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Tech developers are increasingly unhappy and disillusioned

Developers’ happiness is hugely affected by their age, gender and the rigour of the recruitment process, new research shows. The industry is steeped in issues, as nearly half of the developers surveyed are unsure they’ll be working for the same company in just two years.

Contributor: Razvan Creanga | Published: 2 October 2019

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HR depts voted worst responders to employee needs 

When asked to pick their top two information technology (IT) frustrations, slow response times to fixing computer problems (29 percent) and the difficulty of reaching IT staff (24 percent) to fix PC were a top notch up our stress levels even higher in today’s digitally connected workplace.  

Contributor: Josh Caid | Published: 29 September 2019

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Brexit is biggest concern for UK tech workforce

Looking into the current state of the industry, the UK’s leading tech job board found that despite almost nine in 10 (89 percent) having a positive outlook, over a third (38 percent) list the political landscape as their biggest concern for the industry.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 28 September 2019

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Mentally tiring work ‘increases diabetes risk in women’

Life races past at 100pmh, I mean it’s nearly April already – When did that happen?  When you’re balancing a demanding schedule, it can be hard to maintain healthy habits. It’s often easier to grab a fast food lunch, miss out on your 8 hours sleep and guzzle down 5 coffees with 2 spoonfuls of sugar to keep you going. 

Contributor: Dr Sarah Brewer | Published: 26 September 2019

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Just one in eight employees has a mentor 

Workers across all industries recognise that having a mentor can help them to upskill and set goals, but just 13 percent currently has one, according to a new Opinium Research study commissioned by AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians). 

Contributor: Mark Farrar | Published: 25 September 2019

UK workers eager to upskill due to automation – but are given few opportunities

New research out today from PwC reveals that, despite an appetite and willingness to learn new skills in the face of increasing automation, many UK workers are not being offered upskilling opportunities by their employers, which is leading to mistrust and fear of automation and technology. 

Contributor: Carol Stubbings | Published: 24 September 2019

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UK organisations still ‘learning in the dark’

Limited use of data to inform, optimise and measure impact of learning strategies. Business leaders and employees call for improved use of data and insight in learning and development to fix skills gaps and drive cultures of learnability.

Contributor: Dan Ferrandino | Published: 22 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: 21 September 2019

M&S drops out of the FTSE100

Shares in the retailer are down 40 percent this year. Dr Fletcher said: “Today's departure of M&S from the FTSE100 is a symbolic descent for this former powerhouse of the High Street. The company has been part of the FTSE100 list since it began in 1984 and was the first retailer to break £1bn in pre-tax profits.

Contributor: Dr Gordon Fletcher | Published: 20 September 2019