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  • AMERICAN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

    News by Editorial Team 26 Dec 2018

    American government employees may face the irony of the famous Pink Floyd number as they were left in the lurch over the Christmas Holidays, as the institution went into shutdown last week. With President Trump’s demand over a $5 bn+ funding to build a wall along the US - Mexican border being rejected by Congress and both the Republican and Democrats locked in a stalemate over the funds, the president seemed unwilling to reach a settlement with anything less than an absolute approval. The impact of this has been felt by over 300,000 federal employees, many of whom have been furloughed indefinitely.

     

    read more at SHRM
  • GOOGLE TVC'S SEARCH FOR PAY EQUITY, NO RESULTS RETURNED

    GOOGLE TVC'S SEARCH FOR PAY EQUITY, NO RESULTS RETURNED

    News by Editorial Team 26 Dec 2018

    Ever since their walkout in November this year due to massive complaints of pay inequality, forceful arbitration policies and other discriminations, the TVCs at Google ( Temporary Workers, Vendors, and Contractors) have evolved from being a mere shadow workforce to a full scale, the organized entity under a single platform. “Google Walkout for Real Change”, the organization of Google TVCs, have written to CEO Sundar Pichai about their grievances as well. However, the search engine giant has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. Google maintained that the TVCs are not marginalized shadow workers as they claimed to be, but instead, had different policies than FTEs in place for them.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • APPLE PROVES GRAVITY AGAIN, THIS TIME WITH US EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    APPLE PROVES GRAVITY AGAIN, THIS TIME WITH US EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    News by Editorial Team 26 Dec 2018

    The world’s most valuable technology company is all set to invest $1bn in a brand new campus at Austin, Texas, in addition to new sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City. True to its statement last year over investing $30bn in the US, Apple is living upto its promise of creating more than 20,000 jobs across the country. The massive Austin campus alone is estimated to add 5,000 employees in just its initial stages, in several high-end and specialized functions like research, customer service and finance. The company also said that it expects another 15, 000 hires to be made over the medium term.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ACCUSES WELLS FARGO OF OFFSHORING US JOBS

    TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ACCUSES WELLS FARGO OF OFFSHORING US JOBS

    News by Editorial Team 21 Dec 2018

    An investigation by the US Department of Labor revealed that Well Fargo, the US financial conglomerate, has been on a hiring spree in other countries after laying off thousands of employees within the US. The laid-off employees, mostly from the customer service function, will be eligible for government aid, the department stated, which provides weekly income and training for reemployment. Wells Fargo has been on a firing spree over the past couple of years, aiming to reduce its headcount by 26,000 employees. These are aligned to its goal of cutting costs by $4 billion by 2020 in efficiency enhancement efforts. 

     

    read more at Reuters
  • FACEBOOK TO UNFRIEND CONTRACTORS WHO REFUSE THEIR REVISED WAGE OFFER THIS CHRISTMAS

    FACEBOOK TO UNFRIEND CONTRACTORS WHO REFUSE THEIR REVISED WAGE OFFER THIS CHRISTMAS

    News by Editorial Team 21 Dec 2018

    Santa has some counter-offers for 20 Facebook subcontractors, demanding better work conditions and if they do not take the deal, they can very well lose their jobs. While Facebook is touted as a good place to work, the goodness stops with the full-time employees. Many full timers have too joined the dispute wagon and are voicing for the rights of the subcontractor workers. The contractual staff dispute is about Filter Digital management, a Facebook Reality Labs subcontractor and twenty contractual research assistants and programmers who signed a letter dated December 6 demanding better work conditions. Facebook on their part refuses to mark this counter-offer or leave the situation as an ultimatum.

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK ABANDONS ONLINE TEST OVER LEAKED ONLINE ANSWERS

    THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK ABANDONS ONLINE TEST OVER LEAKED ONLINE ANSWERS

    News by Editorial Team 20 Dec 2018

    The European Central Bank recently had a face-off with the moment of truth as it acknowledged that some of its junior position candidates might have cheated on an online test. The bank was relying on a firm named Team Focus for online test to judge process information abilities and sift through the massive candidates for junior roles. The Team Focus contract that was between 800,000 to 1,000,000 euros now stands canceled in the wake of leaked online answers. Bank staffers had raised a red flag way back in 2017. The bank hired 639 people on contractual and fixed basis last year and now is insisting candidates take online test in the bank premises. The fate of the people who are hired by the bank using the test is still unclear.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • SNCF, THE STATE OWNED FRENCH RAILWAY LOSES DEAD WEIGHT BY CHOPPING OVER 2000 JOBS IN 2019

    SNCF, THE STATE OWNED FRENCH RAILWAY LOSES DEAD WEIGHT BY CHOPPING OVER 2000 JOBS IN 2019

    News by Editorial Team 20 Dec 2018

    Its rumble and roll time for France’s state-owned railways SNCF employee as the company plans to trim 2,090 by 2019. The 150,000 employees strong company will hire 170 people and swing the ax on 2260 jobs. The French parliament took matters in its own hand by passing a law to revamp the debt riddle company. The transformation is set to dawn on SNCF, despite three-month long strike against the reform. The company is all set to end its domestic passenger monopoly and enter into the league of a joint-stock company as the state agrees to own a part of the debt.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • UBER LOSES UK COURT BID AGAINST WORKER RIGHTS FOR DRIVERS, GIVING THEIR BUSINESS MODEL JITTERS

    UBER LOSES UK COURT BID AGAINST WORKER RIGHTS FOR DRIVERS, GIVING THEIR BUSINESS MODEL JITTERS

    News by Editorial Team 20 Dec 2018

    It took just two drivers and a strong appeal for Uber to classify its drivers as workers in Great Britain, entitling them to rights like minimum wage. The Silicon Valley firm lost its latest court bid in the UK over “Uber’s working arrangements as being inconsistent with the driver having a direct contractual relationship with the passenger,” as per the summary by the Courts of Appeal. The company whose flotation value lies at $120 billion may see a considerable slip in its UK profit if they are to follow the verdict. The company plans to appeal to the Supreme Court, while the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain who was the voice of the drivers in the appeal criticized Uber’s move for a second appeal.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • BANK OF ENGLAND GETS CALLED WASTEFUL BY NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE

    BANK OF ENGLAND GETS CALLED WASTEFUL BY NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE

    News by Editorial Team 19 Dec 2018

    Bank of England recently came under the radar of Britain’s National Audit Office for reckless spending on unproductive overheads, which include massive spending on buildings and IT infrastructure. Citing the ignorance of streamlined procurement policies and the fact that the agency disregards thrift, the Audit Office pointed out that the HQ of the bank had approximately 800 empty seats and had more than an astonishing 700 different job titles. Wastage on procurement stood at 200,000 GBP in 2017 alone. In response, the COO of Bank of England, Joanna Place, said that the budget for the year had been held due to the hard work and commitment from all employees at the institution.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • #METOO CHOKES OFFICE PARTYING CULTURE IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON

    #METOO CHOKES OFFICE PARTYING CULTURE IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON

    News by Editorial Team 19 Dec 2018

    A mere 65% of companies in the US plan to hold office parties this holiday season, according to a report recently released by a reputed HR consulting firm. Attributing this to the menace of the #metoo movement that is sweeping the corporate world, it said that companies are increasingly growing weary of any possibility of an untoward incident at such parties. This number comes close to the holiday season of 2009, where only 62% of the companies had any office festivities, and that was largely due to the Great Recession. Guidelines from several organizations for office party goers include “no touching” even while dancing and “no after-party” with any staff member.

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • SPRINT AND T-MOBILE MERGER MAY COST RETAIL EMPLOYEES A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR WAGES

    SPRINT AND T-MOBILE MERGER MAY COST RETAIL EMPLOYEES A PERCENTAGE OF THEIR WAGES

    News by Editorial Team 18 Dec 2018

    They promised more jobs when Sprint and T-Mobile joined hands in a merger, but they might be the harbinger of lower wages for retail workers in the industry. The proposed merger may bring down the wages of retail workers by 1-3% says a study. The said study is done by a non-profit and non-partisan group, the Economy Policy Institute and says the wages can decline to the extent of 7%. To add to the woes, workers who are not a part of any of the two companies like the retail employees and distributors of competitors AT&T and Verizon will face the heat. 

     

    read more at Fortune
  • WOMEN HAVE TO WAIT FOR TWO CENTURIES TO EARN AS MUCH AS MEN

    WOMEN HAVE TO WAIT FOR TWO CENTURIES TO EARN AS MUCH AS MEN

    News by Editorial Team 18 Dec 2018

    For all the advocates of equal opportunities workplace there is good news, World Economic Forum says that gender pay parity is just another 202 years away. The overall gender disparity score has seen a marginal improvement of 0.1 percent across health, work, education, and politics. It will be 108 years to reach overall gender parity. A wait of two centuries is a long haul and the great pay divide that exists today is the culprit. Iceland retained its Numero Uno position in gender parity 10th year in the running. Experts feel that the upcoming Artificial Intelligent sector may see another gender disparity struggle.

     

    read more at Bloomberg Quint
  • COME NEW YEAR JAGUAR LAND ROVER WILL SLIM DOWN ITS WORKFORCE BY CUTTING 5,000 JOBS

    COME NEW YEAR JAGUAR LAND ROVER WILL SLIM DOWN ITS WORKFORCE BY CUTTING 5,000 JOBS

    News by Editorial Team 17 Dec 2018

    The ax is all set to swing on thousands of Jaguar Land Rover employees at Britain’s biggest carmaker plans to usher the New Year by job cuts. The move comes in the wake of a falling sales in China and the threat of Brexit. The Indian conglomerate Tata-owned company already parted with 1000 employees in Solihull plant and will continue to cut more after its 90 million pound loss in the quarter ending in September. The estimates say that there will be 5000 job losses as a short-term measure to fuel its 1 billion pound cost cutting that is a part of 2.5 billion pound saving plan.

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • EUROPE'S YOUNG TECH INDUSTRY TOOK ONE INSPIRATION FROM THE SILICON VALLEY IT SHOULDN'T HAVE

    EUROPE'S YOUNG TECH INDUSTRY TOOK ONE INSPIRATION FROM THE SILICON VALLEY IT SHOULDN'T HAVE

    News by Editorial Team 17 Dec 2018

    If you are a tech startup and a woman who plans to get into the growing tech industry of Europe then the odds are pretty much against you. 93% of the times venture capital firms invested in startups they had an all-man founding team and this data refuses to budge for over six years now. Europe’s nascent tech industry is taking one leaf from Silicon Valley that it should avoid the best. Skype co-founder and Atomico CEO Niklas Zennstrom has a hopeful view of the situation and says that in the wake of #MeToo movement, tech companies are forced to introspect and a young industry like theirs have the advantage of being proactive and starting it at the right foot when it comes to gender diversity.

     

    read more at Fortune
  • UBER FINDS REASONS TO BE HAPPY AND UNIONS CRITICIZE AS UK PRESERVES GIG ECONOMY

    UBER FINDS REASONS TO BE HAPPY AND UNIONS CRITICIZE AS UK PRESERVES GIG ECONOMY

    News by Editorial Team 17 Dec 2018

    Uber Technologies gave a thumbs up to the British Government’s decision to go with the gig economy business model. The expected thumbs down came from unions. Jason Moyer-Lee. General Secretary the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain who was not happy with the decision said, “Exploited workers in this country are sick of press releases, rhetoric and self-congratulatory government announcements.” The union won cases against Uber on worker rights and lost to Deliveroo. Uber seemed upbeat and welcomed “clarity from the government…” stating further that the riders’ rights shall be preserved. The government also went ahead with the scrapping of ‘Swedish Derogation’ that allows gig workers and agencies to be paid under par with regular employees. 

     

    read more at Reuters
  • TALENT CRUNCH WORRIES ISRAEL'S TECH INDUSTRY

    TALENT CRUNCH WORRIES ISRAEL'S TECH INDUSTRY

    News by Editorial Team 17 Dec 2018

    Israel is facing a shortage of tech workers and given that the country is hoping to ride the tech wave to economic growth, there is concern amongst the ranks. The Start-Up Nation Central along with Israel Innovation Authority in its report mentions that the number of high-tech workers has grown in the past 5 years, but their percentage in labor force remains the same. Tech promises to be a high-income avenue for employees with 280,000 professionals in 2017 getting double the national wage average, an up from 240,000 in 2013. But they are just 8% of the working population decreases from 10% in 2010. The sector has 15,300 open positions and the fact that this sector is 45% of Israel’s export adds to the concern. Experts feel that the untapped Arab and ultra-Orthodox Jews are the answer along with foreign-bound development centers.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • STARTUP FOUNDER SAYS AI WILL CREATE MORE JOBS THAN TAKE AWAY

    STARTUP FOUNDER SAYS AI WILL CREATE MORE JOBS THAN TAKE AWAY

    News by Editorial Team 14 Dec 2018

    Joseph Rogers, the founder of AI-based startup WorkDone, recently rebuffed the fears and claims of Artificial Intelligence eliminating jobs of the human race and push us towards a dystopian future. Rogers stated that AI software of the present and future would add more high-value jobs to the global workforce than what they take away. Referencing a Deloitte survey, he said that over the last one and a half century, automation and robots have created more jobs than they have taken. With the advent of Artificial Intelligence, repetitive tasks will be automated which are not fulfilling, paving the way for a richer work experience

     

    read more at Forbes
  • LINKEDIN PUBLISHES EMERGING JOBS FOR 2018, BLOCKCHAIN TOPS LIST

    LINKEDIN PUBLISHES EMERGING JOBS FOR 2018, BLOCKCHAIN TOPS LIST

    News by Editorial Team 14 Dec 2018

    The world’s largest online professional network recently published its job trend analysis for the current year. LinkedIn’s Emerging Jobs List, the much-anticipated intelligence report from its Economic Graph and Insights section, listed Blockchain as the top jobs of the year. This was closely followed by machine learning, application sales, and medical/pharmaceutical sales. The report also stated that the competition for highly skilled workers would intensify greatly going into 2019. Overall growth in a specific domain remained in favor of artificial intelligence, with more than six out of 15 emerging job roles belonging to this skillset. Software engineering remained the top job title.

     

    read more at Fortune
  • EMPLOYED AND STALLED- 60% AMERICANS DIDN'T GET A PAY HIKE IN 2018

    EMPLOYED AND STALLED- 60% AMERICANS DIDN'T GET A PAY HIKE IN 2018

    News by Editorial Team 14 Dec 2018

    The global volatility given the ongoing trade war between the two largest economies in the world, coupled with the vast number of redundancies due to the increased use of AI to automate job functions caused more harm to the common man than global leaders in 2018. According to the findings by personal finance site Bankrate in its study conducted on more than 1,000 professionals, more than half, 62%, to be precise, of American workers didn’t get a pay raise over the last 12 months. The number of Americans who saw a career growth in terms of moving into a new job was even more dismal, at a mere 6%.

     

    read more at Fortune
  • EMPLOYEES IN FRANCE SPEAK UP ABOUT CORPORATE ETHICS

    EMPLOYEES IN FRANCE SPEAK UP ABOUT CORPORATE ETHICS

    News by Editorial Team 13 Dec 2018

    One out of every five French employees has stated that they have felt the pressure to compromise on their corporate ethics and standards, according to a new survey released by the Institute of Business Ethics. However, the mechanisms to report it has improved, with 33% saying their organizations included some means to report it confidentially. According to a director at the Institute, this trend is being noted all across Europe. The major reasons cited in the ethics compromise phenomenon included pressure for time, adhering to manager orders and being faced with impractical and unrealistic objectives and deadlines. 26% of personnel in managerial positions reported the same plight. 

     

    read more at The HR Director

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