There are different attitudes to health and safety around the world, with some countries more stringent in the enforcement of best practice than others. “In New Zealand, there’s a greater cultural appetite for risk than there is in the UK; but there’s also a greater cultural appetite for innovation.” It’s this tendency for innovation that is fuelling a rapid evolution in health and safety terms, says Jon Harper-Slade, who holds four NEBOSH qualifications including both environmental and national Diplomas.
Published: 28 March 2019
European life science hubs including Austria, Switzerland and Germany all have their own challenges when it comes to attracting the best talent. But what are they doing to lure the very best and how does this impact on HR policies? What do firms do well and where do they need to focus their efforts?
Published: 6 March 2019
Edinburgh is the only UK city in the top 20 most liveable cities in the world for European expats, closely followed by Aberdeen at 21. The Netherlands, Switzerland and Scandinavia continue to be the most attractive places for European expats, with superior liveability scores
Published: 13 February 2019
Canada’s health and safety system grew out of the Royal Commission on the Relations of Capital and Labour that started in 1887. It grew further from the 1913 Royal Commission to study workers’ compensation – The Meredith Report - which outlined a no-fault compensation for injured workers. In 1919 the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada was founded as a non-profit organisation to facilitate the exchange of information between Workers’ Compensation Boards and Commissions, as by the early twentieth century, every jurisdiction in Canada had created workers’ compensation boards and had passed laws to regulate hygiene, lighting, heating, ventilation, accident reporting and fire safety at factories. The fundamental worker rights within all Canadian legislation jurisdiction came from the 1974 Hamm Report, and are the right to know, the right to participate and the right to refuse dangerous work.
Published: 24 January 2019
UK has dropped 81 places in the Cost of Living ranking since the Brexit referendum. Weakened GBP post-referendum makes UK one of cheapest countries in Europe for international employees and travelers. London is now one of the cheapest major cities in Europe for overseas workers since the Brexit referendum.
Published: 24 December 2018
The country’s population is skilled and highly proficient in English, while Poland’s position in the EU gives it a climate favourable to foreign investment. These factors, combined with a relatively low cost of living and lower salaries, have encouraged an array of world-leading businesses to set up in the country.
Published: 18 December 2018
Few countries have bounced back from the financial crisis as robustly as Portugal. In 2012, the Iberian nation’s economy fell by 3.2 percent while its unemployment rate soared to 18 percent. But just six years later, Portugal is tracking growth of 2.3 percent and jobless figures are dramatically reduced.
Published: 9 November 2018
Hiring for graduate programs or internships or internships is no small feat. Although APAC is now home to over 55 percent of the world’s graduate population (and growing), the region is not immune to the global talent shortage. Indeed Manpower found Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong to be 3 of the top 4 countries suffering of the most talent shortage worldwide
Published: 2 November 2018
Africa is an increasingly attractive business destination. Driven by ambitious objectives and the lure of new markets, more and more international companies are looking to expand into the continent. While the opportunities that await are real, there are a number of legal, operational and HR challenges that can make Africa a daunting destination.
Published: 25 October 2018
Employers in the aviation industry face a particular set of challenges in dealing with sexual harassment reports from employees, both on and off duty. This article sets out their duties and potential liabilities. It also highlights possible legislative developments in this area.
Published: 24 October 2018