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Beware the vultures circling over gold-plated pensions

21-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The advisers, some of whom persuaded former British Steel workers to transfer out of their pension schemes, have been given fresh momentum following a series of failures.



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UK urged to strike a transition deal with EU by CBI

21-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The UK must strike a transition deal with the EU in 70 days, the CBI will warn tomorrow. Failure to do so would force firms to trigger contingency plans – involving the loss of investment and jobs



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City hiring to rumble on despite Brexit as Bitcoin boom creates jobs

21-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Theresa May vows to stop private sector ´pension abuse´

21-January-2018 - bbc.com



Theresa May says the government will stamp out abuses of workers' pensions in failing companies.



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Our guide on how to avoid the perfect storm of debt

21-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



This is the alarm sounded by the Personal Finance Society just as households are receiving their credit card bills, revealing the debt they have racked up over the festive period.



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Amazon set to open its grocery store without a checkout line to the public

21-January-2018 - usatoday.com



After a year of testing on its own employees, Amazon will let Seattle shoppers shop and leave -- skipping the checkout line.            



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Job opportunity: How to become a veterinary receptionist

21-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The veterinary industry is growing, with job openings in clinics and facilities that take care of our animal friends.            



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Government faces first post-Carillion outsourcing test with £12bn of cleaning and maintenance contracts

20-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Britain´s job miracle back on track as companies hire more workers

20-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/20/britains-job-miracle-back-track-companies-hire-workers/







Donald Trump and the US economy in six charts

20-January-2018 - bbc.com



How has US growth, jobs, stocks and trade fared in the first year of Donald Trump's presidency?



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Why you should fly first class at least once, and how to afford it

20-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Flying first class isnt a necessity, but life behind the curtain can be a worthy goal.            



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Career advice: How to become a school counselor

20-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Any given group of students needs are going to be diverse, and so the school counselor must be a versatile professional.            



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Flexible working

19-January-2018 - bbc.com



The mother who had to give up her job to fit in childcare



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42739681







Lonmin mine worker shot dead as tensions run high on platinum belt

19-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/19/lonmin-mine-worker-shot-dead-tensions-run-high-platinum-belt/







The MEMIC Group Promotes Cavallaro to Production Underwriter Based in Georgia

19-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



To support growth within the Georgia market, workers compensation specialist The MEMIC Group has announced the promotion of Ben Cavallaro to the position of production underwriter. A native of Portland, Maine, and resident of Alpharetta, Ga., Cavallaro began his career



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London’s Brexit-Related Job Losses Will Be Fewer Than 1st Feared: Policy Chief

19-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Britains vast financial services industry will suffer far fewer job losses from Brexit than first feared, the City of Londons policy chief told Reuters, in remarks that will boost supporters of leaving the EU who say the threat has been



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Lockton Hires Steed as Senior Account Executive in South Florida Office

19-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Lockton, a privately held, independent insurance broker, has hired JoAnne Steed in its South Florida operation as a senior account executive. In this role, Steed will be based in Locktons Miramar, Fl., office. She will be responsible for client strategy



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Drone Owners Warned Against Use near Oklahoma Air Force Base

19-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Officials at a northern Oklahoma air force base are asking the public to keep recreational drones away from aircraft after a near collision on a training flight. Lt. Col. Eric Schmidt works at Vance Air Force Base. He told the



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McDonald´s ´joint employment´ trial delayed amid settlement talks

19-January-2018 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp and a U.S. labor board are in talks to settle a case claiming the fast food company is liable for purported labor law violations by its franchisees, leading a judge on Friday to pause a trial that began in 2015.



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´Poor´ British Steel pensions advice reviewed by police

19-January-2018 - bbc.com



Tata employees claim they have been mis-sold advice about moving from the British Steel Pension Scheme.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-42745061







Exclusive: Trump´s coal job push stumbles in most states - data

19-January-2018 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's effort to put coal miners back to work stumbled in most coal producing states last year, even as overall employment in the downtrodden sector grew modestly, according to preliminary government data obtained by Reuters.



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BT defeated in bid to cut payouts for pensioners

19-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



In a ruling yesterday, the telecoms giant was barred from changing the way it calculates pension rises for 83,000 current and former workers.



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80 per cent of Brits don´t know how to use zebra crossing

19-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The majority - 46 per cent - believed that drivers should stop when a pedestrian is waiting to cross. However, this is NOT the legal requirement for a car to give way.



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How to buy a property wreck and do it up to make money

19-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Buying a wreck offers the chance to create something unique and entirely to your own taste. And, increasingly, it's a way of finding an affordable home.



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New Year Career Skills That Will Get You Hired in 2018

19-January-2018 - onrec.com



2 in 3 (67%) British workers are confident they have the skills required for their next job, yet recruiters think otherwise Posted in News archive on 19 Jan 2018 If you’ve returned to the office this New Year with a resolution to bag that big promotion or finally start your quest for a new role, then chances are you’re considering brushing up on a few key skills beforehand. But, at such a competitive time of year, which ones are going to make a difference to your next career move? New data from global recruitment firm  Michael Page  – drawn from two surveys of 1,196 British workers and 240 UK recruiters – has shown that the skills British employees believe will be important to their careers in 2018, and those recruiters deem most valuable, differ dramatically. For example, when asked to choose which  transferrable job skills they consider valuable to their career for 2018, the ability to problem-solve (i.e. think laterally) came out on top for workers (53%), whereas recruiters labelled adaptability (i.e. the ability to accommodate change) the most valuable skills for candidates’ careers in the coming year (71%). The consultant research reveals a comprehensive list of the most valuable career skills for 2018, according to those recruiting for roles right now – providing food for thought for workers looking to reassess their professional skill set this year. The surveys also shed light on the skills candidates might be underestimating – just 17% of workers deemed commercial awareness (i.e. financial acumen and awareness) important for their career development this year, yet recruiters ranked it the second-most valuable skill a candidate could bring to the table (69%). Similarly, a number of other core business skills were equally underrated by workers, including: Stakeholder management (55% recruiters vs. 12% workers) The ability to calculate and communicate return on investment (ROI) (33% vs. 7%) Strategy and change (42% vs. 20%) Corinne Mills, careers coach and MD at Personal Career Management, said:  “In the current competitive job market, it’s not only important for candidates to show they can do the job today, they must also show they are likely to be an asset for the future. Demonstrating that their input can create long-term value for the organisation, whether it is by identifying new ways to improve business performance, make customers happier or generate more sales is key.  “Ultimately, recruiting staff is a business decision and this survey is a useful reminder to candidates that they are more likely to be appointed if they are attuned to an organisation’s business imperatives, and have the commercial skills to succeed.” Additional findings from the research revealed that while six in ten (60%) workers believe their professional skillset has improved over the past twelve months, they might still face an uphill battle finding their next role. Half of recruiters (50%) say today’s candidates struggle to identify their key skills, and two thirds (65%) believe consumers don’t understand how to match those skills to specific jobs or career opportunities. Oliver Watson, Executive Board Director, UK and NA, at PageGroup, commented:   “January is always a good time to take stock of your career. Assessing your goals and identifying the skills you’ll need to achieve them – as well as those that will set you apart – is a great way to ensure continued professional development. “Understanding the expertise businesses and recruiters are seeking is equally important – enabling you to highlight the skills they want to see, and recognise the areas you should invest time in developing. After all, with skills requirements constantly changing in today’s fast-paced business environment, the expertise candidates consider important isn’t always guaranteed to secure them their next career move.”



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UK recruiters positive for 2018 but Brexit and GDPR concerns linger

19-January-2018 - onrec.com



Over three-quarters (77 percent) of recruitment professionals anticipate an increase in company revenue next year, indicating a largely positive financial outlook for the industry in 2018. Posted in News archive on 19 Jan 2018 Company Profile Bullhorn View profile » According to a new report from Bullhorn , the cloud computing company that helps staffing and recruiting organisations transform their businesses, overall confidence levels for industry performance are up.  A quarter of respondents (25 percent) feel more confident about the future heading into 2018, compared to 10 percent this time last year. Still, firms noted several concerns about the industry for 2018. Looming macroeconomic and political developments are clouding the horizon, with 70 percent stating that they are concerned with the future impact of Brexit, and 59 percent saying the same of EU GDPR. Peter Linas, Bullhorn’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and International, comments: “Recruiters should be optimistic about revenue growth, but they must be realistic: around a quarter of agencies say they actually fell short of their revenue predictions last year.” “We will see strong hiring demand in 2018, especially in the temporary and contract markets. But to stand a chance of reaching their revenue goals, agencies must be prepared to defend their bill rates and margins against constant pressure.” In the coming year, recruitment professionals will continue to encounter more opportunities to utilise technology, but adoption levels leave a lot to be desired. More than half (52 percent) hope to increase their overall technology investment this year to improve client and candidate engagement, as well as become more efficient in performing their day-to-day activities. Nearly a quarter (22 percent) of recruiters rank existing contacts from a recruitment CRM as their best source of qualified candidates, while 59 percent rank it in their top three alongside other sources such as referrals from successful placements, job boards, and social media. “It’s important for agencies not to delay in adopting technology that boosts efficiency and innovation. All too often the value of CRM technology is underestimated,” adds Linas. “However, as the responsibility of client and candidate experience moves away from individual recruiters and becomes shared across every department within the business, it will become more important than ever before.” Bullhorn’s 2018 UK Recruitment Trends Report: The Industry’s Outlook for 2018 is available for free download today. The report takes an in-depth look into current trends amongst UK recruitment agencies and analyses the industry’s outlook for 2018, highlighting revenue forecasts, prevailing business priorities and challenges, and adoption of emerging technologies.



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Graduate Recruitment Trends 2018

19-January-2018 - onrec.com



By Charlie Taylor, Founder CEO of the UK’s award-winning student and graduate careers app Debut Posted in News archive on 19 Jan 2018 Company Profile Debut View profile » Having worked at the forefront of the graduate recruitment industry for a number of years, 2017 stood out as a year dominated by technology - and this will undoubtedly continue into 2018, too.  This year, however, advancements in recruitment technology and the adoption of new strategies with different priorities will forever change the relationship between the employer and candidate, as businesses evolve to meet the needs of today’s tech-savvy candidates. I created revolutionary student and graduate careers app Debut to push the limits of mobile technology to improve access to careers, by utilising more data, streamlining the application process and enhancing the candidate experience.  It’s exciting to be a part of an industry that is changing so rapidly, with new priorities, opportunities and scope for growth. So what trends will dominate in 2018? 1. A focus on  behaviours over  qualifications With more and more first-class graduates entering the recruitment market, it’s increasingly difficult to identify the high calibre talent employers are looking for. That’s why recruitment will be focusing more on key behaviours in 2018, rather than qualifications and educational background. The Institute of Student Employers has revealed that  17% of its members are using a strengths-only recruitment process in 2017/18 , and this number is only set to rise.  Three quarters of HR recruitment professionals are now using psychometric testing, and 78% agree that it is a ‘powerful tool’ for hiring. This means that screening methods like psychometric assessments will start to become the go-to method for reviewing candidates, providing a quick and effective means of determining specific skills and behaviours. The growth in usage of psychometric testing reflects a general trend that organisations are hiring more for potential and attitude, rather than other performance factors such as university attended, subject, or degree classification, bringing psychometric tools to the fore. At Debut, we have launched our own in-app psychometric assessment tool entitled Debut Abilities. By looking at candidates’ cognitive abilities, behaviour, and personality over traditional performance indicators, it removes the bias from the recruitment process and helps to increase social mobility. 2. Movement to  mobile  application processes with  ATS integrations Across all industries and services, businesses are turning to mobile technology to connect with their audiences and streamline processes - and recruitment is no different. In order to engage a broad spectrum of candidates and provide a positive user experience, mobile application processes will be essential. In 2016 it was reported that  20% of millennials are now mobile-only , and it’s likely this percentage is already much higher.  Many companies have Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), which they use to harbour employee details garnered through the application process, such as qualifications and references. When a candidate accepts a job offer, this data should be transferred seamlessly from the ATS to the HR system. ATS integration creates a data driven recruitment process to ensure hiring decisions are aligned with the analytics in the recruitment software. Data driven recruitment transforms candidate sourcing and facilitates the creation of a high impact hiring process to deliver a better quality of hire. To accommodate this new trend, Debut is collaborating with a range of employers to introduce Instant Apply, an ATS-integrated feature enabling candidates to apply for roles in literally a couple of taps. In a society where you can order a taxi, book a holiday and join meetings all from your phone, it’s time the recruitment industry got on board. If businesses want their recruitment strategy and perception as an employer to match up with their consumer branding, technology and a mobile-friendly approach is the next logical step forward. 3.  Artificial Intelligence  (AI) and  Virtual Reality  (VR) will become a key element of the recruitment process Technology has opened up a whole new world of possibility in recruitment, and 2018 will be the year we finally start to see this come to life. As companies strive to streamline the recruitment process and remove unconscious bias, technology will inevitably be relied on more heavily. In 2018, with the rise of AI and automation, we will see a sharp increase in the uptake of AI-enabled chatbots to match candidates with jobs (AI candidate screening). AI will also automate essential administrative processes (e.g. indexing and filing candidate records), onboarding, and measuring performance. As a result, recruiters will be free to spend more time adding value to the sourcing and selection process. conducting interviews and making offers to a considerably reduced and select pool of candidates. It heralds a better talent acquisition experience for everyone. I expect that virtual reality will be used to create interactive job advertisements, or enable candidates to go on a VR tour of the workplace. Candidates will complete VR assessments during the recruitment process to test their responses and judgement in certain situations. A mixture of augmented reality and virtual reality will also be used to enhance the employee experience by providing simulations of tasks and work challenges, better preparing workers for real-world situations before they have to face them. Last month, L’Oréal UK & Ireland became one of the first UK employers to adopt VR in its graduate and intern recruitment process, to test candidates’ response to their workplace and culture. At Debut, we have partnered with L’Oréal and other major employers to implement gamification as part of the hiring process, to test candidates’ quick-thinking reaction and judgements in a fun, user-friendly format. 4.  SMEs  will become the go-to for graduates The power of SMEs is only set to rise, as they grow in popularity with the younger generation. Research has shown younger candidates tend to favour businesses which offer flexible working hours and a friendlier company culture, things seen as much more prevalent in smaller companies. With  48% of 16-24-year-olds saying they would prefer to work for an SME  than a larger organisation, it’s likely the employers as a whole will move to accommodate candidate’s shifting priorities. I think 2018 will see a rise in SMEs creating graduate positions to focus on creating opportunities for young people to progress their careers. This means job boards will also need to ensure SMEs are fairly represented in the graduate job search, which is why Debut is set to partner with small businesses this year to help promote their graduate positions to over 110,000 students and graduates. 5. A mix of the above will improve social mobility All of the above trends will lead to a greater emphasis on social mobility in the recruitment industry. Many companies have long faced challenges with increasing diversity in their work forces, and a greater use of data-driven and analytical decision-making tools will enable this to happen. By finally removing those unconscious biases, businesses can leverage new technology to improve diversity and widen their talent pool, and the recruitment industry is set to become radically different over the next twelve months.  Overall 2018 looks set to be a year where recruitment trends are dominated by more refined technological advancements that support the evolving relationship between employers and candidates. What about Brexit? The  UK Graduate Careers Survey 2017  from High Fliers found that three quarters of students are expecting a tougher and 'limited' job market following the Brexit result. In response, sectors vulnerable to Brexit, have seen a drop in the number of graduate applicants. Accountancy applications have fallen 21% compared to last year, with an 18% drop in finance and 17% in investment banking. Last year, a separate survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and The Adecco Group revealed sectors of the UK economy which are heavily reliant on EU nationals are already starting to experience skills and labour shortages due to Brexit. Graduates turning down or reneging on job offers that they had previously accepted meant that over 800 graduate positions were left unfilled last year, reducing the graduate intake at over a quarter of the UK’s leading employers.  A robust graduate recruitment process supported by HR technology is essential to combat any post-Brexit decline in candidates. debut.careers



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http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/graduate-recruitment-trends-2018







Trump and your finances: Taxes, student and payday loans, tips targeted in 1st year

19-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The Trump administration is moving to roll back a laundry list of financial regulations aimed at prootecting consumers and workers.            



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Alaska Airlines unveils new uniforms for 19,000 employees

19-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The first look at the Luly Yang-designed pieces came Thursday evening at a fashion show-styled unveiling among a crowd of employees in Seattle.            



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How to prepare financially for being a widow/widower

19-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The risk of becoming a widow or widower comes with some dramatic consequences.            



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Networking: How to update your linkedin profile for 2018

19-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Its time to do some prep work in your LinkedIn profile.            



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Outback Australians grounded as pilot crisis worsens

19-January-2018 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - A recruitment drive by Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd after a seven-year hiatus is exacerbating shortages of pilots at regional air services that provide a lifeline to remote communities in the country's sparsely populated Outback.



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Brits are shaking off the ´Blue Monday´ blues as thousands search online for new jobs

18-January-2018 - onrec.com



Job applications and visits to Jobsite’s website skyrocketed on Monday 15th January, proving the busiest day of activity for UK job seekers in 2018 so far Posted in News archive on 18 Jan 2018 ‘Blue Monday’, considered the most depressing day of the year, has inspired thousands of UK job hunters to begin on the path to a new career and start searching for new jobs online – new data from job board  Jobsite  reveals. Jobsite experienced  35%  more job applications and  30%  more visits to its website on Monday 15 th  January 2018, compared to the average daily rates seen in January 2018 so far. The heightened job search activity of Blue Monday continues a trend of Brits flocking online for new roles during the first working days of the New Year. Jobsite also witnessed a peak in job applications on Tuesday 2 nd  January 2018, the first working day of the year for many, with a whopping  70%  increase on the daily average in December 2017. Nick Gold, CEO at Jobsite commented, “It’s really encouraging to see that ‘Blue Monday’ is motivating UK job seekers to brush up their CVs and begin applying for new roles in their thousands. As the busiest day of job hunting activity we’ve witnessed in 2018 so far, even topping the first working day back, it’s clear that many are using this dreary day as the catalyst to make the positive career move they desire.”



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For Florida Insurer American Integrity, Giving Back is Part of Company Culture

18-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



American Integrity Insurance Groups charitable efforts have become an integral part of the companys culture, and not just during the holiday season. The Florida-based insurer, which formed in 2006, began asking employees four years ago what charities they would like



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Insurtech Lemonade’s Co-Founder Accuses Amazon of Poaching Employees

18-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



With two social media posts, Shai Wininger, co-founder of the insurtech Lemonade, accused giant Amazon of poaching employees of his startup insurance carrier that is powered by artificial intelligence and behavioral economics. Wininger also threatened to retaliate by leaving the



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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2018/01/18/477463.htm







West Virginia College Ordered to Pay $250K in Discrimination Suit

18-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



A judge has entered a $250,000 judgment against West Virginia Wesleyan College in a discrimination lawsuit. The Exponent Telegram reports a circuit judge in Upshur County made the ruling recently in a lawsuit filed by a former employee of the



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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2018/01/18/477356.htm







Industry Needs to Join Insurtech Wave to Digitize Insurance: AFL’s Esser

18-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



There is a fundamental need for reform and modernization, particularly in the London market. We should be electronically processing all lines of business, not just specialty classes. Of course, we should look at ubiquitous electronic placement too. So what can



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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2018/01/18/477410.htm







Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires New Jersey’s The Daniels Group

18-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Arthur J. Gallagher Co. has acquired New Providence, N.J.-based The Daniels Group Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1991, The Daniels Group is a full-service employee benefits consultant and broker serving corporations, schools, hospitals, municipalities,



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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2018/01/18/477579.htm







Uber Finally Gets $1-per-Driver Pay Settlement in California

18-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Though at first Uber Technologies Inc. didnt succeed in settling a lawsuit by California drivers alleging labor-code violations, it tried and tried again. A Los Angeles state judge finally said on Tuesday shes comfortable approving a $7.75 million deal offering



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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2018/01/18/477600.htm







Little evidence that PFI contracts are good value, NAO report finds

18-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/18/little-evidence-pfi-contracts-good-value-nao-report-finds/







WATCH: Want to work for Apple?

18-January-2018 - abcnews.com



Apple CEO Tim Cook says there are 500 thousand open jobs in the U.S. and his company is helping to educate the workforce by investing in K12 and community college education.



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Macau police hunt for casino dealer after $6m theft

18-January-2018 - bbc.com



Such thefts are rare in the Chinese territory but at least one previous case also involved employees.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-42728253







Employee’s Refusal to Take Drug Test Dooms Discrimination Claim

18-January-2018 - workforce.com



Can an employee, terminated for refusing to submit to a “reasonable suspicion” drug test, sue the employer for discrimination? According to one recent federal district court opinion (and good ol’ common sense), the answer is no. James Tombeno worked for FedEx for 22 years as a sales executive. At the time of his hire, Tombeno signed an agreement that required him to... The post Employee’s Refusal to Take Drug Test Dooms Discrimination Claim appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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http://www.workforce.com/2018/01/18/employees-refusal-take-drug-test-dooms-discrimination-claim/







WATCH: ´We want to help America,´ Apple CEO Tim Cook says

18-January-2018 - abcnews.com



Cook spoke with ABC News after the company announced it will be investing $350 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years, creating more than 20,000 jobs.



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First Carillion task force meeting ´constructive´

18-January-2018 - bbc.com



The group will co-ordinate efforts to support business and workers affected, government says



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£550m weapons maker Chemring probed over corruption

18-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The Serious Fraud Office probe centres on two contracts awarded to Chemring Technology Solutions (CTSL). The probe started after CTSL flagged up the problems.



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Amazon shortlists 20 metropolitan areas for new headquarters

18-January-2018 - bbc.com



The proposed site is expected to cost more than $5bn (£3.6bn) and create 50,000 jobs.



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3 major red flags when it comes to taking a job offer

18-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Dont overlook these reasons to walk away.            



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Amazons second headquarters: The pros and cons of the finalists

18-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Top contenders needed to be able to help fill 50,000 white-collar tech jobs and boast an infrastructure to accommodate the job influx.            



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Older workers driving U.S. job growth, Fed report claims

18-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Since 2000, the number of U.S. jobs has grown by 17 million. All that growth has been among workers aged 55 and older.            



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Brits are shaking off the ´Blue Monday´ blues as thousands search online for new jobs

18-January-2018 - onrec.com



Job applications and visits to Jobsite’s website skyrocketed on Monday 15th January, proving the busiest day of activity for UK job seekers in 2018 so far Posted in News archive on 18 Jan 2018 Company Profile Jobsite.co.uk View profile » ‘Blue Monday’, considered the most depressing day of the year, has inspired thousands of UK job hunters to begin on the path to a new career and start searching for new jobs online – new data from job board  Jobsite  reveals. Jobsite experienced  35%  more job applications and  30%  more visits to its website on Monday 15 th  January 2018, compared to the average daily rates seen in January 2018 so far. The heightened job search activity of Blue Monday continues a trend of Brits flocking online for new roles during the first working days of the New Year. Jobsite also witnessed a peak in job applications on Tuesday 2 nd  January 2018, the first working day of the year for many, with a whopping  70%  increase on the daily average in December 2017. Nick Gold, CEO at Jobsite commented, “It’s really encouraging to see that ‘Blue Monday’ is motivating UK job seekers to brush up their CVs and begin applying for new roles in their thousands. As the busiest day of job hunting activity we’ve witnessed in 2018 so far, even topping the first working day back, it’s clear that many are using this dreary day as the catalyst to make the positive career move they desire.”



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Workers surprise boss with more than 8,000 birthday cards

18-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Sheldon Yellen, CEO of a company that restores properties after natural disasters, has been sending personal birthday cards to employees since 1985.            



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Lockton Adds Ring as Vice President in Northern California

18-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Lockton has added David Ring in its Sacramento, Calif. office as a vice president. Ring will be responsible for client consulting and business development for employee benefits and commercial insurance. Ring has specialized in advising clients in the banking, financial



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Truck Leaks Natural Gas, Causes $2M in Damage in Kansas Fire

18-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Authorities have determined the cause of a fire that caused more than $2 million in damage and losses at a truck maintenance facility in southwest Wichita, Kansas. Wichita fire Lt. Jose Ocadiz says employees were doing mechanical work Monday on



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Apple to hire 20,000, open new campus and pay $38 billion tax bill on overseas profits

18-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Iconic iPhone maker builds much of its products overseas.            



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Learn the rules of the road to land that industry job

17-January-2018 - sciencemag.org



Understanding three types of rules can help guide your job search



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Changing the mould will build trust in education recruitment

17-January-2018 - onrec.com



Once again the actions of a few teacher agencies has hit the education headlines. Just before Christmas a Times Education Supplement investigation Posted in News archive on 17 Jan 2018 Company Profile Standards in Recruitment View profile » Whilst the majority of teacher recruitment agencies provide a good service, filling a clear need, there is no smoke without fire. The Crown Commercial Service is working hard with the Department of Education to try and change the landscape so that agency actions better meet education client expectations. So what can recruitment agencies do to hold back the flames? Embedding and demonstrating good practice Ensuring that good practice and compliance are at the heart of their business culture must be the right starting point. This involves buying into the principles, establishing consistent compliant processes throughout organisations, and then delivering accordingly. Many agencies may already be doing this yet the complaints continue, meaning that perhaps the few who aren’t compliant are bringing down those that are. Logically something else is needed to help the genuine quality businesses demonstrate this quality and their credentials; relying solely on trade association membership simply hasn’t worked. SiR has the answer The answer is to become accredited to a recognised standard that is not conflicted and is designed with client expectations at its core. Having a flag to fly can differentiate the good from the bad, but only if the standard achieved is set and approved by industry stakeholders. The Crown Commercial Service was not wrong in recognising  Standards in Recruitment  (SiR) as a suitable accreditation for entry into its tendering process, not least because it breaks the old mould of trade association membership by being entirely independent. The absence of any conflict of interest leaves SiR accreditation in a unique space of its own. Promoted by the NAHT, and recognised by TEAM, the SiR accreditation highlights genuine quality businesses, whether within the education sector or elsewhere. The result is to build trust in place of criticism. To discuss further please call me on 0845 450 4415. John Randall, Engagement Director, Standards in Recruitment Web:  www.standardsinrecruitment.com Email:  info@standardsinrecruitment.com



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Apple issues $2,500 bonuses to employees after new tax law: Bloomberg

17-January-2018 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Apple Inc told its employees on Wednesday that the iPhone maker is issuing a bonus of $2,500 worth of restricted stock units following the new U.S. tax reform, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.



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Apple to pay $38 billion in taxes to move foreign money back to US

17-January-2018 - abcnews.com



The company said it planned to create 20,000 new jobs as well.



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Drop in foreign workers may drive up wages but dampen productivity, says BoE´s Saunders

17-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Recruitment Software Changes At A Rapid Pace – When Did You Last Benchmark Your Current Provider?

17-January-2018 - onrec.com



For many businesses a new year offers the opportunity to review what has gone before - whether it be strategy, sales, staffing, operations or marketing. Posted in News archive on 17 Jan 2018 Company Profile Recruitment-Assessment View profile » It also applies to the current software that you are using - including the recruitment and business skills testing solutions which you use to assess and identify the best candidates for your business. We all recognise that software changes at a rapid pace so if you have not benchmarked your current provider (if you have one) with others you are almost certainly missing out on new features which can enhance what you do.  For a free benchmarking assessment contact Recruitment Assessment today by visiting www.recruitment-assessment.co.uk .



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By the Numbers: Winter Blues and SAD at Work

17-January-2018 - workforce.com



Each month Workforce looks at important stats in the human resources sector. Here’s the topic we’re keeping an eye on for January 2018: the winter blues and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). How common are these mood disorders in the workplace, and what impact do they have on employees and the companies they work for? Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews. The post By the Numbers: Winter Blues and SAD at Work appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Competitive secretarial market is driving greater job perks, says new survey

17-January-2018 - onrec.com



An annual review of salary and benefits by London-based support recruitment agency, Tiger Recruitment, reveals that while there has been broadly little movement on salaries in the capital, employers are needing to offer more innovative and generous benefits to attract the right people to their jobs. Posted in News archive on 17 Jan 2018 Tiger’s Salary Review 2018 states that in the current candidate-led market, jobseekers are placing greater importance on a more health-conscious working environment than on higher salaries, pensions and healthcare. Perks that secretarial and other business support candidates are attracted by include gym membership, complimentary meals and cycle to work schemes. Other key benefits being offered to entice the best candidate include flexble working, the ability to buy and sell holiday, and tax-free season ticket loans, together with more creative inducements including complimentary dry cleaning, and massage and beauty treatments. David Morel, Tiger’s CEO, commented: “Clinching the dream candidate has become very competitive so when you’re offering much the same salary and bonus, employers are turning to a more attractive all-round package to help them stand out from the crowd.” Despite salaries for business support roles generally showing little movement, the report reveals that senior-level Executive Assistant salaries are starting to increase significantly for exceptional candidates who can perform a more complex role beyond traditional EA duties. The report also states that the high employment rate in the permanent market is impacting on the availability of quality candidates for temporary positions. As a result, companies are now paying more for temps, with the average hourly rate increasing by 13% from 2016 to 2017, rising to £12.50. The study by Tiger also gave forecast salaries for 2018 for a range of London-based business support roles. Secretaries are expected to command salaries of between £35,000 - £45,000 except in some sectors where starting salaries are £25,000, while the salary range for Personal Assistants is expected to span from £30,000 to £60,000. Commenting in the review on the effects of the UK’s imminent departure from the EU, David Morel said: “The market has proven to be resilient in the face of Brexit and, as such, we anticipate continued buoyancy next year - unless we fail to negotiate a favourable departure from the EU.” Tiger, which specialises in recruitment for a wide range of support job functions in London, the UK and internationally, experienced a significant increase in demand for its services, with a 47% increase in instructions received for permanent positions and 37% for temporary staff roles. Reporting on its performance in the market, Tiger stated that it saw an 36% increase in permanent placements being successfully filled and a 32% increase in temporary positions being met.  A copy of the salary review and forecast will be available at  www.tiger-recruitment.co.uk  from mid-January. Alternatively, call 020 7917 1801.



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Brexit Blues: Workplace stress surges as managers’ work 44 days extra per year

17-January-2018 - onrec.com



Managers are continuing to put in long working weeks far beyond their contracted hours and are suffering high-levels of work-related stress, according to the latest research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Posted in News archive on 17 Jan 2018 Managers’ are working an extra 44 days a year over and above their contracted hours, up from 40 days in 2015 One in four are feeling Brexit-related blues at work Long hours taking their toll, causing one in 10 to take sick leave for stress and mental health The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) calls on UK employers to provide greater support to UK managers and boost training   Managers are continuing to put in long working weeks far beyond their contracted hours and are suffering high-levels of work-related stress, according to the latest research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).  Of the 1,037 managers surveyed for the report, the average boss puts in an extra day each week.  This is an extra 7.5 hours beyond their contracted weekly hours (44.4 hours actual compared to 37.3 contracted), adding up to an extra 43.8 days over the course of the year. This is up from 39.6 days in 2015. The rising gap between contracted and actual hours of work is in addition to an ‘always on’ digital culture, with 59% of managers saying they ‘frequently’ check their emails outside of work – up from 54% in 2015.  Long hours and this constant communication are having a detrimental effect on the wellbeing of managers. One in ten managers  took time off for mental health in the last year, and for those who do take time out, it’s for an average of 12 days. The OECD has previously estimated the cost of mental health to the UK economy as some £70bn, or 4.5% of GDP in lost productivity, benefits and business costs. At a time when UK productivity remains 22.3% lower than France and 25.6% lower than Germany*, CMI is calling on employers to do far more in 2018 to manage the impact of rising hours and digital technology. The survey also reveals that the lead-up to Brexit is causing work-related headaches for a significant number of managers. One in four (25%) report that it has decreased their sense of job security. Similar numbers highlight a decrease in morale and overall psychological wellbeing (23% and 22% respectively), with 14% directly attributing a rise in working hours to Brexit, and saying that it has reduced their motivation at work. Petra Wilton, director of strategy at the  CMI , says:  “The impact of Brexit and the continuing political uncertainty is clearly contributing to managers’ workplace woes.  Not only are they facing longer working weeks and the ‘always-on’ culture that new technologies enable, but the uncertainties of Brexit are clearly starting to undermine their job security and sense of well-being.  It’s hardly surprising that mental health problems and workplace stress is rising as a consequence. “Despite the jump in hours, we remain a lot less productive than our European counterparts in France and Germany, where they work shorter weeks. Improving managers’ quality of working life should be every employer’s New Year’s resolution to boost productivity. This means encouraging managers to switch-off, helping them to deal with the pressure, and giving them the training and support they need to perform. ” Prof. Sir Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Manchester Business School , says:  "The UK's long hours culture is detrimental to the wellbeing of managers, and it's bashing national productivity. The lean and mean structure of business means there are too few workers to deal with mounting workloads. “Long office hours combined with the always-on expectation to answer emails is eating into home life, leaving managers with little chance of respite and increasing stress levels. Improving the quality of working life for managers will be a major step forward to solving our productivity crisis." CMI’s four tips for improving managers’ quality of working life, and that of their team: Empower your people –  Give employees autonomy, recognise values-based behaviour and reward accordingly, and support their personal and professional development. This will promote productivity. Switch off –  Avoid developing a culture of digital presenteeism. Encourage staff to switch off, reduce unnecessary emails and set expectations about working hours. Develop better line managers –  You need to develop managers who empower and engage. Ensure they receive colleague feedback on their management style and avoid the accidental manager syndrome – make sure new managers have the appropriate training to learn how to lead. Prioritise wellbeing in work   –  for many managers, long hours and work pressure can affect their personal life. Tackle taboos about the discussion of health issues and take steps to change the factors that employees identify as causing problems - and don't leave it all to HR. For more information on improving quality of working life visit: www.managers.org.uk/qualityofworkinglife  or follow @cmi_managers #FutureForecast



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RICS launches global competition to solve problems facing the world’s expanding cities

17-January-2018 - onrec.com



Glasgow, Manchester and London among 24 global cities chosen for contest which offers a £50,000 prize Posted in Launch on 17 Jan 2018 RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) has launched a global competition in partnership with the United Kingdom National Commission (UNESCO) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) - known as the  Cities for our Future Challenge  - calling on young people to come up with new ideas to tackle the most pressing problems affecting leading cities in the UK, and around the world. Manchester, Glasgow and London are among 24 global cities chosen for the competition, which asks entrants to provide practical, innovative solutions to address specific challenges – such as urbanisation, climate change and resource scarcity - in each of these cities*, to be in with a chance of winning the generous prize of £50,000. Glasgow entrants have been tasked with finding solutions to tackle the city’s high levels of homelessness, whilst Manchester entrants must submit ideas on how we can use data and technology to better improve resident’s quality of life. Meanwhile, London entrants are to come up with solutions on how to improve the city’s air quality and encourage investment in cleaner air initiatives. The  Cities for our Future Challenge  is part of the RICS’s 150th anniversary celebrations this year, and is open to all, but the organisation is particularly looking to attract entries from students and early career surveyors, as well as entrepreneurs and innovators such as prop-tech start-ups. The best 12 entries from around the world will be shortlisted for the global prize and receive support and advice from RICS qualified professionals (mentors) to develop and refine their idea(s), before an overall winner is announced in November 2018. Sean Tompkins, RICS CEO commented: “The world’s cities are growing all the time, creating a range of challenges that will need to be addressed if they are to become safe, clean and attractive places to live. Throughout our 150 years, chartered surveyors have been crucial to urban development and improving communities all over the world. “Therefore, we are proud to be running this competition in our anniversary year, and to be actively searching for practical ideas to advance not just UK cities, but also many other cities across the globe including Beijing, Mumbai and Lagos. With the help of our RICS mentors, we hope the overall winning solution can be developed and delivered to make a real, positive impact on its respective city’s people, communities and local businesses.” Dr Beth Taylor, Chair of the UKNC for UNESCO, said: “As more and more of the world’s population become city dwellers, finding ways to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities – has never been more important. I believe that the innovations generated by the  Cities for our Future  competition could help deliver essential solutions, and I am sure that engaging young minds will help provide the spark needed to improve the lives of urban dwellers around the globe.” Dr Joanna Newman, Chief Executive and Secretary General of the ACU, added: “Universities and their students have a pivotal role to play in finding solutions to these issues, and many of our member institutions have a wealth of expertise in this area. “By partnering with RICS and the UK National Commission for UNESCO on  Cities for our Future , the ACU is confident that we can galvanise the knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm of our diverse membership, and encourage the development of solutions to these pressing problems.” The deadline to enter the  Cities for our Future Challenge is 31 May 2018.  Enter via: www.citiesforourfuture.com



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Carillion directors have payments pulled as Government agrees wage deal for private sector workers

17-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Melrose plotting ruthless cull of head office jobs at GKN

17-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The turnaround specialist could also break up the business in three to five years if its raid is successful. But the plans were met with opposition from critics who called for ministers to intervene.



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CBI criticises short-term policies to improve skills base

17-January-2018 - bbc.com



Employers' group says short-term fixes are no answer to Britain's long-term skills problem.



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ALEX BRUMMER: Few chairmen give job attention needed

17-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The current spate of Winston Churchill movies shows that the real test of leadership comes in crisis. And chairmen now often seem to behave like nodding dogs in the face of adversity.



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Workers who cash in pensions can face huge tax bills

17-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Firms are desperate to ditch gold-plated pension schemes as they are expensive to run. Savers are being offered big cash payouts if they give up modest incomes. But beware the tax sting.



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Better balance

17-January-2018 - bbc.com



As the number of employees working over 48 hours a week rises, some companies are experimenting to find better work-life balance.



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ALEX BRUMMER: Carillion bosses can expect an easy ride

17-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Chairman Philip Green can resume his search for honours, former chief exec Richard Howson can retreat to his Swiss chalet and non-executive director Dame Sally Morgan can look for the next job.



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How to leverage great credit without borrowing a dime

17-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Find out how to use an excellent credit rating to optimize your life.            



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Apple says its building a new campus and hire more employees

17-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Apple announced plans to open a new campus as part of an effort that will see Apple hire 20,000 new workers over the next five years. The location of this new facility will be announced later in the year.            



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New rules mark the end of spam with everything, not the end of the world

17-January-2018 - onrec.com



By Ashley Marron Posted in News archive on 17 Jan 2018 The first unsolicited marketing pitch probably dates back to the middle Palaeolithic period when an enterprising early hominid, clutching swatch pads of rock samples, stuck his foot in a cave door in an attempt to close a sale.  Things have moved on and in today’s digital world, such pitches are more likely to come in the form of spam – those infuriating junk emails that keep flooding into our inbox, plugging things we’ll never want or need, preventing us from finding that crucial memo from the boss we planned to quote from in a meeting that’s just about to start. Everyone agrees spam should be banned, in the same way that everyone agrees there should be fewer cars on the road so that we can drive to work in the morning without being caught-up in traffic jams. The problem is where to draw the line? We don’t want to be bombarded with unsolicited junk mail but, at the same time, we don’t want Draconian curbs that restrict our own, legitimate e-marketing campaigns. Well, those helpful chaps at the EU believe they have come up with the answer. In May, a new regulatory system governing spam and other data abuses will come into force with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will, for the first time, seek to harmonise rules across all 28, member states. It means anyone who uses business productivity tools or multiple delivery systems such as Wix Shout Out, Mailchimp and Survey Monkey as part of their marketing mix will have to be aware of rules governing spam and much else. Predictably, there’s been a lot of fear – and fearmongering – generated by the rules with predictions that they threaten to tie-up small businesses in mountains of red tape, restricting their marketing activities to the point where they’ll be unable to send a simple email. Well, the good news is that there’s nothing greatly to worry about. We’ve reviewed the regulation and it’s our view that, by taking a few simple measures, you can meet your obligations without much time and expense. As a seller of online business productivity tools, we’ve had to take a proactive approach to ensure we comply. Some might argue it’s not before time. Ok, so I might have made-up the bit about the caveman, but the first recorded incident of an electronic message being sent, uninvited, to multiple users was in 1987 when an east coast tech developer contacted potential clients on an early iteration of the internet to plug a new protocol. The term spam was coined in the 1980s by users of early, closed-chat systems to refer to the mass junking of computer data to force systems to crash. It wasn’t until the mid-1990s when two US lawyers acquired a script, allowing them to promote their services to multiple news groups, that it came to be associated with mass marketing. The term is believed to have been borrowed from a Monty Python sketch in which a group of hungry Vikings to go a restaurant where everything on the menu contains spam. As none of them likes spam, it became synonymous with something unwanted and repetitive. The first thing is to understand is that the GDPR is a regulation, not a directive, which means it applies across all EU member states and, as the UK will continue to be an EU member until mid-2019, businesses and organisation are covered. In the UK it will complement the existing Privacy and Electronics Communications Regulations (PECR). The main difference between the two is that PECR regulates communications sent to people at their work email while GDPR is also concerned with personal data. As a provider of project management software for businesses and organisations, we’ve long been regulated by PECR whose main requirement is that each direct marketing email should include an "unsubscribe" option, which is the documented procedure we have in place. Rules governing use of personal data were introduced when many of today’s online services and the challenges they bring for data protection didn’t exist, for example social networking sites, cloud computing, location-based services and smart cards, all of which have seen the processing of personal data grow exponentially. We need a robust set of rules to make ensure people’s right to personal data protection remains effective in the digital age. Definition of Personal Data - Article 4 (1) of the Regulation includes elements such as name, address, gender, date of birth but also includes less obvious identifiers such as IP address. While accountability is not a new requirement, GDPR requires all organisations to record and document compliance with all aspects of the regulation. It doesn’t give individuals more rights in respect of their data, including more control and visibility of how their personal data is being used, and the right to have that information removed or moved as requested. There will be heavy sanction for breaches - including fines up to 4% of annual turnover or €20million, whichever is the higher, for the most serious breaches. To ensure you comply there’s a need to identify the key processes, documenting as needed, and ensure you have an audit trail to prove compliance. We’ve included a downloadable template in our Barvas software to help demystify the key steps and navigate users through the process. For more information visit www.barvas.com . Ashley Marron is CEO of East Kilbride-based Barvas, a management software tool for small and medium sized businesses



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Estate of Ohio Policeman Who Died in Crash Sues Motorcycle Makers

17-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Two motorcycle manufacturers and their trainers are accused of negligence in a lawsuit over the death of a central Ohio police officer. Sean Johnson lost control of his motorcycle during an on-duty training ride with fellow officers from Hilliard and



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Alera Group Acquires New Jersey’s FIRM Inc.

17-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired FIRM Inc., an insurance agency located in Mahwah, N.J. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. FIRM Inc. provides clients with tailored property



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Starkweather & Shepley Hires Corner II as a Construction and Surety Specialist

17-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Starkweather Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. hired Russell Corner II as a construction and surety specialist. Corners key responsibilities in this role include managing relationships with current and prospective clients, as well as bringing in new business. He will focus



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Shareholder’s $300M suit accuses employment firm Ogletree Deakins of gender bias

16-January-2018 - abajournal.com



A shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak Stewart claims in a $300 million lawsuit that the defense-side labor and employment firm discriminates against female



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Less than half of recent law grads had good jobs waiting for them after graduation, report says

16-January-2018 - abajournal.com



According to a report released Tuesday that focuses on the long-term outcomes of law degrees and includes a survey of college graduates, more than half



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The relentless rise in demand for nurses in the UK

16-January-2018 - onrec.com



The shortage of nursing staff in the UK is cause for alarm bells. Only recently, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) reported that the number of EU and UK nurses quitting the NHS outweighs the number of newly registered nurses (Oct 2016 – Sep 2017) Posted in News archive on 16 Jan 2018 Company Profile Textkernel View profile » Data from labour-market analysis tool  Jobfeed  reveals that, on the demand side, the number of vacancies for nurses has been increasing. Shortage of nurses The infographic below shows the demand for nurses in the UK compared to other European countries, specifically Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The UK has the highest number of online vacancies for nurses. Its demand has increased by more than 17% between 2015–2016 and 2016–2017. Other European countries are also facing this rise in demand. Germany shows an increase of 26%, followed by Belgium with 18%. When comparing the demand for nurses per inhabitant, the UK has both the lowest number of nurses and the highest number of vacancies posted online per inhabitant. There are 790 nurses and 520 vacancies per 100,000 inhabitants in the UK. In comparison, Germany has 1,330 nurses and 286 vacancies per 100,000 inhabitants. This data underpins the concerns of the NHS. With a growing and ageing population, this trend could have severe consequences for securing an appropriate healthcare system for the UK. The big question is: how will the UK, as well as the other various countries, tackle this problem in the coming years? Infographic: the UK nursing job market The infographic below shows the state of the nursing job market in the UK compared to other European countries. You can download a .PDF version of the infographic  here . Analysing nearly 1.5 million unique jobs In order to gain insights into the UK nursing job market online and its comparison to other European countries, millions of job ads collected by Jobfeed over a 2-year period in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany were analysed. Thanks to the built-in  Analytics module  of Jobfeed this information was easy gathered. There were 1.5 million de-duplicated job postings for nurses, published between 1 November 2015 and 31 October 2017, in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Franchise, internships/postgraduate positions, voluntary work, freelance jobs and apprenticeships have been excluded from this analysis. About Jobfeed Numbers came from Jobfeed, Textkernel’s searchable job database for lead generation, competitive insight and labour-market analysis. Jobfeed offers a current and historic overview of online jobs in the UK as well as in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria and Belgium. Jobfeed is a valuable source of information and a unique analytical and acquisition tool for recruitment and staffing agencies, job boards, outplacement and research organisations. For more information or a free trial, please visit  www.textkernel.com/jobfeed .



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Businesses reveal their top recruitment priorities for 2018

16-January-2018 - onrec.com



A new piece of research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, reveals businesses top recruitment priorities for 2018: from sourcing candidates directly and building talent pools for the future, to establishing a strong employer brand and succession planning. Posted in News archive on 16 Jan 2018 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » The study  explored the views of 250 professionals with hiring responsibility and found that the main challenges that organisations are facing right now is a lack of relevant candidates, with 72.8% admitting that they were suffering from this. Alongside this, 20.8% are finding it difficult to deal with candidate demands, for example, when they ask for a higher salary than the company is prepared to pay. However, powering through into the New Year, 85.8% said that they will be focussing on ‘quality of hire’ when recruiting. When asked what their top recruitment priorities for 2018 were, organisations cited the following: Sourcing candidates directly  (68.1%) Building talent pools for the future  (65.7%) Investing in tools to speed up the hiring process  (42%) Establishing a strong employer brand  (40.2%) Succession planning  (33.9%) Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments:  “ Getting your recruitment process right is the first thing you should think about when expanding your team. That can be anything from where you’re going to search for candidates, the tools that you’ll use to get there and how your company will come across in job postings. Without taking a step back and really thinking about why you’re recruiting, and what kind of person you’re looking for, you won’t stand a good chance of hiring the right individual for the job.” What’s more, a staggering 90.6% said that they would continue to use job boards as their top sourcing channel, followed by LinkedIn (57.9%), their own career site (35.8%) employee referral schemes (34.6%) and aggregators (22.8%). Biggins continues:  “Every business has different recruiting needs, and will focus on using different tools to reach their goals. Job boards continue to be a huge benefit to many organisations, mainly because they serve a dual purpose of being able to advertise jobs and search CVs – plus a whole lot more! It’s interesting that LinkedIn is climbing up in importance.” Alongside this, faced with ongoing uncertainty around Brexit and the much talked about GDPR, the study asked businesses how they felt about these topics. It reveals that 70.5% actually feel prepared for the changes to GDPR taking place in May 2018, which is positive news for the nation’s job hunters. However, of the 29.5% who aren’t so confident, 45.3% said this was because they didn’t understand the changes, and a further 33.3% because they don’t feel there is enough information out there around the topic. In terms of Brexit, just over one in five (22.4%) said that uncertainty around Brexit has negatively affected their recruitment efforts in the last 12 months. Biggins concludes:  “The labour market is constantly changing and keeping on top of the latest regulations and trends is important if you want to ensure success in the future.” To find out more, download CV-Library’s full whitepaper:  What does 2018 have in store for recruitment? www.cv-library.co.uk



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Unhealthy employees now cost British firms six working weeks a year in lost productivity

16-January-2018 - onrec.com



Study shows employees lose an average of 30.4* working days each year due to sickness and underperformance in the office as a result of ill-health. Posted in News archive on 16 Jan 2018 Productivity loss due to physical and mental health issues is costing the UK economy an estimated £77.5 billion a year**. Research from the 2017 Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey (BHW)***, a study of almost 32,000 workers across all UK industries, has revealed that employees lose, on average, the equivalent of 30.4 days of productive time each year as they take time off sick and underperform in the office as a result of ill-health (otherwise known as presenteeism). This is equivalent to each worker losing six working weeks of productive time annually. Importantly, while some sectors performed better than others, the results demonstrated high levels of productivity loss across all sectors and organisational sizes. When translated into monetary terms, the combined economic impact of this ill-health related absence and presenteeism is £77.5 billion a year for the UK economy. Worryingly, employee work impairment and the associated productivity loss appears to be on a worsening trend, up from 27.5 days and £73 billion respectively in 2016. Britain’s Healthiest Workplace, which was developed by VitalityHealth and is delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge, RAND Europe and Mercer, also points to a growing presenteeism problem, with time missed by the average employee through absence reducing since 2016 (3.3 days to 2.7 days), while increases in presenteeism (24.2 days to 27.7 days) have more than offset the observed reduction in absence. This increase in presenteeism demonstrates the importance of having a holistic understanding of employees’ physical and mental health, both in and out of the workplace. Shaun Subel, Director of Corporate Wellbeing Strategy at VitalityHealth, said:  “The Britain’s Healthiest Workplace results illustrate the significance of the productivity challenge facing the UK, but importantly also point to an exciting alternative in how employers can approach this problem.  “For too long, the link between employee lifestyle choices, their physical and mental health, and their work performance has been ignored. Our data demonstrates a clear relationship - employees who make healthier lifestyle choices benefit from an additional 25 days of productive time each year compared to the least healthy employees, and also exhibit higher levels of work engagement and lower levels of stress. As a result, effective workplace health and wellbeing solutions can deliver tangible improvements in employee engagement and productivity, and make a significant impact on an organisation’s bottom line.” Chris Bailey, Partner at Mercer Marsh Benefits, said:   “Some employers still doubt the impact of presenteeism, dismiss the data, and fail to take action. It’s key to understand that people are not machines - we are not 100% task focused and performing at our best all of the time. “It is not a case of having a presenteeism problem or not. All organisations will see a reduction in how productive their people are when they are experiencing physical or mental health issues. The data shows that those organisations who understand this and take steps to maximise their employees’ productive time at work, for example through supporting an active workforce, promoting good nutrition and enabling positive mental health, enjoy a competitive advantage.” *Figure calculated using an average work impairment of 11.7% and an average working year of 260 days. Work impairment is calculated using the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment (WPAI) Scale across the 31,950 employee participants in Britain’s Healthiest Workplace 2017. **Figure calculated using ONS statistics for the period July-September 2017, and making adjustment for part-time workers. £26,468 average wage; 32.324 million people in work (of which 8.439 part-time); 10.8% cost of lost productivity as a proportion of total wage bill (calculated from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace 2017). ***The Britain's Healthiest Workplace research process took place between February and August 2017. It looked at a number of lifestyle, mental wellbeing, clinical risk and productivity factors amongst 31,950 employees, together with a broad view of leadership and cultural dimensions and organisational policies, practices and facilities that could directly impact on employee health, across 167 companies. Results based on UK workforce as reported by each company surveyed.



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Bend in the Road Could Lead to Top Tech Talent

16-January-2018 - workforce.com



When Gray Skinner tried to recruit developers for Droplr, his growing software start-up company in Bend, Oregon, he was disappointed by his options. Bend is known more as an outdoor sports mecca than a tech hub, but even when he expanded his search to Portland and San Francisco he struggled to find qualified candidates. “Good talent is so expensive, and... The post Bend in the Road Could Lead to Top Tech Talent appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Exclusive: Mexico´s Pemex chose Japan´s Mitsui to complete Tula coking plant - sources

16-January-2018 - reuters.com



MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican state oil company Pemex [PEMX.UL] has chosen Japanese conglomerate Mitsui as its partner for a $2.6 billion coking plant project at its Tula refinery in a preliminary deal, two sources told Reuters this week.



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Halifax repaid my £15k loan for free: Bank revives offer

16-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



When pre-school worker Ami Hay took out a £15,000 loan, the last thing she expected was that she wouldn't have to pay it back - but she was the lucky beneficiary of a Halifax marketing ruse.



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ALEX BRUMMER: Carillion deserved to go to the wall

16-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The collapse of the Wolverhampton-based construction group Carillion is catastrophic for its 43,000 employees, for the Government and members of the pension fund.



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Jobs market: Labor shortage means longer hours but more cash for workers

16-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Employers are giving workers more hours because theyre struggling to find new hires.            



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Former California Hospital Owner Sentenced in $600M Workers’ Comp Scheme

16-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



The former owner of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach was sentenced to federal prison on Friday for running a $600 million workers compensation fraud scheme. Michael Drobot, 73, was sentenced Friday to 63 months in prison and fined $500,000. Earlier



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Corporation Pays Maximum Fine in Wisconsin Asbestos Exposure Case

16-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Authorities say the corporate owner of a former Wisconsin factory accused of ordering workers to remove insulation that contained asbestos has paid the maximum fine under terms of a plea agreement. The incident happened six years ago at Grede foundry



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Cavignac & Associates in California Names Aceves Account Manager

16-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



San Diego, Calif.-based Cavignac Associates has hired Brittany Aceves to serve as an account manager within the firms surety department. Aceves serves as the main point of contact for the agencys surety department clients, managing and maintaining their surety



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Texas Workers’ Comp Division Seeks Comments on Compounded Drug Rule

16-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



The Texas Department of Insurance Division of Workers Compensation (TDI-DWC) is accepting comments through Feb. 20 on a compounded drug rule that was first proposed in June 2017. On June 16, 2017, DWC announced an informal draft rule to



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The Shortlist for the Onrec Online Recruitment Awards 2018 has been announced

15-January-2018 - onrec.com



1st March 2017 | The Grange St Pauls, London Posted in News archive on 15 Jan 2018 The Creative Online Marketing Award 2018 Sponsored by NICHE GENERALIST SUPPLIER CORPORATE Curo Talent  Searchability Ph.Creative The AA Opilio Recruitment Jobsite Volcanic Harrods Fircroft Adzuna WCN Hastings Direct  JobHoller   Recruit Zone    Oscar Recruitment       CareersInAudit       The Creative Offline Marketing Award 2018 NICHE GENERALIST SUPPLIER Naturejobs CV-Library Recruit Zone Cyber Security EXPO  Reed.co.uk Madgex GoToJobBoard.com Adzuna Eploy  Security Cleared EXPO.com     The Technical Innovation Award 2018 NICHE NATIONAL SUPPLIER INT. SUPPLIER APPII / Technojobs TMP: The AA WCN JobHoller Madgex Recruitee.com Debut SourceBreaker Recruit Zone Energy Jobline Airswift (Partnership) WCN eSkill Creativepool Eploy PASS Technologies   Blue Octopus Recruitment myPixid   ClickIQ     myPixid   The Best Online Candidate Experience Award 2018 Sponsored by SUPPLIER RECRUITER JOBBOARD CORPORATE WCN Oscar Recruitment FE Careers Manchester Metropolitan University Eploy Fircroft CV-Library The AA Southerly Communications (Shell) Meridian Business Support Bubble Jobs   The CV Squad Opilio Recruitment Debut   CVWOW Searchability  Jobsite     C M Travel Recruitment CareersInAudit   Best Use of Mobile Award 2018 CORPORATE RECRUITMENT AGENCY JOBBOARD O2 Debut Searchability CareersinAudit House of Fraser Morgan Hunt Zoek Fullers Robert Half Adzuna Five Guys Adecco JobToday FitFlop     VW Financial Services     Splendid Hospitality     Oxford University Press      The Best Corporate Graduate Site Award 2018 BT Graduates Oscar Recruitment  RWE NPower The Best Use Online Recruitment in the Public Sector Award 2018 Recruit Zone Highbury College Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) FE Careers Manchester Metropolitan University  The Niche Jobboard Award 2018 Sponsored by BDJ Jobs (by Springer Nature) Supply Chain Online CyberSecurityJobsite.com Milkround SecurityClearedJobs.com Bubble Jobs Technojobs Oscar Recruitment FE Careers CWJobs Debut Energy Jobline Energy Jobline TeachInFE Careers in Justice MyPlus Students’ Club Creativepool REngineeringJobs.com CareersInAudit EvenBreak Innovative Use of Social Media in the Recruitment Process Award 2018 Blue Octopus Recruitment Curo Talent Opilio Recruitment Searchability Corecom Consulting Oscar Recruitment Firefish Software FE Careers FE News ESG Recruitment Charlton Morris CareersInAudit The Best Corporate Use of Online Recruitment Award 2018 Sponsored by NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL Hastings Direct Atkins Global Peter Brett Associates FitFlop The AA and www.theaacareers.co.uk Menzies Aviation Malmaison/Hotel Du Vin   Harrods   Tarmac   Viridor   Euro Garages   The Best Use of Online Recruitment by a Recruitment Agency Award 2018 Sponsored by Profiles Creative Service Care Solutions Blue Octopus Recruitment Cavendish Professionals Searchability IDEX Consulting Anderselite C M Travel Recruitment Charles Hunter Associates  Unsung Hero of the Year Award 2018 Adam Underwood - Oscar Recruit Radhika Mitchell - Eploy Ella Atkinson - Charlton Morris Matt Forrest - Manchester Metropolitan University  Personality of the Year Award 2018 Mark Cherry - GoToJobBoard Mike Powell - CV-Library Derek Skelton - Meridian Business Support Chris Bogh - Eploy Ben Gabbitas - Malmaison & Hotel Du Vin Olly Preston - Searchability Georgie Lynskey - Corecom Consulting Darren Curtis - Volcanic Syreeta Harewood - Yell.com Mike Wall - CVWOW To book your tickets, click here



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Adzuna? ?Announces? ?Office? for ?National? ?Statistics? Data? Partnership

15-January-2018 - onrec.com



Adzuna, Europe’s fastest-growing job search engine today announced a strategic, data-sharing partnership with the Office of National Statistics (ONS). Posted in News archive on 15 Jan 2018 Company Profile Adzuna View profile » Under the terms of the partnership, Adzuna will provide comprehensive, high-quality, real-time data on advertised vacancies and salaries, supplementing the organisation’s current expertise in data on in-employment and unemployment trends.  The move comes as part of an ONS initiative to continuously improve its data provision on the UK labour market, widening its reach and enhancing its source data on the UK job vacancy count. Adzuna, launched by the team behind Gumtree, Zoopla and Qype in 2011 has demonstrated impressive growth in the past 6 years, growing to more than 10 million monthly unique visitors, operating in 16 countries, and reaching profitability and with multi-million annual revenue. Adzuna is also soon to graduate from the Government’s prestigious Future Fifty Programme, has recently featured around the Capital with advertising on London’s buses, and has surpassed 5 million registered users. Adzuna is already the market leader in giving users transparency about UK employment data - showing salary data for thousands of keyword and location combinations on our site, provide the PM and press with labour market data, and offer their Jobsworth salary predictor against every ad with no salary.  Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, said :  “Forward-looking data on job vacancies is at the very heart of what Adzuna do, and we are thrilled to be in a position to potentially help shape the future of official UK job market data.” The Office for National Statistcis  is pleased to be using this data as one of the sources feeding into the research work being carried out to enhance current knowledge of the advertsied job vacancy topic.



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One third of UK professionals suffer from depression or anxiety, and work is a key contributor

15-January-2018 - onrec.com



As CV-Library looks at the impact their job has on their mental health Posted in Statistics and trends on 15 Jan 2018 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » Over a third (35.2%) of the nation’s workers are suffering from mental health issues,  with four in 10 (42.9%) admitting that their job is a key contributor to these feelings. That’s according to the latest research from  CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job site. As the post-Christmas blues set in and the cold days continue, the survey of 1,200 workers sought to reveal how mental health affects professionals this Blue Monday. The study found that for 70.6% of those that suffer, their depression or anxiety can  sometimes  have a negative effect on their working life, while a further  17.9% said it  always  negatively impacts their working life .  When asked what it is about their job that makes them feel this way, professionals cited the following as the top causes: Doubting their abilities – 34.6% Having a boring job - 26.6% Not getting on with their boss – 22.6% Working alone – 17.8% Working with customers/clients – 17% Furthermore, respondents revealed the negative impact that depression and anxiety has on their ability to do their job. For the majority (47.4%), it makes them dread going in to work. After this, 24.2% said it makes them feel tired, 8% said it causes them to take time off and 7.4% said it means they don’t really speak to their colleagues. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library  comments on the findings:  “ While mental health is something we are beginning to talk more about across the UK, it’s clear that there’s still more that needs to be done to help those affected – especially in the workplace. It’s sad to learn that one in three UK professionals are suffering from depression and/or anxiety, and that this is having such a negative impact on their ability to do their job.” Worryingly, over a third (37.7%) of professionals revealed that their employer does not do anything to help those that suffer from these mental health issues, and a further 38.4% said that they were unsure whether their boss would help them if they needed it. Other findings include: The majority (88.4%) believe that employers  should be given training to help them understand mental health A third (32.7%) believe that  organising regular one-to-one catch ups could help employers to support staff who are suffering After this, 26.8% believe  paid mental health days (time off) could help , and 19.8% said they’d appreciate professional help being offered through their employer Biggins concludes:   “It’s clear that professionals want more support from businesses when it comes to mental health.  As an employer, it’s important that you have systems in place to help those who may be suffering. This can be a delicate issue for some, so it is vital you create a culture of trust and open communication so staff feel they can approach their managers or colleagues with any problems. This will begin to release the stigma around mental health, and help staff who may be struggling to cope with any problems, as well as their ability to do their job well.” www.cv-library.co.uk



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Blue Monday: ´taking control of your career´, Robert Half

15-January-2018 - onrec.com



Phil Sheridan Senior Managing Director, Robert Half UK, South America and the Middle East at Robert Half UK Posted in Opinion on 15 Jan 2018 Company Profile Robert Half View profile » “The New Year is traditionally a time when people start considering a job-move, especially if they ended the last year feeling demotivated and disengaged. With ‘Blue Monday’ falling exactly three weeks to the day since Christmas - it’s natural for anyone struggling with back-to-work blues to start weighing up their options. “For anyone looking to improve their job satisfaction, our research found that the top drivers of happiness are having a sense of pride in their work (51%), bring treated with fairness and respect (51%) and feeling appreciated (50%). For many, the New Year is an opportunity to sit down with your manager and set new objectives that provide meaning and value to your and at the same time, add value to the business.   “For others, the New Year will mean taking control of their own careers. While this can feel daunting, it can also be empowering. We recently found that almost three in 10 employees (28%) in the UK have dreams of quitting the corporate world to become their own boss. This reflects that we have entered a new era where there are more opportunities than ever to use our skills and offer value. This could mean setting-up a new business or even becoming a specialist interim or contract worker that can offer strategic advice on specific projects, business needs and challenges. “Whether it’s setting new objectives or changing career paths, it may well be time to update and perfect your CV or simply book some time with your boss to discuss next steps, there are plenty of ways to beat the Blue Monday blues”.



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Blue Monday: almost half of UK workers too tired to work effectively

15-January-2018 - onrec.com



Today marks the “most depressing day of the year”, but it’s not just Blue Monday that has workers feeling miserable, as 45% of UK workers say they are too tired to work effectively at least half the time. That’s according to the latest Qualtrics® Employee Pulse of more than 4,500 workers, which also reveals only 39% of workers look forward to going to work most of the time. Posted in News archive on 15 Jan 2018 The Employee Pulse, carried out using the Qualtrics Employee Experience platform, shows that work-life balance is the number one driver for employee engagement in the UK, yet only 54% of workers are happy with their current work-life balance. It’s unsurprising that 17% of UK workers intend to quit their jobs within the next two years. Commenting on the findings, Sarah Marrs, Employee Engagement expert at Qualtrics, says, “Blue Monday serves to highlight the general mood of the nation, but it also sends an important message to businesses. The ‘January blues’ will undoubtedly have an impact at work, but staff motivation is important throughout the year. Our study shows that  helping staff achieve a good work-life balance has the greatest positive impact upon staff engagement.” For more findings from the Qualtrics Employee Pulse, visit qualtrics.com/uk/employee-pulse



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Carillion plunges into liquidation, putting jobs, pensions and government contracts at risk

15-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Raid on 7-Elevens a Stark Lesson in I-9 Immigration Compliance

15-January-2018 - workforce.com



Department of Homeland Security agents raided 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide in mid-January as part of an effort to ensure employees legal work authorization in the United States. ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan on the 7-Eleven operation said in a statement, “Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove... The post Raid on 7-Elevens a Stark Lesson in I-9 Immigration Compliance appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Employee Loyalty Not for Sale

15-January-2018 - workforce.com



Faced with a red-hot job market, employers are offering perks like free ski passes, complimentary e-readers and on-site acupuncture to attract and retain quality employees. These benefits are certainly fun and may help attract top talent. Certainly, some people may jump at the chance to work at a firm that offers in-house yoga and spin classes. But there are organizations... The post Employee Loyalty Not for Sale appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Carillion collapse: Ministers hold emergency meeting

15-January-2018 - bbc.com



Ministers discussed how to keep vital public services going after the major UK contractor fails.



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May´s Government faces Carillion public inquiry call

15-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Carillion was handed contracts for the HS2 rail link and Ministry of Defence catering and retail services even as its shares tumbled and questions were raised over its future.



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ON THE BOARD: Naguib Kheraj is new Rothesay Life Chairman

15-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Kheraj replaces Ray King who will stay at Rothesay as a non-executive director. Cambridge-educated Kheraj began his career as a dealmaker at Wall Street investment bank Salomon Brothers.



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MARKET REPORT: £32m knocked off Carclo as contracts falter

15-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Shares in the company took a hammering after it was hit by a string of contract delays in its two key businesses. It plunged as much as 50 per cent in early trading.



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Surge pricing: How it works and how to avoid it

15-January-2018 - bbc.com



Ride-hailing apps like Uber and Grab price journeys higher when demand spikes. But can you get around it?



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Trouble brewing

14-January-2018 - bbc.com



Women say they are being groped at events, abused on social media and belittled in their jobs.



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Common scams to take your money and how to avoid them

14-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Document fraud, IRS cons, fake sweepstakes or other prizes and virtual kidnappings are some of the biggest scams designed to part you and your money.            



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Ocado is poised to introduce robots in warehouses

14-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Online supermarket Ocado is preparing to introduce a robot to help warehouse workers pick and pack food for deliveries.The robot (pictured) has been likened to Luke Skywalker’s sidekick C3P0



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Ford, Chevy and Ram unveil new pickups: Why America loves them

14-January-2018 - usatoday.com



American families and workers are piling into pickups at a feverish rate, and automakers are raking in profits.            



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Budgeting: Can I give to charity when money is tight?

14-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Once youve determined you can spare some cash for charity, follow these tips on how to do it.            



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How to make big money by saving receipts in 2018

14-January-2018 - usatoday.com



This New Years resolution might seem a little flimsy but you should consider saving your receipts.            



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How to set travel goals with credit card rewards

14-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Traveling for free with credit card points seems easy until you try to do it yourself.            



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How to prepare for the end of the bull market

14-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The last six months of the bull market that ended in 200, the Nasdaq double in value. We all know what happened next.            



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Deutsche Bank CEO sees far fewer than 4,000 Brexit-related moves: paper

13-January-2018 - reuters.com



DUESSELDORF (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's chief executive expects to move far fewer than 4,000 jobs to Frankfurt following Britain's departure from the European Union, he told Swiss daily Neue Zuercher Zeitung.



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MPs accuse Ryanair of ´fobbing them off´ over crew pay

13-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Two Commons select committees are investigating the budget airline over the payment of cabin crew hired by third-party agencies, which could be in breach of minimum wage laws.



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How do you pay off all that credit card debt?

13-January-2018 - usatoday.com



A better jobs picture gave consumers confidence to borrow. Credit card debt hit a record $1.02 trillion. What do you do so you dont get crushed?            



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Tax prep: 7 things to ask before hiring a tax professional

13-January-2018 - usatoday.com



If you dont have hours to spend on your tax forms, youll probably need a professional.            



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She held the same job for 58 years, never looked for another

13-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The secretary at an insurance adjuster helped customers through natural disasters and fires and kept up the speedy typing skills that helped her get recruited to the job.            



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Successful women share their best career advice

13-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Only 54% of women have access to mentorship by other women.            



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Some Walmart employees get raises, others to lose their jobs

12-January-2018 - abcnews.com



For some Walmart employees, the day brought news of a pay raise. Others learned they were out of a job.



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Graduate jobs market to expand in 2018, reports Institute of Student Employers

12-January-2018 - onrec.com



Employers expect to increase their graduate job vacancies by 11% this year, marking a return to double-digit growth, reports the Institute of Student Employers (ISE). Posted in News archive on 12 Jan 2018 The annual Student Recruitment Pulse survey by the ISE (formerly Association of Graduate Recruiters) reported the intentions of 103 of the UK’s largest student employers, which hired 12,994 graduates and 4,937 apprentices in 2017. This year employers are primed to offer an additional 1,423 graduate jobs 1 . This marks a return to double-digit growth in the graduate jobs market, which was last evident pre-Brexit vote. In 2015 graduate vacancies grew 13%, compared to an 8% decrease in 2016 and 1% increase in 2017. As employers responded to the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, apprenticeship vacancies have continually increased during the same period, making up for some of the shortfall. In 2016 the number of apprenticeships increased by 13% and they rose by 19% in 2017. Compared to last year,employers are expecting to offer 1,501 more apprenticeships – a growth rate of 32% 1 . Efforts to fill vacancies and reduce reneged offers have paid off for many employers. Just 38%of employers didn’t fill their vacancies in 2017, compared to 52% in 2016. Last year 4% of offers were reneged, compared to 7% in 2016. Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the ISE said: “Over the last couple of years the recruitment season has been heavily influenced by the Brexit vote and nervousness over the economy, but we’re now seeing a return to normal state of play. There’s a positive mood from employers in this space at the moment and students should feel reassured by this renewed confidence. There are around 20 per cent more vacancies overall this year. If you have the right mix of skills, there are lots of opportunities and students should feel confident to go for it.” The ISE survey showed growth across a range of sectors. Particularly buoyant were the public sector, IT, and energy, water or utilities sectors with a 22%, 18%, and 13% expected increase in graduate vacancies respectively. Mark Jackson, EMEIA Lead for Internal Mobility and Junior Talent Acquisition at Fujitsu said: “We need more junior talent to help our business continually adapt to the market. The highly agile workforce coming out of university is an attractive one for many organisations. The IT and digital sector specifically needs the influx of fresh skills, effectively blank canvasses, that they can help shape and continuously evolve over their careers.” 1 Annual comparisons are based on employers with data available for 2017 and 2018



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Industry Insights: Recruitment Software For Government, Charity and Not for Profit Sector

12-January-2018 - onrec.com



We have already looked at the Healthcare sector and the challenges faced in attracting and recruiting top talent. This month we look at Government, Charity and Not for Profit Sector. Posted in News archive on 12 Jan 2018 Company Profile eploy View profile » Preconceptions There is a preconception that in order to work for the Charity and Not for Profit Sector in particular, you need to take a pay cut and career development is limited. It is also reported that some organisations are often restricted in what they can pay frontline staff and this can cause problems when trying to recruit top talent. However, people choose to work in this sector for all sorts of reasons and skills gained in the corporate sector are often sought after and transferable. So how can you attract the attention of the right quality and quantity of candidates?  What is working and what can be improved? Let us take a look at this sector sourcing quadrant from the UK Candidate Attraction Report 2017 and discover which channels are providing the best quality and quantity candidates. The chart below shows that in-house recruiters in this sector are largely successful in attracting candidates to apply directly via their website/careers site and the report shows that this success improves with scale. Social media though is a different story. as a channel it is regularly used, (73%), but just isn’t delivering high enough results as the other channels. Pay-Per-Click (9%) delivers a much better quantity and quality of candidates yet, like many other sectors is underused as a channel. ATS/CRM/Talent Pool (35%) similarly produces a high quality of candidates, but the quantity is below average. Interestingly, this sector is one of the few that doesn’t have candidate scarcity as a primary issue so there is almost certainly room for improvement here to build the talent pool and a talent pipelining strategy to ensure a flow of top talent. Instead it is salaries being lower than market average (54%) that is the biggest candidate sourcing issue within this sector, followed by a lack of recruitment marketing budget that is forcing in-house recruiters to do ‘more with less’. Both show a substantial increase on the previous year, across the board, 9% and 7 % retrospectively. One channel that you might wish to review the success of is Employee Referrals as these produce a good quality of candidates but lack in quantity. Within this sector Employee Referrals as a sourcing channel is used just 25% so with a more concerted effort this channel and also your ATS/CRM/Talent Pool could really start to deliver improved results for you.    The Recruitment Journey Yes it’s true that candidates with the right skills will pick and choose where they want to work but make sure that you are encouraging skilled talent to engage with you and once you have them, nurture them and don’t make them give it all up because of your application process. Once you have identified the best channels for engaging the desired quality and quantity of candidates, review your recruitment journey so it is the best it can be. Manage relationships at every part of the recruitment journey - losing good candidates before they have completed an application with you is common is a problem that you can’t afford to have. Checklist Analyse the sourcing channels that are working for you. Make sure your brand & values are communicated throughout your careers site. Review your current talent pool and talent pipelining strategy to ensure a flow of top talent. Having a target list of pre-screened, engaged candidates ready for vacancies should be central to your recruitment strategy.  Keep your online applications simple to keep prospective candidates on your site. Don’t redirect to a random site/domain.  Think about the time it takes to complete an application – is it too long and could put off candidates? Optimise your recruitment and streamline your hiring workflow. Set-up dashboard reports to measure what matters to you most. In tracking your recruitment performance you can understand the activity behind the numbers. Want to know more? Take a look at our  webinar for an introduction to complete e-recruitment . Or read how learning disability charity  Mencap created award winning online recruitment . They were losing 35% of candidates at various stages of the recruitment process prior to implementing a lean recruitment strategy. Don’t forget you can also access the  free Candidate Attraction Report 2017  that covers in detail the key insights from this year’s survey. 



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Chartered Management Institute responds CIPD report on apprenticeships

12-January-2018 - onrec.com



CMI ¦Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy, Chartered Management Institute commenting on the CIPD’s recent report on apprenticeships: Posted in News archive on 12 Jan 2018 “The question of whether the UK has an ‘apprenticeship’ or ‘training’ levy is a distraction from the key issue in this debate: how can the UK overcome its chronic underinvestment in employee training and development? It must be remembered that the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced to force UK businesses to make this investment, and deliver a globally competitive workforce. “The Levy is bringing about this much-needed transformation in skills, but it will take time to embed and for all employers to realise its potential. At only eight months in, it is too early to call time on this intervention.  “The criticism that far more apprenticeships are going to “well-qualified managers, meaning fewer are available to help young people” also needs to be addressed. In fact, historic under-investment in skills means that we are a nation of accidental managers.  Only 1 in 5 have had management training, with the workplaces that young people are seeking to join suffering from poor standards of leadership. Indeed, poor management is a key reason for the UK’s productivity being 21% lower than the rest of the G7.  New management apprenticeships are addressing this oversight and are delivering skills to both young people and existing managers that are needed for effective workplaces and economic growth.”



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A third of UK SME owners consider their own management team a barrier to growth

12-January-2018 - onrec.com



More than one in three (35%) business owners in the UK fear that their management team will cause them to hit a growth ceiling. Their concerns are legitimate – over half (53%) of management teams have never helped grow a business prior to the one they now work in. Posted in News archive on 12 Jan 2018 Business owners and the teams that support them have to work hard to put the planning and communication in place that can overcome the challenge of experience and unleash their businesses’ growth potential. According to research conducted among 500 UK SMEs by top 15 chartered accountants  Haines Watts , there are several obstacles to overcome: Poor planning More than four fifths of business owners (84%) are only able to spend between 1-10% of their working week planning for the future. In contrast, business owners who are able to step back and focus predominantly on planning are more than twice as likely to run fast growth businesses (annual growth greater than 15%). Despite that, these strategic leaders only constitute 9% of UK business owners. On the other hand, SMEs with low growth (less than 5%) are less likely to have a full strategic plan and are more likely to describe their business plan as nothing more than a financial forecast for the bank - true for more than half (53%) of low-growth SMEs. Failure to communicate Despite almost half of business owners lacking trust in their management teams, the teams themselves don’t realise that trust isn’t there. Four fifths (83%) of senior managers believe they fully understand the business owner’s goals and even greater numbers (87%) hold the, often false, belief they would be trusted to run the business even in the owner’s absence. Perhaps most worryingly of all, more than half of business owners (52%) find themselves hiding their concerns from their teams because they are worried about showing vulnerability. Lack of support Even among business owners that have a full formal management team, only just over half (60%) believe that they have the full support of that team. At the same time almost one in five senior managers (17%) are actively aware that they have a divergent vision of the business’s future to the owner. The perceived lack of support is so stark that close to half (42%) of UK SME owners believe that their business couldn’t survive more than a single week without them at the helm. Darren Holdway, regional managing partner at Haines Watts comments: “Because many management teams aren’t unified behind a strategic business-wide plan, and because they often don’t possess the complete trust of the business owner, the knowledge essential to the future success of the business is locked up in the heads of just one or two people. “This leaves management teams siloed, uninformed and restricted from stepping up. As a result owners have to think operationally and so have less time to plan and think strategically which in turn prevents them from reaching their own growth ambitions. “For SMEs, which are often considered the engine room of the UK economy, the impact of this trend can be damning. Responsibility falls on business owners to provide senior managers with a unifying vision for the future of the business, and the freedom to deliver it.”



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IRA or 401(k): Which investing option is better in 2018?

12-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Heres how to decide whether you should invest in a 401(k) or IRA in 2018 in just three steps.            



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Workplace: Top 10 most stressful jobs of 2018

12-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Here are 10 of the most stressful jobs out there for 2018.            



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Robert Powell: How to deal with debt in retirement

12-January-2018 - usatoday.com



In addition to decumulating wealth, aging Americans now need to manage and pay off heavy debt burdens in retirement.            



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5 big trends in jobs for 2018

12-January-2018 - usatoday.com



From AI to a new take on professional development, heres what to watch out for in the world of work in 2018.            



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Walmarts Sams Club store closures: up to 11,000 job cuts

12-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Walmarts Sams Club could cut up to 11,000 jobs as part of a round of store closures.            



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Alexa-powered toilet, other devices unveiled at CES 2018

12-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Alexa can help you with heating up the seat, lifting the lid, playing your favorite tunes, and of course, flush. Alexa is branching out to other appliances, too.            



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Most workers fear pay could fall, warns think tank

12-January-2018 - bbc.com



The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) says workers across all income bands are worried about falling real pay.



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Philadelphia Insurance Cos. Employees Plant Trees in Wildfire-Devastated Texas Park

12-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Fifty Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) employees are supporting the companys efforts to plant 80,000 trees for the third consecutive year through a two-day project near Austin, Texas. Employees have finished their second day of planting in Bastrop State Park as



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The Hartford and Travelers Among Companies Offering Bonuses Due to New Tax Law

12-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Hartford, Conn.-based The Hartford and New York City-headquartered Travelers confirmed they are among several companies giving their employees bonuses of $1,000 each if they earn $75,000 or less annually as a result of what U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin



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More than £40m lost from steel workers´ pensions

12-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Documents published yesterday showed that Active Wealth, a West Midlands-based financial adviser, transferred more than 100 staff out of their gold-plated pensions into riskier investment funds.



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Two million taxpayers facing £800m bill

12-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Officials said the average shortfall is around £400. This will be collected over the course of the next financial year starting in April through an adjustment to their tax code.



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Vermont Poised to Enact Legal Pot Through Legislature

12-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



The Vermont Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that would allow the recreational use of marijuana, putting the state on course to become the first in the country to legalize pot by an act of the Legislature



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Fifth Circuit: State, not Maritime, Law Applies in Well Services Injury Case

12-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has reversed the previous findings of its own panel and a lower court, ruling that state, not maritime, law applies in a case involving a worker injury at an oil and



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Former Beecher Carlson Exec Tofil Joins Prime Risk Partners in Atlanta

12-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Prime Risk Partners has added J. Scott Tofil to the company as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Tofil succeeds Robert Schneider, who remains as a consultant to the company. Tofil began his career as a CPA with a



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J.M. Wilson Adds James as Assistant Property/Casualty Underwriter in Ohio

12-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



J.M. Wilson has hired Taylor James as assistant property/casualty underwriter in its Westerville, Ohio, office. James is responsible for assisting underwriters on a wide variety of property and casualty risks, as well as quoting new and renewal business and servicing



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More layoffs at Indiana factory Trump made deal to keep open

12-January-2018 - reuters.com



INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - More than 200 workers clocked in for their final shifts on Thursday at Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis in the latest round of layoffs at a plant President Donald Trump toured in December 2016 to trumpet a deal to save jobs and prevent its closure.



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Iroquois Northeast Hires Ward as an Agency Manager

11-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Iroquois Northeast has hired Ben Ward as an agency manager serving member agencies in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Iroquois Northeast is part of The Iroquois Group, serving member agencies in seven northeastern states. Ward previously worked



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Failure to Agree on Brexit Deal Could Jeopardize 500,000 UK Jobs: Study

11-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



What would happen if the U.K. leaves the European Union in March 2019 with no deal on the single market, customs union or transition arrangements? London Mayor Sadiq Khan commissioned a study and the answer was half a million fewer



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Washington Contractor Faces Manslaughter in Worker’s Trench Death

11-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Criminal manslaughter charges have been filed against the owner of a Seattle, Wash.-area construction. The King County Prosecuting Attorneys Office filed second-degree manslaughter charges against Phillip Numrich, the owner of Alki Construction, in connection with the death of Harold Felton.



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Low-cost gym groups defend ´dubious´ employment practices

11-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Walmart clouds pay rise by closing Sam Club´s stores

11-January-2018 - bbc.com



The US retailer announced it will shut shops and axe staff but it will lift workers' wages.



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Vauxhall gets new UK boss days after fresh round of job cuts

11-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Sadiq Khan warns of Brexit ´lost decade´

11-January-2018 - bbc.com



The London mayor says a hard Brexit could cost the UK 500,000 jobs and £50bn in lost investment.



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Walmart raises starting wages, handing out bonuses

11-January-2018 - abcnews.com



Walmart to boost starting salary for US workers to $11 an hour, provide more generous partental benefits, gives out one-time bonuses and assists with adoption costs



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IRS rolls out new tax tables for promised bigger paychecks

11-January-2018 - abcnews.com



Taking the first concrete step for the Republican tax plan's promise of fatter paychecks for millions, the Trump administration on Thursday issued new guidelines for how much employers should withhold as taxes from workers' pay.



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List of companies that paid bonuses or boosted pay since tax bill passed

11-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Walmart is the latest U.S. company to share their tax cut windfall with employees.            



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Legal Lessons Courtesy of a Year’s Worth of Bad Bosses

11-January-2018 - workforce.com



Who was the “worst” employer of 2017?  I ask this question tongue-in-cheek (sort of). Last year, I tracked the stories of 23 employers, the behavior of which was less than exemplary. From the list of 23 potential nominees, I was able to whittle it down to these four finalists. As much as I would like to say that these stories... The post Legal Lessons Courtesy of a Years Worth of Bad Bosses appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Walmart hikes minimum wage, announces layoffs on same day

11-January-2018 - reuters.com



NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walmart on Thursday said it will raise entry-level wages for U.S. hourly employees to $11 an hour in February as it benefits from last month's major corporate tax cut and on the same day said it will shut stores and lay off thousands of workers.



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How to save for retirement when your incomes low

11-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Even with a low income, you can still scrape out a few extra dollars to save by following this method.            



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What living on an $11 minimum wage looks like

11-January-2018 - usatoday.com



In most cases, its not enough to provide for basic necessities.            



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Reports: Toyota, Mazda pick Alabama for $1.6B, 4,000-job plant

11-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Toyota and Mazda have reportedly picked Alabama as the location of their new $1.6 billion, 4,000-job assembly plant.            



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How to get out of debt in 2018

11-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



If you're feeling the pinch after another expensive Christmas, you're not alone. One in four us is starting the New Year with an average credit card debt of £452. Here's how to clear your balance.



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The top UK cities to find a job in 2018 revealed

11-January-2018 - onrec.com



…Brighton, Manchester and Glasgow are the top locations for work this New Year Posted in News archive on 11 Jan 2018 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » New data from the UK’s leading independent job site,  CV-Library , has found that Brighton, Manchester and Glasgow are the top locations to find a new job this year, showing great promise for local job hunters looking for work in these areas. The data, which analysed the total number of jobs in the UK’s key cities in 2017, compared with 2016, found that the top ten cities to look for work in 2018 are: Brighton – up 19.9% Manchester – up 15.3% Glasgow – up 14.6% Portsmouth – up 13.5% Sheffield – up 13.5% Birmingham – up 11.4% Bristol – up 8% Leeds – up 7.6% Aberdeen – up 7.1% Edinburgh – up 5.9% Interestingly, Liverpool and London didn’t appear in the top 10, despite seeing the biggest growth in 2016, while Edinburgh, which also appeared in the top three cities last year, edged to the bottom of the table in 2017. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library , comments:   “The New Year is an exciting time for employers and candidates alike. Many UK professionals will be ready to embark on a fresh job hunt and it’s clear that this appetite is being reciprocated by businesses all over the UK. Brighton, Manchester and Glasgow in particular are home to a hub of organisations specialising in creative and technology roles so it’s fantastic to see these sectors thriving right now.” In addition, while there are more jobs available, there is fierce competition for these roles, particularly in Bristol, Brighton and Birmingham where applications rose by 9.8%, 8% and 6.7% respectively. What’s more, some cities saw substantial increases in pay last year, making them promising locations for salary increases in 2018: Aberdeen – salaries up 10.8% Hull – salaries up 8.5% Edinburgh – salaries up 6.2% Brighton – salaries up 6.1% Sheffield – salaries up 5.3% Bristol – salaries up 5.1% Birmingham – salaries up 1.9% Manchester – salaries up 1.6% Cardiff – salaries up 1.3% Liverpool – salaries up 1.1% Biggins continues:  “The economy may have been in a tricky place as of late, but it’s clear that organisations in Aberdeen, Hull and Edinburgh are feeling confident and are willing to push up their pay packets in order to attract the very best workers. If you’ve got your eyes on a new job this year, now could be the perfect time to land one – and you may even get a pay rise!” Learn more about CV-Library at  www.cv-library.co.uk



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Powered by Sophisticated AI and Machine Learning, Entelo Launches Envoy to Make Hiring Smart for Everyone

11-January-2018 - onrec.com



More than 75 leading companies now using Entelo Envoy to reduce time spent identifying and engaging with the right talent Posted in Launch on 11 Jan 2018 Entelo , the recruiting automation platform modernizing hiring, today announced the public launch of its powerful new sourcing software, Envoy, to allow any company to dramatically accelerate the identification and hiring of the right people. Entelo Envoy builds upon the company’s existing platform, using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to automatically identify, qualify, and engage ideal candidates, saving recruiting teams time and money. Previously available only to existing Entelo customers, Envoy is now generally available and being used by more than 75 companies that are already seeing positive results. Entelo Envoy provides a compelling new recruiting solution that will help disrupt the global recruitment market, currently  estimated at more than $200 billion . Recruitment of qualified workers remains one of the most difficult challenges for companies across every industry.  With unemployment rates at historical lows , companies are struggling to keep pace with their hiring needs. More than  41 million people in the U.S . alone search for or are being recruited to new positions each year. Entelo Envoy helps businesses seamlessly and effectively identify and connect with their future team members. “By combining the simplicity of a job board with the efficacy of personalized outreach, Entelo Envoy represents a new strategy in the recruiter's toolkit -- one that could ultimately make or break their business,” said Mike Trigg, general manager of Entelo Envoy and chief marketing officer at Entelo. “Your people are your company’s greatest asset. With Envoy, recruiting teams can dramatically increase the quantity and quality of their candidate pipeline through intelligent automation, while, at the same time, giving themselves time back in their days to do what they do best.” Entelo Envoy relieves overworked recruiters by automating the manual and repetitive aspects of sourcing, making their workflows more efficient. It does so by: Identifying top talent:  Using patent-pending AI technology and machine learning algorithms, Envoy finds candidates based on criteria set by recruiters. It automatically sorts, analyzes, and ranks a person’s fit for an open position across several attributes, including work history, skills, likeliness to leave their current role, and more. Contacting candidates proactively:  Envoy reaches out to the best candidates at optimal times, contacting them with personalized messages based on each candidate’s composite profile. Delivering prospective hires to right your inbox:  When candidates engage with companies through Envoy, their responses go directly to the inbox of the recruiter or hiring manager. More than 75 existing Entelo customers, including Infinity Ward, 619 Partners and MapBox, began using the Entelo Envoy solution during its beta period and are experiencing great recruiting success. Early customers report significant pipeline generation, in some cases with Envoy-identified candidates accounting for up to 50 percent of their pipeline. Additionally, nearly 80 percent of candidates delivered by Envoy have been accepted by recruiters and advanced to the next step of the hiring process, demonstrating that Envoy brings the right people at the right time. Envoy is also predicted to reduce time spent sourcing by 96 percent, given the platform requires about 30 minutes per week from the typical practitioner, who reports spending an average of 13 hours per week when sourcing manually. “Unlike traditional platforms, Entelo Envoy saves about 10-15 hours per week, allowing me to push volume while maintaining a personalized candidate experience for each prospective hire,” said Talent Lead at Tubi, Chris Hartzell. “Automating the tedious work in the recruiting process is a big win for our team.” According to the Entelo  2018 Recruiting Trends Report , the majority of recruiters – 70 percent of respondents – believed that recruiting automation would increase their productivity. Entelo Envoy was developed to successfully automate the biggest pain points of the hiring process. To learn more about how Entelo Envoy can help your business, please visit  www.entelo.com  or view a short video of  Envoy in action. .



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From recruitment to reconciliation

11-January-2018 - onrec.com



The importance of financial management in the digital age Posted in News archive on 11 Jan 2018 SME owners need to be ready for change. Not just small change, like the five pence pieces in your pocket. Big changes are coming, like the complete renovation of business finances and taxation. While some organisations are prepared for the change, many, like Midlands-based HR consultancy, Evergreen HR, found themselves confronted with a daunting task.  The  Government announced  in 2015 that by 2020 most businesses will be required to keep track and update HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of their tax affairs digitally. Evergreen HR, owned and managed by HR consultant, Sue Green, provides outsourced people management solutions across the UK, as well as recruitment, staff retention and performance management support.Additionally, Green has also designed HR software,  HR Pulse , for the small business market based on four years of research on what small business owners are looking for in a HR provider. “When I originally set up Evergreen I worked solely from spreadsheets for all my financial management,” Green said. “However, with the digitalisation of the HMRC tax system looming, I knew it couldn’t last forever.” As explained by Jim Harra, director general for  Customer Strategy and Tax Design at HMRC , “By 2020 most small businesses will be using apps and software to keep [their] business records and report information to HMRC… bringing the tax system into the digital age.” This is where Tally, a specialist online provider of accountancy services and accounting software entered the frame. “I knew that I needed to consider easy to use digital finance software that would work for me,” Green continued. “I was already providing Tally’s parent company with HR support and guidance, and they suggested I look into what the service and software could offer me as a mathphobic, digitalisation novice.” “Sue came to us, as many of our clients do, working on input based spreadsheets and spending days at the end of every month reconciling her accounts,” said Richard Stonier, co-founder and partner at Tally Accounts. “Her time was being unnecessarily taken up dealing with expenses and invoices and not being spent with her customers. With the implementation of the digital tax system, we understand it’s vital for business owners to take control of their finances online, sooner rather than later.” “Tally works effortlessly behind the scenes,” Green commented. “It captures all the information without me having to input lots of data. From reconciling my accounts against my monthly payments, to setting up new clients and generating their monthly invoices for me. Tally has saved me so much time, and so many head-aches ­— it has essentially become my virtual assistant. “For someone who isn’t confident at maths, focusing on my financial management was never going to be a priority for me and my business,” Green continued. “However, Tally really has made the management of my finances so simple and allows me to monitor cashflow, a vital success factor for any business, at the touch of a button." According to  Martin Campbell , managing director of Ormsby Street, a small business research organisation, “a small business can fail for many reasons of course, but poor cash flow remains one of the main causes of problems. Research shows that four in ten small companies don’t make it five years.”  “The package options that Tally offers is ideal for an organisation like Evergreen,” Stonier said. “We’ve developed the software to be fully integrated with the new HMRC digital tax guidelines as well as supporting small business owners with the tools that they need to keep their finances in line and manageable for future success.” “As a small business owner, you look for cost effective, quick solutions to the obstacles you face,” Green added.“Tally has created more time for me to support my customers. The amount of automated work it does for me is fantastic. Tally is the best way for a modern business to transition to a modern way of working.” “Tally is capable of integrating with a range of digital apps and software, which support expense reconciliation, automated payment requests and invoices and comprehensive cashflow management,” explained Stonier. “We help you look after the small change and deal with the big changes.” Other small business owners looking for financial management solutions can speak to Tally on +44(0)333 003 5833 or email  info@tallyaccounts.co.uk .



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The future of HR assessment in 2018

11-January-2018 - onrec.com



Five hot trends shaping the industry Posted in News archive on 11 Jan 2018 HR is constantly changing thanks to new technologies and continuous developments. With so many organisations collecting data of employees’ activities and performance, most of these trends involve data mining. Software and strategic data mining also offer solutions for large enterprises where monitoring individuals is even more difficult. One emerging HR assessment trend is gamification , which attempts to enhance user experience at work and spice up traditional recruitment processes, often with mobile-friendly solutions. There is an even brighter future in mining data from video gamers who often possess skills needed for specific jobs. Social media analytics is also evolving. We can use digital activity to describe people - not just in terms of gender, age, sexual orientation and political views, but even alcohol or drug use and whether someone’s parents are separated. For workplace use, Facebook likes and word usage can also predict key talent signals, such as cognitive ability and personality. But we are also not far from a world where our Spotify preferences give accurate predictions about our emotional stability, our Uber ratings tell about our emotional intelligence, or our Amazon purchases reveal our conscientiousness. In the era of the war on talent, performance management is also hot. More employees want immediate, constant and constructive feedback on their performance, not just during yearly evaluations. Individualised personal development is not only important for the employee, but also for the organisation - it has to function in harmony with performance measurement. There are several online tools and apps for organising employee feedback, performance reviews, goal management or surveys to measure the mood of your team. Still, billions of pounds are lost in performance due to low employee engagement, so harmonising these two has a long way to go. In terms of employee engagement , concepts have expanded into the employee’s well being, from covering health or reducing burnout to efforts towards sustainable human performance. One sign of this is that the role of an Employee Engagement Manager is starting to evolve, whose main tasks are to constantly analyse and monitor employee happiness through surveys and other data analytical tools, and carry out proactive actions based on these data. With the potential to gather a large amount of the most accurate information on candidates and employees, people analytics - the usage of big data - has evolved as the primary tool for HR professionals in almost every aspect of workforce planning. The most advanced algorithms can not only mine and analyze data to make strategic personnel decisions, but also take it to a higher level by forecasting future actions. This is justified by a basic I/O Psychology principle: past behaviour predicts future behaviour. HR decision makers can already merge these data into “relationship analytics”, and can analyse not only each individual’s activity, but also team interactions, and thus, the functioning of the whole organisation. With the help of such tools, HR can predict crucial factors such as who will leave the company soon, who will work together most effectively or who will be the best candidate for the job. This vast knowledge doesn’t only determine the evolution of all the other HR trends, but also leads to AI-driven HR processes. This forecast is confirmed by Gorkan Ahmetoglu, lecturer of I/O and Business Psychology at UCL as well: “There is a huge opportunity to utilise big data for assessing individuals, understanding the environments they are most suited to, and their performance potential. There is no doubt that Big Data is the area with the most disruptive potential and that it will change the way assessment works in the next few years.” US-based Hogan Assessments has gathered information from millions of working adults in every job in the economy since 1981 to the present. Its research archive contains information from over 1,000 studies, including over 400 criterion-related validity studies. Hogan’s data set contains the most predictable and measurable information on personality, and the company’s extended experience handling these data allows them to help organisations make better personnel decisions. Finally, the most significant trend for the near future is that the four factors above are becoming more interconnected, and companies need to harmonise them to build an effective HR strategy. But with this new power from information comes a special responsibility as well. HR has to be transparent and open to dialogue about employee data to avoid ethical issues and concerns about data protection. www.hoganassessments.com



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More than half of employers currently paying the apprenticeship levy want it replaced with a training levy

11-January-2018 - onrec.com



CIPD survey of employers warns of unintended consequences as nearly half (46%) of employers paying the levy expect their organisation to simply re-badge existing training Posted in Statistics and trends on 11 Jan 2018 Company Profile CIPD View profile » Among employers who currently pay the apprenticeship levy, 53% would prefer a training levy, compared with just 17% supporting the apprenticeship levy in its current form. Four in ten (40%) levy-paying employers say it will make little or no difference to the amount of training they offer. Nearly half (46%) of levy-paying employers think that the levy will encourage their organisation to rebadge current training activity in order to claim back their allowance. More than a fifth (22%) of all employers still don’t know whether they are liable to pay the levy. More than a half (53%) of employers who pay the apprenticeship levy want to see it replaced with a training levy, according to new research by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. Among those already paying the levy, just one in five (17%) support the existing system. The survey of more than 1,000 employers also shows that nearly half (46%) of levy-payers will be encouraged to simply re-badge current training activity in order to comply with the new regulations. Among that group, more than half (52%) will re-badge existing training activity into level 2 apprenticeships, equivalent to five GCSEs. In addition, a fifth (19%) of levy paying firms, including 35% of SMEs, don’t plan to use the levy at all to develop apprenticeships, but will simply write it off as a tax.  Commenting, Lizzie Crowley, skills adviser at the   CIPD ,  said :  “Our research shows that the straitjacket of the apprenticeship levy is forcing many firms to re-badge a lot of their existing training as apprenticeships, as they seek to claw back the levy they pay. In many instances this is not adding any additional value and is creating a lot of additional bureaucracy and cost. Apprenticeships are extremely important, but other forms of training are equally valuable and often more flexible and better suited to the needs of organisations. A move to a more flexible training levy would have the effect of continuing to prompt greater employer investment in skills, including apprenticeships, but in a way that is much more responsive to employers’ needs. “Another side effect of re-badging is that an increasing proportion of apprenticeships are going to existing and often older employees, including already well-qualified managers, meaning fewer are available to help young people make the transition from education to the workplace – the original purpose of apprenticeships.” The research also found that more than a fifth (22%) of employers still don’t know whether they are paying the apprenticeship levy, and one in eight (13%) who know they will have to pay have still not calculated what the levy will cost them. The findings, from the CIPD report ‘ Assessing the early impact of the apprenticeship levy’,  come after official government figures showed a decline in the number of apprenticeship starts, with just 48,000 new apprenticeship starts between May 2017 and July 2017, a 59% drop on the same period in 2016. Crowley continued : “Evidence from our report and the latest official statistics suggest the levy will also continue to drive the creation of far too many Level 2 apprenticeships, which offer much poorer returns to individuals in terms of future wages and often provide limited progression opportunities. “The Government needs to seriously review the levy to ensure it is flexible enough to respond to employers’ needs and to drive the greater investment in high quality training and workplace skills needed to boost UK productivity. “There also needs to be much better support for small and medium sized firms (SMEs), both for those that pay the levy and those that don’t, to help them to design and implement effective apprenticeship schemes. Our research shows too many SMEs are either not planning to use levy funding to invest in apprenticeships or are planning to write the levy off as a tax.” In order to ensure that the apprenticeship levy increases both the quantity and quality of apprenticeship starts, the report recommends that the Government: Reforms the apprenticeship levy into a more flexible training levy Runs an awareness campaign to promote the levy and its benefits to businesses across England. Invests £13m a year to provide HR support to small businesses in order to give them the capability to respond positively to Government initiatives such as the apprenticeship levy. Commissions an urgent review of apprenticeship standards, carried out by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in order to ensure that they are providing quality learning and education.



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Ohio Imposes Restrictions on Injured Workers’ Back Surgery, Opioid Use

11-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Ohio residents with work-related back injuries in most cases must try remedies like rest, physical therapy and chiropractic care before turning to spinal fusion surgery and prescription painkillers under a groundbreaking new guideline that is partly meant to reduce the



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Iowa Agrees to Pay $1.1M in Lawsuit Over Worker Injury, Firing

11-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



An Iowa board has approved payment of nearly $1.1 million in a lawsuit by a former state worker who said the state Natural Resources Department fired him because of a work injury. A judge had ordered the state to pay



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Walmart boosts minimum wage to $11, hands out bonuses up to $1,000 for hourly workers

11-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Walmart is boosting the minimum hourly wage for its U.S. employees to $11 and dishing out bonuses of up to $1,000.            



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The grass is green for careers in cannabis research

10-January-2018 - sciencemag.org



Medical cannabis offers rewarding job opportunities for scientists, our columnist writes



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Looking for a pay rise in 2018? These 10 industries are your best bet

10-January-2018 - onrec.com



If you’re looking for a new job right now which pays higher than you’re currently earning, you could be in for a treat. New data from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, has found that key industries across the UK saw advertised pay soar in 2017, making them the top sectors for a pay-rise this year. Posted in Opinion on 10 Jan 2018 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » The data, which analysed average advertised salaries in the UK’s key industries in 2017, compared with 2016, found that the top ten industries for a pay rise in 2018 are: Hospitality –  pay up 10.4% Automotive –  pay up 10.2% Agriculture –  pay up 9.5% Property –  pay up 8.5% Retail –  pay up 8.1% Media –  pay up 7.5% Design –  pay up 7.5% Construction –  pay up 6.9% Charity –  pay up 6.6% IT –  pay up 5.1% Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library , comments:  “These industries are central to the UK economy’s success and it’s clear that more competition for talent has driven many employers to push up their pay packets in 2017. Interestingly, some of these industries are ones that could be struggling because of a lack of EU workers – agriculture and hospitality for example are heavily reliant on this labour, which could explain why higher pay is being offered.” What’s more, job creation across some of the UK’s main industries continues to soar, with the manufacturing, property and automotive industries leading the way. In fact, advertised jobs soared in the following sectors: Manufacturing –  jobs up 22.9% Property –  jobs up 18% Automotive –  jobs up 17.3% Social Care –  jobs up 17% Agriculture –  jobs up 13.9% Engineering –  jobs up 10.8% Construction –  jobs up 10% Recruitment –  jobs up 9.6% Design –  jobs up 9.2% Finance –  jobs up 7.6% Biggins continues: “ January is always a great time to look for a new job. Many businesses across the UK will have unlocked their budgets for 2018, making them ready to strengthen their workforce. If you’re currently looking to earn more, or find work in a sector which is booming, this data could be all you need to help make that all-important career change.” Learn more about CV-Library at  www.cv-library.co.uk



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Nearly three in 10 British workers dream of quitting the rat race and going solo

10-January-2018 - onrec.com



Robert Half unveils factors shaping the career ambitions of the modern workforce Posted in News archive on 10 Jan 2018 Company Profile Robert Half View profile » Research by leading recruitment specialist,  Robert Half  UK has revealed that nearly three in 10 employees dream of quitting the corporate world to become their own boss. When questioned on their ultimate dream job, 28% of people admitted they would love to lead their own business instead of working for someone else.  Of those harbouring ambitions to run their own business, for many it is a dream that they expect to fulfil. Nearly a quarter (23%) view it as a realistic career achievement that they can aim for. Overall, 9% see their ultimate dream role as owner of a large business, typically an organisation with more than 250 employees. Given the complexities of building and scaling a business, 6% see it as a credible aspiration. More than three times that (19%) dream of becoming a small business owner, typically a business with less than 250 employees. In total, 17% see it as something that could become a reality offering them the freedom and fulfilment they are seeking in their careers.  “The desired working practices of today’s workforce is changing the future of work. We’re seeing employees looking for autonomy, flexibility and freedom. For many, there is an opportunity to leverage their skills and experience to set up their own business and become a specialist interim or contract worker supporting specific projects, business needs and challenges,” said  Matt Weston, Director, Robert Half Management Resources.  “What’s clear is that businesses need to adapt to these changes in order to attract these more ambitious and entrepreneurial candidates. As a result, employers need to cater for a working environment that demands greater autonomy and flexibility than ever before. By considering the long-term aims of both interim as well as permanent employees, businesses can enable the entire workforce to flourish.” 



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Toyota, Mazda announce $1.6 billion plant for Huntsville, Alabama

10-January-2018 - reuters.com



MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp and Mazda Motor Corp announced on Wednesday they will build a $1.6 billion joint assembly plant in Alabama that will employ up to 4,000 workers, a boost for President Donald Trump, who wants automakers to expand U.S. production.



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Just 3 in 10 UK workers feel motivated by annual bonuses

10-January-2018 - onrec.com



According to the latest research by Sodexo Engage, only 30% of employees feel motivated by receiving one big reward at the end of the year, despite the fact that annual bonuses have been a corporate tradition for decades. Posted in News archive on 10 Jan 2018 In 2016, a record total of £46.4 billion was paid out in bonuses across the UK, with the average British worker receiving a bonus of £1,600. However, the results from the survey of 2,000 UK employees suggest that this tradition might not be as popular as many businesses think. The research indicates a growing trend away from year-end bonuses, with only 25% of 18-24 year olds and 27% of 25-34 year olds saying they feel motivated by them. That compares to 35% of workers aged 55 or more. Instead, the results suggest that several smaller rewards throughout the year would be a more popular approach to rewarding staff. More than four out of 10 (41%) of those surveyed agree with this approach, with this figure rising to 47% among workers between 18 and 34 years old. This shift means that employers now have the opportunity to break down large end-of-year targets into smaller and more manageable objectives, which will help to keep staff motivated throughout the year and improve overall productivity. Iain Thomson, Director of Incentive & Recognition at Sodexo Engage, commented: “Our research shows a change in attitude among British workers when it comes to being rewarded. Cash incentives are no longer having the effect they had 10 years ago. Rewards like these have almost come to be expected by some employees, which can actually devalue their achievements. What people really want is a closer relationship with their employer and more opportunities to be rewarded. Rather than cash, which can get lost in bills and household expenses, employers have the opportunity to give their employees something more memorable. This will help businesses to create much stronger relationships with their staff.



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HR pay in parts of the UK up to 24% behind London

10-January-2018 - onrec.com



A new survey has found that pay for people working in HR roles in much of the UK lags well behind London, by as much as 24%. Posted in News archive on 10 Jan 2018 The annual HR Salary Survey by pay and benefits experts Croner Reward found the average median salary for an HR professional in in the UK is £47,919 compared to £77,149 in Central London and the overall London average of £52,231. In the regions the biggest disparity was between London and Northern Ireland, with those working in the South West and North East being the furthest behind in England. Regional Breakdown – Average Median Salary Average UK HR Salary: £47,919 All London : £52,231 East Anglia: £46,002 East Midlands: £46,002 North East: £45,043 North West: £51,273 Northern Ireland: £44,564 Scotland: £49,835 South East: £49,356 South West: £45,043 West Midlands: £45,523 Expert Pay & Benefits Opinion Croner Reward gathered the data by surveying 316 organisations with 1,427 job roles, which shows a stark contrast in the amount of pay you receive depending on where you live. The survey clearly highlights that pay for HR professionals in all regions of the UK is well below that of the same type of role in central London and London as a whole. This is largely because the cost of living, such as house prices and transport, is so much higher in London compared to other parts of the UK. Despite these factors HR professionals’ salaries in the UK are still up to 24% behind those of London and we only expect this gap to widen. Across the board, of the different HR disciplines, those working as health and safety managers are the best paid - on average 11% above the average for middle managers in the survey. At the other end of the scale, those working in recruitment are the lowest paid – being 2.5% behind the overall average. Of the different sectors HR professionals work in, directors in the voluntary sector earn over £20,000 less than their private and public sector counterparts. About Croner Reward  Croner Reward is one of the most accurate and knowledgeable benchmarking resources in the UK, which employers can utilise to set their pay and benefits packages to help them retain and recruit the best HR professionals.   https://croner.co.uk/



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Ministers fight for British jobs as Boeing slammed for ´spurious´ complaint against Bombardier

10-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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5 Minutes of Management: CEOs on the Hot Seat

10-January-2018 - workforce.com



Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell offer several intriguing stats on CEO concerns as well as a strikingly large number of bosses who left their jobs. They also offer a forecast for hiring in the new year. For more 5 Minutes of Management, check out our YouTube channel.   The post 5 Minutes of Management: CEOs on the Hot Seat appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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The 2nd Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Arresting School Board

10-January-2018 - workforce.com



There are lots of correct ways to respond to employee complaints. Handcuffing and arresting the employee is most definitely NOT one of them. Yet, this is exactly what the Vermilion, Louisiana, school board did when a teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, tried to raise concerns at a board meeting about a proposed raise for her boss, Superintendent Jerome Puyau. Thus, I have... The post The 2nd Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Arresting School Board appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Lifetime Income: The Pension of the 21st Century

10-January-2018 - workforce.com



United Technologies Corp. said it has the pension for the 21st century built into its 401(k) plan. It’s called lifetime income, and United is one of the few companies that automatically enrolls workers into the option. About five years ago, the Connecticut-based aircraft maker reviewed its investment plan options and decided it wanted to offer workers a product that would... The post Lifetime Income: The Pension of the 21st Century appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Employers Slow to Respond to Boomer Calls for Lifetime Income Plans

10-January-2018 - workforce.com



More than 74 million people have a 401(k) plan to prepare them for the day they don’t have to work. But most employers don’t offer investment options that might help retirees spend what they’ve saved more predictably. The post Employers Slow to Respond to Boomer Calls for Lifetime Income Plans appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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The best and worst times to look for a new job

10-January-2018 - usatoday.com



When should you start the job application process? Heres a guide to when companies tend to advertise and hire.            



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Indiana Carrier plant to lay off 215 workers on Thursday

10-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The pending layoffs became a flashpoint during the 2016 election when Carriers parent company United Technologies announced it would cut 2,100 jobs in Indiana.            



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CAL Names Baldini Account Manager on Employee Benefits Team

10-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



CAL Insurance Associates Inc. has named Abby Baldini an account manager. She joins the firms employee benefits team. Baldini was the owner of a State Farm agency in the Bay Area prior to CAL. CAL Insurance is an independent



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2 Louisiana Businesses Earn Workers’ Comp Safety Awards

10-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



The Louisiana Workforce Commissions (LWC) Office of Workers Compensation Administration (OWCA) OSHA/Safety Consultation Section has named R R Home Care Inc. of Mandeville, La., and Haven Nursing Center Inc. of Columbia, La., as recipients of its 2017 LAWorks Award. Businesses in



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2 Minnesota Employee Benefit Agencies Merge

10-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Two independent Minneapolis, Minnesota-area employee benefits firms, SevenHills Benefit Partners and The Cleveland Company, have merged to offer broader services to local clients. The new firm, SevenHills Cleveland Benefit Partners, brings together generations of expertise in meeting the needs of



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New Hampshire’s SIAA Hires Carey to Business Insurance Advantage Program

10-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance (SIAA), a Hampton, N.H.-based alliance of independent insurance agencies in the U.S., has hired Lizah Carey as a business insurance development specialist for its Business Insurance Advantage (BIA) program. The BIA program is a training and



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Few Women Hold Leadership Roles in Germany’s Financial Services Sector: Study

10-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Women occupied only around 9 percent of top management jobs in Germanys finance industry in 2017, and the pace at which the gender gap is narrowing has slowed in recent years, according to a study on Wednesday. Only one of



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Littler hires its first chief data analytics officer

09-January-2018 - abajournal.com



Littler Mendelson hired Aaron Crews to be the firm’s first chief data analytics officer. “One of the most significant trends affecting our industry is the



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1 in 3 British employees expect more workplace flexibility in the next decade

09-January-2018 - onrec.com



Study also reveals that a third of British workers believe the traditional Monday to Friday working week will be redundant within the next 10 years Posted in News archive on 09 Jan 2018 In the week that  Investors in People  revealed employees are looking for more flexible employment, a new study has found that a third ( 33% ) of UK workers expect they will have greater flexibility around working from home or from the office in the coming decade. A further third ( 33% ) of workers also said that they think by 2025 the Monday to Friday working week will become redundant. The Workforces 2025 report released by  TalkTalk Business  and conducted by YouGov, also found that  59%  of bosses will encourage employees to work in a way that offers them the best work-life balance. The report also revealed: 42%  of workers claim evolving routines driven by new technologies spell the demise of the 9-5 in the next 10 years That said, over a third  (39%)  believe there will still be a need for a permanent office building, but just under a quarter  (23%)  think offices will be a lot smaller Despite the expectation that AI, automation and other technologies will increase in the future, driving working routines to evolve, almost half ( 47% ) of British employees believe they will still be working the same number of hours in the future 30%  of employers are concerned that the shifting nature of working behaviours could make collaboration more challenging Duncan Gooding, Interim MD at TalkTalk Business, comments:  “Whilst working routines are going to evolve further, bringing the end of Monday to Friday, this does not need to come at the expense of business growth. There has never been a better opportunity to meet employee needs for greater flexibility, through leveraging technology. By understanding what is happening and helping drive the evolution of the workplace, businesses can supercharge their productivity and do more for less, faster than ever before.” Despite advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, only  15%  of British business leaders believe they will need less employees. Moreover, 1 in 5 ( 20% ) decision makers want to use technologies to empower employees to support them in their tasks. Graeme Codrington, Futurist to TalkTalk Business, comments:  “Technology continues to increase worker productivity, helping standards of living improve as working hours have gone down. Still, as TalkTalk Business’ survey reveals, this is not a trend that today’s employees are seeing, as we are entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Both employers and employees need to realise that the technology is there to make their working lives easier and more enjoyable. Advances in machine learning and AI enable employees to get more done in less time, helping them achieve that elusive work-life balance they hear so much about.” To download the most recent chapters of the TalkTalk Business Workforces 2025 report visit: Part 3 Part 4 Or you can view the entire TalkTalk Business Workforces 2025 reports:  www.talktalkbusiness.co.uk/workforces2025



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Humanyze and UnGroup Form Global Strategic Partnership

09-January-2018 - onrec.com



Humanyze, the global leader in people analytics technology, and UnGroup, leading experts in workplace innovation, today announced a global strategic partnership to advance knowledge and adoption of people analytics. Posted in News archive on 09 Jan 2018 Announced at WORKTECH London, held November 14 - 15, 2017, the partnership will utilize Humanyze's world-leading people analytics platform to give Fortune 500 companies more fact-based organizational design recommendations combined with consulting and advisory services from UnWork. This partnership will provide advanced research on workspace and productivity and direct access to industry experts through the research platform WORKTECH Academy, and WORKTECH global conferences offerings in over 20 cities.   Together, Humanyze and UnWork will provide consulting services and global events that bring together industry experts, suppliers, and customers to share research and breakthroughs in technology that support the future of work. Waber will be speaking at WORKTECH London on November 14 at 11:10 GMT to discuss how teamwork and communication impact the workplace.  Philip Ross, the Founder and CEO of UnGroup said: “Working together with Humanyze, customers will get access to data-driven analytics dashboards and organizational design expertise. They will be able to use objective data to drive business decisions around organizational design and workforce planning.” Ben Waber, CEO and co-founder of Humanyze said: “Historically, companies have made workplace decisions based on org charts and subjective employee surveys. Now, there’s been an explosion of data in the workplace. Making sense of all of this data can be overwhelming. Having access to the most recent research, industry guidelines, and analytics tools are essential for organizations to make the right decisions, in real-time.”  www.humanyze.com



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Robert Walters boosted by City hiring, shrugging off Brexit concerns

09-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Apple exec Angela Ahrendts told Tim Cook, ´I´m not a techie,´ in job interview

09-January-2018 - abcnews.com



Apple Senior Vice President of Retail, Angela Ahrendts joins Rebecca Jarvis on ABC's top business podcast "No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis"



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What business trends are coming in 2018?

09-January-2018 - onrec.com



Written by Conor McArdle, Content Executive at Brighter Business Posted in News archive on 09 Jan 2018 Looking forward to the year ahead is exciting thanks to all the developments on the horizon which could impact business in all sorts of positive ways. From driverless cars to predictive retail and more, have a look at the biggest and most ground-breaking business trends that could be just around the corner…. Developments in the gig economy 2017 was a year which saw some bruising developments for the gig economy, thanks to a number of controversies surrounding the new trend of  corporation-meets-self-employment . In particular, the way workers within the sector are not afforded the full benefits and securities of full-time and part-time workers. This has created some tensions, particularly for companies like Uber and Deliveroo which were unable to keep up with the rate at which the sector expanded, leaving employees disgruntled. This was particularly the case in the UK, where  Uber was taken to court by employees for failing to meet UK workers’ rights legislation . In 2018, how will these companies – and their employees – fare? What developments will there be which could turn the industry upside-down? With developments coming in driverless cars, it’s possible that the driving service industry could change dramatically.  One group of researchers  found that autonomous taxis would “vastly cut back on cities’ greenhouse gas emissions”, which is no small amount. In a hypothetical situation, researchers estimated that New York could replace their 13,000 yellow cabs with just 9,000 self-driving vehicles. While the advancement in technology is exciting, the future for those who are employed in the driving industry may not be as certain as we think. Blockchain, Bitcoin and more… Yes, we know that we that we mentioned these in our  end of year review for 2017 , but it’s hard to overstate how radically these technologies (and others like them) could completely change the way business is done on a daily basis. From introducing improved security and authentication in contracts and supply chains, to creating better peer-to-peer business networks across energy, retail, and more, Blockchain will have a serious impact on the way business is conducted. This is especially true for early adopters of the technology; think of big players in global businesses who will be looking to develop a competitive advantage over their rivals. While the energy-intensiveness of Bitcoin is a serious hurdle to overcome (and it  is  a serious hurdle; the process, in its current iteration, is  not energy efficient ), people are already working on solutions to make cryptocurrencies a viable alternative to traditional money. Watch this space. Customer service developments and the growth of A.I As we highlighted in  our piece on the future of customer service , there are a lot of exciting developments on the horizon which will help businesses to streamline and perfect their customer service offerings. The growing role of artificial intelligence is not to be underestimated, as companies increasingly look to cut waiting times for customer queries. Automated chatbots have become a big thing this year , and you can expect that to continue, along with more dramatic developments in robotics which could see costs lowered for customers (it could, equally, represent bad news for the workers who are replaced by robots). Similarly, the advent of predictive shopping will be revolutionary, and same-day delivery via drones or similar could become more commonplace throughout 2018 as artificial intelligence continues to develop. Continued digitisation Digitisation has been a standard trend, but thanks again to new technologies such as Bitcoin – and developments in other spheres, like VR and AR, for example – offer exciting potential avenues and interesting new business applications. Virtual reality as a tool  has almost unlimited uses, including training employees to exciting new customer experiences. Augmented reality has similar flexibility and scope – check out BMW’s clever way of  bringing a car showroom into any space  with the use of an AR app. Being able to identify and take advantage of the next big tech breakthrough which catapults your business to success will be an important characteristic of any entrepreneur over the next few years – perhaps 2018 is your chance to start future-gazing and focussing on those emerging trends. Gen Z begin to enter the workplace Generational labels are vague, and the definition of them varies from place to place (and according to peoples’ own preference of whether they like to be considered ‘older’ or ‘younger’). However, as Millennials age and progress through the workplace to transition into leadership and senior roles, the so-called ‘Generation Z’ will begin to enter and take on prominent roles within the workplace. Surveys carried out into Generation Z  have found differences between the ways that they may behave or carry out actions when compared to Millennials, and this will have a number of implications for workplaces. The results have found that they may be more competitive, more independent and more motivated by security. They are, supposedly, both digital natives and preferring face-to-face communication, amongst other sweeping characteristics. Those are a few of our predictions for 2018 – but we’ve seen some other interesting spots, including the “ brick and mortar apocalypse ”, the rise of the “ buying community ” and the  fragmenting of cloud services . Is your business ready for the new year? For more tips, guidance and information for SMEs and start-ups, visit www.brighterbusiness.co.uk .



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Brexit has transformed SMEs’ recruitment strategies

09-January-2018 - onrec.com



Half of SMEs (50%) have changed the way they recruit as a result of Brexit, according to research from Albion Capital, the leading independent investment manager. Posted in News archive on 09 Jan 2018 The findings from the Albion Growth Report 2017 reveal that for businesses which have changed their strategy as a result of Brexit, 15% have decreased recruitment resources, 10% have begun recruiting in different ways and 9% have made redundancies. The survey of more than 1,000 SMEs ranks difficulty in finding skilled staff as one of the biggest barriers to growth, behind broader political uncertainty and cash flow, pointing to a potential war for talent which is likely to become more intense in the post-Brexit environment. By contrast, SMEs view difficulty in finding unskilled staff as the least significant barrier to growth. The report finds that nearly two thirds (65%) of SMEs believe their business lacks expertise. More than a quarter (26%) of businesses lack marketing talent, followed by business planning (19%), IT (17%), and software developers and technology specialists (17%).  Despite critical skills deficits, only a third of SMEs (33%) are currently hiring new employees. The research also reveals the following skills and recruitment trends:   SMEs in London (73%), the Midlands (64%) and Scotland (63%) are most likely to feel they lack expertise Media and marketing (74%), manufacturing (72%) and IT telecoms (67%) businesses are most likely to feel they lack expertise SMEs in London (46%), the Midlands (42%) and the North of England (33%) are recruiting most IT & telecoms (47%), finance and accounting (44%) and manufacturing (44%) businesses are recruiting most Of businesses currently recruiting new staff, specialists in sales (9%), operations (9%) and software development and technology (7%) are most sought after Patrick Reeve, Managing Partner, Albion Capital, says: “It is now obvious that SMEs are becoming more strategic in their approaches to recruitment in response to challenges from the external environment, including Brexit. “As the difficulty of finding skilled workers increases, in particular for sales, marketing and IT roles, SMEs are realising they must adapt. While there is evidence that recruitment budgets are shrinking, employers have also refocused their efforts on retaining existing talent, or being nimble and innovative to pursue new ways of finding staff.”



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Embezzlement plagues union offices around U.S., records show

08-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Labor Department records show hundreds of criminal cases over the past decade.            



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Vauxhall´s Astra plant to cut 250 more jobs as France´s PSA streamlines operations

08-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Lots of dough

08-January-2018 - bbc.com



How David Page made a fortune in the restaurant business, despite being expelled from school - and getting sacked from his first job.



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City of London investment trust proves a dividend king

08-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Fund manager Job Curtis has no intention of letting go of his position as the manager with the best record of delivering dividend growth for his investors.



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The 12 steps to get richer in 2018

08-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



There is no better time to get your finances in shape than early in the New Year. Holly Black gives a dozen tips on how to enjoy financial success in 2018.



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Recruitment practices must change to protect the personal data of job candidates, warns cut-e

08-January-2018 - onrec.com



Employers are risking fines of €20 million if they don’t change their recruitment and development practices to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation on processing personal data, warns cut-e, the international assessment specialist. Posted in News archive on 08 Jan 2018 Company Profile cut-e View profile » The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May 2018, will strengthen and standardise European laws relating to the use of any ‘personal data’ that is collected from European Union citizens, even if the company concerned is located outside of the EU. Personal data includes an individual’s identity, contact details, social media posts and health information. Employers now need the consent of EU citizens to process their data and individuals have greater control over what companies can do their information.  “We’ve always taken data protection very seriously and we fully support GDPR’s goal as this will improve trust in the digital economy and provide a more consistent legal framework for data protection,” said Andreas Lohff, Chief Executive Officer of cut-e. “However, many employers are unprepared for the impact that GDPR will have on their recruitment and development practices. They not only have to implement GDPR’s rules when they internally process the personal data of job candidates and employees, they also have to ensure that they partner with suppliers who can guarantee that they’ve taken the necessary technical and organisational steps to fully comply with this regulation.”  GDPR gives EU citizens the right to know exactly what information is held about them and it entitles them to have their personal data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete. Individuals will also be able to block the processing of their personal data and object to it being used for purposes such as direct marketing or research.  “The challenge for recruitment and development teams is to understand where GDPR applies - and where it doesn’t - and to act accordingly,” said Andreas Lohff. “This impacts on how you collect, store, use and share assessment data on job candidates and development data on employees. You have to know where you’re vulnerable.”  cut-e recommends that employers take proactive steps to: review their data collection processes to ensure that the purpose of the data is clear and legally compatible; enhance their internal data processing activities, to ensure personal data is processed lawfully and transparently; review their data transfer practices with subcontractors and service providers; understand how they can use aspects such as data encryption and the automated profiling of individuals for talent analytics purposes; introduce new data documentation measures for auditing, monitoring and evaluation, and design training programmes and resources to ensure employee compliance.  “Good data handling practices are not just important for confidentiality, they’re also important for transparency and for maintaining an organisation’s reputation,” said Andreas Lohff. “Every employer now needs to demand that their assessment provider can demonstrate accountability and compliance with the GDPR. At cut-e, we have a team of experts involved in data protection, overseen by an external data protection legal specialist, and we’ve reviewed our processes and educated our staff about our expectations and procedures. We’re now advising our clients on all aspects of processing the personal data of EU citizens, so they can avoid the tough fines that will be imposed on those who fail to comply with the regulations.”  cut-e will host a webinar on GDPR compliance, and the implications for assessing job candidates, on 24 January 2018 at 11.00am CET. Register online for this webinar here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/500682798331256067 For further information about compliance and GDPR, please email  gdpr@cut-e.com  or visit  www.cut-e.com . 



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A New Year & New Features from KeyApps Ltd ~ synced with Access Group’s RDB

08-January-2018 - onrec.com



Happy New Year from KeyApps Ltd Posted in News archive on 08 Jan 2018 Company Profile KeyApps Ltd View profile » Recruitment App Technology has evolved dramatically since the start of 2017, with 2018 shaping up to be an even more important year for enhanced mobile integration and progression within and throughout the recruitment world. KeyApps Ltd continues to develop and deploy applications for recruiting businesses and look forward to adding further necessary workforce driven functionality for our clients. John Edwards, who’s been at the heart of Mobile Technology within recruitment from his days recruiting LTE WiFi Engineers, through to delivering Recruitment Apps produced and managed by KeyApps Ltd commented; ‘We’ve seen a certain shift in our technology over the past 12 months. As a result of both client and worker demands within the market, the Apps have advanced into more candidate/worker management tools, integrating features specifically engineered for tighter and more relevant engagement with workers.’ The New Directions Education Apps highlight some of the new workforce management functions now available and synced with Access RDB ProNet. Features include but limited to worker review of timesheets and payslips and the real-time sync of KeyApps Ltd’s advanced recruitment messaging technology . New Directions Technical Guru Mat commented ; ‘’New Directions Education is an extremely fast-paced supply agency and key to our operation is giving our candidates the ability to let us know their availability for any day of the week. The app that KeyApps has developed for us enables our candidates to record when they can or can’t work from the calendar section of the app directly into our database and it’s an absolutely vital tool for cutting down the massive administrative overhead involved in knowing who can work. If we could only keep one feature it would be this. Candidates can also book holidays using the calendar which are automatically pulled through to our payroll systems, and can even pull up maps to their places of work with the same feature so it’s a very powerful tool. The other useful function is the ability to present payslips to our candidates directly from our database.’’ www.keyapps.co.uk  



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Here´s how to battle the financial scammers in 2018

07-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Fraudsters continue to proliferate despite whatever we do to thwart them. Jeff Prestridge looks at scammers' trends and what you can do to protect yourself against them.



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25 most dangerous jobs in America

06-January-2018 - usatoday.com



           



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New Year´s resolution to save money? Here´s how to do it

06-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



What about saving a few hundred - or even thousand - pounds right at the beginning of the year? You’ll improve your bank balance and turboboost your resolution.



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Construction Industry Nailing Down Opioid Addiction Woes

05-January-2018 - workforce.com



Opioid abuse can take employers by surprise, in part because addiction can be hard to spot and its impact on health care costs and productivity takes time to surface. But for Suffolk Construction the effects of the opioid epidemic are impossible to ignore. “Companies that are smaller or in industries without a lot of machinery and tools are the least... The post Construction Industry Nailing Down Opioid Addiction Woes appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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