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Unemployment falls by 4,000, ONS figures reveal

GRH says:

The chocolate ration is going up from 30grams to 25grams; hurrah for the ONS

Students 'robbed' of the right skills needed to succeed in work, says BCC

GRH says:

The dumbing down of society goes from strength to strength by stealth. The powers that be don't want educated, capable people with life skills and work skills. They want a compliant benefits-dependent workforce that does not think and does what it is told. There are people out there who do not have the manual dexterity to peel a potato (I jest not); let alone the mental dexterity to add two numbers or get along with colleagues. How many shop assistants could give you the right change without the till telling them what to give you? How many actually know why More...

Employers failing to measure impact of incentive and reward schemes

Jeff Crisp says:

I agree that employers ought to ensure that any recognition scheme should be cost-effective but they don't have to cost the earth. Companies sometimes ignore simple but fundamental ways of motivating and recognising staff. Lack of recognition is one of the key reasons for staff dissatisfaction in the workplace and staff turnover costs need to feature in the alignment with business objectives. And recognition can start with just a 'well done!'. There are numerous inexpensive ways to achieve this and you can read them in our free publication on "Staff Motivation on a Budget" from our website -

Students 'robbed' of the right skills needed to succeed in work, says BCC

Andy Crichton says:

My understanding is that govt / universities have never been especially great predicting the future demands of industry. So students come out unprepared for the industry that has actually moved on from 4 years earlier when they started. This is not just a UK problem as you can see from Spain, which highlights another problem - if you have huge extra percentages of students in higher education, what will they do on graduating? Spain has literally millions of well qualified students sat at home, nothing to do because someone in another part of the economy forgot to think about helping More...

Skills shortages as young people shun manufacturing

MLett says:

Students would not naturally think to choose a career in manuafacturing, as the general consensus is manufacturing means production lines only, but there are similar jobs in those areas to other industries. ie. IT, software development, marketing, admin etc. If some of the Manufacturing Industries went to schools job fairs and just highlighted potential careers in their area they might stir more interest.

Students 'robbed' of the right skills needed to succeed in work, says BCC

MLett says:

Alot of schools embrace work experience for their students. My son is at University studing Computer Science. He had a work experience at School at that put him in various departments at a Food Manufacturing Plant, including on the production line. At first glance one could say what is he going to gain from that! However, seeing how people work together and just being in a work environment opened his eyes to the different lifestyle of working. He chose a University course with a relevant sandwich work experience year and I believe he will be a good asset to any More...

CEO Sodexo UK: Introduce quotas for women on boards

Janice B Gordon says:

I support the implementation of the quota and here are my views: Women as Leaders need the European Quota Thankfully many more women are coming to the view that NED is just ticking the box, without the quota organisational culture will not change. Jennifer Gilhool says we cannot forget that those who hold the power will not part with it easily.

Charities defend chief executive pay

Stuart morgan says:

I am very saddened by the money grabbing executives. My pensioner mother was making a monthly payment until she cancelled t this week . These arge salaries can never be justified.

Cultural Intelligence and its impact on business

Luiz says:

It is very sad that you with your ability to deal with cultural differences was not properly served in the plane.

How can organisations improve employee engagement, customer satisfaction and business performance?

David Zinger says:

I enjoyed this short piece on the importance of weaving together employee engagement, customer satisfaction and business performance, thank you.

Labour U-turn over claims against Tesco and Next use of foreign workers

B Tank says:

Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant is in my opinion is not totally out of the way in saying very many large Companies employee immigrants. It is nit illegal to employ immigrants be they reputable large organizations or medium or small businesses. The problem is there are very many capable, experienced, hard workings both in field of white coloured and blue coloured citizens of the UK are desperately seeking jobs and the UK and the ones should be offered priority for the available job. There are Recruitment Agencies mushrooming in the EU Countries advertising and offering jobs in the UK. This More...

Prince's Trust calls for better vocational support to help struggling school leavers

Keith Appleyard says:

On a similar note : I've just had forwarded to me a P46 completed by a new Employee who will be aged 20 next month. Looks like no-one has ever taught her how to complete a computer input form (with one box per character). Her address, from street name to City inclusive, just runs together without a single space. The Post Code just runs from left to right, without an imbedded space. I hope she's better prepared for work (fortunately she's not in an office environment). Surely the school should have taught her how to complete such forms?

Labour accuses Tesco and Next of favouring cheap migrant workers

GRH says:

without fire. It's quite possible the allegations are true; I can well imagine a senario where plan 'B' kicks in on discovery - shock horror; hands in the air with outrage how can you say that we do this and that and the other; we are reponsible employers...look at out record etc., etc., etc. Then the whole thing could be made up to divert attention away from some other thing that is being slid in under the door. Either way it is business as usual; move along please, nothing to see.

Financial firms forced to set targets for women on boards

Kay White says:

Agree with Michael Moran's comment - it's too important and changing too slowly to be left to 'as and when'. Quotas will bring diversity on Boards sharply into focus and accelerate the 'talking' about it.

Financial firms forced to set targets for women on boards

Michael Moran says:

I regret to say without mandating change it simply won't happen. Progress since the publication of Davies has been painfully slow. This is a step in the right direction.

Temporary jobs driving employment levels, says TUC

Benny Profane says:

The main increases in this population have been in higher and intermediate level occupations. 'Temporary' also includes fixed term contracts which account for 68,000 of the increase since 2005. Casual work has increased by just 8,000, agency working by 17,000 and seasonal work by 13,000. As ever the unions are spinning.

Older workers help avoid skills crisis, report finds

Spencer Jacobs says:

Older workers have many years of work and life experience to offer, which can be a bonus to most companies. Forties People have placed 100's of candidates over the years that have been made to retire and who are not ready to give up work, after all we are all living longer. Spencer Jacobs Director Forties People Ltd

CEO Sodexo UK: Introduce quotas for women on boards

Dr Colin Thompson says:

If woman have the ability and the `right` attitude then they should work to become a Director of a business. The CEO of Sodexo UK is a woman and so are many of the managers. What is Sodexo`s retention of employees? Is it very low?

HR: Tried and tested or something new?

Andy Crichton says:

In our field of endeavour, to me, innovation is as simple as doing what is considered the basics in most sectors. To be viewed as an innovative decorating company: - answer telephone or email enquiries within an hour. - submit a fully itemised quote, with prices broken down, definite start dates and finish dates…and send it out within 24 hours, woah, Flash. Pitiful innovators aren't we! And so it goes on when doing the work. It is innovative to run a clean job site based around dustless sanding equipment. It is innovative to achieve a good finish with water based More...

Charities defend chief executive pay

Keith Appleyard says:

I see the Telegraph today reported that Sir Stephen Bubb, the Chief Executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), who is thought to be paid over £100,000 a year, had his 60th Birthday Party partly funded by ACEVO (although he did buy his own cake) because it was "part of its ongoing work in building stakeholder relationships". Can I make my next birthday party tax-deductible?

In this issue: October 2014
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Grow influence: Who has made the HR Most Influential 2014 lists? We reveal all inside

Looking good: Beautiful HR at Estee Lauder

Back to the drawing board: Is HR more art than science?

Forward thinking: Futureproof your technology strategy



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