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Many of today’s businesses continue to expand and operate on a global scale. Companies interact with suppliers all around the world, trading and shipping internationally, and selling to customers across continents.
To operate on this level, companies need strong customer and supplier relationships that span many languages. Building and maintaining these powerful relationships requires efficient communication, but many organisations have employees that still lack the language skills needed to bridge communication, which is hindering cross-border… Read more
HMRC head Jon Thompson has told MPs that it could take up to 5,000 extra staff to handle the additional customs and border checks following Brexit. – just a month after the government set out its proposals for a future customs relationship with the EU. Good news for logistics specialists!
Thompson warned the House of Commons Treasury Committee that the new arrangements could cost £800m and take seven years to implement.
MPs were also… Read more
Employer confidence in the UK economy has dropped to the lowest level since the EU referendum, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
The survey of 600 employers also showed that 33% of employers believe that economic conditions are getting worse, while 26% think economic conditions are improving. The net balance fell further into negative territory, from -3 last month to -7 in September.
The smallest UK employers… Read more
Four million jobs in the UK’s private sector could be replaced by robots over the next decade, reports The Guardian, with survey data from YouGov for the Royal Society of Arts. The poll predicts a loss of 15% of jobs by 2027. Jobs in finance and accounting, transport and distribution and in media, marketing and advertising are most likely to be automated in the next decade. However they stated that the impact on jobs… Read more
This week, People First Team China members, Maidina and Luna, attended an event organised by London Chinatown Chinese Association and hosted by London and Partners in their beautiful riverside offices at More London. This was a pre-launch event, in preparation for 2018’s Chinese New Year celebrations, and included an official contract signing ceremony to confirm that these two organisations will co-host the event in Central London.
There were a number of attendees from within the… Read more
Average advertised salaries have plunged to a three-year low of £32,199, according to Adzuna.co.uk.
The last time wages sunk this low were in April 2014 when they reached £32,185. The current average also represents a 1.5% annual decrease from the £32,688 posted in July 2016. Regionally, South East England has endured the slowest pace of wage growth as salaries have fallen by 3.3% behind last year’s figures, residing at £30,683. In contrast, salaries in… Read more
A study conducted by Citation has revealed that 50% of full or part-time workers in the UK want to leave their current job in the next 12 months.
With the average cost of recruitment coming in at a whopping £30,000**, UK business owners look set for a costly year ahead.
London businesses will be the worst hit, with two thirds (64%) of workers in the capital planning on eyeing up other employers.
Furthermore, those… Read more
International staffing firms have seen robust growth in the past few years according to the China Daily as Chinese companies have stepped up their search for international talent as they grow into multinational brands and expand overseas operations. The trend is also being fuelled by a raft of government manpower policies encouraging businesses to dip into the global market.
The report cited Spring Professional as an example of a company with annual revenue in China… Read more
UK government proposals for a temporary customs union to smooth the Brexit transition have received a cautious welcome from industry.
The Freight Transport Association described it as a “step in the right direction” but it warned that some careful negotiation would still be needed to ensure that British businesses are able to trade freely and easily post-Brexit.
The UK government is proposing a temporary customs union after the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.… Read more
Every job should be advertised as open to flexible working, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The equality watchdog adds recommends a shake up of working culture and practices in order to reduce pay gaps. They added that greater support should be given to fathers to play more of a role in child care. The commission outlined a strategy to reduce pay gaps in the UK and they are making six recommendations that… Read more