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96 weeks ago, by James
Is email a complete waste of time?
Peter Fleming, professor of Business and Society at Cass Business School claims that the average British worker spends 36 days each year answering emails and that workers in London are receiving close to 9,000 emails a year on average.

Something has gone horribly wrong hasn't it?
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102 weeks ago, by James
Young and unemployed
In all the employment figure good news it's worth bearing in mind that employment of younger workers has not yet recovered to pre-2008 levels, when it wasn't that great anyway.

Because of the nature of the jobs involved young people (16-24 years old) often compete for the same jobs as older people. Government labour market policies have enabled / forced older people to stay in work for longer so that a full two thirds of the increase in employment since 2010 has been for those aged 50 and over.
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104 weeks ago, by James
Police recruitment ad #fail
Edinburgh police tweeted a 'looking for a new job?' recruitment ad with a picture of Jeremy Clarkson and Zayn from One Direction. After several angry responses from Twitter users they apologised and removed it.

For most companies it would have been a good strategy, it's quite funny and topical. Why did it backfire for the Police? Those who complained pointed out that the Clarkson hoohar involved assault and it wasn't appropriate for the police to be making light of it.

Context is everything.
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108 weeks ago, by James
Are senior managers ignorant or just blind?
We're being fed the line in the Jimmy Savile investigation that it was common knowledge at Stoke Mandeville that he was a sex pest at the operational level but that didn't filter through to senior management.

So is no-one ever promoted from operational level to senior management or when you are promoted is your integrity one of the sacrifices that you have to make?
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109 weeks ago, by James
Don't let procurement choose recruiters without HR
In his interview in HR magazine Kevin Green, chief exec of the REC, gives 5 steps to good recruitment. One of them is; 'Don't let procurement manage the contract without your (HR's) input'.

You might think that this wouldn't happen, than anyone with half a brain would know that it would be a bad idea. Yet here we have the boss of the REC putting it forward as an insight.

It shouldn't be a surprise. It's called 'silo mentality' and it's been a corporate problem since year dot.
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114 weeks ago, by James
RecruitingLens update
Search traffic to this site has exceeded social traffic for the first time in January. This means that we're being found in Google for search terms.
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115 weeks ago, by James
Michael Page sees business improving
A 12.9% rise in underlying fourth-quarter fees has been announced.

Hays also gave an optimistic outlook last week, with an 11% rise in fees for the same period with strong demand in Britain, Australia and Asia.
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122 weeks ago, by James
Teacher recruitment shortfall
For the third year running the government is set to miss its target for trainee teachers across primary and secondary schools. 30,510 trainees have been enrolled into teacher training in 2014-15 so far, a shortfall of more than 4,000 on the target and 7,700 fewer than in 2010.

One of the influences may be increasing employment opportunities in the private sector. When the recession started in 2008 there were reports of people leaving business to go into teaching.
120 weeks ago, by John
The govt. seem to have turned what should be a most noble and rewarding profession into a bureaucratic quagmire from what I hear from teachers. There's also gender stereotyping which is putting men off from teaching, especially in primary schools which have become female only domains.
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