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Immerse yourself for intensive learning

31-January-2018 - sciencemag.org



Boot camps, summer schools, and retreats can enrich your training



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http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/01/immerse-yourself-intensive-learning







8 not-so-sexy tasks for entrepreneurs

31-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Even if you have a partner or great employees, you have to take care of some of those true "business" things yourself.            



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Sears lays off roughly 220 corporate workers effective immediately

31-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Sears lays off roughly 220 employees in latest burst of bad news for the beleaguered retailer which has been shutting stores, selling assets and renegotiating debt to stay afloat            



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Fujifilm to take over Xerox as photocopier demand drops

31-January-2018 - bbc.com



Fujifilm to takeover Xerox and cut 10,000 jobs in 'increasingly severe' market conditions.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42884631







Why now is a critical time to pay off credit card debt

31-January-2018 - abcnews.com



How to tackle your credit card debt before it takes you down



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http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/now-critical-time-pay-off-credit-card-debt-52739578







ADP: Businesses added 234,000 private sector jobs in January, marking strong start to year

31-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The growth was higher than economists expected, a good sign for the rest of the year.            



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Got the flu? Stay home! Get better. Its costing us billions

31-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Influenza cases have risen sharply across the nation and its estimated to cost employers more than $9 billion in lost productivity this year.            



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WATCH: Stock market to open after worst 2-day slump since 2016

31-January-2018 - abcnews.com



The two biggest factors behind the losses are the news that Amazon, JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway are teaming up to create an independent healthcare company for their employees which weighs on insurance stocks and the feeling that interest rates will r



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http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/stock-market-open-worst-day-slump-2016-52733990







Sears lays off 220 workers at headquarters

31-January-2018 - abcnews.com



Sears lays off 220 workers at headquarters as it tries to turn around its ailing business



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Kimberly-Clark closing 2 Wisconsin plants, cutting 600 jobs

31-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Moves seen an part of the recently announced global restructuring program.            



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By the Numbers: Confronting the Winter Blues

31-January-2018 - workforce.com



Workforce has compiled statistics on the effect of winter and weather on the workplace. There are ways to help workers tolerate dark days and cold nights. The post By the Numbers: Confronting the Winter Blues appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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http://www.workforce.com/2018/01/31/by-the-numbers-confronting-the-winter-blues/







Coca-Cola to close two UK sites, cutting nearly 300 jobs

31-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/31/coca-cola-close-two-uk-sites-loss-nearly-300-jobs/







How Employers Can Shift Their Wellness Program Plan Design Under Changing Regulations

31-January-2018 - workforce.com



I promised last week I’d share some practical employer advice regarding the AARP v EEOC ruling, so here it is. Businessolver recently held a webinar on the implications of the case on employers. The speakers were Businessolver’s Rae Shanahan and Bruce Gillis, Quizzify’s Al Lewis and Carol Harnett of the Council for Disability Awareness. A lot of employers seemed interested... The post How Employers Can Shift Their Wellness Program Plan Design Under Changing Regulations appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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http://www.workforce.com/2018/01/31/employers-can-shift-wellness-program-plan-design-changing-regulations/







Who is Jon Lewis, the turnaround specialist hired to sort out Capita? 

31-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/31/jon-lewis-turnaround-specialist-hired-sort-capita/







Hundreds of M&S jobs on the line with plan to close 14 stores

31-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/31/hundreds-ms-jobs-line-plan-close-14-stores/







Lloyd’s Market Association to Offer International Courses, Technical Programs

31-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



The Lloyds Market Association Academy (LMA Academy) announced that, starting in March, it will begin offering a range of technical programs and courses internationally. The expansion builds on the success of the LMAs immersive and practical training programs, with staff



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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2018/01/31/478997.htm







Workers are being lured to ditch final salary pensions

31-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



In what’s being described as a feeding frenzy, financial advisers are also running so-called pension parties to lure workers into ditching their gold-plated retirement plans.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/pensions/article-5331775/How-workers-bribed-cash-salary-pensions.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







Attorneys Say Montana Diocese Has More Assets for Abuse Settlements

31-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Attorneys representing victims of sex abuse by priests and other employees of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings in Montana argue parish money being held by the diocese should be available to pay a settlement to victims. The victims



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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2018/01/31/478988.htm







How to avoid things that make car insurance more expensive

31-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Relatively small changes to your car can have a big effect on the price you pay for insurance. From a non-standard exhaust, to adding a sat nav, and even the month you renew matters.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5332133/Why-sat-nav-pushes-car-cover-premiums.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







Court Upholds Consumer Financial Bureau Structure Over Trump, Business Complaints

31-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau directors job regained a measure of security Wednesday when a U.S. appeals court said the agency head can only be fired for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office, in a blow to the



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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2018/01/31/478986.htm







The ex-spy who uses his thumbprint to beat fraudsters 

31-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Fourteen years ago, Scarborough resident Jamie Jamieson, 69, began using his thumbprint to verify his identity for financial matters - here's how to do it.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5332861/The-ex-spy-uses-thumbprint-beat-fraudsters.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







Families to win refunds for power of attorney fees

31-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Hundreds of thousands of people who overpaid for power of attorney will find out how to claim a partial refund tomorrow, we can reveal.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5332633/Families-win-refunds-power-attorney-fees.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







State of the Union fact check: Trumps U.S. job growth claims generally accurate

31-January-2018 - usatoday.com



President Trump hailed the nations strong job market during his first year in office, taking credit at the State of the Union for economic gains.            



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http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~/521500668/0/usatodaycommoney-topstories~State-of-the-Union-fact-check-Trumpaposs-US-job-growth-claims-generally-accurate/







Worldwide Broker Network Names Gambonini as Global P/C Consultant

31-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



The Worldwide Broker Network (WBN) announced the appointment of Antoinette Toni Gambonini as global property casualty consultant. In this role, Gambonini will work with WBN member companies on six continents in the areas of cross-border training, new business opportunities



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https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2018/01/31/479009.htm







Frontline Recruitment set to create jobs after record demand

31-January-2018 - onrec.com



Frontline Recruitment, the careers specialist, is set to embark on a recruitment drive that will increase staff numbers by 38%, taking staff numbers up to 55 by the end of 2018. Posted in News archive on 31 Jan 2018 The firm, which has offices in Derby, Leicester, Mansfield, Nottingham, Hull and Weymouth is looking to hire 15 recruitment specialists initially as demand for its staffing solutions escalates and the company experiences record levels of enquiries and people placed into jobs.   Frontline is also looking for a senior recruitment professional to join the company as a National Sales Manager.   Tony Wilmot, director at Frontline Recruitment, said: "During 2017 we saw permanent placements up 52% and total Group revenue up 39% year on year, and so we're expanding across all our offices to offer an even better service to our clients and candidates.   "Our client base is up 23% year-on-year, with many businesses now looking to temporary staffing solutions with Brexit on the horizon.   "We've become the go-to recruitment specialist for businesses who want peace of mind when they're hiring temporary workers - and our plans to expand the team will only reinforce that.   "For over 17 years now Frontline Recruitment has been supplying recruitment services to commerce and industry, we provide the link between great candidates and great employers. Peace of mind comes as standard because we provide the right people at the right time at the right value – time after time.   "I'd urge anyone who wants a rewarding, fun and potentially lucrative career with the fastest-growing recruitment firm in the region to get in touch."



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http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/frontline-recruitment-set-to-create-jobs-after-record-demand







Natural light trumps break out areas for millennials at work

31-January-2018 - onrec.com



Office Angels, part of The Adecco Group – the world’s leading workforce solutions partner, recently launched research which reveals the key things millennials are looking for in a job and office environment. Posted in News archive on 31 Jan 2018 The Solving the Millennial Mystery report , which surveyed over 1,000 millennial employees about their attitudes to work, found that what they want is simpler and more in line with the desires of other generations than is often assumed. Natural light (41%), for instance, is the feature millennials would most like to have in their office environment, beating not just break out areas (29%) and having a TV/radio (23%), but also the presence of a games station (14%) and a bar (11%).  Like many other workers, millennials also prioritise pay (63%) and location (55%) over anything else when looking for a job. Flexible and mobile working options (35%) are also valued highly by this generation, with close to one in ten (9%) wanting to work from home five days a week. Conversely, a company’s reputation (8%) and even their corporate social responsibility (10%) are not considered as important for millennial job seekers. Alex Fleming, President of General Staffing, The Adecco Group UK and Ireland, commented: “As the new year is one of the most popular times for moving jobs and millennials make up one of the biggest generations in the workplace, it’s not surprising that many businesses are concerned with how to attract top talent from this generation. The good news is that our research suggests that their desires don’t vary drastically from those of other generations. Businesses should be comforted by the fact that they are probably better prepared than they think.  “Offering good pay and facilitating a working from home culture are steps that will not just help boost a firm’s attractiveness to millennials but many jobseekers in general. As the number of generations in the workforce rises, businesses must steer away from any stereotypical views of generations and instead provide benefits and working practices that are tailored to individual needs.” When it comes to managers, the most important quality in a manager, according to millennials, is leading by example (27%), followed by having empathy (14%) and being inspiring (12%). Interestingly, only 5% say that their manager being a friend or authoritative (2%) is important to them.



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http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/natural-light-trumps-break-out-areas-for-millennials-at-work-0







B&Q to cut 200 head office jobs

30-January-2018 - bbc.com



The retailer is to get rid of 200 head office jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42879973







Employers urged to let staff ´rest´ during working day

30-January-2018 - bbc.com



Taking some time out during the working day could boost employees' productivity, new guidance says.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42873423







Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan partner to cut U.S. healthcare costs

30-January-2018 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co said on Tuesday they will form a company to cut health costs for hundreds of thousands of their U.S. employees, setting up a major challenge to an inefficient U.S. healthcare system.



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http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/businessNews/~3/lih8ojFKKzs/amazon-berkshire-jpmorgan-partner-to-cut-u-s-healthcare-costs-idUSKBN1FJ1NF







Is Employee Copying of Documents Protected Activity or Unlawful Stealing?

30-January-2018 - workforce.com



It’s a situation that plays out all too often. An employee emails a slew of documents to a personal email address, or drags them into a personal Dropbox, or copies them to a stick drive. Your first instinct is to assume that the employee is engaged in something nefarious, fire the employee, and even sue for misappropriation of trade secrets/confidential... The post Is Employee Copying of Documents Protected Activity or Unlawful Stealing? appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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http://www.workforce.com/2018/01/30/employee-copying-documents-protected-activity-unlawful-stealing/







Ailing Health Care System Gets a Shot From Amazon, Berkshire and JP Morgan

30-January-2018 - workforce.com



The CEOs of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase Co. are partnering as an independent company to address health care for their American employees and their families. Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chases Jamie Dimons as-yet unnamed company will initially focus on using technology solutions to provide workers “simplified, high-quality and transparent... The post Ailing Health Care System Gets a Shot From Amazon, Berkshire and JP Morgan appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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http://www.workforce.com/2018/01/30/ailing-health-care-system-gets-shot-amazon-berkshire-jp-morgan/







´Too worried to sleep´

30-January-2018 - bbc.com



A Preston man tells the Victoria Derbyshire programme his benefits were cut when he missed a job centre visit.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42860387







Amazon joins up with US firms to enter healthcare sector

30-January-2018 - bbc.com



Amazon, JP Morgan and Berkshire are looking at ways to subsidise healthcare costs for US employees.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42877287







What your employer´s gender pay report means for you

30-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



From April, all companies with 250 or more staff must publish a gender pay report revealing average pay information for men and women. But what should employees do about the information?



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5301723/What-employers-gender-pay-report-means-you.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







4 ways to get your tax refund faster this year

30-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Expecting a refund for 2017? Youre not alone. Heres how to get it as quickly as possible            



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Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan create new health care company

30-January-2018 - usatoday.com



A new powerhouse collaboration between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan is looking to bring affordable health care to their U.S.-based employees. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@FantasticMrNate) has the story.            



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http://rssfeeds.usatoday.com/~/521356482/0/usatodaycommoney-topstories~Amazon-Berkshire-Hathaway-JPMorgan-create-new-health-care-company/







Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase to tackle employee health care costs, delivery

30-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase e Co. plan to partner on healthcare for their U.S. employees, to cut costs and improve satisfaction.            



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King’s College, Cambridge supercharges HR and payroll approach for 2018

30-January-2018 - onrec.com



One of the most prestigious colleges in the UK has invested in new HR technology as it prepares for another year at the pinnacle of education. Posted in News archive on 30 Jan 2018 King’s College, Cambridge has invested in a new cloud-based HR system from Cascade, complete with core HR, Workflow, Self-Service, Recruitment, Mobile Apps, Auto Enrolment and fully-integrated Payroll modules. Founded in 1441 by King Henry VI, this historic institution has over 100 Fellows and a further 275 members of staff. But the team recognised the need to increase efficiencies and empower managers with the data they need to better support colleagues. A six-strong project team comprising the First Bursar, Assistant Bursar, Personnel Manager, Personnel Assistant, Payroll & Pensions Clerk and Computing Manager, ended their search at Cascade. Commenting on the investment, King’s Personnel Assistant Eve Rednall MCIPD said: “Cascade came highly recommended by colleagues so, whilst we of course conducted our own due diligence and evaluated competitor products, this solution met all of our requirements, fell within budget and had that all-important independent endorsement from our peers. “We’re currently in the data migration phase, with a view to conducting a phased roll out of the software in the spring. The core HR should be up and running in early 2018, we’ll complete dummy payroll runs in April and May, then aim to go fully live in June.” Elaborating on the new relationship with King’s College, Cascade’s Product Director Paul Sparkes said: “With a high-profile alumni including renowned names ranging from mathematician Alan Turing to comedian David Baddiel, King’s has an enviable reputation. The employment and retention of the finest calibre of employees will prove key to upholding this. “It is great to see such esteemed and well-established organisations thinking carefully to keep their HR strategies fresh and we look forward to supporting them on their journey to introduce increased automation as well as added-value.”



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http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/king%E2%80%99s-college-cambridge-supercharges-hr-and-payroll-approach-for-2018







ONS stats comment: Stagnant wages pushing Brits into self employment

30-January-2018 - onrec.com



The latest official data shows record employment levels in the UK, but a drop in wages is likely to push more people than ever before towards self employment in 2018, World Options predicts. Posted in News archive on 30 Jan 2018 Company Profile I-COM - Web design and Marketing View profile » According to the Office for National Statistics, UK unemployment fell by 3,000 to 1.44 million from September to November 2017, taking employment to its joint highest level since comparable records began in 1971. But average wages in real terms - compared to inflation - fell by 0.5 per cent compared with the previous year. Franchisor and shipping solutions firm, World Options, has already seen a high number of enquiries regarding its franchising opportunities so far this year, and visits to these pages on its website are up 56 per cent in January 2018 compared with December 2017. Stewart Butler, sales director at World Options, says: “January and February are already the busiest times for people searching for new jobs and looking to change their careers, and these latest statistics are likely to spur people on even more. “Self employment puts workers back in control of their wages and provides a fresh opportunity for people to do something they are really passionate about. We have already seen a huge rise in the number of people approaching us about starting up their own business and I wouldn’t be surprised if we witness record levels of self employment in 2018.” Running your own business has many advantages but it can also be an extremely challenging time. To help people understand whether it is the best option for them, World Options has created a series of interactive tools to guide them through the process. The first tool in the series is a flowchart that helps the user to decipher whether self employment would suit them, followed by a quiz that determines the best form of self employment, ranging from consultancy to franchising and going it alone. Further reading on the subject is available with a guide to all the ways people can work for themselves, and the potential benefits and drawbacks of each, which is free to download from bit.ly/selfemploymentguide . Stewart says: “For those who have done all the research and found the right option for them, self employment can be incredibly rewarding and more financially lucrative than other career paths, while providing the best possible work-life balance.”



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http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/ons-stats-comment-stagnant-wages-pushing-brits-self-employment







Moorepay provides free HR advice service for businesses caught in Carillion collapse

30-January-2018 - onrec.com



Moorepay, HR and payroll specialists, have launched a free HR Advice Line for businesses impacted by the Carillion collapse. Posted in News archive on 30 Jan 2018 Company Profile Moorepay View profile » Moorepay’s experts are on hand to provide free telephone advice on HR matters to assist these businesses in the short-term.  The HR Advice Line will cover: Handling relevant employee communications Dealing with redundancies and redundancy costs Tackling changes to pay periods e.g. weekly/monthly Managing the impact on apprentice programmes Transferring staff to in-house/other contracts Managing various unforeseen employee relations issues such as   employees going absent and official grievances The hotline is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm until 28 th  February 2018.  Businesses can take advantage of up to three free calls. To use the service, please call 0845 0730240, select Option 2 and quote ref: FA001 'Carillion Crisis'. www.moorepay.co.uk



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http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/moorepay-provides-free-hr-advice-service-for-businesses-caught-in-carillion







Coding holds the key to jobs for young people

30-January-2018 - onrec.com



Computer coding is now part of the national curriculum for school children, threatening to leave young adults in the lurch as a skills shortfall takes hold in the short term. Posted in News archive on 30 Jan 2018 Roughly half of jobs in the top income quartile in the US are in occupations that require workers to have some computer coding knowledge or skill, with the UK likely to be very similar. Tech retailer Ebuyer has teamed up with She Does Digital, an initiative for women in digital industries, which says that this trend will continue as coding begins to touch almost every sector, becoming ever more essential in the future. Gintare Gervyte, a CRO analyst who works with She Does Digital, explained: “Coding skills mean more than just creating websites and apps. It includes rapidly growing sectors like cybersecurity, data science, machine learning and the constant evolution of automation with things like self-driving vehicles. “Even if you don't work in an area that you'd traditionally associate with technology, the use of algorithms and automation is finding its way into almost every industry - from agriculture to transport, accounting, fashion and more. “Coding will become increasingly important, even if that's only the basic knowledge of it. The world around us is evolving at the speed of light, which means that more and more tasks around us are being done by robots or machines. These can only be created using coding skills.” To help young adults take advantage of the opportunities opening up, Ebuyer has created the following tips for those who want to teach themselves the basic skills: It may seem like an alien concept, but coding is essentially writing instructions for a computer to follow, so try to think about real life examples, such as following a recipe, that you can use to think through the basic process. Scratch is a great resource that teaches the basic training on HTML, CSS, Javascript and many more, with useful step-by-step tutorials. It’s a great tool to kick off the process with. Coding kits are the perfect gift for coding novices. The Arduino Coding Kit teaches the basics of electronics and programming to build internet-connected devices. Paul Lyon, IT director at Ebuyer, said: “The advance of technology we’re seeing at the moment means that the demand for people who can use computer coding will increase before the children currently learning it at school start work, meaning that young adults now have a golden opportunity to take advantage of these jobs - many of which can be very lucrative. “Even if they have no interest in becoming a software developer, the range of industries that the skill is starting to be required in means that people with these skills can have an extremely wide choice of career paths. Many people may not know where to begin but starting to learn the basics at home means coding is now easier than ever to get to grips with.” To see Ebuyer’s full range of products for learning to code, visit https://www.ebuyer.com/store/ Toys,-Games-&-Gadget/cat/ Gadgets-and-Gifts/subcat/ Educational-Kits . https://www.shedoesdigital.co.uk/



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http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/coding-holds-the-key-to-jobs-for-young-people







Three in five mid-market businesses plan to increase exports beyond Europe in response to Brexit

30-January-2018 - onrec.com



Mid-market businesses are bracing themselves for the impact of Brexit and looking beyond Europe to shore up their future success, according to research from national law firm Mills Reeve. Posted in News archive on 30 Jan 2018 Sixty seven percent of technology company leaders believe that the UK’s departure from the EU poses a serious threat to recruitment and retention of specialists. In response to Brexit, 62% of mid-market business leaders plan to increase their investment in exports beyond the EU. Single market access is ‘critical’ according to 60% of mid-market leaders, with a similar proportion saying that no deal would cause significant damage to their business. Despite a difficult climate, 83% of mid-market firms plan to increase turnover this financial year, by an average of 22%. Mid-market businesses are bracing themselves for the impact of Brexit and looking beyond Europe to shore up their future success, according to research from national law firm Mills Reeve. The study, Defying Gravity - based on the opinions of 500 leaders of medium-sized businesses in the UK – reveals that mid-market businesses remain confident in their growth prospects despite feeling the fallout of the vote already, and are overhauling their strategies in preparation for Britain’s EU exit. Over 60% of mid-market business leaders plan to increase investment in exports beyond the EU in response to Brexit. The research reveals that mid-market businesses are feeling bullish despite the unstable landscape, with 83% planning to increase turnover this financial year (2017/2018) by an average of 22%. However, mid-market businesses are facing some serious challenges, and many are already feeling the repercussions of the Brexit vote. More than half of businesses report falling demand, and over half have experienced increased issues with late payment following the referendum result in 2016. But the more substantial hurdles still lie ahead. With 60% of mid-market leaders saying that single market access is ‘critical’, leaders believe that failing to reach a deal with the EU would cause significant damage to their business. And whatever the outcome, businesses are preparing for tough times ahead: 61% expect the administrative burden of regulatory or legislative change to cost their business significant time and money. There are also fears of increased talent shortages once Britain leaves the EU. Sixty seven percent of technology company leaders believe that the UK’s departure from the EU poses a serious threat to recruitment and retention of specialists. Claire Clarke, managing partner at Mills Reeve, comments: “Although Britain has not yet made its exit from the EU, mid-market businesses have been feeling the effects of Brexit since the referendum results were announced. But our research shows that business leaders are finding ways to meet the challenge and actively adjusting their strategies to deal with the fallout. “Despite current uncertainties surrounding Brexit, it’s encouraging to see leaders remaining buoyant and setting their sights high for the future. This confident but flexible approach will help mid-market businesses keep their position as the driving force of the British economy.” Tom Pickthorn, Head of International at Mills & Reeve, adds: “The fact that so many mid-market businesses are keen to increase their investments in exports beyond the EU in response to Brexit is very encouraging. Future economic growth will be driven by emerging market economies rather than European countries, so businesses that are willing to look further afield can expect to be rewarded for their efforts. “Although Brexit is presenting challenges, it may also be prompting an important expansion of horizons. This is good news for the mid-market, and good news for the UK as a whole.”



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http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/three-in-five-mid-market-businesses-plan-to-increase-exports-beyond-europe-in







McMillan Hired as Financial Controller at Insurance Alliance, POWERS Insurance

30-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Sharon McMillan has been hired as financial controller for both Missouri-based Valley Insurance Agency Alliance (VIAA) and its sister company POWERS Insurance and Risk Management. McMillan will handle the planning, organization and management of the internal financial and human resources



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SEC Inquires About MetLife’s Missed Pension Payments

30-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



MetLife Inc. said on Monday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into the insurers failure to pay some workers pensions. MetLife, in a statement, said the SECs enforcement staff has inquired about payments that the insurer failed to



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3 Giants — Berkshire, Amazon, JPMorgan— to Form Joint Employee Health Venture

30-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase Co. are partnering to create an independent healthcare company for their U.S. employees that will be focused on improving employee satisfaction and reducing costs. The new venture will be free from profit-making incentives



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Alfa Insurance of Alabama Announces Retirement of EVP Rutledge

30-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Alabama-based Alfa Insurances Executive Vice President of Operations Steve Rutledge will retire Feb. 1 after 33 years of service with the company. Rutledge began his career with Alfa in 1984 as a securities analyst following four years with Ernst



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How to Build High Performing HR Delivery System

30-January-2018 - onrec.com



According to a report by Mercer, only 35% of organizations deploy the essential elements of a high-performing HR services delivery model. Posted in News archive on 30 Jan 2018 The three key components of the highly efficient HR service model are identified as HR Shared Services, HR Business Partners, and Centers of Expertise. The successful implementation of these elements makes HR a high-performing function that helps organizations more efficient and profitable. The report further states that only 17% of the organizations are planning to make significant changes in their HR functions. Today the organizations across the globe are facing a severe talent crunch. The demand for talent outnumbers the supply of candidates who are qualified to fill the open positions. In this scenario, the HR is expected to play as a strategic partner for the organizations. They need to work closely with CEOs to address emerging challenges. The study by Mercer has found that the organizations which build a continuously evolving HR team outperform others. Therefore, it is critical for organizations to create high-performing HR teams, especially when a whopping 93% of the executives are planning an organizational redesign. The core business and HR functions must be aligned and evolve simultaneously to build a sustainable performance culture and stay relevant in the long term. The organizations need to do the following to ensure an evolving, high-performing HR function: Invest in Technology HR functions need to improve its digital presence significantly. There is a host of data analytics and Artificial Intelligence-based solutions that can empower organizations, especially the HR departments, to make sound talent-related decisions. Technological advancements can enhance HR efficiencies and improve employees’ experiences. A majority of business executives believe that investments in HR technologies alter the business outcomes such as driving innovation, dealing proactively with disruptive change, providing customer value, etc. significantly. Moreover, it also helps in employer branding and attracting the talent needed to excel. Build Capability and Evolve the Model According to Mercer’s study “more than two-thirds (68%) of high-performing HR functions have redesigned their HR structure within the last five years. As a result, many are utilizing a framework in which HR administration and decisions are made in a centralized manner, and processes and practices are consistent across the multiple locations.” The framework is also designed to ensure that HR processes evolve with the business strategy. It is crucial that the HR strategy of any organization is tightly aligned with its business strategy. Since business strategy always evolved with changing time, the HR function must play a proactive role in guiding the business on dealing with external changes. The HR needs to develop capabilities to help organizations strategically. A high-performing HR function moves the transactional role to Shared Services whereas the Center of Expertise and HR Business Partner support companies in the strategic and training issues. To counter the disruptive changes in the external environment and stay competitive in the long run, the companies must pay attention to build an evolving HR function which is capable to coach CEOs in bringing the suitable change. It can be done by implementing the three critical components of a high-performing HR function. It is time for the two-third of organizations which has not yet have a high-performing HR service delivery model to start creating a framework for the same to stay relevant in the next few years.



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Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) Announces 2018 Appointments to its Council of Europe and Africa

30-January-2018 - onrec.com



The global Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) today announced new appointments to the AESC Council of Europe and Africa, which consists of elected officers from AESC member executive search and leadership consulting firms from across the European and African continents. Posted in News archive on 30 Jan 2018 Emanuela Aureli , Consultant, Technology, Media Telecommunications and Data Analytics Practices, Spencer Stuart and based in London, will serve as Council Chair.  Martin Schubert , Partner, Eric Salmon Partners and based in Frankfurt, will serve as Council Vice Chair, while  Jonathan Morgan , Consultant, Regulation and Government Affairs Practice, Saxton Bampfylde/Panorama Search and based in London, will serve as Council Secretary/Treasurer. Ineke Arts , Partner, Technology, EU Association and Consulting Practices, Hoffman Associates/IIC Partners and based in Brussels, will serve throughout 2018 as Council Chair Emeritus. In addition, AESC would like to welcome the following new members of the Council of Europe and Africa:  George Abdushelishivi , Senior Partner, Chair, Ward Howell and based in Moscow. Christo Badenhorst , Director, Search Partners International/AltoPartners and based in Johannesburg.  Joe Coulter , Chief Operating Officer Finance Director, Coulter Partners and based in London.  Niccolo Giunta , Managing Partner of Eurosearch Consultants Italy and Chair of ECI Group and based in Milan.  Lydia Goutas , Managing Partner, Cornerstone International Group and based in Vienna.  Albert Hiribarrondo , Partner, Advisor, Executive Search Board Services, ALSpective/The Global Community for Leaders (TGCL) and based in Paris.  Michelle Lally , Chief Operations Officer, Sheffield Haworth and based in London. and  Franco A. Parodi , Founder, Parodi Associates and based in Düsseldorf. Emanuela Aureli, AESC Europe and Africa Council Chair, commented: “The AESC Council of Europe and Africa plays a critical role in ensuring the highest standards in the executive search and leadership consulting profession throughout the European and African markets. I look forward to working with my fellow Council members and our Board to ensure we are paving the way for the future of the profession on behalf of the clients we serve, across Europe and Africa and beyond.”  Karen Greenbaum, AESC President and CEO, commented: “I would like to thank our Councils for their local business intelligence and commitment to ensuring our association represents the highest quality firms in the profession. Our Councils play an integral role in combining regional insights with global innovation on behalf of our association, ensuring clients—no matter where in the world—receive exceptional quality and competitive business results when working with an AESC member.” The complete 2018 AESC Council of Europe and Africa includes: Emanuela Aureli , Spencer Stuart,  Chair  – London Martin Schubert , Eric Salmon Partners,  Vice Chair  – Frankfurt Jonathan Morgan , Saxton Bampfylde/Panorama Search,  Secretary and Treasurer  – London Ineke Arts , Hoffman Associates/IIC Partners,  Chair Emeritus  – Brussels Karen Greenbaum , AESC,  Ex-officio  – New York George Abdushelishvili ,  Ward Howell - Moscow Christo Badenhorst , Search Partners International/AltoPartners - Johannesburg Richard Boggis-Rolfe , Odgers Berndtson - London Joe Coulter , Coulter Partners - London Dorota Czarnota , Russell Reynolds Associates - Warsaw Kieran Duff , MERC Partners/IIC Partners - Dublin Petra Gerstner-Berggren , Stanton Chase - Bad Homburg Niccolo Giunta , Eurosearch Consultants Italy and Chairman, ECI Group - Milan Lydia Goutas , Cornerstone International Group - Vienna Peter Gullström , Headlight International AB - Stockholm Albert Hiribarrondo , ALSpective/The Global Community for Leaders (TGCL) - Paris Gerard Ketelaar , Quaestus Executive Leadership - Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Andrew Kris , Borderless - Brussels Michelle Lally , Sheffield Haworth - London Klas Mårtenson , Signium - Malmo Priscilla Motte , BHC - Paris Marc Pagezy , Eurosearch Associés/ECI Group - Paris Filippo Rinaldi , Management Search S.r.l. - Milan Franco A. Parodi , Parodi Associates - Düsseldorf Kristen Smit , Boyden - Paris Luis Urbano , Heidrick & Struggles - Madrid Eelco van Eijck , Amrop - Amsterdam Krista Walochik , Talengo/The Global Community for Leaders (TGCL) - Madrid Celeste Whatley , TRANSEARCH - London About Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants AESC is the voice of excellence for the executive search and leadership consulting profession worldwide. Its rigorous  Code of Professional Practice  guides members in nearly 1,300 offices in 74 countries and beyond to serve as strategic advisors on behalf of their clients. In turn, AESC members are best positioned to provide companies with a competitive advantage—the ability to find, attract and develop the best talent in the world and ensure that executives are successfully integrated. www.aesc.org



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Detroit’s Greektown Casino to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit for $140K

30-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



A Detroit casino operator has consented to pay $140,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by federal officials. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that its lawsuit charged Greektown Casino LLC with unlawfully failing to provide a



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Workplace: Change your daily routine and find happiness

30-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Youre probably eager to get it started off on the right foot which might include figuring out how to increase your daily happiness.            



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Loving life as a lawyer: How to maintain joy in your work (podcast)

29-January-2018 - abajournal.com



Do you dread going to work? If so, maybe it's time to look at the other ways you can flex your legal skills, Nancy Levit



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SEC looking into MetLife´s failure to pay some pensions

29-January-2018 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - MetLife Inc said on Monday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was looking into the insurer's failure to pay some workers' pensions.



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SNL Tackles #MeToo, But What Should You Do When Employees Discuss #MeToo at Work?

29-January-2018 - workforce.com



How do you discuss sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct with your friends and colleagues? Saturday Night Live, in one of its most brilliant sketches in a long time, offers a suggestion. Or, rather, a suggestion not to have the conversation at all. But can you prohibit your employees from discussing #MeToo in the workplace? Maybe. Or Maybe not. It likely depends... The post SNL Tackles #MeToo, But What Should You Do When Employees Discuss #MeToo at Work? appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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´When you grow quickly, it can be challenging´

29-January-2018 - bbc.com



Bulb's chief executive Hayden Wood explains how to manage your business when it is going through stellar growth



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The magic money tree

29-January-2018 - bbc.com



Michael Robinson investigates whether money pumped into the economy via quantitative easing did its job



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WATCH: XO Group CEO talks new book ´Career Manifesto´

29-January-2018 - abcnews.com



XO Group CEO Mike Steib speaks about his new book, "Career Manifesto," and shares his best tips to advance your career or kickstart your side hustle on "Real Biz With Rebecca Jarvis."



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How to build a great recruitment offer to attract top talent

29-January-2018 - onrec.com



Attracting the top talent can be difficult. There’s a huge amount of job postings made every day and even larger amounts of resumes. With such a big pool of candidates, how do you attract the top talent with the right experience, training and drive for your company? Here’s how to build a great recruitment offer to attract the top talent. Posted in News archive on 29 Jan 2018 Understand your needs and what you’re looking for Before you even begin creating your recruitment offer you must know exactly what you are looking for. What skills, traits and values are a must? What special things should you be looking for? Identify your target personalities and abilities as well as the desired values a successful candidate must portray. These values and traits should match the culture of your company which will not only help you choose the right talent but retain them as well. Having a clearly defined culture that people can see and feel will help attract the right people. You must know everything involved with the role. This will not only help you write a standout job description, but it will also help you choose the right candidate for the positions Be clear about the required qualifications This might seem obvious but it’s crucial that you are crystal clear about both the professional and personal qualities, qualifications and expectations that you are looking for. Top talent enjoy challenges and strive to make achievements. To do so, they must know what’s required of them. Offer meaningful benefits By now, top talent know what great benefits look like and they expect to receive them. If they are going to work at a company they want to feel like they are appreciated and can be themselves in the workplace. What perks you offer will generally depend on the company culture but things like flexible schedules, gym memberships and other types of employee perks are well received by employees. Make sure it’s clear that your company offers nice benefits in your recruitment offer. Include salary ranges Less than 10% of job postings include salary ranges. In a competitive labour market this can really damage your recruiting process. To acquire the top talent you should include salary ranges as well as your benefits and perks like personal days, telecommuting and any training opportunities. Start an Employee referral program Employee referral programs are one of, if not the top source of hire . An employee referral program creates a quicker hirer process, costs less and has a higher retention rate when compared to other hire sources. Your existing talent will likely have relationships with other talented people. Additional benefits of an employee referral program are that both the referred hire and the referee will stay longer at the company than other employees. Manage talent relationships Recruiting isn’t always as straight forward as finding and hiring a candidate. The internet has allowed both employers and employees to find possible opportunities during any point of the process. You might find a perfect candidate in a time when they’re not looking for a new position. However, nurturing these relationships and following up with them at the right time can be a great way to acquire top talent. Make a positive candidate experience While the successful candidate must match what you are looking for, the candidate is also looking to see if your company is right for them. Therefore, you must provide a positive candidate experience throughout your entire recruitment process. Think about how your company is portrayed online, both on and off your site. How easy is it for them to apply and how quickly do you get in touch with candidates? You want to make sure they feel comfortable and welcome when they come onsite. LinkedIn’s 2015 Talent Trends report found that 83 percent of talent say a negative interview experience can change their mind about a role or company they once liked, while 87 percent of talent say a positive interview experience can change their mind about a role or company they once doubted. Building a great recruitment offer doesn’t need to be complicated. To attract the top talent, you need to be clear with your expectations, offer top incentives and nurture your talent relationships. With a bit of planning and patience you will soon have the super star team you have dreamed of. Rachel is a mother of 2 beautiful boys. She loves to hike and write about travelling, education and business. She is a Senior Content Manager at Bizset.com - an online resource of relevant business information.  



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UK ranks 8th place in global talent competitiveness ranking

29-January-2018 - onrec.com



The UK has been ranked eighth in the world for talent competitiveness, according to a new global report measuring countries’ ability to attract, retain and grow talent. Posted in News archive on 29 Jan 2018 The UK has been ranked as the eighth best country in the world for the ability to attract, retain, train and educate skilled workers, according to the Global Talent Competitiveness Index The index reveals that the UK’s ability to leverage diversity for talent competitiveness is boosted by its global knowledge skills but undermined by its weaker performance on tolerance and gender equality The UK has a particularly strong pool of global knowledge skills, a variable for which it is ranked third in the index  London is ranked the 14 th  most competitive city, and both Cardiff and Birmingham feature in the top 50% of cities The UK has been ranked eighth in the world for talent competitiveness, according to a new global report measuring countries’ ability to attract, retain and grow talent. At eighth place in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), the UK ranks strongly in the enable, attract, grow and global knowledge skills variables which are measured in the report. The UK’s strong pool of global knowledge skills and ability to attract talent with its good external openness is boosted further by its strong regulatory, market and business landscape. But this is undermined by its internal openness, where the UK is still lagging behind, especially when it comes to gender equality.  Produced by the world’s leading workforce solutions provider, The Adecco Group, together with international business school INSEAD and Tata Communications, the GTCI looks at 68 discrete variables. Ranging from collaboration within organisations and foreign direct investment to the gender pay gap, labour productivity and university rankings, these variables help determine a country’s ‘talent competitiveness’ – the ability to attract, develop and retain skilled workers, thereby supporting productivity and prosperity. Now in its fifth year, the 2017-2018 GTCI comes at a time of continued political and economic uncertainty and change, when attracting and retaining top talent is more important than ever for businesses to survive and compete. The 2017-2018 report, which evaluates 119 countries, aims to provide decision-makers across business and government with the tools to drive talent competitiveness. Specifically, it suggests that by creating a truly diverse and inclusive corporate culture companies can gain a competitive advantage that will enable them to not just better attract and retain talent, but create a high performing workforce. GTCI 2018: TOP 10 COUNTRIES (2017 ranking in brackets) 1. Switzerland (1) 6. Finland (9) 2. Singapore (2) 7. Denmark (8) 3. United States (4) 8. United Kingdom (3) 4. Norway (10) 9. Netherlands (11) 5. Sweden (5) 10. Luxembourg (7) The report also explores the role of diversity as a source for innovation and prosperity in labour markets, finding that countries with greater diversity and inclusion will be best placed to achieve the performance and agility required to innovate and remain competitive in today’s fast paced and ever evolving global economy. The GTCI investigates how countries can go beyond compliance to genuinely instil a culture of diversity, including the need to change policies and practices in companies, governments and civil society.  Now in its second year, the Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index (GCTCI): a ranking of 90 cities according to their talent competitiveness, features London (14) in the top 20. The remaining cities in the UK – Cardiff (36) and Birmingham (38) – ranked in the top 50% of cities.  As the UK is not expected to officially leave the EU until March 2019, it remains to be seen whether Brexit will impact the UK’s competitiveness ranking. Commenting on the UK’s ranking, John Marshall, CEO, NA, UK Ireland, Professional Staffing, The Adecco Group, said: “It is encouraging that the UK once again ranks amongst the top countries in its ability to attract, retain and grow talent. A position encouraged by our ability to attract talent through good external openness and a strong market and business landscape.  It is disappointing to see that the UK is underperforming when it comes to gender equality and tolerance. “Greater diversity and inclusion are crucial if we are to foster skills and ensure that the UK not only remains a top destination for talent but can effectively compete in the global economy. By developing a true culture of diversity and inclusion, rather than letting it be another tick box exercise, the UK could tackle one of its key challenges: low productivity. Despite Article 50 being officially triggered in 2017, the ongoing negotiations and continuing lack of clarity over the UK’s position once it leaves the European Union in 2019, means the impact Brexit will have is not yet clear. It is important that both businesses and the Government start preparing for different possible scenarios and keep the ability to attract and retain talent at the forefront of any strategy.” “Diversity is a crucial leverage for innovation”.  Peter Zemsky, Deputy Dean and Dean of Innovation of INSEAD, stresses that  “Frameworks for organisational leadership emphasise the behavioural importance of networking externally rather than internally. Today, fuelled by the explosion of information in the knowledge economy, exploiting local innovation opportunities is becoming more important for the competitive advantage of corporations than exploiting R&D at corporate headquarters”. Vinod Kumar, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Tata Communications, added: “As digital transformation becomes a priority for more and more organisations, highly automated technologies fuelled by AI are entering the workplace. As humans and machines start to work side-by-side, businesses must start viewing talent and diversity generated competitiveness as extending beyond humankind to include machine. In accepting the primacy of digital infrastructure, neither talent nor diversity will be considered as exclusive to people alone.”



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Self-employed? Get ready for the 13-month working year

29-January-2018 - onrec.com



New research shows the self-employed work an extra 14 hours per week compared to employed workers – adding up to an extra month a year Posted in Statistics and trends on 29 Jan 2018 13-month calendar –  self-employed work for an extra month every year – despite pursuing a better work-life balance Jan-xiety –  January revealed as the most stressful month, with two thirds finding it difficult to sleep because of work worries, including looming tax deadlines  Down with down-time –  independent workers take a mere half the average holiday allowance Always on –  self-employed admit to working on holiday, on the toilet and even on a date One in seven Brits work an additional month every year, according to new research. The survey of 1,000 self-employed workers reveals that those going solo work a huge additional 14 hours per week, compared to permanent roles. The survey, commissioned by online accounting firm  Crunch  as part of its Safety in Numbers Report, also reveals that January is the most stressfultime of the year for a third (31%) of self-employed workers – a new phenomenon dubbed  Jan-xiety . In fact, two thirds (66%) find it difficult to switch off and get to sleep because of work stress, with 72% saying financial concerns keep them awake at night, and over one in ten (15%) saying it is due to business deadlines, such as the looming self-assessment tax deadline on 31 st January. The research also shows that working 9 – 5 is a thing of the past for many of the self-employed, as over a third (39%) start the working day before 8am and six per cent even clock in between 4am – 5am. A further 43% are still working after 10pm, with women more likely to work later into the night than men. Struggling to switch-off completely, 72% of respondents check work emails on a personal phone or laptop, with this rising to 80% for self-employed Millennials. One in six respondents even admitted to checking work emails between the hours of 3am and 7am.  More than half (56%) of respondents became self-employed in pursuit of a better work-life balance, and 45% to dictate their working hours better. The results of the survey clearly show that many self-employed are finding this difficult to achieve, and also highlights that over a third (32%) feel there isn’t enough support for the self-employed. So, to give the self-employed a helping hand against Jan-xiety – and fit in with how and when they work - Crunch is trialling a customer service helpline with a twist.  In the first of its kind, The Crunch Hotline will offer a helping hand to those with business on the brain in the early hours. Open from 4:00am-8:30pm between Monday 29 th  and Wednesday 31 st  January, Crunch’s team of professional advisors will be available on 0333 920 2857, offering much-needed support* to concerned freelancers and micro-business owners during the hours they need it the most.  Darren Fell, Founder and CEO of Crunch, said: “The number of self-employed workers is rising, now making up one in seven of the UK workforce. It is therefore no surprise that working hours are constantly changing, particularly for the self-employed community who are increasingly ‘always-on’. “We understand that self-employment comes with its challenges, but there are also huge benefits to be gained. With the right support from the organisations around them, the self-employed community can see their dream of a better work life balance become a reality.” Working around the clock is also having an impact on crucial down-time, as independent workers are taking just 14 days holiday a year – half the national average allowance – and 13% take no time off at all. But when they do manage to get away, over half (57%) admit to still working, with the most common reason being that they fear they’ll lose out on money (20%). 46% have even found themselves taking a work call or email in an unusual location to keep up with work demands, such as a public toilet (13%), on a beach (11%) and even during a date (2%).  The full top 10 unusual locations people have worked: A public toilet On a beach A fast food restaurant Up a mountain A fitting room A live sports match A date In the bath On a boat In a hospital To find out more about the Safety in Numbers report, visit the Crunch website:  www.crunch.co.uk/ *The Crunch Hotline will provide help and advice for general business concerns. For specific advice around the self-assessment deadline on January 31st, head to Crunch.co.uk to book an appointment with an advisor.



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Search Consultancy expands to London

29-January-2018 - onrec.com



Search Consultancy has opened a new office in London to meet the growing demand for trades and labour staff on construction projects in the city region. Posted in News archive on 29 Jan 2018 Six new consultant positions will be created at the Search Construction West London offices to recruit across a range of trades and labour in the construction and civil engineering markets, including new builds, fit outs and mechanical and electrical posts. The team will also be targeting the growing infrastructure market within the civils and utilities sectors. With a strong presence and reputation across the North, Search is also widely regarded as the first-tier labour supplier for multiple main contractors and already supplies staff to many of the capital’s largest and most prestigious construction and civils projects. The decision to launch a dedicated London office this year has been driven by a marked increase in demand for skilled construction labour on the many new development and infrastructure projects in and around the city. Patrick O’Reilly, Director at Search Construction, said: “Following what was a year of significant growth for Search in 2017, I am delighted to be starting a new year with the expansion of our construction arm to capitalise on the ever-growing opportunities within the capital.” “In expanding to London, we hope to continue to grow our partnerships with our existing client base, as well as generating new business by tapping into the large number of development projects throughout the region. We’re now actively looking for individuals with direct experience within the construction sector to join us on this journey.” Debbie Caswell, COO for Search said: “Construction recruitment was one of Search’s founding specialisms when the business launched in 1987. What makes our recruitment offering unique across the UK is that many of our consultants have had direct experience working on site in construction, meaning that they are true industry specialists who really understand and appreciate specific project demands and requirements. “ The new Search Construction London office launch follows a major period of growth for Search in 2017, which saw the nationwide firm grow its client base to over 3,300+ and staff numbers to over 700 at its 13 offices around the UK. More information about current Search construction recruitment opportunities in London are available at http://www.search.co.uk/construction



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Salaries for new HR staff rising faster than average

29-January-2018 - onrec.com



Advertised salaries in the human resources sector rose faster than the national average last year, according to new data from Reed Human Resources. Posted in News archive on 29 Jan 2018 The analysis of more than seven million jobs posted since the start of 2015 found that advertised salaries in the sector grew by 2.6 per cent since the end of 2016 – higher than the national average of 2.3 per cent.   Human resources businesses are advertising - and willing to pay - higher rates to secure new talent than in previous years, and this increase in advertised salaries is outstripping other industries such as technology, hospitality and leisure and marketing.   The data from Reed Human Resources highlights that certain roles have seen the biggest increases. Advertised roles for learning and development managers experienced a 7 per cent hike in salary since last year. This was followed by a 6 per cent increase for recruitment co-ordinators and a 5 per cent jump for HR project managers.   In total, the number of jobs posted for the sector increased by 5 per cent since last year showing that the industry continues to grow.   Chris Adcock, divisional director at Reed HR, says: “Staff turnover costs companies £4.13 billion each year*, so, companies want to recruit the best HR talent to help cut these costs. As a result, hiring managers are asking their boards to commit more money towards recruitment of new staff, and that is reflected in the advertised salaries.   “What this data shows is that, during 2018, those companies which are struggling to attract the right talent will need be ready to increase the salaries they offer.”   HR workers in London have felt the most benefit with the biggest overall salary rise of 4.2 per cent, compared to the national average for the sector of 2.6 per cent. However, those workers in the North West and the East Midlands follow closely behind with pay increasing by 3.1 per cent and 3.0 per cent, respectively.   Chris Adcock continues: “As with many industries, HR is going through a period of unprecedented change.    “As already seen in other sectors, AI and robotics will naturally replace some roles within the industry. However, companies and candidates know that where there is change there is always opportunity. The key is to embrace the technological revolution. Humans will always be required to operate this innovative and complex technology and we aren’t going to see AI and robotics technology in the workplace overnight.   “Many companies are looking to invest in people with the skills needed to adapt to this new order. HR professionals will need to focus upon demonstrating a strong understanding of how new technology can work effectively and streamline processes, along with varied experience and, as ever, strong people management skills. HR professionals with a combination of these skills will be in great demand in 2018 and beyond.”   For more information please visit www.reedglobal.com



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LinkedIn reveals annual Buzzwords for talent professionals

29-January-2018 - onrec.com



LinkedIn reveals its annual list of Buzzwords for talent professionals Posted in News archive on 29 Jan 2018 HR and recruitment professionals are highlighting skills and experience over personal strengths Socioeconomic analysis suggests companies becoming less hierarchical and more specialised job roles are linked to changes in vocabulary ‘Focused’ drops off this year’s list, whilst ‘skilled’ and ‘motivated’ join the top ten LinkedIn , the world’s largest professional network, analysed the most popular words in member profiles worldwide - and found that HR and recruitment professionals were using new words like ‘skilled’ and ‘motivated’ to describe themselves. In contrast, ‘focused’ and ‘excellent’ - which featured in fourth and seventh place last year - have dropped off the 2017 list. In 2017, the top 10 Buzzwords used by UK HR and recruitment professionals were: 1 Specialise 6 Expert 2 Experienced 7 Motivated 3 Leadership 8 Successful 4 Skilled 9 Generalist 5 Passionate 10 Strategic Jon Addison , Head of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn UK, commented: “Those working in HR and recruitment know just how important keywords can be when it comes to identifying the ideal candidate. But it’s key to remember that it’s a two-way street - and candidates will equally be looking at your online presence too. With January being one of the busiest times for our people visiting the LinkedIn platform to explore new career opportunities, make sure your profile represents you as a true ambassador for your organisation’s employer brand.” To help understand the change in language, and other findings in the data, LinkedIn partnered with  Professor of Sociolinguistics Rodney Jones  from the University of Reading, to explain what this means: LinkedIn’s data shows a movement away from highlighting particular personal strengths, towards skills and abilities that can be more specifically categorized. Professor Jones comments, “This narrowing down from generic terms to far more specific words such as ‘skilled’ and ‘experienced’ reflects a change in job roles that are becoming more specialised. Roles in the banking and pharmaceutical sector, for example, are under increasing scrutiny and as a result require more verifiable skills and attributes.” The Buzzwords data also reveals an increased use of ‘leadership’ in recent years, jumping in at number one in 2015’s list and maintaining a presence in the top five ever since. Professor Jones explains, “Companies are becoming less hierarchical - even junior members are expected to demonstrate leadership.” LinkedIn also shared some advice, to help recruiters stand out to candidates and clients: Take pride in your online presence:  Your LinkedIn profile will be one of the first things potential candidates and clients see, so make sure it sells you in the best possible way - starting with the language you use. If you consider yourself a ‘specialist’, why not show this by tailoring your profile accordingly? List relevant skills which have been built up through your work experience.  Show character:  While the words you choose say a lot about you, it’s also important to strike a professional tone. This doesn’t mean you should shy away from adding some personality to your language though – this is a great way to show your character. Be active:  It’s not just about what’s on your profile, proactivity is key when it comes to networking. Follow organisations that inspire you, or that you’d love to work for, make new connections, join groups and participate in discussions. This keeps your profile active and means that potential clients and candidates are more likely to come across your profile. Voice your opinion:  If you are an ‘expert’ on a given topic, why not tell the world by publishing a post on LinkedIn? By offering your opinions on industry matters, it demonstrates to your audiences that you are knowledgeable and well informed. Join the conversation at #LinkedInBuzzwords



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Recruitment Start Up Harnessing The Power of Technology

29-January-2018 - onrec.com



Employing new talent should be an exciting time. But the way the current recruitment industry works can make it seem anything but. With Recruimyjob.com, things are different. Posted in News archive on 29 Jan 2018 The recruitment industry is long due a shake up for both the way recruiters do their business development as well as the way clients find their recruitment agencies, this is exactly what Recruitmyjob.com has done. Recruitmyjob.com is an online recruitment platform which facilitates and streamlines the recruitment process for both recruiters and clients alike, by delivering live jobs straight to handpicked vetted recruiters from clients looking to use recruitment agencies – sounds simple right? Essentially the platform caters for both clients and recruiters to the extent that fees and conditions are agreed to by the recruiters prior to contacting the client directly and delivering their candidate. How does it benefit the client? A client looking to utilise a specialist agency will post a job for free on Recruitmyjob.com, this may sound like your normal job board, however the job is not visible to anyone except those agencies that specialise in the industry the job in question is related to. Upon advertising a job, the client is requested to provide the job details as per your normal job advertisement however before submitting the job the client selects the agency fee that they are willing to pay, ranging from 10% through to 25% - this is really putting the power back in the hands of the clients. You may say its obvious that every organisation will simply opt to suggest a 10% agency fee, however the better the fee the more likely they are to find the most suitable recruitment agencies. It gets better for the client – Recruitmyjob.com have fairly stringent regulations for recruitment agencies that choose to utilise their services, each recruitment agency is vetted to ensure they comply. For this reason, Recruitmyjob.com are able to deliver 3 specialist, vetted agencies within 3 days of the client posting their job – only 3 agencies can obtain the clients details on each job ensuring the client is never inundated. How does it benefit the recruitment agency? As a collective the founders of Recruitmyjob.com have over 30 years of recruitment experience and therefore they understand a recruiter’s pain points, first off, the hours upon hours of business development cold calling which often results in zero business. With Recruitmyjob.com you can say goodbye to cold calling! Recruitmyjob.com deliver highly relevant jobs straight to your inbox as well as your Recruitmyjob.com dashboard, you then have the choice of whether or not you would like to agree to the agency fee put forward by the client and get to work on placing a candidate. Upon purchasing a job for only £99 that you feel confident in filling you will receive the full details of the client who posted the job, the great thing about this is that you get to keep their details forever - meaning that you can do repeat business with them that Recruitmyjob.com will never charge for! The jobs you receive as a recruiter will always be relevant to the industries you specialise in due to the precision of the algorithm which matches the live jobs to the industries you select when signing up . If at any stage you branch out into a new specialist sector you can simply update your profile from within your dashboard, here you can purchase credit bundles, additional users and view your jobs purchased history. Recruitmyjob.com are offering a discounted subscription which is only £360 for a full year, this subscription also includes a free job credit worth £99 along with a FREE additional user account worth £120 – but hurry this offer is only valid for the first 500 agencies that sign up! https://www.recruitmyjob.com



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Jobs most at risk from automation are in cities that voted ´most strongly for Brexit´, think tank claims

29-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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North and Midlands ´most likely to lose out to robots´

29-January-2018 - bbc.com



Areas with a lot of retail, administration and warehouse jobs will be most affected, a report says.



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MARKET REPORT: Profit margin hangover sinks Conviviality

29-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Conviviality plunged 11.2 per cent, or 40p, to 318p after earnings were hit by cost-cutting efforts and margins were weakened by a string of key contracts.



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How to check hidden fund fees

29-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Investors of popular funds are paying up to three times more than the ticketed prices once the additional fees are added, according new research.



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Official jobs figures show ‘cautious optimism’ in the UK labour market, says CIPD

29-January-2018 - onrec.com



Commenting on official figures out today from the ONS, Gerwyn Davies, Senior Labour Market Analyst for the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said: Posted in News archive on 29 Jan 2018 Company Profile CIPD View profile » "The latest jobs figures paint a picture of cautious optimism in the UK labour market. It’s positive to see such strong quarterly employment growth. However, the record high number of vacancies points to a tightening of the labour market. Employers will increasingly need to review their employment offering to continue to attract applicants. The constraints in labour supply could therefore require a change in recruitment processes and greater investment in the training and upskilling of existing staff to ensure organisations have the skills they need to succeed. This will prove particularly pressing given the fall in net migration from the EU.   “With inflation increasing, real wages are struggling to keep up and people will be feeling a squeeze on pay. This is being exacerbated by the fact that employers are proving reluctant to increase wages as a potential response to the tightening labour market, as shown by recent CIPD research.”



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6 Situations When Social Media Can Cause You Harm in Your Job Search

29-January-2018 - onrec.com



Without a well-developed social media presence, most employees will struggle to land a good job. We’re experiencing an extremely competitive marketplace, and the conditions for hiring are pretty tough everywhere you go. Posted in News archive on 29 Jan 2018 If you’re a professional that’s looking for a great job, you must acknowledge the fact that the world has changed, and most of the employers and recruiters will expect you to have an online presence . Simply put, to boost your chances of getting called for an interview, you must show professionalism. In today’s world, there’s no better way to do that other than developing a personal brand around your name. In today’s post, we’re presenting 6 possible ways in which social media can cause you harm while you’re looking for jobs and applying for interviews Moreover, you’ll get a lot of tips and tricks that will help you correct your mistakes, so make sure you implement them no matter what! How Do Recruiters Perform Their Research? Here’s what you need to understand about how a recruiter acts and proceeds when searching for information online. First, a Google search is performed. All the relevant information is noted down, serving the purpose of further research. The interviewer reads the resume, the cover letter, and notes down all the statements and qualifications of the applicant. Then, he will seek proof online by searching for information that supports the applicant’s previous statements. The interviewer will then assess the degree of professionalism that the candidate is showing in the online presence, and especially in the social presence. Every candidate’s social media feed will be carefully analyzed. The interviewer will try to find comments or reviews that concern their applicants, information that comes from different people and sources. Lastly, the interviewer will seek a reason not to hire the applicant. If there are none, then it means the applicant’s ready for an interview! Well, considering that you know what the main interest of the average recruiter is, you must ensure that your social presence is glowing. Here are the situations you must always avoid in order to keep your chances of being summoned to an interview intact: 1.    Displaying Inappropriate or Provocative Posts Your social media posts should never contain provocative or inappropriate information. For example, if there’s a presidential election such as Trump vs Hilary going on, don’t take any political side. When you’re looking for a job, you should avoid posting things that might upset your interviewers. You never know who you’re dealing with so keep it safe! 2.    Showing Discriminatory Behavior Through Posts and Comments Don’t discriminate people and especially don’t be racist. Everybody hates racist people. If your online presence shows that you are one, you will lose most of your chances of landing a great job. 3.    Proof of Drugs or Alcohol Use If your relationships with drugs or alcohol is not a beautiful one, you should never display it online. Showing personal picture when you’re getting drunk or high with your friends will significantly diminish your odds of being called for an interview. Keep your personal and professional online presence separated by having two accounts, one for friends and another for work. 4.    Not Being Genuine with Your Qualifications If through your resume you have pointed out several qualifications, your online presence should almost always prove it. If there are no proving links or information on the web, you must ensure that you display proof for all your statements. Not being genuine with your qualifications will probably cause a negative effect, as no person will ever appreciate lies. 5.    Poor Writing and Communication Skills Many employers will pay a lot of attention to your writing skills, and that’s because content becomes extremely important today. If you can write quality content, you become a better asset to the company as managers can rely on your writing skills for a bigger variety of assignments and roles. Moreover, no editing service will be required for the documents and papers you write,  therefore your hirer will have fewer costs in the long term. Moreover, showing great communication skills on your social pages should become one of your top priorities. You can display your communication traits by encouraging people to leave comments on your post and by properly answering them. This way, you are encouraging the start of a smart discussion that proves your qualities. 6.    Lack of Professionalism Simply put, you need to look and act like a professional in order to be treated like one. Your online presence is now the most advantaging place that’ll help you prove yourself as a professional in your field. On your social feeds, post only content that is related to your niche and that connects with different niche influencers. In addition, you should create a personal website and make it visible (promote it) through your social media channels. Display your professional services with the greatest confidence and you’ll earn the respect of everyone who’s interested in your persona. Takeaways Social media has changed the way we do things. It changed the entire world, as most people are now communicating more through social channels than they do it face-to-face. Recruiting now happens online. A personal branding effort counts as an extra benefit that’ll count at the end of the employer’s search process. Make your social media presence glow and you’ll overstep your competition without much hustle!



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Adzuna comment on ONS Labour Market stats January 2018

29-January-2018 - onrec.com



Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, comments: Posted in Opinion on 29 Jan 2018 Company Profile Adzuna View profile » “Recent figures show the inflation rate has fallen slightly, down to 2.9%. No rush for a celebration just yet as prices are still high, but this does give some indication that the worst of the pay squeeze could be over. However at present, the knock-on-effects on costs has resulted in retailers cutting their prices to attract customers and stay afloat ahead of the tide imminently turning. Companies such as Tesco has resulted in cutting 1,700 shop floor jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive to improve its operational structure. On one hand, an example of a smart and competitive move for UK firms to adapt their business model to remain ahead of the times, to stay resilient and dynamic. Yet, another bitter pill of uncertainty for those currently in employment to swallow, given the volatile nature of the jobs market. “Looking at the jobs market through an optimistic lens, it’s likely that UK pay growth in 2018, is set to pick up speed for jobseekers and employees, given the ongoing dark cloud that has sat above UK average salaries. Improving for the first time since 2015, UK salaries currently reside at £32,598, improving for the first time since 2015. With 102,000 more people in work than for June to August 2017, the employment rate has reached a new high of 75.3%, and sets the standard for the UK’s growing and enriched talent pool.” “The UK jobs market is never too far away from Brexit negotiations, and the question remains as to whether its impact will take a toll on the number of EU workers willing to come to work in the UK. Despite no actual signs of this impact on the labour market at present, opportunities are rife for the UK productivity to be boosted by a strong economy and this calls for further investment in UK technology such as the development of 5G service.” Main points for September to November 2017 Estimates from the Labour Force Survey show that, between June to August 2017 and September to November 2017, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people was little changed, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) decreased. There were 32.21 million people in work, 102,000 more than for June to August 2017 and 415,000 more than for a year earlier. The employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) was 75.3%, higher than for a year earlier (74.5%) and the joint highest since comparable records began in 1971. There were 1.44 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), little changed compared with June to August 2017 but 160,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The unemployment rate (the proportion of those in work plus those unemployed, that were unemployed) was 4.3%, down from 4.8% for a year earlier and the joint lowest since 1975. There were 8.73 million people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive (not working and not seeking or available to work), 79,000 fewer than for June to August 2017 and 167,000 fewer than for a year earlier. The inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were economically inactive) was 21.2%, lower than for a year earlier (21.7%) and the joint lowest since comparable records began in 1971. Latest estimates show that average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in nominal terms (that is, not adjusted for price inflation) increased by 2.5% including bonuses and by 2.4% excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier. Latest estimates show that average weekly earnings for employees in Great Britain in real terms (that is, adjusted for price inflation) fell by 0.2% including bonuses, and fell by 0.5% excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier.



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Artex Risk Solutions Launches Singapore Office, Led by Pannuzzo from Aon

29-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Bermuda-based Artex announced the creation of Artex Risk Solutions (Singapore) Pte Ltd., its first office in the region, which will oversee the growth and development of Artexs Asia Pacific captive and risk solutions strategy. Vic Pannuzzo has been hired as



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Cannasure Hires Kieran O’Rourke as Director of Underwriting

29-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Cannasure Insurance Services (Cannasure), a managing general agent and wholesale broker specializing in cannabis insurance, and based in Cleveland, Ohio, has hired Kieran ORourke to lead its MGA underwriting platform. ORouke has more than 20 years property/casualty underwriting and senior



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10 things you should always do to stay safe when traveling alone

29-January-2018 - usatoday.com



How to do more than simply "pay attention to your surroundings"            



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New Jersey’s NJM Insurance Group President and CEO to Retire This Year

29-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



NJM Insurance Group, a West Trenton, N.J.-headquartered property and casualty insurer, has announced that president and CEO Bernie Flynn will retire on April 27, 2018, after a career at the company that spanned 25 years, including the past 10 as



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Regulators Cite 4 Employers in Deadly 2017 Explosion in Colorado

29-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Federal regulators have cited four employers, including the largest oil and gas producer in Colorado, for exposing employees to health and safety hazards in connection with a May 2017 explosion that killed one employee and burned others. The Denver Post



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Seeman Holtz Acquires Arizona-based Xponent Employer Solutions

29-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Seeman Holtz Property Casualty Inc. has acquired Xponent Employer Solutions in Scottsdale, Ariz. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Xponent helps clients reduce the costs associated with payroll, employee benefits, insurance services, and human resource management. The Seeman



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First impression: Send a message that gets you hired

29-January-2018 - usatoday.com



When freelancing, your first impression might be the only impression you ever get.            



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Ad Meter 2018: Michelob ULTRA

29-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Training to become Michelob ULTRAs spokesperson isnt easy, but nothing will stop Chris Pratt from making his fit and fun Super Bowl debut.            



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Tax filing season starts today: Heres how to kick it off

29-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The IRS begins accepting tax returns today and its the last year under the "old" tax code. Certain refunds wont be available until late February.            



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Retirement: 3 tips to boost your Social Security benefits

28-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Want more money out of Social Security? Heres how to get it.            



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Stop giving state contracts to late payers, says Reed

28-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Reed Recruitment chairman James Reed said he stopped supplying Carillion with temporary workers when it changed its payment terms to 120 days.



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Tim Steiner delivers the goods as Ocado´s value tops £650m

28-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The share price of Ocado – best known among many shoppers for delivering Waitrose products – has rocketed thanks to a deal to sell its technological know-how to Canadian retailer Sobeys.



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Google employees say the companys not doing enough to protect them from harassment, threats

28-January-2018 - usatoday.com



At Google, a diversity culture war has erupted and employees say Google is not doing enough to protect them from harassment.            



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Hiring tips: Resume styles that will get you the job

28-January-2018 - usatoday.com



In many ways your resume is your calling card it will make your first impression on potential employers for you.            



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Authentically handmade? How to know amid mass production

27-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Craftspeople in some of the poorest places on Earth are making unexpected inroads into the U.S. retail market.            



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US Bombardier dispute: ´Huge relief´ for British workers

27-January-2018 - bbc.com



A surprise ruling in favour of the aircraft manufacturer is welcomed by UK politicians and unions.



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UAW leader says payments to union official did not affect talks

26-January-2018 - reuters.com



DETROIT (Reuters) - United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams on Friday denied a claim that payments by a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) executive to a union official had compromised contract talks or impacted union funds.



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Steve Wynn accused of sexual misconduct, report says

26-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Many present and former Wynn Resorts casino workers told of behavior that represents decades of sexual misconduct, The Wall Street Journal reported            



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FedEx to give wage increases, bonuses to workers

26-January-2018 - abcnews.com



FedEx says it will give wage increases, bonuses and make a voluntary $1.5B contribution to its pension plan following recent tax reform legislation



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Topshop and Topman jobs facing the axe

26-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Scores of jobs at Topshop’s 300 sites and Topman’s 250 could be lost under plans to axe individual ‘brand managers’ where there is a Topshop and Topman within the same store.



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How to spot an investment in trouble

26-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The recent peril of Carillion is a timely reminder of the importance of keeping a keen eye out for warning signs when investing in shares. Here's five ways to spot one of yours may be in trouble.



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Are President Trump´s tax cuts helping workers?

26-January-2018 - bbc.com



It is bonus season in America - and this year, more workers than usual have been getting checks.



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Investigation: Worker Killed in Iowa Mine Sought Crystals, Despite Warning

26-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



A federal investigation has concluded a worker wasnt following safety protocols when he was killed last year in a limestone mine collapse in Iowas Scott County. The Quad-City Times reports a Mine Safety and Health Administration investigation concluded that 52-year-old



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Alliant Hires Reisler as Vice President in New Jersey Office

26-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Alliant is continuing to expand its presence on the East coast with its recent hiring of Steve Reisler as vice president. Reisler will be based in the Fair Haven, N.J., office of Alliant within the companys Alliant Americas division. In



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Did your company pay you a bonus with tax savings? Check the list.

26-January-2018 - usatoday.com



More than three dozen S P 500 companies have announced employee bonuses, pay raises or bigger 401(k) matches.            



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Top 10 Employment Discrimination Charges in 2017

26-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



A total of 84,254 workplace discrimination charges were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) nationwide during fiscal year (FY) 2017, according to the federal agency. The EEOC said it secured $398 million for victims in the private sector



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Everything you need in your kitchen to start the Whole30 diet

26-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Heres how to stock your kitchen for success on the Whole30 diet            



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FedEx, Honeywell latest companies to share tax windfall with workers

26-January-2018 - usatoday.com



FedEX, Honeywell are latest to share tax cut windfall with workers.            



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Workplace Wellness Programs Are an Exercise in Futility, Latest Research Finds

26-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Workplace wellness programs have two main goals: improve employees health and lower their employers health-care costs. Theyre not very good at either, new research finds. For the study, 3,300 employees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were given a



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InterWest Insurance Services Opens New California Office

26-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



InterWest Insurance Services has opened a new office in Windsor, Calif. The commercial brokers affiliated with Windsor are Mike Feeney, Garrett Yates, Chip Arenchild and Mike Ryan. The employee benefits brokers are Sama Hershey Davis and Victor McKnight. Their primary



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Illinois Pallet Manufacturer Faces $91.8K Fine After Employee Injury

26-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Federal safety officials have cited an Illinois pallet manufacturer for machine safety violations after an employee was injured while conducting maintenance on equipment. The U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited New Lenox-based Supplyside USA, and



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In-N-Out managers make $160,000 per year

26-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The burger chain "is just eons above everybody else, a food labor researcher told The California Sun            



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Many employers get a vote of no confidence when it comes to handling harassment

26-January-2018 - usatoday.com



A new survey finds that fewer than half of employees believe their workplace can handle workplace issues, and 12% too fearful to report harassment theyve seen            



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Hiring tips: 4 things that can get your resume thrown away

26-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Getting hired is a competition. Dont get disqualified before the game really begins.            



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Ad Meter 2018: Budweiser

26-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Real workers from Budweisers Cartersville, Ga., brewery are featured in this ad, which focuses on Anheuser-Buschs emergency water program.            



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Ayrton Senna´s £5m McLaren to be sold at auction

25-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The McLaren-Ford MP4/8A took Senna to F1 career win number 39 out of 41 on 23 May 1993, just 12 month's before the three-time world champion lost his life at the San Marino GP.



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S&P expects positive credit boost for Amazon ´HQ2´ winner

25-January-2018 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - The winning location for Amazon.com's $5 billion second headquarters project and its promise of up to 50,000 new jobs will likely receive a credit boost, S&P Global Ratings said on Thursday.



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Home Depot to give one-time bonus of up to $1,000

25-January-2018 - abcnews.com



Home Depot says it'll give a one-time bonus of up to $1,000 in cash to its US hourly employees following recently passed tax reform legislation



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The Wile E. Coyote Method of Noncompete Litigation

25-January-2018 - workforce.com



Wile E. Coyote. Forever chasing the Roadrunner. Always ending up falling off a cliff or crushed under a giant boulder. Noncompete litigation. Sometimes you win an injunction. Sometimes the court drops a big boulder on your head. Suppose after leaving your company, an ex-employee begins soliciting his former co-workers to join him at his new venture. That employee had signed... The post The Wile E. Coyote Method of Noncompete Litigation appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Sector Report: Tech Gaining Foothold in RPO Space

25-January-2018 - workforce.com



Fully 79 percent of companies report that they have skills gaps that are difficult to close and most say they don’t understand how to solve this problem, according to 2017 research from Aberdeen. “More than half of companies lack the insights needed to improve the quality of their talent pipeline,” said Aberdeen analyst Zach Chertok. And they are turning to... The post Sector Report: Tech Gaining Foothold in RPO Space appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Plunge in apprenticeship numbers prompts fresh attacks on training levy

25-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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How to get a bedroom that will sell your home

25-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



We take a look at how to get your bedroom to sell your home and get some tips from an estate agent on what buyers really want.



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Study links star signs to driving habits

25-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



An insurer hired the services of astrologer Debbie Frank to review the behaviours of more than 2,000 motorists to determine which star signs are associated with bad - and good - driving.



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Apprenticeship levy is not working, employers say

25-January-2018 - bbc.com



A new levy is yet to increase the number of people training as apprentices, new figures suggest.



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JP Morgan boss warns it could move 4,000 jobs without Brexit progress

25-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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CV-Library sees record job applications this week

25-January-2018 - onrec.com



800,000 job applications made in this week alone! Posted in News archive on 25 Jan 2018 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » For organisations looking to recruit some real ‘winners’ in 2018, now could be the perfect time, with  CV-Library  data showing that 22 nd -29 th  January is the job board’s busiest week of the year for quality job applications. In fact this week has seen more candidates flood to the popular job board than ever before, with 800,000 job applications being made by job hunters across the UK. This is thanks to CV-Library’s proactive approach to candidate attraction, including extensive outdoor advertising and a successful SEO strategy. In fact, SEO traffic increased by 120% in 2017 because of these efforts. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library  comments:  “January is notoriously a popular time for looking for a new job and this year is no different. Our data shows that many workers are turning to the job hunt after a few weeks of settling into work post-Christmas. If you’re looking to make excellent hires right now, this is certainly the time to start recruiting.” With over 12.4 million candidates currently looking for their next job and 800,000 job applications made in this week alone, now is the perfect time for organisations to boost their recruitment efforts. Find out more about why now is a great time to target active job hunters  here .



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Textkernel brings game-changing AI to the Recruitment Agency Expo

25-January-2018 - onrec.com



Textkernel introduces Extract! 4.0 – the first fully AI-powered CV parsing solution – at the Recruitment Agency Expo in London on 31 January and 1 February. Posted in News archive on 25 Jan 2018 Company Profile Textkernel View profile » Textkernel has reached a milestone with the successful application of  Deep Learning to its CV and job parsing algorithm. This resulted in a major qualitative leap in the way Textkernel’s intelligent products are able to accurately parse CVs. Extract! 4.0 shows an increased accuracy rate across a large range of fields, with error rates decreasing by 20 to 30 per cent on average. Textkernel will be showcasing its AI-powered solutions to the recruitment industry at the Recruitment Agency Expo, stand B7. With its  CV parsing  software and  semantic search  and  matching  solutions, Textkernel helps staffing and recruitment agencies to be more efficient in their placement processes. Contact Textkernel  for more information.



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Microsoft Surface Book 2 survives journey to space

25-January-2018 - onrec.com



Despite minus 60C temperatures and 212 miles per hour speeds Posted in News archive on 25 Jan 2018 On Wednesday November 22, 2017, leading Microsoft talent partner Curo Talent soared to new heights by launching a Surface Book 2 into space. Taking off from a specially selected site near Swindon under particularly difficult weather conditions, the Surface Book 2 travelled over 21 miles into the stratosphere before hurtling back down to earth. Despite wind speeds reaching nearly 22 miles per hour, the Curo Talent team worked alongside near space experts Sent Into Space to launch the Surface Book 2, just days after its official release from Microsoft. Attached to a parachute for a safe descent, the Surface Book 2 landed approximately two and half hours later near Ely in Cambridgeshire, almost 100 miles away from its launch site. “We weren’t sure whether the Surface Book 2 would survive its journey,” said Mark Sewell, chief information officer (CIO) at Curo Talent. “However, we were pleased to hear from the landing team that the Surface Book 2 not only survived its mission, but is in perfect working condition.” The Surface Book 2 was attached to a hydrogen inflated latex balloon that travelled up beyond the Armstrong limit, which is the altitude above which no human can survive without a pressurised environment. While transporting the Surface Book 2 to new limits, the launch is designed to capture interesting scientific data. “Through the journey we can not only track the exact location of the balloon at all times, but also find out useful information about its journey,” Dan Blaney, business operations manager at Sent Into Space, said. “For this mission, we know that the Surface Book 2 survived temperatures of near minus 60 degrees centigrade, air pressure of less than one per cent of sea level air and speeds of over 210 miles per hour on descent. The fact that the device survived and still works is very impressive.” The launch was witnessed by a group of twelve school children from a local primary school, who learned about the science and technology behind the project. Alongside the Surface Book 2, a series of postcards addressed to inspiring scientists or those with influence across the science and technology sectors were launched. The postcards will be sent to their intended recipients with a letter of authenticity, urging increased funding and support for the next generation of science, technology and space experts. “Space is truly inspiring,” Sewell continued. “Seeing the children get excited about the project and having them ask well thought out questions shows that the next generation will be inspired to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) subjects with the right support.” The entire journey was filmed by an on-board camera and is available to watch on the Curo Talent website and YouTube channel . The Surface Book 2, which survived its journey into the stratosphere will be given as a gift to Microsoft executives. 



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Pay settlements on the rise in 2018

25-January-2018 - onrec.com



The first pay awards of 2018 are worth a median 2.5%, according to analysis from pay experts at XpertHR. This is half a percentage point higher than the 2% median wage increase seen throughout 2017, and the highest level recorded for almost four years. Posted in News archive on 25 Jan 2018 Based on a sample of 59 pay awards effective in January 2018, XpertHR finds that organisations in both manufacturing and production, and private-sector-services, are being more generous in their pay awards this year. Both sectors have recorded a median 2.5% award, with the middle half of increases worth between 2% and 2.8%. XpertHR has not recorded pay awards across the economy as high as 2.5% since early 2014, so although only a snapshot of the very first deals to be concluded, the figures are a positive sign that employers are making higher pay awards than over the past year. Based on a matched sample, almost 60% of awards paid more to the affected employees than they received in January 2017 (and less than 20% were given a lower award). Latest pay award findings The latest rolling-quarterly analysis from XpertHR covers the three months to the end of December 2017. Based on a sample of 39 basic pay awards effective between 1 October and 31 December 2017, we find that: The median pay award across the whole economy was 2%, with the middle half of pay awards (the interquartile range) worth between 2% and 3%. Almost half (47.4%) of pay awards were at exactly the same level as employees received at their previous review. Just 13.1% were lower, but a healthy proportion (39.5%) were higher. Over the 12 months to the end of December 2017, the median pay award in the private sector was 2%, compared with 1.1% in the public sector. XpertHR pay and benefits editor Sheila Attwood  said: “It is almost four years since XpertHR’s headline measure of pay awards has stood at 2.5%, but we are now seeing some much-needed growth in pay award levels in the first deals to be concluded in 2018.” www.xperthr.co.uk



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ACORD Names Maine’s The MEMIC Group Top Workers’ Comp Company in U.S.

25-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



The MEMIC Group, a Portland, Maine-headquartered workers compensation carrier, has been ranked the top workers compensation company in the U.S. by the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development (ACORD), the global standards-setting body for the insurance industry. In a



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Young people: Job optimism falls

25-January-2018 - onrec.com



Optimism amongst students and recent graduates to secure a job in 2018 has significantly fallen from 2017. Magnet.me, UK’s biggest student and graduate careers site, finds1 that Brexit and UK economic uncertainty are two biggest factors causing concern. Posted in News archive on 25 Jan 2018 Only half of graduates and students optimistic about securing a job 22% expect to secure grad roles, others turning to gig-economy Student debt and living costs raise salary expectation Optimism amongst students and recent graduates to secure a job in 2018 has significantly fallen from 2017.  Magnet.me , UK’s biggest student and graduate careers site, finds 1 that Brexit and UK economic uncertainty are two biggest factors causing concern. Only half of young people are buoyant about securing a role in 2018. Job optimism has dropped from 65.6% in January 2017 to 53.1% today. Three quarters (74.5%) cited there were not inspired by UK economic signals, Brexit negotiations or political stability in the UK as reasons for the fall in optimism. Additionally, a third (32.2%) reported that they would leave the UK to find employment in the event on a ‘hard’ Brexit. Fears of disorderly Brexit negotiations (36.7%) and the state of the UK economy (28.5%) were again the top two reasons causing trepidation amongst young people about job prospects, in much the same proportions as January 2017 (35.5% for Brexit and 28.9% for UK economy). Moreover, only a fifth of students are confident they will secure a graduate-level job or graduate programme in 2018. Almost a third (29.6%) are contemplating joining the gig-economy until they can secure a job, whilst a quarter (23.2%) will take up unpaid internships to gain work experience. The average graduate salary 2  ranges between £19,000 and £22,000, however, the majority of young people (68.4%) feel they would need to earn at least £27,174 a year to absorb living costs and student debts as they enter working life. One in five (19.2%) felt they needed at least £35,000. Overwhelmingly, 79.5% of students reported that they would forgo their preferred career paths for a better paid job in the short term to manage financial pressures after leaving university. Vincent Karremans, Founder of Magnet.me commented:  “It’s disconcerting that young people will forgo their ideal jobs or careers in the pursuit of better paid jobs just because of financial pressures after university. Student debt and living costs mean they have higher salary expectations which could scupper the ambitions of many young people. Perceptions on how Brexit and the economy are being handled are driving job optimism amongst young people. So, it looks like it will be a rollercoaster ride for the student and graduate jobs market. The Government and employers can do more to provide clarity and confidence to young people as they enter the labour market." 1  Results are from a Magnet.me user survey (and focus groups) of current students and 2017 graduates conducted during December 2017 and January 2018. 11,871 users responded to the survey conducted online and by e-mail.  2  As per analysis graduate jobs and internships posted on Magnet.me



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Search for staff gets tougher as vacancies reach record highs – REC

25-January-2018 - onrec.com



Today’s labour market statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), based on data from September-November 2017, show that the number of vacancies has reached a record high for the fourth month in a row whilst real wage growth is still falling. Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) chief executive Kevin Green comments: Posted in News archive on 25 Jan 2018 Company Profile REC View profile » “Businesses are still planning to hire and there was a record number of vacancies at the end of last year. However, it’s becoming even tougher to find people with the right skills to fill the jobs available, so employers across a range of sectors are desperately searching for candidates – from nurses to baristas to engineers. “Employers who want an edge over the competition have to design new ways to attract people, like flexible work patterns. Some may need to go to specialist recruiters to get help sourcing talent in areas where there are very few candidates.  “Our data shows employers are increasing starting salaries in a bid to get applicants. However, this isn’t translating into broader pay rise for current staff and workers are facing hard times as inflation continues to outstrip pay growth. Employers need to think about salaries and benefits for all of their staff – otherwise employees could be tempted by better offers from rival companies.” 



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ONS unemployment has fallen - comment from totaljobs

25-January-2018 - onrec.com



By David Clift, HR Director, totaljobs: Posted in Opinion on 25 Jan 2018 Company Profile Totaljobs View profile » “Today’s unemployment figures show an ongoing stability in the British workforce, which is hugely encouraging. As we head into 2018, it is reassuring to know that despite the political and economic uncertainty of the last year, unemployment is continuing to fall. This shows confidence in the nation’s jobs market. This is particularly important as political uncertainty shows no sign of abating, partly due to Brexit negotiations. This year we saw a record number of jobs advertised on  totaljobs  in the first week of January, with 54,000 posts on the site, which is up 20% from the same period in 2017. We hope to see unemployment continue to fall throughout the course of 2018.”



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FCSA restructures membership status

25-January-2018 - onrec.com



From 30th September 2018, all members of The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), the UK’s largest independent trade association for professional employment services, must be fully accredited members. Posted in News archive on 25 Jan 2018 The decision has been made by the trade body to provide clarity for the industry so that recruiters and others in the supply chain are assured that all FCSA members operate to the same compliance standard.   Currently, FCSA has two types of membership – accredited membership and associate membership.  Accredited membership is awarded to those professional support companies that have been able to demonstrate certain compliance standards and have been independently audited to confirm that they adhere to FCSA’s rigorous code of practice.  By contrast, FCSA’s associate members have agreed to adhere to the FCSA Charter and have self-certified that their business is run by fit and proper persons. FCSA currently has numerous associate members already pursuing FCSA accredited member status, and others considering this will be encouraged to do so in the coming eight months.  Until then, FCSA will continue to support all associate members with all of their usual membership benefits. Commenting on the decision to introduce single accredited membership status and discontinue associate membership status, Julia Kermode, chief executive of FCSA said: “The decision to only represent fully accredited members and discontinue associate membership has not been made lightly and has largely come about due to the confusion within the sector regarding our two membership types.  FCSA membership is perceived by the industry as a mark of excellence that all members have met the FCSA’s high standard of compliance via accreditation, so we have a duty of care to ensure that this is the case.  Our decision to introduce one type of membership should provide clarity for everyone. “An increasing number of recruitment agencies look for FCSA’s compliance standard as a prerequisite for their preferred supplier lists (PSLs) and, in an unregulated industry, companies want the reassurance that they are working with suppliers they can trust.  FCSA accreditation provides them with that peace of mind and recruiters tell me that the FCSA mark is a clear commercial differentiator when they are assessing suppliers to work with. “2018 is set to be a challenging year for our industry and I hope that our associates will reflect on how far we have come together and acknowledge the importance of being part of such a reputable and independent trade association.  With that in mind, I hope that many of them will go on to pursue full accreditation status; our accreditation is open to any firm that can demonstrate that they meet our highest standards and we will support our associates through the process should they opt to go for it.”



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Home Depot giving $1,000 bonuses to U.S. workers after Trump tax cut

25-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Home Depot is doling out bonuses of up to $1,000 to U.S. hourly workers after President Trumps tax cut.            



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Fiat Chrysler hourly workers to get $5,500 bonus checks after 2017 profit

25-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday said that U.S. hourly workers would get profit-sharing checks averaging $5,500.            



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Airbnb adds Chenault, pledges next hire for all-male board will be a woman

25-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Outgoing American Express CEO is the first African-American to join the five-member, all-male board, which is promising to name a woman next.            



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Tesla employees say to expect more Model 3 delays, citing inexperienced workers

25-January-2018 - usatoday.com



CEO Elon Musk has already had to disappoint eager customers with Model 3 delays due to manufacturing "bottlenecks." Gigafactory employees expect he will have to, again.            



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In-N-Out managers make $160,000 per year, reports show

25-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The burger chain "is just eons above everybody else, a food labor researcher told The California Sun            



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Iowa School District Settles Wrongful Termination Suit for nearly $1M

25-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



School officials in central Iowa have reached a nearly $1 million settlement with a former employee who alleged he was wrongfully fired after reporting improper conduct by a high-ranking district officer. The Waukee Board of Education unanimously approved the settlement



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Vandal Causes Thousands of Dollars in Damage to Iowa ‘Field of Dreams’ Site

25-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



A vandal has caused thousands of dollars in damage to the Field of Dreams in Iowa by driving a vehicle onto the site made famous by the 1989 movie. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that workers at the site outside



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With $25 Million in New Funding, Home Insurtech Hippo to Expand

24-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Insurtech Hippo has nailed down $25 million in new Series B funding, a cash infusion the provider of super-quick homeowners insurance will use to fuel a hiring and geographical expansion. Comcast Ventures and Fifth Wall led the round, along with



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In 2017, Labor Lawyers Raced to Settle Class Actions Before Trump Effect

24-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



While employers across the U.S. paid a record amount in settlements for workplace violations last year, dont expect this to mark the beginning of a trend. Think of it more as the storm before the calm, as labor lawyers rush



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Optisure Risk Partners Hires Sterrett as Life Practice Manager in Connecticut

24-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Optisure Risk Partners, based in Manchester, N.H., has hired Reid Sterrett as life practice manager, reporting directly to Optisure CEO Peter R. Milnes. Sterrett will be based in Hartford, Conn., and will serve as a contributing member of the Optisure



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Wellness Companies React to EEOC Incentive Rule Upheaval

24-January-2018 - workforce.com



Wellness programs took a hit recently when a federal judge ruled that an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rule regarding incentives will be nullified as of Jan. 1, 2019. A few different wellness companies told me their reactions to this news, and, to my surprise, not all of it was panic or negative. The post Wellness Companies React to EEOC Incentive Rule Upheaval appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Risk Strategies Acquires Ohio’s Benefits Network Insurance Agency

24-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Risk Strategies Co., a privately held national insurance brokerage and risk management firm, has acquired Benefits Network Insurance Agency (BNIA), a specialist brokerage focused on the development of employee benefits plans. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Headquartered in



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Employee Leave Rights and the Flu

24-January-2018 - workforce.com



I’m typing today’s post from my bed, where I convalesce with the flu.  Since I’m at home with the flu, I thought it worthwhile to discuss the leave-of-absence rights of employees with this illness. Let’s start with the FMLA itself. It’s rules actually mention the flu by name. Ordinarily, unless complications arise, the common cold, the flu, ear aches, upset stomach, minor... The post Employee Leave Rights and the Flu appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Business Coalition Challenges Fee on Montana Workers’ Comp Assets

24-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



A business coalition is asking a judge to stop state officials from imposing a fee on assets of Montanas workers compensation fund to plug a budget gap The suit filed Monday in state District Court in Lake County says employers



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How-to HR: Engaging Remote Workers

24-January-2018 - workforce.com



How-to HR, Workforce’s new monthly video series, takes a look at the do’s and don’ts of engaging remote workers. It should come as no surprise, but experts reiterate the importance of communication with workers outside the office. Alexis Carpello is a Workforce intern. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. The post How-to HR: Engaging Remote Workers appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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MARKET REPORT: Tech star Sage is hit for £574m

24-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The FTSE 100 heavyweight dipped 6.5 per cent, or 53.2p, to 768.2p – after training costs and underperformance weakened its results.



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Thousands at risk in Sainsbury´s and Tesco jobs carnage

24-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Yesterday Sainsbury's announced it had put thousands of jobs under review, just hours after Tesco revealed it would cut 800 jobs as it axes 1,700 roles and creates 900 new job titles.



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The number of people in work surges to 32.2 million

24-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



More people in jobs will fuel hopes in Government that employment growth could yet continue at record-breaking pace despite several months of slow down.



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UK unemployment falls to 1.44 million

24-January-2018 - bbc.com



A sharp rise in job creation has kept the unemployment rate at a four-decade low, official figures show.



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Britain’s jobs boom powers pound to $1.42

24-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



The pound rose above $1.42 for the first time since June 24, 2016, the day after the referendum when it fell sharply as the result stunned investors around the world.



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Personal Group wows employees with its best ever fleet of benefits

24-January-2018 - onrec.com



Personal Group, a provider of employee benefits and insurance products based in Milton Keynes, has unveiled its best ever benefits and rewards package for its 250 UK-based employees. Posted in News archive on 24 Jan 2018 The revamped benefits and reward proposition includes a plethora of enviable staff perks, including access to fair value loans and enhanced paternity and maternity pay. Personal Group have also increased all employee’s basic annual leave allowance, added private medical insurance as standard and have extended bereavement leave and emergency leave. As part of the new package, Personal Group’s sales team also took a trip to Rockingham Race Track, where they were able to trade in their old SEAT Ibiza cars for brand new SEAT Leon’s, while refreshing their knowledge of driver safety training at the same time. These enhanced benefits complement the other core benefits offered by Personal Group, such as worldwide travel insurance for staff and their families, salary sacrifice for cars, bikes, home technology, parking and holiday purchase. Personal Group also offer everyday retail discounts and gym membership, as well as free and confidential access to an Employee Assistance Programme which offers legal and financial advice as well as access to counselling. In addition, Personal Group offer a non-contributory pension scheme so even if the employee isn’t ready to start saving, there is a growing retirement pot building ready for when they do. One of Personal Group’s more unique core benefits is linked to their CSR activity. The company supports the  Memusi Foundation  which works with communities in Kenya and Tanzania to provide hope through education. Personal Group offers funded volunteering trips twice a year to the school their own staff built in Africa, in work time, without impacting staff annual leave allowances. Whilst in Africa, the employees provide on the ground assistance and see first-hand where the company’s fundraising efforts go. Closer to home they invite staff to choose a local charity of the year and all local fundraising efforts support this local worthy cause. On a more individual level, each year every employee can donate £100 to a charity of their choice. The company also matches each employee’s personal fundraising efforts up to £250, doubling any money they raise for their chosen charity. Rebekah Tapping, HR Director at Personal Group  commented: “At Personal Group we truly believe that our employees are our greatest asset, so we wanted to create a benefits package which was not just a box ticking exercise, but would make a meaningful difference to our staff, their happiness and wellbeing, as well as benefit their wider family and friends too. Many of the new benefits we have introduced in 2018 are around adding greater flexibility and recognition of changing family dynamics and to tackle some of the true issues affecting people in the workplace today.” www.personalgroup.com



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£7,200 is the pay rise magic number, say UK employees

24-January-2018 - onrec.com



New research has revealed what the average Briton feels they need to lead a ‘comfortable life’ - a pay rise of £7,200. That’s the conclusion of a new study commissioned by the world’s largest job site, Indeed. Posted in Statistics and trends on 24 Jan 2018 Company Profile Indeed View profile » That’s the average figure workers say would give them a ‘comfortable life’ Women are less likely to ask for a rise than men - amid a new ‘gender pay rise gap Bristolians are the least happy with their current salary - with just 5% saying they feel comfortable on what they earn Yet Londoners are the most likely to ask for a pay rise in 2018 New research has revealed what the average Briton feels they need to lead a ‘comfortable life’ - a pay rise of £7,200. That’s the conclusion of a new study commissioned by the world’s largest job site, Indeed. For someone earning the average UK salary of £27,600, the figure equates to an extra £3.46 per hour[1] - or a 26% pay rise to £34,800 per year. With the the cost of living varying significantly across the UK, people’s perceptions of what it would take to achieve a comfortable life differ from region to region. Employees in Wales say a rise of just £4,300 would suffice, while those in southeast England feel they’d need £9,900. While a clear majority of workers want to earn more money to feel comfortable, a surprising 23% of people in the East of England say they don’t need a pay rise because their ‘life is comfortable’ with their current salary. By contrast, just 5% of workers in Bristol say they are comfortable on their current salary. Indeed’s research suggests there may also be a ‘gender pay rise gap’, with just 38% of women planning to ask for more money in the coming year compared to more than half (51%) of men. More than a tenth (11%) of women say they are too embarrassed to discuss a pay rise with their employer; nearly three times the proportion of men who are put off by embarrassment (4%.) Table: Top 5 reasons why women say they won’t ask for a pay rise in 2018 I am happy with my salary (29%) My peers haven’t had a pay rise (16%) Fear of losing my job (16%) I have had a pay rise already/recently (15%) Too embarrassed to have the conversation about a pay rise (11%) Despite having the highest average salaries in the country at £34,473, two thirds (63%) of Londoners plan to ask for a pay rise this year. At the other end of the scale, workers in Yorkshire are least likely in Britain to ask for rise, with just 35% planning to do so in 2018. Bill Richards, UK Managing Director, Indeed, comments: “However much we like our job, many of us feel we’d like it just that bit better if we were paid more. So it’s little surprise that ‘get a pay rise’ is a popular New Year’s resolution - and by putting a figure on what people feel they need to be ‘comfortable’, our research reveals the scale of their ambition. “Our £7,200 magic number shows people’s aspirations are well above the average pay rises achieved by British workers in 2017, which according to government data were below 3%. But with the number of unemployed people at its lowest level for four decades, employers are having to compete hard to recruit and retain the people they need to grow. “This battle for talent should slowly push up wages in 2018, but it’s likely that employers will also ramp up the benefits they offer staff. Salary is only one of the drivers that attract talent, and our research shows that employees consistently rate work-life balance and the quality of the working environment as equally important as their paypacket.”



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UK employment hits fresh high as squeeze on real wages continues

24-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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REC endorses CBI’s call for Brexit urgency

24-January-2018 - onrec.com



CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn has today given a speech on what will make a good Brexit. The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) endorses their call for a “jobs-first transition deal to be nailed down in the next 70 days”. Commenting, REC chief executive Kevin Green says: Posted in News archive on 24 Jan 2018 Company Profile REC View profile » “We support the notion that the government should be under a 70 day deadline to provide a transition deal that prioritises jobs. That will be a year on from when Article 50 was triggered and it is time that we see sufficient progress for the sake of employers and workers in this country.  “Businesses have been kept waiting too long for the government to provide clarity and our data shows that employer confidence in the economy is really suffering because of this, which is starting to impact hiring plans. Recruiters tell us that their clients are already moving jobs abroad and this will increase if they don’t feel reassured. Large businesses do workforce planning at least a year ahead and it’s not feasible to think they will hold off on decision-making any longer. “It’s also vital that EU workers in the UK are told what practical actions they have to take to get their right to work here confirmed. It is not clear right now and they will be feeling frustrated. Many sectors across the economy, from healthcare to warehousing, rely heavily on EU workers and must be able to access the people they need – otherwise employers could end up moving to other countries, reducing their services or even shutting down.” www.rec.uk.com



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Trump´s choice Jerome Powell approved as Federal Reserve head

24-January-2018 - bbc.com



The Senate backs the president's choice, Jerome Powell, for the world's most powerful economics job.



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About to get fired? How to get the best severance package

24-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Youre leaving your job, and not by your own choice. Make the best of it.            



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Starbucks boosts worker pay, gives bonuses after tax cut

24-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Starbucks is dishing out pay increases and stock bonuses to employees, becoming the latest to boost compensation after President Trumps tax cut.            



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Take part in Best Employers Eastern Region 2018

24-January-2018 - onrec.com



Best Employers Eastern Region returns for 2018 and founders Pure are encouraging organisations across the region to attend the launch event on 27 February. Posted in News archive on 24 Jan 2018 Since it was first founded by professional recruitment specialists Pure and psychometrics experts eras ltd in 2012, Best Employers Eastern Region has given organisations the opportunity to actively evolve workplace culture as well as the chance to be crowned one of the region’s best employers. It begins with a free employee engagement survey which gives employees a confidential way to share their views. Employers gain unique, real-time data on how employees are feeling, whilst staff are given a voice and the opportunity to effectively vote for their organisation to win an award by sharing what it is really like to work there. The 2018 launch event will reveal the new and enhanced features of the employee survey, which is now even simpler to use and easier to customise as an in-depth or pulse style survey. Once complete, each organisation receives a tailored report summarising the culture, values and leadership style, and a summary action plan on how to improve. Lynn Walters, Executive Director at Pure, said: “People are the most precious business resource and enabling them to be heard will help organisations be more profitable, lead more effectively, create brand loyalty, close more deals and do better work. The free Best Employers survey measures employee engagement, company culture and values, capturing the information needed to enhance and maintain employer brand. It is also the only survey of its kind which allows employers in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire to benchmark themselves against other businesses in the region.” This year, Best Employers Eastern Region is sponsored by Archant and Birketts, and there are even more opportunities to showcase the region’s most inspiring employers. As well as automatically being entered for prestigious Best Employers Awards, organisations with the highest engagement scores will be invited to submit further evidence to be considered for Platinum or Gold accreditation which will be endorsed by a panel of expert advisors. Both the Best Employers award winners, and Platinum and Gold accredited organisations, will be showcased on a new Best Employers Eastern Region portal. Lynn added: “As the leading professional recruiter in the Eastern region, our aim is to help organisations create workplaces that are stimulating, motivating and bring out the best in their people. This year, the award-winning and accredited employers will have the opportunity to improve retention and recruitment, developing their employer brand and creating pride amongst their employees whilst promoting the organisation and the region as a great place to work.”  The Best Employers Eastern Region 2018 launch event will take place in Newmarket on 27 February. Guest speakers will discuss the creation of engaging workplaces, including Ian Watson, Chief Executive of Start-rite Shoes, Ian White, Chief Executive of Beckett Investment Management Group, and Tracey Locke, HR Director EMEA at JLL. For more information or to book your place visit  best-employers.co.uk  or email  lucy.plumb@pureexecutive.com . www.prs.uk.com



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Audiobooks Play a Significant Role in Skillsoft’s Multi-Modal Content Strategy

24-January-2018 - onrec.com



Over 1,300 audio books futher enhance the depth and breadth of Skillsoft’s award winning content library Posted in News archive on 24 Jan 2018 Skillsoft , the global leader in corporate learning, today announced that it will release over 500 new audiobooks, bringing the total to more than 1,300 by the end of January. Recognising the powerful learner engagement and depth of study that audiobooks offer, Skillsoft has invested in its multi-modal content strategy of Watch / Read / Listen on its intelligent learning platform, Percipio. Skillsoft partners with the world’s leading publishers to provide the industry’s most comprehensive library of business and leadership audiobooks. The audiobooks are curated across hundreds of learning paths, alongside digital books, micro-learning videos and courses. The Percipio audiobook user experience is unparalleled for ease of use, unlimited access, continuity across devices and offline consumption. In  recent research  by Skillsoft, learners ranked digital books as an essential part of their learning experience. The study also found that for soft skills and leadership subjects, learners and buyers identified both book summaries and audiobooks as highly desirable learning resources. Over the past year, Skillsoft partnered with Recorded Books, Penguin Random House Audio, Brilliance Audio, Berrett-Koehler, McGraw-Hill and several other leading audiobook publishers to increase its collection of audiobooks by more than 60 percent. The company’s audiobook library features many of the most highly regarded thought leaders as well as trending topics and emerging disciplines. Skillsoft carefully selects each title to provide a deep and meaningful learning experience with unmatched portability and accessibility. “Modern learners want the flexibility to access different types of learning content, whenever and wherever they are. While micro-learning is a key element of our content library, there is an overwhelming appetite for authoritative referencing alongside modern learning modalities. We know learners crave relevance and substance, which is exactly what books provide,” said  Mark Onisk, Chief Content Officer, Skillsoft . “By providing the best-in-class audiobook experience and content from renowned business authors and thought leaders, we continue to proactively address the changing needs of our customers’ learners.” Examples of perennial bestseller audiobooks in Skillsoft’s collection include: Emotional Intelligence 2.0  by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone  by Mark Goulston M.D. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change  by Stephen R. Covey “Skillsoft’s multi-modal content strategy provides critical flexibility for learners with a range of different learning needs, aptitudes and preferences. Audiobooks make up an important element of that strategy, given their usage by learners during downtime moments such as while commuting,” said  Kate Worlock, vice president and lead analyst, Outsell, Inc.  “The increase in the number of audiobook titles available from Skillsoft, in combination with the new book club offering, is likely to make audiobooks a more effectively used learning resource than ever before.” Additional resources Explore the audiobooks infographic:  Listen Learn Read the blog post:  Why audiobooks represent the next great growth opportunity for L&D Download the whitepaper:  Digital books: A modern modality for modern learners Percipio is available for a free  14-day trial www.skillsoft.com



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Carerix and Textkernel strengthen partnership to optimise search for talent

24-January-2018 - onrec.com



Posted in Partnerships Carerix, supplier of recruitment and outsourcing solutions for in-house and recruitment agencies, has reinforced its long-term partnership with technology partner Textkernel. on 24 Jan 2018 Company Profile Textkernel View profile » The integration with  CV parsing  and  semantic search  has been around for a few years. Collaboration in these (product) areas is being further intensified and expanded with  Jobfeed , Textkernel’s big data tool for the labour market.  Semantic matching  will be added in the near future. Use Textkernel Search! to find the best talent Semantic search – find what you are looking for, not only what you type – helps recruiters to quickly find the right talent. Search! (which enables semantic search in your regular Carerix environment) understands what recruiters are looking for and adds synonyms and related terms to the search query. This increases the likelihood of finding the best talent for a vacancy. The results are transparent and recruiters are able to retain control. Want to know how Search! works? Check out the Webinar. Jobfeed; from Big Data to valuable actionable information Jobfeed collects and categorises all vacancies found on the internet and makes it searchable. This data has been integrated into Carerix in a user-friendly manner, which means talent in the database can be placed faster and easier. In addition, Jobfeed is an excellent tool for gaining an insight into trends in the labour market, the recruitment needs of potential customers and the recruitment activities of customers and competitors. Semantic search and access to big data about the online vacancy market helps to further automate the recruitment process. This makes it even easier for Carerix users to find and place suitable talent and respond to specific customer needs. Reinald Snik, CEO Carerix: “We are pleased to further enhance our partnership with Textkernel. CV parsing, semantic search and Jobfeed add extra value to the existing Carerix environment. This will help our customers to make the most of their Carerix database, gain an even better insight into opportunities in the market and respond even faster to customer needs.” Gerard Mulder, CCO Textkernel: “We see Artificial Intelligence (AI) becoming increasingly important in the recruitment sector. Our tooling, which is based on AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, helps recruiters and HR professionals to work more efficiently. This leaves more time for doing what recruiters do best: conversing with talented individuals. Carerix and Textkernel benefit one another on this front. Therefore we are pleased to have cemented this effective long-term partnership.” www.carerix.com www.textkernel.com



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Cornerstone OnDemand Launches GDPR-Ready Initiative

24-January-2018 - onrec.com



New service will offer tailored support to help clients achieve compliance and optimise their data ahead of the May 2018 GDPR deadline Posted in Launch on 24 Jan 2018 Cornerstone OnDemand  (NASDAQ:CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based learning and  human capital management software , today launched its GDPR-Ready initiative to help clients with European operations achieve General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance and optimise the use of their data. The GDPR, approved by the European Union in April 2016, is designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe with stringent rules around the storage and use of personal data and stricter rules on user consent. The regulation will start to apply on May 25, 2018, and organisations that are compliant will benefit from the data hygiene best practices the regulation reinforces, and they can enhance their employer brand. To help clients prepare for the deadline, Cornerstone has launched the GDPR-Ready initiative, which includes strategic privacy consulting, data audits and tailored compliance action plans. Through these services, Cornerstone’s clients can navigate specific GDPR requirements around data deletion, data anonymisation, accountability and data minimisation. The service will be offered by Cornerstone’s Global Privacy team, a group of data security specialists led by José Alberto Rodríguez Ruiz, Cornerstone OnDemand’s data protection officer (DPO), who has over 16 years’ experience in IT, HR, data privacy and security. In the company’s own efforts to achieve GDPR compliance, and in addition to achieving ISO 27018 certification, Cornerstone focused on the three key areas of the regulation, including building a dedicated privacy team, implementing privacy by design principles into the product development cycle and developing a dedicated privacy services offering for the company’s clients. All of these initiatives were completed in 2017, and Cornerstone continues to invest to improve its capabilities in this area. Comments on the news “The benefits of being GDPR-compliant go well beyond avoiding the fines or minimising the impact of a data breach” said José Alberto Rodríguez Ruiz, data protection officer, Cornerstone OnDemand. “Organisations have a legitimate interest in understanding the data they have and how it’s used. Cornerstone is a strong partner in this endeavour, as we understand the complexities of GDPR and have established best practices for developing tailored data-driven HR strategies.”  Additional Details To learn more about Cornerstone’s privacy and security certifications, please visit:  www.csod.com/security Each month leading up to the May 2018 deadline, José Alberto Rodríguez Ruiz will provide a unique perspective on the GDPR on his LinkedIn page here:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jrodriguezparis/ . www.cornerstoneondeamnd.co.uk



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Compliance and regulation are top CFO priorities for 2018

24-January-2018 - onrec.com



CFOs remain confident about growth prospects with 89% making investments to manage change Posted in News archive on 24 Jan 2018 Company Profile Robert Half View profile » In the face of new regulatory requirements, research by leading recruitment specialist,  Robert Half UK , has revealed that  meeting compliance and regulation demands  is the top priority for nearly half (48%) of Chief Finance Officers (CFOs) in 2018. In a year where MiFID II, the second Payment Systems Directive and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation all come into effect, it is the first time in three years that the regulatory environment has risen back to the top of the CFO agenda.  In the list of top concerns,  compliance and regulation  was followed by preparing for the uncertainty surrounding Brexit (43%) as the exit negotiations continue. Retaining key talent, maintaining cash flow and managing the impact of automation and new digital technologies on the finance function were each identified by 39% of respondents.   Top three priorities for CFOs in 2018 Meeting compliance and regulatory demands (48%) Preparing for uncertainty surrounding Brexit (43%) Retaining key talent (39%) Maintaining cash flow (39%) Managing the impact of automation (39%) However, despite the challenges, the research shows that the majority of CFOs remain positive. Overall, 84% are confident about their company’s growth prospects with the majority (89%) making investments that allow them to better respond to these challenges.  “It’s reassuring to see that in the face of the various business challenges in the year ahead, CFOs are remaining optimistic and confident,” commented  Matt Weston, Director, Robert Half UK . “Once again, we’re reminded of how the CFO role is evolving. To drive prosperity and growth in a changing business climate, CFOs are being called on to apply financial intelligence across the wider business.” In particular, CFOs will need to consider whether they have the right people in the business to overcome the challenges and meet the new objectives that 2018 is likely to present. Many CFOs have already identified that this will mean either hiring additional contractors or temporary workers (35%) or permanent employees (28%). Nearly a third (32%) will also look for opportunities to upskill their existing employees. “Valuable financial insights are being relied on to drive agility, inform decisions, broaden business objectives and challenge the status quo,”  concluded Weston . “Successful CFOs are developing their finance functions to add-value to the business by using the financial insights to partner with the business and shape the overall business strategy.” www.roberthalf.co.uk



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Adzuna Reveals The Highest Paid Languages in Finance

24-January-2018 - onrec.com



Financially savvy speakers of Chinese are best placed to bag the top salary packages available in the British financial sector, according to recent research by job search engine, Adzuna.co.uk. Posted in Statistics and trends on 24 Jan 2018 Company Profile Adzuna View profile » Conducted in January 2017, the study examined data from over 1 million live job vacancies to analyse recruiters requirements for language skills within the UK finance sector. Chinese Speakers See the Highest Salaries The average salary for finance jobs requesting Chinese speakers was £41,573 across the UK - an average £7,647 higher than the average pay promised to professional Chinese speakers! The second and third most lucrative languages in the industry were German (£38,512) and French (£36,759) respectively. Top 5 Paying Languages in Finance Chinese - £41,573 German - £38,512 French - £36,759 Arabic  - £35,908 Portuguese - £35,550 French and German Are Most In Demand Although French and German speakers just missed out on the salary top spots, they were still the most sought after languages. With 491 finance vacancies in the UK asking for French speakers and 480 requesting German speakers, these languages offer great pay as well as a wealth of opportunities. In spite of the fact that Britain is due to leave the EU in just over a year, these were not the only European languages in high demand. Spanish and Italian also made the top of the list, seeing a combined total of 446 vacancies across the UK. Languages Worth More With Finance Skills A salary premium for working in tech was seen in almost every language. Chinese topped the tables again earning a whopping £7,647 more than the average salary of all Chinese-speaking roles. Portuguese followed closely behind with a premium of £6,745. Surprisingly Japanese was the sole language to not see any premiums. Despite being the  highest paid language of 2017 , the average salary for finance jobs was £395 lower than all Japanese roles. According to our study from last year, the tech industry is where this language is most valued with Japanese speakers earning up to  double the pay  of their non-tech Japanese speaking counterparts. London the Land Of Opportunity? It's well known that working in London will tend to give you a bigger pay check than those living outside of the capital. Italian speakers who worked in finance and also lived in London saw premiums of £8,103, when compared to those who lived further afield and German speakers could earn an extra £9,110 if willing to move to the big city. But with higher living costs in London compared to the rest of the UK - as well as the majority of all vacancies being outside of the capital - you may want to have a long think before packing your suitcases! Language Tech Vacancies Tech Avg. Salary Avg. Salary (All Vacancies) Tech Salary Premium Chinese 129 £41,573 £33,926 £7,647 German 480 £38,512 £34,169 £4,343 French 491 £36,759 £32,377 £4,383 Arabic 26 £35,908 £33,742 £2,166 Portuguese 24 £35,550 £28,805 £6,745 Spanish 225 £35,435 £30,061 £5,374 Japanese 31 £35,238 £35,634 -£395 Russian 77 £33,554 £29,001 £4,553 Italian 221 £32,702 £29,520 £3,182 Dutch 142 £31,591 £30,452 £1,139 www.adzuna.co.uk



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Pernod Ricard chooses Workday to support the management of its human resources

24-January-2018 - onrec.com



Pernod Ricard has selected Workday Human Capital Management (HCM) for the management of its human resources. Posted in News archive on 24 Jan 2018 With 18,500 employees in 86 countries, Pernod Ricard is the world’s number two in wine and spirits. True to its signature of “creators of convivialité”, the Group holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector and a presence on every continent. Its consumer-centric approach is based on a strategic model around four essential values and four growth accelerators, among which talent management is of particular importance. Pernod Ricard has chosen a globalised, cloud HR system to optimise development opportunities for its employees. The deployment is aimed at the transformation of key processes including recruiting, talent management, and performance evaluation. Workday’s support will help Pernod Ricard implement a real transformation of HR practices.  Key reasons for selecting Workday include: The ability to better manage employees’ career paths within the group, with a unique solution that facilitates the mobility of international talent. The capacity to offer employees the opportunity to be the drivers of their own development through an intuitive and modern experience that is completely mobile. The ability to use data to better know and understand its talent pools and thus optimise management. "Having an established, well-known French brand such as Pernod Ricard as part of the Workday community truly demonstrates our ability to support the digital HR transformation of a world-leading group with a strong corporate culture,"  said Thierry Mathoulin, director, Workday France.



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Job creator, or job killer? Trump angers solar installers with panel tariff

24-January-2018 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law a steep tariff on imported solar panels on Tuesday, a move billed as a way to protect American jobs but which the solar industry said would lead to thousands of layoffs and raise consumer prices.



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Unemployment rates hit record lows in 3 US states last month

23-January-2018 - abcnews.com



Unemployment rates hit record lows in 3 US states in December amid steady hiring



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As US birthrates drop, Kimberly-Clark feels the pinch

23-January-2018 - abcnews.com



Kimberly-Clark says it plans to cut 5,000 to 5,500 jobs as part of a restructuring plan



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Uber acts on ex AG´s guidance, hires chief diversity officer

23-January-2018 - abcnews.com



Uber has hired a new chief diversity officer, creating a senior position recommended by former Attorney General Eric Holder, who investigated sexual harassment at the company



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Security Firm to Pay $90K to Settle Religious Discrimination Suit in California

23-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Universal Protection Services, LP, dba Universal Protection Services, a nationwide private security services company, will pay $90,000 and furnish other relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed in California by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced



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Professional Liability Insurance Brokerage, Gemini Risk, Launched in Michigan

23-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Experienced lawyers and insurance professionals David Kramer and Theodore Nittis have launched Gemini Risk Partners as an independent professional liability insurance brokerage in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The firm will focus on serving law firms, as it did when it was



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Sainsbury’s puts thousands of jobs at risk

23-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Sainsbury's has said it is planning a shake-up of its management structures which could result in thousands of job cuts.



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How to get your small firm´s products into big retailers

23-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



You've made your big idea a reality. Now you need the world to see and buy it. So how do you secure a big name stockist? We get tips from Sollilas founders Jonnie and Sarahjayne Mathhew.



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Workers at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port factory in job fears

23-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



During crisis talks in France, the Unite union laid out a plan to have a model made at the plant, which has been put at risk by owners French car maker PSA, which bought Vauxhall last year.



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Trump applies tariffs to solar panels, washing machines

23-January-2018 - abcnews.com



President Donald Trump approves tariffs on imported solar panels, washing machines; says move will protect US industry, jobs



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Connecticut’s Paragon Insurance Holdings Hires Petersen

23-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Paragon Insurance Holdings LLC (Paragon), an Avon, Conn.-based national multi-line specialty managing general agent, has hired Andrew Petersen to the Paragon executive management team as regional president and executive vice president of reinsurance operations. In his new role, Petersen will



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Disney offering staff $1,000 bonuses, new education funding

23-January-2018 - abcnews.com



Disney offering eligible employees $1,000 bonuses, new education funding plan.



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6.1 Magnitude Quake Hits Indonesia, Causing Damages, Injuries on Java Island

23-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Office workers fled high-rise buildings in the Indonesian capital on Tuesday after a strong earthquake shook the city, causing some injuries and damage to at least 130 buildings elsewhere on the densely populated island of Java. The relatively shallow quake



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JPMorgan raising wages, hiring, opening more branches

23-January-2018 - abcnews.com



JPMorgan will boost hourly wages and open new branches following earnings, tax cuts



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The Private Exchange’s Spread in the Workplace

23-January-2018 - workforce.com



After co-founding Liazon, one of the industry’s leading benefits exchanges for employers in 2007, benefits expert Alan Cohen extensively analyzed the current American health care landscape and the place of the private exchange within it. His new book “Employee Benefits and the New Health Care Landscape” explores how private exchanges are bringing choice and consumerism to the workforce. In the... The post The Private Exchange’s Spread in the Workplace appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Walmart (Yes, Walmart) Has Now Done More for Worker Rights Than the U.S. Government

23-January-2018 - workforce.com



Earlier this month, Walmart announced sweeping additions to how it compensates its employees. Effective 2/17/18, it will raise the minimum starting wage for all hourly U.S. employees to $11. It is offering a one-time, $1,000 bonus to all full- and part-time U.S. employees. It is expanding paid maternity leave for all full-time employees to 10 weeks, and paid parental leave to six... The post Walmart (Yes, Walmart) Has Now Done More for Worker Rights Than the U.S. Government appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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EU creditors to start Greece debt-relief talks

23-January-2018 - bbc.com



The talks will focus on how to link any debt-relief measures to Greece's economic performance.



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Sainsbury´s puts thousands of jobs at risk with staff overhaul

23-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Kleenex-maker Kimberly-Clark to cut at least 5,000 jobs

23-January-2018 - bbc.com



US company Kimberly-Clark also plans to close or sell 10 manufacturing plants



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Andrex maker Kimberly-Clark to wipe out more than 10pc of jobs as it slashes costs

23-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Thousands of jobs at risk at Sainsbury´s

23-January-2018 - bbc.com



The supermarket chain is looking to save £500m over the next three years.



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Workplace tips: Avoiding age discrimination on the job

23-January-2018 - usatoday.com



One of the biggest workplace reversals in recent decades is the perception of age.            



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Trumps 30% tariff on imported solar panels may cost jobs

23-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Two solar panel makers had complained about cheap foreign imports            



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Uber hires chief diversity officer, the third but most senior person to lead those efforts

23-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The hire of Bo Young Lee is the latest under new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi who has been tasked with overhauling the ride-hailing companys troubled culture.            



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New survey report finding: Nearly one-fifth of UK recruiters may not be ready for GDPR

23-January-2018 - onrec.com



ETZ Payments, the recruitment back office technology specialist, has just published a new survey report. Posted in News archive on 23 Jan 2018 Company Profile ETZ Payments View profile » ‘ How ready for GDPR are the UK’s recruitment firms ?’ aims to help uncover attitudes and practice and show how well prepared the UK’s recruitment companies are for the new information security standard, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU-GDPR). One of the key findings is that nearly one-fifth (19%) of UK recruitment firms may not be ready for the GDPR. The report is based on responses to two short surveys conducted online in November 2017. Firstly, to get the view from the inside, one survey was aimed at recruitment firms. Secondly, to get the view from some of those closest to the issues, contractors and temporary workers were surveyed. GDPR is going to come into force on the 25th May 2018 and compliance is not an overnight fix. General awareness in the population is not all that it could be, and ETZ wanted to see how well the recruitment sector has managed to get up to speed and take control of the issue. Recruitment firms hold some pretty personal information about contractors, temps and candidates and there have been some big data leaks. But the issue of information security is not just about hackers breaking in, there’s also ‘insider’ activity. For example, the practice of recruiters taking the database of clients when changing job is widespread. One of the key things about GDPR compliance failure is that it cannot be blamed on a 3rd party, like an IT support or a cloud software service provider. But this is very poorly understood. It was quite startling to see how much the expectation of recruitment firms deviates from the principle that is embedded in the GDPR regulatory framework. When taken together with the views revealed by responses to the contractor and temporary worker survey, the report will be immensely helpful to those running recruitment businesses. By helping firms to consider how to align agency efficiency and profitability with GDPR compliance and the expectations of agency workers, it shows that GDPR can be leveraged as an opportunity. Download the full survey report here: https://www.etzpayments.com/white-papers/ready-gdpr-uks-recruitment-firms/



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How do you pay off all that credit-card debt?

23-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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UK job market continues to flourish, though candidates remain cautious

23-January-2018 - onrec.com



With advertised salaries and job growth increasing nationwide Posted in News archive on 23 Jan 2018 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » As we settle into 2018, new data from the UK’s leading independent job board,  CV-Library , reveals that the UK job market is flourishing, with job vacancies and salaries both increasing in the last quarter of 2017. In fact,  advertised pay rose by 2.7% quarter-on-quarter and 1% year-on-year . What’s more,  the report , which analysed job market activity in Q4 2017 and compared this with Q3 2017 findings and data from the same period in 2016, found that advertised  job vacancies saw an impressive increase of 12% year-on-year . That said, this figure was a 5.7% drop when compared with data from Q3 2017. Other key findings include: Nottingham (14%), Sheffield (12%), Edinburgh (4.8%)  and  Manchester (4.1%)  were some of the top performing cities for quarter-on-quarter salary growth Alongside this,  Manchester, Sheffield, Portsmouth   and Brighton  all saw impressive year-on-year job growth, with vacancies rising by  19.5%, 18.9%, 18.5% and 18.2% respectively Some of the nation’s key industries also performed well last quarter, with advertised vacancies increasing in the  care (31.6%), retail (23.1%), manufacturing (18%) and education (16%) sectors , when comparing data with Q4 2016 Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library  comments on the findings:  “It’s great to see that the job market is flourishing, particularly when compared with data from the same period last year. In Q4 2016, the Brexit vote was still raw and very much in the forefront of everyone’s minds. This is not to say that this is no longer the case, as the future of the UK is still very uncertain. However, the increase in advertised jobs suggests that as the dust begins to settle, employers are continuing to invest in their recruitment efforts and are working hard to keep driving the economy forward.” Despite the market flourishing, candidate appetite is not keeping pace, with applications decreasing by 6.7% quarter-on-quarter. While initially concerning, this drop is not surprising for this time of year; the market typically sees application rates slow down as the year draws to a close. Biggins concludes:  “Competition for the top candidates is tough, and this is reflected in the increase in advertised salaries last quarter. Though many companies might be reluctant to loosen the purse strings, it’s clear that offering competitive packages is important right now, especially given that unemployment is at its lowest in 42 years. Despite this, it’s great to see that businesses are remaining active in their recruiting efforts and hoping to encourage job hunters to begin moving around and looking for their next career opportunity.  “January and February are traditionally a busy couple of months for recruitment, so we hope to see application rates pick back up in the first quarter of 2018. Overall, it’s positive to see that despite ongoing uncertainty, businesses are taking proactive steps to rouse candidate appetite and stimulate growth in the economy. We hope that as we move ever closer to Brexit, both business and candidate confidence will continue to improve.” For more information, read the full  Q4 job market report here .



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‘The trends defining recruitment in 2018’

23-January-2018 - onrec.com



Anthony Sherick, Director of Technojobs Posted in News archive on 23 Jan 2018 Company Profile Technojobs View profile » The last year was one of great change for the recruitment sector and now, more than ever, it’s crucial that leaders remain acutely aware of trends in both the local and global recruitment landscapes. So, what are the trends that will define recruitment in 2018? HR tech continues to thrive Over the last year we’ve seen far greater adoption of HR tech than ever before, and the technology will only continue to thrive in 2018. As the platforms available to in-house teams become ever more sophisticated, incorporating new technologies including AI, chatbots and machine learning, the benefits of investing in new technology will become increasingly evident. These advanced systems also lend themselves to data driven recruitment practices, and improved talent analytics, allowing HR teams to evaluate and improve the hiring process. Diversity As employers become acutely aware of the importance of addressing subconscious bias in the recruitment process, increased diversity attraction and training are becoming key focuses for HR teams. Fostering workplace diversity makes business sense for all employers, and many organisations will be investing heavily to ensure that their employer brands and recruitment process are inclusive to all in 2018 and beyond. Blockchain makes its mark Blockchain was one of the most talked about technologies in 2017, but this year will see the technology – which underpins cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin – make its mark on the recruitment sector. This year we will begin to see new applications for the technology gain traction, such as blockchain verified CVs. Verified CVs, or ‘Intelligent Profiles’ store every aspect of a career profile on a blockchain making the CV verified at the beginning of the hiring process for employers Ever more targeted candidate attraction As digital skills gaps continue to grow in a number of industries, sourcing the right candidates for a role can become incredibly difficult. Recruiters looking to find the best candidates will need to start targeting niche communities in new ways. New entrants including Facebook and Google, have realised the opportunity of using their reach for hiring. Niche jobsites that attract specific communities will continue to offer targeted value. The rise of the gig economy The gig economy has fundamental altered the employment market in recent years, with 1.1 million people in the UK working within the gig economy in the UK, nearly as many people as who work for the NHS, recruiters and HR teams will have to look at new way of candidate attraction, and the changing profile of these potential applicants. Employer branding becomes crucial How best to attract passive candidates has been a reoccurring topic of discussion among recruitment leaders in the last 12 months, and as we look to 2018 employer branding is invaluable. Cultivating a strong employer brand is no longer a ‘nicety’ but a necessity. Recruiters and in-house teams alike need to increase channels that promote job experiences, employee advocacy, and share thought leadership in order to target candidates – potentially even before candidates have started searching for a new role. Compliance is key As GDPR comes into force in 2018, organisations across Europe, and the rest of the globe, will have to comply with stricter data privacy laws- more than ever before. The fragmented nature of the recruitment sector in the UK means that often candidate’s personal data is passed between multiple parties during the hiring process. Recruitment companies will have to work on best practice to ensure they comply with the new law, and it will be interesting to see how the industry works together to implement these new practices. One thing is certain – candidate transparency will be essential. Contractor legislation IR35 will also impact the employment market this year. The knock-on effect from changes to the payroll legislation will mean that contractors continue to drift away from the public sector, or demand far higher daily rates. HMRC are also expected to consult on broader use of this legislation in 2018 which would further impact the contracting market in the future.



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22,000 JPMorgan employees to get raises from banks tax windfall

23-January-2018 - usatoday.com



Pay hikes are part of a $20B five-year plan to help bank workers and boost U.S. economic growth. Disney announces $1,000 bonus for its workers.            



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Careers In The Sports Betting Industry

23-January-2018 - onrec.com



Apart from being a well-loved holiday destination, the island of Malta is also a haven for on and offline gambling and careers in sports betting including several big-name players such as Betsson, Leo Vegas, Mr Green, Gaming Innovation Group, Paddy Power Betfair, and recent arrival from the UK, Betting Gods. Posted in News archive on 23 Jan 2018 For anyone seeking to climb the gambling career ladder or even float their own gambling business, it could be an ideal choice. The Sunny Island is situated right off the southernmost tip of Italy and enjoys a mild year-round Mediterranean climate. Lying close to Africa, Malta is right at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East and the huge African continent itself. Malta is actually made up of three main Islands that include Gozo, Comino, and of course Malta itself. English ranks high as a second language so communicating to both the local Maltese and the many visitors that the island attracts will be a cinch. Where to start with your Maltese career in sports betting As with anything to do with career, positions in the gaming and gambling industries are most likely to be advertised on the official websites, job boards and possibly local forums or even Facebook groups (these are very popular in Malta). Leading career based websites are also great places to start your job search. As with all things, it sometimes takes a little tenacity and determination to first pick up a trail and then to be prepared to move from link to link arriving where you need to be in the long run. It is also a good idea to contact some of the larger UK sports betting companies who may have interests in Malta or hopefully at least have contacts within the gaming industry on the island. The important thing is, of course, to set your Malta-based career prospects in motion by taking the first steps. Hitting the ground running in Malta With respected, reputable, international companies such as Betting Gods and Matching Visions already operating on the island, you can rest assured that even the experts have earmarked Malta as “the place” to operate sports betting facilities. When you take into account that one of the aforementioned businesses was set up in a UK home only five years ago and now has an outstanding global reputation and local team, there is plenty of scope for employment. Perhaps you can visualise yourself working from their prestigious offices at the Portomaso Marina or maybe working from your own home office overlooking the sea. Whatever sports betting career path you choose, the opportunities are rife for anyone who is prepared to put in the effort. From starting as a trainee in the industry to roles within middle and upper management, Malta offers many exciting and challenging career prospects within the sports betting arena. Making your move into a sports betting career in Malta The really good news is that Malta, all be it the smallest of them, is a member state of the EU. That means anyone from the UK can live and work there. Whilst there have been some concerns as to how this will work after Brexit, the recent progress in the exit talks between the UK and the EU suggest that we already have reciprocal agreements. In the simplest terms, this has been interpreted to mean that we will virtually be able to continue as we did before the split, living and working in any of the EU member states. Apart from being a beautiful place to work and live, Malta has strong historical links with Britain and a very affordable cost of living. As mentioned already, gaming and gambling are booming industries on the island and the generous 15% basic tax rate isn’t to be sniffed at either. As you may have already guessed, these benefits are reflected in a far more relaxed way of life and the Maltese people have a reputation for being among the friendliest in the world. The work life balance of Malta If you are the kind of person who is seeking a career in sports betting on the island of Malta, there is a more than sporting chance that you will not only work hard but also realise the value of the time that you spend away from work. You can be confident that you won’t be disappointed in all that Malta has to offer in dining, sports and leisure. From scuba diving and fishing trips in the deep blue Mediterranean sea to great value-for-money restaurants and dazzling nightlife, everything that you need is right on your doorstep. With Gozo and the other islands only a hop away, you will never run out of places to visit including historic sites, beautiful churches, forts and a whole lot more besides. When you choose a career in sports betting on Malta you are choosing so much more than just a job, you are choosing a lifestyle. Thanks to the intrinsic Britishness the island, Malta also offers a great expat network with an almost bewildering calendar of social events. Combined with the local holidays and festivals, you will have more than enough to keep you entertained. Is a career in sports betting in Malta right for you? Hopefully, some of the above will prove useful in helping you to decide if a career in sports betting in Malta is for you. If you have family or a partner, of course, you need to factor in what is on offer for them too. Thanks to the island’s booming gambling and tourist industries, there are plenty of work and leisure opportunities for virtually anyone who is prepared to pitch in. Some useful resources for career searches in Malta include the SiGMA conference with it’s careers section and networking opportunities, plus perhaps local training company iGaming Academy to develop those must needed skills. And with cheap flights on an almost daily basis to/from UK perhaps it’s worth heading over, getting a feel for the islands and plotting your next career move!   



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4 Things You Need to Do When a Client Hasn’t Paid You

23-January-2018 - onrec.com



What do you need to do if a client owes you money? Posted in News archive on 23 Jan 2018 As business owners, we have all had those clients who don’t pay you . It’s very frustrating and annoying, however, sometimes this can’t be avoided. If a client has a reason or an issue with you and your business, they won’t keep up payments. So, the question is what do you need to do if a client owes you money? Give them a call Your fist call to action should be to pick up the phone and give them a call. You want to ensure this doesn’t affect your relationship in the future. It may seem a bit old-fashioned, but it is the quickest way to get an answer on this issue. Make sure you ask the right questions in order to get the answer you’re looking for. Stick to the 5 W’s; Who do I need to speak to? Why has this issue occurred? What is the issue and what can we do to resolve it? Where can the person you need be reached? When can I expect the payment once the issue has been resolved? These questions can ensure you get to the bottom of the issue and resolve it quickly and efficiently. Send a Follow-up email Once the phone call has taken place, be sure to send a follow up email to the client. This should have all the information from the phone call, written down. This can be used as a reminder for the client, to ensure they do as they say and remind them of the agreement in place. This should be a friendly, yet firm email reminding them of the overdue payment. Consider asking if there were any issues with the product or service as this may be a factor as to why you didn’t receive a payment. Get Help If the first two steps have been taken and you still haven’t received a payment, you should seek advice from professionals. Make sure to get in touch with HJS Recovery . Companies such as these ensure you are fully advised and informed on how to take this matter a step further. Although a lawyer isn’t necessary at this point, it’s a good idea to have a lawyer in mind who you could use if needed. They can keep you informed of your rights regarding this matter and how to prepare if a court case was to happen. Take Action Finally, the last step is to take action! Make sure you’ve stopped working on their project and consider billing them on the time it’s taken for them to make the payment. Send them a notice to let them know the date you are going to take legal action against them. This can do one of two things. This could either make them pay you instantly, or go through with legal action in court. At this point you need to have a lawyer ready to fight your case. Be sure to be fully informed of your rights and how you plan to carry out any legal action against your client.            



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Kleenex, Huggies maker to cut up to 5,500 jobs, close 10 plants

23-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The maker of Kleenex tissue and Huggies diapers plans to cut up to 5,500 jobs and close or sell about 10 plants.            



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Kleenex and Huggies maker to cut more than 5,000 jobs

23-January-2018 - usatoday.com



As part of Kimberly-Clarks restructure plan.            



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New Mexico School District Settles Suit for $800K with Former Employee

22-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Albuquerque Public Schools in New Mexico will pay $800,000 to its former chief financial officer to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that claimed the former superintendent placed him on paid leave for questioning district audits. The Albuquerque Journal reports Don Moya



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What Government Shutdown Means for P/C Insurance Industry

22-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



The property/casualty insurance industry is not immune to any economic effects the federal government shutdown may bring but since the industry is largely regulated by the states, not Washington, the impact on the industry of federal workers not going to



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McDonald’s, U.S. Labor Board Begin Talks to Settle ‘Joint Employment’ Trial

22-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



McDonalds 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



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Women More Likely Than Men to Lose U.S. Jobs by Automation: WEF Report

22-January-2018 - insurancejournal.com



Women are more likely than men to be knocked out of their U.S. jobs by automation in the next eight years, and theyll find half as many opportunities to land new positions unless theres a new effort to retrain them.



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When Your Workday Is Interrupted, and Interrupted Again and Again

22-January-2018 - workforce.com



On any given day an employee will be bombarded by hundreds of communications. There are emails, voicemails and old-school snail mail. Slack messages pop in from customers, clients and co-workers. There are companywide communications about everything from new employees to doughnuts in the break room. At the same time there are texts from the parents about whether the dog will... The post When Your Workday Is Interrupted, and Interrupted Again and Again appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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The 3rd Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Camera Creep

22-January-2018 - workforce.com



The third nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 might be the creepiest I’ve shared yet. From the Tampa Bay Times (c/o the ABA Journal): Attorney James Patrick Stanton, accused of secretly videotaping nude and partially clothed female employees of a Tampa company, has agreed to never practice law again in Florida. Before a brief hearing today, Stanton signed a consent to disbarment.... The post The 3rd Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018 Is … the Camera Creep appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Talent10x: Is It Still Better to Work at Big Companies?

22-January-2018 - workforce.com



Workforce Editorial Director Rick Bell and Talent Economy Managing Editor Frank Kalman dive into a study showing that the pay premium workers used to receive compared to their small-company counterparts isn’t what it used to be. Plus, Google finds itself wrapped up in two lawsuits — one arguing the company discriminated against white conservative men, and another arguing it discriminates against women. Finally,... The post Talent10x: Is It Still Better to Work at Big Companies? appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Recruiting Tech Is Expanding, Unlike Recruiters’ Willingness to Use It

22-January-2018 - workforce.com



After years of advances in recruiting technology, it appears that progress has stagnated. “Not much has changed in the last year,” said Holger Mueller, an analyst with Constellation Research. While the technology itself continues to evolve, recruiters and talent managers aren’t adapting their hiring processes to take advantage, he said. “Best practices have not caught up to innovation.” Predictive analytics,... The post Recruiting Tech Is Expanding, Unlike Recruiters’ Willingness to Use It appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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UBS to start moving City jobs ´early this year´ ahead of Brexit

22-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Tesco to axe 1,700 shop floor jobs in cost-cutting drive

22-January-2018 - dailymail.co.uk



Britain's largest retailer said it is looking to 'simplify' its operational structure and said the changes will 'improve efficiency' by removing roles from its biggest stores.



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Tesco to slash 800 in-store jobs in junior management shake-up

22-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Robots could take your job - but you can retrain to find a better one, says WEF report

22-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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Tesco to cut 1,700 shop floor jobs

22-January-2018 - bbc.com



The UK's biggest supermarket aims to make £1.5bn in cost savings by 2020.



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More small businesses get access to Financial Ombudsman

22-January-2018 - bbc.com



Businesses with up to 50 employees will soon be able to use the Ombudsman Service to settle disputes with banks.



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U.S. economy: A rundown of the poorest county in every state

22-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The poorest counties tend to have a population with lower educational attainment, higher unemployment, or job opportunities in mostly lower-paying industries.            



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The No.1 challenge to the oil rally is a boost in American production

22-January-2018 - usatoday.com



The oil price rally could get derailed by explosive growth from U.S. shale in 2018, and substantial gains in Canada and Brazil will also add to the supply woes.            



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

22-January-2018 - onrec.com



1st March, The Grange St Pauls, London Posted in News archive on 22 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 CareersinAudit.com Adzuna WCN Hastings Direct  JobHoller   Recruit Zone    Oscar Recruitment       Fircroft       CareersinCyberSecurity.co.uk       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 Splendid Hospitality The CV Squad Opilio Recruitment Debut FitFlop CVWOW Searchability  Jobsite VW Financial Services   C M Travel Recruitment CareersinAudit.com   Best Use of Mobile Award 2018 CORPORATE RECRUITMENT AGENCY JOBBOARD O2 Debut Searchability CareersinAudit.com House of Fraser Morgan Hunt Zoek Fullers Robert Half Adzuna Five Guys Adecco JobToday Oxford University Press      The Best Corporate Graduate Site Award 2018 Sponsored by 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.com EvenBreak Moneo.io CareersinCyberSecurity.co.uk 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.com 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 (CVWOW)   Viridor (CVWOW)   Euro Garages (CVWOW)   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



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Erecruit™, Bond International Software and TempBuddy Combine Under the Erecruit Name Bringing Together the Industry’s Most Complete Global Staffing Solutions

22-January-2018 - onrec.com



Stand-out software solutions well positioned for growth and global dominance Posted in News archive on 22 Jan 2018 Following the recent merger of Erecruit and Bond International Software, the company announced today it will join together under the name Erecruit while retaining separate brand identities for its flagship software products. The combined company now offers the industry$B!G(Js most complete end-to-end staffing platform serving the entire recruitment lifecycle with Erecruit Front Office, Middle Office, Credentialing and VMS solutions for enterprise staffing firms; Adapt Front and Back Office software for middle market firms, eStaff365 Onboarding, and TempBuddy, a temporary workforce management platform. $B!H(JThis newly combined company is focused on providing innovative and integrated products that drive our customers$B!G(J performance,$B!I(J states David Perotti, Chief Executive Officer, Erecruit. $B!H(JWe are uniquely positioned to take the insights we$B!G(Jve gained at Erecruit from working with the top staffing companies in the world and drive that knowledge into the middle market to benefit Bond$B!G(Js extensive global customer base. At the same time, we have a path across the entire staffing lifecycle for our customers to scale as they grow with us.$B!I(J Perotti continues, $B!H(JWe will continue investing into our flagship products as we further improve our world-class software that is differentiated in our space, and we will strive to provide the best customer experience by improving service, support and implementation. The combined breadth and depth of our innovative product portfolio places us in an unrivalled position in the staffing and workforce technology space.$B!I(J In June 2017, the company was joined together by Symphony Technology Group (STG), a private equity firm with a successful history of building and investing in companies at the intersection of software, analytics and services in the Human Capital Management (HCM) space. With an increased operational scale, Erecruit$B!G(Js geographical reach now extends across the United States, Europe and Asia, doubling the size of the employee base. The complementary product portfolios of Erecruit (focused solely on the enterprise staffing segment) and Adapt (focused on the mid-market) deliver competitive advantages to staffing and recruitment firms of all sizes across professional, commercial and healthcare verticals. Erecruit was agreed upon as the best choice for the company name following a strategic review as it is already recognized and respected in the enterprise space, with marquee clients such as Manpower and Kelly Services. TempBuddy is a multi-award winning workforce management software conceived to make temporary work easier and more rewarding for workers, employers and agency staff. The software will be fully integrated into Erecruit$B!G(Js enterprise software platform, as well as Adapt, and will also continue to be available as a stand-alone product. eStaff365, which Erecruit acquired in 2014, is the best-of-breed, cloud-based onboarding solution that expedites and automates the new hire and re-hire process for the staffing industry. The onboarding solution is available as a standalone product for direct employers and staffing companies, and can be integrated with Erecruit and Adapt, as well as other ATS, VMS, HRIS, and Time and Billing solutions. $B!H(JErecruit became the number one choice in the enterprise space in 2017 when we were successful in winning several top global staffing companies to add to our established client portfolio. We remain the only provider in the enterprise space with an integrated front and middle office capability. While Bullhorn just announced they will build a middle office, this will of course take a couple years to be fully road-tested. Leveraging our capabilities and knowledge, our intention is to replicate our leading market position offering more of the market a better option to Bullhorn with Adapt. We know that we deliver a true Software as a Service (SaaS) experience, which is paramount for mid-sized firms. Ultimately we are driven by a single mindset: to provide exceptional software and service that drive business performance for all our clients," concludes Perotti. www.erecruit.com



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Are we getting the best work-life balance?

22-January-2018 - onrec.com



69% of Brits’ personal lives have been affected by work Posted in Statistics and trends on 22 Jan 2018 Paymentsense research reveals what Brits think about their work-life balance 35% of Brits have trouble getting a doctor’s appointment due to work More than half of Brits would go to work when ill 37% of office workers worry about their workload while on holiday 48% of office workers stay behind after work at least once a week 20% of office workers want to start their own business in 2018 Brits are reported to spend at least 21% of their waking hours at work across their lifespan. With so much time spent at work, it’s important to strike the best possible work-life balance. According to a recent survey conducted by  Paymentsense , the majority of Brits think they have a good work-life balance, with 73% of office workers stating this. However, 59% think that their working lives impact simple tasks, such as booking a doctor’s appointment or seeing friends or family. Even though our careers are very important to us, Brits are concerned that their jobs are impacting day-to-day activities.  46% of office workers said their workplace offers a flexible working scheme to help staff have a sufficient work-life balance. Is your work more important than your personal life? According to 2,000 UK participants, 33% are unconvinced that their workload will be covered while they are on annual leave. Even when unwell, 52% of office workers would consider coming into work just to complete their workload. Interestingly, more men (73%) think they have a good work-life balance, compared to 67% of women. The younger demographic think they have the worse work-life balance, with 33% of 18-24-year-olds stating this compared to just 25% of Brits aged 45-54.  79% of Brits who work in the IT industry said they have the best work-life balance, compared to people working in business, consulting, and management. 37% of these workers said they did not have a good balance. Could this be down to the added pressure of having to support their business as well as employees? Is 2018 the right time to set up your own business? More than 20% of those surveyed revealed that they will be looking to start their own business in 2018. The new year may be the perfect time for setting new goals and even starting your own business, but the self-employment route will almost certainly impact work-life balance. Our research revealed it has a positive effect, with 73% of business owners/managers stating they have a great work-life balance. However, managers/business owners do seem to be more invested in working life. They are more likely to check their work emails outside of normal working hours, with 32% of managers/business owners saying they do this, compared to those who aren’t in a management position. Are these small business owners at risk of burnout? 51% said that they are worried about their work not being completed while they are away. Guy Moreve, Head of Marketing at Paymentsense  says: “It’s important that everyone within the workplace gets the best possible work-life balance. It’s crucial to the efficiency of a business. If the employees are demotivated, then this will eventually show in the quality of their work. “We need to make sure this ethos is fed down from the top management to all levels of the business. As a business, you should be offering flexible working schemes. This gives employees the opportunity to take care of everyday life tasks and manage their workload effectively. “If you own your own business, it can be hard to switch off, however, you still need some respite, so it’s crucial to put practices in place in order to achieve an effective balance.” www.paymentsense.co.uk/blog/uk-work-life-balance-survey



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It´s toughest at the top: UK Directors report highest rates of anxiety around communicating in the workplace

22-January-2018 - onrec.com



Directors twice as likely to experience ‘workplace performance anxiety’ than any other level Posted in News archive on 22 Jan 2018 Despite their extra experience and authority, employees in senior positions are more prone to experiencing workplace performance anxiety than any other role, new research shows. A study of 1,000 workplaces conducted by  RADA in Business , the commercial subsidiary of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art that provides communication skills training for corporate individuals, found that senior directors feel workplace anxiety an average of 10 times per month – twice the national average across the total UK workforce. The report found that the highest rates of anxiety for directors are around communicating, affecting 94% of those surveyed. 39% of senior directors cite networking with new business prospects and pitching as the situations where they feel the most unsure about their performance. Furthermore, almost a third (31%) say they are nervous of their ideas being shot down or being talked over, while a similar number (31%) say they are fearful of people thinking less of them. The next most-affected group was those in junior positions, with 92% reporting the effects of anxiety around communicating. With most people expressing the pressure to make an impact - whether being interviewed for a new job, moving into a more senior role, or presenting to colleagues or customers – as the main situations that bring on anxious feelings the most. In response to the widespread issue of workplace performance anxiety, RADA in Business has been working with leading UK companies to transfer dramatic techniques, such as play and improvisation, from a theatrical setting to a business environment. Claire Dale, Tutor at RADA in Business, commented on the findings: “Businesses looking to direct training towards tackling stage fright and feelings of anxiety when communicating in the workplace should focus first on the lowest and highest levels within their organisations. “In the same way an actor does before a performance, those in senior or leadership positions can benefit from making small but powerful shifts in their behaviour before facing a situation that triggers communication anxiety. This could involve grounding themselves through changes in their body language and stance, improving their physical presence and gravitas, or controlling their breath to create greater vocal power. Flexibility is also key – being able to flex your working style to different audiences and situations is an effective tool for those in both senior and junior positions. This helps to build confidence in the given situation, increasing their impact and influence in the workplace.” RADA in Business is the commercial subsidiary of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, transferring the unrivalled actor training disciplines taught at the Academy to the workplace. RADA in Business offers the unique skills, assets and experience of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to train and inspire individual, institutional and corporate clients. All profits from RADA in Business are gifted to RADA to support the next generation of actors and technical theatre artists. For more information on RADA in Business, please visit  www.radainbusiness.com



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Two tech entrepreneurs launch Grafter

22-January-2018 - onrec.com



Free digital service bringing flexible workers to business Posted in Launch on 22 Jan 2018 Today marks the official launch of Grafter – a new free digital solution for business to rapidly engage flexible workers. The concept was conceived by Tom Cape in 2016 and co-founded with Richard Knight in June 2017. Grafter has already attracted over 7,000 registered users prior to its official launch date and achieved 156% overfunding on crowd-funding platform, Crowdcube in Autumn 2017. With a range of skills and experience in technology, digital startups, business development and finance, the Founders, Tom and Richard share a passion for building and property development which in turn helped shape their insights for the Grafter business. Tom Cape formed the Grafter idea when he searched to find people to shift concrete on a small building project. To his great frustration, he couldn’t find workers or services to fulfill the short term job - despite knowing there were local people out there. As an experience shared by both co-founders, they resolved to tackle the problem together. Through further research, it became apparent that a vast many business sectors including farming and building required a faster route to find non-specialist workers. Coupled with the fact that flexible working has become a positive choice for millions of people - from millenials to the retired - the Grafter business was born. Grafter is designed for business seeking flexible or part time local workers in building/construction, farming, landscaping, delivery, warehousing, leisure, events and factory/light industry and self employed workers seeking flexible or part time work that doesn’t demand qualified skills or past experience. As Tom Cape explains, Grafter is fit for the demanding needs of business and  workers both now and the future. “We recognise the way people want to work and the type of work available is changing rapidly.  Grafter is the first free digital service that engages all types of flexible workers with local business in just a few steps – making the process of finding work and workers, swift, cost-effective and trustworthy too”. Whether its students looking for holiday income, workers seeking a new building project or a retired person searching casual gardening or driving work, Grafter offers a simple sign up process. Workers are able to upload their profiles detailing who they are, where they are located and what they are able to do. In the case of businesses seeking temporary workers – the service is completely free for businesses to find and engage workers. Grafter also offers an elevated service including additional value-add services such as tracked messaging, digital contracting, reminder emails and a cashless payment system. At the payment stage, Grafter charges the business a usage fee of 5% plus VAT. In a fast growing culture of flexible working, Grafter is committed to supporting good practice and fair work. The service only allows jobs to be posted and priced at or above the minimum wage. The Grafter team is growing – focusing efforts on the brand and its global reach through digital marketing, PR, social media, events, partnerships and direct to market tactics. A seasonal Christmas campaign is underway focused on students seeking holiday work and SMEs seeking support to deliver against Christmas and end of year deadlines. As true digital disrupters of the traditional employment marketplace, Grafter plans to amplify its platform in the future making the website a destination for additional services such as tax administration, accountancy support and for charities seeking volunteer workers. Grafter is available at www.Grafternow.com and the Grafter app is available on iOS and Google Play.



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What do employees look for when going on the new-job-hunt?

22-January-2018 - onrec.com



Written by Conor McArdle, content executive at Brighter Business Posted in News archive on 22 Jan 2018 The turn of the year brings with it a lot of optimism and an appetite for change; while some people ring in a new year with resolutions to get fit, others resolve for a change of location or a change of career. According to a recent  report  published by  Investors in People , 47% of employees are looking to move jobs in 2018 – almost half of the UK’s workforce – while around 18% are actively looking for new employment. On top of that, most respondents also believe that the UK job market has worsened (19%) or not improved (33%) over the last year. While these figures do not inspire confidence, there is at least one reason for optimism; though the figures are high, they are lower than the previous years’ survey (25% in 2018, compared to 33% in 2017). Similarly, the figure for workers who are actively seeking new employment has decreased from last years’ survey, from 25% to 18%. This is also the case for levels of employee happiness; 25% of workers are unhappy in the current position, but compared to 33% in 2017, it is a marked improvement. The good news As such, it’s not all doom and gloom. Workers across the UK are, generally, happy with aspects of their jobs. Some highlights include flexible working arrangements, enjoyable work, and working as part of a great team. There is nothing surprising about this; as  technology  has made remote working easier (and the rise of the  gig economy  has helped with the shift away from traditional work patterns), it has helped to free-up time in schedules; workers who benefit from  flexible arrangements  may not suffer from stressful commutes, for example. Working within a  good team  is also hugely beneficial, and can help workers to feel happier in their day-to-day tasks. The grass is always greener However, the overall tone of the report is, unfortunately, pessimistic. 49% of respondents cited poor management as a source of dissatisfaction, while pay (40%), feeling under- or unvalued (39%) and a lack of career progression (30%) were also raised. Additionally, workers across England and Scotland are worried about the impact of Brexit on job security; a quarter of private sector workers who were surveyed expressed concern, and 28% of jobseekers believe Brexit will make it harder to find work over the next 12 months. The job-hunters’ top priorities Competitive pay (57%) and benefits (28%) are the most important factors for workers seeking a new position, and this is understandable given that economic growth and increased levels of employment have been met with wage stagnation. These can be difficult expectations for small businesses to meet, especially when competing with the resources of larger corporations, but are a near-certain way to  improve employee happiness  and improve staff retention.  However, it’s not all about the money. Reviewing your management practices to ensure they are appropriate may help you to maintain rapport with your colleagues and employees – are you micromanaging, or  not leading effectively ? For jobseekers, job security (29%) and pay (39%) are important, but not as important as enjoyable work (55%). Providing an atmosphere where the work is challenging but enjoyable, secure and with potential for career progression is a great way to attract quality candidates who want to give as much as they get.



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PhD Freelancing Platform Kolabtree Surpasses 4,000 users

22-January-2018 - onrec.com



PhDs are perhaps a level of award that you wouldn’t normally expect to see on the freelance circuit, however there is a growing trend for PhD level professionals to pursue freelance work rather than the more traditional research route within an academic institution. Posted in News archive on 22 Jan 2018 In the 2 years since London based Kolabtree launched, over 4,000 PhD level experts, a mixture of recent PhD graduates as well as specialists with 30-40 years of experience, have registered themselves as science freelancers on the platform. “PhD scientists are realising that they are able to offer significant value to businesses that are seeking to solve a complex issue” states Ashmita Das, Kolabtree Co Founder and CEO. “At the same time we are seeing strong demand from organisations looking for expert freelancers to help with projects that require a high level of expertise. We see a very wide range of examples from food startups looking for a food scientist to convert a kitchen recipe into a shelf-stable product, through to business consulting firms looking to collect literature on the characteristics of female leadership...the list is endless.” Globalisation and our ability to communicate across borders means it’s never been easier for an organisation to employ an individual on the other side of the world. Where before organisations might only think to look at a local talent pool, platforms like Kolabtree now mean that they can tap into a global PhD level talent pool and more easily identify the best in the world in any specific field. Generalist freelancing platforms like Upwork and Peopleperhour have been using this model for some time and it’s not a big stretch to see this working in more highly specialist sectors like data science. “Recently for example, an insurance company from the US consulted an expert statistician from the UK to analyse an error rate study on policies.” Much like the more established generalist platforms, Kolabtree allows companies to list the projects for which they need expert help whilst freelancers can create a profile for free and apply for projects where they see a skills match. It’s only after the two parties have established a dialogue, agreed a fee and completed the work that the fee changes hands. Kolabtree charges a small commission on the fee. About Kolabtree Kolabtree connects businesses and labs with freelance PhD-qualified scientists all over the world. The platform has over 4,000 registered freelance PhDs who are offering services such as statistical review, data analytics, literature search, writing, editing, scientific consulting and experimental design. Experts include scientists from the likes of NASA, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Cambridge, with expertise across disciplines including life science, data science, healthcare, social science, and physical science. If you are a business needing the help of a freelancer, you can post your project for free on www.kolabtree.com .



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Top 10 financial services roles set for highest salary increases in 2018

22-January-2018 - onrec.com



High- performing financial professionals remain in high demand as the skills deficit grows in the financial sector Posted in News archive on 22 Jan 2018 Company Profile Robert Half View profile » The  Robert Half 2018 Salary Guide  has revealed that accountants and finance leaders will top the list of professionals set to experience the greatest salary increases in financial services in 2018.  The top 10 roles anticipated to see the biggest salary rises in 2018 include: Accountant (NQ – 3 years’ PQE) – 4.2% (£52,500 – £65,750) Chief financial officer/ Group financial director – 4.0% (£86,500 - £100,000) Senior financial controller – 4.0% (£44,500 – £54,000) Risk associate – 3.3% (£48,000 - £60,500) Operations manager – 3.2% (£78,000 – £117,000) Accountant (4-7 years PQE) – 3.1% (£70,000 - £95,000) Assistant management/ Financial accountant – 2.9% (£22,000 - £32,000) Tax specialist – 2.6% (£43,000 – £65,750) Finance director – 2.6% (£95,000 – £176,500) Systems accountant – 2.5% (£49,000 – £65,000) With 51% of financial services executives struggling to recruit with the lack of experienced professionals available on the market and 59% admitting that demand is growing faster than supply, the financial services sector is investing in its talent to keep pace with the changing climate. Increasingly, companies are hiring junior accounting and finance professionals to fill the gap then supporting their growth within the company. “The skills shortage continues to be felt industry-wide and is a trend that is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. With finance automation, changing regulations and a driving need for greater efficiencies, firms are focused on attracting and holding onto top talent,” explained Matt Weston, Director, Robert Half UK. “In a bid to attract highly skilled professionals, many financial services firms plan to prioritise salary increases and bonus payments tied to performance over standard benefits this year.” Bonuses for junior to mid-level roles will range from 10-20% on average, rising to 20-50% for those in senior positions. Private medical care, 25 days’ annual leave and life insurance are also still popular options in attractive remuneration packages that help acquire skilled professionals.



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Revealed: The most expensive and cheapest cities to work and rent in

22-January-2018 - onrec.com



CV-Library reveals the true extent of the North/South divide in the UK Posted in News archive on 22 Jan 2018 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » New analysis from the UK’s leading independent job board,  CV-Library , reveals the true extent of the North/South divide when it comes to wages and rental prices in the UK. In fact, it reveals that  Londoners pay a staggering 37.1% of their monthly salary on living costs, versus those in Hull who spend just 11.6%. The findings compared average asking rents  across the UK*, with monthly take home pay** in these cities. It found that despite London offering some of the highest salaries in the UK,  workers in the Capital and Brighton are far worse off than those living in the likes of Hull, Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle, where lower asking rents leave workers with higher disposable income. What’s more,  Aberdeen is offering the highest monthly take home pay , and coupled with low living costs, this city is emerging as a far more cost-effective place to live in comparison to London, Brighton and Edinburgh. The full breakdown is provided in the table below: City Average asking rent per month Monthly take home pay Percentage of wages spent on rent each month London £836.05 £2,254.94 37.08% Brighton £623.99 £1,909.60 32.68% Edinburgh £463.79 £1,988.70 23.32% Bristol £458.24 £2,090.82 21.92% Southampton £418.88 £1,921.05 21.80% Portsmouth £409.32 £1,898.29 21.56% Exeter £393.39 £1,855.27 21.20% Cardiff £371.48 £1,950.90 19.04% Manchester £361.58 £1,918.99 18.84% Birmingham £342.76 £1,974.84 18.16% Leeds £349.87 £1,887.57 17.72% Aberdeen £317.64 £2,301.40 16.27% Glasgow £301.36 £1,951.93 15.88% Newcastle £290.06 £1,898.19 15.46% Sheffield £283.16 £1,876.21 14.99% Liverpool £336.09 £1,888.50 14.60% Hull £227.68 £1,956.65 11.64% *Rightmove data explored average asking rental prices for a two-bed property in key cities across the UK. The asking rents per month are based on two people living in the property splitting the cost. **CV-library data explored average salaries advertised in 14 UK cities from 1 st  January – 31 st  October 2017. Monthly take home pay factors in tax, National Insurance and average student loan repayment deductions Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library , comments on the findings:  “Despite the government’s efforts to eliminate the North/South divide, it’s clear that living costs and wages aren’t quite following suit. Generation ‘rent’ is well and truly in full swing, and while some cities offer manageable living costs and generous pay packets, others could be pushing workers to breaking point.” What’s more, these findings do not factor in additional costs on top of rent, such as council tax, electricity, water and gas bills, not to mention other monthly outgoings including mobile phone and internet contracts, pension, transport, insurance and so on. This means that those living in cities such as London, Brighton, Edinburgh and Bristol could be heading towards debt levels each month.



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Understanding the security risks of the cloud

22-January-2018 - onrec.com



Posted in News archive More companies than ever are dedicating a larger percentage of their IT budgets to Cloud computing. on 22 Jan 2018 This isn’t a surprise considering the cloud provides instant access to data and applications on practically any internet-connected device. Cloud computing also offers businesses countless other benefits, including increased scalability, improved collaboration, and reduced overheads.  But as businesses race to the cloud to partake of them, the security risks can be overlooked. It’s essential that when considering the move to the cloud, that businesses partner with expert IT partners and service providers who can prevent and avoid costly security breaches and mistakes from occurring. A leading IT consultancy firm ( Computer Geeks ) have shared their top 5 tips for businesses to understand the security risks of the cloud and how partnering with a trusted IT provider can make all the difference when it comes to avoiding these risks: 1.    Ensure that you have complete visibility into your IT providers security infrastructure and settings . When a business migrates to the cloud, a third-party provider is responsible for managing their data and applications. Make sure that they’re doing this securely. Ask your IT provider whether they use advanced intrusion prevention systems and threat detection techniques. Even if your cloud provider claims they will keep your data safe under their supervision, it’s still important for you to have complete visibility into their security infrastructure and settings.  Ask for a copy of their latest security audits and inquire about previous instances of data loss. This should give you a rough idea of the level of security they provide. Since your data will be stored off site, it’s also a good idea to ask them where precisely it will be stored and for their policies on reporting cybersecurity incidents. Then, find out which files and apps they are responsible for protecting and what security features they offer. 2.    Assess the physical security of your IT provider’s facilities Employees or cybercriminals breaking into server rooms can’t be dismissed, so it’s important to assess the physical security of your provider’s facilities. Ideally, your contract should plainly state who is authorised to look after your servers, and ensure your provider has surveillance systems to deter break-ins. 3.    Make sure your provider has enabled multi-factor authentication For the most part, major cloud vendors use robust security measures to keep cybercriminals at bay. But when hackers can’t get into cloud-hosted servers via conventional cyberattacks; they resort to social engineering tactics to bypass security systems and steal your users’ login credentials. To mitigate this risk, make sure your provider has enabled multi-factor authentication; to add an extra layer of verification in addition to strong passwords. Another important element to consider is your access settings. This allows you to assign privileges to specific users, which will prevent hackers from stealing sensitive documents if they ever manage to breach your first-line defences. The surest way to stay safe in the cloud, however, is to provide security training to your users. Employees should be trained to the point where they can identify fraudulent emails, links, and websites at a glance as well as fully understand that passwords must be more than 8 characters long and include a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. 4.    Check that ‘multitenancy’ doesn’t lead to your data being compromised The main concern about cloud servers is that; they’re shared with other customers called “tenants,” whose questionable data and account management practices can compromise your files. And if cloud providers aren’t careful, sensitive data could leak into another tenant’s account. Fortunately, these problems are easy to avoid. For instance, encrypting files before uploading them to the cloud prevents unauthorised users from accessing or modifying them. It’s also best to ask your provider for any guarantees that your data is completely segmented from other tenants’ systems. But if you’re still weary of sharing with other tenants in a “public cloud” environment, hybrid cloud environments provide a safer option. They allow you to store your most sensitive files in a private server while keeping less sensitive documents in a public server. 5.    Check your IT providers data backup, recovery strategies and service level agreements. Whether your data is stored on-premises or in the cloud, the threat of downtime-inducing cyberattacks is real. As such, your provider must have high uptime guarantees and a comprehensive data backup and recovery strategy; listed in their service agreements. A good service agreement is when the provider promises to duplicate and store your data in multiple, failure-free data centres. This way, if their primary server goes down; you’ll have complete confidence that they can keep your business running on a secondary server. Considering the above list, it’s understandable to think that storing data in the cloud is risky. But with the right tools and an expert cloud provider, you’ll never have to worry about these risks. 



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

19-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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

18-January-2018 - telegraph.co.uk





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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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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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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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