Thursday, 9 February 2012

Jobs data shows modest increase in permanent appointments - hurray!

John Eccleston  in Personnel Today

Jobs data published today points to a modest uplift in the number of permanent appointments, although figures relating to temporary placements and pay offerings suggest that the job market is still experiencing difficulties.
The Report on Jobs, published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and professional services firm KPMG, is compiled using data provided by recruitment consultancies. The latest edition, released today, found that permanent appointments rose for the first time in four months, albeit at a modest rate.
However, this small piece of good news was offset by data which highlighted temporary and contract billings falling for the second month in a row. According to the report, a number of respondents cited the introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations as a reason for this fall.
In addition, salaries for permanent positions rose only marginally in January and at a much slower pace than the long- term average. Hourly rates of pay for temporary/contract staff increased modestly following a slight decline in December.
Respondents also reported that the growth in overall demand for staff eased to its weakest level for 27 months. Data suggests that engineering and construction workers were the most sought after in the latest survey period, in contrast to declines in demand for hospitality and catering staff.
Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, said: "This month's report highlights that there are glimmers of hope for the UK jobs market with permanent placements increasing for the first time in four months. This is the first positive indicator for some time that employers are looking to hire staff despite the ongoing weakness of the economy.
"It is particularly encouraging that six out of eight sectors surveyed show growth in demand, including engineering, IT and office professionals. The report also follows better than expected services data from the Purchasing Managers' Index last Friday, which suggests that confidence is growing among consumers as well as businesses.
"A major challenge in the jobs market is the disconnect between what employers are looking for and what jobseekers can offer. Better careers guidance is part of the solution, as is increased use of apprenticeships to get young people into employment with vocational skills development."

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Women at work love Borgen

My friends and I have been loving Borgen.The Danish TV show about a woman prime minister, not only is it beautifully shot, well crafted and great plots (mostly) it has not just one great female character but two!.
The Prime Minister is mature, intelligent and sexy. She has to learn to be tough, in fact she turns into a bit of a tough nut! The journalist is attractive, bright, articulate, fun andsexy. Both are workaholics, lap tops in the bedroom was a bit of a theme.....Both sacrifice their relationships and personal lives because of the passion for what they do in work. Both struggle with attacks from male colleagues. Both have to meet standards of perfection that might not be expected of their male peers.

I thought the episode about gender equality was possibly the weakest the whole 10 episodes were a treatise on gender in the workplace and the tortuous relationship that women  have with their homes/personal/work lives in order to be successful. If Birgitte had been a man, he owuld have had a cleaner and probably a wife who would have consented to sacrifice her career for his. If Katrine had been a man, he would have been ambitious and brave rather than a pain in the neck!

All sorts of issues have been raised and many of them are really relevant to my work helping people - both men and women - 'Get Paid More, Promoted Faster and Feel more Satisfied'. Like Borgen its about life not work.
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