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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
Approximately 65% of university seniors in Japan have turned down one or more job offers as of October amid the country’s labour shortage, reports Kyodo with survey data from Recruit Career Co. The survey, which polled 1,529 seniors, showed that 92.1% of them had received one or more job offers as of 1 October before their graduation next March, up 1.5% from last year. However, 65% of those rejected one more job offers, which was an increase… Read more
People First has been shortlisted in the 2017 national REC Recruitment Awards in 2 categories: Best Company to Work For and Best Manager of the Year (Ian Ward). We’re counting down and keeping everything crossed!!
The labour market in China showed continued improvement in the third quarter, driven by steady growth in the economy, according to the latest CIER Employment Index Report for the third quarter. The report is published by Zhaopin Limited, a Chinese career platform, and the China Institute for Employment Research (CIER) at Renmin University.
The CIER index for the labour market rose to 2.43 in the third quarter of 2017, up from 2.26 in the second… Read more
Growth in permanent staff placements remained at a high level in October 2017, despite the rate of increase edging down to a six-month low, according to the latest Report on Jobs from the IHS Markit and Recruitment and Employment Confederation.
The data also showed that temp billings rose at the softest pace since April, though growth remained above the survey average.
Meanwhile, staff vacancies rose sharply for permanent and temporary roles during October. This was… Read more
More than a third, or 39%, of male workers feel AI and automation will make them better at tackling day-to-day tasks, in contrast to less than a quarter of female workers (24%), according to a report from by TalkTalk Business with research conducted by YouGov.
The report, Workforces 2025, also shows that 28% of male workers in comparison to 19% of female workers think automation will help improve their attention to detail and reduce errors. Meanwhile 33% of men think the… Read more
This month’s findings reveal numbers of candidates placed into permanent positions in the capital increased in October, following a marginal decrease in September, with the rate of expansion the most marked since May and slightly faster than the long-run series average.
Permanent placements… Read more
The UK is not only “mired in the relegation zone of European linguistic proficiency” (Editorial, 4 November); there is also an enormous cost to British businesses from reliance on English. Government figures show that the UK economy loses about £50bn a year in failed contracts because of a lack of language skills in the workforce. Yet studies abroad show that GDP can increase by about 10% if native bilingualism is exploited. But that is not all that… Read more