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  • 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
  • WORRYING MACROS IN THE AMERICAN WORKFORCE

    WORRYING MACROS IN THE AMERICAN WORKFORCE

    News by Editorial Team 13 Dec 2018

    Increasing life expectancy and falling fertility rates are among the major causes that will drive corporate America towards preparing for an aging workforce in less than 15 years, according to publication majors Forbes and the Harvard Business Review. In spite of the trend, most organizations still prefer hiring younger employees and older women face the most severe discrimination in recruitment, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco report. A Deloitte survey this year also showed that one in five organizations view an older workforce as a competitive disadvantage. The persisting biases in hiring are likely to be a cause for concern in the long term.

     

    read more at Forbes
  • EXPOSED: GOOGLE'S DICHOTOMY IN TREATING TVCs

    EXPOSED: GOOGLE'S DICHOTOMY IN TREATING TVCs

    News by Editorial Team 13 Dec 2018

    Google is mostly considered one of the best places to work. For employees. For TVCs (Temps, Vendors, and Contractors), however, it’s a different story. A recent exposé by The Guardian revealed just how much discrimination is really at work at the world’s largest search engine. Employees are restricted from awarding TVCs, inviting them to certain meetings and even providing them with professional development training. Entitled the ABCs of TVCs, the document elucidates the DO’s and DON’T’s of dealing with TVC workers, many of which edge on discrimination. It is worth mentioning that TVCs form the majority of the Google workforce and had staged a walkout on the 1st of November.

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • GEOGRAPHY WORKS ITS MAGIC TO GIVE U.S. BUSINESS SCHOOLS A RANKING FACELIFT

    GEOGRAPHY WORKS ITS MAGIC TO GIVE U.S. BUSINESS SCHOOLS A RANKING FACELIFT

    News by Editorial Team 12 Dec 2018

    Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best B-Schools global ranking is out and just four schools outside the U.S. made it to the top 30. Blame it on geography, but U.S. business schools score high in one area graduates prefer the most – compensation. The U.S. pays M.B.A. graduates more when compared to other countries. To put it in numbers, U.S. schools have 16% more than the Median compensation of students in non-U.S. schools. While foreign applications of U.S. schools are in a slide down mode, an overwhelming number of graduates from U.S. Business Schools get a job within the country. GMAC says that 56% of US employers offer to join bonus to these graduates compared to 36% of Asia-Pacific countries.

     

    read more at Bloomberg
  • HYUNDAI MOTOR RIDES THE EXECUTIVE RESHUFFLE WAVE, SHARES HIT RECORD HIGH

    HYUNDAI MOTOR RIDES THE EXECUTIVE RESHUFFLE WAVE, SHARES HIT RECORD HIGH

    News by Editorial Team 12 Dec 2018

    Albert Biermann, a German and former BMW executive will take the reins of research and development in Hyundai Motor Group from Yang Woong-Chul and Kwon Moon-sik. He will be the first foreign head of R&D and is a part of a larger executive reshuffle that may very well mark a transition era for South Korea’s second largest family conglomerate. The reshuffle comes up as a strategy to stop a south going profit curve in China and the U.S. market. Many experts feel that the executive shuffle is a sign that Chairman Chung is losing his grip, while the junior Chung is taking over the things at the helm for the conglomerate. While the power game is up for speculations, the market welcomed the reshuffle with a 9% jump that is their highest since Oct. 10.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • AMAZON AIMS FOR THE BIG APPLE, BUT CORPORATE FAIRY TALE IS NOT IN THE SCENES

    AMAZON AIMS FOR THE BIG APPLE, BUT CORPORATE FAIRY TALE IS NOT IN THE SCENES

    News by Editorial Team 12 Dec 2018

    The imminent promise of public transit woes in the Big Apple following an Amazon promise of setting up a new office for 25,000 employees in the Queens after New York’s wooing of the e-commerce giant may be further than anticipated. Amazon will hire only 700 employees for the new One Court Square office at its Long Island City location. The number is slated to increase by 3000 by 2020 and 25,000 in the next 15 years. Not happy with the deal are some New York politicians who feel that they were shut out from the deal and anticipate a public transit breakdown along with reality price raise in an already expensive locality. Joining the “not happy” brigade are Amazon’s Staten Island employees who recently went public with their unionization efforts. 

     

    read more at Bloomberg
  • CRYPTO COMPANIES ANNOUNCE LAYOFFS ACROSS THE BOARD

    CRYPTO COMPANIES ANNOUNCE LAYOFFS ACROSS THE BOARD

    News by Editorial Team 11 Dec 2018

    In what seems like a knee-jerk reaction to the recent steep drop in valuations, cryptocurrency companies, who are also among an increasingly large segment of employment for programmers and analysts, have been announcing layoffs to keep costs under check. Even large names like consensus announced a cut of 13% of its staff and another, Steemit, laid off 70% of its staff last week, citing the currently severely bearish market in cryptos. Although job listings continue to see a subdued growth in the current year, as opposed to the staggering one seen last year, jobseeker interest in the sector has dropped drastically, according to Indeed.

     

  • SILICON VALLEY COMBATS BURNOUTS WITH FIVE-YEAR REWARDS

    SILICON VALLEY COMBATS BURNOUTS WITH FIVE-YEAR REWARDS

    News by Editorial Team 11 Dec 2018

    Workplace anniversary awards are the new, new thing among employers in the US and are gaining ground as a critical employee retention tool. According to a recent survey by industry association SHRM, more than 60% of employers are offering rewards upon completion of a work anniversary. Silicon Valley, known widely for its stiff deadlines and intensely competitive work environment, seems to have taken to the five-year reward in particular, with employers like Facebook offering a “recharge” program, a 30 day period of an uninterrupted break to relax. This trend harkens back to the olden days in corporate America where employees would be gifted with a gold watch by some companies in a show of appreciation for their work.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • KARMA BITES! TRUMP'S UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS COME A CALLING!

    KARMA BITES! TRUMP'S UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS COME A CALLING!

    News by Editorial Team 10 Dec 2018

    Victorina Morales and Sandra Diaz, women workers who admitted to having submitted false documentation for their employment at the Trump National Golf Club in 2013. Immigration attorney Annabel Romero, representing both women, said that adequate documentation, proof, and testimony were present to implicate the dubious hiring practices of the Trump Organization. The women workers came forward recently citing concerns over a “whole new level of hypocrisy” by Donald Trump’s anti-immigration stance and his rhetoric against undocumented workers. A spokesperson for the Trump Organization has denied any shady hiring practices, stating that the organization was very strict about them. 

     

    read more at Fortune
  • 'SERIOUS' SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE ENTIRE 60 MINUTES UNIT

    'SERIOUS' SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE ENTIRE 60 MINUTES UNIT

    News by Editorial Team 10 Dec 2018

    The hugely popular television show ‘60 minutes’, hitherto having operated independently within the CBS News network, is now being investigated for serious charges of workplace sexual misconduct spanning decades. According to investigator reports, executive producers Jeff Fager and Don Hewitt engaged in certain sexual misconduct and Hewitt had even sexually assaulted a female worker repeatedly over time. CBS has been paying out a settlement since the 90’s to the female worker. Aside from this, former CEO Les Moonves is also being investigated for the same. Moonves has also been charged with obstructing investigations and could face up to $120 million in penalties if found guilty.

     

    read more at Fortune
  • WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM RELEASES FUTURE OF JOBS REPORT

    WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM RELEASES FUTURE OF JOBS REPORT

    News by Editorial Team 10 Dec 2018

    We are at the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to the World Economic Forum Report on the future of jobs. According to Klaus Schwab, founder, and chairman of the body, the fourth industrial revolution is building on the third as artificial intelligence and robotics slowly take over the majority of production and business operations in just about every sector. The new and emerging jobs trends are projected to be positive in the report, increasing to 27% from the current 16%, through 2022, with 60% of respondents in CXO positions stating that they’ll have to modify their value chain significantly by that time.

     

  • DISNEY'S EXPLOITATION OF CHINESE WORKERS BLOWS WIDE OPEN

    DISNEY'S EXPLOITATION OF CHINESE WORKERS BLOWS WIDE OPEN

    News by Editorial Team 07 Dec 2018

    How much labor overhead would you estimate for a product that you retail for around £35? Maybe 5%? How about 0.02%? Sounds unbelievable? Not if you’re the Disney Corporation, whose blatant exploitation of Chinese workers was brought to the fore recently with an undercover investigation carried out by Solidar Suisse and China Labor Watch in conjunction with The Guardian. Staff at the Wah Tung factory in Heyuan, who reported that they often had to work overtime and were penalized or dismissed if they took more than three days of sick leave, also stated that per their production volumes the labor costs came up to a meager 1p per completed doll.  

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • COMPANIES ARE INCREASINGLY USING AI TO SEARCH FOR TALENT

    COMPANIES ARE INCREASINGLY USING AI TO SEARCH FOR TALENT

    News by Editorial Team 07 Dec 2018

    Artificial Intelligence is driven talent search is getting smarter and is delivering better prospective employee profiling than ever before. Using the power of machine learning and massive scale online scanning of social media profiles, software vendors are being able to provide solutions that accurately and efficiently harvest prospective employees from massive talent pools. This is the advent of deep learning technology and it goes way beyond just recruitment analytics. Companies like eightfold.ai, who tout themselves as a Talent Intelligence platform that ensures laser-sharp accuracy in search and selection of talent, are being used by industries as diverse as sports, pharmaceuticals, and technology.

     

    read more at The New York Times
  • AMAZON WORKERS' NEW WOES – EHS ACCIDENTS

    AMAZON WORKERS' NEW WOES – EHS ACCIDENTS

    News by Editorial Team 07 Dec 2018

    There seems to be no end in sight for the miseries of Amazon workers in the US. In what appears to be the latest incidence of non-compliance of workplace safety, twenty-four workers had to be hospitalized after a robot at a New Jersey warehouse perforated a chemical repellant can be meant to repel bears, by accident at its New Jersey warehouse. However, no casualties were reported, and an Amazon spokesperson has said that all the workers injured in the accident are expected to be released from the hospital in the next 24 hours. This is one of several workplace conditions related complaints against the e-commerce giant in the US and UK over the past years.

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • MEXICAN PRESIDENT PROPOSES MORE WORK VISAS FOR CENTRAL AMERICANS, HOPES U.S. TOO FOLLOWS

    MEXICAN PRESIDENT PROPOSES MORE WORK VISAS FOR CENTRAL AMERICANS, HOPES U.S. TOO FOLLOWS

    News by Editorial Team 06 Dec 2018

    The newly elected Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador proposed an increase in work visas for Central Americans and suggested that the US should go for a similar stance. This comes as part of negotiations with the US to curb the northward flow of immigrants. Lopez Obrador came up with a proposal for increasing investment in productive projects that will boost job creation. The number of illegal immigrants is the lowest in the past 20 years, but there is a spike in family and asylum seekers. The projects and investments target to bring down poverty and crime rate in the region. The plans set for the project include a refinery and two railway projects to generate jobs in Mexico and Central America.

     

    read more at Reuters

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