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News

Buyers face 42% risk of being automated - 26/03/2019

Buyers and procurement officers are at a 'medium' risk of having their jobs replaced by automated technology, according to the Office for National Statistics.

In a report the ONS said there was a 42% risk of "some or all duties and tasks being automated". The ONS described this as medium risk.

The study assessed the jobs of 20m people in the UK in 2017 and evaluated which jobs have a probability of becoming automated as some tasks… Read more

Top supply chain risks revealed by DHL report - 26/03/2019

Trade wars, cyber crime and extreme weather were the top three supply chain risks in 2018, according to DHL’s Resilience 360 risk report.

It highlighted uncertainty in trade increased due to disputes between the US and other countries, in particular China, including new unilateral import tariffs. “The still-open question of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU is also contributing to uncertainty, as companies fear border congestions and delays at ports in the event of a… Read more

UK – STUDY SHOWS 7.4% OF JOBS ARE AT HIGH RISK OF AUTOMATION - 26/03/2019

A new study from the Office of National Statistics has found that 7.4% of jobs in England are at high risk of automation.

For the study, ONS analysed the jobs of 20 million people in England in 2017. ONS also found that the proportion of jobs at a high risk of automation decreased slightly between 2011 and 2017, from 8.1% to 7.4%, while the proportion of jobs at low and medium risk of automation has risen.

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JAPAN – A THIRD OF BUSINESSES PLAN TO RECRUIT MORE GRADUATES IN 2020 (THE JAPAN TIMES) - 26/03/2019

Approximately 30% of Japanese companies plan to hire more new graduates in spring of next year than they did this year, reports The Japan Times citing survey data from Jiji Press. Of the 100 companies that were surveyed about their recruitment plans, 39 of them have no plans to change the number of new recruits from the previous year, 24 intend to hire more and 12 expect reductions. Construction and logistics companies were found to be planning… Read more

How can candidates decline a job offer without burning bridges? - 26/03/2019

Just because a candidate is offered a job does not meant that they are going to take it.

After they have had time to reflect after a job interview, they may decide that they are not a fan of the company’s culture, they have done some digging and found some poor Glassdoor reviews, or they think that their commute would be somewhat unmanageable going forward. Or it could simply be the case that the candidate… Read more

Luna’s Chocolate Experience! - 26/03/2019

Luna was the proud winner of People First’s 2018 Bake Off competition, after her amazing Chinese-style birthday cake stunned the esteemed judges -  AKA her PF colleagues! 

 

As her prize, Luna was given a Chocolate Tasting experience, courtesy of Hotel Chocolat which she booked last week.  Luna learned all about the chocolate-making process and had the opportunity to try a range of different types of chocolate, all washed down with a glass of fizz! … Read more

China passes foreign investment law - 22/03/2019

Delegates at China’s National People’s Congress voted to pass the Foreign Investment Law, which is aimed at levelling the playing field for local and foreign businesses in China. Coming into effect on 1 January 2020, the move is seen as a signal from China to the US in the context of their ongoing trade negotiations, especially considering the law was passed so quickly after drafting. However, it has been criticised for being too vague and… Read more

Keen candidate who turned up a month early for interview bags the job - 21/03/2019

A previous jobseeker who turned up a month early for her Skype interview with Microsoft has landed her dream role with the tech giant.

Laura McLean, now 22, went viral after exchanging a series of messages with the firm following her confusion over the date of the job interview to win a 12-month placement.

The student logged into her Skype interview on 18 January 2019, when her interview was in fact scheduled to take place… Read more

UK – NEARLY HALF OF WORKERS DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE ASKING FOR A PAY RISE - 21/03/2019

Almost half, or 45% of UK workers do not feel comfortable asking their employer for a pay rise, according to survey data from CV-Library.

The survey of 1,200 UK professionals also showed that 31% claimed that they wouldn’t feel comfortable negotiating pay with a new employer either.

Furthermore, according to CV-Library, 61% of UK workers haven’t received a pay rise in the last 12-18 months. Of those who did, 38% received an increase of up… Read more

What it Takes to Win in Today’s Job Market — Prioritize the Candidate Experience - 21/03/2019

Employers in 2019 are facing the most challenging job market in recent memory. During the last year alone, unemployment hit a 49-year low, companies added 18% more jobs than in the previous year, and the quit rate hit its highest level since 2001.

Navigating the new hiring reality is driving companies to adapt their established recruiting strategies to better motivate job seekers, emphasizing market-rate compensation, corporate culture and the candidate experience. Implementing these changes requires… Read more

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