April 2010

Monthly Archive

Global demand for more IT skilled.

Posted by Joanne Brent on 30 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Facts & Figures, HR Strategy

Industries still reporting IT skills shortage Communication most in-demand ’soft’ skill - also in greatest shortage Linked-In beats out Facebook for social network recruitment. Despite the current economic downturn, demand for experienced and higher skilled IT professionals remains, according to the latest findings from a national workplace survey.

The survey of senior IT decision makers and hiring managers across a range of New Zealand businesses, by global workforce solutions leader Kelly Services, finds over 71% of respondents report an increase or no change in demand for skilled IT professionals in their industry.

Know your employment law - especially in a recession

Posted by Joanne Brent on 22 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Facts & Figures, HR Strategy

As every media outlet in the UK and beyond has been repeatedly telling us for the past couple of months, we are already in a period of economic recession. As you will also be aware, this means a tough time for businesses small and large. A topic that might not immediately spring to mind when you think of this, however, is that of Employment Law and in particular the risks you are taking if you your employment procedures are not compliant.

Ad spend in UK set to rise in 2010 due to web increasing market share

Posted by Joanne Brent on 15 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Direct recruitment strategies, Employer Branding, Facts & Figures, Social Media

UK advertising spend in 2010 will rise by 2.8% by the end of the third quarter of this year, with online’s share growing 4.2 percentage points during 2009, according to new research. The modest rise comes despite nine consecutive quarters of year-on-year decline. According to new figures from the Advertising Association (AA) and Warc.

Social networking - still not embraced by majority of UK employers

Posted by Joanne Brent on 08 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Direct recruitment strategies, Facts & Figures

Over three quarters (76%) of UK employers revealed that they do not currently have a formal policy regarding employee use of external social networks such as Twitter and LinkedIn, according to research released today by recruitment outsourcing specialists, Manpower.

By comparison, the independent research of over 2,100 UK employers reveals that one fifth of those surveyed (22%) said that they do have a policy in existence. Of those employers that do currently have a formal policy regarding employee use of external social networks over half said having such a policy in place helped avoid productivity loss (60%) and protected company reputation (55%). While 42% of employers believed that such a policy helped to protect intellectual property and propriety of information (42%) and a fifth (21%) claimed it helped recruitment efforts.

Survival in the Unemployment Line

Posted by Joanne Brent on 01 Apr 2010 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

The unemployment rate shows little sign of improving anytime soon, and if you’re unfortunate enough to be one of those unemployment statistics, what should you do? City resident Leslie Jacobs thought she’d write a book about it, and the result, “Survival in the Unemployment Line: A Humorous Look at being Unemployed,” has taken amazon and other book outlets by storm!

“It’s a humorous look at unemployment, but contains lots of tips I learned from being unemployed,” said Jacobs, who wrote the book’s original manuscript during a mid-1990s bout of unemployment, then updated and published it after being laid off in 2008 from a job she’d held for eight years.