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Employee surveillance – how far is too far? 

Employers need to make sure their actions remain lawful – and also consider the potential impact on their workers. Vanessa Bell, Head of employment – Prettys said: “Despite it being around for a while, we have noticed an increased use of email, internet and telephone monitoring

Contributor: Vanessa Bell | Published: 9 September 2019

recruitment

Percentage of women working in IT has halved over the last 20 years

The percentage of women working in IT has declined over the past 20 years despite efforts to encourage more women into careers in STEM. That is according to an analysis of working trends by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Contributor: Ann Swain | Published: 8 September 2019

content strategy

Few at C-level accurately measure business capacity 

According to research from PwC, 77 percent of CEOs view skill resourcing as a significant issue for their business, with the ability to accurately manage and measure staff capacity against utilisation being crucial for the profitable delivery of services.

Contributor: Jonathan Corrie | Published: 7 September 2019

targets

Top Universities impact rent prices in student cities by 25 percent

House prices in top university cities average 25 percent higher than national average. The analysis looked at the residential property markets of the top 50 University cities around the world, and determined that house prices grew on average 65.8 percent, compared to a national average growth of 40 percent.

Contributor: Patrick McMahon | Published: 6 September 2019

job

Calling the interviewer “dad” and other candidate fails 

When asked about their most embarrassing moments in an interview, UK workers said circumstances beyond their control are often to blame. 11 percent admitted to leaving the interview red faced with profuse sweating, sneezing fits and endless coughing listed as top blunders.

Contributor: Shelley Preston | Published: 5 September 2019

recruitment

Struggle to fill vacancies continues 

The report, which compared data from Q1 2019 with the same period in 2018, also found that employers are attempting to pull out all the stops to entice workers out of their current jobs, as salaries increased by a 16.7 percent year-on-year.  

Contributor: Lee Biggins | Published: 4 September 2019

 ‘Range anxiety’ remains biggest turn-off for switching to EV,

Further good news is that 86 percent of motorists surveyed said that a ‘lack of clarity in terms of ownership implications as a company car driver’ is a thing of the past, and more than two thirds of drivers said that they had a good understanding of the costs and convenience of owning an EV. 

Contributor: Alison Bell | Published: 2 September 2019

Why men are at breaking point

New research from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveals that men across the UK have reached breaking point in their careers, with six in ten (61 percent) wanting to quit their job because it’s affecting their mental health. 

Contributor: Lee Biggins | Published: 1 September 2019

Retention fears for UK PLC intensifies

Talent management concerns are rising as one in three (31 percent) senior executives plan to prioritise employee retention and training over the next 12 months. A similar proportion (29 percent) of senior decision-makers say talent attraction is a key concern, as the ‘war for talent’ is set to intensify.

Contributor: Matt Weston | Published: 31 August 2019

380,000 new grads heading for lifetime of underemployment

About 800 000 will graduate this year in the UK (HESA, 2018). 380 000 of them will be underemployed, taking jobs that do not require a degree (CIPD, 2017). Of the 420 000 graduates who do land a graduate-level job, 250 000 will be within tech/digital and IT roles (Graduate Coach, 2019).

Contributor: Chris Davies | Published: 30 August 2019