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Yahoo’s 10 jobs you can do from home

Yahoo hotjobs has come up with a list of 10 jobs you can do from home. Here goes: 1. Management analyst 2. Web developer 3. Technical writer 4. PR specialist 5. Interior designer 6. Graphic designer 7. Caterer 8. Mental health counsellor 9. Massage therapist 10. Customer service representative This is an odd list – […]
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Two thirds would work for free to save a friend’s job

Whatever next? According to a survey by Adecco General Staffing, 60% of people would work without pay for a short time to save their workmates’ jobs. Those over 55 years old were most likely to agree while 18-34 year olds were least likely. Men, the poll found, were 5% more likely to say they would work […]
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Social mobility: Civitas explodes the myths

I’m not sure anyone needed to go to the trouble to explode the myth that the UK is ‘meritocratic’ – one look at the new government would have shot that theory to pieces. But Social Mobility Myths, a report published by think tank Civitas today, tells the political establishment: “we cannot hope to develop good policies […]
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Workers’ rights: don’t get caught in a bad hotel (apologies to Lady Gaga)

A flashmob infiltrates the Westin St. Francis hotel in San Francisco and performs an adaptation of Lady Gaga’s song “Bad Romance.” The event was organized to draw attention to a boycott called by the workers of the hotel who are fighting to win a fair contract and affordable healthcare.
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Graduates beg employers to scrap 2:1 requirement

A survey by recruiters Milkround.com has found that 58% of graduates think employers should scrap their minimum 2:1 degree requirements. Eva Malecki, Centrica‘s graduate recruitment manager, agrees with this, saying: “We do not have a 2:1 cut-off as we believe that accepting applications from graduates with a 2:2 or above will enable us to attract […]
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Graduates have unrealistic expectations …

Recruitment site Totaljobs.com has found that graduates have unrealistic expectations. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – who decided they needed to spend good money on ‘discovering’ something quite so obvious? The recruiter’s survey also found graduates to be unprepared for the tough job market. Well, I never. Having been a graduate, I […]
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Unemployed? Fear not!

With job cuts continuing to strike fear in all but the smuggest, a tiny ray of hope struggles through the gloom. According to recruitment firm The Synergy Group, Britain is experiencing a boom in the recruitment of ‘traffic enforcement professionals’ - that’s traffic wardens to you and I. Phew, that’s a relief! The Synergy Group predicts a […]
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HR like Milwall FC fans?

Workplace expert Richard Donkin earlier this week likened the HR profession to supporters of Milwall football club. According to Donkin, HR is disliked by the other functions. He compared HR with Milwall fans on account of the latter’s infamous chant “Nobody likes us, and we don’t care”. Donkin also blamed the function for “lots of […]
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Conference documentation – a health and safety issue?

I’m at a conference today. Let’s assume it’s on HR – and let’s also assume that organisers and delegates alike have a stake in the field of health at work. Why oh why, then, do the conference organisers think it’s smart to issue delegates with a massive document case full of brochures? I realise of […]
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Employees think they’re underpaid – surely no surprise

Halfof employees feel they are paid less than they are worth, according to asurvey by the Institute of Payroll Professionals (IPP). And 6% say they are paid considerably less than they deserve. According to the same survey, nearly two-thirds of employees would ask their employerfor a pay rise if they knew that a colleague in […]
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