Three Wise Policies for HR Professionals: Part 1 – Social Media

44625581_lAs the festive season approaches, businesses will be looking forward to the fresh challenges of the New Year, reflecting on the successes of 2015 and celebrating with office Christmas parties. While most members of staff will consider the Christmas party the highlight of the social calendar, for many red-faced employees the evening could be one they would rather forget…

The office Christmas party is, first and foremost, an opportunity for employees to let their hair down and reward themselves for all of their hard work. However, even if your office Christmas party is off-site and outside of working hours, it is still legally considered an extension of the office environment; therefore boundaries of acceptable behaviour must be set.

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Unemployment in the West Midlands

39279232_lA recent report has found that employment in Britain is at an all-time high since 2008. With a record number of people in work over the last seven years, more people than ever before are securing their ideal job placements.

Despite this steady rate of growth across the nation, the West Midlands remains a region of high unemployment. Between June and August of 2015 there were some 165,000 people out of work in the area. But in a location that has so much to offer, such as its thriving gaming industry and burgeoning logistics, supply chain and technical sectors, why is the rate of employment so low? And why, despite all of the promise that this region has to offer, does the West Midlands remain the worst place in the country to earn a decent wage? With over 115,000 workers earning below the living wage threshold, the city of Birmingham and its surrounding areas isn’t quite painting the picture of prosperity and opportunity which we know exists within the region.

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How Birmingham is Supporting Women in STEM

41918891_lSkills shortages in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries is reported to cost the UK economy up to £27bn a year, with the engineering industry alone producing 36,000 fewer engineers every year than what it needs.

Although this problem spans across the country, the Midlands in particular is suffering from a STEM skills shortage with reports in 2013 stating that firms had to recruit workers from overseas to fill hundreds of vacancies.

There are a number of factors to blame, but the issue of gender imbalance in STEM roles is something that, if properly addressed, would go a long way in solving this skills shortage.

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From Junior to CFO: How to Get to the Top in Finance

Looking for a career in finance?According to a survey by skills education specialist, City & Guilds, finance ranks among the top 10 careers that make 18-24 year olds happy. In contrast, another survey by the Education and Employers Taskforce reported that only 3% of the 1,100 13-to-16 year olds surveyed said they are considering a career in finance. This is despite one in five jobs expected to be in this sector.

So, if the field of finance makes young workers happy, why aren’t the next generation considering a career in this sector? Of course, there is the small matter of today’s teenagers growing up in the thick of a global banking crisis, making the prospect of finance, particularly investment banking, extremely easy to dismiss.

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How to Hire and Keep Millennials

Hiring Millennials with ep professionalIn our previous blog post we discussed the rise of the Millennial Nomad – a term used to describe those aged 18-34 who are taking the concept of flexible working to the next level thanks to mobile devices and Wi-Fi availability. We talked about how this new breed of worker is shaping the future of the workplace, whether that’s shunning traditional 9-to-5 hours or travelling the world while staying connected to the office.

Millennials, the general term for those born roughly between 1980 and 2000, are predicted to make up 46% of the workforce by 2020 and employers are increasingly looking at ways to attract the very best Millennial talent for their business.

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