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Team Japan attended a New Year Party, hosted by Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry. More than 500 Japanese business people attended in Draper's Hall, a historic venue in City..beautiful!
When asked, 60% of executives at major Japanese companies said they are interested in investing more in training and education of personnel, according to an article by the Nikkei Asian Review. However, fewer than 10% said their company planned to raise wages by the 3% target encouraged by the government, despite the sense of a growing economy. The survey included responses from 142 presidents, chairmen and other executives.
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Recruiters in the UK helped almost a million people find a new permanent job in 2016/17 and on any given day are responsible for 1.3 million agency workers in the UK labour market, according to a report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
The report, Recruitment Industry Trends 2016/12017 was compiled with market research company ComRes and covers the 12 months ending in March 2017. It showed that £28.2 billion was generated from temporary… Read more
The number of temporary employees in the UK fell by 0.8% to a total of 1.59 million in the three-month period from August 2017 to October 2017 when compared to the same period a year ago according to seasonally adjusted figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Estimates from the ONS Labour Force Survey show that in the period between August to October 2017, there were 32.08 million people in work, 325,000 more than for a… Read more
Chinese businesses in 2017 recorded the lowest salary increase rate since 2010, according to a study from global professional services firm Aon.
The study, Human Capital Intelligence Study 2017, recorded an average salary increase rate of 6.5% (excluding promotion). The Internet industry saw the biggest decrease in salary growth this year as it was down by 1.3% to 9%, compared with the same period of last year.
Salaries in China are projected to increase at… Read more
Japanese is one of the hardest languages to learn if you're a native English speaker. Ryo Matsubara/Flickr
· Based on their experience training US diplomats, the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) divided all the languages they teach into four distinct categories.
· The higher the category, the "harder" the language is to learn for a native English speaker.
· Category I languages such as Spanish and Portuguese are among the… Read more
UK private sector growth increased 6% in the three months to November, year-on-year, according to the latest Growth Indicator from the Confederation of British Industry.
CBI stated that the composite measure, which is based on 676 respondents across the distribution, manufacturing and service sectors, showed the balance of firms reporting a rise in output at +6%, compared with +11% in the three months to October 2017. CBI added that the slowdown in growth confounded expectations.
Further data… Read more
The European Commission has proposed a two-year plan that aims to close the gender pay gap, reports Reuters.The plan comes after the Commission reported women in the EU earn 16.3% less per hour on average than their male counterparts, and this figure had not decreased in the past five years. The plan sets out eight recommendations for EU countries to ensure women are treated equally in the workplace. The proposal includes setting minimum sanctions for companies that do… Read more
Foreign languages will be of key importance to the UK’s future prosperity after Brexit, the British Council has warned (John Stillwell/PA)
Mandarin and Arabic will be of key importance to the UK’s future prosperity after Brexit, according to a new report.
The nation will need the two languages, as well as European tongues including Spanish, French and German, in order to be “a major international trading partner beyond Europe”,… Read more
According to the latest quarterly Labour Market Outlook report from the CIPD (Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development) and Adecco, median basic pay expectations in the 12 months to September 2018 are 2%, up from 1% in the previous quarter.
The report, which surveyed more than 2,000 UK employers, also showed that 24% of employers in the private sector say they are under some or significant pressure to raise wages from the majority of their… Read more