Wednesday, March 31, 2010

EU - European Skills in Demand

According to CEDEFOP (The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) most of the projected 8.5 new jobs created in Europe over the next ten years will be in knowledge- and skill-intensive occupations, including high level management and technical jobs.

European Skills in Demand

Friday, March 26, 2010

UK - National Minimum Wage Increases

The adult minimum wage rate will increase from £5.80 to £5.93 an hour on October 1 2010.

National Minimum Wage Increases

EU - Recruiting Older Workers

A study by Allianz shows that in 2010 people between 60 and 65 will outnumber those between 15 and 20 in the European Union. 28.8 million EU residents are aged 60-65 compared with 28.6 million between the ages of 15 and 20.

This year, for the first time ever, the ongoing demographic change will affect the job market as there will be 200,000 more people approaching or entering retirement than the number of school-leavers.

Recruiting Older Employees

Thursday, March 25, 2010

UK - Engineers for Renewables

The answer to the skills shortage in the off-shore wind energy business is for engineers to transfer from other sectors into the renewables industry, according to one of the UK's leading specialist recruitment consultancies. (News Release)

Winds Of Change: Skilled Engineers Are National Resource For Renewables Sector

UK - NHS Sickness Absence

High levels of sickness absence in the NHS will only be tackled if there is a twin track approach that looks to drive-up the quality of people management across the health services, as well as improve absence management policy and practice.

This is the view of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in response to the post-budget announcement by the Department of Health that it is to save up to £555m by reducing staff sickness absence. (News Release)

NHS sickness absence can be reduced

USA - Performance Reviews

ReviewSNAP™, a leading Web-based performance management system supplier, announced today a new study that shows employees do not feel they receive adequate communication about their performance on an ongoing basis. (News Release)

Survey Reveals That Most Managers Fail To Provide Critical Ongoing Feedback To Employees Relating To Performance Reviews

UK - Learning and Skills

Almost five million people participated in a Learning and Skills Council funded Further Education course in 2008/09 according to figures released by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Learning and Skills Council Funded Courses

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

UK - 'Top Employers for working families' awards

Organisations that implement the best family-friendly policies are to be recognised in the 'Top Employers for working families' awards organised by leading work-life balance charity, Working Families.

The call for entries opens in mid April and closes on 30 June 2010. (News Release)

Launch of Top Employers for Working Families 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

USA - Women Put Off Computing Careers

The work environment may be a key factor deterring women from careers in computer science.

Women Put Off Computing Careers By Geeky Environments

USA - How Career Dreams Die

What is required to convince people that their career aspirations are unrealistic? Researchers found that informing participants they did not have high enough qualifications or appropriate skills was insufficient. The negative consequences of failure also had to be made explicit.

How Career Dreams Die