ‘haute couture’, you need to get a specialist like Textkernel. To use a car analogy: Bullhorn is like a BMW. Combining it with Textkernel makes it a Rolls-Royce. What problems did it solve? The problems were twofold. Historically, with a very large CV database, it took senior recruiters a full day to create a longlist of 20 candidates via Bullhorn’s  Find Matching Candidates . This took time out of business development. Secondly, it is very difficult to hire recruiters who understand complex technical job descriptions. Textkernel’s automatic ranking technology means seniors just have to review the top 20–50 hits (including seniors who are not so good at Boolean). Plus rookies can work through the same list, and build up knowledge on the job. The integration of Textkernel’s semantic search and matching software with Bullhorn is amazing. It is seamless and creates real-time matches with extremely exciting accuracy. What results have you seen so far? The integration of Textkernel’s semantic search and matching software with Bullhorn is amazing. It is seamless and creates real-time matches with extremely exciting accuracy. Textkernel’s semantic matching technology reduced our time to resource vacancies by about 50%. When I work a job, I’m even doing it in 20 minutes right now. Textkernel’s technology also enables less experienced recruiters to work vacancies beyond their knowledge and comfort zones, beyond Boolean, as it builds the searches automatically, and ranks the most suitable candidates. Instead of having them take an expensive 3-day training course, they are getting straight into their desks and work vacancies. Textkernel’s matching technology provides them with the top 10 best matching candidates, which they can trust and call, and enables them to learn on the job. Right now, I wouldn’t work for an agency that didn’t have Textkernel in Bullhorn. What takeaways can you give to other companies? While the concept of AI and semantic technology sounds amazing, and it can be, you have to make it work for you. There is no such thing as an off-the-shelf AI matching technology which works for any company.  Textkernel’s Match!  functionality is very advanced and allows us to personalise the semantic search results. We developed our own matching dictionary specific to our Oil & Gas clients. We’ve used semantic matching tools before, but the main advantage is Textkernel’s white-box approach. The dictionary, and the reason for matches, is visible and directly integrated with Bullhorn. Right now, I wouldn’t work for an agency that didn’t have Textkernel in Bullhorn. Download the full  PDF customer case . Read more about the  Textkernel-Bullhorn integration  or  contact Textkernel  directly



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Hopping mad! UK professionals believe job hopping is becoming more acceptable

01-August-2017 - onrec.com



…With almost half admitting they believe it’s OK to stay at a job for less than a year Posted in News archive on 01 Aug 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » As freelance and flexible working become increasingly popular, new data from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, has found that three quarters (74.3%) of the nation’s workers believe that job hopping has become more acceptable over the years, with this figure increasing to 87% amongst under 18s. The survey of 1,200 professionals, sought to explore whether or not it’s acceptable to move jobs more often, and how long you should ideally stay in one company for. The study found that nearly half (46.8%) of workers believe it’s acceptable to leave a job after less than a year, with this number increasing to 65% amongst 18-24 year olds. When asked why they believe job hopping is becoming increasingly acceptable, respondents cited the following: If a better opportunity comes along you should take it – 35% Circumstances often change – 26% The job might not be right for you – 17.9% Freelance work is increasingly common these days – 7.9% You’ll get a wider range of experience – 7.5% Furthermore, the research found that the majority of professionals (31.7%) expect to have more than 10 jobs in their lifetime, with one in five (20.9%) admitting that they think it’s unrealistic for businesses to expect employees to stay with their company for more than two years. That said, one third of respondents (33.3%) believe that leaving a company after less than a year means you haven’t given it a chance. Not only this, but 28.8% think that leaving a job after a short period looks bad on your CV, with 19.6% agreeing it’s unprofessional. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library , comments: “ Though some believe that job hopping looks unprofessional, many workers across the nation are seeing the benefits, with the majority agreeing that it is becoming more acceptable. It’s interesting to note the generational gap, with younger workers more likely to job hop than their elders, suggesting that this trend could continue to grow as the next generation enters the job market. “As a result, businesses need to ensure that they’re doing all they can to retain talented employees, especially as such a huge percentage of the younger generation are not afraid to move jobs more frequently if certain opportunities fit in with their career goals.” Digging deeper, respondents were asked why they chose to leave their last job with the top response being that they were offered a better opportunity (18.1%). Following that, 16.3% of workers said there was no room for progression in their existing role, and 8.1% revealed that they wanted to change fields completely. Biggins concludes: “ It’s clear from the data that professionals are always on the lookout for the best opportunities and are keen to progress in their careers, even if this means changing jobs frequently. Employers need to be sure that they’re offering opportunities for progression, training and fair packages. Otherwise they could risk talented staff looking elsewhere.” For more information, download CV-Library’s full research report around job hopping in the workplace here: www.cv-library.co.uk/recruitment-insight/job-hopping-workplace-research/



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Advertised UK vacancies hit 19-month high

01-August-2017 - onrec.com



Average advertised vacancies currently reached a 19-month high (1,202,573) in June 2017, the highest number recorded since the 1,229,131 available in October 2015, according to Adzuna.co.uk. Posted in Statistics and trends on 01 Aug 2017 Company Profile Adzuna View profile » Advertised vacancies currently sit at a 19-month high – the 1,202,573 vacancies advertised in June 2017 were the highest number since November 2015 (1,244,772) Average salaries in London begin to show signs of recovery – the 0.2% rise in the year to June 2017 represents the first annual increase since July 2015 Winchester becomes the rising star among best cities to find a job – competition for jobs falls 32% year-on-year, making it the fifth most desirable locale to find employment Scientific quality assurance jobs are among the biggest improvers as the rise in AI and automation impacts other sectors more – salaries rise 1.8% y-o-y to £38,926 Rising crime and divorce rates have stimulated the legal jobs market – advertised salaries rise 3.5% annually and advertised vacancies up 4% from May Average advertised vacancies currently reached a 19-month high (1,202,573) in June 2017, the highest number recorded since the 1,229,131 available in October 2015, according to Adzuna.co.uk. Against a backdrop of Brexit negotiations forcing UK companies to scale back their hiring processes and pressure from inflation squeezing household disposable incomes, advertised vacancies have defied the odds to reach their highest level in two years. This means that jobseekers and employees have more options available than at any other point since the autumn of 2015. The jobs market has gone from strength to strength in terms of the variety and flexibility of roles up for grabs.  As in 2017, the spring of 2015 also saw a General Election and proved that the jobs market and advertised vacancy levels could hold up amid political uncertainty. However, average salaries were still increasing on an annual basis in the first half of 2015, a trend that would end in June of that year and salaries have remained stagnant ever since.   Fast forward to the present day and average salaries continue to feel the pinch as consumers are forced to be shrewder with spending power. According to the latest IHS Markit Household Finance Index, willingness to make big purchases has fallen to its lowest level since December 2013 as consumers are less prepared to spend money on luxury items such as holidays. In terms of the regional breakdown of wages, London has shown an annual increase of 0.2% in advertised salaries in the year to June. While the rise may be marginal, this is the first time in two years – since July 2015 (0.9%) – there has been an annual increase in average salaries in the capital. Following 24 months of stagnation, average salaries in London now sit at £39,232, with 265,568 advertised vacancies available. This growth is in contrast to neighbouring South East England, which has witnessed a 2.3% year-on-year decrease, with advertised salaries at £30,986. The effects of Brexit negotiations on the labour market remain uncertain according to the Centre for London Think Tank. A report suggested leaving the EU with no trade deal could potentially result in the loss of 70,000 City jobs. On the flip side, BMW and Amazon have recently made firm commitments to the UK labour market after BMW announced an electric version of the Mini will be built near Oxford rather than overseas, safeguarding 4,500 jobs. Retail powerhouse Amazon also outlined its intentions to increase the size of its new London headquarters by more than a third, creating hundreds more highly skilled tech jobs.  Table 1: Total advertised vacancies and UK salary   June 2017 May 2017 Monthly Change Annual change from June 2016 UK Vacancies 1,202,573 1,173,784 2.5% 3.9% Jobseekers per Vacancy 0.41 0.43 -4.6% -18% Av. Advertised UK Salary £32,519 £32,743 -0.7% -0.6% Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, explains : “The rise in the number of vacancies highlights the resilience of the UK jobs market. Jobseekers are spoiled for choice by the expanding opportunities available. Although salary growth remains stagnant in most regions, it is encouraging to see London join Eastern England, Northern Ireland and Wales as an area where the green shoots of recovery are visible. With more than a quarter of a million openings in London at present, there are plenty of opportunities for modern day Dick Whittingtons to see if the capital’s streets really are paved with gold. “Recent warnings suggest that the UK may be on track for an economic slowdown, but it is hoped that a clear-cut immigration strategy is to become the backbone of the UK economy. With vacancies on the rise, this calls for further investment into new and innovative sectors that will stimulate the economy and boost wage growth. Recent announcements from BMW and Amazon provide a further shot in the arm for the UK jobs market and could well motivate other blue-chip companies to follow suit.” Scientific quality assurance jobs escape the pressures of automation The rise of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) has had a mixed impact across a range of sectors, with some immune and others expected to be completely revolutionised. But while AI can add value to highly skilled, tech-related and scientific jobs, more complicated tasks still require a higher level of human involvement compared to low-skilled jobs powered by manual labour where automation can bring improvements in speed, standardisation and efficiency. There will also be a raft of new jobs coming on stream to aid the development, production and maintenance of AI systems.   According to Adzuna data, scientific quality assurance (QA) jobs have risen the ranks to become one of the best-performing sectors in terms of advertised salaries in the midst of this technological revolution. It's likely that demand for Scientific QA Jobs is increasing, as the top companies hiring for Scientific QA Jobs are AstraZeneca and the University of Cambridge. With the rise of artificial intelligence and automation set to take over from manual labour and traditional ways of working in the future, average salaries for scientific QA jobs are up 1.8% at £38,926 year-on-year. A recent whitepaper by Adzuna showed that two thirds of the UK’s fastest declining occupations are falling in popularity as the effects of automation bite in many industries. Legal profession receives salary and vacancy boost as crime rates soar Another sector enjoying annual salary improvements is legal jobs, where advertised salaries have risen by 3.5% year-on-year to stand at £40,190. There are plenty of new opening too, with a 4% monthly increase leading to 24,070 advertised vacancies.  Recent ONS figures show a 10% annual increase in police-recorded crime, and an 18% rise in violent crime. Divorce rates also remain historically high, with an increase among older generations choosing to separate. Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, comments: “As scientific QA jobs rise up the ranks, the potential negative connotations associated with automation start to dissipate. It is undeniable that low-skilled jobs will inevitably bear the initial brunt as we enter the first phase of automation, however there are opportunities available for specialised high-tech vacancies to emerge that may encourage those at various ends of the spectrum to go back into higher education in order to keep up with the new wave of technological advancements. An investment in technology is an investment in our future. “The law sector also presents a compelling case currently with rising salaries and vacancies representing attractive opportunities for legal eagles. But while these figures make for attractive reading, the fact UK crime is rising at its fastest rate for 18 years is a less appealing statistic and the legal profession is certainly not for the faint-hearted.” Table 2: Best-performing jobs sectors in the UK – annual salaries Job Sector  Average salary Salary % 12 Month Change Total Vacancies HR Recruitment Jobs £33,710 10.8% 14,606 Healthcare Nursing Jobs £36,306 5.4% 124,371 Travel Jobs £25,792 5.1% 5,652 Graduate Jobs £24,282 4.6% 16,826 Teaching Jobs £26,942 4.1% 55,835 Legal Jobs £40,190 3.5% 24,070 Scientific & QA Jobs £38,926 1.8% 9,917 Winchester rises the ranks as a challenger city Winchester has climbed a place to become the fifth best city in the UK to find a job. Traditionally known as the birthplace of world-famous author Jane Austen, Winchester’s improving jobs market has given it another reason for renown. Competition for jobseekers per vacancy currently sits at 0.12, down by a fifth from May 2017. There are more than 2,000 jobs currently available in the Hampshire city, with the main companies recruiting at the moment including Voyage Care, Exclusive Hotels and Q-Hotels.      Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, comments: “A new city rising up the best places to find a jobs list is the exact type of healthy competition that will boost the UK’s productivity and create shared wealth. Winchester boasts tradition, culture and history and yet now has a dynamic jobs market to add to its books. After the emergence of Warrington in May and now Winchester’s moment in the spotlight in June, we hope to continue to see new challengers in the running in the months ahead.” 



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How to beat the Virgin Media price hike

01-August-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The rise has been blamed on investment in the ultrafast network but customers who don't want to pay the increased fee are free to leave and switch to another provider without facing a penalty.



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How to tell if youre ready to retire

01-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Retirement isnt a decision to take lightly. Heres how to know if the time is right.            



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Under Armour to cut almost 300 jobs

01-August-2017 - usatoday.com



Sportswear giant Under Armour will cut almost 300 jobs. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more.            



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Texas’ Threlkeld & Co., Employee Benefits Consulting, Create New Entity

01-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Threlkeld Co. Insurance, an East Texas firm with 30-plus years in the benefits market, has formed a partnership with Employee Benefits Consulting LLC, a Tyler, Texas, firm with Houston and Dallas connections owned and operated by Rachel Means. The



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Maryland Highway Construction Worker Dies from Injuries

01-August-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A highway construction worker has died from injuries he received when he was hit by a truck. Local media report that Walter I. Gonzales-Lopez, a 56-year-old Baltimore resident, died Sunday. He and a co-worker were struck Wednesday in a closed



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