Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 17
Eighteen Dutch companies including
football club AFC Ajax, Accell (owner
of Raleigh bicycles) and dredging
giant Boskalis have been named
and shamed online for having no
female presence on their boards.
Satirical TV show Zondag met
Lubach started a list called Deze
mannen kunnen geen vrouw krijgen
("these men can't get a woman") on its
website to call attention to corporations
that have at least five directors but
no women. The list also pictures the
companies' all-male leadership teams.
THE NIGHT SHIFT
The number of people working nights regularly
has risen by 9% in the past five years, according
to new analysis by the TUC. Around one in eight
people now work nights and Britain's nocturnal
workforce numbers almost 3.2 million, with
night working most common in security,
logistics, manufacturing and healthcare.
Check you out
Employees are researching their potential
employers as if they are booking a holiday, a
survey has revealed. Jobseekers are checking
reviews about the company posted by real
people, in much the same way they would look
at Trip Advisor or Amazon, rather than trusting
the traditional advertising messages.
The research, carried about by global
resourcing specialists BPS World, found that
more than three-quarters of employees (79%)
would be sure to check out an employer online
before accepting a job offer. It works the other
way too - 74% of employers are doing the
same before hiring a candidate.
BACK TO WORK
A new website has been launched that
enables people to fund training and careers
advice for homeless people in the UK.
According to a recent survey from housing
charity Shelter, there has been a 13% rise in
the number of homeless people in the past
12 months. There are an estimated 300,000
rough sleepers, plus 77,000 households
living in temporary accommodation.
Digital platform Beam, the brainchild of
entrepreneur Alex Stephany, hopes to reverse
this trend. Visitors to the site are invited to
pledge money to help "members" - you can
choose to support an individual or spread
your donation equally between members.
Each member has been nominated by a
registered homelessness charity, such as St
Mungo's or Thames Reach. The money
raised goes towards career training and
support into stable employment.
"I believe people want to help but feel
powerless," Stephany told Positive News.
"Crowdfunding technology makes it safe and
easy to help someone out of homelessness
for the long-term." See wearebeam.org.
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