Recruitment News June 2016 Part 3

Hey! It’s a new week so I’m here to bring you your next round-up of news and resources! Enjoy!

Top Tips to Gain Employment in the Sustainable Sector

The UK government will be issuing a new climate plan which will stipulate a number of new rules and highlight changes in domestic areas and the way in which commercial businesses meet UK standards. This plan will of course affect those already within the industry but this also creates exciting new roles. So, with that in mind, here’s some great tips from The Home Quality Mark Team Leader Gwyn Roberts on how to get that job :

1.Have a Voice on Social Media – This is quickly becoming the go to place for thought leaders. Make sure you post opinions and thoughts on current initiatives, promote sustainability, follow industry leaders and keep ahead of the environmental goings on. Having a strong online presence fighting for environmental rights can have a positive effect on your application.

2.Attend Relevant Workshops and Events – Workshops and events will keep you informed on new developments, as well as help advance your existing expertise. They’re a great place to network and meet great people in your chosen field, allowing you to create new contact or gain guidance for your future.

3.Know Your Stuff – Before an interview or a new job, make sure that your environmental knowledge is as good and as up to date as possible. It should be your priority to learn about developing issues or new legislations. Reading blogs and setting up google alerts will make you the first to hear about any breaking news.


Students Doubtful that Degree Will Pay for Itself

A survey conducted of over 2,000 students by Future Finance has found that 48% were either confident or very confident that their education would pay for itself in the future. However 24% of them said they were either unconfident or not confident at all that their costs would be covered.

80% of students claimed they expected a lot more out of their university considering tuition fees are often £9000 a year. Almost half said good teaching and feedback from tutors were the most important considerations when looking at universities and 29% said their course was the most important factor. 12% said a good university reputation was crucial.

When asked about paying higher fees for a more expensive university in the expectation of getting a job, only 22% of them felt it would be worthwhile and almost half disagreed. 3 out of 10 students chose their university in order to be able to live at home and keep costs down, and fewer than 60% agreed that an education was worth the cost as it “sets you up for life”. Looks like today’s students are struggling to stay positive.


Does HR Have Itself to Blame for the Skills Shortage?

The growing concern over the gender pay gap in the UK has identified a fundamental issue affecting the skills shortage. HR is at risk of making it more difficult or at worst impossible to attract the talent to meet business objectives.

The Women and Equalities Select Committee revealed recently that at 19.2%, the gender pay gap in the UK has hardly decreased in the last 4 years, with the overall cost to the economy estimated to be £36 billion. The worst offenders appear to be the finance and banking sector where the pay gap is a massive 39.5%. This is only the tip of the iceberg which is causing disengaged employees, failing productivity and employers struggling to get people with essential skills in key areas.

So what’s causing this problem? Pay discrepancies occur at every level according to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). For example, female graduates earn £8,000 a year less than male graduates in the same degree. It has also been reported that 75% of FTSE 100 companies have no women in senior positions. It’s clear to see a lot has to change in order to attract and retain the talent the UK’s businesses so desperately need.


3 Benefits to Hiring Part-Time Employees

Part-time employees provide countless benefits to startups, SME’s and even multi-national companies. Whether you lack the resources to hire an experienced professional full-time, or you simply don’t need a full time employee, a part-time hire could fill a few of your needs. Here’s just a few benefits to hiring employees part-time:

1.The Skills You Need With A Limited Budget – it’s often the case that recent start-ups and SME’s either don’t have the business need to employ someone full time, or they don’t have the capital to do so. Employing a part-time worker means you can experience what your company needs whilst working within the confines of your budget.

2.Improve Diversity and Enhance Your Workforce – Many employers struggle to improve diversity, especially when it comes to recruiting women. You can re-introduce highly skilled and valuable professionals by hiring part-time staff. You can also help to improve diversity initiatives and enhance your workforce by doing so.

3.Part-Time Staff Help Support Over-Stretched Workers – Employers are constantly over stretched and struggling to keep up with the needs of the business. This can have a negative impact on both the well being of the employee, their productivity and their team. Using part time staff can really take the pressure off and give the rest a break, allowing them some time to focus or refresh. This can help both employee engagement and retention.


Latest Poll Shows Sexism to Be a Continued Problem in Society

A Southbank Centre survey has suggested that 7 in 10 British women have experienced unwanted sexual comments in a public place. The poll of 1,000 British adults also revealed that sexism in the workplace has far from been eradicated with 47% of working women experiencing verbal harassment and 27% of them citing unwanted sexual advances in the workplace.

The results were published to coincide with International Women’s Day and Southbank Centre’s WOW festival and the poll shows that despite harassment remaining prevalent even today, the number of women who think most men are secist has halved in the last 20 years. Only 27% of women aged under 65 believe men are generally sexist, compared with 64% in 1995.

The study indicates that younger generations of women seem to feel less optimistic about the future of women’s rights compared to baby boomers and pre-war generations. That being said, only 34% of women identify as feminist, although those figures are much higher amongst those who are university educated – at 44%. The poll also revealed that 48% of women think there’s more advantages to being a man, with 92% agreeing there are fewer advantages in being a woman. Gutting!


Women Account for Fewer than One in Ten Fund Managers

According to research by Tilney Besinvest, it turns out that only 8.5% of fund managers are women. Although this figure is higher than last year’s 7%, this increase is most likely due to the fact the analysis covered more sectors than last year’s study.

In a more recent survey, a number of smaller and more specialist sectors including China, tech and telecom and Japanese equities turned out to have higher representation. Jason Hollands at Tilney Bestinvest, says: ‘Our analysis once again demonstrates that, despite a handful of high-profile women in senior management positions within the industry, front-line fund management positions are usually held by men.’

In an April 2016 study, it was revealed that female hedge-fund managers tend to outperform their male counterparts, and other academic studies have shown that groups who consist of more diverse members also perform better. So if this is the case, where is the diversity? Food for thought.


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About the author…

Nicole Debson
Director & Founder

With 30 years in recruitment, a genuine interest in people and a desire to help forge careers, Nicole has built ABL on the principle of making businesses better and that little bit more international. Seeking to help candidates navigate their career path; to help clients find the ideal employee, her hands on approach is what has moulded our company. Fluent in French, with good Spanish, and a Masters in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management, you’ll find Nicole thumbing through her well-worn copy of Jack London’s White Fang, her all-time favourite book.