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Which industries have been hit the hardest in 2019?  

The Accounting and Finance industry is another casualty in the job market with a loss of 22 percent vacancies year on year. The news comes after City financial firms have committed to move at least 7,000 jobs out of the UK to prepare for Brexit. Consultancy firms lose an equal amount of vacancies year on year, while Engineering, Property, Construction, Teaching and Charity jobs lose 21 percent of jobs year on year. 

Contributor: Andrew Hunter | Published: 9 December 2019

Study finds 9 in 10 job seekers don’t trust robot recruiters

Significantly, the study indicates positivity towards AI for its ability to lessen bias and improve diversity levels as part of the wider hiring process. The report outlines that the use of smart assessment tools such as gamification and video analysis technologies will deliver more objective assessments of candidates. It also found that AI will enable faster and fairer applications – reducing fallout rates and improving diversity. 

Contributor: James Wright | Published: 7 December 2019

Students moving into the workplace

Having trained Mental Health First Aiders in the organisation is one part of this. They can help by spotting the signs, symptoms and triggers that could mean someone is unwell. There are also things organisations can encourage employees and managers of all levels to do to create an open and non-judgemental environment for mental health. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England’s Take 10 Together toolkit is a good place to start. It gives guidance and talking tips for starting the conversation with a colleague you think may be struggling with their mental health. 

Contributor: Ben West - Youth campaigner | Published: 6 December 2019

Senior HR Practitioners’ gather for a cocktail networking evening with their peers

theHRDIRECTOR was delighted to host another of their highly enjoyable events - HRDRINKS, which was attended by Senior HR Practitioners across all sectors and industries. The event was kindly sponsored by Excedo (Link) and hosted by Bacardi (Link) at their London office, where the delegates were served up a range of delicious cocktails and nibbles.

Contributor: theHRDIRECTOR | Published: 4 December 2019

Female expats losing out to gender pay gap

The UAE showed the biggest difference, with 90 percent of men reporting an increase in salary, as opposed to 70 percent of women. In the UK, 71 percent of men saw an increase compared to 61 percent of women. However, there was only a slight difference in Hong Kong, with 67 percent of men and 66 percent of women receiving higher salaries.

Contributor: Tom Wilkinson | Published: 4 December 2019

Aggressive hiring detrimental to business success

The advice comes as figures from the European Commission reveal that less than half of UK enterprises survive their first five years, with separate research from market intelligence firm, CB Insights, indicating that 23% of businesses fail because they don’t have the right team in place

Contributor: Steve Lorde | Published: 3 December 2019


Which companies are covering commuting cost?

Those travelling into London are much worse off, with this cost increasing to almost £200,000. This is an enormous amount of money and certainly puts a dent in the finances of hard-working men and women across the country

Contributor: Tom Chapman | Published: 2 December 2019

One in three commute 90 minutes every day

A new nationwide survey of the UK workforce by leading serviced office provider, Office Space in Town, reveals that commuting is having a detrimental effect on their productivity, wellbeing, family life and social life, with over a third of respondents (36 percent) commuting for more than 90 minutes a day.

Contributor: Giles Fuchs | Published: 1 December 2019

Will IR35 be a barrier to temporary talent?

Matt Weston, Managing Director, Robert Half UK commented: “Business leaders are concerned about the impending IR35 rules and its potential impact on the UK’s temporary talent pool, particularly as firms look for a blend of high performing temporary and permanent employees to pursue growth strategies in 2020.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 28 November 2019


Racist old boys network shutting BAME out of the boardroom 

Independent research by the global human resources director at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), suggests that BAME candidates stand only an eight per cent chance of promotion to chief executive (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO) and other senior director roles as a result of racial prejudice and nepotism that remains “rife” in the UK and international workplaces. 

Contributor: Anuranjita Kumar | Published: 26 November 2019