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HBO´s Sheila Nevins discusses how she conquered the world of documentary film

September-30-2017 - abcnews.com



Nevins opens up about her career and steps she took to get where she is today.



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http://abcnews.go.com/Business/hbos-sheila-nevins-discuses-conquered-world-documentary-film/story?id=50188068







How to change your paycheck-to-paycheck reality

September-30-2017 - usatoday.com



Sometimes the culprit is a low wage, but most of the time the problem is a less than ideal strategy set into motion early in a career.            



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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discusses the jobs of the future

September-30-2017 - abcnews.com



Satya Nadella talks artificial intelligence and the future of jobs on "Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis".



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http://abcnews.go.com/Business/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-discusses-jobs-future/story?id=50189787







How to bring down energy bills in winter and other savings

September-30-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



From making the house nice and toasty to tidying up the garden, it’s time to get ready for winter.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-4936628/How-bring-energy-bills-winter-savings.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







Retailers exposed to UK factories exploiting workers

September-30-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



British manufacturers are seeing an explosion in demand from high street and online retailers selling fast fashion, but there are fears that this has led to a growth in rogue operators as well as legitimate ones.



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HETHERINGTON: Luxury watch hire firm is a ticking timebomb

September-30-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



I wish I had seen your excellent articles on Incrementum Funding and Paragon Time Trading earlier.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/experts/article-4936438/HETHERINGTON-Luxury-watch-hire-firm-ticking-timebomb.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







Joseph Valente on how to grow a business

September-30-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Valente, who won the BBC series of The Apprentice in 2015. He had to shut down a call centre business he had set up in order to take part, costing him £10,000.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/meandmymoney/article-4936556/Joseph-Valente-grow-business.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







How to manage a monthly budget on a roller-coaster income

September-30-2017 - usatoday.com



Here are four tips for managing money when your paycheck fluctuates from month to month.            



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Career advice: 4 ways your job can impact your health

September-30-2017 - usatoday.com



If youve been feeling physically and mentally worn down lately and cant seem to shake it, maybe its time to take a hard look at your work life.            



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WATCH: How to make extra cash outside of your day job

September-30-2017 - abcnews.com



Chris Guillebeau, author of "Side Hustle" and host of "Side Hustle School" podcast, shares his tips on how to make your side hustle work.



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http://abcnews.go.com/Business/video/make-extra-cash-day-job-50189311







Career advice: 6 traits of great managers

September-29-2017 - usatoday.com



Want to be boss at being a boss? Its not as simple as just being a good listener.            



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Supermarket chicken supplier 2 Sisters investigated

September-29-2017 - bbc.com



Workers at one of the UK's largest chicken factories allegedly breached safety rules.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41440020







Massachusetts’ XS Brokers Hires Buccinna to New York Office

September-29-2017 - insurancejournal.com



XS Brokers, a Quincy, Mass.-headquartered independent insurance brokerage, has hired Peter Buccinna to head a new local office for the firm in East Chatham, N.Y. The hiring of Buccinna as assistant vice president and business development manager is a result



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Lockton Benefit Group Adds Buck Chief Medical Officer in Dallas

September-29-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Dr. Shealynn Buck, an expert in employee wellbeing and improving health outcomes, has joined Lockton Benefit Group in Dallas as chief medical officer. Buck will advise employers on health strategies that improve employee wellbeing, reduce costs and improve productivity. Dr.



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3 Workers Killed in Miami by Scaffolding Collapse

September-29-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Three men were killed when scaffolding collapsed next to a television signal tower in Florida. News outlets report that the collapse occurred Wednesday afternoon in Miami Gardens. The approximately 1,000-foot (300-meter) tower was built in 2009 to transmit signals for



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http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2017/09/29/465980.htm







Horses for courses

September-29-2017 - bbc.com



Banks are investing in the centre of cities like Manchester, but are closing branches in the suburbs.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41440192







Thousands of Carillion jobs face the axe

September-29-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Shares in the crisis-torn firm plunged 18 per cent yesterday as it revealed half-year results, which had it had delayed after issuing a profit warning in July.



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Firm expects to report UK sales of more than £36m in H1

September-29-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Online estate agent Purplebricks has said it is on course to more than double its half-year revenue in the UK after making strong progress over the last few months



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Firm writes off £845m on support services contracts

September-29-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Troubled UK building and services firm Carillion made a staggering loss of more than £1bn in the first half of the year after being hit with a series of restructuring charges



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-4932642/Firm-writes-845m-support-services-contracts.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







How to avoid some of the more common IRA mistakes

September-29-2017 - usatoday.com



Nearly four in 10 households own an individual retirement arrangement or IRA. And that means about 50 million households might make a costly mistake.            



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How to choose a health insurance policy

September-29-2017 - usatoday.com



Being smart about choosing your health insurance plan can save you thousands of dollars and a lot of pain and suffering.            



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Exclusive: Lyft close to selecting IPO adviser - sources

September-29-2017 - reuters.com



SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lyft Inc is close to hiring an initial public offering (IPO) advisory firm, in the first concrete step by the second biggest U.S. ride service company to become publicly listed, according to people familiar with the matter.



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Ikea buys odd jobs firm TaskRabbit

September-28-2017 - bbc.com



The deal means it should be easier to get someone else to assemble your flatpack furniture.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41435362







Dream job alert: Get paid to drink beer

September-28-2017 - usatoday.com



There is a job at a London brewery that sounds like a dream: drinking beer! Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more.            



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Who Is the Healthiest Employer?

September-28-2017 - workforce.com



Fitbit recently held its Captivate 2017 conference in Chicago, where health analytics software company Springbuk released their list of the 100 healthiest employers in America. (Photo by Andie Burjek) Health analytics software company Springbuk held its Healthiest Employers Award Program in the evening at Fitbit’s wellness conference in Chicago on Sept. 19. The event recognized the top 100 companies for... The post Who Is the Healthiest Employer? appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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http://www.workforce.com/2017/09/28/who-is-the-healthiest-employer/







Concerns mount over future of Bridgend Ford jobs as JLR cancels engine contract earlier than expected

September-28-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/09/28/concerns-mount-future-bridgend-ford-jobs-jlr-cancels-engine/







Last-ditch deal to save Palmer & Harvey cash and carry

September-28-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Palmer & Harvey is the country’s fifth largest privately owned firm, with all shares held by its staff. Its 4,500 employees are now waiting to discover whether a deal can be reached.



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Fears for Ford´s Welsh engine factory

September-28-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Jaguar Land Rover will stop buying petrol engines from Ford’s plant in Bridgend, Wales, creating uncertainty over 750 jobs – around half the workforce.



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How to invest in retirement and make more of your pension

September-28-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Retiring today brings much more freedom in terms of what you do with your pension pot, but with that choice comes the tricky task of investing in retirement. Our guides can help you.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/pensions/article-4926494/How-invest-retirement-make-pension.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







Alliant’s Boston Office Hires Bean as Senior Vice President

September-28-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Boston office of Alliant has hired Phil Bean as senior vice president within the companys Alliant Americas division. In this role, Bean will provide targeted risk management and insurance solutions to clients throughout the Northeast as Alliant continues to



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http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2017/09/28/465906.htm







Britain and America are on the brink of trade war

September-28-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



British Prime Minster Theresa May condemned the US company Boeing after the dispute with Canadian firm Bombardier threatened the loss of thousands of jobs in the UK.



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Uber ruling puts jobs at risk, says Theresa May

September-28-2017 - bbc.com



The prime minister says a decision to stop the taxi-hailing company operating in London is "disproportionate".



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41431847







Lawsuit Claims J&J Knew of Asbestos in Talcum Powder in ’70s

September-28-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Johnson Johnson trained its employees to reassure anyone concerned about whether the companys talcum powder contained asbestos that the cancer-causing substance has never been found and it never will in its iconic baby powder, according to an undated memo



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http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2017/09/28/465848.htm







Careers: 6 common traits of horrible bosses

September-28-2017 - usatoday.com



A terrible boss can ruin your life and derail your career. Here are 6 common behaviors.            



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USI Insurance Services Acquires Pennsylvania’s David M. Banet & Associates

September-28-2017 - insurancejournal.com



USI Insurance Services (USI) has acquired David M. Banet Associates Inc. (Banet), an Exton, Penn.-based leader in benefits consulting and administration, human capital management and insurance brokerage and consulting services. Banet will combine with Emerson Reid, USIs employee benefits



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http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2017/09/28/465919.htm







How to find the best online broker with the lowest fees

September-27-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Online brokers allow investors to choose from the wide range of funds, investment trusts and shares on offer. Use our tool to find the right investing platform for you.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/diyinvesting/article-2554699/How-best-online-broker-lowest-fees.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







Exclusive: Republican U.S. tax framework sets 20 percent corporate rate

September-27-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress and the White House called for slashing tax rates on businesses and the wealthy on Wednesday, as part of a new tax plan that offers few details about how to pay for tax cuts without expanding the federal deficit.



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Florida Extends Continuing Education Deadline for Insurance Professionals

September-27-2017 - insurancejournal.com



To help accelerate Hurricane Irma recovery efforts across Florida, CFO Jimmy Patronis announced an extension of continuing education deadlines for licensed insurance professionals in Florida. Continuing education deadlines are set by the licensees birthday month, and any licensee with a



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http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2017/09/27/465550.htm







Quebec, Britain threaten retaliation after Bombardier tariffs

September-27-2017 - reuters.com



MONTREAL (Reuters) - The Canadian province of Quebec and Britain threatened retaliation on Wednesday over stiff U.S. tariffs imposed on Bombardier Inc's CSeries jet that could affect thousands of jobs in the two countries.



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How to budget your grant proposal

September-27-2017 - sciencemag.org



An accurate, convincing budget is a crucial component for your grant application



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http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2017/09/how-budget-your-grant-proposal







5MM: Flying Cars and Flying the Friendly Skies

September-27-2017 - workforce.com



Workforce editors Frank Kalman and Rick Bell consider classes to build flying cars and dissect United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz’s defense of his employees during a talk at a recent conference. Also, they uncover long-lost archival footage from yesteryear’s 5 Minutes of Personnel. For more 5 Minutes of Management, check out our YouTube channel.   The post 5MM: Flying Cars and Flying the Friendly Skies appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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http://www.workforce.com/2017/09/27/5mm-flying-cars-flying-friendly-skies/







7th Circuit Rejects Extended Medical Leaves of Absence as ADA Accommodation

September-27-2017 - workforce.com



“You’re FIRED!” No, this post is not about a recent Trump rally; it’s about the end game to Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., in which an employer terminated an employee unable to return to work after the expiration of his 12-week FMLA leave. The employee requested an additional two or three months of unpaid leave as a reasonable accommodation under the... The post 7th Circuit Rejects Extended Medical Leaves of Absence as ADA Accommodation appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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http://www.workforce.com/2017/09/27/7th-circuit-rejects-extended-medical-leaves-absence-ada-accommodation/







Employers Embrace Telemedicine But Employees Exhibit Uncertainty

September-27-2017 - workforce.com



Lee Damiano felt ill one day in May 2015. The previous year when she signed up for her employer’s new telemedicine benefit that would allow her to contact a doctor any time, any day of the week, she thought she’d never actually use it. She was wrong. Initially thinking, “I might as well wait until Monday,” Damiano ultimately called and... The post Employers Embrace Telemedicine But Employees Exhibit Uncertainty appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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http://www.workforce.com/2017/09/27/employers-embrace-telemedicine-employees-exhibit-uncertainty/







Small companies make biggest gains as US stocks rise

September-27-2017 - abcnews.com



US stocks climb, and the biggest gains go to smaller banks, industrial and technology companies after the Labor Department said business investment appeared to get stronger in August



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http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory/gains-banks-technology-stocks-lead-us-indexes-higher-50127529







How to use a pension to beat inheritance tax

September-27-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



For pensions and IHT, the key age is 75. If you die before then, any pension can be passed on tax-free. Over-75 the rules change but tax could still be lower. We explain what you must know.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/pensions/article-4922968/Why-pensions-secret-weapon-beat-death-taxes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







Theresa May vows to protect 4,000 jobs at Bombardier

September-27-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Boeing has won the first round of its trade dispute with Bombardier, who it has accused of receiving unfair subsidies from the Canadian government.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4923600/4-000-British-jobs-threat-imposes-tariff.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490







Human Resources and The Evolution of the Employee

September-27-2017 - onrec.com



by Toby Margetts, Consultant at Squiz Posted in News archive on 27 Sep 2017 The internet would have you believe that we’re hurtling down a path towards HR nirvana: a golden age of unprecedented engagement and interaction between employers and employees driven largely by the rapid increase of technology and the benefits it brings. While the internet might be onto something, there is surprisingly little attention given to the employees themselves and how their evolution — rather than the world around them — is shaping the HR landscape. 10 years ago millennials were barely old enough to enter the workforce — now they’ve overtaken the baby boomers and Gen Xers to make up the majority. This presents a serious challenge for HR departments, not least because each generation places value on different things. Baby boomers (born between 1946–1964) Baby boomers worked for organisations with complex corporate hierarchies and research shows that they identified their strengths as organisational memory, optimism, and a willingness to work long hours. Motivated by position, perks and prestige, baby boomers are likely to define themselves by their professional achievements and as such are also very competitive and goal-oriented. This focus on work ethic, loyalty and a culture of overworking contrasts heavily with the generations that followed and gives rise to the baby boomers’ perception that millennials are work-shy, entitled job hoppers. Generation X (born between 1965–1980) The middle child of generations and also the smallest, sandwiched between two much larger generations in baby boomers and millennials. Gen Xers are considered independent, tech-savvy, pragmatic and confident — many of these attributable to the ‘latchkey’ upbringing that saw many children of this generation home-alone for parts of the day, for example before parents got home from work. Gen Xers favour a work life balance that was likely denied to their baby boomer parents, are prone to changing jobs frequently and distrust corporate motives. They are self-reliant and tend to be individualistic with a preference for concise forms of communication like email. Millennials (born between 1981–1997) Millennials have a markedly different outlook on what they expect from their employer and employment experience. They are highly educated, proficient with technology, self-confident, able to multi-task and have lots of energy. They favour teamwork over isolation, seek challenges yet value a good work life balance. Unlike their baby boomer parents, millennials are unlikely to give up a lifestyle in favour of a career, valuing travel and flexibility in their working arrangements. Arguably millennials’ greatest contribution to the workforce is their savviness with technology and their ability to apply it creatively to their roles and the organisations in which they work, helping to make processes more efficient, and save time and money. With this increase in savviness comes an increase in expectations in how millennials engage with their organisations. Antiquated HR processes are quickly exposed by millennials who are used to intuitive interfaces and seamless user experiences. What it means for HR departments An interesting challenge has arisen for HR departments everywhere who must strike a balance by adjusting policies and practices to meet worker’s changing workplace values and perspectives. An HR strategy must be sensitive to the fact that workers have evolved (and will continue to do so) and generational gaps exist within an organisation. These should be embraced. Ironically it’s likely to be the application of technology — the thing that most separates millennials with their generational counterparts — that helps HR departments create engaging tools that bring these generations together. These tools can provide tailored experiences to employees regardless of their values and perspectives and also create a shared sense of purpose within an organisation that everyone can buy into. What does the future look like? The future of HR is facing an interesting and unpredictable future as we begin to see the Gen Zers (born between 1998–2005) enter the workforce. A significant aspect of Gen Zers is their widespread usage of the internet from a young age and they present a new set of characteristics (albeit more closely linked to those of millennials) for HR departments to consider. Early research indicates that these characteristics are likely to include an inclination for more entrepreneurial pursuits in the form of starting their own businesses and employing others. This will be aided by unprecedented access to people, resources and information from an early age. As a result, Gen Zers are likely to want to work in a culture that enables them to focus on new projects that are directly tied to business successes. In addition, Gen Zers are thought to be less influenced by money and, somewhat surprisingly, prefer more traditional methods of communication such as face-to-face — despite being brought up with instant messaging, email and social media snippets. This could be a very important insight as it would be logical for HR departments to assume that Gen Zers would favour more digital means of communication. It’s clearly an unpredictable and changeable time to be involved in HR strategy, but the smart application of technology is creating exciting opportunities to meet these challenges head-on and create increasingly engaged workforces that can seamlessly use the tools at their disposal. With the Alpha generation (born after 2005) just around the corner it’s fair to say that things aren’t going to get any more predictable but there’s every chance the role of the HR professional will need to evolve as quickly as the workers that are affecting such great changes.



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http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/human-resources-and-the-evolution-of-the-employee







Fears for 4,000 British jobs as Bombardier hit with 219pc US tariffs in subsidy dispute

September-27-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Work freebies

September-27-2017 - bbc.com



Impressed that your company offers dress-down Fridays? These firms take job perks to another level.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40976787







Should you cash in your final salary pension?

September-27-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Huge sums are being dangled before workers by firms keen to shed the burden of guaranteeing final salary pensions to both current and former employees.



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Lloyds shifting 1,000 pensions jobs to third party

September-27-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The bank is moving employees in its Scottish Widows and Clerical Medical teams to Peterborough-based TCS Diligenta, which is owned by Indian conglomerate Tata.



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The 10 best-paid jobs for students while at university

September-27-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/09/27/10-best-paid-jobs-students-university/







French property scheme ´a slow-burning catastrophe´

September-27-2017 - bbc.com



British people stuck in costly contracts should be helped by the French government, a Conservative MEP says.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41401533







How long can The Apprentice keep going?

September-27-2017 - bbc.com



Quite a long time, if Lord Sugar has anything to do with it.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41396877







Fujitsu comment - Female managers in the UK earn close t £12k less than male counterparts

September-27-2017 - onrec.com



Regina Moran, VP, Head of Industry Consulting and Software Solutions, EMEIA BAS at Fujitsu has provided a response to the research in relation to the wider issue around addressing the gender pipeline problem: Posted in Opinion on 27 Sep 2017 “Whilst it is of course vital that organisations adequately address the long-standing gender pay gap issue, we must not forget that differences in pay are often part of a wider context with businesses failing to create environments that support women in the long-term. In terms of strategy, the first step is to increase the pipeline of talent by driving recruitment of women at a graduate and apprentice level. “But business effort can’t stop there. As women come on-board, business leaders and management must create a culture of inclusion. Simply paying them the same as male counterparts is a good start but what happens once they are in? Women, just like their male colleagues, need to progress and develop. There are some processes that can be immediately built in to a business – such as the provision of flexible working to support women throughout their career lifecycle. Some longer-term goals include the launching of women’s networks which are also vital in ensuring that they receive the proper support and advice they need ongoing. It’s the responsibility of the senior team to take the lead by championing women within their organisation, and encouraging senior women to act as mentors and role models. To ensure we’re seeing more women in those higher paid roles, its clear organisations across all industries need to be supporting and fostering female talent early on and throughout their careers, helping them to successfully move up the ladder. After all, with 70 per cent of women aged 16 to 64 in work, organisations that fail to foster a whole group of talent properly in the workforces will prevent the UK from realising a prosperous economy.”



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http://www.onrec.com/news/opinion/fujitsu-comment-female-managers-in-the-uk-earn-close-t-%C2%A312k-less-than-male-counterparts







Why trust and accuracy are the keys to successful flexible working

September-27-2017 - onrec.com



By Jon Gilbert, Manager, NGA Human Resources Posted in News archive on 27 Sep 2017 Flexible working is fast becoming an expected benefit for many employees, rather than the ‘nice to have’ it once was. Rising costs of childcare are leading to parents and even grandparents needing to adapt their working hours around their life. At the same time, many of those just entering the workforce are finding the idea of a traditional 9-5 job outdated and are seeking a more fulfilling work-life balance. It’s estimated that failure to provide flexible working options costs the UK economy £62.5bn. So rather than just being a benefit regarding employee happiness, it can also translate into missed potential for businesses. Most companies are looking at how they can make flexible working suit both their employees and their business needs. Two key elements determining the success or failure of a flexible working programme are trust and accuracy. A two-way street of trust In any employment situation, there is an element of trust between the two parties involved. The employer trusts that the employee will work the hours they have been asked to do, whilst the worker trusts that they will be fairly recompensed for this. This works well when employees are visible, in an office or on a shop floor. In some organisations, this may involve clocking-in, so any discrepancies in this can be quickly taken into account when it comes to pay. For employees working flexibly from home or elsewhere, however, the faith employers and their workforce place in each other can come more starkly into focus. If an employee leaves the office at 3pm to pick up their children, saying they’ll continue working after the children have gone to bed, can the employer be sure they’ll do so? And if an employee takes longer than expected inputting data, how will they know that they’ll be paid for the extra time? Even for those employees whose job requires them to be present, flexible working can stretch the trust between them and their managers. An employee who needs every Tuesday off to plug their childcare gap will quickly become frustrated when they’re repeatedly asked to come in at the last-minute due to rota mistakes. It’s in these situations when the all-important trust between employer and employee gets tested, leading to low workforce morale, decreased up-take of overtime and, in a worst-case scenario, termination of employment. Accurate data as a builder of trust This is where trustworthy, accurate and easily visible data can help maintain strong and healthy professional relationships. A remote worker who can clock-in and out on their smartphone is much more likely to volunteer to put in extra hours at home, as they know they’ll see their overtime rewarded in their pay packet. For managers too, easy access to data makes their lives a lot easier when it comes to organising flexible workers. A factory manager, who has full visibility of his workforce, can make better decisions about allocating resources.  This ensures not only that they have enough staff on the shop floor, but also that employee flexible working needs are constantly and consistently respected. Employees who feel that their needs are understood and considered by their employer are more likely to be happy, productive and loyal. Flexible working is here to stay, so businesses need to make sure that their HR systems are best adapted to accommodate their workforce’s changing expectations – or risk losing their employees to other businesses who already have.



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Why doing nothing can now be a criminal offence

September-27-2017 - onrec.com



The Criminal Finances Act 2017, which comes fully into effect on 30 September 2017, introduces new corporate offences for failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion, both in the UK and abroad. Posted in News archive on 27 Sep 2017 Company Profile Lawspeed Ltd View profile » The provisions, which are contained within sections 44 – 52 of the Act, apply to all companies and partnerships, whatever their size. Over recent years, HMRC has increasingly targeted those who promote or facilitate tax evasion, as well as those actually evading the tax, but the new provisions cast the net even wider and impose criminal liability on companies simply for failing to take action to prevent tax evasion offences. Recruiters may mistakenly believe that the legislation has no relevance to their businesses; however, any recruitment business operating a payroll or using a payroll provider could potentially be at risk of committing a criminal offence. With heavy fines expected, not to mention the disastrous PR consequences of prosecution, recruiters should be alive to this issue. What amounts to a tax facilitation offence? Section 45 sets out the new offence of “failure to prevent facilitation of UK tax evasion offences”. UK tax evasion offences are defined as either an offence of “cheating the public revenue”, or any UK offence consisting of “being knowingly concerned in (or taking steps with a view to) the fraudulent evasion of tax”. The offence of “cheating the public revenue” is unusual in that it is not set out in any legislation, but is an offence under common law that has evolved over many centuries. It has been loosely defined in case law as “all frauds affecting the Crown and public at large are indictable as cheats at common law”, and is sometimes used by the government either as a “catch-all” (where it is otherwise unable to prosecute under a specific statutory offence), or because the maximum sentences are considerably higher. Section 46 also introduces an offence of “failure to prevent facilitation of foreign tax evasion offences”. The lack of a clear definition of what does, or does not amount to tax evasion, has led to fears that recruitment businesses may inadvertently find themselves facing prosecution. As there is no clear dividing line between tax avoidance and evasion, and the fact that apparently legitimate anti-avoidance schemes are sometimes declared to be illegal retrospectively, it does seem possible that even well-intentioned businesses may find themselves in the firing line. Wherever there is an actual evasion or cheating event, a company can be committing an offence if it is aware of the potential of tax evasion or cheating risk and takes no steps to address it, or it itself condones or turns a blind eye to actions that amount to facilitation. This would be the case even if the facilitation is without the employer’s knowledge (and indeed may have been deliberately concealed from the employer) where the employer has not taken steps to prevent an obvious risk. Recruitment businesses (or their individual employees) that recommend umbrella companies or service providers to agency workers could therefore face prosecution if the companies concerned are involved in risky tax avoidance activities. Clearly, HMRC’s intention is to give itself the widest possible powers to clamp down on tax evasion, but the additional question mark over service providers means that some agencies may decide to avoid working with them at all, and many reputable service providers may lose business because they have been tarred with the same brush as their less scrupulous competitors. Minimising the risk It is a defence to these offences if the company concerned has in place prevention procedures which it was reasonable in all the circumstances to expect it to have in place. Conversely, a company may have a defence where it was not reasonable in all the circumstances for the company to have any prevention procedures in place. So, for example, if the company operates in such a way that there is no risk it would not be reasonable to have prevention measures in place. In most cases, larger businesses will be expected to have gone to more effort to put prevention processes in place, but even small businesses should take note. Although the Chancellor of the Exchequer is required under the Act to publish guidance for companies, and has recently done so, some would argue that the guidance poses more questions than it answers. Theresa Mimnagh, Associate Director of Lawspeed, comments “Recruitment businesses must ensure that they have appropriate prevention procedures in place, which are appropriate for their size, sector and the extent of risk, or face heavy fines and reputational damage. “Such measures include only using audited or approved service providers, undertaking assessments of the risk of their employees or representatives facilitating tax evasion, and having anti-facilitation policies and provisions in contracts with their employees, suppliers, agents, advisers and service providers. Lawspeed offers an independent auditing service, SPA, which clean advisers can use to establish their compliance, so helping agencies address the risk issue.” For further advice on how to avoid falling foul of the new legislation, or for anti-facilitation contracts and policies, contact Lawspeed on 01273 236236 or info@lawspeed.com



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Middle East firm swoops for stricken builder Carillion

September-27-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The firm - which suffered a crash after writing off contracts - is due to unveil delayed half-year results tomorrow. It’s understood a buyer from the Gulf will swoop in once the figures have been revealed.



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Welsh teachers and shop workers are UK’s most undervalued employees, finds Adzuna survey

September-27-2017 - onrec.com



Retail workers and teachers based in Wales are the nation’s glummest grafters, according to recent research by job search engine Adzuna, which launched its expanded ValueMyCV tool this week. Charity workers, those in social work and in the property industry rounded out the top five least happy workers. Posted in Statistics and trends on 27 Sep 2017 Company Profile Adzuna View profile » Teachers and retail staff in Wales are the UK’s unhappiest workers, when it comes to their pay and benefits HR professionals based in the South East report highest satisfaction with their pay A “compensation complex” is plaguing the UK, with only 6% of us confident we are well-paid compared with colleagues Over half (53%) of Britain’s workforce are in the dark about what they should be earning. Only 13% of employees have ever requested a payrise - and succeeded Retail workers and teachers based in Wales are the nation’s glummest grafters, according to recent research by job search engine Adzuna , which launched its expanded ValueMyCV tool this week. Charity workers, those in social work and in the property industry rounded out the top five least happy workers. South-eastern HR pros, on the other hand could be the happiest workers in Britain, the research found. Consultants came a close second, with 43.8% claiming to be satisfied with current salaries. Builders, marketers and energy workers make up the top five happiest workers in the country. The survey, conducted by job search engine Adzuna in August 2017, analysed attitudes of over 1,000 UK workers to highlight employment satisfaction levels across 30+ industries in 12 UK regions. Attitudes towards payrises were also analysed by the research, which was conducted to celebrate the launch of Adzuna’s improved ValueMyCV tool, a unique, free tool that calculates how much you’re worth based on your CV. The service also automatically suggests improvements to your CV, matches you to relevant jobs based on your skills and creates an interactive 'career pathway' based on your job title. A Problematic Picture The study showed that almost 40% of us are convinced we are paid less than our colleagues, while only a fraction (a mere 6%) believe they are paid more. Workers ages 35-44 were most likely to worry they were paid less than other employees, while those in their 20’s showed the highest levels of confidence in their compensation, with 10.2% believing they were paid more than colleagues. Despite an overarching sentiment that we may be underpaid compared with co-workers, more than half of UK employees (53%) admitted they have no idea of their true value to employers. Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, commented: ”British workplaces are rife with uncertainty over pay. An ingrained lack of transparency over earnings and salary bandings has created a culture of conviction that others must be paid more than us. Combined with a lack of knowledge of what our own skills are worth to employers in today’s job market, this spells a recipe for disaster for ambitious career builders. With Adzuna’s ValueMyCV, it’s time for employees to take matters into their own hands and arm themselves with the information they need to thrive.” Salary Secrets The research showed over half of us (53%) of us would never discuss salary with a co-worker, which only increases the reach of the compensation complex, which plagues many UK workplaces. As a result, more than half (56%) of the nation’s workforce have shied away from asking for a payrise, with only 13.6% of British workers ever having successfully broached the subject  with a superior. Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, concluded: “It’s time to address the UK workforces’ Compensation Complex once and for all, and declare a war on pay inequality. Our hardworking employees deserve fair pay for the work they carry out - and the tools to help them understand both their value in the workplace today - and how they can increase this going forward. It’s time for employers to play fair.” Data tables follow: Table 1: The 5 happiest careers in the UK: Sector % of workers happy with pay Average Advertised Salary HR 50.8% £32,705 Consultancy 43.8% £36,251 Trade Construction 40.9% £33,777 PR Marketing 37.5% £34,202 Energy, Oil & Gas 37.5% £32,148 Table 1: The 5 unhappiest careers in the UK: Sector % of workers unhappy with pay Average Advertised Salary Retail 57.1% £29,042 Teacher 54.9% £26,599 Charity 53.9% £28,382 Social Work 50.0% £28,332 Property 50.0% £32,465  



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Boeing UK contracts ´jeopardised´ over Bombardier row

September-27-2017 - bbc.com



Boeing's trade dispute with Bombardier could jeopardise its defence contracts, says UK defence secretary.



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totaljobs response to latest ONS findings

September-27-2017 - onrec.com



By totaljobs’ HR Director, David Clift Posted in Opinion on 27 Sep 2017 Company Profile Totaljobs View profile » “It’s really encouraging to see such a significant rise in the number of working mothers - a clear victory for flexible working practices. “Today’s news shows employers are increasingly aware of the need for a work/life balance. We should commend these companies as they move from a culture in which employees are deterred from working flexibly, to one where flexible working is offered as a real alternative. This approach is more human and recognises that employees are also mothers, fathers, and people with competing demands on their time. “Interestingly Totaljobs’ ‘Understanding Talent’ series found that nearly a third (32%) of employees look for flexible working options in a role, and if employers understand this, they stand a greater chance of not only attracting top talent, but of retaining it too.”



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Adzuna.co.uk launches new, improved ‘ValueMyCV’

September-27-2017 - onrec.com



New look CV valuation tool goes all out to support fair pay for all UK employees Posted in Launch on 27 Sep 2017 Company Profile Adzuna View profile » Adzuna, ( www.adzuna.co.uk ), Europe’s fastest growing job search engine, has today announced the relaunch of its significantly enhanced ValueMyCV tool. Originally launched in 2015, ValueMyCV was a unique innovation that has transformed the way thousands of users discover their worth and get paid more. Responding to recent research revealing the majority of UK employees feel unhappy with their pay packet, we’ve now taken it a step further, with an even more comprehensive ValueMyCV tool that: Tells you what your CV is worth, so you know what salary you deserve Gets your CV battle-ready to land you that interview Inspires you with new career recommendations from over 1 million live job ads Adzuna co-founder, Doug Monro, outlined the motivation behind the tool’s new features: “Britain's job market has a problem. Wages are growing slower than the cost of living, and the workforce that powers the UK is far from happy. Nearly two thirds (60%) of us have felt stuck in a dead end job, and a further 65% know they are being underpaid but don’t know how to get what they are worth. No wonder productivity is falling!” “After two years of successfully valuing hundreds of thousands of CVs and helping career explorers improve their value and bag more fulfilling roles, we knew what was needed to take the job search experience to the next level. As well as helping users discover their value to employers, we’ve now included even more interactive elements, allowing candidates to modify their skills and experience, as well as setting their own career goals and helping them work towards these.” “At Adzuna, we’ve made it our mission to help you find the way to the job - and the salary - you deserve.” What’s new in ValueMyCV? The unique, free tool now not only calculates how much you’re worth based on your CV (drawing on data from over 1 million CVs and data from over 10m job adverts), but also automatically suggests improvements to your CV, and matches you to relevant jobs based on your skill profile. The improved ValueMyCV model has been built using machine learning technology to learn the patterns of work experience, education, and skills which actually drive market value. But we've also done way more in this tool - giving automated CV improvement advice, the ability to review and edit your skills to improve your marketability, and a unique Skillmatch score to show you how well your transferable skills match potential careers.   By allowing users to check and edit the skills and personal information extracted from their CV, Adzuna have created a truly interactive tool which gives control to job searchers by helping them understand how their CV will be interpreted by industry-standard software used by recruiters., Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, commented: ”British workplaces are rife with uncertainty over pay. An ingrained lack of transparency over earnings and salary bandings has created a culture of conviction that others must be paid more than us. Combined with a lack of knowledge of what our own skills are worth to employers in today’s job market, this spells a recipe for disaster for ambitious career builders. With Adzuna’s ValueMyCV, it’s time for employees to take matters into their own hands and arm themselves with the information they need to thrive.” The site, 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 - we show salary data for thousands of keyword and location combinations on our site, provide the PM and press with labour market data, and offer our Jobsworth salary predictor against every ad with no salary. Doug Monro concluded: “This extension to our already successful tool is a huge leap forward. We've taken the existing tech and applied it, naturally, to career progression. It's something everyone wants to know - what's their market value - and how can they improve that value? We help people get to where they want to be - and that’s something we can be pretty proud of!”



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Get Onboard with Onboarding

September-27-2017 - onrec.com



By Liam Butler, VP and GM EMEA, SumTotal Posted in News archive on 27 Sep 2017 In a CIPD survey conducted this year, more than 80% of organisations said they struggled to retain staff.  At the same time, just 40% of these organisations had undertaken initiatives to improve talent retention.  Businesses need stronger drive behind employee retention. Looking at the economics alone, it is said to cost more than £30,000 to replace every departing employee in terms of lost output (with the average employee taking 28 weeks to achieve optimum productivity). And the costs do not stop there: temporary staff, advertising costs, management time, conducting interviews and HR processes all add to the total too. The secret to employee retention: The answer to the employee retention crisis is a well thought out onboarding programme: a fully developed, personal progression path for each employee that maps key milestones and expectations. Show an employee that you are offering them a career, and not just a job, and you are more likely to retain them. Organisations with even just a standard onboarding programme have 50% greater new hire retention than those without. Rather than dropping new joiners in the deep end, onboarding makes employees feel more comfortable in their roles because they know what is expected of them. Some organisations only use the onboarding process for new joiners, but it should be extended to those that have received a promotion, have been transferred from elsewhere, or are returning to work after a period away. Continuous onboarding provides constant threads of reflection and growth opportunities for employees, so that they know their job well and how to progress. The benefits of onboarding By using a continuous onboarding procedure, the business as a whole is likely to see measurable improvements in business metrics like revenue, customer retention and satisfaction, and reduced skills attrition. Onboarding provides a tangible touchpoint for employees to see how the company is engaging and mapping out their future career progression. The notion of an ever-evolving role with a sense of direction and prospect is a huge attraction to employees. By tracking employee performance, strength and weaknesses on an on going basis, managers will more easily find the best roles for their employees. Managers can then choose the required development courses and training for that role and provide the right content to the employee. How to onboard correctly A sophisticated onboarding programme will offer managers real-time visibility into the strengths, weaknesses and knowledge gaps of their team members. These can then be analysed to determine what learning should be set for individual team members. As well as improving employee efficiency and satisfaction, managers will also feel happier and more in control with a formal onboarding programme in place. Fundamentally, onboarding is a tool for employee retention and satisfaction, so the most important thing to ensure is that the programme is engaging for the user. If a programme is dull or difficult to navigate, the experience will instantly disengage the employee, stunt development and potentially push them away as soon as they begin. Here are a few key considerations to take when choosing onboarding software: The interface used for the onboarding process should be enjoyable and easy to use (look for a Netflix style interface that is easy to navigate) Ensure that the content is clear and engaging Employees should be able to clearly see their progress By unifying critical learning, talent, and HR processes to drive engagement and speed time to capability, companies are able to retain talent at a significantly improved rate. Not only does a solid onboarding programme increase employee retention, it makes employees more engaged, skilled and aware that they are in a role that offers them a career. Rather than leaving a welcome pack on the desk, organisations needs to think about the bigger picture, ensuring that they are doing everything they can to retain the talent walking through the door.



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KeyMessaging by KeyApps – For Temp, Shift and Locum Workers

September-27-2017 - onrec.com



Introducing KeyMessaging: A placement-driven recruitment tool developed by KeyApps for temporary, shift and locum workers. Posted in News archive on 27 Sep 2017 Company Profile KeyApps Ltd View profile » Introducing KeyMessaging: A placement-driven recruitment tool developed by KeyApps for temporary, shift and locum workers. Time spent in messaging and social apps grew by a staggering 394% in 2016 compared to the previous year… … and media time spent in apps far surpasses mobile websites   As a result of the incredible surge in the popularity of messaging apps and the dominance of apps over mobile web, KeyApps have invested in developing a powerful recruitment messaging system designed for recruiter-worker engagement. This tool is specifically aimed at recruitment agencies and functions specialising in temporary, shift and locum placements.   SPOTLIGHT: Specsavers Recruitment Services Locum Diary KeyMessaging and the Specsavers Recruitment Services Locum Diary App is synced with  Access Groups RDB ProNet. Over 260,000 KeyMessages sent since February 2017 KeyApps can integrate Google’s own advanced  Firebase  tool into our Recruitment App Development build. As a recruitment technology provider, we understand the importance data plays in shaping recruitment practice and process. KeyApps is already presenting important data and analysis through our existing analytics tools. For further information regarding data and analytics please contact  recruitment@keyapps.co Specsavers Recruitment Services – Communications and Engagement Manager: ‘’The Specsavers Locum Diary App’’ has been a real success since its launch. We’ve had a host of positive comments from our users and following a complex integration process, we’re beginning to really see the benefits of this technology.’’ KeyApps – Managing Director, Paul Dawkins: ‘’KeyApps have produced an engaging, useful and streamlined Candidate Management App. With our synced two-way messaging technology, Consultants and Candidates are seeing the full benefits of having this advanced, user-friendly software.’’ KEYMESSAGING KEY FEATURES AND FUNCTIONALITY Recruiters can: Push unique notifications (messages) to app users through the ProNet Plugin and via their ProNet System.  These messages can be delivered to individuals and groups of workers. Receive notifications from workers.  Messages are fed into ProNet, the group or candidate record, and are backed up by email. Create a placement within ProNet that registers an assignment against the worker’s diary feature Workers can: Send messages to both recruiters and their ProNet record and specific groups Monitor existing placements and deliver availability easily from the app Refer colleagues THE PROCESS   For more information, please contact  sales@keyapps.co  



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The Onrec HR Conference - 11th October 2017, London

September-27-2017 - onrec.com



This conference will help you test, challenge and develop your companies online recruitment strategy. Posted in News archive on 27 Sep 2017 Advances in technology have changed recruiting methods, but the challenge of attracting the very best, most applicable candidates remains an ongoing challenge. Make sure you are getting the very best from your suppliers and recruiters to help you achieve your recruitment goals. In a new half day format, The Onrec HR conference will pack in relevant information for those in HR using Online Recruitment. Topics include: Ensuring a  SAFER Job Search : How Government Law Enforcement are helping Job Boards for free! Volvo's journey  into creating a online recruitment portal The  Royal Mencap Society's  award winning online recruitment journey Scaling new heights  with vertical networks The latest online recruitment  industry thinking The Speaker Line-Up Kathleen Connor, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Royal Mencap Society An insight into their online recruitment journey that led them to winning the Best Use of Online Recruitment in the Public Sector Award Helen Davis, Career Development Engagement Manager, Volvo Car UK The challenges the Volvo Cars' franchised dealer network have been facing, why Volvo Car UK chose an online service to support them with their advertising, applicant tracking communications Laura Stoker, Director of Global Training, AIRS, an ADP Company Scaling new heights with vertical networks Keith Rosser, Chair, SAFERjobs Ensuring a SAFER Job Search: How Government & Law Enforcement are helping Job Boards for free! Kevin Barrow, Associate, Osborne Clarke Legal Update on online recruitment related issues *BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW* £195+VAT Require other information? Any queries for conference passes or exhibition information please contact Stuart Gentle on 0208 846 2756 or email  stuart@onrec.com . http://www.onrec.com/events/conference/hr2017



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U.S. pending home sales fell 2.6% in August

September-27-2017 - usatoday.com



Fewer people signed contracts to buy homes in August, marking the fifth decline in the past six months.            



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Workers’ Compensation Insurers Report Slow Growth: A.M. Best

September-27-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The workers compensation industry reported a record high $58.5 billion in direct premiums written in 2016 but year-after-year growth slowed for the first time in five years. According to an A.M. Best report, the deceleration in growth was due largely



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Trump Administration Argues U.S. Civil Rights Law Does Not Protect Gay Employees

September-27-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The U.S. law that has protected workers from gender and racial bias for more than half a century should not be extended to cover gay and lesbian employees because that isnt what Congress envisioned when it passed the bill, Trump



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Missouri’s Route 66 Insurance Adds Mitchell as Producer

September-27-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Route 66 Insurance in Cuba, Mo., has hired Abigail Mitchell as an insurance producer. In this position, Mitchell will work with existing accounts, generate leads, and develop new business. She will be responsible for maintaining customer satisfaction, as well as



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Directors for Hawaii Workers’ Comp Insurer HEMIC Declare $3.5M Dividend

September-27-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The board of directors of Hawaii Employers Mutual Insurance Company Inc. has declared a $3.5 million dividend payable to qualifying policyholders. This is $500,000 dollars more than HEMICs dividend last year, and is the 11th consecutive year that the HEMIC



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Texas Sets Annual Workers’ Compensation Weekly Benefit Wage

September-27-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The workers compensation state average weekly wage for dates of injury from Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018, is set at $913.37, the Texas Division of Workers Compensation announced. The maximum weekly benefit rates for workers compensation income benefits



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Alera Group Acquires Pennsylvania’s West Park Insurance and Risk Management

September-27-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Alera Group, a national employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management firm, has acquired West Park Insurance and Risk Management of Allentown, Penn. Formed in 2002, West Park Insurance and Risk Management provides clients with business, medical



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NYWCA Launches Campaign to Stop Cuts to Injured Worker Benefits

September-27-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The New York Workers Compensation Alliance (NYWCA) has launched a broad-based campaign to fight proposed Workers Compensation Board (WCB) regulations and impairment guidelines that it says would drastically cut compensation awards for injured workers. In the New York State budget



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Building a savings plan: How to retire wealthy

September-27-2017 - usatoday.com



Why settle for financial security when you can live a life of luxury?            



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How to financially prepare for medical costs during retirement

September-27-2017 - usatoday.com



Tips on how to keep medical expenses from impacting retirement            



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Ravaged Puerto Rico: Here´s how to help after hurricane

September-26-2017 - abcnews.com



Local and international charities, as well as online nonprofits, are raising money to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria



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Post office workers grow vegetables, breed chickens on Paris rooftop ´farm´

September-26-2017 - reuters.com



PARIS (Reuters) - An urban agriculture initiative to make Paris more environmentally sustainable, mainly through farming on the capital's rooftops, has been such a success that the mayor is unveiling...



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Top NAFTA negotiators join talks as U.S. presents draft text on labor

September-26-2017 - reuters.com



OTTAWA (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday unveiled draft text on labor standards during the negotiations on modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement as top officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico joined talks in Ottawa.



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Suit by former income partner claims Winston tethered her career to male lawyers’ employment

September-26-2017 - abajournal.com



A former income partner at Winston Strawn contends in a lawsuit that the firm discriminated against her by tying her continued employment to the



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The Next Nominee for Worst Employer of 2017 Is … the Whata(alleged)racist

September-26-2017 - workforce.com



It has been 53 years since Congress banned racial discrimination in employment. You’d think by now that all employers would know that you cannot hire an employee expressly based on their race. Yet how does one explain this lawsuit, recently filed against Whataburger? Via USAToday: A former manager of a Florida Whataburger restaurant alleged she was retaliated against and forced... The post The Next Nominee for Worst Employer of 2017 Is … the Whata(alleged)racist appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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6 Things to Ask Your Insurance Broker Before Renewing

September-26-2017 - workforce.com



Employee health benefits renewal season is upon us, and you know what that means: It’s time to think about your company’s health and benefits coverage offering. And you’re likely not looking forward to it. Creating plans that have a meaningful impact on employees’ health can be a tough task, especially when few employees truly understand the value of their benefits... The post 6 Things to Ask Your Insurance Broker Before Renewing appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Sector Report: Robots Take a Big Step in Staffing

September-26-2017 - workforce.com



The gig economy continues to dominate trends in the staffing industry, triggering new partnerships, driving technology innovations, and forcing recruiters to wonder what role they will play in the future. “The rise of platforms like Shiftgig, Upwork and Taskrabbit is causing many staffing professionals to ask tough questions,” said Vinda Souza, vice president of marketing for Bullhorn, a staffing industry... The post Sector Report: Robots Take a Big Step in Staffing appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Maine’s The MEMIC Group Appoints Payne as Senior Vice President of External Affairs

September-26-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Workers compensation specialist The MEMIC Group, based in Portland, Maine, has appointed Anthony Payne as senior vice president of external affairs. In this role, Payne will oversee corporate communications and marketing, advertising, public relations, community relations, as well as legislative



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California Worker’s Family Gets $1.8M Settlement

September-26-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The family of a California man who was killed when a bridge he was working on collapsed has received a $1.8 million settlement. The Press-Enterprise reported an investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health found fault with



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Chicago Container Manufacturer Faces $503K in OSHA Penalties

September-26-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A Chicago manufacturer of rigid metal, plastic, and hybrid containers faces $503,380 in proposed penalties after inspectors from the U.S. Department of Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) responded to four separate reports of workers suffering injuries at the



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Dyson confirms it will make electric cars

September-26-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Inventor Sir James Dyson is to invest £2.5billion to develop a 'radical' range of new electric cars in Britain that will create up to 4,000 new jobs, he announced today.



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Despite Low Unemployment Rates, Many Oklahoma Residents Without a Job

September-26-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Many Oklahoma residents are out of the workforce despite the states low unemployment rates. The Tulsa World reports that about 25 percent of state residents between ages 25 and 54 dont have a job. Shelley Cadamy is the executive director



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Product development team strengthened with the appointment of technical specialist

September-26-2017 - onrec.com



Engineering and manufacturing specialist consultancy Jonathan Lee Recruitment has strengthened its product development team with the appointment of a new senior technical consultant. Posted in News archive on 26 Sep 2017 Paul Robson brings 11 years’ automotive, motorsport and aerospace experience with a notable specialism in the design, development, design validation and application of high performance electric machines to his new role, sourcing product development experts to the transportation and scientific sectors. PhD qualified in electric drives for aerospace applications, Paul joins the team from his previous design engineering role at Zytek Automotive.  He has worked on many high-profile projects including a record-breaking electric supercar project. He has also contributed to advanced engineering of electric cars, sports cars, small electric city cars and electric trucks, developing motorsport KERS (kinetic energy recovery systems) and power steering systems. His appointment supports Jonathan Lee Recruitment’s ambitious growth plans in the transportation and scientific sectors. Managing consultant, Mark Bignell explains: “Over the last four decades, our ability to source highly skilled product development specialists has been the foundation of our market-leading position. Paul’s appointment reflects our continued commitment to the industry. “Our clients’ investment in product innovation, particularly in the fields of electrification, powertrain, autonomous driving, cyber security, connected technology and infotainment has resulted in growing demand for hard-to-find, specialist product development engineers -  which is why it is so valuable to have consultants who really understand the skills and disciplines. “Paul brings with him a wealth of knowledge and he will be able to apply his understanding of the industry and technological challenges to the recruitment process.”  Robson is one of many Jonathan Lee Recruitment consultants to have joined from industry, reinforcing the company’s fundamental principle to provide solutions through understanding, truly empathising with clients and candidates to find people who not only fit the skills and experience specification but also the business culture. And his contribution to industry continues. He is a technical committee member for the 9th International Conference on PEMD (Power Electronics, Machines and Drives) taking place in April 2018. He is also a former managing committee member of the UK Magnetics Society, a role that involved chairing events and editorial contribution to the Society’s journal ‘Magnews’. His most distinguished contribution was chairing ‘Magnetics in the Military’, an event hosted on HMS Belfast - a World War 2 Vintage Cruiser permanently moored on the River Thames. The event, that covered aspects of magnetics in the military environment such as propulsion systems and electromagnetics simulation tools, attracted key figures from the defence, electrical engineering, manufacturing and research sectors. With only a handful of experts in the UK with his in-depth knowledge of magnetic applications, his decision to move to the recruitment sector may be surprising to some, but as Robson explains, the career change has been a natural progression: "I have always enjoyed the people aspect of my previous roles.  Working at Jonathan Lee Recruitment lends the opportunity to engage more widely with professionals from the industries I am so passionate about. “Recruitment is exciting and fast paced much like the engineering sector. Having the right people is critical to the future of engineering and manufacturing so I relish the opportunity to find those elusive skills. What could be better than helping someone to take the next step in their career path or to secure their dream job? “I relate to the issues that clients are facing and understand the skills and attributes they are seeking to attract. My insider knowledge, combined with the latest candidate sourcing techniques and Jonathan Lee Recruitment’s unrivalled networks will enable me to help my industry peers to bridge the skills gap.”



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Monster and Stemettes partner for a second year to inspire STEM confidence in young women across the UK

September-26-2017 - onrec.com



Monster.co.uk today announces it will be running Monster Confidence, an initiative with award-winning social enterprise Stemettes, focused on providing confidence, inspiration and guidance for young women looking to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and careers, for the second year in a row. Posted in News archive on 26 Sep 2017 Following on from last years successful events, where 1,000 young women attended for inspiration and guidance around pursuing STEM-related careers, Monster and Stemettes are excited to welcome more young women during this years run. 2017’s Monster Confidence sees five events held across the UK in Edinburgh, Southampton, London, Dublin and Sheffield. At the events young women aged 15–22 will have the opportunity to network, learn, and listen to people from within the STEM industries and build confidence in their skills as they work towards securing their dream jobs. Attendees will take part in workshops on areas including interview skills and presenting, as well as hear from inspirational speakers from STEM sectors, including Sarah Wood OBE, Co-Founder and CEO at Unruly and Jaz Rabadia MBE, Senior Manager of Energy Initiatives at Starbucks. There will also be opportunities to take part in speed mentoring sessions and pick to the brains of industry experts during panel discussions. There will be separate activity streams for 15-18 year olds and over 18s. Attendees have the option of registering for either a half or full day session at the following locations: Edinburgh , October 6 th at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus, EH14 4AS Southampton , October 11 th at Southampton Solent University, The Spark, East Park Terrace, SO14 0LY London , October 19 th at Plexal, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E Bay Ln, Stratford, E20 3BS Dublin , October 23 rd at Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Rd, Ballsbridge Sheffield , October 27 th at Showroom Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX Sinead Bunting, Marketing Director UK & Ireland at Monster.co.uk, comments: “Last years Monster Confidence events were a great success, it was exciting and encouraging to see so many young women engaging with STEM career opportunities and building their confidence in making important decisions about their future careers. It certainly won’t be news to anyone that the UK is fast approaching a digital skills crisis, and with just 14% of UK’s STEM workforce being female [1] , it’s clear more needs to be done to get women into the sector. This is why we’re bringing these events into the second year, because we strongly believe in giving todays young women the confidence and advice they need to tackle the world of STEM work, and the job market in general, head on. Partnering with a fantastic organisation like Stemettes gives Monster the opportunity to speak to young women as they start out on their career paths, letting them know that anything is possible.” Anne-Marie Imafidon, Founder Stemettes, comments: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Monster again to bring these events to young women across the UK for a second year. Our joint hope is to continue to inspire and motivate as many young women as possible to get involved in this growing and dynamic sector.” For more detail on Monster Confidence events, from how to register or to get involved as a volunteer, please visit the website .



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Revealed: One in 10 professionals have experienced homophobic bullying at work

September-26-2017 - onrec.com



While many others have witnessed a colleague falling victim to this prejudice Posted in News archive on 26 Sep 2017 Concerning new research from CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job site, has revealed that over one in 10 (11.7%) professionals have experienced homophobic bullying at work, with a further 15.4% having witnessed a colleague being subject to this kind of prejudice. The survey of 1,200 UK workers sought to explore the topic of diversity in the workplace, particularly amongst the LGBT community. Professionals were asked if they were open about their sexuality at work and if they felt comfortable being so, revealing that over a third (37.9%) felt pressure to be open about their sexual orientation when starting a new job. Other key findings include: Nearly three quarters (71.3%) of those that identify as LGBT are open about their sexual orientation at work However, one in 10 (10.7%) said that their employer doesn’t actively support LGBT diversity in the workplace That’s despite over half (51.4%) of UK professionals believing that employers should do more to support LGBT diversity at work Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library , comments: “It’s positive to see that so many professionals feel they can be open with their co-workers and managers in regards to their sexual orientation, but they should only share this information if they feel comfortable doing so.  That said, it’s concerning to learn that so many are being affected by discrimination and bullying because of this and businesses need to ensure they take a zero-tolerance approach to this sort of behaviour, or intimidation of any kind. “It has also become apparent that employers need to do more to actively support LGBT diversity in their workplace. Perhaps then we will see the numbers of those being affected by homophobic bullying begin to decrease.” With an alarming number of professionals experiencing or witnessing homophobic bullying in the workplace, it’s concerning to learn that over half (59.1%) said that their employer doesn’t have, or they are not aware of, any anti-discrimination policies in their place of work. What’s more, over one quarter (27%) said they either wouldn’t, or were unsure if they would, feel confident enough to report homophobic bullying should they witness this taking place at work. Biggins concludes: “It’s important that all businesses have anti-discrimination policies in place, and that staff are aware of the consequences should they breach these policies. Not only this, but it’s vital that you create a culture where staff feel confident and safe reporting anything they experience themselves, or that they witness, when it comes to discriminatory and unacceptable behaviour at work.”



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How recruitment companies can prepare for the EU GDPR

September-26-2017 - onrec.com



By Peter Linas, international managing director, Bullhorn Posted in News archive on 26 Sep 2017 Company Profile Bullhorn View profile » The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a comprehensive series of data privacy legislation that will bolster information security across Europe. It comes into force in May 2018, and will apply to all businesses and individuals that reside in the European Union. The personal data of all EU citizens – and how it is processed – is subject to the GDPR’s regulations. Recruiters manage a lot of personal information, including both client and candidate data. The GDPR demands that such information is gathered, used, stored and disposed of according to its requirements. If any individual information is compromised, the supervisory authority needs to be notified within 72 hours. Businesses that fail to comply could face fines of up to £7.9m or 2% of their annual global turnover. The more serious the infraction, the higher the fine. There is no doubt that the GDPR is going to shake up the recruitment industry – after all, it’s the biggest change in data protection laws in over 20 years. Practitioners and agencies need to get to grips with the new legislation quickly, and understand how it affects them. However, there is no need to panic. To ensure compliance, recruitment organisations need to plan carefully and prepare their systems and processes now, especially if they have not started to do so already.   Get the whole team up to speed It’s worth recruiters bearing in mind that the GDPR won’t drastically impact how their businesses operate – nor does it spell doom and gloom for the industry as a whole. There is a lot of unhelpful scaremongering at the moment, specifically around the consequences of non-compliance. Rather than burying their heads in the sand, agencies would benefit hugely from educating their employees about the implications and impact of the GDPR. The first step is to conduct a full database audit. Although the GDPR applies to the entire EU, it leaves the definition of personal data up to the individual countries. Once their data has been cleaned and qualified, companies need to draft and enact policies that will control how data is handled going forward.  But it’s no good to simply have the policies in place; all employees must be brought up to speed on exactly what is required of them. Companies must prioritise training and education sessions for everyone in the business. They don’t have to become data protection experts, but they do need to understand the regulations and adhere to them. That said, some companies may decide to hire a Data Protection Officer to help maintain compliance at all times. Talk to key stakeholders In addition to ensuring that all employees and internal personnel are ready for the GDPR, companies need to check in with their external stakeholders. It’s important to seek assurances from clients, partners and technology suppliers, and understand how they plan to approach the new regulations.  Where suppliers are concerned, companies must confirm that all agreements cover the necessary provisions regarding both parties’ data. It’s crucial that the balance of risk and responsibility between the data controllers and data processors is clearly defined. Suppliers must undertake third-party audits and certifications, such as SOC 1, Type 2, to ensure that their internal governance, production operations, change management, data backup policy, and software development processes are in line with the GDPR’s requirements. Suppliers should also be able to provide effective data portability, and demonstrate compliance with any international data transfer regulations such as the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. Manage new data acquisition and retention When it comes to acquiring and retaining data under the GDPR, there are several new requirements that will directly impact recruiters. For example, separate consent must now be sought for the use of personal data for the various activities involved in the recruitment and hiring processes - there’s no one agreement that will satisfactorily cover all uses. In other words, every time a candidate’s data is used for a different activity, they need to give the company explicit consent for that use. Explicit consent means that an individual is clearly presented with an option to agree or disagree with the collection, use, or disclosure of their personal information.    If a company fails to get the client or candidate’s permission, and uses their data nonetheless, that company will be in breach of the GDPR. This means have recruiters will have to very careful when using automated processes in their activities, as not all recruitment software is built to check consent. Individuals also have the right to be forgotten and the right to have inaccuracies in their data corrected. A unified and centralised data management system or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system will prove invaluable for companies when monitoring how data is collected and stored. Look beyond the frustrations While it does require the recruitment sector to overhaul their data processes, GDPR does offer some significant benefits. Weak data security policies create problems like financial penalties and reputational damage. Companies with clear, comprehensive policies in place that demonstrate compliance with the GDPR will inspire more trust from their customers. Adhering to the GDPR also protects companies should they suffer a data breach. Hackers don’t distinguish between compliant and non-compliant companies, but the former are in a better legal position if their personal information is compromised. Finally, GDPR supports individual data rights, which is a very important and necessary thing indeed – even if it does initially inconvenience businesses. While the next few months will be challenging, recruiters that adopt these best practices now will be a secure position before 25 May 2018. 



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Drake Joins Smart Choice in North Carolina as VP of Corporate Strategy

September-26-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Smart Choice, headquartered in High Point, North Carolina, has named Carol Drake as the companys new vice president of Corporate Strategy. Drake formerly had an extensive career with Grange Insurance where she held the roles vice president of National Accounts,



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Chemical in coffee endangers roaster workers, CDC says

September-26-2017 - usatoday.com



The upper-respiratory problems come from 2 volatile organic compounds that occur naturally when coffee is roasted.            



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5 gig economy websites that help you make more money

September-26-2017 - usatoday.com



The gig economy is shifting the American workers view of 9-to-5 employment and creating possibilities to earn extra cash.            



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How I became a celebrity trainer: Lacey Stone

September-26-2017 - usatoday.com



Lacey Stone of Khloe Kardashian Revenge Body fame talks about how she cultivated a career whipping the rich and famous into shape.            



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Mechura Joins Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates’ Employee Benefits Team

September-25-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Texas-based independent insurance agency Brady, Chapman, Holland Associates Inc. has hired Julie Mechura as an employee benefits risk advisor in Houston. She will focus on sustaining and developing client relationships, while functioning as the clients risk advisor. Mechura has



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How to make extra cash outside your day job

September-25-2017 - abcnews.com



ABC News' Becky Worley explores the world of the side hustle.



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Montana Will Take Over Deadly Asbestos Cleanup Site

September-25-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health professionals say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure has entered a new phase as officials turn their focus to keeping residents safe over the long term. The five-member



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NC offered Foxconn $570M, but firm took a much higher deal

September-25-2017 - abcnews.com



North Carolina promised tax breaks and other incentives worth more than $570 million to attract a Foxconn electronics plant that could employ 8,800 people, but the jobs went to Wisconsin and its promise of five times more in incentives.



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Two Workers Die in Separate New York Building Construction Site Falls

September-25-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Two construction workers, one of them a father of five children, fell to their deaths at separate building sites on Thursday. The first death occurred in the morning at a residential high-rise construction site in the financial district. Juan Chohillo



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Lloyd’s Broker AFL Creates Energy Practice Led by Quick & Pearce from Tysers

September-25-2017 - insurancejournal.com



AFL Insurance Brokers Ltd. (AFL) has created an energy practice headed by London market broking professionals Dominic Quick and Simon Pearce. AFLs energy practice will serve both AFLs clients and customers from other independent brokers connected to AFL through the



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Talent10x: Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters and the Equifax Data Breach

September-25-2017 - workforce.com



This week’s episode of Talent Economy podcast Talent10x features Workforce editorial director Rick Bell as he and Workforce editor Frank Kalman discuss Amazon’s search for a second headquarters, workplace lessons from the Equifax data breach, as well as how some firms are opening up offices in areas with a high percentage of underemployed employees. Listen here or subscribe to Talent10x on... The post Talent10x: Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters and the Equifax Data Breach appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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How to get the tax-free cash from your pension pot

September-25-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



One of the biggest attractions of a pension is the tax-free cash. Savers can take a quarter of their pot from the age of 55 without paying a penny of tax on it.



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DUAL’s Construction Division in North Carolina Adds Mahar as Senior Underwriter

September-25-2017 - insurancejournal.com



DUAL Commercial has hired John Mahar as a senior underwriter within its Construction Division. Mahar will be located in DUALs new office in Charlotte, NC. Mahar has more than 18 years of experience in the insurance industry with the majority



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Kentucky AG Hires 4 Law Firms To Investigate Opioid Industry

September-25-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Kentuckys Democratic attorney general says he has hired four law firms to investigate and potentially sue several makers and marketers of opioid-based painkillers that have spurred a wave addiction across Appalachia. But Republican Gov. Matt Bevins administration said Andy Beshears



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Scott Issues Emergency Order to Florida Nursing Homes After 11 Patient Deaths

September-25-2017 - insurancejournal.com



After 11 nursing home residents died in the sweltering heat of hurricane-induced power outages, Floridas nursing home industry is now on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott. Days after Hurricane Irma ravaged the state, Scott used his emergency powers



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How to recover lost tax on a pension

September-25-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The taxman is prone to making errors. Every year about three million people pay too much - or too little - tax and have to straighten out their records with HM Revenue & Customs.



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Bank of England Seeks Brexit Deal to Cover Derivative, Insurance Contracts

September-25-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Bank of England said an agreement is needed as part of the Brexit process to protect the long-term validity of 20 trillion pounds ($27.1 trillion) of existing derivative contracts. The BOEs Financial Policy Committee said on Monday that after



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Finance firms to keep hiring and investing despite lack of Brexit deal for the City

September-25-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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John McDonnell ´would bring existing PFI contracts in-house´

September-25-2017 - bbc.com



Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says "wasteful" contracts will be brought back into public sector.



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Number of EU workers looking for jobs in the UK plummets

September-25-2017 - onrec.com



According to new data released by the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library , fewer European workers are looking for jobs in the UK, as Brexit plans seem to be hitting EU candidate confidence hard. Posted in News archive on 25 Sep 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » The popular job board analysed traffic to its website over the last three years* and found that over-all traffic from the EU fell by 4.3% in the past 12 months, with even bigger being witnessed in traffic from these key countries: Biggest drops in EU traffic 2015 vs. 2017 1.  Slovenia  – traffic down 40.2% 2.  Hungary  – traffic down 28.6% 3.  Slovakia  – traffic down 25.5% 4.  Romania  – traffic down 22.7% 5.  Bulgaria  – traffic down 18.2% Biggest drops in EU traffic 2016 vs. 2017 1.  Belgium  – traffic down 48.2% 2.  Slovenia  – traffic down 27.9% 3.  Netherlands  – traffic down 22.7% 4.  Romania  – traffic down 20.3% 5.  Portugal  – traffic down 19.1% Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library  comments: “Our data brings to light the concerns  amongst EU workers around Brexit, with those living in other European countries clearly pulling back the reigns on their UK job applications. Despite a lack of clarification on what is actually going to happen, Brexit appears to have understandably made foreign  staff think twice about coming to the country and this is sparking fears amongst businesses. “After-all, we do not have enough talent in the UK  to meet demand right now and this is putting pressure on organisations to think more strategically about overcoming their recruitment challenges. This could mean a range of options: from being more creative with their job adverts and where they post them,  to looking for people that have experience in different industries and honing in on school leavers and graduates.” Alongside this, other countries which witnessed a drop in traffic over the past 12 months included: Hungary (-13.7%), Poland (-13.5%), Austria (-13.1%) Slovakia (-12.4%) and the Czech Republic (-9.6%). On the other hand, when comparing traffic from 2016, to 2017, CV-Library can reveal that traffic from the following countries saw the biggest increases: Latvia (up 26.3%), Cyprus (up 9%), Finland (up 9.6%), Spain (up 8.6%) and Malta (up 7.8%). Biggins continues: “Key industries within the UK are heavily  reliant on migrant workers in order to keep up production and maintain productivity levels so it’s concerning to see such a dip in traffic across the board. That said, it’s clear that not all countries are feeling affected, with the likes of Latvia, Cyprus,  Finland, Spain and Malta all increasing their traffic to our site in the past year. There is a great amount of uncertainty around keeping the talent pipeline full but these findings do provide some reassurance that the appetite is still there for some.” *  The data analysed traffic to the CV-Library website from EU countries from 1 st January-31 st August in 2015, 2016 and 2017.



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Apprenticeship growth outstrips graduate jobs, reports the Institute of Student Employers

September-25-2017 - onrec.com



Companies are hiring more students overall this year with apprenticeship growth outpacing that of graduate jobs. Posted in News archive on 25 Sep 2017 19% increase in apprenticeships, 1% rise in graduate jobs 6% rise in student hires overall Diversity replaces Brexit as top challenge for employers Companies are hiring more students overall this year with apprenticeship growth outpacing that of graduate jobs. The Institute of Student Employers (ISE), formerly the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), Annual Survey reports that employers increased graduate hiring by 1% to 20,614 graduates this year while the number of apprentices grew by 19% to 11,016. The number of apprenticeships has grown to 54% of the volume of graduate jobs, compared with 44% last year. Degree-level apprenticeships grew at the fastest rate (50%). However, the qualification is in its infancy and many courses are yet to receive government approval, so growth was from a relatively low base. Of the 11,016 apprentices, just 823 were degree level this year. Growth is likely to slow down next year. Employers already hiring degree apprentices expect to increase their vacancies by 15% overall in 2018. An additional 18% of employers expect to start offering these opportunities next year. The volume of interns recruited also increased, rising 3% to 6,833. Overall student hires rose by 6% in 2017 and median salaries for graduates increased 2% to £28,000. The median salary for degree apprentices was £17,802. This year student employers see domestic challenges as bigger issues than leaving the EU. Improving diversity was cited as the biggest challenge for 2017, displacing Brexit from the top spot to eighth place. An average of 43% of graduate hires, 44% of interns and 34% of apprentices are women, compared to the 54% of female university students. However, the diversity of student hires is improving. Employers with year-on-year data improved their average gender diversity by 5% and ethnic diversity by 2% in the space of three years. Securing candidates also remains a challenge for businesses and competition is strong. Employers invest around £3,500 per hire to recruit graduates yet, on average, 10% of job offers are declined and 5% of offers are reneged. Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the ISE said: “Employers are offering more opportunities for students and a wider variety too, but competition is strong. A significant proportion of offers are turned down despite major efforts to find talent such as hiring former interns and increasing salaries. Employers are also getting smarter about where they get their candidates from by making attraction and selection approaches much more inclusive.”



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Hiring boom adds pressure to firms’ retention plans

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New research revealed by recruitment specialist Robert Half Technology UK suggests that the IT and technology market is changing with average permanent employee tenure falling. Posted in Statistics and trends on 25 Sep 2017 Company Profile Robert Half View profile » According to Chief Information Officers (CIOs), an increase in job opportunities on the market (48%), stagnant career prospects (43%) and a desire for more diverse career experiences (39%) all contribute to increased levels of voluntary employee turnover. High workloads and stress (27%) and a poor work–life balance (18%) also feature as top reasons for employees to look for jobs elsewhere.  As demand for technology talent continues to rise, businesses are facing a skills shortage of experienced IT professionals, with three in 10 (30%), struggling to find candidates with the requisite skills to do the job. Interestingly, 68% of CIOs said they plan to increase the number of contract professionals over the next 12 months, as they look to quickly fill gaps. This approach is most prevalent in IT security, networking and software/application development. “As the technology landscape continues to evolve at a rapid rate, savvy technology professionals are looking for opportunities where they can continue to be challenged and add to their expertise” said Neil Owen, Director at Robert Half Technology UK. “To compete effectively in the current job market, not only do businesses need to offer attractive salary packages but they need to sell candidates on the opportunity it provides their career. Outlining the career development opportunities, offering an exciting business model, staying at the forefront of innovation and using the latest technologies are all valuable factors for both attracting and retaining key employees.” Employees are typically happiest during their first year in a role. To maintain this, businesses must look to build an environment that encourages a good work-life balance, creates worthwhile work, and enables staff to feel appreciated and accomplished in their roles.  “The departure of a single employee can turn departments upside down, so imagine the chasm left behind when multiple professionals, from the same department, leave a company,” continued Owen. “Advanced skills and knowledge are difficult and expensive to replace so going the extra mile to ensure employees feel fulfilled, valued and have a clear path to achieving their goals, will be key to retaining the best talent”.



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Construction projects increased by 20 per cent in August as housebuilding thrives

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In what is traditionally a slow summer month for construction, August turned out to provide a welcoming boost for the construction industry, as the value of new contracts awarded reached £5.8 billion based on a three month moving average, resulting in a 7 per cent increase on the month and the highest recorded figure since March 2017. Posted in News archive on 25 Sep 2017 The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI , highlights the levels of construction contract values awarded in August across all regions of Great Britain. As it has done since late last year, residential construction performed strongly and accounted for £2.7 billion on the month (see figure 1.1) – the highest recorded figure since Barbour ABI began tracking the series. The high level of residential work greatly helped the number of construction projects commissioned in August, seeing a monthly increase of 20 per cent and up 15 per cent from August 2016. (Figure 1.1) Across the other construction sectors, commercial and retail building reached £785 million in August, a monthly increase of 47%. The two largest projects of the month also came from this sector - 1 Park Place office development in Canary Wharf and the Intu Leisure Lakeside development in Essex, estimated to be worth £200 million and £180 million respectively. Infrastructure continued to struggle in August, with its total value at £696 million, a 44 per cent decrease on July and the fifth month in a row the sector has decreased in construction contract value. Regionally, London led all regions with 20 per cent of the UK’s construction contract value in August. The capital accounted for the highest valued project in August, the aforementioned £200 million 1 Park Place and the Wembley Park residential development valued at £150 million. The North West region followed London by value with 14 per cent of the total thanks greatly to an £80 million development of Frontier Business Park in Blackburn. Commenting on the figures, Michael Dall, Lead Economist at Barbour ABI, said: “The construction sector can once again be thankful for the strong showing of the residential sector, which provided £1.8 billion more than any other sector in August, along with an increase of 55 per cent compared with August 2016.” “It is encouraging to see the number of projects increasing steadily, particularly the larger projects from the commercial and retail sector. However a lack of investment in infrastructure across August and for the most part of 2017 is not encouraging, as we haven’t seen many major projects come to fruition, especially after it was highlighted as a Government priority earlier in the year.”



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Indeed reports increasing demand for zero hours contracts

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Zero sum game? As official figures show a fall in zero hour contracts, more jobseekers are looking for zero hours jobs. Posted in News archive on 25 Sep 2017 Company Profile Indeed View profile » Official figures show the number of people working on a zero hours contract has fallen for the first time since 2010 But it’s too soon to write off the controversial contracts, as data published by the world’s biggest job site Indeed shows the number of people looking for zero hours work has risen A growing number of British jobseekers are seeking out roles with zero hour contracts, according to data released today by the world’s biggest job site  Indeed . Zero hours contracts, which don’t guarantee the employee any set number of working hours, have become a lightning rod issue - and the Government has faced repeated calls to do more to regulate their use by Britain’s booming ‘gig economy.’ Earlier this week the Office for National Statistics revealed that in the second quarter of 2017, the number of people on zero hours contracts fell to 883,000 - the first drop since 2010. However, data published by Indeed shows that among jobseekers the popularity of zero hours jobs actually increased during the same period. In fact between January and August, the proportion of jobhunters searching for ‘zero hour’ or ‘no contract’ jobs  rose by 18% . July saw the highest figures, and between May and June there was a staggering  23% month-on-month increase in the proportion of searches for zero hour jobs. Typical zero hour contract roles include delivery drivers, hospitality workers, sports instructors, factory workers and seasonal positions. Indeed’s research comes as the ONS revealed that only a small fraction ( 6% ) of those currently on a zero hours contract want a new job with longer hours, suggesting that despite the controversy surrounding them, zero hours contracts do have their fans. EMEA economist at Indeed, Mariano Mamertino, comments: ‘’Zero hours contracts are deeply polarising. Whether you see them as exploitative or empowering, one thing has held true over the the past few years - the number of them has increased steadily. “So the ONS’s revelation that this trend may have reversed is hugely significant. Yet Indeed’s data suggests that not only does a proportion of  jobseekers still want zero hours contracts, but their number is increasing. ‘’Time after time, flexibility comes up as a crucial factor people look for in a job, which may go some way to explaining zero hour contracts’ continued popularity among jobseekers.’’



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Grant Thornton goes live with Workday Human Capital Management across Ireland

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Grant Thornton, Ireland’s fastest growing professional services firm, has gone live in Ireland with Workday Human Capital Management (HCM), including Workday Recruiting, to help scale and drive business transformation. Posted in News archive on 25 Sep 2017 Grant Thornton Ireland employs over 1,000 people in offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Kildare, Limerick, and Longford. It is part of the 47,000-strong Grant Thornton International, a $4.8 billion global organisation with member firms operating in over 130 countries. The company operates across a variety of industries and boasts four distinct service lines in Ireland: Advisory, Audit and Assurance, Tax and Legal, and Corporate Accounting and Outsourcing. To support its significant expansion, which has seen continuous revenue and headcount growth over the past five years, Grant Thornton needed scalable systems and processes in place in order to reach its strategic goals. Key reasons for selecting Workday included: One master HCM system providing a single source of truth for the entire business, enabling the organisation to simplify operations and work more efficiently. Greater visibility and insights into workforce data for quicker, more-informed decision making. An engaging, consumer-grade experience that ensures that staff and managers can easily access information and perform tasks on-the-go from a mobile device. Ultimately, Workday will help the company work towards its core business goal of transformational leadership by enabling people-related decisions built on a solid foundation of data. This cross-business investment was delivered by Workday partner Kainos and involved Grant Thornton’s HR, Business Consulting, IT, and Marketing departments.  Comments on the News “Grant Thornton Ireland is delighted to be the first Irish professional services firm to go live with Workday.  We believe this investment in technology will be instrumental in helping Grant Thornton drive its growth within the Irish market.  Critically, Grant Thornton will be able to excel in its ability to win, engage, grow and retain people through Workday,” commented Michael Stone, Head of HR, Grant Thornton Ireland. “Grant Thornton is on an incredibly rapid growth trajectory in Ireland and its continued success is dependent on the efficient and effective operation of its growing workforce,” commented Carolyn Horne, Regional Vice President, UKI, Workday. “The business is known for the wide range of financial and business services it makes available and delivers innovatively, and the decisions it makes about the people delivering these services are critical if it is to keep standards at the highest level as the business grows. I am confident that Workday’s HR system will empower both its employees and business leaders to work more effectively and make better-informed decisions.” 



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A third of business owners think half of their workforce will work remotely by 2020

September-25-2017 - onrec.com



New report collated by OddsMonkey shows that flexi-time and remote working motivate staff. Posted in News archive on 25 Sep 2017 Between 2012 - 2016, there has been a 12% increase in flexi-time working contracts From 2010 – 2014 there was a 14.5% increase in people working from home Almost a quarter of a million more people work from home compared to a decade ago Remote and flexible working is becoming more and more popular for businesses across the UK. OddsMonkey have created a report on how many people work remotely or flexibly in the UK. Flexi-time has increased by 12.35% from 2012 – 2016 (ONS), and last year, the TUC found that the amount of people remote working has increased by nearly quarter of a million (241,000) over a decade. Data from the ONS shows that 4.2million people regularly worked from home in 2015 and the majority of these employees are split between agriculture, information and communication or construction. However, there are other industries who allow staff to work from home. For example, Target Internet   are a digital marketing training company who have adopted a remote working strategy for their employees. Daniel Rowles, a lead coach from Target Internet has given us reasons why: "We've made the choice to be a fully distributed company, meaning everyone on our team does all their day-to-day work from home. This approach has proven effective in a number of ways. Our staff are happy to be free from the stress of commuting and to have the opportunity to work flexibly; it's good for our budget and the environment, as we don't have to keep an office running; and because we do much of our work online, it doesn't negatively impact our operations. This strategy has allowed us to expand our workforce, and pick those with the best talent rather than those who live near Brighton. All our staff meet up for meetings and socials, but remote working works best for us day-to-day” However, despite the huge rise in people starting to work remotely, there are still people in the UK who would like the opportunity to work from home, and why shouldn’t they be allowed? There are various positives for remote working, both for the employee and the employer: Increased productivity – working remotely increases productivity by 16% Higher morale – a study showed that those who work from home love their job more than those who work in an office. Higher employee retention Less stress -  1 in 5 employees say that juggling their work and personal lives is the main cause of stress. Paul King, Founder and CTO (Chief Technical Officer) of OddsMonkey is a firm believer in remote working; “In order for OddsMonkey to provide our customers with the best matched betting service available, we knew we had to put together a team of experts; people who really know their stuff and can help our members with in-depth advice. Matched betting is quite a niche interest, which means that you won’t necessarily find potential employees on your doorstep. Remote working has played an integral part of this strategy, as it’s allowed us to identify and hire top matched bettors, all the way from Eastbourne to Edinburgh. Because we've been able to build the team in this way, staff are extremely productive as they're genuinely interested in the job, with many of them effectively turning their hobby into a career. We use a number of collaborative online tools to ensure communication is quick, clear and concise between our team members, whether they’re working from OddsMonkey HQ or their sofa.” Many studies have shown that remote working allows employees to be more productive and happier – having the choice to either work from the office or remotely, gives staff a sense of freedom. “At our company, Moteefe, we've created a slightly different work from home policy - we allow our employees to work from home every Tuesday and Thursday without having to ask or state that they’re doing so. For many of us here in our London office, our commutes can take around an hour each way without traffic or tube delays! So, we've made it easier for our employees to have two very productive days in the comfort of their homes or in their favourite coffee shops. To make it work effectively, we encourage our staff to over-communicate on these two days - everyone talks on Slack much more and many also fill out exactly what they’re doing on their Gmail calendars so that it's completely clear as to what everyone is working on and how long it has taken them.” Mathijs Eefting, CEO and co-founder of Moteefe 



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Cyber security expert to speak at Lawspeed GDPR and data protection compliance seminar

September-25-2017 - onrec.com



We are delighted that cyber security expert Francis West, CEO of WestTek Solutions, will be speaking on how recruitment businesses can protect their data against cyber attacks and the technological implications of GDPR at our seminar next month. Posted in News archive on 25 Sep 2017 Company Profile Lawspeed Ltd View profile » With GDPR now high on your business agenda, our GDPR and Data Protection Compliance seminar – ‘what recruitment agencies really need to know’ on the 10th and 12th October will be essential. The seminar is for anyone needing to know how the new data protection rules will work for their recruitment business, and is especially recommended for those involved in compliance and HR in the context of recruitment and staff hire operations (both internal and external). Focussing on day-to-day practicalities, key elements covered include: Understanding the thinking and the new criteria Understanding the requirements, including technology implications Recognising resources required and relevant stages for internal and contracted staff How to deal with historical data The rights that arise Minimising risk and applicable penalties. Limited places – book now The cost to attend is £399 + VAT, with discounts for ARC members. This includes all refreshments, and a buffet lunch. Just call us on 01273 236 236 and we'd be happy to take your booking.



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Creating an employer brand

September-25-2017 - onrec.com



How can you attract the talent you need to build the company you want? Posted in News archive on 25 Sep 2017 Company Profile CVWOW View profile » Effective recruitment plays an essential part in the success of any business, but perhaps especially so for SMEs. Attracting talent costs both time and money, so it is vital that these are used efficiently to invite the candidates you want to join your team. But to do this, it must be clear to potential employees exactly what that team stands for and can offer to them. Ask yourself - are your job adverts really communicating to employees the values of your brand? Are you delivering the right messaging in the most targeted way possible? Creating an employer brand helps you to do both of these things. An employer brand is the personality and value proposition of an organisation; it’s what makes your company stand out, it’s what lies at the heart of your business, and is what ultimately makes you an attractive option to candidates. Virgin, Apple, Sky, Nike – all of these companies are not only well-known brands to consumers, but they have cultivated a reputation for being fantastic places to work. These are examples of employer branding done right – they are organisations that have taken the time to market their brand to the global labour market. Attracting top talent in a competitive environment is just one of many things that make a great case for employer branding. Honing your communications and fine-tuning the way your organisation is perceived can also help you expedite the hiring process, as candidates are far more in tune with what your company really stands for, resulting in a higher quality of applications. Furthermore, having a discernable employer brand can revitalise your current workforce and improve rates of employee engagement. Some executives even estimate that implementing an employee value proposition, or EVP, can increase the number of potential employees by 20 per cent and quadruple rates of employee commitment. Ultimately, employer branding is about sending the right message across every touch point of your internal and external communications so that your brand is visible, identifiable, and understood. Identifying your brand Before you begin to communicate your brand externally (and internally, for that matter), you first need to discern what it is. Knowing the message you want to convey is the first step to being able to align your marketing with your employee branding and overall company communications, but sometimes this can be easier said than done. For small and medium enterprises especially, developing a brand may not have been a priority so much as getting the business of the ground. However, branding is important not just for employees, but for your custom – the Harvard Business review notes that in a 2015 survey, 64 per cent of people cited “shared values” as the main reason they had a relationship with a brand. What better reason to shout about your company values? How to identify your company brand To help you gain some insight into your brand, consider the following: What makes your company unique? What are some of the top things you pride yourself on being able to offer employees that they won’t find anywhere else? Picture your company as a person – what sort of “personality” do they have? What are some of the key traits? What values are at the heart of your organisation, and why? Obtaining the answers to these questions will help you to clearly identify your brand. Take action How you go about getting this information can vary depending on your budget and preferences, but there are a number of strategies you could utilise. You may wish to have a think-tank session among directors, or enlist the help of a third-party to answer these questions. You could conduct a survey among current employees to get some feedback about how they view the brand currently, or even carry out surveys externally to gauge the public perception of your brand (this will depend on the visibility and size of your venture). If you don’t have an in-house marketing team, you could consider instructing an agency or consultant to help you develop a strategy, so that you can improve the visibility of your brand values and ultimately entice a better quality of candidate towards your roles.  Attracting the right employees Of the hiring practice, Richard Branson once said, "Stop looking to hire people just because they have extraordinary resumes or impressive academic records. Look for people who share your passion." This - advice from a figure who has created one of the world’s largest and most identifiable brands - carries weight, but it also means many companies will have to re-evaluate the way in which they communicate with their talent pool, so that respondents are those who do indeed share the company’s passion. Talent acquisition is a fine art as is candidate retention, so to find individuals who are likely to share your passion and who want to stay around long enough to realize it, offering your basic “competitive salary and paid holiday” isn’t likely to be enough. How to attract the talent you want If you’re looking to attract your dream candidates, consider what more you can offer to make coming to work a valuable experience. In a recent U.S. survey among recent graduates, more respondents cited career growth and opportunities to learn as reasons to accept a job, beating out salary. There are things you can do in your workplace and include in your offers that can therefore make you more attractive candidates: Development events   – these can be away days, lunchtime seminars, or other events that give your workforce an opportunity to move up the ladder in your organisation. Partnerships – perhaps you sponsor a local team, or have access to game-day box seats? These can be used to motivate your sales team for example, or as a great way to bond at the end of a successful quarter and drive up rates of employee engagement. Flexible working arrangements – thanks to factors like rising childcare costs, this is becoming an increasing priority for today’s workforce. A report recently found that flexi-working would be the norm for 70 per cent of organisations in the UK by 2020, so including this in your offerings can put you ahead of the game. Childcare vouchers and topped-up parental leave – similarly, making it easier for candidates to balance work and life outside the office will endear you to a large number of workers. Gym memberships – these are a great way of attracting younger, millennial employees especially, but benefit all workers who value their mental and physical health. It’s important to note that your job postings should be written in a manner that is in keeping with your brand, too. This tone of voice coupled with the extras and perks you can provide will be key in capturing attention and drawing in the right sort of applications you want. Communicating your brand Once you have outlined your brand and have identified the type of candidate you want to attract, now you need to implement some steps for effective communication during the hiring process. How you go about doing this will depend on your budget and goals, but there are some easy ways in which you can get started: Job postings – make sure these are phrased in ways that are in line with your company, and that spark a conversation with your candidate. Try altering little phrases, such as replacing “employee” with “brand ambassador”, and “join the company” with “be part of our team”. Social media – be active across social media, and use each platform in the most effective way to target that audience. Instagram pictures of your dress-down Friday, tweet about a new or exciting project, and post more in-depth, exciting company news on Facebook. Create relevant content – make sure that what you’re sharing has been focused towards your specific demographic. This should be not only content that is related to your specific industry, but also wider content that engages your target audience in terms of age group, interests, and more. If you need help crafting the right words and imagery and communicating these to your target candidate audience, enlisting the help of a recruitment specialist could be the answer.   How CVWOW can help As experts in the field, we can help you optimise your communications so that your job postings are always targeted at the right people. We know the right industry-specific job boards on which to post your ads, depending on the role and industry. We also give you the opportunity to fully brand your adverts, so that your brand is visible to the candidate, and the post looks as though it’s come directly from you and not an agency. We’re also on hand for advice throughout the process, using our expertise in recruiting to help you brand and target your job postings. How to measure impact Once you have implemented your strategy, you should make sure you have policies in place to gauge the success of your employer branding, and isolate areas for improvement. To do this, you may wish to have a specific task force to work on generating and analyzing results, be it in-house or through an external recruitment specialist. When it comes to measuring the success of the job postings themselves, consider the following: Look at where your responses are coming from. When applicants respond to your job post, make sure that when they do, they indicate where they found the post (this could be via a drop-down bar in a mandatory field of the application). This will enable you to see where your money is being spent, and which avenue of advertising is providing the best return on investment. Monitor your web traffic. If you are using your own website or social media channels, you can use reporting software that will show you how many impressions, clicks, and conversions your ad is receiving and from where. Include the question, “Why do you want to work for us?” This is normally a line of enquiry reserved for candidates in the interview process, but having it answered in the initial response will help you see how much the applicant has been able to gain about your brand through the posting or otherwise.  Ultimately, the responses to these postings are just the beginning of the hiring process. To find out if your employee branding is not only attracting talent, but is keeping them engaged and with your organisation, you need to look at a number of factors, such as:  Feedback from employees after the probation period Feedback from HR and managers The number of applications versus cost of advertising Internal referral rates Rates of employee engagement and absenteeism Average employee retention rate If you are unsure about how best to measure the ROI of your employee branding and recruitment efforts, partnering with the right recruitment solution provider can save thousands from your hiring budget. At CVWOW, we save our customers an average of £2,000 per hire against standard recruitment agency fees. Conclusion Employee branding is set to play a pivotal role in the overall recruiting process in the coming years. As new generations continue to enter the global talent pool, employers will need to keep reassessing what they can offer to attract and retain the talent that’s best fit for their business. For example, Generation Z is soon to enter the workforce, and a recent survey conducted by Monster revealed they want tangible perks, meaningful work, and the opportunity to progress from a job. This is perhaps one of best examples of why identifying your brand is so important – it will give you the chance to stand out as an employer of choice, rather than necessity. CVWOW are leading experts in the field of effective recruitment, and we can help you develop your EVP strategy to achieve your hiring goals. We can help you identify what you’re looking for in a candidate, and how best to reach and attract these candidates to become a valuable asset in your workforce. To find out more about how we can assist you with employee branding and hiring best practices, contact us today - 08006344477.



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Monster launches Power Job Ads to revolutionise how recruiters find talent

September-25-2017 - onrec.com



Monster today announces the latest addition to its product portfolio, Power Job Ads, a revolutionary proposition that connects businesses with relevant candidates wherever they are online. Posted in News archive on 25 Sep 2017 Company Profile Monster.co.uk View profile » As candidate online behaviour continues to evolve, engaging with people, brands and businesses across devices, geographies and platforms, organisations can no longer expect top candidates to find them – especially if they are not looking for a new role.  What are Power Job Ads? Power Job Ads have been developed specifically to address and resolve this issue, allowing recruiters to engage with active and passive candidates in three ways every time they post a vacancy; through the Monster network, through social media and through targeted behavioural marketing that reaches the sites and apps people are using every day. Passive candidates may not be on job sites, but they will be keeping an eye out for career opportunities they encounter during their day to day activities. As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, reaching these passive candidates as part of a recruitment drive has never been more important.  How do Power Job Ads work? As soon as a recruitment manager posts a job advert, it will instantly be visible to the 3.2 million active job seekers looking for the right position through the Monster network. Next, Monster’s proprietary and innovative technology will utilise data from more than 100 social sources and use precise targeting to promote the vacancy in front of suitable candidates across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as lifestyle and news sites. The vacancy will also be included in targeted emails and search engine marketing.  This unique approach will generate thousands of impressions to promote the job, allowing businesses to hit both active and passive candidates in one go – the Holy Grail for recruiters. Power Job Ads are extremely easy to use, recruiters simply post their vacancy as normal. Results are clearly displayed and tracked in a single report so performance can be monitored throughout the campaign. Andy Sumner, MD UK and Ireland, Monster , said, “ We’re incredibly excited to launch this new offering to the market. In the current landscape, where there are fewer active candidates than ever before, it is becoming more difficult for businesses to find and connect with the talent they are seeking using traditional methods alone. Monster Power Job Ads is a first for the industry, the only job advertising solution capable of targeting active and passive job seekers at the same time, without substantial extra cost or having to navigate a complicated system. We think it’s going to transform the way recruiters find the right talent.’



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What to do if your career plans fall through

September-25-2017 - usatoday.com



Actions you can take to dig yourself out of career slump and get going in right direction.            



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How to start a business with no money

September-25-2017 - usatoday.com



Start a business with little to no money. reduce expenses or increase available capital.            



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New Target store workers are about to get a raise

September-25-2017 - usatoday.com



The pay increase will apply to seasonal workers, too.            



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Volvo expanding its U.S. production plans in South Carolina

September-25-2017 - usatoday.com



Volvo is expanding plans for a plant near Charleston, S.C. Volvo intends to hire an additional 1,900 works and boost its investment in the plant to $1 billion.            



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EU seeks more protection for Uber-style jobs

September-24-2017 - reuters.com



BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission wants more social protection and rights for casual workers, such as those in the "gig economy", and others with non-standard contracts to try to tackle growing social inequality.



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Don´t miss the great savings pension train

September-24-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Millions of workers have been excluded – those who earn too little to qualify, work part-time, are too young or too old. Also, nearly five million self-employed are overlooked altogether.



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Me And My Money: Children´s TV presenter Rebecca Jackson

September-24-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Rebecca Jackson, racing driver and children's TV presenter, says the best financial decision she ever made was learning how to fix cars when she was a teenager.



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Student entrepreneurs making money at university

September-24-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Finding a part-time job is a solution for many cash-poor students, but some are going further, turning to entrepreneurship to top up their loans.



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Bombardier jobs at risk in dispute with rival Boeing

September-24-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Boeing is refusing to withdraw its claim that Canadian-owned Bombardier broke the law by selling aircraft at below cost price.



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Fears for thousands of British jobs as US court prepares to rule on Bombardier subsidy row

September-24-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Jeremy Corbyn ´would repeal Trade Union Act´

September-24-2017 - bbc.com



The Labour leader told Andrew Marr he supported workers asking for a decent public sector pay rise.



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How to set up a new iPhone the right way

September-24-2017 - usatoday.com



Dont ditch your old iPhone just yet.            



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Changing jobs: Heres why youre never too old for a career change

September-24-2017 - usatoday.com



Whether you have a missed goal, a list of regrets, or simply are bored, you can do it.            



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Value-Based Health Care Gets a Boost From the Feds

September-23-2017 - workforce.com



A White House draft executive order expanding coverage for chronic conditions under high-deductible health plans could eliminate a major hurdle for employers seeking to adopt a value-based approach to health care. Chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, account for three-fourths of U.S. health care costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making disease management a... The post Value-Based Health Care Gets a Boost From the Feds appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Wells Fargo hires new law firm to prepare CEO for Senate appearance

September-23-2017 - reuters.com



NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co. has hired law firm Sidley Austin to take the lead in preparing Chief Executive Tim Sloan for his appearance before the U.S. Congress next month to answer questions about a year-long sales practices scandal, according to four sources with knowledge of the decision.



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How to make the most of your money with some common sense

September-23-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



There are plenty of ideas and guidance provided for novice investors which typically revolve around standard rules, all of which are reasonable tips and not just for when you’re starting out



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The 5 most (and 5 least) valuable college majors

September-23-2017 - usatoday.com



What you study matters quite a bit when it comes to future job prospects.            



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How to keep in the best mental/physical shape when youre always working

September-23-2017 - usatoday.com



Here are a few ways to make better choices and stay (or get) healthy even at the office.            



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JC Penney to hire 40,000 for holidays, the same as last year

September-22-2017 - abcnews.com



J.C. Penney says it plans to hire more than 40,000 people during the holiday season, the same number as last year



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Midwest Business Group on Health Names New President

September-22-2017 - workforce.com



Cheryl Larson The board of the Midwest Business Group on Health, a nonprofit employer coalition of 130 employers, announced that vice president Cheryl Larson will take over the role of CEO and president in 2018. She will replace Larry Boress, who has been with MBGH for 26 years including 12 years as president and CEO. Larson has worked for MBGH... The post Midwest Business Group on Health Names New President appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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California Workers’ Comp Division Suspends 6 Medical Providers for Fraud

September-22-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The California Division of Workers Compensation has suspended six more medical providers from participating in the states workers comp system, bringing the total number of suspended providers to 38. The suspensions were made possible by the passage last year of



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Slough named top for job opportunities and affordability

September-22-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Slough, the town immortalised by David Brent in the TV series The Office and John Betjeman’s 1937 poem of the same name, has been named the best place in the country for jobs



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Ex-Akebia employee suspected of insider trading re-arrested

September-22-2017 - reuters.com



BOSTON (Reuters) - A former Akebia Therapeutics Inc employee accused of insider trading was re-arrested on Friday after violating a bail condition as a prosecutor who once called him "increasingly unhinged" said he would seek the man's detention pending trial.



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Slough named as the ´best place´ to work and live

September-22-2017 - bbc.com



The town immortalised by 'The Office' is a "prime spot" for jobs and a good quality of life.



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Generali Chief Underwriting Officer Sees His Job as Part Science, Part Art

September-22-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Bill Skapof, chief underwriting officer and head of global corporate and commercial in North America for Generali, considers underwriting as much art as it is science. Skapof has more than 30 years of global insurance experience developing product, distribution and



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Drugs in Workplace a Danger to Workers and Drag on Productivity

September-22-2017 - insurancejournal.com



At Philip Tulkoffs food-processing plant in Baltimore, machines grind tough horseradish roots into puree. If you put your arm in the wrong place, the owner says, and youre not paying attention, its going to pull you in. Its not a



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J.C. Penney to hire 40,000 for holidays, the same as last year

September-22-2017 - usatoday.com



J.C. Penney says it plans to hire more than 40,000 people during the holiday season, the same number as last year.            



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Conagra is buying Boomchickapop popcorns parent company

September-22-2017 - usatoday.com



Conagra is acquiring Angies Artisan Treats. The deal continues Conagras efforts to bolster its portfolio of branded food and snacks.            



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You can make at least $20/hour at these 10 part-time jobs

September-22-2017 - usatoday.com



These part-time jobs pay $20 per hour or more nearly triple the federal minimum wage.            



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Company fires employees who didnt work during Irma. Then, rehires them

September-22-2017 - usatoday.com



The largest employer in Lee County, Fla., is scrambling to rehire the employees it released.            



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Rebecca Emerson: Top Tips For Success In The Graduate Job Market

September-21-2017 - huffingtonpost.co.uk





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Hiring and the H-1B Visa

September-21-2017 - workforce.com



U.S. employers, including domestic divisions of India-based outsourcers, are curtailing their use of the controversial H-1B visa, which allows organizations to bring highly skilled foreigners into the United States to work. Simultaneously, other businesses are bulking up overseas offices or sending employees who are foreign nationals to work out of offices in their home countries. Employers that have used the... The post Hiring and the H-1B Visa appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Company to Settle Missouri Butter Flavoring Case for $5M

September-21-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A company has agreed to pay $5 million to settle claims that its butter flavoring chemicals harmed the lungs of a worker who handled the product at a Missouri plant. The St. Joseph News-Press reports that Carmi Flavor and Fragrance



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Air Monitoring Company Joins Texas Chemical Plant Fire Negligence Lawsuit

September-21-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Air monitoring company Bureau Veritas SA has been added to a negligence suit alleging first responders inhaled dangerous fumes during a fire at a chemical plant, lawyers for Texas police and emergency workers said. The suit, filed in Harris County



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Employer Leadership in Disaster Recovery and the Power of Return-to-Work

September-21-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Businesses and their leaders have a unique role to play in helping communities and individuals recover from the devastation of a storm like Hurricane Harvey, and they should not underestimate the power of getting employees back to work and re-establishing



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Woodruff-Sawyer Names Kyle Vice President in Oregon

September-21-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Woodruff-Sawyer Co. has named Brandi Kyle vice president in employee benefits in the firms Portland, Ore. office. Kyle has 15 years of insurance experience. She was previously with Wells Fargo Insurance as an employee benefits consultant. She was a



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U.S. jobless claims fall; hurricanes still affecting data

September-21-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, but the near-term outlook for the labor market was muddied by the continuing impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.



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Property professionals twice as optimistic about the sector compared to last year

September-21-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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City urges May to hurry up on Brexit transition deal as Britain loses jobs

September-21-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Confidence in economy drops again but employers are “showing resilience” – REC

September-21-2017 - onrec.com



Employer confidence in the UK economy has dropped to the lowest level since the EU referendum, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC). Posted in News archive on 21 Sep 2017 Company Profile REC View profile » Thirty-three per cent of employers believe that economic conditions are getting worse, while 26 per cent think economic conditions are improving. The net balance fell further into negative territory, from -3 last month to -7 in September. Despite falling confidence in the economy as a whole, confidence in hiring and investment decisions remains positive at +10 per cent, showing no change from last month. Hiring intentions are also stable, with one in five (19 per cent) planning to increase permanent headcount in the next quarter. The latest JobsOutlook survey of 600 employers also shows: six in ten (59 per cent) say that agency workers are important to responding to growth more than a third (36 per cent) expect to find a shortage of temporary agency workers to meet their needs a shortage of temporary workers is expected in the construction sector in particular a shortage of candidates to fill permanent health & social care roles is anticipated  REC chief executive Kevin Green says: “Employers are showing a great deal of resilience as they continue to hire despite a growing number losing faith in the direction the economy is heading. The political climate isn’t helping the situation. Businesses need clarity in order to plan effectively and so far the Brexit negotiations have not resolved any of the core issues. “Employers are worried about how they will fill vacancies in the future. There are now just 1.9 unemployed people for every vacancy, and net migration from the EU is falling, which means the pool of people available to employers is shrinking. “Businesses can only grow if they have access to the people and skills they need. With party conference season in full swing, we urge politicians of all sides to heed the warning signs and create clarity for business. That means making progress in the ongoing Brexit negotiations. “An early agreement on the settlement of EU nationals already working in the UK would be a step in the right direction. The vast majority of EU nationals residing in the UK come here to work and make a valuable contribution to our economy.”



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Unfair rostering and illegally long hours: Emergency Services workers on the verge of burnout

September-21-2017 - onrec.com



Kronos has today announced the results of new research revealing that 85% of Emergency Service workers are worried they will burnout on the job. Posted in News archive on 21 Sep 2017 The research conducted on over 250, UK based, Paramedics, Firefighters, Police Force workers and A E staff, also found that nearly three quarters (74 percent) have already suffered from workplace fatigue, due to being overworked. In these high intensity environments, where staff are expected to be alert and able to react to sometimes life or death situations, it’s imperative they get adequate rest between shifts to be able to perform the job safely. However the study also found 72% of Emergency Service workers are regularly getting less than 6 hours sleep - 2 hours less than the National Institute of Health’s recommended amount. Worryingly, over half (51%) of Emergency Service employees admitted to having worked over 11 consecutive hours without a break, which is not only illegal, but greatly increase their risk of burning out if repeated consistently. Despite the long hours, it’s their love of helping people that drives them. Out of a list of motivators, surprisingly the most popular choice wasn’t pay (40%) it was ‘helping people’ (60%), while ‘enjoyment of the job’ and ‘colleagues/colleague support’ also ranked highly (37% and 29% respectively). So what can be done to help? The research identified that only a quarter of Emergency workers (24%) felt rostering is done effectively, which can lead to employees working longer shifts, or more often than they should - sometimes in excess of what is legally allowed. In fact, 40% of Police Force employees have worked a shift of more than 12 hours without a break and 58% of Emergency Service workers have been called in to work with less than 4 hours notice because of staff shortages. Using the latest rostering systems that automatically check which qualified and available Emergency Service workers are available to cover shifts, would ensure the same people are not being regularly asked to work overtime and ensure shifts are more fairly distributed  - reducing the risk of fatigue and preventing burnout. Gavin England, ?Industry & Customer Insights Manager at Kronos says, “Emergency service personnel are motivated by the need to help people – for them this is a vocation rather than simply a job. That sense of purpose and obligation drives them to focus more on delivering a great service, rather than making sure they are sticking to their hours and thinking about their own wellbeing. “Our research reinforces the important role that duty managers operating in this space play. There is a real responsibility on managers to ensure their employees are getting adequate rest, especially if being asked to operate for extended periods of time. Not only is this their legal obligation, but failing to do so could lead to an increased risk of fatigue that can impair decision making and eventually lead to burnout.” “The challenging nature of these jobs can put staff at greater risk of developing health problems – both mental and physical. That’s why it’s so important support is made available, to ensure these dedicated workers are at their best. Having proper breaks between shifts and a culture that encourages staff to take the time needed to rest and recuperate will help prevent burnout and allow them to be ready to carry out these incredibly difficult and life-saving roles, that we often take for granted.”



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Another crisis at Capita: Costs spiral and workers strike

September-21-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The outsourcing giant said profits fell to £28m in the six months to the end of June, down from £37m in the same period last year. It was blamed on the company’s exit from specialist recruitment.



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Mayweather vs McGregor – A Recruitment Parable

September-21-2017 - onrec.com



by Thomas de Freitas Posted in News archive on 21 Sep 2017 Watching the mesmerising spectacle that was the Mayweather/McGregor fight from inception to inevitable conclusion, I found myself noting the parallels between a specialist agency recruiter vs an onsite recruiter. In the one corner, you have the agency specialist – as an industry they’ve been around, at least in their current iteration, for over 50 years, focusing on one key discipline – let’s call it Finance recruitment. They have a fully coded database of over 50,000 Finance professionals and an unrivalled understanding of Finance requirements. In the other corner, you have the young pretender, the onsite recruiter. A new form of recruiting that’s multidisciplinary. Recruiting into Finance but also into HR, IT, Legal, Marketing, Sales – in fact there are very few things they can’t and won’t recruit into. They have no database, only LinkedIn (with no salary indication, no specific geography, no personal knowledge of the candidates) etc. Only in the last two or three years has the direct sourcing model come to prominence with many saying it will take over from specialist agencies (in much the same way UFC has blown up in the last few years and is touted by many as taking over from boxing). So, when a Finance role comes up – who is going to fill it? Mayweather or McGregor? The specialist, or the newcomer who has had exposure to Finance recruitment, but has no substantial grounding in the discipline. My money would always be on Floyd – but with a healthy respect for what Conor is trying to do and how big an ask it is. My interpretation would also be – both parties ought to offer the other more respect from the outset. The onsite recruiter needs to appreciate they are effectively a novice in the space – it’s disrespectful to suppose you can just pitch up with a bit of ham-fisted LinkedIn headhunting and the odd advert and secure your company the best candidate for the job… and that’s before we get to the minefield of closing a candidate with no intermediary buffer. Equally, the seasoned pro needs to avoid underestimating their opponent. As we saw on Sunday morning, spirit and determination can get you 10 rounds in. That isn’t going to win, but it’s impressive – especially with so little experience (to stretch the analogy you might consider a coded database with phone numbers and emails with prior relationships vs clunky LinkedIn). And there’s always the lucky punch – the miracle ad response that KO’s Mayweather. But how often does that happen? Do I think UFC will take over from Boxing? Not any time soon, and Boxing will always exist in one form or another. Do I think there is further cross-over potential from both sides? Absolutely. Don’t get me wrong, Floyd would get murdered in the Octagon. But equally, you aren’t going to catch Floyd anywhere near an Octagon. He’s a specialist and his specialism is governed by the Queensbury rules. To find out more about Communicate, visit our website.



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How to choose an estate agent when selling your home

September-21-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



If you want to get on the property ladder and progress up it, dealing with an estate agent is a necessary evil - but how do you choose? We run through everything you need to know.



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Toys ´R´ Us plans holiday hires including toy demonstrators

September-21-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Toys "R" Us Inc, the U.S. toy retailer that filed for bankruptcy protection this week, said on Thursday it is hiring part-time seasonal workers to staff its stores for the holidays, including for a new position of toy demonstrator.



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Capita´s shares slip 10% amid falling profits and strike

September-21-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The slump was driven by the outsourcing giant's exit from its specialist recruitment arm and part of its Capita Europe business, while its events operation was also closed.



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City jobs have gone UP since the Brexit vote

September-21-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



There are a total of 11,000 new jobs at financial and insurance companies in the second quarter of 2017 than in the previous three months, official statistics show.



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Compass boss Richard Cousins stands down after 11 years

September-21-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



When Richard Cousins, 58, took the top job, the catering firm was flirting with disaster after an over-zealous expansion. He cut the number of countries where it operates and laid the basis for solid growth.



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Daimler to invest $1 billion in Alabama plant, create over 600 jobs

September-21-2017 - reuters.com



BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Daimler said it will invest $1 billion to expand its U.S.-based Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama to start building electric sport-utility vehicles there from about 2020.



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Kier shrugs off construction slowdown to sign record £3bn of contracts

September-21-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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8 ridiculously specific kitchen gadgets that are worth your money

September-21-2017 - usatoday.com



These items had ONE joband they nailed it!            



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Amazon is bringing 2,000 jobs in advertising, fashion to New York City

September-21-2017 - usatoday.com



Amazon has promised to create roughly 6,000 jobs across New York state by 2019. Next year, Amazon will open a new office in Manhattan.            



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Toys ´R´ us hires holiday staff

September-21-2017 - usatoday.com



The toy retailer that filed for bankruptcy protection this week plans to hire thousands of workers, including toy demonstrators, to staff its stores for the holidays. Video provided by Reuters            



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Tesla denies claims that it tried to block unionizing effort

September-21-2017 - usatoday.com



Tesla Inc. is denying claims it threatened to fire pro-union workers at its Fremont, Calif., factory and tried to prevent them from passing out union literature.            



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These 3 traits are what hiring companies want the most

September-21-2017 - usatoday.com



Want a better shot at getting hired? Heres what you need to do.            



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Many of the worlds billionaires had this first job in common

September-21-2017 - usatoday.com



Study of the worlds 100 richest people suggests that those starting in a sales role were more likely to become a billionaire.            



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XL Catlin Adds EPLI, Cyber Coverage for Design Professionals in Canada

September-20-2017 - insurancejournal.com



XL Catlin has added two optional coverages to its professional liability insurance for architects, engineers and other design businesses in Canada: employment practices liability (EPL) Insurance and cyber insurance coverage. The optional EPL coverage is designed to help architects, engineers



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Former New Jersey Postal Worker Went Zip-Lining While on Disability

September-20-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A former postal worker who had claimed a wrist injury prevented him from working posted photos of himself zip-lining and rappelling, state authorities said Monday as they announced insurance fraud and theft charges. Robert McGeehan, of Lower Township, N.J., is



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UPS will hire about 95,000 extra workers for holiday season

September-20-2017 - abcnews.com



UPS is gearing up for the crush of holiday packages, with plans to hire 95,000 seasonal workers



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How to decorate your dorm room on a budget

September-20-2017 - usatoday.com



Vanessa Sewell is a correspondent for Her Campus, and she has plenty of tips for making your dorm room look greatwithout spending a ton of cash.            



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Fitbit Captivate Conference: Behavioral Economics, HIPAA and More

September-20-2017 - workforce.com



Fitbit has its annual Captivate 2017 conference in Chicago at Revel Motor Row, a beautiful Chicago landmark. This Sept. 19 wellness-centric event provided many opportunities to listen to speakers and talk with HR professionals about well-being at their companies. Also, plenty of opportunities to have the best conference food I’ve ever consumed, including green smoothies, piles of arugula salad and... The post Fitbit Captivate Conference: Behavioral Economics, HIPAA and More appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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7 ways you can transform a dorm roomwithout hiring an interior designer

September-20-2017 - usatoday.com



Here are my secrets to decorating a dorm room on a budget            



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The Latest Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2017 is … the Nepotism Harasser

September-20-2017 - workforce.com



Just when I think I’ve hit rock bottom with my survey of the year’s worst employers … The EEOC reports that it has sued a downstate Illinois IHOP franchisee for sexual harassment. While the allegations are bad, what makes this case worse is the allegation that the store owner ignored his employees’ complaints because the accused harasser was a close... The post The Latest Nominee for the Worst Employer of 2017 is … the Nepotism Harasser appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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The New Sheriff in Town: Google Jobs

September-20-2017 - workforce.com



If you follow the recruiting space, you likely would agree that three trends have dominated the recruitment marketing landscape in the past five to 10 years. LinkedIn has become the candidate database of choice for recruiters, Glassdoor has forced HR and recruiting leaders to acknowledge the importance of company reputation via aggregation of anonymous ratings, and Indeed has parlayed the... The post The New Sheriff in Town: Google Jobs appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Holiday sales forecasts indicate strong growth for retailers

September-20-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Early holiday sales forecasts are indicating a largely stronger season for retailers than last year, helped by higher online sales and increasing spending power due to a strong labor market.



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Pfizer files suit against J&J over Remicade contracts

September-20-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Drugmaker Pfizer Inc on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson , saying its rival's contracts with health insurers for blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, Remicade, were anticompetitive and blocked sales of Pfizer's new biosimilar.



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Mitie to cut 480 jobs as it considers sale of property management business

September-20-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Tata Steel to merge European operations with Thyssenkrupp in deal that could ´safeguard´ 8,000 British jobs

September-20-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Watchdog that cleared KPMG is run by cronies from KPMG

September-20-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Our investigation has found at least three former KPMG employees served on the committee which oversaw the investigation into the firm’s audit of the toxic lender.



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Rise in female workers suppressing wages, says OECD

September-20-2017 - bbc.com



A rise in the number of lower-paid female workers has held back global wage growth, the OECD says.



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Outsourcer Mitie could lay off another 480 workers

September-20-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The cuts are being considered as part of a review of the FTSE 250 firm’s cleaning and engineering arms and would be on top of 200 previously axed.



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Tata Steel Thyssenkrupp merger: Safeguard Welsh jobs call

September-20-2017 - bbc.com



The tie-up between Tata - which owns Port Talbot steel works - and a German firm will lead to job losses.



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Employment tips: 10 of the most useful apps for nurses

September-20-2017 - usatoday.com



There are apps out there geared toward making the info part of nurses lives a little easier to learn and remember.            



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Walmarts solution to holiday crush: Fewer temps, more overtime

September-20-2017 - usatoday.com



Walmart relies on its own workers for the holidays            



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UPS and FedEx will hire thousands this holiday season

September-20-2017 - usatoday.com



UPS and FedEx will hire thousands this holiday season            



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Study: Many Americans not reporting side gig incomes to the IRS

September-20-2017 - usatoday.com



Look we all want to make extra money aside from our normal 9-5 jobs and many Americans look to side jobs to help out with that. Veuers Nick Cardona (@nickcardona93) tells us, some Americans arent doing this important thing with their money.            



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British Airways plans to move all employees onto new pension scheme next year

September-20-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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What It’s Like to Be Sued By Your Employee

September-19-2017 - workforce.com



When you litigate, you’re losing. This is an odd statement for a litigator to make. But it’s true. When you litigate, the only people that “win” are the lawyers. It’s for this reason that I believe that every claim or potential claim should settle. The two key considerations are when and for how much. Understanding this fundamental truth, the only way... The post What It’s Like to Be Sued By Your Employee appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Over half of Brits admit to haggling over job offers

September-19-2017 - onrec.com



New data from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library , has found that over half of Brits (52.9%) have negotiated with a potential employer over a job offer, with a further 72.8% stating that they got what they wanted as a result. Posted in News archive on 19 Sep 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » The survey, which explored the views of 1,200 UK workers, found that nearly two thirds (61.8%) of Brits admit to having high expectations when it comes to looking and applying for jobs, with 50.8% stating that they would feel comfortable negotiating a job offer. This figure rose to 66.7% amongst those under the age of 18. When asked what the key areas were that they would negotiate on within a job offer, respondents cited the following: 1. Salary (73.3%) 2. Working hours (46.4%) 3. Flexible working (42.1%) 4. Benefits (36.3%) 5. Holiday allowance (25.5%) Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library comments: “It’s fair to say that Britain is a nation of hagglers in  every respect. Nowadays, negotiations aren’t just made at the local market, but in shops, hotels and even during the job hunting process! The shift in power within the job market means that many candidates know their worth and will only move for a job that  meets all of their criteria. “Salary continues to be the main driver for job hunters, with many  refusing to move jobs unless they’re receiving a significant pay increase. What’s more, with work/life balance becoming more important in today’s working world, today’s candidates want confirmation that they’re not going to be glued to their desks for all  hours of the day. Ensuring that you leave room for negotiation in your job offers is clearly more important now than ever.” Despite workers admitting to having high expectations around jobs, over half (56.5%) DON’T think they expect too  much from their job offers, while a further 55% stated that their high expectations have NOT put them off applying for or accepting certain roles. That said, those aged 25-34 were the most likely to be put off a job that didn’t tick every box. In addition, the majority (84.3%) of respondents cited that they would be willing to compromise when negotiating a job offer, with this figure rising to 85.5% amongst 35-44 year olds and 88.3% amongst 55-64 year olds. Those working in the South East (87.95) and North East (88.5%) were the most likely to compromise. Biggins continues: “You should always ensure that there are early discussions  with candidates around what their current package is, and what they’re looking for in their next position. After-all, this can help to avoid any surprise conversations later down the line. If you are confronted with higher demands, you should always think  about how badly you need/want the candidate, how far your package can stretch to and what the decision would mean for your business. “The good news is, our data suggests that the majority of workers  are willing to compromise on job offers, so the power is not fully in someone else’s hands. In today’s working world you’re likely to meet a whole host of different personalities; some confident about their position and therefore likely to ask for more, and  those that are just happy to be in with a chance of getting the job!” For more information on the topic, download CV-Library’s latest whitepaper ‘How to negotiate with candidates’, here: https://www.cv-library.co.uk/recruitment-insight/negotiate-candidates-whitepaper/



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Speedy Hire cost-cutting plan begins to bear fruit

September-19-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Growing interest in science and engineering jobs set to tackle Britain´s skills gap

September-19-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Rise of the DIY funeral

September-19-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The basic costs of cremation or burial, plus hiring funeral directors, doctors and ministers, has squeezed the amount that families have left to spend on send-offs, according to research by SunLife.



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UK´s fatcat financiers rake in biggest bonuses since 2001

September-19-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



While the average bonus for employees across all sectors in the UK is £1,600, finance and insurance workers took home £14,770 in bonuses in the last year, the Office for National Statistics said.



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Top benefits of hiring the best digital marketing agency consultant

September-19-2017 - onrec.com



On the path to over-taking your businesses competition and building up a strong online presence, hiring a Digital Marketing agency consultant will guarantee a smoother ride. on 19 Sep 2017 Given that the agency you hire is experienced and skilled in boosting businesses digital presence, you are already one step closer to your goals. Keeping the process of achieving a high online presence in mind, it’s safe to say reaching this is less of a race and more of a marathon. Or a marathon that never ends and that turns into an eternal obstacle course of Search rankings and Website authority. That was a mouthful… Relax – This is why Hiring the best Digital marketing agency is of great importance; to relief the anxiety of figuring out the digital world yourself. Positives to hiring top Digital marketing agency consultants Extensive experience online Digital marketing tools Time for other important tasks Honest plans for online improvement Less stress These are just a handful of reasons to hire the best and only the best. Which is why taking a closer look into these points will convince even the Digital Marketing sceptics out there. Extensive experience online Along with a strong team of skilled digital marketers, Gareth SEO Consultant director of Bulldog Digital Media is a prime example of who to hire. Each individual team member of the agency will have personal experience with online marketing. Connect all that experience and what do you get? The ultimate super-hero team of Digital Marketing genius. And they are there to serve your business, to achieve high rankings, achieve great online customer experience satisfaction and so much more. Digital Marketing tools Combine experience with the best online marketing tools, which have been compiled over time and you’ll come out top against competitors. Tools like Google analytics are imperative in achieving your online goals. Top consultants will have access to all of these tools and will already understand how to read and utilise the information gained from them. Something that you’d have to figure out alone without a Digital Marketing agency. Time for other important tasks Tying in nicely with the last point, an entire company of Digital marketers will be at hand to work towards achieving your online presence. Imagine how much spare time you’ll have to get other tasks completed. Honest plans for online improvement When you hire the best people, you’ll get the best advice. Top companies will give you upfront ideas and plan clear and concise steps to reach your goals. Why are they so honest? Because there would be no point in sugar-coating any issues with your online presence. If your website is seeing high bounce-rates because of poorly written content, you will be advised on how to improve on this. Whether that is by handing over control of content, or listening to advice on how to decrease bounce-rates - any great consultant will make you aware of this and plan to make improvements. Less stress Handing over control can be a struggle, but with the right company it’ll pay out. You’ll see great results, without having to worry about carrying out the process. Or even working out the process for that matter. Less stress = a healthier lifestyle So if you take anything from this post, let it be that hiring the best Digital marketing agency consultant will take off the heavy load of online marketing stress. Now relax and give over the reigns. 



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Does Ryanair have a pilot shortage?

September-19-2017 - bbc.com



Could recruitment issues explain why the airline will be cancelling so many flights in the coming weeks?



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TeamJobs seeks new recruiters as digital boom continues

September-19-2017 - onrec.com



Increasing demand for IT professionals in Bournemouth and Poole has led to TeamJobs taking on new recruiters. Posted in News archive on 19 Sep 2017 Karen Brodie, manager of TeamJobs’ new central Bournemouth office, said: “This week alone we have already been asked to recruit  for 20 permanent jobs, including web developers and IT consultants. “People talk of a downturn, but it’s not the case. “The boom in digital business is continuing, meaning a high demand for the right candidates.” “As a result, we are looking for an IT recruitment specialist, a Commercial recruiter and an Engineering recruiter to join us as soon as possible.” Bournemouth and Poole’s digital economy employs nearly 14,000 people and has been identified as one of the fastest growing ‘hubs’ outside of London. According to the Tech Nation report, the industry grew by 68 per cent in gross value added (GVA) from 2010-14, to £350million. TeamJobs opened new, three-storey premises at 7 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth in May. In June it appointed Sally Bennett to head up a new Executive Search division, sourcing candidates from senior manager to board level, both nationally and internationally. TeamJobs MD Jason Gault, said: “The whole area is experiencing incredible growth and has become a magnet for professionals seeking great jobs and a great lifestyle - and that’s good news for everyone.” Anthony Story is director of Silicon South Limited, the body driving the growth of the creative digital sector in Dorset. He said: “Since launching in 2015, Tech Nation’s annual report has shown Bournemouth and Poole punching far above its weight to show consistent growth in the digital sector. This is great for a flourishing industry, but the opportunities are not just in the digital sector alone. “We are seeing blossoming interest from the conurbation’s other leading sectors - such as financial services, health, tourism etc. as they embrace the opportunity to stay competitive and lead in innovation.” www.teamjobs.co.uk



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Male employees want flexible work too

September-19-2017 - bbc.com



Four fifths of men would like more control over their working hours to reduce commuting time or care for children.



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WCN Named a 2017 Hot Vendor in Talent Management by Aragon Research

September-19-2017 - onrec.com



Company Recognized for Its Predictive Scoring Algorithm and End-to-End Talent Recruitment Platform Posted in News archive on 19 Sep 2017 Company Profile WCN View profile » WCN , a pioneer of innovative recruitment technology, today announced that it has been recognized as a “Hot Vendor in Talent Management” for 2017 by Aragon Research , a leading technology-focused research and advisory firm. Charles Hipps, founder and CEO of WCN, commented, “Hiring processes are constantly evolving and WCN is delighted to be recognized by Aragon Research in the highly competitive talent management space. Having started as one of the first paperless application systems on the market more than 20 years ago, WCN remains steadfastly focused on developing innovative products and solutions that define recruiting effectiveness.” Each year, Aragon Research selects Hot Vendors across multiple markets who have interesting, cutting-edge products, services or technologies. The 2017 “Hot Vendors in Talent Management” report spotlights the companies helping enterprise organizations streamline and digitize recruiting and talent processes. WCN was recognized as a 2017 Hot Vendor in Talent Management for its talent recruitment platform, which includes AI-driven decision intelligence and engagement tools that create a high-touch experience from start to finish. According to the Aragon report, “What makes WCN hot is their focus on the complete Candidate Recruitment Journey that when combined with their Predictive Recruiting Scoring algorithm, and filtering tools can allow enterprises to zero in on the right candidates faster…Enterprises looking for a Talent Recruitment Platform that can target the right candidates and keep them engaged should evaluate WCN.” The 2017 “Hot Vendors in Talent Management” report can be downloaded at: https://aragonresearch.com/2017-hot-vendors-part-4 .



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Number of UK workers on zero-hours contracts falls

September-19-2017 - bbc.com



Between April and June, 883,000 people were on contracts that do not guarantee work, a 2.2% fall.



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The State of Miscommunication: New Survey Finds Communication Gaps Across Organizations

September-19-2017 - onrec.com



Fierce Conversations and Quantum Workplace partnered to develop a survey that takes a deep dive into miscommunication in the workplace Posted in News archive on 19 Sep 2017 Fierce Conversations and Quantum Workplace today released new research that reveals trends around miscommunication in the workplace, from employees feeling comfortable speaking their minds to who is to blame for communication issues that do arise. The survey captures perceptions on workplace conversations, miscommunication, and employee engagement from over 1,300 employees. “Communication, boiled down to simple conversations, are at the heart of every relationship, including those with your co-workers and your manager,” said Stacey Engle, executive vice president at Fierce Conversations. “This survey dives into some of the most pressing issues organizations face today when it comes to miscommunications across all levels, and highlights the importance of conversation skills when it comes to the health of an organization.” Some of the key findings include: Only half of work-related conversations are high quality: Half of employees rated work-related conversations with their co-workers as either great or excellent, and a similar percentage was found for perceived conversation quality with immediate managers. Most of the individuals who rated conversations as high quality did so for both their co-workers and with their immediate managers, suggesting that they have the skill set to ensure they have high quality conversations no matter who the audience. Roughly half of employees aren’t regularly speaking their minds: Less than half (47.5%) of those surveyed said they always or almost always speak their minds at work, with 52 percent noting the same about conversations with their immediate manager. When an employee doesn’t feel comfortable bringing up issues, it could not only impact their job satisfaction, but also leave new ideas on the table, or let bad ideas move farther along than they ever should. Employees agree miscommunication happens across their workplace, but they aren’t part of the problem. More than 80 percent of employees indicated miscommunication occurred in their organization very frequently, frequently, or occasionally, yet only half admitted that they were directly involved in miscommunication as often. These results reveal that accountability is critical and often overlooked in an organization. Everyone is responsible for miscommunication. Survey respondents were asked which group of employees they thought were most responsible for reducing miscommunication in an organization. More than half (52.7%) thought all employee groups were responsible, followed by supervisors and managers, who 32.5 percent of respondents thought were most responsible. Understanding the cause of miscommunication, including the responsibility to clarify issues, is a trait every employee should have. Technology can lead to greater miscommunication. Survey respondents (46%) thought technology-assisted communication (email, texting, phone, etc.) was more susceptible to miscommunication than in-person communication. However, almost as many respondents (43.3%) believed both were equally susceptible. How technology is used, and when it is warranted, is a key skill employees should understand to limit the level of miscommunication caused. Group conversations and meetings are more likely to result in miscommunication.  55.7 percent said miscommunication is more likely to occur in group conversations than in one-to-one conversations. The study concluded the number one source of miscommunication during team meetings is individuals interpreting messages and goals differently. This was the top reason by a wide margin with almost one-third of survey respondents in agreement. "Engaged cultures are those that foster trusting relationships," said Greg Harris, President and CEO at Quantum Workplace. “And trust is the outcome of what we say and how we say it. This study highlights where organizations need to strengthen their muscles around conversations and communication.” The full survey report on effective communication in the workplace provides additional insight into what these findings mean for organizations and tips for creating greater clarity in communication amongst employees.



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Hireserve announces formal partnership with Embridge Consulting

September-19-2017 - onrec.com



Recruitment software provider Hireserve today announced its partnership with Embridge Consulting, an independent consultancy specialising in ERP systems and projects. Posted in Partnerships on 19 Sep 2017 Company Profile Hireserve Limited View profile » The partnership between Hireserve and Embridge Consulting will enable Embridge to drive the implementation phase of joint projects. Shared clients will benefit from a streamlined, end-to-end implementation experience, connecting the dots from pre-sales to Go Live.  Established in 1997, Hireserve provides applicant tracking technology to a wide range of organisations. Hireserve ATS enables in-house recruitment teams to manage their end-to-end recruitment process online, from job creation through to offer, and integrates with a number of onboarding and HR solutions. Embridge Consulting offers a portfolio of services spanning system selection and project management, to implementation and Managed ERP. The organisation works across multiple global projects and specialises in delivering smart solutions in an efficient and effective manner. Both Hireserve and Embridge Consulting are independent UK businesses which share similar values and a collaborative approach to building professional relationships. Through this partnership Hireserve will benefit from the opportunity to reach a wider potential customer base, whilst Embridge will strengthen its offering to clients with a cloud recruitment solution.  “We are delighted to formalise our partnership with Embridge Consulting. This collaboration means Hireserve can continue to deliver powerful recruitment technology, and know that clients are receiving the most connected implementation experience possible, ultimately strengthening both parties’ offering. Embridge Consulting delivers an exceptionally efficient and well-managed service offering, and we are excited to further develop and build on our partnership.”   – Karen Ovenden – Director, Hireserve  “We are thrilled to add Hireserve to our partner community. Coupling our implementation and system specialisms, with Hireserve’s technology and recruitment and HR expertise, will help to enhance the success of clients and their recruitment processes going forward.”   – Emma O’Brien – Managing Director, Embridge Consulting Both Hireserve and Embridge Consulting are part of the Unit4 partner community, meaning that joint Unit4 clients will also benefit from this enhanced service delivery and offering.  Unit 4 is a leading ERP provider, offering a suite of integrated solutions.



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The wellbeing disconnect: research uncovers a workplace disparity between employees and employers

September-19-2017 - onrec.com



Employee wellbeing has been a top agenda point for HR for some years but the results of the recent research by employee engagement specialists, Reward Gateway, shows that employees still aren’t getting what they need from their current wellbeing programmes. Posted in News archive on 19 Sep 2017 Over half (52%) of employees agree that they would choose a company that cared about their wellbeing over a company that pays 10% more Just under a third (31%) of workers said their company currently offered no wellbeing programmes Over 22 million British workers, or 7 in 10 employees (71%), have felt stress or financial strain in the last five years Employee wellbeing has been a top agenda point for HR for some years but the results of the recent research by employee engagement specialists, Reward Gateway, shows that employees still aren’t getting what they need from their current wellbeing programmes. This is demonstrated by the disparity of opinion between employee and employer. Over half (51%) of employers agree that their company shows they care about employees mental, physical and financial wellbeing, while only 14% of employees say that their company couldn’t do more to show they care about their mental, physical and financial wellbeing. Employers are correct in caring as more than half (52%) of UK employees agree that they would choose a company that cared about their wellbeing over one that pays more. These findings, which demonstrate the demand for wellbeing initiatives in the workplace, place an even higher urgency on closing the gap when you consider that: 33% of respondents* said that their company currently offers no wellbeing programmes Only 29% of respondents said that their company currently offers a physical wellbeing programme Only 23% of respondents said that their company currently offers a financial wellbeing programme Only 22% of respondents said that their company currently offers a mental wellbeing programme The initiatives in place could also be sitting idle due to communication issues as another discord can be found in the fact that almost 1 in 2 (48%) employers think their company communicates the wellbeing solution they have well, but almost a third (29%) of employees don’t know what wellbeing programmes their company currently offers.   Lucy Tallick, Head of Wellbeing at Reward Gateway said, “Employee wellbeing is not about crisis management and fixing problems. It’s about helping your people live better and feel better by facilitating sustainable lifestyle changes that really make a difference. “Employers should take into consideration that everyone has unique desires and needs, and, in order to gain buy in, it's much better to give the employee solutions that provide choice and flexibility. By creating an inclusive programme, you’ll also hugely increase your engagement.” Doug Butler, CEO at Reward Gateway said, “Wellbeing is a crucial part of employee engagement and, as the research shows, companies are struggling to implement the wellbeing initiatives that their staff need. “We continue to innovate our wellbeing offering in order to help our clients on their engagement journey. The selection available is wide-ranging, inclusive, and designed to enable our clients to support their employees’ unique wellbeing needs. By offering a broad range of wellbeing solutions that include educational content on how to live a healthier lifestyle, impartial advice from money experts, an employee assistance programme (EAP), and industry leading discounts and payment plans on gyms and fitness equipment, our goal is to support what we believe to be the three key pillars of holistic wellbeing; Physical, Mental and Financial.” To learn more about how to build a proactive, personal and inclusive wellbeing strategy, sign up to our free webinar here .   Respondents’ refers to employees and employers together.



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New platform supports paperless assessment and development centres

September-19-2017 - onrec.com



A web-based platform which enables recruiters to plan, create, implement and manage more efficient, paperless assessment and development centres is now available from cut-e, the international assessment specialist. Posted in News archive on 19 Sep 2017 Company Profile cut-e View profile » Called enAC, the platform automates the process of planning and managing assessment or development centres. It enables recruiters to create individual and group exercises, using customised content based on the requirements of specific roles.  Using tablets, observers are able to easily rate participants and take paperless notes. The platform then consolidates all the collected behavioural observations, comments, ratings and test scores for each participant and creates an instantly-available competency-based report, highlighting their strengths and development needs, with relevant interview questions and notes for structured feedback sessions.  “Assessment and development centres play an important role in identifying suitable individuals but typically they involve bundles of files, papers, observation sheets and physical reports,” said Dr Achim Preuss, Chief Technology Officer at cut-e. “With a paperless process, you can do it all online. enAC provides the content expertise that allows recruiters to quickly organise and deliver tailored, professional assessment and development centres. It speeds up the entire process, enabling far more efficient administration and a seamless participant and assessor experience, all of which helps to differentiate your employer brand.”  Developed by Papilio AG, a Swiss management consultancy, enAC is a secure and easy-to-use platform which can be integrated into any applicant tracking system. Online assessments from cut-e can be included in the process, to assess your organisation’s competencies or the predefined role competencies that are included in the enAC system.  The platform provides behavioural indicators, suggested role plays, analysis exercises, development measures and competency-based interview questions that are suitable for a range of different roles. These include graduate; first-line, middle and senior manager; project manager; sales representative; service staff and commercial and technical specialist positions.  “With paperless assessment and development centres, the participants complete all of the assessments and exercises via a tablet device,” said Dr Preuss. “Assessors also use a tablet to access relevant candidate information and to enter their ratings, comments and notes directly into the system. This means they don’t have to transcribe their handwritten notes later. Recruiters no longer have to print and collate assessment materials and they get instant access to all the participant information, scores, notes and reports in one place.”  The enAC system can be customised to reflect the corporate branding, competencies, rating scales, processes and reporting preferences of any organisation. The system is available in English, French, German and Italian.  Andrea Jones, Resourcing Business Partner for Early Careers at O2 Telefónica, said: “We have used cut-e’s paperless assessment centre enAC for many assessment centres in multiple business areas and are delighted with the results. enAC creates an engaging and stress-free process for assessors and candidates and allows us to make quality hiring decisions quicker.”  Christopher Murphy, Volume Recruitment Manager at easyJet, said: “We have integrated cut-e’s paperless assessment centre into our selection process for both pilots and cabin crew. The simplicity of the scoring and validity of results allows us to select the very best talent in a seamless and impactful way.”  Stuart Woods, Talent and Capability Manager for Early Careers at the Bank of Ireland, said: “enAC helps us to maximise objectivity at assessment centres, ensuring the focus is on behavioural fit and not background. It also ensures an innovative and straightforward experience for both assessors and candidates.”  cut-e is an Aon company. For further information about enAC and paperless assessment and development centres, please visit www.cut-e.com/advisory/recruitment-consultancy/enac-paperless-assessment-centre



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Multi-Language, Multi-Sector Recruitment Websites and Apps developed by KeyApps

September-19-2017 - onrec.com



Posted in News archive KeyApps Ltd have worked closely with NonStop Recruitment Ltd to produce a European digital platform for the business. on 19 Sep 2017 Company Profile KeyApps Ltd View profile » The websites and apps offer multiple language selection options; English, French, Italian and German, with Candidates and Clients able to quickly navigate through to their relevant and preferred sector and specialism.  With candidates being able to select and save jobs from different sector sites and apply all at once, the platform speeds up the application process. NonStop Recruitment Ltd have a highly engaging, interesting and potentially lucrative Careers Programme - check out their Work for Us site for more information on joining KeyApps Ltd look forward to adding even more features and functionality to the NonStop Recruitment websites and apps. For any further information on KeyApps Ltd or for a free consultation please contact recruitment@keyapps.co / 02033717602 



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ONS releases September employment figures - Futurestep comment

September-19-2017 - onrec.com



Richard Shea, Managing Director EMEA Search at Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company Posted in News archive on 19 Sep 2017 Company Profile futurestep View profile » “Despite businesses continuing to walk the tightrope of economic uncertainty, it’s positive to see employment had surged to a record 75.3 per cent as a result of the 400,000 jobs created in the past year alone. “The age of digital disruption is seeing business models, industries and working practices transform, with jobs that didn’t exist a few years ago being created. What this means is there are increasing demands for new skill sets in virtually every job and profession. As a result, hiring and retaining workers who are agile and who can adapt to the fast pace of change is and will be critical for staying ahead of the competition curve. “In order to keep abreast of this wave, organisations must ensure they are going beyond just simply hiring more employees by streamlining their recruitment and talent management strategies to support their long-term business development goals. Best in class talent acquisition teams will those prepared with refreshed job profiles that look, not only at the skills and experiences but, at the competencies, traits and drivers that will find talent that is a fit for the current job but also for the business. Whilst we’ve already seen a move in this direction, more can still be done to plan strategically to ensure productivity is maximised amongst their workforce. After all, this will be the rule – not the exception – to driving the UK’s economy forward.”



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The 25 highest-paying jobs in America

September-19-2017 - usatoday.com



Students looking to bring home the best pay throughout their careers may want to consider careers in law, medicine or engineering.            



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Dont hold your breath for a bigger raise next year: survey

September-19-2017 - usatoday.com



Despite a tight labor market, raises are expected to average 3% next year, up slightly from 2.9% this year, a new survey says            



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Health benefit offers from small businesses keep vanishing, report says

September-19-2017 - usatoday.com



Only half of Americas smallest businesses now offer health coverage to their workers because many say steady cost hikes have made it too expensive.            



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Here is how to enable HDR gaming on your Xbox One or PS4

September-19-2017 - usatoday.com



Whether its the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, heres how to enable HDR gaming            



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‘Future-Proofing’ Texas a Political, Bureaucratic Challenge for Harvey Recovery Czar

September-19-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The man tasked with overseeing Texas Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts sees his job as future-proofing before the next disaster, but he isnt empowered on his own to reshape flood-prone Houston or the states vulnerable coastline, which has been walloped by



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The Hilb Group Acquires Massachusetts’ Mid-State Insurance Agency

September-19-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Hilb Group LLC (THG), a property and casualty insurance and employee benefits broker based in Richmond, Va., has announced the acquisition of Massachusetts-based Mid-State Insurance Agency Inc. (MSIA). The transaction became effective September 1, 2017. MSIA is THGs 37th



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Ohio Insuretech, Bold Penguin, Appoints Metcalf as Chief Financial Officer

September-19-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Bold Penguin, a Columbus, Ohio-based insurtech providing an online marketplace for commercial lines property and casualty (P/C) agents, has hired former Ohio Deputy Treasurer Seth Metcalf as the companys chief financial officer (CFO). Most recently, Metcalf spearheaded several successful, award-wining



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Iowa Workers’ Comp Rate to Drop in 2018; Debate On as to Why

September-19-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Iowas governor and the organization that sets workers compensation rates are disputing whether a new law influenced a recent rate reduction in premiums for employers. The National Council on Compensation Insurance announced an 8.7 average premium reduction for Iowa employers



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GM workers go on strike at Canadian SUV factory

September-18-2017 - abcnews.com



About 2,500 workers at a General Motors factory in Canada that makes the Chevrolet Equinox SUV are on strike in a dispute over job security



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Honda invests $267 million, to add 300 jobs for new Accord model

September-18-2017 - reuters.com



DETROIT (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co Ltd said on Monday its has invested $267 million and will add 300 new jobs to support increased production of its revamped 2018 Accord sedan model at the Japanese automaker's plant in Marysville, Ohio.



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Northrop Grumman to buy missile maker Orbital for $7.8 billion

September-18-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - U.S. defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp said on Monday it would buy Orbital ATK Inc for about $7.8 billion in a deal that gives it greater access to lucrative government contracts and expands its arsenal of missile defense systems and space rockets.



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When Technology Meets Benefits

September-18-2017 - workforce.com



Whether employees love or detest the technology around them, there’s no getting around its continued influence on workplace policies. Considering that employee benefits at many organizations remains a paper-based, pencil-pushing operation, enormous opportunities for technological advancement — not to mention saving a few rain forests — are emerging for CEOs and benefits managers alike. Mozilla employees at a planning workshop.... The post When Technology Meets Benefits appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Totaljobs chosen as Best Job Board at Recruitment Business Awards

September-18-2017 - onrec.com



Totaljobs has been awarded the title of ‘Best Job Board’ in the UK and Ireland at the Recruitment Business Awards. Posted in News archive on 18 Sep 2017 In their 15th year, the Recruitment Business Awards celebrate excellence in recruitment and acknowledges companies for their outstanding contribution to the industry. Totaljobs was awarded the accolade by a panel of judges including Steve White of Calgary Communications, Chris Logue of Eden Scott and Sandra Reith of Tesco Bank. The award recognises the impact of the growing totaljobs product portfolio, with new tools and technologies helping to expertly match recruiters with the right candidate. With 4 million applications recorded every month it’s no surprise that thousands of recruiters from multinationals to smaller regionally-based businesses use totaljobs to recruit across almost every sector in the UK. Raj Lal, Director at totaljobs, collected the award and commented: “We’re over the moon to scoop up the Best Job Board accolade as a culmination of hard work from across the whole business. “At totaljobs, nobody works harder to get candidates noticed, and as a result, employers shortlist more candidates from totaljobs than from anywhere else. We attract 12 million visits and 4 million applications from active jobseekers every month while our intelligent digital traffic strategy attracts new and unique candidates locally and nationally, the moment they begin their job search. “We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the judges, and everyone else involved in the awards programme.” www.totaljobs.com



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AI to usher in a new era of jobs in the UK, but at what cost?

September-18-2017 - onrec.com



Artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to transform the UK jobs market, according to the latest research from Hudson, the talent solutions business. Posted in News archive on 18 Sep 2017 62% of professionals in the UK are confident that a new range of jobs will be created as a direct result of artificial intelligence (AI) More than three quarters of British workers (79%) are concerned about the impact of AI on the UK jobs market, with 26% extremely or very concerned Over half (59%) of the workforce feel their job is at risk of automation to some degree. Artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to transform the UK jobs market, according to the latest research from Hudson, the talent solutions business. The research, which is based upon the opinions of 1,000 office workers throughout the UK, revealed that 62% of UK professionals believe AI will result in new jobs opportunities. And this belief is even higher with younger professionals, with almost three-quarters (74%) of 16-34 year-olds agreeing new AI-related roles are bound to be created. But this new technology will also have an impact on the present jobs market, with 48% saying AI will change the nature and function of existing jobs, and a further 40% saying it will reduce the number of jobs on the market. Asked if they are concerned about the impact AI will have on the UK jobs market, more than three quarters (79%) agreed - with more than a quarter of that number stating they are very or extremely concerned. The survey also revealed that more than half (59%) of workers felt their current job was susceptible to automation. Digital natives (18-34 year olds) are the least optimistic, with 85% saying they are concerned about the impact AI will have on the jobs market. As for holding onto their current jobs, 76% believe their positions are vulnerable to automation. However, the majority of British workers believe their current jobs are safe for the immediate future. Asked whether their current job will exist in its present form in three to five years, 61% said it was very or extremely likely to do so. Hudson’s Managing Director – UK and Ireland, Peter Istead, said: “As AI technology becomes increasingly more available to the marketplace, organisations will naturally seek out new ways to better improve their existing processes and procedures – but organisations should also bear in mind the type of talent they need to attract and retain in order to cope with this new technology. “As skillsets change and are gradually replaced by AI, approach and mindset will become even more crucial in building the workforce of the future. By separating human traits from AI, you are essentially assessing humans for the things they uniquely bring to the new world environment.” Visit uk.hudson.com  for more information.



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Why teachers often give a task to write an essay?

September-18-2017 - onrec.com



This article tells you why teachers often give a task to write an essay? Posted in News archive on 18 Sep 2017 Often such a question arises in many people. However, there is a very clear explanation why teachers give written works of this kind, namely, the simplest answer is that this genre expresses author's individuality. This is a very natural form of reflection and started the genre of the graduate school essay, for example. Its naturalness is that it directly expresses an individual reflection. There was a certain amount of liberty, they freely combined reflections, observations, personal memories, examples and descriptions, quotations and even jokes. One might say that the writers and poets often resort to it - this is a “genre without shores.” The main thing is that there was thought, personality and a high culture of expression. The concept of “essay’ includes a huge genre experience. While such concepts as “written essay”, “creative work” is associated with school writing works on literature. In the last decades, due to certain reasons, there is a gradual departure from the use of the notion of “written work”. Its place replaces the genre of essays in his educational variant. Of course, there are many reasons why it's difficult for a student to write an essay on their own that’s why he can buy a good essay . Indeed, writing an essay is a prevalent form of study in modern both in the medium and in higher education. Its educational effectiveness is determined by several factors: Ffirstly, the process of writing itself maximally mobilizes the intellectual capabilities of the student  because it not only makes him actively reflect on the problem which needs a written expression, but also to look for optimal forms of expression that is an important factor in mental development. The process of writing a successful college admission essay can be compared with a crucible, in which a new, more organized quality of thinking and utterance is generated at high temperatures (that is, in the stress of intellectual forces). In other words, the process of writing an essay is a rational training of high intensity. Secondly, an essay, if it is devoted to the consideration of a problem, is the best way of exam because “as if on the palm” demonstrates knowledge, erudition, ability to independent thinking, the ability to express the thoughts. The genre of the essay as a “genre without shores” is quite varied, depending on the perspective that it is considering, on the features of the subject, within which it is used. The same educational essay devoted to theoretical and literary problems, too, has its own specifics, which is determined by the well-known postulate that “theory is tested by practice.” It is clear that a student’s essay does not claim to be a scientific discovery. It has another task, namely: in the process of the creation, there should be a profound assimilation of some important theoretical and literary position. And for this the best way is to "test the theory by practice", a check carried out by studying the material of a particular product of the functioning of a certain theoretical and literary position or even to call the affordable essay writing service. And one should not think that such a task is too narrow, that it selectively acquaints the student with some of the many provisions of theoretical and literary science. And the more deeply any one problem is assimilated, the more involved in the process of its comprehension of other issues systematically associated with it. In the future it will help with thesis paper. https://essay.online



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TempBuddy brings speed and accuracy to job order distribution, worker application and timecards for first US client, Award Staffing

September-18-2017 - onrec.com



Award Staffing, light industrial, clerical, hospitality, technical and scientific staffing specialists based in Minneapolis, USA, has selected UK based TempBuddy’s multi-award winning workforce management platform and worker app to drive efficiency in their business, becoming the first US based business to offer recruitment services empowered by the software. Posted in News archive on 18 Sep 2017 Company Profile TempBuddy View profile » Award Staffing were looking for a solution to streamline the time-consuming manual tasks of managing a high volume of job assignments across the hospitality and professional side of their business, including the distribution of job orders, candidate applications and paper timecards. Using the management platform, Award Staffing will be able to instantly share job details with their workers through the TempBuddy app at the click of a button, and workers can notify Award Staffing of their interest and availability, enabling Award Staffing to quickly progress hires, improving their speed-to-fill. The mobile check-in and check-out functionality of the worker app eradicates the need for employers and employees to complete, scan and send paper timecards. Award Staffing had been reviewing software solutions for some time and made the decision to partner with TempBuddy after Vice President of Strategic Solutions Jerome Gerber, attended the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) Executive Forum North America event. Meeting TempBuddy and seeing their workforce management platform and worker app in action, Gerber was excited to find the technology exceeded their vision, enabling them to deploy their best rated workers, manage shift patterns and eradicate paper timecards. Nicole Berg, Marketing Technology Manager, Award Staffing, said: “Before we implemented TempBuddy we had to call every single one of our employees to find out if they were interested in a new job opening, and, throughout assignments we were dealing with lots of paper timecards.  Now, with TempBuddy, extensive manual work is replaced with the click of a button, freeing consultants for business development and candidate engagement activities.  Our clients are impressed because they receive information faster and can see everything in real-time. our employees like it because they can easily apply for job openings. and we like it because it’s clearly improving processes and efficiency.  We love being ahead of the curve on technology and it’s great to offer an enhanced candidate and client experience thanks to TempBuddy’s innovation.” Roderick Smyth, CEO, TempBuddy , added: “Award Staffing has a fantastic reputation due to the reliable staffing services they have been delivering across the Twin Cities for over three decades, not to mention how they take the lead when it comes to adopting and embracing technology. So we’re delighted they’re our first client to go live in the United States.  We look forward to supporting their continued growth.” As the first TempBuddy client to go live in the USA, Award Staffing are uniquely positioned to offer their clients and workers staffing services underpinned by technology that is already revolutionising the recruitment industry across the UK and Europe. Following their early adoption of TempBuddy for hospitality and professional staffing, Award Staffing soon plan to implement the technology across their commercial and industrial sectors. Founded in 1988, Award Staffing is one of the largest locally-owned staffing companies in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, USA.  Delivering services through two specialised companies, Award Commercial Services (ACS) and Award Professional Services (APS), they operate from six office locations across the Twin Cities metro area.  Proud members of the American Staffing Association (ASA) , Minnesota Recruiting & Staffing Association (MNRSA) and TempNet , Award Staffing helps their clients hire qualified employees, improve recruitment processes and increase efficiency through their unparalleled employee database and service levels built upon nearly thirty years of experience.



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UK SMEs spend £2.9bn a year on interim recruitment

September-18-2017 - onrec.com



New research has found that senior HR professionals waste nearly three-and-a-half days (27 hours) every time they recruit a new interim team member. This is according to research released by SomeoneWho, a new digital recruitment platform for interim roles launching in the UK today. Posted in News archive on 18 Sep 2017 New research has found that senior HR professionals waste nearly three-and-a-half days (27 hours) every time they recruit a new interim team member. This is according to research released by SomeoneWho, a new digital recruitment platform for interim roles launching in the UK today. The study of 500 small business HR decision makers found that time spent on recruitment costs businesses approximately £530 per hire - totalling £2.9bn a year if every SME hired just one interim annually*. When hiring an interim, HR managers spend almost a day and a half (11 hours) writing a job description, advertising the position, and sifting through responses. A further half day (4.6 hours) interviewing candidates who are not right for the role, while another day and a half (11 hours) is spent negotiating rates, chasing job offers and verifying references. Despite the time and money HR managers are investing in finding interims, the research also found that many SMEs aren’t finding the right candidates. 85% of respondents admitted to making bad hires for their business, with one in five hiring the wrong people at least once a month. A further one in four admitted to making bad hires once a year. Commenting on the findings, Andrew Saffron, founder of SomeoneWho said: “Interim managers are supposed to be a lifeline for business - providing a quick and easy solution when teams are struggling or short on resources. However, our study shows that actually finding this talent is a time consuming problem for SMEs. “We are launching SomeoneWho to create a quicker, more affordable option. No expensive recruitment fees, no time consuming hassle and admin. Just a clever algorithm that matches top quality interims with high quality briefs.” The biggest challenge in hiring interim managers was found to be time-wasting candidates (43%), followed by a lack of talent (33%) and finding time for the necessary work and processes (23%). This is despite almost two-thirds (60%) indicating they’d used an interim recruitment agency to help source and filter candidates in the past.  The research was commissioned by SomeoneWho, a new digital platform that matches top quality interims with high quality briefs. Created by a team of interims for interims, SomeoneWho launches in the UK today. How long does it take to hire an interim? Interviewing candidates who aren't right for the role 4.6 hrs Skimming through CVs 4.1 hrs Advertising the position 3.9 hrs Researching candidates on LinkedIn or taking up references 3.1 hrs Checking references 3 hrs Writing a job description 2.9 hrs Negotiating rates with candidates or intermediaries 2.6 hrs Following up with candidates who have been offered a position, but not yet accepted it 2.5 hrs *Assuming 8 hour working day. Average respondent hourly rate (£19.82 x 27) x 5.5m SMEs in UK (FSB 2016 figures). https://www.fsb.org.uk/media-centre/small-business-statistics www.SomeoneWho.com



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SMEs must start reaping benefits of R&D to stay competitive post-Brexit

September-18-2017 - onrec.com



Comment from Tom Byng, tax partner and head of R D Group at MHA MacIntyre Hudson Posted in News archive on 18 Sep 2017 “The news about the government’s R D boost is a timely reminder that UK businesses are still losing out on generous R D tax savings. “Over the last year, HMRC has given out £2.9 billion across a range of industries, a 20% increase from the previous year. Around half of this was claimed by SMEs, an average of almost £61,000 per company. “The new data shows the number of claims has risen by 19%, but this is still less than 1% of UK companies. A large number of eligible businesses are not claiming as they just don’t realise the extent of activities that can be claimed for. “The scheme helps businesses remain competitive in a global market, and any boost is particularly important with Brexit on the horizon. R D tax relief can provide additional cash tax savings of 26% of a company’s R D spend, or if not profitable, a cash credit of up to 33.35%. “R&D has a much wider definition than many people think - it’s not just white coats and laboratories. Although there are many claims in software development and manufacturing, successful claims have also been made in industries as diverse as agriculture, construction and hospitality. “The tax relief available is very generous, but businesses need to bear in mind that claims must be properly made to ensure they meet HMRC requirements.”



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Bombardier row tops agenda of UK-Canada trade talks as Northern Irish jobs hang in the balance

September-18-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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CV-Library wins ‘High Growth Business of the Year’ at the UK Private Business Awards

September-18-2017 - onrec.com



CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job board, was awarded ‘High Growth Business of the Year’ at the UK Private Business Awards last night, recognising the company’s impressive growth over the past three years and its plans to build on this success in the future. Posted in News archive on 18 Sep 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » The win rounds off a successful week for the popular job board, having reached an impressive 12 million CVs on its database and featuring The Sunday Times Tech Track 100. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library comments: “It’s been a fantastic week here at CV-Library and we’re extremely  honoured to have been awarded this accolade. Our impressive growth rate is what sets us apart from our competitors and we’re showing no signs of slowing down. We’re extremely grateful to the judges for recognising our success and we’re looking forward to seeing  what the future has in store for us.” The UK Private Business Awards are positioned to recognise success and achievement within the vast number of private businesses in the UK. Being presented to the UK's most successful private companies, entrepreneurs and management teams, the Awards are often referred to as "the Diamonds".



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How can recruiters fill the skills gap despite unemployment continuing to fall?

September-18-2017 - onrec.com



Last week it was revealed that unemployment rates fell by 75,000 in the three months to July and are continuing to fall, with the jobless rate currently standing at just 4.3%. Posted in News archive on 18 Sep 2017 The three-month average number of job vacancies in August was 0.9% lower than the previous three months, suggesting a slowdown in employment growth ahead.   This could present a problem for recruiters and employers who want to find the best candidates for the ever-widening skills gap. The majority of UK businesses have struggled to find workers with the skills they require for their roles, which suggests a number of issues. Firstly, with unemployment falling and much uncertainty surrounding Brexit, people are reluctant to leave stable roles, even if they are overqualified. Secondly, there needs to be more of an investment in the harnessing of talent throughout a person’s education and career. Darren Diamond, CEO at DYWAJ – Do You Want a Job? outlines the best ways recruiters and employers can find the most appropriate people to fill their positions in order that the skills gap can begin to close. 1.  Invest in more on-the-job training Some candidates may have all the enthusiasm and attitude required for the job, but lack a few of the more specific skills required. This is where additional training can be extremely valuable in ensuring a good candidate has the knowledge required for the job. Ensure candidates are willing to set aside some free time to learn the skills needed and look out for a history of quick learning on their CV, which could be in the form of speaking a foreign language or playing an instrument to a high level. Short courses can be invaluable to employees and, while they will come at a cost, the staff you invest in will end up with the exact skills your business requires and will be more likely to stay on at the company. 2.  Personalise your recruitment messages Reaching out to potential candidates can be time-consuming, but try not take a “one size fits all” approach, as this will put off more highly-skilled candidates. Be detailed about what you are looking for in job advertisements and personalise your emails or phone calls to highlight aspects of their CV that you think would fit the role. 3.  Ensure the job description is enticing With prospective candidates taking under a minute to read and dismiss job descriptions, it’s vital that you make the role sound as interesting and enticing as possible. If you are listing off a huge number of qualities and responsibilities required for the job, this will likely put many people off, however an overly vague description could have a similar effect too. Ensure the advertisement actually fits what the role requires, so avoid adding in entry-level duties if it’s a mid-level vacancy, for example. 4.  Be flexible with your recruitment When a highly-skilled candidate approaches you, try to take a more person-centred and flexible approach which will allow you to stand out from other recruiters. Providing employee benefits and incentives will allow candidates to see that they will be valued and be part of a happy workplace, which is extremely important to job-hunters. With unemployment continuing to fall but the skills gap widening in the wake of Brexit uncertainty, it’s essential that recruiters make the most of the candidates they have available to them. If you need help filling a skills gap, DYWAJ - Do You Want A Job? ( www.dywaj.co.uk ) allows recruiters to access hundreds of thousands of CVs online to find the best candidates for a job opening. Candidates can also upload their CVs to the website for free, which includes a free review. 



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ALEX BRUMMER: Mark Carney eyes top finance job after Bank

September-18-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Carney was an interesting choice to deliver the central banking lecture in honour of the distinguished French managing director of the IMF Michel Camdessus.



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Firms are ´wasting potential´ of a fifth of workers

September-18-2017 - bbc.com



Firms are hiring low paid workers instead of investing in training and technology, says think tank.



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Women ´more likely to be paid less than minimum wage´

September-18-2017 - bbc.com



Two thirds of workers paid less than the minimum wage are female, the Low Pay Commission says.



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PwC reveals black and Asian workers are paid 13% less

September-18-2017 - bbc.com



The firm says its BAME workers are statistically paid less because more of them work in junior roles.



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Bombardier jobs: May to press Trump on Belfast jobs

September-18-2017 - bbc.com



The aerospace firm's Belfast operation could be affected by a US trade dispute.



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Its National Cheeseburger Day: Heres where you can get deals, free stuff

September-18-2017 - usatoday.com



Heres how to find some good deals on burgers, and more.            



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You might be more qualified for that job than you think

September-18-2017 - usatoday.com



You can thank the tight labor market.            



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Heres how to get the best deals at a going out of business sale

September-18-2017 - usatoday.com



Shoppers may not always find bargains when a store is closing            



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Linhardt Named Regions Insurance’s State Exec for Arkansas, Texas

September-18-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Regions Insurance, an affiliate of Regions Bank, has hired David Linhardt as state executive for Arkansas and Texas. As state executive, Linhardt will oversee Regions Insurance operations in the Little Rock, Fayetteville and Fort Smith markets in Arkansas, and the



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Maine Supreme Court Weighs Issue of Medical Marijuana and Workers’ Comp

September-18-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Maine supreme court on Wednesday began considering whether a paper millworker left suicidal by narcotic painkillers should receive workers compensation for medical marijuana. Its the first time the court has considered the question of insurance reimbursement for medical marijuana.



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Employers Expect Above-Average Rise in Cost of Employee Benefits in 2018: Mercer Survey

September-18-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Employers expect that their average cost per-employee for health benefits will rise by 4.3 percent in 2018, which is above the average increase of 3 percent of the past five years. Early responses from Mercers National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health



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Lawsuit Filed against Google by Three Former Female Employees in California

September-18-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class action status for the claim. The suit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, follows a federal labor investigation



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How One German Company Is Making Workplace Robots Safer for Humans

September-18-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Two years ago, a robot crushed a 22-year-old man to death at a Volkswagen AG factory in Germany after the maintenance worker became trapped in an area usually off-bound to humans. While this type of tragedy is still relatively rare,



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Britain to Lose Out on 10,000 Finance Jobs in First Wave of Brexit Reaction: Reuters Survey

September-18-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Around 10,000 finance jobs will be shifted out of Britain or created overseas in the next few years if the UK is denied access to Europes single market, according to a Reuters survey of firms employing the bulk of workers



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NYC to vy for Amazons second headquarters

September-18-2017 - usatoday.com



The site is expected to cost $5 billion to build and operate and generate 50,000 jobs.            



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MIDAS SHARE TIPS UPDATE: Ashtead’s investors clean up

September-17-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Midas first tipped the equipment hire firm in 2007 at 156p. We revelled in the success of that choice in 2012, by which time the shares were 331p. The stock has soared since.



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Surge in older workers with jobs as retirement dates creep back 

September-17-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Career advice: 4 tips for older job seekers

September-17-2017 - usatoday.com



Job-searching when youre close to retirement isnt easy. Heres how to take age out of the equation.            



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Is going back to school right for you?

September-17-2017 - usatoday.com



Continuing education through non-degree programs might help you change careers or get the job you want.            



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Careers: 8 things a great boss does for you

September-17-2017 - usatoday.com



Does your boss go above and beyond? Find out what a talented and nurturing leader does for employees.            



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Off with the war paint - but AkzoNobel still has a job on

September-16-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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How to protect yourself from the racket of everyday life

September-16-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



A recent study of 65,000 people in Copenhagen found that couples living close to busy streets took from six months to a year longer to conceive than those living in quiet areas.



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Is Paul Price right man to put Topshop back on top?

September-16-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Paul Price began his new job just days ago and he will need every ounce of his focus and experience to steer the business through the choppy waters ahead.



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Lord Bell: ‘I was cleared of South Africa leak’

September-16-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The public relations agency went into administration after being accused of stirring up racial hatred in the course of its work for the billionaire Gupta family.



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Pressure mounts on Boeing over Belfast jobs fear

September-16-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The US plane maker claims Canadian rival Bombardier is selling its C-Series jets, whose wings are made in Belfast, at below cost price in the US.



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Career advice: 9 tips for handling difficult customers

September-16-2017 - usatoday.com



When you feel like youre going to lose it, try these 9 helpful strategies instead.            



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Psychic lawyer says his career choice was predicted

September-15-2017 - abajournal.com



There are probably few if any psychic mediums who add the “esq.” designation after their names. Steven Macek, a Massachusetts lawyer, touts his legal career



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Macy´s trims holiday hires by nearly 4 percent

September-15-2017 - abcnews.com



Macy's ups hiring to handle surging online orders for the holidays, but overall hiring is down



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Workers’ Comp Loss Costs to Fall 16.3% in Oklahoma Next Year

September-15-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Workers compensation loss costs for 2018 will decrease by 16.3 percent in Oklahoma according to a filing by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission (WCC) reported. Loss costs are an insurance industry term for



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California Worker’s Comp Insurer Written Premium Down 4% in First Half of 2017

September-15-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has completed its report on statewide workers comp insurer loss and premium experience through June 30. The major findings of the report include: California written premium for the first half of 2017 was $9.1



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Fines for Workplace Deaths in Nevada Reduced Often

September-15-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Companies that contested Nevada workplace safety citations after an employee died on the job received reduced fines about half the time. An analysis of state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fatality records by the Las Vegas Review-Journal showed



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Google Faces Lawsuit Alleging Employment Bias Against Women

September-15-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Three female former employees of Alphabet Inc.s Google filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the tech company of discriminating against women in pay and promotions. The proposed class action lawsuit, filed in California state court in San Francisco, comes as



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WATCH: Women accuse Google of discrimination against female employees

September-15-2017 - abcnews.com



Three women have filed a lawsuit alleging Google underpays women and denies them opportunities for promotion, which Google denies.



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Guarding Against Rising Cybercrime in the UK

September-15-2017 - onrec.com



Posted in Features The pervasive threat of cybercrime remains a concern in the United Kingdom. on 15 Sep 2017 The increasing incidence of global cyber-attacks, with Trojans, worms, malware, adware, and ransomware continues to affect Britons on a mass scale. Consider that in May 2017, Scotland Yard reported that some 200,000 people across 150 countries were affected by cyber criminals. The most heavily impacted government organization of them all was the National Health Services (NHS). Scotland was hit particularly hard, with the ambulance service and a dozen health boards affected by cybercrime. Internet security threats are rising, and it is incumbent upon individuals to guard against these new age threats. By June 2017, financial enterprises were struck by another wave of ransomware as hackers targeted users computers in one of the most daring and exploitative cyberattacks. Effective Ways to Protect Sensitive Information For home users, the good news is that the most recent waves of cyberattacks have been targeting government-run organizations and corporate enterprises. However, the recent threats can wreak havoc on the hardware and software of personal computers, and cause vulnerabilities in personal security protocols. Police Scotland recently provided tips for maintaining the integrity of your computer system , with information posted on the National Cyber Security Centre website. Under no conditions are users encouraged to pay the ransom (currently $300 in BTC) to the hackers, as this serves only to embolden them further. There are no guarantees that any corrupted files or stolen files will be returned once the ransom has been paid. Ransomware is harmful computer code designed to lock your computer until you pay the ransom. The £230 ransom ($300 equivalent) being demanded by hackers utilises cryptocurrency blockchain technology to hide behind a veil of relative anonymity. Infected computers are rendered inoperable by the malware, which either blocks the users’ access to the files and folders entirely, or limits access to only a select amount of computer information. The hackers’ modus operandi is to demand a ransom, or otherwise threaten to prevent any of the files from being used or recovered. The WannaCry malware program that infected thousands of computers recently was accompanied by a warning message: Users had only 7 days to pay the ransom or risk losing their personal files and folders. Tips for Guarding Against Malicious Threats Computers are inherently vulnerable when they are connected to a network, or the Internet. Any time you open a file, folder, email, or message, you run the risk of opening a Pandora’s box. It is imperative that a sophisticated, effective, and up-to-date antivirus program is up and running to block malicious code from infecting your files and folders. Additionally, it is important to maintain the integrity of your personal files and information at all times. This includes things like your ID, tax ID, credit card information, banking data, etc. Fortunately, credit cards are safer than debit cards when it comes to fraud. For starters, any money that is stolen from most major credit cards is fully reimbursable by the credit card company. In the event of fraud, even credit card rewards are also protected against theft. Provided you dispute the fraudulent activity, you will likely enjoy the full benefits of cancelled charges and refunded money (if any is stolen). Your credit card company will also issue you brand-new cards within several business days. There are many other ways to protect yourself against online threats, including frequent backups of your files and folders online, or to an external hard drive. You may wish to consider using biometric hard drives, and 2-factor authentication to login to personal accounts. This will protect you from prying eyes. It is always a good idea to keep your personal, sensitive data backed up on the cloud, or on an external hard drive that will not be infected by malware. Whenever you click on emails, take heed: a click could open the door to a cyberattack. This is especially true of attachments or hyperlinks, from senders that you do not recognize. If you navigate to a URL, be sure that it is the correct URL and not a misspelled URL. And at all times, desist from providing personal information in unsolicited emails. The tax authorities, your bank, or any other government agency will not request sensitive information over the phone, or via email. If you are uncertain always contact these agencies directly.



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CV-Library reaches a key milestone, with 12 million CVs now on its database

September-15-2017 - onrec.com



CV-Library has today announced that its online database now boasts 12 million registered CVs, making it the largest CV database with the highest number of registered CVs in the UK. Posted in News archive on 15 Sep 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » CV-Library has reigned as the nation's largest CV database for the last four consecutive years and this looks set to continue. The number of British professionals registering with the job site averages at nearly 200,000 each month, resulting in a 10% increase in overall candidate numbers over the past eight months. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library , comments: “ We’re excited to have reached another impressive milestone at CV-Library and we constantly strive to be the very best job board out there. Our sizeable database of CVs is one of our unique selling points, outweighing all of our major competitors across the  UK. We want to ensure that our clients have exclusive access to the latest talent pool, enabling them to find the right candidates for their roles. This new milestone is a testament to the business’ core focus: creating a talent pool of the UK’s most qualified  candidates.”  In addition, CV-Library is continuing to solidify its position as the market leader as it continues to break records when it comes to site visits, job applications and vacancies. The site has already been named the UK’s ‘Best Job Board’ at the 2017 Global Recruiter Awards. Biggins continues: “We invest heavily in our candidate attraction methods and strive to give  job hunters the best experience we possibly can. Following our successful expansion across the UK in 2016, 2017 has already seen us launch CV-Library.ie in the Republic of Ireland and I’m excited to see what the rest of the year has in store for us.” CV-Library was founded by Biggins in 2000 as a response to his own frustrating job search experience, and has grown into the UK’s leading independently owned job board. For further information on CV-Library and to view its extensive database of 12 million job hunters, see www.cv-library.co.uk .



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British businesses are unprepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with just 3% of employers viewed as ‘leading edge’

September-15-2017 - onrec.com



Skype, Facetime and WhatsApp are increasingly popular with consumers, but research reveals that just 7% of British employees regularly use video conferencing at work Posted in News archive on 15 Sep 2017 Most British businesses are seemingly unprepared for the dramatic technology developments set to reshape the workplace in the next decade, according to the findings of a research report released today by TalkTalk Business .  The Workforces 2025 Report, finds that the majority of British workers are frustrated to find themselves in office environments where they lack access to the right level of technology to do their jobs well. Less than 1 in 5 ( 17% ) of British employees are regularly using instant messaging services for work, indicating that few British businesses are taking advantage of established technology solutions that have been around for a decade and already shown to lower business costs and improve collaboration and productivity. The report also reveals that only a minority of British businesses are looking to prioritise technology investment to prepare for the impact of what the WEF has termed the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The rise of machine learning, Artificial Intelligence and robotics combined with shifting employment expectations, are all predicted to significantly shift the nature and practice of work in the developed world.   Poor technology fuelling poor productivity Research commissioned by TalkTalk Business and conducted by YouGov has found that almost 2 out of 3 British employees (64%) believe that poor technology impacts their workplace productivity in some form. Top of the list of time wasters is a slow internet connection, highlighted by 40% of British workers.  This is followed by having to use a work computer that is not powerful enough (36%) and having to use old versions of software and systems that keep crashing (29%).   Almost 1 in 5 workers (17%) also feel that their time is wasted when trying to share and download large documents. Frustration with inadequate technology in the workplace is highest among the new generation of millennials entering the world of work, with almost half of 18-24 year olds complaining that slow internet (48%) speeds or slow hardware (47%) keeps them from doing their job. The Workforces 2025 report is published against a backdrop of historic poor productivity growth for the UK economy since the 2007 crash, with the UK falling behind other major economies including the US, France, and Germany.  The latest productivity figures released by the ONS for the first three-months of 2017 showed a 0.5 % decline in hourly output, taking the productivity of UK workers back to pre-financial crisis levels. Work vs Home: The technology divide The report highlights a growing dichotomy between the advanced technology tools and services that people are frequently using at home, such as instant messaging, video calling and virtual assistants and what is by comparison, the use of traditional and dated technology in the work environment. When asked to consider their employers attitude to technology and the use of collaborative communications tools, just 3% of British workers said they would describe their place of work as ‘Leading Edge’, categorised as access to hi-spec computers, laptops and software, super-fast and reliable internet connectivity and the use of cloud-based software and collaboration tools. By contrast, most British workers (44%) describe their workplaces as ‘Traditional’ with useable but basic computers, telephones, and other hardware and slow to adequate internet speeds, systems, and connectivity. The death of email has been greatly exaggerated Despite the focus over the past decade on the field of unified communications, the Workforces 2025 Report finds that adoption of integrated enterprise communications services by UK companies remains low. Whereas consumer use of services likes of Skype, Facetime and WhatsApp is increasingly commonplace, just 7% of British employees surveyed say they regularly use video conferencing at work.  When it comes to the use of instant messaging and business messaging services, such as Lync, only 17% of workers regularly use these collaboration tools in the workplace. While the demise of email in the office has long been predicted, it seems that traditional business communication tools are firmly imbedded.  Almost half (45%) of British workers believe email will continue to be the primary way they communicate at work over the next 5 years.  Our reliance on traditional phone calls in the office is also not predicted to drop, only 24% of workers see their use of phone calls for work purposes decreasing in the next 10 years. Graeme Codrington, Futurist to TalkTalk Business, comments: “When it comes to the typical experience of workplace technology in the UK, we are seeing a growing digital divide between the services and tools we all use as consumers and the antiquated by comparison technology we’re forced to use in the workplace. For businesses, now is the time to catch up and separate the passing fad from the technology that will deliver tangible impact for years to come. Not only is this vital to remain competitive, but ultimately it is critical to survival.” Business focusing on short-term technology challenges As part of the Workforces 2025 Report, YouGov also examined the technology priorities of British business over the next 10 years. The research finds that most firms are preoccupied on fixing their basic IT infrastructure, rather than prioritising investment in strategic new technology areas. The top technology priority over the next 10 years, selected by 55% of businesses, is ensuring an adequate internet connection. By contrast just 18% of businesses stated that investment in machine learning and artificial intelligence is a priority. Falling to just 6% for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, that make up the bulk of the UK economy.  Less than a third (31%) of businesses surveyed stated that ensuring they make the best use of ‘Big Data’ is a priority in the next decade. Kristine Olson-Chapman, Managing Director at TalkTalk Business, comments: “Revolutions tend to come with little warning, but businesses have no excuse to be in the dark about the potentially transformative changes to the nature of work on the horizon. How to prepare business for the impact of machine-learning and automation, and attract and retain a workforce with rapidly shifting expectations of what ‘work’ means, needs to be a top strategic priority. For UK business leaders, there is an increasingly critical need to align with the right partners who will help them innovate on their terms and take full advantage of the coming fourth Industrial Revolution.”



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What to say to a prospective employer in order to get a pay rise before starting a new job

September-15-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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NHS workers demand 3.9% pay rise

September-15-2017 - bbc.com



Fourteen unions write to the chancellor following the lifting of the pay cap for police and prison officers.



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It’s Evident That Paid Family Leave Has Bipartisan Agreement

September-15-2017 - workforce.com



Between 2015 and 2017 there was a boom in the number of employers announcing paid family leave policies. Workforce writers have covered many angles regarding paid leave. Speaking from my own personal experience, I’ve enjoyed writing about the gender divide of leave policies. Naturally, birth mothers will get a little more time to recover physically from a birth. But any... The post It’s Evident That Paid Family Leave Has Bipartisan Agreement appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Female former employees sue Google for discrimination

September-15-2017 - usatoday.com



The suit was filed on behalf of all women employed by Google in California over the last four years.            



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Macys to hire 80,000 for holidays

September-15-2017 - usatoday.com



The department store operator is hiring fewer workers overall for the holiday shopping season but boosting the number of workers wholl fulfill online orders. Fred Katayama reports. Video provided by Reuters            



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Cutting the cord: How to pick your streaming services

September-15-2017 - usatoday.com



Columnist Kim Komando helps you navigate services, hardware and content if youre ready to ditch the TV bill.            



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Heres why low wage jobs could soon outpace other jobs

September-15-2017 - usatoday.com



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



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Macys to hire 80,000 temporary workers as fierce holiday battle looms

September-15-2017 - usatoday.com



Macys said it would lower the number of holiday shopping workers it adds overall but increase its workforce devoted to online fulfillment orders.            



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Career advice: These 7 jobs require very little experience

September-15-2017 - usatoday.com



Here are 7 perfectly respectable jobs that will hire you with little-to-no experience.            



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Cutting the cord? How to pick your streaming services

September-15-2017 - usatoday.com



Choose hardware, packages and tally up costs so you can watch what you want, and pay less.            



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Pennyslvania’s Ascinsure Hires Goff as Senior Vice President

September-15-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Ascinsure Specialty Risk LLC, based in Pittsburgh, Penn., has hired Michael Goff to join the Ascinsure team as its senior vice president. Within this role, Goff will manage Ascinsures underwriting and wholesale divisions, including spearheading business development goals and overseeing



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Macy´s to hire more temp workers for online ops this holiday season

September-15-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - This holiday season Macy's Inc will employ more workers at its distribution and warehouses to support its online business as it operates 70 fewer stores compared to last year.



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U.S. stock futures drop, yen gains after North Korea´s missile launch

September-15-2017 - reuters.com



TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures dipped and the yen rose in a knee-jerk reaction after North Korea fired a missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean, in a sign Pyongyang has no plan to change its course after a renewed international sanction.



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Getting back to work in Houston after Harvey: Wet walls, ruined equipment, helping workers

September-14-2017 - usatoday.com



Houston companies affected by Hurricane Harvey are reconstructing workplaces and pooling funds to help colleagues get back to work and on with life            



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Emotional intelligence of female trial lawyers can work in their favor, BigLaw partner says

September-14-2017 - abajournal.com



If I were a client, I would want a female lawyer leading my trial team, according to an employment partner at Orrick, Herrington Sutcliffe.



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How to plan for the future without sacrificing the present

September-14-2017 - usatoday.com



Having a retirement plan in place can provide more instant gratification than you think.            



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Pay squeeze likely to last until Christmas as inflation bites - CIPD

September-14-2017 - onrec.com



Commenting on the latest ONS labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, Acting Chief Economist at the CIPD said: Posted in News archive on 14 Sep 2017 Company Profile CIPD View profile » “The ongoing fall in real wages continues to undermine what is a very positive picture on employment. The combination of lagging pay rises and ever increasing levels of inflation will leave many workers feeling the squeeze again. Given there is little prospect of pay picking up in the near future, people will be forced to tighten their belts well into the Christmas period, putting additional pressure on already tight pay packets. In order to boost pay, the Government need to place a much stronger focus on boosting workplace productivity in their industrial strategy. “The strong jobs growth is based mainly on an increase in permanent full-time positions for both men and women. There is also further evidence that employers are meeting labour demand by utilising older workers, with 195,000 more 50-64 year olds employed over the last year. Businesses will be required to continue to pursue all avenues in order to fill labour demand, especially if Brexit negotiations result in additional restrictions on migrant labour supply.”



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Adzuna comment on ONS Labour Market Stats- September 2017

September-14-2017 - onrec.com



Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, comments: Posted in News archive on 14 Sep 2017 Company Profile Adzuna View profile » “The ongoing Brexit battle and stringent salaries hitting a three-year low have, so far, had little impact on the volume of vacancies in the labour market. UK advertised roles continue to surge, with more than 1.2 million openings currently listed on Adzuna. “Despite slow wage growth, it is encouraging to see unshaken confidence in terms of hiring intentions and increasing business output. Jobseekers and employees can hopefully start to breathe a sigh of relief, as capital investment will potentially create opportunities for higher-paid employment at both ends of the skill spectrum.        “Recent research by The World Economic Forum shows that the world’s youth still want to work in the UK and with 50% of the world’s population being under 30, companies need to adopt a millennial mindset in how they approach recruitment, retention and marketing if they want to attract the best candidates.” September 2017 Estimates from the Labour Force Survey show that, between February to April 2017 and May to July 2017, the number of people in work increased, the number of unemployed people fell, and the number of people aged from 16 to 64 not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also fell. There were 32.14 million people in work, 181,000 more than for February to April 2017 and 379,000 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%, the highest since comparable records began in 1971. There were 1.46 million unemployed people (people not in work but seeking and available to work), 75,000 fewer than for February to April 2017 and 175,000 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 4.9% for a year earlier and the lowest since 1975.



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Fall in UK unemployment a ´vanilla irrelevance as labour market inflicts increasing wage pain´ - reaction from Indeed economist

September-14-2017 - onrec.com



Mariano Mamertino, EMEA economist at the global job site, Indeed, comments: Posted in Opinion on 14 Sep 2017 Company Profile Indeed View profile » “Economic textbooks suggest the UK's falling unemployment rate will eventually ride to the rescue of the millions of Britons suffering from falling real wages. “The theory goes that with unemployment now well below what the Bank of England deems the ‘natural’ rate - coupled with the lowest inactivity rate in decades - employers will have to start paying higher wages to attract the staff they need to grow. “But so far the theory has failed to keep up with reality. With consumer prices now rising at an eyewatering 2.9% a year, most people’s pay packets aren’t even close to keeping up. “Even with the lifting this week of the public sector pay cap in England and Wales, pay rises for civil servants are likely to stay well below inflation, and it’s a similar story across much of the private sector. “Of course it’s good news that the economy continues to create jobs, but this latest fall in the number of unemployed people risks being a vanilla irrelevance in a labour market which is stubbornly refusing to play ball with economic theory and causing increasing pain to workers.”



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Softserve goes live on Workday

September-14-2017 - onrec.com



We’d like to inform you that SoftServe, Inc. today announced that it has successfully deployed Workday Human Capital Management (HCM), Workday Time Tracking and Workday Cloud Connect for Third Party Payroll. Posted in News archive on 14 Sep 2017 As SoftServe plans for rapid growth in the coming years the organisation needed an HR system which could cope with these plans while standardising HR processes globally through a single system. SoftServe successfully completed its Workday implementation on time and on budget in less than six months, making the technology available to more than 4,500 SoftServe employees in 30 offices across nine countries. With over 24 years of experience in consulting and software development, SoftServe delivers digital solutions for tomorrow’s needs. SoftServe transforms the way Fortune 500 and ISV clients do business across Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), DevOps, digital commerce, security, and experience design. The company is globally headquartered in Europe in Lviv, Ukraine, with a US presence in Austin, Texas. Phase I of the Workday deployment included  Workday Human Capital Management, Workday Time Tracking and Workday Cloud Connect for Third Party Payroll, with Phase II seeking Workday Projects, Workday Recruiting, and Workday Expenses (tentative in or around autumn 2017). The Workday implementation replaced three different custom solutions, enabling SoftServe to have  complete visibility of its employees, including all people-related transactions and important HR data which are aggregated in real-time data through dashboards. Furthermore, Workday’s mobile option gives all employees access to Workday from anywhere and on every device – flexibility the organization requires to operate as an agile business. Comments on the news “Finding and deploying one HR system which covers all aspects it takes to support our growth while making us even more agile was crucial. We found that in Workday who understands that while the system has to be highly performant it is being used from living and breathing people who expect an intuitive and consistent user experience,” explains Stuart Logan, Chief Human Resources Officer at SoftServe. “The real time reporting and analytics and quick modification of HR processes, all delivered through one technology platform enable us to make data-based decisions and bring our company forward within months not years.” “Like many companies in the services business that understand that excellent projects require an excellent and motivated workforce, SoftServe trusts in Workday to scale their internal expansion and deliver an excellent digital HR experience,” explains Christoph Kull, Regional Vice President at Workday, DACH region. “They recognized the need to deliver a high quality experience to their employees and to provide managers with the insights they need to recruit talent, put together the best teams and react quickly if changes are required.”



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5.5 million workers aged 50+ fear health concerns will curtail their working lives

September-14-2017 - onrec.com



More than five million workers over the age of 501 are concerned that health issues will prevent them from prolonging their working lives, Aviva’s latest Real Retirement research reveals. Half (55%) admit to fearing that work will become detrimental to their health or they might not be well enough to keep working, including 13% who say this is already an issue for them. Posted in Statistics and trends on 14 Sep 2017 More than half (55%) of over-50s workers have concerns around work and its impact on their health as they age, with women (61%) most worried about this But 13% intend never to stop work completely Aviva calls for more support from employers as only 14% older workers say their workplace culture is positive towards them More than five million workers over the age of 50 1 are concerned that health issues will prevent them from prolonging their working lives, Aviva’s latest Real Retirement research reveals. Half (55%) admit to fearing that work will become detrimental to their health or they might not be well enough to keep working, including 13% who say this is already an issue for them. Fewer than one in five (17%) over-50s workers say they have access to wellbeing advice and initiatives in the workplace which could help prevent health issues from impacting their careers.  Health concerns jar with plans to work for longer as one in ten expect never to retire While Aviva’s research suggests the average over-50 worker expects to retire completely at 66, many intend to work into their late 60s and beyond.  Nearly half (48%) now expect to work past the age of 65 – the former Default Retirement Age – including nearly one in four (23%) who plan to work beyond 70 and 13% who do not expect to ever retire fully. Two in five (41%) don’t know when they’ll be able to retire fully. Many older employees already expect to retire later than they planned to at a younger age. Among those who know when they expect to retire 2 , three in five (62%, or 3.6 million people) say their expected retirement age is older than they thought it would be ten years ago. In 2010, the average retirement age for men and women was 65 and 62 respectively 3 . Aviva’s research suggests the average expected retirement age for both men and women in 2017 is 66. Those retiring later than planned are partly doing so out of financial necessity. Two in five (43%) do not have enough in their pension savings to retire when they wanted to and 32% say the cost of living means they cannot afford to stop working. However, a third (34%) choose to keep working as they enjoy the mental stimulation of their job and more than one in four (27%) would be lonely without the social interaction. Lack of employer support raises doubts over older workers’ careers Another factor which could prevent over-50s workers from working as they age is a lack of employer support. Only 14% feel their workplace culture is positive towards older workers. More than a quarter (27%) say their employer values the youth and vitality of younger employees above their experience and knowledge, while one in five (19%) say their employer’s views on older workers limit their future work prospects.  Flexible working and positivity towards older workers valued by over-50s Almost one in four (22%) over-50s workers – or 2.2 million people – worry their jobs won’t suit their needs as long as they need it to. This could partly be due to a lack of appropriate workplace support for older workers. The most important forms of workplace support for workers over the age of 50 are a positive workplace culture for older workers (valued by 47%), reduced working hours or part-time working/job sharing (33%) and career flexibility such as reduced responsibilities or a job description change (29%). However, not all over-50s workers are currently able to access these forms of support with just 11% able to negotiate career flexibility. One in ten (10%) say new skills training is important for workers over the age of 50, suggesting workplace support is also needed to help older workers continue growing in their careers. A quarter (24%) of over-50s workers agree opportunities for career progression is an important part of working life at their age.  Lindsey Rix, Managing Director, Savings and Retirement at Aviva said: “There is now a clear trend of people working for longer and delaying their retirement. Although some are staying in work out of financial necessity, others want to keep working because they value the mental and social stimulation their job brings. “One of the primary concerns people have about working beyond their 50s is the impact this could have on their health, or whether any health concerns might prevent them from working. Although it’s hard to predict what the future might bring, having access to health and wellbeing support in the workplace can help minimise the impact health problems have on people’s ability to work. Flexible working options and reduced responsibilities are also a way of ensuring those with developing health concerns can remain in the workforce.  “Negative employer views towards older workers are a real roadblock to over-50s’ careers, and need to be stamped out as quickly as possible. Employers must recognise that over-50s bring with them a wealth of valuable knowledge, skills and experience that would be an asset to any business. Workers who feel undervalued at work on the basis of their age should therefore feel safe to speak up and voice their concerns. All older workers should have the opportunity to support both their financial and personal wellbeing through work.” 1 ONS Table A05 : Labour market by age group: People by economic activity and age (seasonally adjusted) – August 2017. There are 9,934,000 workers aged 50 and above. 2 Representing 59% of over-50s workers, or 5,861,060 people. 3 ONS Pension Trends – Chapter 4: The Labour Market and Retirement , 2013 Edition



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Savannah Group Announce New Leadership Structure

September-14-2017 - onrec.com



Newly re-branded Savannah Group announced a change in its leadership structure this morning. Posted in News archive on 14 Sep 2017 John Ellis, the previous Managing Partner of the bespoke Executive Search and Interim Management firm, has been appointed Chairman, with co-founder Vicky Maxwell Davies moving to Managing Partner. Alongside her, Simon Gough continues to lead the highly successful and fast growing Interim business, and in a newly created role, Simon Bailey becomes Director of Strategy Development. It’s a move that allows both Ms Maxwell Davies and Mr Bailey to continue their roles as partners within the Digital Technology and Financial Officers practices while sharing the responsibility of the evolution of the firm as it continues its journey towards a digital and client centric Search and Interim firm. John Ellis, Chairman, commented,  “It’s been a landmark year for the firm. Our rebranding as Savannah has been very positively received by the market, with clients buying into our fully tailored, integrated Search and Interim offering. We have had a succession plan in place for some time, and Vicky, Simon Gough and Simon Bailey have contributed significantly to the success of the firm so far. I have every confidence in them as we continue on our journey.” Vicky Maxwell Davies, Managing Partner, commented, “I am delighted to have been elected by the board to continue the development of Savannah as Managing Partner. We’ve seen first hand how an increasingly digital world has impacted all types of businesses. Our focus will remain on supporting businesses in the UK, Europe & globally with access to the best executive leaders who will drive them forward on their journeys to digital transformation.” Simon Bailey, Director of Strategy and Development, commented, “There is a tremendous opportunity for growth at Savannah, and I am excited to continue the great work that has been done so far. Our integrated Search and Interim offering has performed even better than we expected and, as the Savannah brand we have been able to strengthen our team through attracting and recruiting truly world-class partners. Savannah will continue its growth through the acquisition of new partners to lead current and new functional and industry practices.” Simon Gough, Managing Partner of Interim, commented, “We’ve seen strong growth from the Interim side of our business over the last couple of years. This is partly from clients increasingly seeing the strategic advantage of bringing in high impact senior executives to lead through a period of change, and also from the success of our integrated Search and Interim model. Clients like that they can use us to access leaders for both short-term and long-term transformation and that our Interim consultants have the same sector specialisms as our Search consultants, allowing them to knowledge share about the best candidates much more effectively. Vicky, Simon and I share the same vision for the firm, and I look forward to working alongside them as we continue on our growth journey.” www.savannah-group.com



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Minnesota Construction Company to Pay $125K to Settle Race Harassment Lawsuit

September-14-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A Hugo, Minn., construction company will pay $125,000 to settle a racial harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency reported. The EEOCs lawsuit charged that JL Schwieters Construction Inc. violated federal law when



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Career advice: Is it time to rethink the 8-hour workday?

September-14-2017 - usatoday.com



Many of us consistently clock in eight hours or more per day on the job.            



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Gig Economy Workers May See Benefits Relief

September-14-2017 - workforce.com



Two U.S. senators earlier this year introduced the first federal bill that addresses benefits and the on-demand workforce. Well-known gig economy platforms include e-commerce site Etsy, ride sharing apps Uber and Lyft, and hospitality service Airbnb. The Portable Benefits for Gig Economy Workers Act by Sens. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, and Suzan DelBene, D-Washington, comes at a time when an increasing... The post Gig Economy Workers May See Benefits Relief appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Study Shows California Workers’ Comp Medical Review Volume May Be Leveling off

September-14-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The volume of workers compensation independent medical reviews in California appears to be tapering off, a new study shows. The IMR process was established by California lawmakers to resolve medical disputes. A study from the California Workers Compensation Institute shows



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Lawsuit accuses Google of bias against women in pay, promotions

September-14-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Three female former employees of Alphabet Inc's Google filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the tech company of discriminating against women in pay and promotions.



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The More Things Change … the NLRB and Weingarten Rights for Non-union Employees

September-14-2017 - workforce.com



Today, a joke. “How is the National Labor Relations Board like the weather?” “I don’t know, Jon, how?” “If you don’t like either, just wait and they’ll change.” Not my best material, I know. But, it does illustrate an important point, driven home by an Advice Memo  just released by the NLRB Office of General Counsel on the issue of Weingarten rights for... The post The More Things Change … the NLRB and Weingarten Rights for Non-union Employees appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Google sued over sex discrimination

September-14-2017 - bbc.com



Three former employees say Google pays women less than men for comparable work.



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UK and EU firms to urge faster Brexit deal

September-14-2017 - bbc.com



Firms employing more than a million workers will call on Brexit negotiators to speed up Brexit talks to protect jobs.



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U.S. job openings are at a record high. Heres how to snag one

September-14-2017 - usatoday.com



Want to capitalize on the healthy job market? Here are some tips for landing a new role.            



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Unemployment hits a 42-year low of 4.3%

September-14-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



In a report that confounded warnings of a jobs bloodbath after the Brexit vote, the Office for National Statistics said the number in work has risen by 379,000 since the referendum.



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How to claim back loan made to someone without agreement

September-14-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



I lent my daughter £70,000 as a deposit on a flat in 2008 via bank transfer which she purchased and lived in for four years - but she has disappeared, what can I do?



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Join former pensions minister Steve Webb for live webchat

September-14-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



On Wednesday 20 September, former pensions minister Steve Webb will answer readers’ questions in a live web chat from 11am until 1pm. Find out how to submit YOUR question to Steve.



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New Construction Coverage From Liberty Mutual, Ironshore Targets Integrated Projects

September-14-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Liberty Mutual and Ironshores dedicated construction practices have introduced an Integrated Primary Wrap Up/Project Specific program offering general liability (GL) and professional liability (PL) protection for medium and large construction projects developed through design-build or integrated project delivery (IPD). Workers



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FEMA: 25% of Florida Keys Homes Destroyed by Irma

September-14-2017 - insurancejournal.com



With 25 percent of the homes in the Florida Keys feared destroyed, emergency workers Tuesday rushed to find Hurricane Irmas victims – dead or alive – and deliver food and water to the stricken island chain. As crews labored to



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Equifax had patch 2 months before hack and didnt install it, security group says

September-14-2017 - usatoday.com



Security workers discovered, and created a fix for, the flaw that allowed attackers into Equifax two months before the company was hit by hackers.            



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When to use a public adjuster for hurricane insurance claims

September-14-2017 - usatoday.com



While insurance company adjusters represent the insurers interests, public insurance adjusters represent you. These professionals manage the claim for you in exchange for a fee or percentage of the insurance payout.            



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To ace your job talk, you need to know your audience

September-13-2017 - sciencemag.org



Make your industry job talk a success by following these tips from our columnist



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Target to hire 100,000 for holiday season rush

September-13-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Target Corp said on Wednesday it would hire 100,000 workers for the holiday season, up 43 percent from last year, as the retailer pulls out all the stops to build on its recent uptick in sales.



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Recruiters, Keep Hold of your Towels, GDPR is coming!

September-13-2017 - onrec.com



From the release of the Original Star Wars Film to Muhammad Ali knocking Sonny Liston out, some quite remarkable events have taken place on May 25th. Posted in News archive on 13 Sep 2017 Company Profile KeyApps Ltd View profile » For anyone involved in the recruitment process, GDPR will officially come into play on May 25 th , 2018. Fans of the late, great Douglas Adams will also recognise this date as National Towel Day, but don’t let the new regulations make you want to throw in your towel! Information on changes and compliance can be found on a number of sites, including ico.org.uk & info.trustarc.com As a developer of recruitment websites and apps, KeyApps is looking to our own technology to help agencies ensure compliance for the new General Data Protection Regulation. Some of the tech we already deploy can assist your business in time. Our KeyMessaging and KeySign Technology are two channels where businesses can: 1.     Deliver new legislation to a mass amount of candidates 2.     Secure confirmation from candidates easily 3.     Record and prove the ‘transactions’ / communications to have taken place See how it works in this example video . We can also easily delete records where/when required, and all communications are backed up via email and app management system. KeyApps Ltd hold several working integrations with the likes of Access Group - RDB, Broadbean, Eclipse Software, Idibu and many more For more information on KeyApps and our product line, please contact john.edwards@keyapps.co / 02033717602 Many Thanks – www.keyapps.co.uk



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One third of Brits would stay in a company for more than FIVE YEARS without a promotion

September-13-2017 - onrec.com



New research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library , has found that UK workers are not as ambitious in their careers as originally predicted, with 31.4% willing to stay at a company for five years or more, without a promotion. Posted in News archive on 13 Sep 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » The study, which asked 1,200 UK workers about their attitudes towards promotions and job titles, found that 85.1% of Brits stated they expect to get promoted at random points during their employment, depending on their performance. Other key findings include: Just under a third (32.4%) have moved companies in order to secure a promotion elsewhere …while 37% would be more likely to take a job if it had the word ‘manager’ in the title, rising to 54.8% amongst 18-24 year olds BUT, two thirds (64.5%) do believe that job titles are important Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library comments: “It’s clear that many workers in the UK are happy to move  forward in their employment without a promotion and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Working hard doesn’t always have to result in a change in your job title, but as long as they’re being rewarding for their hard work in other ways, such as pay rises, extra  perks or more holiday days, then that’s the most important factor.” When asked what was most important to them when looking for a job, workers stated that salary was the number one factor (32%), followed by daily responsibilities (27.4%), the company they’re working for (23.7%) and the location of the job (12.7%). Less important, but still factors that they consider were the job title (2.6%) and the added perks that the company offers (1.5%). Interestingly, money was most important to those aged 35-44, while 45-54 year olds were most concerned with the company that they would be working for. Those aged under 18 were the most likely to prioritise workplace perks, with one in 10 (11.1%) stating that this was most important. Biggins continues: “We all have different priorities in the workplace and a promotion  isn’t always one of them! Money continues to be a key driver for workers and can often be a deciding factor in whether to move jobs or not. What’s more, the actual job in question is extremely important and you do actually have to like what you’re doing! It’s  important to talk through priorities with employees and potential candidates– both in terms of financials and their own development.”



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Nearly three-quarters of graduates willing to back out of job offers they’ve accepted

September-13-2017 - onrec.com



Nearly three-quarters (70%) of graduates are willing to back out of a job offer they've accepted, with three out of 10 (30%) stating they've already done so, according to research by student and graduate careers resource Milkround Posted in News archive on 13 Sep 2017 Company Profile Milkround View profile » 70% of graduates are willing to renege on a job offer they’ve accepted 30% said they've already done so Over a third (34%) of graduates have declined a job offer Nearly three-quarters (70%) of graduates are willing to back out of a job offer they've accepted, with three out of 10 (30%) stating they've already done so, according to research by student and graduate careers resource Milkround . 5,319 current university students and recent graduates were surveyed by Milkround for its annual graduate report, The Candidate Compass . This, alongside the volume of candidates declining, means that employers need to take action. Regening on job offers Amongst those graduates that have reneged on a job offer, around six out of 10 (64%) claimed that they did this because they didn’t know how to decline. Around two out of 10 (22%) said they did this because they received a better offer elsewhere, while just one out of 10 (9%) changed their mind. Confidence crisis? Separately, over a third (34%) of graduates have declined a job, with a third of this number (33%) having declined two or more. Surprisingly, most graduates who declined a job said that they weren’t confident in their skills (58%), while 19% said it was because the role wasn’t right for them. Nearly one in ten (7%) said it was due to salary, with less than 1% turning down a job because of unsatisfactory company benefits. This potentially indicates a lack of confidence in graduates who turn down offers because they don’t think they have the right skills – despite getting a concrete job offer from an employer who thinks they’ve got what it takes. Milkround’s research showed that more than half (53%) of internships result in job offers, but 72% of the people who received an offer from their internship declined it, with 4% accepting an offer elsewhere. Francesca Parkinson at Milkround, said: “Initially looking at these findings, it’s perhaps surprising that so many graduates are happy to renege on a job offer, considering the challenges of finding a first job at such an early stage of their career. “It shows that the mindset of graduates has changed. We believe the top graduates are confident enough to accept multiple offers, knowing that they can take their pick of jobs. We should also consider that some students are simply acting like rational consumers – buying into what’s being marketed by employers when they get an initial offer, but not necessarily putting too much thought into what they’re actually purchasing. “For employers that want to halt the reneging of offers, communication with candidates will be key, making sure they really understand the role, the benefit, learning and development opportunities, and the company culture. Keeping recruits engaged with the company all the way from the acceptance stage to their first day is now a must.”



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Download The FREE School Leaver & Graduate Timeline for The Upcoming Academic Year

September-13-2017 - onrec.com



Planning your Graduate School Leaver marketing for 2017/18? Download TheBigChoice’s FREE timeline to ace the timing of your recruitment marketing. Posted in News archive on 13 Sep 2017 Company Profile TheBigChoice.com View profile » The student calendar boasts a whole host of exciting marketing opportunities for recruiters to take advantage of. TheBigChoice has detailed them here in the 2017-2018 School Leaver Graduate Timeline for Employers. TheBigChoice has got to know the school and university calendar pretty well over the years. That’s why they’ve gathered all the essential information and important events for 2017-2018 and collated them into one place. Not only does the timeline help employers determine the best times to activate their job advertisements, they can also leverage off key events during the year to drive further awareness of their company as a top employer for graduates and/or apprenticeship seekers. FREE INSIGHTS :  Download the School Leaver Graduate Timeline 2017-2018 today. What's included? 45 opportunities to market to school leavers & graduates Term times Reading weeks National awareness weeks Results days Targeting school leavers and graduates? Get in touch with TheBigChoice to set up a free employer account on their site today [limited time offer]. +44 (0)20 7840 2982 |  hello@thebigchoice.com  |  www.thebigchoice.com



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Target to hire 100,000 temporary holiday workers

September-13-2017 - usatoday.com



Big-box chain Target said Wednesday that it would boost its holiday shopping season hiring by 43% over last year.            



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SAFER jobs helps tackle employment fraud

September-13-2017 - onrec.com



A multi-agency organisation set up to combat employment fraud has contributed to reducing the number of frauds through free advice to over 1 million job seekers. Posted in News archive on 13 Sep 2017 Company Profile SAFERjobs View profile » SAFER Jobs  was set up by the Metropolitan Police Service's Fraud and Linked Crime Online (FALCON) unit in 2008 in an effort to stem reports of bogus employers defrauding innocent people out of hundreds of pounds under the guise of offering paid work. Since this time it has grown to become a registered charity working jointly with the private and public sector. Supported by the Department of Work and Pensions, City of London Police and other government and industry organisations, it works by promoting information on what people should look out for when applying for jobs, including any red flags that may indicate that their supposed employer is not legitimate. It also shares information directly with job boards and recruitment companies to encourage a safer job search. Whilst SAFER Jobs has seen a large increase in job seekers and agency workers requiring help, over the last four years reported actual offences have declined. A spike in 2015-16 of 1,068 offences has since fallen to 792 reported offences in 2016-17; a 26% drop in actual offences in part due to the preventative work of SAFER Jobs. The news follows a recent call by the Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds, who urged recruitment companies and job boards to do more in tackling fraudulent recruiters. Detective Superintendent Neil Ballard, who leads the Met's FALCON unit, said:  "The Met is committed to working in collaboration with external partners to protect people from becoming victims of fraud. The work of SAFER Jobs is a prime example of this aspiration being realised; fraud can have a significant impact on those people who find themselves suffering at the hands of callous and cruel offenders. "Employment fraud is a crime that exploits an individual's desire to find paid work. The impact is not only financial but also psychological after their relief of finding what they believe to be honest employment is shattered and they have had to pay for the opportunity. We see its effects. SAFER Jobs can and will continue to do more to prevent this from happening and empower more people to know what to look out for when searching for work." Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fyfe, of City of London Police, said:  "Employment fraud can have a major impact on victims, both financially and psychologically. To this end, the work of SAFER Jobs is crucial in educating the public. We would urge those who believe they have become a victim of employment fraud to report it." Keith Rosser, Chair of SAFER Jobs, said:  "Recruitment fraud takes many guises including paying for background checks, identity theft, premium rate phone interview scams, and even human trafficking and modern slavery. The public can fall for fake jobs advertised online or they can even be 'head-hunted' by criminals finding their profiles or CVs online. We are proud of the impact we have had, but there is still so much more to do to prevent job seekers from falling victim to fraudsters". The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Minister of State for Employment, said:  "It's unacceptable that jobseekers, often people on low income, are being targeted by fraudsters. Looking for work can be tough enough and even the smallest setback can derail the most promising careers. SAFER Jobs is helping prevent people from falling victim to these scams and the government will continue to support their excellent work in order to protect members of the public." SAFER Jobs offers free advice to jobseekers and agency workers to ensure people do not fall foul of scams or illegal practice. Jobseekers should always be careful to protect themselves and below are some basic tips on being safe when looking for work. - Never part with money - employers should pay employees, not the other way round. Someone should be suspicious if asked to pay for any fees upfront for security checks, visas or training. - Never phone the company for an interview - premium rate phone scams are common. This is where an individual calls a pay-for number thinking it's an interview, when actually they are paying for every minute they stay on hold. - Never provide personal details - bank account details, National Insurance number, date of birth, driving licence or utility bill information - that are not relevant to an application process. Such information should also not be included in a CV.



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Galliford Try avoids large infrastructure projects as charge on legacy contracts hits profits

September-13-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Jobs growth accelerates but pay disappoints in interest rate dilemma for Carney 

September-13-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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British workers have the skills – but their companies don´t use them properly

September-13-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Career advice: Recruiters look for these 8 skills in every resume

September-13-2017 - usatoday.com



There are 8 general skills all recruiters hope to see, whether listed or implied, on your resume.            



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Target stocks up on staff, raising holiday hiring 40 percent

September-13-2017 - abcnews.com



Target is hiring about 100,000 workers for the holiday season, up from the 70,000 it hired a year ago



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Retailers and energy companies lead US stocks a bit higher

September-13-2017 - abcnews.com



U.S. stock indexes finished with tiny gains Wednesday as retailers jumped after a strong hiring forecast from Target and energy companies rose along with oil prices.



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How major US stock market indexes fared Wednesday

September-13-2017 - abcnews.com



US stock indexes finished with tiny gains Wednesday as retailers jumped after a strong hiring forecast from Target and energy companies rose along with oil prices



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Hurricane victims facing a long road to home reconstruction

September-13-2017 - abcnews.com



Labor shortage will mean long and expensive hurricane reconstruction from Harvey and Irma



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Texas Mutual Creates $10M Fund for Policyholders Affected by Hurricane Harvey

September-13-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Workers compensation insurance provider Texas Mutual Insurance Co. has established a grant of $10 million to policyholders affected by Hurricane Harvey. The grant program is intended to support the recovery of business operations throughout the Gulf Coast region. Grant applications



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CopperPoint Acquires Pacific Compensation Insurance in California for $150M

September-13-2017 - insurancejournal.com



CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Co. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire California-based workers compensation carrier Pacific Compensation Insurance Co. from Alleghany Insurance Holdings LLC for $150 million in cash. The combined book of underwriting business for the



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Build batteries or lose jobs, auto bosses tell Europe

September-13-2017 - reuters.com



FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Europe shouldn't rush to abandon the combustion engine and must build up its own production of electric car batteries to compete with China, auto suppliers and manufacturers said at the Frankfurt motor show.



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Jack Ma does Michael Jackson dance

September-13-2017 - bbc.com



The Alibaba chief executive Jack Ma has performed a dance routine to 40,000 employees at the firm's annual party.



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Equifax data breach: I tried to freeze my credit. There were problems.

September-13-2017 - usatoday.com



We were told this is how to protect ourselves from identity thieves. Too bad we cant            



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Britain´s jobs market defies doom-mongers again

September-13-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The number of people in work climbed by 181,000 to 32.13 million between May and July, according to the latest figures.



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´Curbing immigration will lead to higher automation´

September-13-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Deutsche Bank has claimed that Brexiteers’ narrative of more and higher paid jobs for British people, especially in low-skilled sectors, ignores some ‘important considerations’.



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Autumn Budget 2017: Chancellor sets date for November 22

September-13-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Mr Hammond said the Budget was an opportunity for the Government to 'set out our thinking on how to keep the economy strong and resilient and fair'.



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Fate of Vauxhall´s UK factories and jobs hang on Brexit

September-13-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The fate of Vauxhall’s two UK factories and their workforce is on hold until their new French bosses receive ‘guidance’ from the UK and EU over what sort of trade deal will be in place post-Brexit.



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Apple´s new iPhone X is £250 more expensive in UK than US 

September-13-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



All three new Apple smartphones revealed at the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino yesterday have pound-for-dollar prices, meaning UK customers will be forced to pay more than people in the US.



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ALEX BRUMMER: Britain in middle of job creation miracle

September-13-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The jobless rate is the lowest since 1975 and less than half that across the channel in France where President Macron is still in the foothills in freeing up labour markets.



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Equifax data breach: How to freeze your credit

September-13-2017 - usatoday.com



Freezing your credit is one line of defense in a data breach.            



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Are you financially adulting?

September-13-2017 - usatoday.com



Youre adulting by having a job and doing laundry, but do you have your financial life in order? Take this quiz to see how you rank.            



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Target hiring over 100K employees for holiday season

September-13-2017 - usatoday.com



As the holiday season looms ahead, Target plans to hire over 100,000 extra hourly workers to help out in stores. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland).            



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Help wanted: These 25 cities are tops for jobs

September-13-2017 - usatoday.com



Midwestern cities like Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Louisville were among the top cities in the U.S. for finding a job, according to a study by Glassdoor.            



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Susan Tompor: How to use credit freezes, alerts after Equifax hack

September-13-2017 - usatoday.com



Equifaxs data breach infuriates consumers, driving complaints about costs of credit freezes and other issues            



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Social Media Disclosure Is So 2008

September-13-2017 - workforce.com



Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana It’s been eight long years since Bozeman, Montana, set the internet on fire by requiring that job applicants for municipal positions turn over passwords to their personal social media accounts as part of the application process. In the wake of that story, states rushed to introduce... The post Social Media Disclosure Is So 2008 appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Two thirds of Gen Z decide on a prospective employer in under 5 minutes

September-12-2017 - onrec.com



More than two thirds (65%) of Generation Z decide whether they’d like to work for a company within five minutes – according to new research. Posted in News archive on 12 Sep 2017 The study, conducted by Powwownow , found that one in five base this judgement on the company’s job advertisement, and a further 19% make their decision after looking at the company’s website. Nearly half (45%) decide before even reaching the interview stage. The survey of 1,000 18 - 23-year olds also found that men are most likely to make a decision about a potential employer when looking at the initial job description, while women are more likely to make up their minds once they’ve meet their potential colleagues. Men are much more likely to make a snap decision, with a quarter (26%) of Gen Z males doing so in 30 seconds or less, compared to just over one in ten women (13%). Generation Z, many of whom are graduates with sought-after digital skills, consider flexible working a main attraction of a new job, with a third of young people (32%) saying they wouldn’t apply if flexible working wasn’t an option. Technology is also a deciding factor for 18 -23-year olds, with two thirds (66%) considering up to date technology as important or very important in allowing them to work effectively, with a further 30% indicating it as vital. Jason Downes, MD of conference call company Powwownow said, “UK businesses need to appreciate that the new generation entering the workplace expects different things from their employers. They make decisions much faster, which therefore puts employers under increasing pressure to positively market their workplace to candidates – beyond just pay. “With talented prospective employees making a decision in less than five minutes, employers need to tailor their approach or risk losing out on a pool of talented young digital natives.”



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New customisable game offers a flexible way to deliver rigorous and engaging assessment

September-12-2017 - onrec.com



A customisable, online game-based assessment, which has the appeal of a game and allows recruiters to embed specific ability tests and other measures, has been launched by assessment specialist cut-e. Posted in News archive on 12 Sep 2017 Company Profile cut-e View profile » Called playAssess , it involves an alien named Odd who has invaded Earth and taken over the top floor of a skyscraper. To save the city, job candidates have to get into the building’s elevator and complete a series of challenges, set by Odd. Each challenge is one of cut-e’ s assessments. cut - e provides 30 different ability tests, covering verbal and numerical abilities, abstract logical abilities, special knowledge/skills and specific cognitive abilities such as reaction speed and multi-tasking. Any of these tests - and any other cut-e assessment - can be embedded into the cover story of playAssess , to provide job-relevant insights and an enhanced candidate experience.  Completing each test moves the elevator further up the building; however it will stop when the next challenge is set. When all of the tests are finished, the candidate finally confronts Odd, who retreats back into his spaceship and flies home. “Our assessment tests are powerful predictors of job success, so we’ve created a game scenario with an engaging storyline into which you can embed the exact tests that will meet the requirements of any role you want to recruit for,” said Dr Achim Preuss, Chief Technology Officer at cut-e . “We work with clients to help them identify the competencies and behavioural traits that will predict success and we then embed the appropriate tests into playAssess . By delivering a choice of rigorous, scientifically-validated assessments in a gamified context, playAssess is a completely new way to make assessment effective and engaging.”  The flexibility of playAssess makes it a suitable pre-selection tool for a range of different job roles, from apprentices, high-volume customer-facing positions and seasonal jobs up to junior management roles. The duration of playAssess depends on how many tests are added. A report is provided on the assessments undertaken by each candidate, which makes it quick and easy to identify the best applicants.  “Everything is configurable, including the cover story which can be changed to incorporate agency-produced sequences if required,” said Dr Preuss. “You can choose how many tests are incorporated and what they cover. Because each test has randomised questions, the whole assessment is different for each candidate and this makes playAssess unique in the market. This is a completely flexible way of introducing a game-based assessment that’s customised to your needs.”  Candidates do not need any gaming skills or prior game experience to complete playAssess . “The game element simply provides a storyline and a context for the assessments,” said Dr Preuss. “Customising a game-based assessment is usually a very expensive option but that’s not the case here. playAssess can enhance your selection strategy as it provides an objective assessment of each candidate, whilst also providing an immersive experience that gives every applicant an equal chance of success.”  Available in 15 languages, playAssess is optimised to run on all types of devices. Candidates will therefore receive exactly the same testing experience on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. The system will check to confirm whether all of the chosen tests are smartphone-compatible before allowing the candidate to continue. If a certain test is incompatible with a smartphone, candidates will be asked to use a tablet, laptop or desktop instead.  cut-e is part of Aon Assessment Solutions. For further information about gamification and game-based assessment, please visit https://www.cut-e.com/online-assessment/gamification-in-recruitment/playassess



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New ‘out of the box’ app for timesheets and expenses from Bluefinity to reduce administrative headaches for HR teams and recruiters

September-12-2017 - onrec.com



Timesheets app Including expenses management available with Evoke as an ‘out of the box’ app or seed app for onward development Posted in News archive on 12 Sep 2017 Many businesses need to collect expense forms and timesheets from their employees and contractors.  Yet this mundane task can mean painful paper processing for HR teams and recruitment firms involving hours checking all receipts are included, chasing late submissions and sorting out incorrectly filled in timesheets.   The issue of filling in timesheets and expense forms is also one of the main complaints from consultants who claim there’s not enough time to even complete a timesheet! But, administrative headaches can be resigned to the past thanks to a new ‘out of the box’ app for expenses and timesheets launched by Bluefinity as part of its rapid app development platform, Evoke. Using Evoke’s ‘out of the box’ app, companies of varying IT skill levels can deploy a time sheet and expenses app to work seamlessly across any mobile device, desktop and operating system quickly and cost effectively.  In the past, creating such an app for mobile and desktop devices would have required months of work from a team of highly skilled developers and would have been a very costly project. Evoke is a rapid app development product that also maintains in its portfolio a series of out-of-the-box and seed apps that can be used as a basis for onward development. Using Evoke‘s rapid app development capabilities developers of all standards can build cost effective fully functioning web, hybrid and native apps for every device rapidly. Evoke integrates easily with all major SQL and MultiValue databases and can be deployed across multiple devices and platforms, all from a single design project. All the major devices including the iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows phones and tablets, plus Windows, Linux and Apple desktop are supported, and a single user interface design can be dynamically adapted for multiple screen sizes and operating systems, presenting the users of each device with optimum visual displays. Evoke offers a time sheet and expenses app ready to be deployed to employees and consultants, but it can also be customised to meet specific business requirements. Most recruitment companies or human resources departments managing groups of staff in multiple locations want a branded business app that maintains the corporate look and feel. Evoke lets companies do this as well as allowing further app customisation to accommodate other specific requirements. It also provides for full integration with a company’s existing database or systems. The time sheet and expenses app offers an array of benefits and features including: Full Candidate, Client and Agency access if required Timesheet and expenses submission and approvals Email notifications for submitted and approved timesheets Ability to use mobile or tablet camera to capture Expense receipts Malcolm Carroll, Director of BlueFinity said, “Evoke seed apps include a sales pipeline app, simple sales order processing, recruitment placement, online banking and of course the timesheets/expenses forms app which are available to all users.  However, in many cases our customers can use these as highly cost-effective apps that they can simply tweak for their business or develop further by adding specific requirements before the apps are deployed.” BlueFinity has assisted some organisations who wanted the timesheet app but did not require any additional functionality. It added the company’s branding for them and deployed the app securely to integrate with the organisations’ own databases.  To find out more or to request an online demo, please see http://www.bluefinity.com/Timesheets.php Launched earlier this year, Evoke has a rapidly growing client base with customers in the US, Australasia, UK and Europe.



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Bullhorn International Acquires Connexys to Supercharge Its Expansion into Mainland Europe

September-12-2017 - onrec.com



Acquisition Provides Customers with Greater Global Resources and Investment Posted in News archive on 12 Sep 2017 Company Profile Bullhorn View profile » Bullhorn® , the cloud computing company that helps staffing and recruiting organisations transform their businesses, today announced that Bullhorn International has acquired Connexys, a leading provider of recruitment solutions for mainland Europe. Connexys’s flagship product offering is an applicant tracking system (ATS) built on the Salesforce platform, and its solutions are currently used by 300 customers and 20,000 recruitment professionals across the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Belgium. Connexys will help accelerate Bullhorn’s ongoing investment in Europe, and Connexys’s founders will join Bullhorn’s EMEA leadership team. Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed. For Connexys customers, the acquisition holds tremendous upside. Bullhorn’s recruitment expertise, record of successful acquisitions, commitment to an incredible customer experience, and financial strength will provide Connexys with the resources and strategic focus to support new and existing customers in the European market. Bullhorn will continue to release regular features and upgrades to Connexys’s products to take advantage of the growth and momentum the company has built throughout mainland Europe. Connexys is a leading Salesforce independent software vendor (ISV) in northern Europe. Alongside its own platform, Bullhorn will market and sell Connexys’s existing solutions, including the Salesforce offering, in the European market. Bullhorn will also leverage the acquisition to expand investment in development of the award-winning Bullhorn platform that has driven the company’s growth for past 18 years around the world. The marriage of Bullhorn and Connexys will provide greater service levels, especially in mainland Europe, as well as additional resources for platform investment for customers using the combined entities’ offerings. “Over the past several years,” said Peter Linas, Bullhorn’s international managing director, “we’ve come to know Gijs and the team at Connexys, and we could not be more delighted to join forces. They’ve done an incredible job of growing their offering and delivering great service, and we’re dedicated to building on their success in order to deliver the best possible experience to recruitment professionals in Europe. I truly believe that with our combined teams and shared value of customer centricity, Bullhorn will provide a simply unparalleled quality of service and technology to mainland Europe and the rest of the world.” “We are very excited to be joining the Bullhorn team,” said Gijs van Heijst, CEO of Connexys.  “It’s a great match strategically, and in culture. I strongly believe we’ll be able to continue on our mission of customer success and to provide the best recruitment technology to our clients worldwide.” 



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U.S. job openings at record high; qualified workers scarce

September-12-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job openings rose to a record high in July, suggesting a slowdown in job growth in August was an aberration and that the labor market was strong before the recent disruptive hurricanes.



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Public sector and construction hiring up as Grenfell spurs worker demand

September-12-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Gains for banks and retailers take stocks to record highs

September-12-2017 - abcnews.com



US stock indexes finish at record highs as banks climb along with bond yields. Retailers rise after the Labor Department says job openings increased in July



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A Refresher on Pre-employment Medical Exams

September-12-2017 - workforce.com



Do you require medical exams of applicants before they start working for you? If so, do you know the rules that the ADA requires you follow? Last month, the EEOC settled a lawsuit it brought against a Florida staffing firm for alleged unlawful pre-employment medical exams under the ADA, which serves as a good reminder for employers of these rules.... The post A Refresher on Pre-employment Medical Exams appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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How ‘Bermuda High’ Threw Irma and Damage Estimates Off Course

September-12-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Twenty miles may have made a $150 billion difference. Estimates for the damage Hurricane Irma would inflict on Florida kept mounting as it made its devastating sweep across the Caribbean. It was poised to be the costliest U.S. storm on



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May phones Trump as Boeing dispute threatens Bombardier

September-12-2017 - bbc.com



There are fears a major aircraft project that supports hundreds of Belfast jobs could be jeopardised.



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Trump Administration Revises Obama Self-Driving Vehicle Policy

September-12-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Trump administration will alter the course set by the Obama administration on autonomous vehicle policy after industry raised concerns about elements of that initial proposal. The revised guidance to be unveiled Tuesday in Michigan by Transportation Secretary Elaine



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The towns where house prices never recovered

September-12-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



NHS worker Stacey Flinn-Scholfield and her husband Paul were forced to sell their home at a loss last year after house prices failed to recover from the crash.



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Postings of U.S. job openings hit a record high in July

September-12-2017 - usatoday.com



Job openings posted by U.S. employers reached an all-time high in July, suggesting that the steady hiring of the past year will endure.            



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Pizza Hut manager threatens employees evacuating ahead of Irma

September-12-2017 - usatoday.com



"You cannot evacuate Friday for a Tuesday storm event!"            



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Electric sparks action from carmakers at Frankfurt auto show

September-12-2017 - usatoday.com



European car bosses gathering for the Frankfurt auto show are beginning to address the realities of mass vehicle electrification, and its consequences for jobs and profit, their minds focused by government pledges to outlaw the combustion engine. Laura Frykberg reports Video provided by Reuters            



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California Commissioner Issues Decision on Jan. 1, 2018 Worker’s Comp Filing

September-12-2017 - insurancejournal.com



California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Tuesday issued a decision regarding the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureaus Jan. 1, 2018 regulatory filing, which was submitted to the California Department of Insurance on June 27. Jones approved the following: The WCIRBs



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Oregon Workers’ Comp Costs to Drop for 5th Consecutive Year

September-12-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Oregon employers will see a key portion of their workers compensation costs drop by an average of 14 percent in 2018, according to the Department of Consumer and Business Services. This marks the fifth year in a row that businesses



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Lockton Hires Folk to Philadelphia Operation

September-12-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Privately held insurance broker Lockton has hired Timothy Folk to its property and casualty team as an executive vice president and producer in the Philadelphia operation. Folk will be responsible for building on Locktons expertise within the healthcare industry, said



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Lounsbury Hired as President of NBT-Mang Insurance Agency

September-12-2017 - insurancejournal.com



NBT Bancorp Inc., a financial holding company headquartered in Norwich, N.Y., has hired Tucker Lounsbury as president of NBT-Mang Insurance Agency. His experience in all aspects of the insurance industry makes him a strong choice to lead the efforts of



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New Hampshire Workers’ Comp Rates May Decrease for Sixth Year in a Row

September-12-2017 - insurancejournal.com



New Hampshire employers could pay less for their workers compensation insurance next year because of a filing that lowers the rates and loss cost factors insurers use to develop prices. This move would mark the sixth year in a row



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California’s Record Heat Struck Wine Regions at Harvest Time

September-12-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The record head that baked Northern California over the Labor Day weekend left wine grapes shriveling on the vines, reducing many of them to raisins before the normal harvest and turning what was looking to be a promising vintage into



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TUC warns against ´cherry-picking´ some workers for pay rises

September-11-2017 - bbc.com



Unions says all workers need above 1% rises, amid reports the cap is to be lifted for police and prison staff.



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CV-Library listed as one of the UK’s fastest growing private technology companies by The Sunday Times

September-11-2017 - onrec.com



CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job board, has ranked in The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table, showcasing the company’s considerable growth over the past three years. Posted in News archive on 11 Sep 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » Founded by managing director, Lee Biggins in 2000, CV-Library has gone from strength to strength, with The Sunday Times reporting that the company has seen sales grow by 42.03% over the past three years. The popular job board also boasts a candidate database of nearly 12m CVs, as well as working with over 10,000 employers and recruiters. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library comments: “We’re delighted to have ranked in this year’s league table.  As one of the UK’s fastest growing job boards it’s fantastic to see our hard work being recognised and we’re showing no signs of slowing down.  Through a combination of strong sales, marketing  and e-commerce work, we have ascertained an extremely impressive financial standing over the last three years - establishing ourselves as a leader in the recruitment industry.” The Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private tech (TMT) companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each September, with an awards dinner in November, and alumni dinners during the year. The full league table can be found here:  http://www.fasttrack.co.uk/league-tables/tech-track-100/league-table/



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GDPR is not just about protecting personal data

September-11-2017 - onrec.com



Data protection has always been an issue for any business that holds personal data and, as such, compliance checks have always formed one part of the Standards in Recruitment (SiR) accreditation audit. Posted in News archive on 11 Sep 2017 Company Profile Standards in Recruitment View profile » However, following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), due to apply from 25th May 2018, data protection will become a far more prominent area. “GDPR is not just about protecting personal data, but about demonstrating that protection is in place in line with the principles. As from next May, it will no longer be sufficient to simply have a data or privacy policy in place, organisations will need to implement a whole host of steps including processes for dealing with technology breaches” says John Randall of the independent recruiter accreditation service. “The new rules are getting a lot of air time and this is only likely to increase. It follows that workers will become increasingly aware of their rights and, due to the need to demonstrate compliance in this area, the issue of damage to reputation in the event of non-compliance is likely to emerge.” Randall’s observations follow comments of the UK Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, in a recent article in the Financial Times referencing GDPR, in which she said “Data protection is not a back-burner issue any more… Even if there’s a £15,000 fine as opposed to a £3m fine, there’s still reputational damage… [Companies] don’t want to be fined by the regulator, they don’t want an enforcement notice, they don’t want the publicity.” The SiR process involves an onsite review of practice, in key areas set by industry stakeholders that underpin the compliance credentials of the business concerned. This follows a gap analysis that is designed to help identify areas of non-compliance and lead to improvement.  SiR is the UK’s only independent recruitment accreditation available to all recruitment businesses in any sector. Randall concluded “Recruitment businesses need to remain attractive to candidates and hirers alike. GDPR requires demonstration of compliance and the SiR accreditation programme is all about this kind of demonstration and adding value to your business. When you consider that recruitment is becoming an increasingly competitive market place, in which reputation will increasingly play a role, the need to meet GDPR makes SiR accreditation even more compelling as a standard for serious recruitment businesses.” For further information about Standards in Recruitment please contact John Randall, engagement direct at SiR. Tel: 0845 450 4415 Email: info@standardsinrecruitment.com Web: www.standardsinrecruitment.com



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Organizations Deploying Artificial Intelligence Are Creating Jobs and Increasing Sales

September-11-2017 - onrec.com



New research from Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute shows that four out of five companies implementing AI have created new jobs as a result of AI technology Posted in News archive on 11 Sep 2017 Capgemini , a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing services, has today announced the findings of “ Turning AI into concrete value: the successful implementers’ toolkit ”, a study of nearly 1,000 organizations with revenues of more than $500m that are implementing artificial intelligence (AI), either as a pilot or at scale [1] . The research both counters fears that AI will cause massive job losses in the short term, as 83% of firms surveyed say AI has generated new roles in their organizations, and highlights the growth opportunity presented by AI: three-quarters of firms have seen a 10% uplift in sales, directly tied to AI implementation. Job creation The report, which surveyed executives from nine countries and across seven sectors, found that four out of five companies (83%) have created new jobs as a result of AI technology. Specifically, organizations are producing jobs at a senior level, with two in three jobs being created at the grade of a manager or above. Furthermore, among organizations that have implemented AI at scale, more than 3 in 5 (63%) said that AI has not destroyed any jobs in their organization. Alongside the trend towards job creation at management level, the report provides further evidence that organizations see AI as a means of reducing the time employees spend on routine and administrative tasks to enable them to deliver more value. The majority of respondent organizations (71%) have proactively initiated up-skilling/re-skilling of employees to take advantage of their AI investments. For those who have implemented AI at scale, the vast majority believe that AI will make complex jobs easier (89%) and that intelligent machines will coexist with humans within their businesses (88%).  “What we really want to do is to use humans to the best of their capabilities,” said Michael Natusch, Global Head of AI at Prudential. “AI is taking away the time humans previously spent on repetitive issues and allowing them to focus on where human intelligence can drive value – for both themselves and for customers.” AI adopters focused on the customer experience The study found that tech-savvy businesses are using AI to increase sales, boost operations, facilitate customer engagement and generate business insights. it is working, as three-quarters of firms are already seeing a 10% uplift in sales since starting to use the technology. The customer experience is a big focus of AI adopters: 73% think AI can increase customer satisfaction scores and 65% believe it could reduce future customer churn. Missed opportunities However, the research indicates that many organizations have yet to align their AI investments with business opportunities. In the hands of the technologists, businesses are prioritizing challenging AI projects and missing lower hanging fruit. More than half (58%) are focused on “need to do” implementations, or those that are high complexity/high benefit projects like customer service issues, while only 46% are deploying “must do” AI implementations with low complexity/high benefit. If firms tackled both problems simultaneously, they could see higher business benefits. For instance, those implementing a large number of “must do” use cases are able to reduce churn by up to 26% on average. Traditional sectors leading the charge Established and highly-regulated sectors are leading on AI innovation: 49% of telcos, 41% of retailers and 36% of banking institutions have seen the highest implementation of AI at scale, however, automotive (26%) and manufacturing (20%) industries are those currently with the lowest levels of utilization among companies implementing AI. There is also a stark contrast across regions, as well as sectors. Among AI implementers, more than half (58%) of Indian companies are already using AI at scale, with Australia (49%) closely behind. European countries, including Spain (31%), the Netherlands (24%) and France (21%) are further down the list of those using AI technologies, indicating firms in these markets are not yet ready to adopt the technology. Ron Tolido, Chief Technology Officer for the Insights Data Practice at Capgemini, said, “AI has the capacity to revolutionize every business in every market sector; its potential is broad and unlimited. However, we are seeing a large contrast between those who are rolling out applied AI solutions at scale and reaping tangible business benefits, versus those who are simply trialing the technology.  It’s also quite revealing that organizations are focusing more of their efforts on the more complex AI projects and missing out on simpler projects that could drive quicker returns. Organizations, especially those not yet implementing AI at scale, should focus on those low-complexity, high benefit projects to quickly and better leverage the power of AI.” Getting started with AI As organizations look to harness the power of AI, they will face a range of challenges, and will need to have a clear view of where AI can create the most enduring advantage for themselves and their customers. The report concludes by setting out key steps to get started in implementing AI, including: Manage the key technology and people challenges Pinpoint where AI can create the most significant, long-term advantage Combine top-down vision with bottom-up execution Prepare the organization. A copy of the report can be downloaded  here . Research methodology Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute research provides insights on the opportunities and benefits of artificial intelligence for organizations. The report covers the views of 993 respondents from nine countries: Australia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK and US.  Participants included AI-focused executives (senior managers and above) at global companies, startups and vendors across seven industry sectors: automotive, banking, insurance, manufacturing, retail telecommunications and utilities. The surveyed companies had revenues of $500 million and above each. The research was conducted between March and June 2017.



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£13m a year needed to help boost workplace productivity in small businesses says CIPD

September-11-2017 - onrec.com



New research by the CIPD, supported by J.P. Morgan, suggests giving small businesses basic HR support can help to lift workplace productivity Posted in News archive on 11 Sep 2017 Company Profile CIPD View profile » The CIPD is calling on Government to invest £13m a year to provide HR support to small businesses, as new research shows that it could be a key part of efforts to unlock the UK’s productivity puzzle. The call is based on the evaluation of year-long ‘ People Skills ’ pilots providing HR support for SMEs in Hackney, Stoke-on-Trent and Glasgow. People Skills was developed by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, with support from J.P. Morgan through the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. It provided up to two days’ worth of free HR support to small firms, including face-to-face advice, a telephone helpline, online information and templates, as well as group training events. The evaluation report found that, while much of the support provided by the People Skills initiative was fairly basic, such as establishing workers’ terms and conditions or job descriptions, there was evidence that this provided a foundation for boosting workplace productivity. Ben Willmott, CIPD Head of Public Policy , said: “ People Skills shows the potential benefits of targeted investment to improve small firms’ capability around the management of people through co-ordinated high-quality, locally-delivered business support via channels such as Local Enterprise Partnerships, chambers of commerce and local authorities.” The service helped more than 400 small businesses employing between 5 and 50 employees across the three areas and was regarded as so successful in Glasgow that the city council continued to fund the programme once the research grant ran out. In the evaluation report, owner managers were more likely to report their organisation was better or much better than similar firms in their sector on measures of workplace relations, labour productivity and financial performance after using the People Skills service than they were prior to using it. These benefits also came through in the in-depth qualitative interviews with owner managers that participated in the People Skills initiative.               Willmott continued: “If policy makers are serious about addressing the UK’s long-standing productivity deficit – particularly among the nearly 1.3 million small businesses that employ between 1 and 50 people - then they have to start seriously thinking about how to improve management quality, which the Bank of England’s chief economist Andy Haldane has identified as a key area for focus. People Skills provides a template of how to actually do this on the ground among small businesses. “We calculate that about £40m from the Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund would support the £13m annual cost of running a People Skills -type service across all 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships in England for three years and could revolutionise the quality of business support for small firms.”     Hang Ho, EMEA Head of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation , said: “Small business success is an essential element of the UK economy and a critical component in creating thriving local communities. Today’s report shines a light on the importance of basic HR practices to the success of small businesses, whether that is improving productivity, boosting the effectiveness of the management team or handling crises. “While we hope the People Skills pilot will benefit participating companies in the long term, the findings clearly also demonstrate to policy makers a real need for HR support amongst SMEs.” Key findings: Online business support is inadequate unless supplemented by personalised advice and support, with face-to-face advice particularly valued by small business owner managers. Existing fragmented business support provided at a local level should be rationalised to prevent duplication of provision and confusion among SMEs. Policy makers need to re-think how they encourage SMEs to employ and train young people, in the workplace, for example through apprenticeships, as in most cases they don’t have the interest or capability to do this.  Re-focusing a proportion of government investment in skills to providing enhanced business support around people management capability for SMEs would, over time, give more small businesses the capability and confidence to engage in programmes supporting young people into work in the future. The support provided by People Skills did not disadvantage existing private sector providers as owner managers participating in People Skills had not previously accessed HR support services.



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Tata Steel UK´s pensions deal approved by regulator

September-11-2017 - bbc.com



The deal affects thousands of current and former workers, with 130,000 members across the UK.



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Mark Carney lands two more top international jobs in coup for Bank of England

September-11-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Court Revives Whistleblower Claim Against Wells Fargo

September-11-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Wells Fargo Co. faces a new legal worry after a federal appeals court last Thursday revived a whistleblower lawsuit by two former employees who said they were fired for trying to report misconduct by lenders that the bank later



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Riley Named Texas Workers’ Comp Deputy Commissioner of Compliance, Investigations

September-11-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Texas Division of Workers Compensation has hired Timothy P. Riley as the divisions new deputy commissioner of Compliance and Investigations. Riley most recently served as vice president of Special Investigations for Texas Mutual Insurance Co., the states largest provider



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Louisiana’s LCTA Acquires Risk Management Resources, Creates Specialty Insurer

September-11-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based workers compensation insurance provider, LCTA Workers Comp (LCTA), has acquired Risk Management Resources and created a new subsidiary, LCTA Specialty Insurance Co. Risk Management Resources, which provides independent risk management consulting services to corporations and public entities,



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HUB International Acquires Wisconsin’s Stellarus Benefits

September-11-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Global insurance brokerage Hub International Limited (Hub) has acquired the assets of Wisconsin-based Stellarus Benefits Inc. (Stellarus). Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. With offices in Brookfield and Appleton, Wisconsin, Stellarus specializes in employee benefits. Stellarus President Christy Schwan



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Hornby boss to step down from toy firm

September-11-2017 - bbc.com



The chief executive of model toymaker Hornby, Steve Cooke, was appointed to the job last year.



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How to get out of a rut when you hate your job

September-11-2017 - usatoday.com



There are ways to make walking through the door of the job you despise more bearable.            



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CITY DIARY: Is Carney tarting up his CV for 2019?

September-11-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Bank of England governor Mark Carney has agreed to chair two committees for The Bank for International Settlements (BIS): the Global Economy Meeting and the Economic Consultative Committee.



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Can small firms prepare for Brexit ending free movement?

September-11-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Businesses heavily reliant on EU workers face the very real prospect of contending with a waned pool of talent to fill vacancies post Brexit. So what can they do now to ease the pain?



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How to defend yourself against identity theft after the Equifax data breach

September-11-2017 - usatoday.com



Worried about having your identity stolen by hackers who stole your personal data from Equifax? Put a "freeze" on your credit report.            



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Europe´s bank regulators on expensive hiring spree before Brexit

September-10-2017 - reuters.com



FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Europe's regulators are competing to hire risk specialists to prepare for an influx of banks escaping Brexit, nudging up salaries and stretching staff budgets.



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Public sector pay cap to be lifted for police and prison officers

September-10-2017 - bbc.com



Ministers are set to accept a pay review recommendation, paving the way for other public workers.



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7 ways to avoid letting envy ruin your career growth

September-10-2017 - usatoday.com



Envy can be a very useful tool and motivator for personal and professional success.            



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401(k)s are broken. Heres how to fix them.

September-10-2017 - usatoday.com



The right incentives could make people better savers.            



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WATCH: Barry´s Bootcamp CEO shares top career lessons

September-09-2017 - abcnews.com



Joey Gonzalez, CEO of Barry's Bootcamp, shares the best lessons he's learned throughout his career and how he went from trainer to CEO.



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How to prevent fake financial news from wrecking your retirement

September-09-2017 - usatoday.com



If youre not careful, this sort of news could affect your ability to make retirement, investment and health-care decisions.            



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How to get the most money for your old iPhone

September-09-2017 - usatoday.com



Ready to trade or sell your old iPhone to get some cash for the new one? Columnist Jennifer Jolly sifts through the various resale sites, including Apples, for the best deals. Jennifer Jolly/USA TODAY            



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Sort your train ticket now for Christmas

September-09-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Here, The Mail on Sunday shows how to get the best price for a train journey – meaning you have more money left over for spending on all those Christmas gifts.



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New Workers’ Comp Filing Submitted to California Department of Insurance

September-09-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau on Friday submitted an amended Jan. 1, 2018 pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance. The amended filing was based on the WCIRBs recent review of June 30 loss experience, which



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Eric Bolling out at Fox News following sexual harassment allegations

September-09-2017 - usatoday.com



After Eric Bolling was accused of sending lewd photos to several co-workers, Fox News announced its parting ways with the host. Video provided by Newsy            



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How to boost better brand recognition

September-08-2017 - onrec.com



Brand recognition allows potential consumers to recognise who a company is just by looking at the logo, motto or symbol. An easy example is Nike – when we see that tick anywhere, we instantly think sports and understand which brand it is. on 08 Sep 2017 If your brand is not recognised yet in the same way – even if it just locally – it’s a good idea to carefully consider what the reason could be. Here are a few ideas on how to boost better brand recognition for your business.   Be memorable for your service Most people use Amazon for the competitive prices and incredible next day delivery. Providing this memorable service where it’s easy to receive and order items can do masses to boost your brand. Make sure your postage options are varied, and couriers are trained to leave parcels in safe places if no one is at home. Equally, if consumers wish to make returns or complaints, make the process as smooth and efficient for them as possible. This not only means posting items back to the warehouse but also training staff taking telephone complaints to always be professional and understanding to the consumer, no matter how difficult they are. Keep a blog To capture the attention of your target audience, it’s imperative you write consistent content that appeals to them. Blogging builds traffic if you do this regularly, with studies showing that blogs with 16 or more posts per month receive up to 30% more traffic than weekly posting blogs. Your content also needs to be positive and motivational to get the most shares on social media. Also, according to SEMrush : “Research shows that re-sharing old posts can boost engagement by up to 686 percent!” So don’t be afraid to re-post your older blog posts, just check they’re still relevant for that moment in time before you hit the share button. Use clothing to your advantage T-shirts are great promotional tools whether you have employees wearing branded work clothing or you send out free statement t-shirts with your products. For example, you could get creative and think up a funny pun that is relevant to your brand to have emblazoned across the front of your t-shirts - the more memorable the better. Or, you could just go down the smart logo route; it’s up to you! However, it’s key to remember that t-shirts and other branded clothing make great marketing weapons that are surprisingly cheap to order in bulk too. Have a story Consumers want more than a brand these days, they want to know who the people are behind the company, what their story is and why they should buy into it. As Forbes contributor Sharon Michaels says: “Your Internet clients and customers, as with all clients and customers, want to know, like and trust you. I believe your target market needs to accept you as the person behind the brand before they will buy what you are offering.” So take Sharon’s advice, and develop a story that talks to the hearts of your consumers. 



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The advantages of content management systems

September-08-2017 - onrec.com



There are many different benefits involving content management systems, this wonderful infographic from Dot Centric, an episerver agency, will name a few of the best benefits and how they can improve your website. Posted in News archive on 08 Sep 2017 There are many different benefits involving content management systems, this wonderful infographic from Dot Centric, an episerver agency , will name a few of the best benefits and how they can improve your website. Firstly, its easy for the non technically minded. This is very important to have a system that is very simple to use, not everyone in your office is going to be a computer wiz, some people in your office may be from the older generation so having a simple software to use is key, for them people in particular. Another great benefit would be, that it streamlines scheduling. This is very important as it makes not only you more organised but more importantly your business, scheduling updates is a very simple process with content management systems, as they can be easily checked as there are three status stages, these are, live, under review or final draft. I would most definitely recommend using CMS for the workplace, please see the rest of the infographic to see some more great benefits on CMS. View the inforgraphic here



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Therese Liddle CEO of NRG becomes regional vice-chairman of IoD

September-08-2017 - onrec.com



The Institute of Directors (IoD) has appointed Therese Liddle as its vice-chairman for the North East. Posted in News archive on 08 Sep 2017 Therese Liddle, the chief executive of NRG, the Newcastle headquartered recruitment business, succeeds David Cliff, managing director of business consultancy and coaching business Gedanken. Liddle joined NRG in 1989 following a career in retail sales management and was appointed to the PLC executive board in 2000. Her expertise includes recruitment and staff development as well as organisational change and business growth. Dr Joanna Berry, chairman of the IoD in the North East, said: “It is fantastic news that Therese has agreed to step up to this post. She offers a fantastic mix of drive, enthusiasm and experience that we need as we look to inspire businesses across the region. Therese Liddle, CEO, NRG and regional vice-chairman of the IoD, said: “I’m looking forward to playing an integral role with the IoD and help it to build on its standing as a respected and influential voice within the business community.” IoD ambassadors are established business leaders that promote IoD membership and drive initiatives to raise the profile of North East business. This year, the IoD launched IoD Advance, the biggest shake-up to its membership in 40 years, taking advantage of mobile technology to bring directors together to learn, network and share best practice. www.nrgplc.com



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CEOs of small businesses spending a fifth of their working week on HR

September-08-2017 - onrec.com



Time spent on HR by CEOs equates to £18,700 – 21 per cent of the median average salary for a CEO) Posted in News archive on 08 Sep 2017 Research from breatheHR, a HR software platform, uncovered that CEOs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are losing a fifth of their working week to HR activity, which includes a long list of admin tasks from signing off expenses to logging sickness absences. As a result, CEOs find themselves caught in a HR limbo with executives unable to focus on strategic imperatives and the growth of their company. CEOs are overwhelmed by the minutia of HR. And it’s costing their businesses. The time they’re allocating to it is the equivalent to £18,700 or 21 per cent of the median average salary of a CEO . With the OECD ranking the UK 13 th in the world when it comes to start-ups going on to become successful SMEs, it’s clear non-strategic HR tasks have the potential to negatively impact a CEOs ability to successfully navigate the different stages of company growth. CEOs are spending more time on HR than office or operations managers (seven hours) and finance managers (three hours). In comparison to CEOs, the monetary value to a company of an office manager undertaking these tasks is £4,534. Jonathan Richards, CEO, breatheHR commented: “CEOs have an exceptionally important role to play in the design of company culture but they have little value to add when it comes to HR admin. The commercial value of a CEO approving holiday requests is non-existent. However, it appears there is little distinction between the strategic and transactional elements of HR within small companies. The danger is that as holiday requests pile up in a CEOs inbox, HR increasingly becomes seen as a box-ticking exercise, therefore undermining the positive impact a strong HR strategy, closely aligned to business ambitions, can have. “Just look at Netflix. It’s pioneered several new approaches that have broken the mould, all tied to its ‘freedom and responsibility’ ethos that trusts people to make reasonable judgements about their working lives. The result? Netflix has disrupted an entire industry from the ground up and is seen as a beacon of innovation. There’s a lesson there for CEOs of SMBs everywhere,” Richards said. The research found that, even for SMBs that have a dedicated HR manager or work with an external consultant, the admin soon adds up. HR consultants spend on average, 22 hours each week managing the minutiae of HR, while HR managers spend 20 hours each. That’s approximately three days a week that is not being spent on achieving more strategic business goals. Put in financial terms, that’s worth £24,536 of the HR manager’s time, and £21,449 of the HR consultant’s. Alongside investigating the cost of HR to the business, the study also analysed how much time SMBs could save by implementing dedicated HR software to manage process-orientated tasks. It found that on average, investing in HR software can save UK small businesses five weeks a year. For companies with between 100-249 employees this increases to ten weeks every year. CEOs themselves can claw back three hours of their working week, equating to £7,012 over the course of a year. HR managers are also one of the key beneficiaries, saving five hours a week, which as a saving to the business is £6,134 or 13 per cent of their annual salary. Robert May, CEO, Ramsac said: “No one gives you a magic book that tells you how to run a company so when we first started I thought I was adding value by doing a lot of the HR admin tasks and that people would value it. I’d be the ‘cool’ CEO. Fact is that I was a real bottle neck and my involvement created a lot of frustration. Without any systems to support things like holiday and sickness I found myself in a leadership trap, I wanted to get away but I couldn’t. A bit like the Godfather just when I thought I was out they pull me back in’. I was constantly being dragged back to administrative tasks when I needed to be leading the business.” You can access breatheHR’s full report here , titled ‘Return on HR: why is it worth the investment?’



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Volcanic doubles sales team following exponential demand for GDPR-compliant websites

September-08-2017 - onrec.com



Recruitment technology business, Volcanic, has doubled its sales team to meet rocketing demand for its GDPR-compliant websites. Posted in News archive on 08 Sep 2017 This news comes hot on the heels of the appointment of Matt Gallivan as Global Sales Director at Volcanic last month and reflects the company’s rapid business growth.  Tom Ross joins as Enterprise Sales Director, to service the fast-growing Enterprise sector interest in the Volcanic GDPR-compliant platform . Former National Sales Manager at 4MAT and with a career spanning eight years in sales with blue-chip names, Tom brings his in-depth knowledge of recruitment industry technology to the team. Following five years at CareerBuilder, Matt Roberts joins the team as Sales Consultant and brings broad experience of multiple recruitment platforms and integrations.   Sales Executive Dan Jarvis joins from respected recruitment consultants Sewell Wallis and has a strong understanding of the recruitment agency industry.  Neil Pickstone, Co-Founder of Volcanic, said: “Demand for our new GDPR-compliant platform has hit an unprecedented high. Following our hugely successful Volcanic Erupt event in London last month, at which we launched our new GDPR-compliant website model to 60 recruitment companies and partners, we have ramped up our sales team to meet rocketing demand.”   Matt Gallivan, Global Sales Director at Volcanic, added: “We have ambitious growth plans for the future and have actively recruited the best in UK talent to help drive our business forward. If you want a GDPR-compliant recruitment website or job board that offers continual innovation in a low risk entry model, with no upfront costs and a simple monthly fee, get in touch . Volcanic is listed in the top 20 fastest growing technology companies on the London Stock Exchange Elite programme.  For more information, contact sales@volcanic.co.uk , call 0161 217 1517 or visit www.volcanic.co.uk .



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Nearly half of retail jobs could be automated in the next 10 years

September-08-2017 - usatoday.com



According to a study, retail is going to be increasingly automated in the very near future.            



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Slot machines ´hard to resist´ for young in Ghana

September-08-2017 - bbc.com



A lack of employment in rural Ghana is contributing to a growing addition to gambling.



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AP Sources: Feds probe Uber´s tracking of Lyft drivers

September-08-2017 - abcnews.com



AP Sources: Feds probe Uber's use of software to track and recruit Lyft drivers



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Sports Direct pays employees£21,000 each in share bonuses

September-08-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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The UK companies most likely to be recommended by their employees

September-08-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Heres how to set up multi-room audio with Amazon Alexa

September-08-2017 - usatoday.com



Sync your music across multiple smart speakers            



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DACAs end would hurt economy, hiring

September-08-2017 - usatoday.com



Repealing protections for young undocumented workers will curb GDP, experts say            



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Equifax breach: How to protect your identity now

September-08-2017 - usatoday.com



Nearly half of all Americans are affected by a cyber security breach at Equifax, one of the nations three major credit-reporting agencies. Heres how to avoid being a victim.            



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Arkema Sued by Police, EMTs over Chemical Plant Fire after Harvey

September-08-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Police and emergency workers filed suit on against French chemicals company Arkema SA, claiming it failed to take adequate steps to avoid a fire at its Crosby, Texas, plant after Hurricane Harvey. Seven police, fire and emergency medical technicians sued



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New York’s ‘Sixth Borough’ with Trophy Condos in Hurricane Irma’s Path

September-08-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Beyond the bar and the palm-fringed pool, past the gold-leafed columns and floor-to-ceiling murals, workers at the grand Faena Hotel Miami Beach prepared for Hurricane Irmas fury. Their unusual assignment: fortify the four layers of bullet-proof glass encasing a gilded,



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HomeAdvisor to lay off hundreds of Angies List workers after merger

September-08-2017 - usatoday.com



Angies Lists staff will be at least 20 percent leaner than it was at the beginning of the year.            



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How to profit from technology or hunt the next Fever-Tree

September-08-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Investors often hear about how important changing technology and consumer behaviour is, but how can they look for the opportunities to profit from this. We take a look.



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How to find the best online estate agent

September-08-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



By using an online estate agents instead of a traditional high street option, sellers can save thousands of pounds, while also getting their home marketed professionally.



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How to build a Junior Isa fit for a prince or princess 

September-08-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



My son has just turned one and my husband and I would like to use his birthday money to open an investment account for him. So who should we invest with? And what should we invest in?



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Now May Be the Time for Homeowners to Buy a Dam

September-08-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Traveling from Louisiana, four 18-wheelers and more than a dozen workers rolled into the heart of Houston last Tuesday morning. The Cajun crew was there to unfurl and install a unique form of flood protection: three-foot high, seven-foot wide, 250-foot



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NCCI Files 12% Decrease for Tennessee Workers’ Comp Loss Costs

September-08-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Workers compensation rates in Tennessee are going down again next year. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) announced this week that the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) is seeking a loss cost reduction of over 12 percent



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Life-Threatening Hurricane Irma Heads for Miami-Dade County

September-08-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Hurricane Irma continued on a collision course with Miami after devastating a chain of Caribbean islands, triggering the largest evacuation in Miami-Dade County history and threatening to become the most expensive storm in U.S. history. The life-threatening storm is heading



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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Nebraska’s Lincoln Financial Management

September-08-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Arthur J. Gallagher Co. has acquired Nebraska-based Lincoln Financial Management LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1993 by Stephen Letts and later acquired by Cyrus Kiani, Lincoln Financial Management is an employee benefits consultant and



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Rethinking Freight Flood Risk Management After Hurricane Harvey

September-08-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A week before Hurricane Harvey walloped Houston, workers for Union Pacific Corp. began moving rail cars out of the railroads Englewood switching yard near downtown and brought in enough generators to fill 70 tractor trailers to keep signal systems running.



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Willis Towers Watson Hires Pipala in New York

September-08-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking and solutions company, has hired Tom Pipala as client advocate in its real estate and hospitality practice, which is part of its corporate risk and broking business. Based in New York, Pipala will



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Lilly to lay off 8 percent of employees in bid to cut costs

September-07-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co said on Thursday it would lay off about 8 percent of its employees as the drugmaker, which has suffered setbacks over the past year in the development of two potential blockbuster drugs, works to cut costs.



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Amazon opens bidding to cities for $5 billion ´HQ2´, a second headquarters

September-07-2017 - reuters.com



(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it would build a $5 billion second headquarters in North America, kicking off a competition between cities and states to offer tax cuts and incentives that could bring 50,000 new jobs.



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Bullish British food and drink makers plan export push and hiring spree

September-07-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Why your disaster kit needs a home inventory

September-07-2017 - abcnews.com



Here's how to create a home inventory to help you get an insurance payout that includes all of your possessions.



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Workers retiring earlier than in 1950

September-07-2017 - bbc.com



Life expectancy was shorter in 1950 but men and women worked for longer than now, figures show.



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Amazon launches search for $5bn second mega HQ to house up to 50,000 workers

September-07-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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The Onrec HR Conference 2017 - Speakers Announced

September-07-2017 - onrec.com



11th October 2017 | Friends House, Euston, London Posted in News archive on 07 Sep 2017 Recruiting methods have changed due to advances in technology, but the challenge of attracting the very best, most applicable candidates remains an ongoing challenge, make sure you are getting the very best from your suppliers and your recruiters to help you achieve your recruitment goals. This conference will help you test,  challenge and develop your companies online recruitment strategy. In a half day format The Onrec HR conference aims to pack in relevant information for those in HR using Online Recruitment.   Introduction to the Onrec HR Conference 2017 Speaker: David Hurst, Founder, Onrec.com Digital Hiring and Big Data  Speaker: Adzuna Volvo's journey into creating a online recruitment portal Speaker: Helen David, Career Development Engagement Manager, Volvo Car UK Royal Mencap Society giving a insight into their online recruitment journey that led them to winning 'The Best Use of Online Recruitment in the Public Sector Award' in 2017 Speaker; The Royal Mencap Society Legal Update on online recruitment related issues Speaker: Osborne Clarke Unearthing Hidden Talent Using Unconventional Means Speaker: Laura Stoker, Executive Director of Global Training at AIRS, Powered by ADP Discussion Panel chaired by David Hurst, Founder, Onrec.com The end session gives the delegates a opportunity to raise any questions they had during the conference with our panel experts. The cost to attend the afternoon Onrec HR Conference is £195+VAT Any queries for conference passes or exhibition information please contact Stuart Gentle on 0208 846 2756 or email  stuart@onrec.com . http://www.onrec.com/events/conference/hr2017



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CIPD announces new partnership venture with Haymarket Media Group

September-07-2017 - onrec.com



The CIPD is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership venture with Haymarket Media Group, which will provide a raft of events services for its members and people professionals. Posted in News archive on 07 Sep 2017 Company Profile CIPD View profile » The new deal is an extension of the CIPD’s existing strategic partnership with Haymarket which, from today, will deliver the organisation’s internationally-renowned events programme. Haymarket and the CIPD have been working together since 2012, successfully producing the quarterly journal Work. alongside People Management – the UK’s number one award-winning human resources media brand. Haymarket will continue to produce the CIPD’s awards and the People Management social media channels, website and jobsite – setting the agenda for championing better work and working lives and also supporting people professionals to make confident choices, develop their careers, and inspire them for the future. The expanded partnership will see Haymarket Business Media – the b2b media and events division of Haymarket – establish a new 30-strong Professional Associations Events Team . Meanwhile, Haymarket Network , the company’s content marketing agency, will ensure that all media channels across the partnership are aligned and delivering the CIPD’s vision. Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD , says: “Haymarket have a sixty-year heritage in producing best-in-class content and services to professionals and membership organisations across a range of different sectors. We’ve been working closely with the team for five years on our media brands and awards. We have built a trusted relationship and seen great value from the quality of their journalistic capability and their ability to deliver multi-channel content that engages our 140,000 strong-membership and the wider business community. “They know our audiences demand quality. And given Haymarket’s award-winning track record, we are delighted to be expanding our long-term strategic partnership with them building on their broader strengths and capabilities as a leading media organisation. They will become our communications partner of choice, helping us to deliver an integrated content and communications capability including the next generation of CIPD events.” Haymarket CEO Kevin Costello adds : “I’m delighted that such an important and influential organisation as the CIPD has chosen to expand its strategic partnership with Haymarket. Our values are aligned, our skill sets perfectly match the brief from CIPD and we understand their strategic drivers.  “We believe this expanded partnership will allow us to support and enhance the CIPD offer as they continue to build professional capital within the HR community, and amplify their voice in the wider business community. There are already exciting plans in the pipeline.” Haymarket is a specialist in providing full strategic communications and business media services to other professional associations, including the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and the Royal College of General Practitioners. The expanded CIPD partnership took effect from 1 st September 2017.



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Living Wage employers get the thumbs up from Scots

September-07-2017 - onrec.com



The Living Wage in Scotland has won a huge thumbs-up from Scots, who see it as not only boosting a company's status but making its products and services more attractive. Posted in News archive on 07 Sep 2017 Three out of four Scots would think more highly of a company which became accredited for paying the real Living Wage, according to a Poverty Alliance survey. It also found that four out of ten people north of the border care if products and services they buy are from a Living Wage employer. The survey found strong public support for the Living Wage from an employee perspective too, with eight out of ten (80%) Scots saying that being paid a Living Wage would make them feel more valued by their employer and seven out of ten (71%) saying that being paid a Living Wage would make them feel their employer was investing in their development. The news comes hot on the heels of an announcement last week that Diageo, the global drinks company and leading producer of Scotch Whisky, was announced as the 900 th employer in Scotland to achieve Living Wage accreditation. It also represented a significant milestone for the Living Wage Foundation as Diageo is the 33 rd company in the FTSE 100 to sign up to the scheme, meaning a third of the UK's leading companies now support the Living Wage. Paying someone on a minimum wage a Living Wage equates to a pay rise of £2000 a year, according to The Poverty Alliance, which promotes the real Living Wage in Scotland. The poll of 1,024 adults, carried out for The Poverty Alliance by Survation, includes people of all income brackets ranging from 18 to 64 years old. Peter Kelly, director of The Poverty Alliance, said: "More and more employers in Scotland are seeing the benefits of paying a real Living Wage, in terms of increased retention and better staff morale. This poll shows that the public is behind the Living Wage movement in Scotland, both as consumers and employees. Survey results issued by us earlier this year showed that an increase in pay from the National Minimum Wage to the Living Wage would make workers feel more committed to their job, more productive, and more valued by their employer. "Right now there are more employers in Scotland who are signing up to become Living Wage accredited employers than in any other region in the U.K. Accreditation is a voluntary programme and a very simple process which we urge employers of all size to consider." One of the first employers in Scotland to achieve Living Wage accreditation was ‘punk' brewer BrewDog. Fiona Hunter, Head of People at BrewDog, said: "Low pay, particularly in the hospitality sector, is something that doesn't sit well with us.  At BrewDog, paying a good wage makes absolute business sense. We cannot expect our employees to come to work and be amazing when they are worried about making ends meet.  Providing a good standard of living is the right thing to do, and it has the added benefit of helping our employees be as brilliant as possible, which drives the growth of the business. For more information visit www.scottishlivingwage.org For more information or media interviews contact Gillian Drummond on 01738 700138 or 07490 259009.



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Baring It All on Social Media and Hiring

September-07-2017 - workforce.com



I’ve never written about the time I stripped naked in front of my entire law school … until now. Well, here we go. It was 1997 and I was a 3L at Case Western Reserve School of Law, biding my time until graduation and the bar exam. Looking for ways to spice up my final year of schooling, I volunteered... The post Baring It All on Social Media and Hiring appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Drugmaker Eli Lilly to cut 3,500 jobs

September-07-2017 - bbc.com



The US company has warned it will feel a pinch from patent expirations for some drugs.



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Calligo acquires IT services division of Guernsey-based Fusion Systems

September-07-2017 - onrec.com



Calligo, a global cloud solution provider, today announces that it has purchased the IT services division of Fusion Systems, a highly-respected Guernsey-based business serving a wide range of clients. Posted in News archive on 07 Sep 2017 The agreement is part of Calligo’s continuing growth strategy and gives Calligo a stronger presence in Guernsey, enabling it to provide higher levels of service to clients on the island. Calligo already operates a large cloud infrastructure in Guernsey that provides a full range of services to Calligo’s worldwide clients. All existing Fusion contracts will be honoured under the agreement, ensuring that their IT services clients continue to receive full support from local staff, along with new access to the extended capabilities and information security standards that Calligo offers as a global cloud provider. Fusion’s Fintech software division, that produces the Flyingboat Wealth Management Software, is not part of the acquisition and will continue to be run by the team remaining with Fusion and led by Alan Rowe. Founded in 2011, Calligo provides trusted, privacy-conscious cloud solutions to businesses across the globe. Calligo’s emphasis on data privacy and residency enables clients to leverage the advantages of combining advanced and innovative Cloud technologies, unrivalled expertise and a commitment to the highest level of standards based compliance and security. The business services hundreds of clients worldwide from its locations in Jersey, Guernsey, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Singapore and Bermuda. “We’re delighted to acquire the IT services division of Fusion Systems as part of our successful growth strategy,” said Julian Box, Calligo’s Chief Executive Officer. “We know that Fusion’s excellent reputation for customer-focused performance and high levels of service will make this a great acquisition that gives us a superb team, respected clients and expands our capabilities into Guernsey. We will now be able to provide even higher levels of service to our Guernsey clients and give them more regular access to our expertise. “With the backing of our investor Investcorp Technology Partners, we are actively looking to execute further strategic add-on acquisitions over the coming months as we continue to expand our global footprint.” Alan Rowe, Managing Director, Fusion Systems, said: “We are very excited to have concluded this agreement with such a respected and energetic business as Calligo. Calligo’s deep commitment to customer service means our clients will benefit from its proven cloud services and security expertise, while continuing to enjoy the highest standards of local support.”



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YourForce: We’re All Technology Companies Now

September-07-2017 - workforce.com



We are all technology companies now. Technology has taken over operations, marketing and sales at companies large and small. We’re also all tech workers. From back-end systems that manage production to the front end that customers see, technology is impossible to extricate from work. Human resources work is also tech work, the central theme of this issue of Workforce. Those... The post YourForce: Were All Technology Companies Now appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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UK businesses prepare for the September recruitment rush

September-07-2017 - onrec.com



As job vacancies soar and candidate appetite grows across the nation Posted in News archive on 07 Sep 2017 Businesses across the UK are preparing for the September recruitment rush, with job numbers soaring in some of the UK’s key cities last month. This is according to the latest statistics from CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job site, which revealed that Bristol (45.3%), Sheffield (42.5%) and Glasgow (37.8%) were the top cities for job growth last month. The data analysed the average number of jobs across key UK cities last month, and compared this with statistics from the same period last year. The nation as a whole witnessed an impressive increase in advertised vacancies of 10.7% year-on-year, with the findings revealing that the top ten cities for job growth include: Bristol - 45.3% Sheffield – 42.5% Glasgow – 37.8% Leeds – 34.4% Manchester – 33.2% Cardiff – 30.3% Southampton – 28.6% Birmingham – 27.3% Edinburgh – 27.1% Liverpool – 19.2% What’s more, some of the UK’s key industries also saw a strong growth in jobs last month, with plenty of great opportunities within social care (26.7%) manufacturing (24.5%) and accounting (16.9%). Not only this, but construction (13.7%), recruitment (13.5%) and automotive (12.3%) also saw impressive growth year-on-year. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “It’s clear that businesses are gearing up for the month ahead, with September traditionally being a busy time for recruitment. With recent graduates entering the workforce and September blues setting in as professionals return from their holidays, we often see an increase in those looking for their next exciting career opportunity.  With so many key cities experiencing job growth, businesses will have to fight hard to stand out from their competitors and attract the most talented candidates to their business.” Furthermore, it’s positive to see that businesses were not subject to the usual summer slowdown in candidate appetite, with job applications also increasing across many of the UK’s key locations. In fact, Scotland in particular saw strong growth when comparing month-on-month data, with Glasgow and Edinburgh increasing by 13.8% and 6.1% respectively. Nottingham (8.3%), Liverpool (3.4%) and Brighton (2.3%) also witnessed an increase in candidate appetite when comparing data with July 2017. Biggins concludes: “While August is typically a quieter month for applications, it’s clear from our findings that candidate appetite is showing no signs of slowing down, which is positive news for UK businesses. We expect to see these numbers continue to grow throughout September which means that now is the perfect time to be looking for your next hire. Just be sure to do all you can to stand out from your competitors, especially in terms of writing an enticing job advert that’s going to attract the most talented and eager candidates to your vacancies!”



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Aviation Job Search corners the market

September-07-2017 - onrec.com



It's been a record breaking year for Aviation Job Search, securing them as the industry leaders within the aviation job market. So far this year, the business has seen: Posted in News archive on 07 Sep 2017 A total of 520,563 registered jobseekers Nearly 110,000 CVs uploaded from jobseekers Over a 20% increase in the amount of jobs that have been posted Head of Sales Operations, Hannah Tillotson, has commented “Over the last eight months, the market just hasn’t stopped growing. Clients such as Flybe , Boeing , and Flydubai choose to post their jobs on our website, because they know we are the first point of call for aviation professionals to start their job hunt. No matter how big your company is, jobseekers will check Aviation Job Search first. As well as having high quality jobseekers, our clients choose us to save themselves money. Many people aren’t aware that as a job board, our services are cheaper than some other recruitment methods, but offer a guarantee of relevant applications.” In comparison with the aviation specific job boards, Aviation Job Search certainly corners the market. Statistics from SimilarWeb Pro show that they receive 75% of traffic in comparison to their two closest competitors, Flightglobal (16.2%) and Jobs in Aviation (8.8%). In December 2016 aviation recruitment agency, Carbon60, created an aviation salary survey. It highlighted that an astonishing 75% of jobseekers use Aviation Job Search to look for their next job.   2016 2017 Increase growth Total registered jobseekers 474,943 520,563 +9.6% CVs uploaded 47,089 109,769 +133.1% Jobs posted 13,200 15,883 +20.3% Statistics taken from Aviation Job Search’s backend system. Any business that is looking to advertise a job vacancy on Aviation Job Search can find more information and pricing by visiting http://recruiting.aviationjobsearch.com/ , or calling +441772 913382.



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Eli Lilly to eliminate 3,500 jobs globally

September-07-2017 - usatoday.com



Drugmaker says it will focus on developing new medicines and improving cost structure.            



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KFC has a new Colonel

September-07-2017 - usatoday.com



KFC has hired a new celebrity to take on the Col. Sanders persona. Heres his first ad.            



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Amazon looks for a new city for second HQ

September-07-2017 - usatoday.com



Seattle-based Amazon is looking for another city to build its second headquarters and has plans to invest $5 billion and create 50,000 jobs. Jane Lee reports. Video provided by Reuters            



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Could your state land 50,000 Amazon jobs? Headquarters contest kicks off

September-07-2017 - usatoday.com



Amazon.coms decision to seek a second North American headquarters sets up the most consequential U.S. economic-development contest in recent memory.            



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Career advice: Which jobs have the fastest wage growth?

September-07-2017 - usatoday.com



Theres one area that has increased demand and thats driving higher salaries.            



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Alex Brummer: Business betrays Brexit over migration

September-07-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Some 35-years ago 364 top economists put their name to a letter excoriating Margaret Thatcher's polices arguing they would destroy growth and jobs.



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Former Chubb Executive Spiro Named CEO for The Hilb Group

September-07-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Richard G. Spiro, a former senior executive of The Chubb Corp., has been named chief executive officer of The Hilb Group (THG), a property/casualty and employee benefits agency based in Richmond, Va. Spiro brings 30 years of experience in the



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NFP Acquires Beacon Insurance Group of South Carolina

September-07-2017 - insurancejournal.com



NFP, an insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property casualty (P C), retirement and individual private client products, has acquired Beacon Insurance Group, Inc., of South Carolina. The transaction closed effective Aug. 1, 2017. Based in Bluffton, S.C.,



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Charles Taylor Acquires Workers’ Comp Claims Admin Metro Risk in California

September-07-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Charles Taylor plc has agreed to acquire Metro Risk Management LLC, a Southern California-based third-party claims administrator, from Nautilus International Holding Corp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. MRM provides state and federal workers compensation claims administration services to



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Research your career options well before graduation

September-06-2017 - sciencemag.org



A recent book guides Ph.D. students and postdocs through the process of preparing for a career outside academe



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New York Stock Exchange owner rejigs top jobs in Europe

September-06-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Do Free Business-School Courses Have a Payoff?

September-06-2017 - wsj.com



Schools like Wharton and Harvard Business School have attracted thousands of people to free or low-cost online versions of courses taken by full-time M.B.A. students. But the career benefits for learners remain unclear.



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Fashion giants LVMH and Kering ban size zero models

September-06-2017 - reuters.com



PARIS (Reuters) - French fashion companies Kering and LVMH will stop hiring excessively thin models worldwide under a new charter developed in response to continued criticism the industry encourages...



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How to spot a hurricane-damaged used car

September-06-2017 - usatoday.com



Analysts are warning Americans to check vehicle history reports and inspect used cars carefully before buying.            



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Asda: Hundreds of jobs lost at supermarket offices

September-06-2017 - bbc.com



About 300 jobs are to go at Asda House in Leeds and George House in Leicester.



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U.S. services sector growth accelerates; trade deficit edges up

September-06-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. services sector activity accelerated in August amid strong gains in new orders and employment, suggesting that a slowdown in job growth last month was probably temporary.



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Toys´R´Us taps law firm to weigh restructuring options: source

September-06-2017 - reuters.com



NEW YORK (Reuters) - Toys"R"Us Inc has hired law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP to help weigh restructuring options ranging from a bankruptcy filing to raising financing as bricks and mortar retail goes through a major downturn, according to a person familiar with the matter.



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Aveva targeted in £3bn takeover by Schneider Electric

September-06-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Aveva, which makes software used to design oil rigs, ships and nuclear power stations, including by EDF for Hinkley Point, said it could not yet confirm if there would be job losses.



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36 oil and gas jobs being lost every day

September-06-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



The sector now employs or supports 302,200 roles, compared to 315,400 last year, and around one-third lower than a peak in 2014.



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North Sea oil jobs disappearing even faster than feared

September-06-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Reality Check: Who are the low-skilled EU workers?

September-06-2017 - bbc.com



How might a clampdown on low-skilled workers affect EU nationals?



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Brexit: Businesses warn over ´UK workers first´ proposal

September-06-2017 - bbc.com



Leaked Home Office proposals say firms must put UK workers first after Brexit or face penalties.



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Gannett restructuring will result in 1% staff reduction

September-06-2017 - usatoday.com



Gannett CEO Robert Dickey on Wednesday announced a corporate restructuring that will result in the elimination of less than 1% of employees.            



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Career decisions: How often should I switch jobs?

September-06-2017 - usatoday.com



Id love to give you the answer in a nutshell. But its a little more complicated, so read on.            



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Asda to axe hundreds of head office jobs in Leeds

September-06-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Britain’s third biggest supermarket is reported to have plans to slash around a tenth of Asda’s 2,500 jobs at its head office in Leeds, or around 250 roles.



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How to only pay for TV shows you actually want to watch

September-06-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Choosing what to watch on TV and where to watch it has become a minefield. Until around 15 years ago, you had to make do with just five channels unless you had satellite.



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California Comp Bureau Committee Votes to Submit Lower Pure Premium Filing

September-06-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The California Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureaus governing committee on Wednesday voted to amend the WCIRBs Jan. 1, 2018 pure premium rate filing that has already been submitted to the insurance commissioner. The vote to amend the filing was based



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PMC Insurance Group Hires Reh as Midwest Regional VP

September-06-2017 - insurancejournal.com



PMC Insurance Group, a national workers compensation specialty wholesaler, has hired Vincent Reh as regional vice president to manage PMCs Midwest region. In this role, Reh will be charged with underwriting, production and distribution management in this key territory. Reh



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Wells Fargo’s Additional Fake Accounts Could Jeopardize $142M Settlement

September-06-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Wells Fargo Co.s disclosure Thursday that employees may have opened significantly more unauthorized accounts than previously stated could jeopardize a $142 million class-action settlement with customers that won preliminary approval from a judge in July. The scandal that helped



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Everest Insurance Releases New Builders Risk Policy Forms

September-06-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Everest Insurance has expanded their construction builders risk offering with the launch of a suite of new builders risk policy forms. These forms offer commercial builders risk coverage products targeting project specific builders risk, master builders risk, specified perils, and



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Americans Are Happier at Work, but Expect a Lot Less

September-05-2017 - wsj.com



For the first time since 2005, more than half of U.S. workers say they’re satisfied with their jobs. But data also suggest Americans have changing views of what makes a job good, after a decade of bruising job cuts, minimal raises and lean staffing.



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Legal sector gains 100 jobs in August after sharp downturn in July

September-05-2017 - abajournal.com



The legal sector gained just 100 jobs in August, according to information from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Legal Week (sub. req.)



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ECHR court reverses ruling on sacking over private messages

September-05-2017 - bbc.com



Europe's human rights court reverses a ruling which allowed a firm to read an employee's messages.



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Sports Direct ´broke promise´ to axe zero-hours contracts

September-05-2017 - bbc.com



Unite the union accuses the retailer of advertising jobs that do not offer guaranteed hours.



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For Chinese millennials, despondency has a brand name

September-05-2017 - reuters.com



BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese millennials with a dim view of their career and marriage prospects can wallow in despair with a range of teas such as “achieved-absolutely-nothing black tea”, and...



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Travel money: How to sell back unused holiday cash

September-05-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Travellers with leftover holiday money often face a dilemma over what to do with their unused currency. We explain how to sell it back without losing out.



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Lego to axe 1,400 jobs as profits fall

September-05-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Lego is to slash 1,400 jobs as part of a company-wide overhaul to counter falling sales in the key markets of Europe and the US.



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How to find the best place to rent and avoid letting traps

September-05-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



For all those whose landlords are a dream, there's always a horror story of mould on walls, deposits docked for fictitious damage and boiler trouble. We get tips on renting successfully.



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How do you get a state pension when you are self-employed?

September-05-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



I am asking a question on behalf of a friend who is 63. She has a cleaning job at her local pub but they pay her cash in hand. Should she become self-employed and pay NI to get a state pension at 65?



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Lego to cut 1,400 jobs as sales slide

September-05-2017 - bbc.com



The world's biggest toymaker is cutting 8% of its workforce as sales and profits fall.



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Is the Labor Department’s White-Collar Salary Test DOA?

September-05-2017 - workforce.com



Late last week, a federal judge in Texas struck down the Department of Labor’s attempt to raise the salary test for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s white-collar exemptions from $455 per week to $913 per week. The court held that because the statute defines the administrative, executive, and professional exemptions based on their duties, any salary test that renders the... The post Is the Labor Department’s White-Collar Salary Test DOA? appeared first on Workforce Magazine .



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Bank of England resolves its dispute with striking workers

September-05-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Lego cuts 1,400 jobs as sales fall amid digital competition

September-05-2017 - usatoday.com



Lego cuts 1,400 jobs as sales fall amid digital competition            



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Education as a career? 5 reasons teaching might not be for you

September-05-2017 - usatoday.com



Here are 5 issues that may make you decide that teaching is not for you.            



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Telecommuting: Why hiring remote workers might (or might not) pay off

September-05-2017 - usatoday.com



Small businesses that dont need employees onsite can hire people located virtually anywhere. But forming relationships with remote workers is challenging.            



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Fifteen apprentices climb ladder of opportunity

September-05-2017 - onrec.com



Posted in Appointments Fifteen apprentices are starting careers with Britain’s biggest power distribution company. on 05 Sep 2017 The apprentices are beginning an 18-month apprenticeship with UK Power Networks, which keeps the lights on across London, the South East and East of England. They will be training to be cable jointers on low voltage electricity cables and will follow the Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards, which include a qualification in electrical power engineering. Their training will be completed at the company’s dedicated training centre in Kent and they will gain the experience to put their new skills into practice from their depots in Crawley, West Ham, Maidstone, Purfleet, Brixton, Enfield, Walton-on-Thames, Hemel Hempstead, Camden and Croydon. Steve Winder, who is 33, from Essex, said: “I feel proud to be working here. We will be providing the power that everyone needs to go about their daily lives, which is a big responsibility. There is satisfaction in restoring power to people who have had issues and need power to get on with their lives. “I hadn’t had an interview in six years so I was quite nervous. I thought they were going to be looking for younger people but they were more interested in my skills.” Daniel Bartlett, who is 25, from Sussex, said: “I like the fact that everything in this country revolves around electricity. Nothing can function without it and to train as the person that resolves people’s electricity issues is a very valued job.” Steve Read, trainee programmes manager at UK Power Networks, said: “Ensuring that we have skilled crafts people working on our distribution network is key to ensure that our customers’ electricity supply is maintained. The recruitment and training of apprentices enable us to grow our skills base, which is important in our industry. “Our chosen candidates should be proud of their success. It was a highly competitive process and we were looking for a very specific type of person who will have the dedication and ability needed for these crucial roles.” This year the company teamed up with 28 energy and utility companies through the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership to launch the new Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy . The strategy is raising the profile of job opportunities, training and skills through to 2020 in an industry that provides essential power, gas, water and waste management services to 65 million people across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. UK Power Networks has already trained more than 250 apprentices in the past five years to help fill the industry’s skills gap. Last year UK Power Networks apprentices became the first in the country to complete the new Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards and received their certificates at the House of Commons. For a chance to follow in their footsteps see the careers pages at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk



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Five-fold increase in number of first-year students disclosing a mental health condition to their university

September-05-2017 - onrec.com



New IPPR research shows 94% of UK universities have seen an increase in demand for counselling services Posted in News archive on 05 Sep 2017 Over the past 10 years the number of students disclosing a mental health condition to their institution has increased dramatically, according to a new report published today by IPPR, the progressive policy think tank.15,395 first-year students at higher education institutions in the UK disclosed a mental health condition in 2015/16 (2% of all students) – almost five times the number in 2006/07 (0.4%). The new analysis finds a widening gap in mental health disclosures between male and female students. In 2015/16 female first-year students were significantly more likely than male first-year students to disclose a mental health condition (2.5% compared to 1.4%), whereas in 2009/10 both were equally likely to disclose a mental health condition (both 0.5%). Around three-quarters of adults with a mental illness first experience symptoms before the age of 25. Millennials are more likely than previous generations of young adults to experience a mental health condition. 19% of young adults (aged 16-24) experience a mental health condition, up from 15% in 1993. Rising prevalence means university services are coming under more strain. The results from a new survey of 58 UK higher education providers show 94% have experienced an increase in demand for counselling services over the past 5 years, while 61% have seen demand increase by over 25%. It also finds that, in some universities, up to 1 in 4 students are using, or waiting to use, counselling services. The report also shows: Less than half (48 per cent) of students who report experiencing a mental health condition disclose it to their university, suggesting significant levels of unmet need In 2014/15, a record number of students who experienced mental health problems dropped-out of university (1,180), an increase of 210 % compared to 2009/10 A record number of students died by suicide in 2015. Between 2007 and 2015, the number of student suicides increased by 79% (from 75 to 134). Adults aged 20–24 are less likely than any other age group to record high levels wellbeing, but students experience lower levels still. In 2017, less than 1 in 5 students reported high levels of wellbeing. Other results from IPPR’s new survey of 58 UK higher education providers show: Less than 29% have designed an explicit mental health & wellbeing strategy One quarter (23%) do not work closely with NHS secondary mental health services One third (29%) do not monitor the attendance of all students in order to identify those at risk of poor mental health Two thirds (67%) do not provide students access to NHS mental health specialists who can deliver interventions on site 'Buy-in and direction from senior leadership’ is considered by universities to be the most important factor in helping to improve student mental health and wellbeing. IPPR Senior Research Fellow, Craig Thorley said: “The number of students who report a mental health condition to their university is growing rapidly. And a significant proportion experience mental distress and/or low wellbeing which risks disrupting their studies. Universities must be ready to support these students, including, where appropriate, through referral into specialist care. But the extent of support is currently too varied, and many university services are overwhelmed by the level of demand. As a first step, the university sector should make a firm commitment to drive up quality and increase access to support services. Along with strengthened NHS provision and funding, this will help ensure that no student is held back by their mental health.” IPPR recommends that the university sector collectively adopts student mental health and wellbeing as a priority issue, with individual institutions developing their own ‘whole-university’ approaches, which, in the vast majority of cases, will require increased funding diverted to support student mental health from within university budgets. IPPR also recommends that government and the NHS should: Introduce a new Student Health Fund into which local partnerships of education and health providers can bid to deliver innovative models of integrated care to students Introduce a new Student Premium to top-up the funding of GP practices with high proportions of patients who are students (these practices currently lose out due to the way NHS funding is allocated within primary care) Pilot a new digital NHS Student Health Passport to improve the continuity of healthcare and treatment among students who move between home and university



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Why your marketing colleagues are your secret weapon for recruiting great people

September-05-2017 - onrec.com



Jon Addison, head of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn UK Posted in News archive on 05 Sep 2017 In today’s candidate-centric job market, the competition for talent is fierce. For employers, this means going the extra mile to stand out from the crowd and show prospective employees why you are a great place to work. New research from LinkedIn has found that 62 per cent of recent job-switchers in the UK knew little to nothing about their current employer before applying for the job. We also found that one in five recent job-switchers in the UK were unable to find out information about what a prospective employer was like to work for prior to applying, with 14% saying information on would-be employers’ websites is too vague. These findings should be a wake up call to recruitment teams as it is vital that Britain’s employers are doing more to boost awareness and promote themselves among professionals. One of the best ways to attract talented professionals to work for your organisation is by building a strong, accessible employer brand. But showcasing the opportunities you offer as an employer isn’t something that falls to just recruitment or HR. Instead, it’s vital that recruitment and marketing colleagues work together to pool expertise when sourcing, attracting and hiring future employees. Recognise that many heads are better than one Employer branding should draw on a number of areas within a business from marketing, communications, IT and of course HR and recruitment. While it’s vital that your employer brand reflects all areas of the business and is genuine in its approach, you’ll be surprised how many different skills are required to get your employer brand up and running.  A great example of a company who does this well is AND Digital - whose recruitment and marketing leads meet on a weekly basis to monitor engagement, and to develop new ideas for content. And it’s clearly working - follower growth on all social media channels is surpassing goals, and the team are now achieving 100% direct hires. Join up your approach to social Your company’s website and social media channels are your shop window for candidates. If a job ad piques the interest of a professional, you can bet that they’ll go online to look for more information about your company. And, while online channels are often managed by the marketing team, your followers are often some of the best candidates for job openings - especially as they’ve already chosen to engage with your company. This means that it is vital that recruitment and marketing teams take a joined up approach to social media, to ensure that job hunters can find information online easily and remove any barriers they might face when applying. Recruitment teams should feed content into social calendars, and ensure that content published through these channels is as engaging as possible for prospective candidates during hiring campaigns. Remember what you stand for LinkedIn research shows that more than half (52 per cent) of professionals consider a company’s values to be a deal breaker when it comes to accepting a job offer. This means that your employer brand needs to communicate your company’s values and purpose in order to connect the right employees to your business. This is where HR and marketing working together can really help; HR understands the employees of an organisation and what matters to them, but marketing understands how to communicate a message, and how to make sure that it’s seen. By involving HR teams in the marketing process, and visa versa, you can help ensure that there’s consistency between the company’s consumer and employer brand - and that your company’s values are weaved in throughout both. While our research shows that candidates currently struggle to make a connection with companies, it doesn’t have to be that way. By fostering cross-departmental collaboration, you can ensure that your organisation is tackling the challenge of recruiting top talent in a competitive market head-on.



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Best Practice in Inclusion

September-05-2017 - onrec.com



Does everyone in your organisation understand best practice in inclusion? Posted in News archive on 05 Sep 2017 Evenbreak's Best Practice Portal from Jane Hatton on Vimeo . Evenbreak's Best Practice Portal means everyone in your organisation can learn from the experts - disabled people and employers who are already implementing best practice in this area. Meaning you don't have to 'start from scratch'. So, if you want to create a more inclusive culture, know how to onboard a blind recruit, introduce workplace adjustment passports or job carving, or find out abut disability etiquette, the portal shows you how others have done it, so you can adapt it to your own approach. As useful for hiring managers as it is for recruitment professionals and strategic directors, there is something for everyone. And once you subscribe, every employee in your organisation can access the portal, as and when they need to, replacing the fear of getting it wrong with the confidence to get it right. I'd be delighted to have a chat with you and answer any questions you may have. Email me now to start the conversation! Jane PS Feedback from staff from Citizen's Advice who are already using the portal includes: "I particularly liked the Disability Etiquette e-book which was a very insightful overview with a touch of humour." "It's great - I love the fact that it is gathered from a lot of different organisations and that it has such a wide scope of subjects." "I found the size of the articles helpful, as they could be used as a quick reference as and when you need it - the videos are the same in this regard." "I think the tool could be very useful to inform service improvement for clients." "A good thing about the videos is that they have subtitles so you don't need to have sound on your laptop."



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Businesses failing to prepare for rise of AI, survey finds

September-05-2017 - onrec.com



We are unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace. That is according to a poll of over 2,000 senior HR professionals carried out by Alexander Mann Solutions. Posted in News archive on 05 Sep 2017 In its survey, the global talent acquisition and management specialist found that just 23% of senior HR professionals believe that we are preparing the next generation of professionals for the rise of AI, despite the fact that two thirds (69%) forecast that it is very or somewhat likely that we will see humanoids in the workplace by 2030. When quizzed on what skills businesses should be developing to enhance the potential of AI, over a third (36%) cited adaptability to change, around a fifth (22%) said creative skills were most important with a similar number (18%) believing IT and technical skills should be prioritised. Laurie Padua, Director of Technology and Operations Consulting, comments; “According to Accenture, AI has the potential to add an estimated £654 billion ($814 billion) to the UK economy by 2035. However, the potential of any intelligent software is limited by the human talent responsible for commissioning, implementing and managing it.” “The successful implementation of effective systems relies on strong strategy and delivery. With this in mind, it is crucial that HR teams put in place strategic workforce plans to ensure that they not only have access to requisite technical skills, but also focus on investing in talent with adaptable core competencies which are currently difficult to recreate in machines, such as creativity and communication skills.”   “HR strategists must become accustomed to upskilling existing teams and planning future workforces with robots in mind - but there will be no cliff-edge of job losses as AI replaces human workers. Instead, the roles of real-life employees will develop so that we will work alongside robots to become more efficient and productive, and innately human traits will become more valuable than ever before. GE, for example, is reportedly building a ‘robotic workforce’ as part of its shift toward high-tech business. To manage the transition, scientists are being redeployed to the company’s machine-learning lab where they are tasked with helping to make cloud-hosted software models of GE’s existing machines that can be used to save money and improve safety for its customers long-term.” www.alexandermannsolutions.com



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Workday Announces Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Financial Results

September-04-2017 - onrec.com



Subscription Revenues of $434.5 Million, Up 42% Year Over Year; Total Revenues of $525.3 Million, Up 41% Year Over Year Posted in News archive on 04 Sep 2017 Workday, Inc. (NYSE: WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today announced results for the fiscal second quarter ended July 31, 2017. Total revenues were $525.3 million, an increase of 40.6% from the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Subscription revenues were $434.5 million, an increase of 42.0% from the same period last year. Operating loss was $81.6 million, or negative 15.5% of revenues, compared to an operating loss of $86.7 million, or negative 23.2% of revenues, in the same period last year. Non-GAAP operating profit for the second quarter was $49.0 million, or 9.3% of revenues, compared to a non-GAAP operating profit of $6.1 million, or 1.6% of revenues, in the same period last year.1 Net loss per basic and diluted share was $0.40, compared to a net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.55 in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.24, compared to a non-GAAP net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.04 in the same period last year.1 Operating cash flows for the second quarter were $15.1 million and free cash flows were negative $23.4 million. For the trailing twelve months, operating cash flows were $376.4 million and free cash flows were $247.5 million.2 Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $2.1 billion as of July 31, 2017. Unearned revenues were $1.2 billion, a 26.2% increase from the same period last year. Comments on the News "Our second quarter results underscore our belief that Workday is the leading provider of finance and HR in the cloud. Not only did we see continued traction in finance, but now more than 30% of the Fortune 500 have selected Workday for core HR," said Aneel Bhusri, co-founder and CEO, Workday. "Coupling this success with our increasing strength among medium enterprises and strong adoption of new products like Workday Planning gives us great confidence in our ability to continue growing market share globally while keeping customer satisfaction among the highest in the industry." "We were pleased to deliver our fourth consecutive quarter of over 40% subscription revenue growth, along with solid operating margins," said Robynne Sisco, chief financial officer, Workday. "With the momentum from our second quarter results, we are raising our fiscal 2018 outlook and are now expecting subscription revenue of $1.750 to $1.757 billion, or growth of 36%. We expect our third quarter subscription revenue to be between $450 and $452 million, or growth of 33% to 34%. We continue to focus our investments on areas of the business that drive long-term growth, while delivering strong operating margins and cash flow expansion over time." Recent Highlights Workday announced its intent to open the Workday Cloud Platform, equipping customers and, eventually, a broader ecosystem of partners, ISVs, and developers with a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering to build custom extensions and applications for customers' business needs. Workday was positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the first-ever Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large, and Global Enterprises. Workday was recognized as a leader based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision.3 Workday announced continued medium enterprise momentum with customers across industries deploying Workday and realizing business benefits including the ability to reduce risk, and rapidly scale and adjust their business. Workday was named one of the Best Large Workplaces in Europe by the Great Place to Work Institute, ranking #3 on this year's list. Workday was also ranked #1 in the Bay Area News Group's top workplaces for the seventh consecutive year. Workday plans to host a conference call today to review its second quarter financial results and to discuss its financial outlook. The call is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET and can be accessed via webcast or through Workday's Investor Relations website. The webcast will be available live, and a replay will be available following completion of the live broadcast for approximately 45 days. Workday intends to use the Workday Blog as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. 1 Non-GAAP operating profit (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share exclude share-based compensation expenses, employer payroll tax-related items on employee stock transactions, amortization expense for acquisition-related intangible assets, and debt discount and issuance costs associated with convertible notes. See the section titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the accompanying financial tables for further details. 2 Free cash flows are defined as operating cash flows minus capital expenditures (excluding owned real estate projects). See the section titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" in the accompanying financial tables for further details. 3 Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises, 19 June 2017 Disclaimer - Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.



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McDonald´s workers stage company´s first strike in Britain

September-04-2017 - reuters.com



LONDON (Reuters) - Workers at two McDonald’s restaurants staged the first strike to hit the company in Britain in a protest over pay and other issues on Monday.



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CV-Library launches biggest advertising push to date

September-04-2017 - onrec.com



Job board investing heavily in offline marketing activity across the UK Posted in News archive on 04 Sep 2017 Company Profile CV-Library.co.uk View profile » This autumn will see the UK’s leading independent job site,  CV-Library , complete its biggest advertising push to date, reaching out to candidates all over the country on trains, large format roadside, taxis, bus shelters, gyms, coffee shops, airports and more. In addition to this, the popular job board will be targeting key commuter audiences on the London Underground, Glasgow Subway and the Newcastle Metro, as well as launching an exciting new radio campaign, airing on the UK’s most popular stations throughout September and October. Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of  CV-Library comments: “Our offline marketing plays a key role in cementing us as the UK's largest CV database; helping businesses of all types and sizes find the best candidates. We’re continuing to invest in a wide range of formats in order to drive candidate registrations and  applications in key towns and cities across the UK and we’re really excited about hitting the airwaves with our brand new national radio campaign!” CV-Library’s radio advert will be heard over 128.5 million times reaching over 15.4 million people during popular breakfast and drive time shows. Some of the UK’s leading stations will air the advert including Kiss, Capital, Magic, Heart, Smooth and Absolute, as well as key regional stations all over the country. Other key advertising highlights include: Over  100 branded taxis  travelling across London, Reading and Bristol Advertising in 271 gyms across the country , engaging with active, hard to reach professionals who enjoy keeping fit  Over  100,000 CV-Library branded coffee cups and sandwich bags  across the country, targeting job hunters in cities Coverage at  Birmingham and East Midlands airports  reaching out to frequent business flyers and late holiday makers looking for some autumn sun Biggins concludes: “By taking our adverts nationwide, and across  such a range of formats, we’re able to tap into candidate markets in key areas, helping workers to find their next opportunity, as well as supporting local recruiters. We currently have around 160,000 jobs posted on our website for job hunters to take advantage  of and we hope that by reaching out via our campaigns, we can connect great talent to exciting businesses.” Furthermore, CV-Library continues to attract candidates by publishing insightful and engaging content on its Career  Advice centre, as well as tapping into its core target audiences through social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. 



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TUC survey commentary from totaljobs HR director

September-04-2017 - onrec.com



By totaljobs’ HR Director, David Clift Posted in Opinion on 04 Sep 2017 Company Profile Totaljobs View profile » “For some employers, it seems that a shift in the perception on flexible working is needed – from seeing it as a hindrance where employees are punished, to an option that can be used to attract and retain the best talent. “Thinking about employees as individuals with differing priorities is important and offering flexible working should be, where possible, a component of any benefits package. Our research found that nearly a third (32%) of employees look for flexible working / working from home options in a role.”



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New Report: Insufficient careers advice puts £90bn GDP at risk

September-04-2017 - onrec.com



Against a backdrop of declining GCSE results, a new report shows that parents have significant concerns about the quality of careers advice on offer to secondary school pupils. Posted in News archive on 04 Sep 2017 Almost three quarters (74%) of parents feel that careers advice in schools is too focused on academia Over half (57%) say tuition fees put them off encouraging their child to go to university Lack of knowledge of the many different entry points to the construction/built environment, such as work experience, internships and apprenticeships to undergraduate and graduate programmes Over two thirds (68%) of parents believe that children do not receive enough careers advice at school FTSE 250 company pledges 1% of workforce as career ambassadors to help schools offer better advice, and to avert £90bn UK GDP crisis in construction Upcoming Government Careers Strategy could accelerate collaboration between business and schools Against a backdrop of declining GCSE results, a new report shows that parents have significant concerns about the quality of careers advice on offer to secondary school pupils.  With 74% of those surveyed feeling careers advice is too focused on academic pathways, and 68% of parents believing that children do not receive enough advice, the report commissioned by FTSE 250 construction and services giant Kier, points to a need for business and government to do more to improve out of date advice. As the construction/built environment sector battles a fundamental image problem, with pupils and parents not appreciating the breadth of career opportunities on offer in the sector – as well as the industry needing to take on 400,000 new recruits per annum to keep pace with the UK’s growing housing and infrastructure demand – this is about averting a £90bn UK GDP crisis. As part of the report, a study of 2,000 secondary school teachers, parents and careers advisors was undertaken to assess perceptions of careers advice and career options for school leavers, and specifically to gauge their understanding of construction and the built environment. The study identified 90% of teachers across the UK are unaware of the scale of the recruitment shortfall in the construction sector, with 41% not realising there is an issue at all. It also found that 54% of teachers and parents believe there is a lack of career progression in construction/the built environment, and associate the industry with being muddy, manual, male dominated and low paid thanks to outdated perceptions. This is despite the fact that the industry provides a wealth of opportunity across all skillsets. In part, lack of knowledge is being compounded by a lack of detailed careers advice. The report found that over half of pupils (65%) aged 11-13 get no official advice and only a quarter of 13-15 year olds (27%) got ‘one hour, once’ of careers advice. The report also found that 57% of parents say rising tuition fees put them off encouraging university as an option for their children, yet 81% of parents were unaware that major FTSE companies can pay the cost of a degree course and offer a guaranteed entry point into work upon completion of studies. Given that the public sector faces continued budgetary pressures, schools and councils cannot provide timely, comprehensive and persuasive careers advice without support. With the backing of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Careers Enterprise Company, Kier is pledging 1% of its workforce as Career Ambassadors to work with schools and colleges over the next 12months to engage with at least 10,000 school pupils, to inform and inspire the next generation. Haydn Mursell, Chief Executive of Kier, said: “With an ageing workforce, uncertainty around Brexit and an ambitious pipeline of construction, housing and wider infrastructure projects, which equates to £90bn of UK GDP delivery and creates a demand for circa 400,000 new recruits per annum, it is imperative that we attract new talent into our industry.  “We have invested in comprehensive resource to train and develop new talent, we offer a vast array of roles, great scope and support for diversity and career progression, and we offer the chance to leave a lasting legacy and make a real contribution to local communities, as well as UK GDP. But we also have an image crisis, based on out of date perceptions and advice. We cannot leave this to schools, councils or the government alone to resolve. Business is best placed to explain itself, its employment offering and its skills and training needs. “For this reason we are pledging a minimum of 1% of our workforce as Career Ambassadors to work with schools and colleges across the UK, to engage with at least 10,000 pupils over the next 12 months. “If every company in the FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 followed the 1% pledge as part of their commitment to employment and skills, we could create a powerful network of real world advisors, to inform and inspire the next generation.” Kier would welcome the Government, using its upcoming Careers Strategy, to take further steps to improve careers advice and increase opportunities for collaboration between the public and private sector, following the success of the Careers & Enterprise Company, which brokers this kind of collaboration. The report ‘ Averting a £90bn GDP crisis: A report on the image and recruitment crisis facing the built environment ’ is available from the Kier website: www.kier.co.uk/researchreport . Or for more information on opportunities available in the industry, please visit: www.shapingyourworld.co.uk .



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EVA, the revolutionary recruitment robot is now operational at LUCKYLINK

September-04-2017 - onrec.com



LUCKYLINK welcomes EVA who joins the team as their Employment Virtual Assistant. on 04 Sep 2017 Founded in 2014, LUCKYLINK recruitment has a prestigious network of bars, restaurants and hotels in London, and a directory of over 35,000 qualified, experienced staff. This month, LUCKYLINK introduced their latest recruit. EVA is a recruiter-bot hardwired with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Currently EVA is being trained by LUCKYLINK’s recruitment executives as an entry level specialist, assisting in the team in candidate sourcing and screening. Fully launching in October, EVA learns at such speed that she will then have the knowledge of a recruitment executive with two years experience, with more to come.. How does EVA help? SOURCING EVA is amazing at sourcing a large volume of candidates. She automatically acquires new candidates from every possible digital and physical source using LUCKYLINK’s proprietary technology. SCREENING EVA carefully reviews every available profile and CV to produce a comprehensive pool of potential candidates. She then screens for suitability using both AI and the expertise of the LUCKYLINK team to talk with candidates and understand them on a deeper level including their cultural fit with the potential employer. MATCHING EVA’s use of statistical algorithms makes her capable of accurately matching suitable candidates with the roles best suited to their skills and personality. Her decision making is always checked by a competent human. SCHEDULING EVA streamlines the scheduling of interviews and trial shifts. arranging and aligning diaries becomes effortless. PLACING Employer feedback is collated by EVA which informs her matching algorithms, allowing for highly accurate re-placing if and when required. More info about EVA. With only a 10 minute brief, LUCKYLINK can present 5 suitable candidates for any front of house, back of house or management vacancy, drawn from a pool of thousands in fewer than 5 days. “Our recruiters are at least four times more productive than those in a traditional agency, all thanks to EVA and her AI technology. Speed and cost of hire is critical to our uncompromising clients, we can meet their expectations thanks to the power of this technology” - Max Knupfer, Chief Recruitment Officer at LUCKYLINK Recruitment Why is LUCKYLINK different? LUCKYLINK’s pricing and guarantees are unrivalled in the recruitment industry. Their AI powered technology enables industry leading pricing, on average 60% less than their closest competitors. In addition they can guarantee the placement with a world beating 12 month unlimited replacement policy. This guarantee provides peace of mind, a real luxury in an increasingly unpredictable world after Brexit. The extraordinary thing is that hospitality managers can apply this 12-month replacement guarantee to existing employees. Indeed, with a one-off upfront payment or 12 monthly instalments, employers can protect against staff turnover with unlimited replacements for a year or longer. “Hospitality employers don’t want to waste time and money chatting to, meeting with, and hiring irrelevant, unqualified, unvetted and temporary people. Likewise candidates wish to avoid injury “swiping right” tinder-style, on vacancies that are outdated, fake, and above all detrimental to their career development. We have built EVA, our amazing LUCKYLINK recruiter-bot to make the process painless and effortless. ‘She’ is already proving successful at helping the team, placing candidates and filling our clients vacancies.” - Ben Kaminsky, Founder & CEO of LUCKYLINK Recruitment. Currently boasting an ever-growing community of over 35,000 qualified hospitality candidates in London alone and with over 3,000 staff actively seeking permanent positions each month, LUCKYLINK has your future workforce ready and waiting. If you are interested in using LUCKYLINK please get in touch via luckylink.com or enquiries@luckylink.com .   



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McDonald´s workers on strike in the UK for the first time

September-04-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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McDonald´s hit by first UK industrial action

September-04-2017 - bbc.com



The fast food chain has seen 14 workers walk out of two of its stores in a dispute over contracts.



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Post workers recruited by gangs to steal bank cards

September-04-2017 - bbc.com



A gang offers £1,000 a week to Royal Mail staff to steal bank cards, a BBC investigation finds.



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Want to retire at 40? Heres how to do it

September-04-2017 - usatoday.com



It is possible to retire early without earning a six-figure salary. Heres how much youll have to save to get there.            



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Top 15 upcoming jobs to look out for this fall

September-04-2017 - usatoday.com



If you dont already have a job lined up for the fall, you dont have to worry that nothings out there.            



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Heres how to get that job, even if youre underqualified

September-03-2017 - usatoday.com



There are some circumstances where a job might be beyond reach, but still attainable.            



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Shipping industry urges Government to double funding to £30m for recruitment drive

September-03-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Brexit: UK to be ´educated´ about consequences, says Barnier

September-03-2017 - bbc.com



The EU's chief negotiator says it is his job to teach the UK about the cost of leaving the bloc.



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Heres how to get that job, even if youre underqualified

September-03-2017 - usatoday.com



There are some circumstances where a job might be beyond reach, but still attainable.            



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Powell: How to manage the risk of inflation in retirement

September-02-2017 - usatoday.com



Americans may not fully understand how inflation will affect them in their retirement.            



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Pete the Planner: How to avoid overspending tradition of the holiday season

September-02-2017 - usatoday.com



The holiday spending mistake people make is they try to jam their increased spending into their cash flow during the last six weeks of the year.            



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US adds fewer jobs than expected in August

September-02-2017 - abcnews.com



This was a weaker than expected report.



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US stocks rise as investors cheer August jobs report

September-02-2017 - abcnews.com



US stocks rise for the sixth day in a row after a middling August jobs report confirms investors' view that the Federal Reserve probably won't raise interest rates too quickly



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What your little treasure needs to know about finance

September-02-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



More than half of parents do not have either the confidence or knowledge to teach their children how to handle money, while the subject is not a statutory part of the school curriculum.



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How to ensure your funds add up as student fees soar

September-02-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



Students who are heading to university later this month will have to contend with tuition fees rising to £9,250, the scrapping of maintenance grants and student loans with interest rate of 6.1%.



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How to navigate emerging markets in times of strife

September-02-2017 - dailymail.co.uk



An investment in this index would have returned a hefty 25.8 per cent so far this year, compared to just 13.7 per cent from the developed markets index, which includes the US and UK.



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Powell: How to manage the risk of inflation in retirement

September-02-2017 - usatoday.com



Americans may not fully understand how inflation will affect them in their retirement.            



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Pete the Planner: How to avoid overspending tradition of the holiday season

September-02-2017 - usatoday.com



The holiday spending mistake people make is they try to jam their increased spending into their cash flow during the last six weeks of the year.            



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Markets Right Now: Stocks rise with banks, automakers

September-01-2017 - abcnews.com



Stocks rise for the sixth day in a row after a weaker than expected August jobs report makes investors more confident that interest rates will stay low



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How major US stock market indexes fared Friday

September-01-2017 - abcnews.com



US stocks rose Friday as investors bet a relatively weak jobs report for the month of August will help keep interest rates low while the economy keeps growing



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US employment growth misses forecasts for August

September-01-2017 - bbc.com



Employers created less jobs than expected in the US last month, latest figures show.



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Your ABA: The Year Ahead

September-01-2017 - abajournal.com



FOCUS ON THE FUTURE In some ways, Bass’ career path has been straightforward. She graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University after majoring



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Bridgend-based Buy As You View firm in administration

September-01-2017 - bbc.com



The Bridgend-based firms cuts 41 jobs, with another 226 at risk, after making "significant losses".



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Wall Street edges up as rate-hike bets in check after jobs data

September-01-2017 - reuters.com



NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street gained modestly on Friday as a tepid U.S. jobs report kept expectations muted for another interest rate hike this year, while investors kicked off a typically dour month for stocks on a positive note.



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Weak US jobs growth prompts doubts over Fed´s interest rate timetable

September-01-2017 - telegraph.co.uk





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Where (and how) to find the best Labor Day weekend deals

September-01-2017 - usatoday.com



Retailers arent just dishing out savings for your benefit. theyre hoping to drum up business.            



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Best Labor Day weekend car deals, cash-back and financing discounts

September-01-2017 - usatoday.com



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



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Economy added tepid 156,000 jobs in August

September-01-2017 - usatoday.com



Economists estimate employers added 180,000 jobs in August as gains slowed after strong showings in June and July.            



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How to handle credit card bills during an emergency

September-01-2017 - usatoday.com



Making the right moves with creditors after a crisis can save headaches later. Here are some basic moves to make when you cant pay your credit card bills after an emergency.            



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Meet the portable scanner that can tell if your food has gone bad

September-01-2017 - usatoday.com



The Bosch X-Spect can also tell your washing machine how to remove stains            



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Judge Throws Out Obama Rule Hiking Overtime Pay

September-01-2017 - insurancejournal.com



A federal judge in Texas on Thursday struck down an Obama administration rule that would have extended mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million U.S. workers, siding with business groups and 21 states that had challenged it. The decision



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Chemical Fumes at Tennessee Filter Plant Sickens 24 Workers

September-01-2017 - insurancejournal.com



Officials say chemical fumes have sickened 24 workers at a Tennessee plant that makes filters. Chattanooga Fire Department spokesman Bruce Garner told media the incident was reported about 10 a.m. Wednesday at Southern Filter Media. He said workers were using



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Reese Joins Integro as Principal in Chicago Office

September-01-2017 - insurancejournal.com



International broker and risk management firm Integro Insurance Brokers has hired Matt Reese as a principal for business development within the national sales practice across all lines of property and casualty insurance, as well as employee benefits. He will be



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Texas Workers’ Comp Division Releases Disaster Guidelines for Insurers

September-01-2017 - insurancejournal.com



The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers Compensation has issued guidelines for insurers concerning workers compensation claims filed by insureds in counties named in Gov. Greg Abbotts Hurricane Harvey disaster proclamation. TDI-DWC said that for the duration disaster



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Federal Reserve finalizes rules to help unwind big banks

September-01-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Friday finalized a new rule that should make it easier to wind down systematically important U.S. banks by creating a safe harbor for financial contracts after a firm defaults.



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U.S. job growth slows in August; wage growth retreats

September-01-2017 - reuters.com



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in August after two straight months of hefty increases, but the pace of gains should be more than enough for the Federal Reserve to announce a plan to start trimming a massive bond portfolio accumulated as it sought to bolster the economy.



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UK companies committed to gender pay gap reporting but need to explain slows publication

September-01-2017 - onrec.com



Although supportive of Gender Pay Gap reporting in principle, the majority of UK companies see the need to create a narrative around their figures which is slowing down publication, according to a recent survey by Mercer Posted in News archive on 01 Sep 2017 A third of companies have completed reporting, few have published yet The majority (70%) intend to publish a narrative to support the figures Over half (54%) have looked into root causes, albeit focusing on pay levels rather than long term issues such as women's careers Although supportive of Gender Pay Gap reporting in principle, the majority of UK companies see the need to create a narrative around their figures which is slowing down publication, according to a recent survey by Mercer . The survey shows that although perceptions of the regulations have improved since being made final, companies find the regulations complex (41%), confusing (29%) and misleading (28%) – see table 1. A third of companies had completed their analysis at the end of May and most (44%) plan on leaving it to later in the year (Oct 2017-Jan 2018) to report; 28% don’t know when they will report. “Although committed to the principle of reporting many UK companies feel the figures will show an overly simplistic view and so see a need to explain further to their staff and shareholders”, said Chris Charman, Principal and Reward expert at Mercer. “Many companies are concerned about the risk of reputational damage when publishing their figures, especially as there still seems to be much confusion between the Gender Pay Gap and the legal requirement of equal pay for equal work. “Most organisations are focused on getting to grips with the figures and developing a narrative to explain. Leading organisations are well advised to think about how they can be looking ahead in order to be making improvements in future years.  At the heart of this is looking at root causes, which can be found in pay, female promotion and the jobs that men and women predominate in.” In terms of looking for root causes of the pay gaps, 54% of respondents have conducted some sort of analysis (e.g. equal pay audits and bonus programme analysis) in the last three years. Looking ahead there is a dramatic change in the attention being given by organisations to actions beyond pay, and some leading organisations are addressing this issue already.  For example, 25% of organisations have analysed data on female promotions already with a further 30% intending to do this; 25% have set goals for female representation with a further 19% intending to do this; 36% have already trained managers in unconscious bias with a further 20% intending to do this. “Those companies who focus solely on compliance will have a hard time closing the gap,” said Mr Charman. “From our own research we see that to make progress on closing the Gender Pay Gap requires fair pay programmes, equal pay monitoring and corrective action, a strong focus on female progression and gender parity, as well as attention to the broader diversity and inclusion programme.” Mercer’s Gender Pay Gap Reporting Survey provides insights from HR and reward professionals on their perceptions, reactions, concerns and plans surrounding the legislation . Mercer received responses from 165 UK companies, of which 29% were from the FTSE250, representing a market capitalisation of more than £449bn.



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Review: Chevrolet Traverse High Country is high in price, features

September-01-2017 - usatoday.com



Its pricey, but this fully-loaded SUV gets the job done            



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Strong business relationships key to future recruitment industry success, says Bullhorn’s Peter Linas ahead of Bullhorn Live 2017

September-01-2017 - onrec.com



Bullhorn Live London 2017 will highlight best practices for recruitment business growth in the New Relationship Economy Posted in News archive on 01 Sep 2017 Company Profile Bullhorn View profile » Bullhorn , the cloud computing company that helps staffing and recruiting organisations transform their businesses, will host its fifth annual – and largest to date – Bullhorn Live London event on 11-12 October at Bishopsgate. Bullhorn Live is a unique industry event created to promote and support the strategic growth of the recruitment industry. Due to its growing popularity and extensive agenda, Bullhorn Live will be, for the first time ever, a two-day event. A record 1,000 recruitment professionals and thought leaders from across Europe will come together with Bullhorn executives and Marketplace partners to explore, discuss, and learn about this year’s theme: Growing Your Business in the New Relationship Economy. The New Relationship Economy stipulates that the nature of business-to-business relationships is undergoing a fundamental shift, away from traditional sales-focused models and towards authentic, long-term connections based on trust, individuality, and personalisation.   Peter Linas, international managing director at Bullhorn, says: “As the world of recruitment continues to be shaped by a range of social, political, technological, and economic factors, the need to succeed in the New Relationship Economy is greater than ever before.” Day one of Bullhorn Live will focus on developing an understanding of how to navigate the New Relationship Economy, beginning with an opening keynote from Bullhorn CEO, Art Papas, and international managing director, Peter Linas. Throughout the day, experts will provide workshops to outline strategies for dealing with key challenges and opportunities that exist within the New Relationship Economy, including EU GDPR, changing business models and hiring trends, the rise and impact of disruptive technology, and socio-political shifts such as Brexit. Day two of the event will focus on leveraging the latest innovations from Bullhorn and its vast ecosystem of Marketplace partners, beginning with a look at Bullhorn’s product roadmap. Workshops will provide hands-on advice and training to help new and seasoned Bullhorn users use technology to improve productivity, customer service, operational efficiency, and revenue. Linas continues: “Each year, we have made Bullhorn Live bigger and better as we grow it into an established recruitment industry conference. This year, it will provide more industry-centric, valuable content than ever before and will bring together a wide range of industry practitioners from across Europe.” “We recognise that the industry is undergoing serious change,” he adds, “and it’s our goal to support growth in what is concurrently a very challenging and promising time for recruiters. Strong business relationships will be the key difference marker.” Guests can tweet their thoughts about the Bullhorn Live London using #bullhornlive, and keep up-to-date with the latest Bullhorn news by following @BullhornUK. For more information about the day and to register your attendance, please visit: bullhornlive.bullhorn.com



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Pay ratios will bring greater transparency and accountability, says CIPD

September-01-2017 - onrec.com



Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy for the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, comments on the new Corporate Governance Reforms: Posted in News archive on 01 Sep 2017 Company Profile CIPD View profile » “The Government’s Corporate Governance Reforms are a welcome move towards building greater trust and fairness in business. While today’s reforms may not go as far originally suggested a year ago, they nonetheless improve transparency around top pay and boost employee voice at board level.  “The CIPD has been calling for the publication of pay ratio between CEOs and their workforce since 2015 so we welcome the Government’s plans to introduce new laws to address this. The latest CIPD/High Pay Centre research found that for every pound their average worker is paid, a FTSE 100 CEO receives £129. Our research has also shown that high levels of CEO pay can demotivate the wider workforce, which can have a wider impact on engagement and productivity, so it’s right that this is addressed through greater transparency and accountability. “We also welcome moves to publicly name companies that encounter significant shareholder opposition to executive pay packages. Executive pay must be clearly linked to business performance and shareholders have a key role to play in holding executives to account on this. “It is particularly encouraging to see that the Government’s reform package will require all large companies’ directors to explain how they are taking not just shareholder but also employee interests into account. Good corporate governance must start with the workforce, who play a fundamental role in creating a business’s success, as well as shareholders and the wider community.  “The requirement to ensure that employees’ interests are better represented at board level of listed companies is a positive step. Evidence from numerous corporate scandals shows that there was knowledge of issues that were undermining corporate governance but too often people felt they could not, or were afraid of, speaking out. There is no magic bullet to creating meaningful employee voice but the options put forward by government are broadly positive and should encourage greater awareness and discussion of workforce matters at board level.”



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Wells Fargo reveals wider abuses: Are you owed money?

September-01-2017 - usatoday.com



Wells Fargo said it may have opened as many as 3.5M unauthorized accounts. Heres how to find out if youre affected and what to do if you are.            



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Advertised salaries hit three-year low

September-01-2017 - onrec.com



Average advertised salaries have plunged to a three-year low of £32,199, according to Adzuna.co.uk. Posted in News archive on 01 Sep 2017 Company Profile Adzuna View profile » Average advertised salaries (£32,199) are at their lowest level since April 2014 (£32,185) Vacancy surge continues – availability of roles increases 6.6% annually to 1,231,552 Southampton becomes one of the best cities to find a job – as competition per jobseekers per vacancy lowers to 0.12 Graduate salaries are up 3.6% from 2016 as latest school leavers collect their A-level results Gig economy continues to thrive despite Taylor review – more than a million workers now powering sector Hospitality vacancies soar 20% y-o-y as more Britons choose to staycation Average advertised salaries have plunged to a three-year low of £32,199, according to Adzuna.co.uk. The last time wages sunk this low were in April 2014 when they reached £32,185. The current average also represents a 1.5% annual decrease from the £32,688 posted in July 2016. Regionally, South East England has endured the slowest pace of wage growth as salaries have fallen by 3.3% behind last year’s figures, residing at £30,683.  In contrast, salaries in Northern Ireland are facing an uptick of 2.3% from last year to currently sit at £29,690. The strain on incomes is expected to get worse before it gets better as the cost of living is rising at a faster rate than wage growth, but positive improvements in some regions hint at potential signs of recuperation. Meanwhile, vacancies have fared much better than wages, with a 6.6% annual increase meaning there are 1,231,552 currently available openings. Opportunities for jobseekers and employees are rife at present – despite Brexit plans on the horizon – with more roles being created and the jobs market continuing to prove itself resilient. With recent predictions stating Brexit could stimulate the UK economy by up to £135bn and increase overall productivity according to Economists for Free Trade (EFT), the jobs market could stand to benefit from the boost in national output. This means a boost in not only the quantity of vacancies, but potentially the quality on offer too which could reignite wage growth.  Graduate salaries move towards the top of the class      With the latest generation of school leavers collecting their A-level results recently, those heading off to university will be pleased to hear that graduate salaries are up 3.6% from a year ago to sit at £24,454. Employers continue to offer attractive salary packages to secure the best graduates, but with two-fifths of 18-year olds in the UK currently going on to university it can be difficult for employers to identify the top candidates. The 2017 A-level results also showed that boys performed slightly better than girls for the first time since 2000.  It is vital that opportunities are widened for all school leavers, be it those heading into higher education or straight into apprenticeships. The number of vacancies for skilled workers is rising so both sets of school leavers need to be catered for in order to develop employees with the core skills needed for tomorrow’s companies. There is still no guarantee academic qualifications will lead to a higher salary as employers may still hold the cards when it comes to wage bargaining. According to Resolution Foundation data, young graduates who are traditionally always the most mobile, are half as likely to move jobs now as in the 1990s.This means prospective jobseekers should aspire to adopting a combination of both academic and professional experience that is both transferable and contextually relevant such as tech and IT skills.  Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, explains: “The forecast for the jobs market seems to be continued dry spells of poor wage growth that will cause a drought the labour market for the foreseeable future. However, sunny spells could lay ahead if certain Brexit predictions come to fruition and the national output is boosted. Adzuna data shows there are a growing number of advertised vacancies available for skilled workers and jobseekers should make the most of the opportunity. “As the cost of living is growing at a rate faster than wage growth, a sensible financial attitude is key. With advertised salaries so stagnant, those already in employment may be best served remaining in their existing roles and seeing if they can improve their wage that way. While the current climate is slightly gloomy, looking ahead will help maintain optimism as the UK could be on the verge of economic prosperity if the appropriate Brexit strategy is implemented, in which case it will be brighter later.” Gig economy continues to thrive after Government review The gig economy has helped to underpin the record number of people in work in recent times. The Taylor review published last month shone a spotlight on the sector and called for a baseline of protection, fairness and government accountability. Theresa May acknowledged the importance and flexibility that the movement has created and promised to avoid burdening it with any overbearing regulation. It is now estimated that around 1.1 million people in the UK operate within the gig economy, providing an array of services from accountancy and legal advice to plumbing, building and other skilled manual work, according to the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). Given the valuable service such workers provide and the jobs that are created by the gig economy, it is vital that the Government continues to help it flourish. Hospitality sector thrives from summer seasonality The hospitality sector has seen an increase in advertised vacancies of 16.2% since the start of the year, from 44,542 openings in January to 51,880 in July, to meet the demand of summer seasonality. Hospitality vacancies are also up by more than a fifth from July 2016, with the popularity of staycation holidays soaring since the Brexit vote. Unfavourable exchange rates have also deterred Britons from heading overseas with Visit England reporting an increase in British holidays with more than 11 million trips since January. However, the future of the hospitality industry lies in the hands of the flow of skilled labour from Europe. Following recent figures from the ONS, the hospitality industry could benefit from hiring young people who are economically inactive. Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, comments: “More of us are swapping the Mediterranean for Margate and choosing to holiday closer to home, and as a result the hospitality industry is thriving. “The hospitality sector is a prime example of the importance of a clear-cut pro-migration strategy in order for the UK labour market to thrive. The skilled labour force from the EU has contributed and enhanced our talent pool in the UK to deliver good customer service. In busy time periods especially, it is evident to see the fruits of their labour as people of all ages rely on such services during their leisure time.” Southampton marches up best cities list Southampton has risen the ranks to become the fourth best city in the UK to find a job, having placed eighth in June, a comeback one of the city’s favourite sons Craig David would be proud of. Once known as the ‘gateway to the world’, Southampton boasts a rich cultural offering, nature parks, museums and a Russell Group university. Competition for jobseekers per vacancy has fallen from 0.14 in June to 0.12 in July. Companies currently looking for staff in the area include Care UK, Ordnance Survey and aforementioned university. Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, comments: “Following recent reports of requests for Southampton City Council to reduce business rates due to poor trade, this new trend in Adzuna’s data may be the shot in the arm Southampton needs. The city itself is home to historical British culture and tradition that can sometimes be taken for granted. Lower competition for jobs has potential to attract highly skilled workers that may ultimately increase regional output and increase earnings.”



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U.S. August factory activity at 6-plus year high

September-01-2017 - usatoday.com



U.S. factories expanded at a brisk pace in August, a likely sign of strength for the U.S. economy as new orders, production and employment all improved.            



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Enhanced online tool makes it easier for recruiters to conduct hassle-free competency-based recruitment

September-01-2017 - onrec.com



Assessment specialist cut-e has launched an enhanced version of its online recruitment tool snap-it, which not only makes it easy to create detailed job descriptions, it calculates the person-job fit for each candidate and provides a guide to support competency-based interviews. Posted in News archive on 01 Sep 2017 Company Profile cut-e View profile » “To recruit the best people for any job, you have to know the exact competencies and behaviours that are critical for success,” said Dr Achim Preuss, Chief Technology Officer at cut-e. “Using the competency models from either the basic, graduate, management or expert versions of our personality questionnaire, snap-it can help you to quickly create an accurate job requirement description for any role. It’s a tried-and-tested tool that’s used by over 250 of our clients. We’ve now enhanced it to make it even easier for recruiters to identify the competencies, personality, attitude and values that are required for success in the position. snap-it also computes, and shows you, the optimal behaviours that candidates will need, based on those competencies.”  When job candidates complete any of cut-e’s personality questionnaires, snap-it automatically calculates an overall ‘match score’ of the person-job fit for each individual and it also provides a score for each required competency.  “This not only makes it easier for recruiters to spot those who meet their specific requirements, it also provides an automatic filter which saves them the hassle of having to go through each individual candidate report,” said Dr Preuss.  snap-it automatically generates a personalised interview guide for each candidate. This provides hiring managers with probing questions that they can ask to check and verify the suitability of that candidate’s competencies and behaviours.  “When selecting candidates, recruiters need to distinguish between personality traits (what someone prefers to do), motivation (what they want to do) and cognitive abilities (what they are able to do),” said Dr Preuss. “ snap-it optimises the process of competency-based recruitment. It’s an efficient, effective and economical tool which helps to determine exactly what you’re looking for. It then helps you to standardise your assessment process and your interviews, so that you consistently focus on the precise job requirements. As a result, it will help you to make better selection decisions and quickly recruit a candidate who is more likely to be successful in the role.”  snap-it is available in 15 languages. cut-e is an Aon company. For further information about job analysis and recruitment process optimisation, please visit www.cut-e.com/advisory/recruitment-consultancy



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Recruitment trends: Graduates

September-01-2017 - onrec.com



As totaljobs continues to command a greater share of the online recruitment market, our site attracts more candidates, in more areas and more industries than ever before. This allows us greater visibility of industry trends across the UK, which we will continue to share in a series of blogs, reports and whitepapers Posted in News archive on 01 Sep 2017 Company Profile Totaljobs View profile » Firstly, when comparing the first half of 2017 with the same period in 2016, we can see a 7% increase in job advertising. With unemployment at the lowest rate since the 70s, you could be forgiven for thinking that we’d therefore see a dip in applications, but driven by our investment in technology, we are seeing an above average increase in applications – up 30% YOY – demonstrating that the talent is out there and active despite high employment levels. From January to June 2017, over 50% more hospitality roles were advertised on totaljobs YOY, prompting nearly 400,000 more applications across roles in the industry. Similar effects are seen in Retail, which despite a 9% reduction in jobs advertised, has witnessed a 26% YOY increase in applications, to the tune of half a million more applications. Meanwhile, Accountancy and Banking saw a considerable drop in available positions, with 20,000 fewer vacancies across those industries. In spite of this, the number of applications rose by nearly 100,000, showing that a large availability of candidates in these skilled industries. Focus on: The Graduate Market With over 150,000 brand new applicants using totaljobs every month, we have witnessed an influx of fresh graduates onto our site. So much so, that “Graduate” has been searched over 300,000 times on totaljobs in the first half of the year alone. This has made “Graduate” the 15 th  most searched term on the website, and to put this into context, it is over 60,000 more searches than the same period in 2016, and is more prominent than searches for “sales”, “construction”, “manager” and “finance” – some of the key sectors and job types advertised on our site. Throughout H1 2017, a whopping 4,000 graduates have signed up to use totaljobs  every month,  with a further 23,000 using our site throughout the month. In spite of this, 2,000 fewer Graduate jobs were advertised on totaljobs in the first half of 2017, compared to the first half of 2016. This begs the question: are graduate jobs being affected by the recent introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy? Could recruiters be changing their approach to entry level talent based on the fact that the number of people applying for a university place dropped for the  first time since 2012 ? Whatever the cause, totaljobs recorded 200,000 more Graduate applications YOY, showing that the supply of skilled graduate talent remains strong, despite a drop in available positions. Graduate trends Unsurprisingly most graduates have selected London as a desired work location, with over 5,000 active graduates seeking to work in the capital every month. So while the Northern Powerhouses of Manchester and Liverpool look to tempt new talent away from the south, they are still in the capital’s stead. This being said, the next most popular locations for Graduates are the North West (2,700) and the West Midlands (2,000). When looking at where Graduates are applying, we can still see that 40% of Graduate applications are in the capital, with over 3x more than the North West. The mean salary of Graduates on our database is just under £21,000, with the median as high as £30,000.  But as they begin their career post-study, which roles are attracting them? Within the graduate market, the most prominent searches have been for Graduate Engineering positions, with over 42,000 searches in H1 signalling a 34% YOY increase. The other key searches have been for Graduate roles within: Analytics – 16,000 Marketing – 11,000 Accountancy – 11,000 Law – 8,000 Finance – 8,000 All in all, as the summer draws to a close, the graduate market is ripe with a surplus of skilled candidates using totaljobs to find their first step into a range of careers across all corners of the UK. To find out more about the Graduate audience of totaljobs,  download our Graduate Factsheet here .



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The 10 highest-paying entry- and mid-level jobs

September-01-2017 - usatoday.com



LinkedIns 2017 State of Salary Report forecasts high-paying entry- and mid-level jobs that require only 1-to-3 years of experience.            



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Blue Logic Expands Finance Team With New Hire

September-01-2017 - onrec.com



Posted in Appointments Leading Managed IT services provider, Blue Logic, are pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Green as Finance Director Designate. Simon will lead Blue Logic’s finance function in a period of rapid growth. on 01 Sep 2017 He has more than 20 years’ experience of financial management and accounting roles in varying sectors and has joined from Esteem Systems. Simon will provide invaluable business insight and will simultaneously streamline and refine Blue Logic’s financial processes. Mark Ambler, Group Managing Director of Blue Logic, said: “Simon has a proven track record of delivering high quality standards and his wealth of experience and knowledge will really help to develop the business.’’ Simon Green, Finance Director Designate at Blue Logic said: “This is a great time to be joining Blue Logic. I know from my time at Esteem Systems that fast-growing Tech companies needs solid financial systems and controls in the back office to support growth and my experience in the sector makes this a very exciting opportunity for me.” Having recently won the ‘Best Tech Place to Work’ award at the 2017 National Technology Awards Blue Logic are now a leading player in the IT Managed Services space. Mark Ambler added: "We offer quality IT support and IT solutions to companies across the United Kingdom and we have experienced significant growth over the last couple of years and Simon joining our ranks ensures we are very well placed to continue this positive trend." www.bluelogic.co.uk



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The Importance of social media in recruiting

September-01-2017 - onrec.com



Recruiting anyone based on their resume and interview alone isn’t enough most of the time. Every once in a while you will come across a candidate that just seems “off” to you as a recruiter. They might be too ambitious, too scared or simply unwilling to disclose past working experiences to you. Posted in Features on 01 Sep 2017 Candidates that are difficult but have hidden potential need to go through further screening in more detail, and social media recruitment is perfect for the opportunity. The traditional ways of putting out a job vacancy and waiting for people to come to you are a thing of the past in most industries. What can you do to fully grasp the importance and versatility of social media in your recruitment strategies in order to end up with quality candidates for your company? New generation of workers You may have noticed that more and more young people tend to spend time using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They spend so much time on them however that it becomes nigh impossible to reach them in any other way. This is exactly the type of connection you need in order to reach a new type of worker. This worker is completely used to using digital platforms and computers, they are very versatile and easily adapt to new technologies and ideas and best of all, they can work at any time of the day. Youth is used to staying up all night long using their social media profiles to talk to their friends, read up on interesting trivia and celebrities they adore and learn more about what their friends and acquaintances are doing. Slipping your own advertisement and job position ads in between those articles and posts is the perfect way to reach them and gain their interest in applying for your job offer. Reaching a crowd Narrowing your search based on social media criteria can make your recruitment job a lot easier. Facebook is well-known for allowing companies and prepaid advertisers to post their content based on people’s profiles, interests and times of day. Depending on the criteria you set and the frequency of your ads, you can gain a huge reach in numbers, whatever position you are looking to fill. Imagine setting the parameters so that all the graphic designers in Europe see your job ad at exactly 8 PM local time when they scroll through their news feeds. Now think about how many of them will look at your offer and actually apply for it. This is only a fraction of what social media can do for you when it comes to narrowing down your candidate profiles. Passive and insecure candidates One thing to keep in mind is the fact that a lot of today’s youth lacks self-confidence. While it’s not a universal rule, majority of people who spend time on social media during their free time lack the conviction to apply for a job position themselves. That is why social media platforms are a perfect place to not only advertise on but also reach out to potential candidates. You can set up a social media recruitment team that can be trained to effectively and professionally screen potential candidates based on their social media profiles. This can work just like advertisement but go a step further than that, ensuring that you don’t wait for the people to come to you but ask them if they want to work for you instead. This kind of proactivity on the part of the company is rarely seen and can easily be recognized as forthcoming and positive by the potential candidates. Background checks Checking your candidates’ social media profiles for more information on them is nothing new. Interviewers usually check the internet for their candidates in order to see if they have any longstanding professional recommendations, issues with friends or the law or even to look for any Google information about the candidates. Social media can provide a huge insight into which your candidates actually are when they step through the door. Many candidates don’t feel the need to disclose any personal information on the interview and tend to keep things to them. Some people have families and go through tough times that they don’t like to discuss with strangers. Others might have used the word point in order to write their resumes and translate them to foreign languages. You can easily overcome this by checking their backgrounds behind closed doors and making the final call about whether to hire them or not based on that. Live recruitment One of the best options that social media platforms give recruiters is the ability to live recruit new employees. Screening employees has never been so simple because of the possibilities that social media offers when interviews and testing are concerned. All you have to do in theory is type a simple message to your candidate and wait for them to turn on their camera and start talking to you in a matter of moments. No long travels across the city or country, no need for complicated appointment times and best of all – no need for specialized recruitment offices. You can recruit new employees from anywhere in the world by using social media to interview them live over the internet. Curated company pages Opening company pages on social media platforms offers a plethora of options when it comes to recruitment. You can use the off-peak period to build up an audience by posting interesting content , articles, testimonials and company documents in order to gain the public’s trust. Once your recruitment period starts, you can easily garner a huge number of applications from the pool of people that have started following your company’s social media pages. This is a great opportunity to constantly work on your recruitment regardless of the current need for new employees. Forthcoming and friendly Leveling the playing field with your younger and more energetic candidates by using social media as a means of communication is a great way to establish trust. Giving the bulk of responsibility concerning recruitment to a young and passionate team and letting them communicate with their equally young candidates is a great way to insert some friendliness into your brand. Interviewing and hiring candidates based on social media communication in which your already recruited young workers do all the talking is very forthcoming in the eyes of the candidates. Best of all, it shows that your company is accepting of new technologies and trends, giving them a huge incentive to consider applying for work at your company. High speed, low price The most obvious reason for including social media in your recruitment strategy is the fact that you can set up social media pages very fast and very low prices. Sometimes you won’t need to pay a single dime during the entire recruitment campaign depending on your previous reach and community buildup . Getting ad revenue from Facebook or Twitter takes quite a while, but once you are there, you will be at a neutral zero when it comes to recruitment advertisement expenses. Getting your pages up and running is also very fast and simple – all it takes is putting up a couple of branded company materials on the page and sharing a few official company announcements. If your company is well-known, people will start following your pages quickly afterwards. Conclusion While the benefits of using social media in your recruitment strategies are numerous, it’s also important to point out that adequate content management is also needed. If you put a person without any internet advertisement experience in charge of developing and distributing content, you won’t reach the required number of people before your ad campaign starts. Also, reaching the wrong audience is just as easy as reaching the right one and it all depends on the type of content you publish. Give social media advertisement a good look before denying its applications. You might be surprised with the results you get during your next recruitment cycle.



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Judge strikes down overtime pay hike for 4.2 million workers

September-01-2017 - usatoday.com



A federal judge in Texas struck down the Obama administrations overtime pay expansion            



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