Finance sector short circuits recruitment for electronics

first_img Comments are closed. Growthof the electronics industry in the UK is being threatened by the financialsector’s more successful recruitment programmes, claims a newly releas-edgovernment-backed report.Thereport, by KPMG and the Federation of the Electronics Industry, discovered thatnearly all of those surveyed (98 per cent) agreed that skills shortages are themost pressing issue for the industry.Italso claims that the electronics industry is unable to compete with the “goldenhellos” of up to £10,000 being offered to graduates by employers in thefinancial services sector.BillParsons, executive vice- president of human resources of ARM Holdings, agreeswith the report’s findings. He said, “The skills shortage in this country is amajor issue – there are just not enough suitable graduates coming out ofuniversity. Like all UK-based electronics companies we are predominatelyrecruiting from abroad including America and the Far East.” Hecontinued, “The report is [also] correct that closer links with the Governmentand education is essential. Electronic companies need to follow our leadlinking up with the top universities. ARMsponsors students and research at Cambridge and Liverpool universities, andruns a four-year degree course in electronic and software engineering atLoughborough University. Over90 per cent of those surveyed claimed that working with the education sector toalter the perception of the industry would help to improve public awareness andattract employees. CrispinO’Brien, head of electronics at KPMG, said, “The electronics industry has todevelop stronger links with the Government and education to raise the profileof the industry and change perceptions. This is essential if companies are toattract and retain high-calibre school-leavers and graduates to the industry.”www.kpmg.comByPaul Nelson Previous Article Next Article Finance sector short circuits recruitment for electronicsOn 27 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Case round-up

first_img Previous Article Next Article Case round-up by Eversheds 020 7919 4500Tribunal recommendsre-employment Sterling v Leeds Rhinos Rugby Club and others EAT, 9 September 2002, AllER(D) 110n Sterling was employed by Leeds Rhinos to play rugby league football under aseries of contracts. During his last contract, he was excluded from the firstteam squad and subsequently brought tribunal complaints for race discriminationand victimisation. The tribunal found that Leeds Rhinos had racially discriminated againstSterling by excluding him from the first team and had victimised him by failingproperly to investigate his complaint of race discrimination. Sterlingindicated that, having brought a successful tribunal complaint, he anticipatedsome problems in obtaining new employment. The tribunal recommended that LeedsRhinos should offer Sterling a contract on the same terms as his previouscontract and also awarded him £10,000 for injury to feelings. However, LeedsRhinos successfully appealed against the tribunal’s recommendation ofre-employment. A tribunal’s power to make a recommendation in these circumstances must befor the purpose of reducing or obviating the adverse effect of thediscrimination about which he has complained. While the tribunal’srecommendation of a new contract had been intended to minimise Sterling’sdifficulties in obtaining employment, it did not reduce the effect of hisexclusion from the first team or failure properly to investigate his assertionof discrimination. No entitlement to ill health payment Campbell v Union Carbide Ltd EAT, 15 March 2002, All ER(D) 143 The EAT Tribunal recently ruled that an employee had no contractualentitlement to an ex-gratia payment when his employment was terminated on thegrounds of ill health. n Campbell worked for ICI plc when his employment was transferred to UnionCarbide on the same terms and conditions. ICI’s practice had been to make anex-gratia payment to employees dismissed on the grounds of ill health, after anabsence of six months. Campbell was absent on sick leave for six months, whenUnion Carbide terminated his employment. Campbell brought a tribunal claim,arguing that he was contractually entitled to the ill health payment, on thegrounds that the term was implied into his contract by custom and practice. Thetribunal dismissed his claim and Campbell appealed. The EAT dismissed his appeal. The fact that the payment had always been madedid not in itself give rise to the implication of a term by custom andpractice. It could not be inferred that both parties intended the ill healthretirement payment to form a term of the contract, and Union Carbide wastherefore not contractually bound to make such a payment. Case round-upOn 22 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Shared HR services are not sweat shops

first_img Previous Article Next Article HR shared services is a term that we’ve used for years in the HR function.It became common parlance when leading HR management thinker Dave Ulrichstarted to take our money at conferences by persuading us that a ‘3 box model’of strategic business partners, expert services and shared services is the onlyanswer. Most organisations have begun the move towards this model of HR as businesspartners, some have developed global experts in areas such as compensation oremployment law, and others have either outsourced or tried to create their ownshared services. Without doubt, any efficient and effective HR shared services operation hasto understand what it offers customers, has to design its processes to beefficient and continually improve them, has to match its organisation structureto these processes, and has to utilise an appropriate level of automation. This inevitably forces HR to centralise transactional and administrativeactivities and co-locate employees. However, transferring employees andactivities into one building does not mean you are creating a call centre. Weall have an idea of what a call centre looks like: warehouse accommodation andcubicles to hide the constant chatter or the hum of white-noise used to mufflethe sound of the operators. But is this really what centralised HR looks like? Not at all. I’ve recentlybeen involved in co-locating 250 HR employees to a new purpose-built sharedfacility in Preston, Lancashire, as part of an outsourcing deal of 500employees. And it’s a service centre not a call centre. When we first told employees of the plans, there were concerns. The thoughtof moving and above all to be forced to move into what they perceived as a‘call centre’ was a step too far. And yet six months later employeesatisfaction is at an all time high. This is because it soon became obvious that – having organised a number ofearly viewings of the facility for employees – the purpose-built centre wouldoffer light, bright and high-tech accommodation. It was better than the normalsecond-rate offices and portakabins that many of our HR employees had been usedto. In addition, and probably more importantly for me, only one team of lessthan 20 employees work in the customer support team, staffing the phones. Theyhandle a customer base of more than 50,000 employees and aim to handle 80 percent of enquiries. The remaining employees are in project and process teams, ITand portal development, finance, HR procurement, pensions, administration, anddo on. This is not a call centre, and I suggest that such preconceptions should bereserved for telephone banking or Holiday booking operations – not for the HRfunction. By Alan Bailey, Head of communications and change management, Xchanging Related posts:No related photos. Shared HR services are not sweat shopsOn 12 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

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In Short

first_imgScotch pie deadlineBakers are being urged to enter the World Scotch Pie Championships before its closing deadline. Entries must be received by 5pm on 7 November and entry forms are available from the Scottish Association of Master Bakers on 0131 2291401. For details, visit www.scotchpies.co.uk.Deal for low saltTate & Lyle has signed an exclusive, worldwide licence agreement with Eminate, a subsidiary of The University of Nottingham, UK, for its novel salt reduction technology. The product, currently known as ’SODA-LO’, enables added salt levels to be reduced by up to 30% in foods such as bread, pizza bases, pastry, savoury pie fillings and baked snacks.British talent soughtBaking is a key category in a new annual awards scheme to recognise Britain’s best young foodies. Young British Foodies has been launched by baker Lily Vanilli, Amy Thorne, managing director of communications agency Taste, and Chloe Scott-Moncrieff, food and drink editor of The Metro.Budgens trials loavesEight Budgens stores are trialling a range of premium loaves over a 12-week period. Supplied by The Bread Roll Co, the range includes sundried tomato & sourdough bread, artisan rye baguettes, focaccia and sweet bakery products.last_img read more

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Chuck Schumer Teams Up With Lin-Manuel Miranda and ‘Hamilton’ To Fight Cyber Scalping

first_imgNew York’s Senator Chuck Schumer has started a new chapter in his campaign against ticket scalping bots. A long time friend of the ticket buying consumer, Schumer is fighting against cyber-scalpers who use these bots to take thousands of in-demand tickets to popular concerts and Broadway shows off the market before real fans have a chance to purchase them.Schumer enlisted the help of Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to help get his point across. Hamilton has been plagued with ticketing issues, with tickets for the extremely in-demand Broadway show often ending up being resold at huge markups. The average $189 ticket can often go for anywhere between $500 and $2000, an absolutely ridiculous mark-up for a ticket that is already highly priced in an attempt to take advantage of a rabid market.New Petition Urges Congress To Pass Bipartisan Bill Banning Scalper BotsThe Senator’s office provided some shocking statistics to go along with this announcement to help drive the point home. Between 2012 and 2014, three scalpers bought more than 140,000 tickets to New York shows and concerts using bots. 20,000 tickets to Hamilton have been scalped because of bots. Shockingly enough, scalpers earned more than $15.5 million on Hamilton tickets from the time the show opened until Miranda’s last performance earlier this summer. Ticketmaster has stated that an estimated 60 percent of the best tickets to any event are purchased by bots. Schumer has put legislation forward that would stop the ridiculous and immoral use of software to work around securities employed by ticketing companies. If this law is passed, anyone who uses bots or other software to stop concertgoers from having a fair shot at purchasing tickets to an event will be subject to federal punishment. The bill is called the “Better On-line Ticket Sales Act of 2016”, otherwise known as the BOTS Act.Schumer said in a statement:“It’s plain and simple, we need to sweep the stage of bots so that actual fans can enjoy Hamilton, other hit Broadway shows and major concerts. Hackers and other bad actors are taking advantage of fans and we need to put a stop to it. These bots have gotten completely out of control and their dominance in the market is driving up prices for music and sports fans as well as tourists and theater-goers. This new legislation, now supported by Lin-Manuel Miranda, will crack down on online hackers and scalpers that use ‘bots’ to purchase thousands of tickets in a matter of milli-seconds, and then sell them at outrageously-inflated prices…By eliminating ‘bots’ and slapping hackers with a hefty fine, we can better ensure those who want to attend shows in the future will not have to pay outrageous, unfair prices. I hope that my colleagues in Congress will pass this bipartisan legislation so that consumers have equal access to these tickets.”One can only hope that this legislation passes, giving ticket purchasers protection under federal law and fundamentally changing the ticketing business in one fell swoop. Fans deserve a fair shot, and Senator Schumer is trying his hardest to give us that fair shot. Kudos to Senator Schumer for fighting for the people!last_img read more

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Georgia Vegetable Growers’ Hopes Chilled

first_imgJust as Georgia vegetable growers had recovered from a midwinter freeze, Mother Natureput the chill on again.”Most farmers who decided to replant after the early-February freeze were hitagain with almost total losses in greens,” said Terry Kelley, a horticulturist withthe University of Georgia Extension Service.”Georgia greens producers sustained near 100 percent losses for the second time inclose to five weeks,” Kelley said.Farmers who had planted greens, onions, cabbage, watermelons, tomatoes, peppers orsquash face losses and the cost of replanting again.Vidalia onion growers were hit hard, too. “This latest freeze almost assures us of40 percent losses in this year’s onion crop,” Kelley said.Based on 1995 prices, Kelley expects a monetary loss close to $31 million in onionsalone.The March freeze caused less physical damage to the onion bulbs, Kelley said, but morehidden damage that may not show up for a month or more.”The cold makes the onion think it’s completed its life cycle,” he said. Theresulting seed stems make the onion unmarketable.The freeze has caused a lot of distorted leaves, too, which enable diseases to invade.That can further reduce the onion quality. “It’s like adding insult to injury,”Kelley said. But he stresses to farmers the importance of selling only top-quality onions. “Thelosses from the actual freeze would be minor compared to how inferior onions would affectprices in future years,” he said.In early February, Kelley figured 90 percent losses in mustard, turnip, kale andcollard greens. Most growers decided to replant as the weather warmed back up — just intime for the next arctic blast.Kelley said greens and other winter vegetables were also damaged in the early-Marchfreeze. Some farmers who planted early and lost crops to the early February freeze hadeither retransplanted or direct-seeded second crops.The March freeze wiped out virtually all of the direct-seeded vegetables. Andretransplanted cabbage is suffering critically.Cabbages were hit hard, but not as hard as leafy greens. Kelley feels sure that many ofthe cabbage plants left are likely to bolt (produce flowers and seeds), though, instead ofproducing heads.Growers won’t know how much of the crop will bolt until a few weeks before harvest.Some farmers in the southernmost Georgia counties had already planted summervegetables, adding to the total damaged acreage.The freeze killed most of the tomatoes, peppers, squash and watermelons already infields.”Most of the very small amount that was out already was planted almost tooearly,” Kelley said. “Producers were looking to get their harvest to the marketsfirst for higher prices.”Many vegetable growers can still replant their crops. But for some greens farmers, thiswill be the third planting in their fields, adding to their costs. Their later harvest canmean losses at the market, too.Vegetables that reach the market first generally sell for higher prices. When moreproduce reaches the market later in the season, prices tend to drop.Jack Frost may nip at shoppers’ wallets, too. Prices will likely rise, since lessproduce will be available, Kelley said.It’s still early in the season, so summer crops weren’t wiped out, he said. There’sstill a long time between now and harvest to make up for these very early season losses insummer crops.”Farming is always a roll of the dice,” Kelley said. “So far thiswinter, Georgia vegetable farmers are coming up with snake eyes.”last_img read more

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Transformation in Communications

first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2010 A new fiber-optic cable is set to increase Guyana’s bandwidth capacity, reported the Web site Caribbean Net News. The cable is set to increase Internet capacity by 3,000 times and will bring national development opportunities including e-governance, e-health, e-learning and e-security, among others, said officials from the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Co., or GT&T. “We hope that within a short period we will be able to unveil a package of policies and services that would be progressively implemented in these sectors that would see a transformation in the way we do business in Guyana,” said Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo to the news Web site. The GT&T’s Shore End Cable Landing Project is expected to be completed by the middle of this year. The cable originates in Trinidad and will pass through Suriname.last_img read more

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2 shot after robbing couple in Elmira, investigation underway

first_imgPolice say the parties involved all know each other and the robbery was not a random act. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Elmira Police Department. Both suspects are 17-years-old. ELMIRA, N.Y. (WBNG) — Authorities say two suspects were shot by a resident after a robbery in Elmira, N.Y. Sunday. The police department says officers responded to a residence on Franklin Street for a report of two individuals that were shot around 1 p.m. The two suspects were located in a driveway of a difference residence.center_img Officers on scene were approached by a female resident who told them the two suspects were armed and they robbed her and her boyfriend. That’s when her boyfriend fired at the two suspects. Search warrants were executed at the location of the robbery and the residence the suspects fled to. The Elmira Police Department says one suspect is in critical condition and is being treated in the hospital. The other suspect was treated and released from the hospital and was charged with robbery in the 1st degree, a class B felony. Police did not comment on any charges for the suspect in the hospital.last_img read more

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3 locations named in Tioga County public health statement

first_img(WBNG) — The Tioga County Health Department released a public health statement Tuesday regarding three locations where people visited and then tested positive for COVID-19. Nasco Home and Flooring in Waverly The Owego Kitchen Oct. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Oct. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. If you were at the following locations, the department asks you quarantine for 14-days from the date you were exposed to the virus. Nov. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The health department says anyone who becomes symptomatic is encouraged to contact their doctor and the health department. Oct. 28 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.Oct. 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Oct. 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Perfect Ten Nail Salon in Waverlylast_img read more

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Suriname journalist fired after exposure as spy

first_img 29 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Suriname journalist fired after exposure as spy by: – June 8, 2011 Share Tweet Sharecenter_img By Ivan CairoMap of Suriname. Photo credit: state.govPARAMARIBO, Suriname — Freelance journalist for the Surinamese magazine Parbode and editor-in-chief of the news website super-suriname.com, Paul Kraaijer, was fired over the weekend following revelations that he was a former spy for the Dutch secret service.In an interview he did on the basis of anonymity published by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Kraaijer disclosed that for 25 years until August 2010 he spied on criminals, leftist groups and extremist animal rights groups for the Dutch government. Although his identity wasn’t revealed during the interview, a Belgian journalist also working in Suriname discovered who he was and subsequently exposed him. Kraaijer moved to Suriname in 2010.Publisher of Parbode Magazine, Caribbean Media Group (CMG), which also runs the super-suriname.com website, noted that Kraaijer was fired to avoid any hint of conflicts of interest.“The publisher and editorial staff believe that the combination of journalist and informer is totally intolerable and reject the actions and remarks of Paul Kraaijer,” CMG manager Jaap Hoogendam and Parbode’s editor-in-chief Eartha Tjan A Way said in an official statement.According to Tjan A Way it is very important for the magazine and website to uphold its image of impartiality, reliability and credibility.“Until the publication in De Telegraaf, the editorial staff of Parbode and super-suriname.com didn’t know anything about his past. Parbode and the news site stand for pure journalism and want to avoid any hint of conflicts of interest,” the CMG management further stated.Kraaijer revealed that through the years he had infiltrated extremist animal rights groups and leftist organizations in the Netherlands, including the Anti Fascist Action group (AFA). In the 1990s he allegedly was the second in command of the AFA and its spokesman. Information and intelligence he collected were passed to the General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD). He also actively participated in violent actions of these groups and intelligence he collected served to bring a violent animal rights activist in the Netherlands to justice.In an e-mail to his former employer, Kraaijer said that he is shocked over his dismissal, since his work as a spy has nothing to do with his work as a journalist in Suriname. For years Kraaijer has maintained a website targeting environmental issues in Suriname and several other blogs. Since his dismissal his blogs have been closed.Meanwhile the Dutch Association of Journalists has called on the minister of Home Affairs to explain why the Dutch spy agency was using informants disguised as journalists. According to the journalists organization these actions are damaging to the credibility of journalists.Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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