War uncertainty reflected in recruitment downturn

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. War uncertainty reflected in recruitment downturnOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today The war in Iraq and its aftermath is having a damaging effect on the UKlabour market with firms being very cautious over staff recruitment, accordingto research. A monthly review of the labour market from the Recruitment and EmploymentConfederation and Deloitte and Touche shows the number of full-time jobs placedby recruitment consultancies in March fell for the first time in 13 months. Temporary staff placed also fell for the first time since December 2001,according to Report on Jobs. Senior staff recruitment decreased dramatically,with the service sector witnessing its biggest decline in recruitment throughconsultancies since July 1996. Recruitment advertising by private sector firms fell sharply but publicsector recruitment activity – unchanged since February 2003 – propped up themarket. The survey states that firms have adopted a ‘wait and see’ policy to staffrecruitment due to heightened economic uncertainty from the war. Businesses’ cautious approach to staff recruitment along with the sharplyrising availability of staff – for the 22nd consecutive month – means full-timeemployee salaries fell for the first time in six months. Brett Walsh, head of UK human capital at Deloitte and Touche, said:”Business uncertainty has heightened since the start of the Iraq war, andthis resulted in a generally subdued job market in March. “Demand was shown to have been particularly weak at the upper end ofthe labour market.” www.rec.uk.comlast_img read more

Recruitment: The Candidate Opt-out

first_imgRecruitment: The Candidate Opt-outShared from missc on 14 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Read full article Comments are closed.center_img Anyone who has spent a reasonable amount of time in the HR/recruiting industry invariably will have been on the wrong end of candidate opting out of an application process. There are of course a multitude of reasons why this might happen, a lot of which are outside of our control, but sadly in a large amount of cases, accountability rests on the shoulders of the agent/HR pro and in a lot of cases this can have significant ramifications. For example, in agency-land the client can quickly lose faith in an agent’s ability to close the recruitment loop. In internal talent acquisition you will be held accountable for the cost associated with the time spent resulting in a no-hire etc. Not to mention the pounding your reputation could take from the candidate or client perspective if it a regular occurrence. Sadly in HR and recruitment the candidate opt-out is an evil that will always play a part in our role but if we ensure adequate focus on the quality of our communication and efficiency of our processes, the risk will be largely minimized. It’s not rocket science by any means, but it’s good to not lose sight of the basics as our experience grows.Clarity is King: Grey areas are the mortal enemy of any recruiter. When talking to a candidate, the more details that go undiscussed or the more inaccurate the information you give the applicant, the higher the no-hire’o’meter will rise. When talking to a candidate, if you get the impression that any details you’ve divulged about the remit, remuneration package, location or pertinent skills managed to raise the candidate’s eyebrows and perhaps caused un-easiness, DRILL DOWN!. Don’t be happy with getting a half-hearted approval to flick a CV to a client/hiring manager. Ultimately all you will be doing is facilitating the beginning of a fact finding mission for the candidate (which they will opt out of as soon as any facts they don’t like arise) as opposed to offering up all the facts and ascertaining that they are your/clients next superstar. Yes, your CV submittal rate will be higher but your conversion rate will stink.Recruit in a timely manner, without lacking substance. Anyone who has read my previous blog post (Why the long……process) will know my thoughts on drawn out, lengthy recruitment processes. IMO, if a recruiter or HR pro must ask a candidate to go through a 6 stage process in order for them to ascertain suitability, or if they lack the ability to consult properly with their clients/hiring managers around why this is not needed, then there is some serious training required. Personally, I’m a fan of a robust phone screening process followed by a panel interview or a well put together 2 stage interview process. Keeping in mind the candidate experience, neither option would be arduous but will give more than adequate time to ensure a full screening process.As I said, by no means rocket science but I’d suggest just keeping these two things in mind will largely contribute to overall recruitment success rate and conversion ratios. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 12/30/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) —  Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONAtlanta 101 Orlando 93Washington 123 Miami 105Minnesota 122 Brooklyn 115 — OTMilwaukee 123 Chicago 102Utah 104 Detroit 81Phoenix 122, Portland 116NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEPittsburgh 5, Ottawa 2TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLGonzaga 93, Detroit 72Baylor 83, Jackson St. 57Memphis 84, Tulane 73Villanova 68, Xavier 62Dayton 77, North Florida 59Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img December 31, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/30/19last_img

Is it a vote-winner? Labour plans to replace Stamp Duty and council tax

first_imgHome » News » Is it a vote-winner? Labour plans to replace Stamp Duty and council tax previous nextRegulation & LawIs it a vote-winner? Labour plans to replace Stamp Duty and council taxJeremy Corbyn says he wants to end property price rises, abolish council tax for tenants and more severely regulate the buy-to-let market.Sheila Manchester5th June 20195 Comments8,935 Views Should there be a general election soon, home owners may want to take note of Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to scrap council tax and replace it with a ‘progressive property tax’.Mr Corbyn would ensure that those with larger (i.e. family) homes and gardens would be faced with a staggered higher rate of taxation for each of the top four property bands by value.In a slightly confusing move, the report says that Stamp Duty Land Tax should be phased out for those buying homes to live in themselves, and capital gains tax for second homes and investment properties should be increased.It also proposes that tenants will be exempt from council tax and that only property owners will pay, but makes no comment about how that would affect rents.These plans won’t bring any rays of sunshine to hard pressed estate agents, especially those marketing even ‘normal’ family homes. The recommendations come within Labour’s “Land for the many” report, which aims to “Change the way our fundamental asset is used, owned and governed.”The proposals within the report are for the Labour Party to consider these as part of its policy development process in advance of the next general election.James Brokenshire, the Housing Secretary, said, “These proposals are extraordinary and deeply damaging in equal measure. This tax bombshell for families would mean family homes with gardens paying far more and higher taxes on pensioners by abolishing the single person discount.”End the Buy-to-Let frenzyThe report also believes reform is needed in the PRS: “We recommend major reforms of the private rented sector. For example, tenancies should be open-ended and landlords should lose their power to evict a tenant who has not broken the terms of the tenancy agreement for the first three years of the tenancy agreement, and should have to provide grounds for eviction after that point. There should be a cap on annual permissible rent increases, at no more than the rate of wage inflation or consumer price inflation (whichever is lower). We propose that Buy-to-let mortgages should be more firmly regulated and restricted.”Read the full report…James Brokenshire Labour’s “Land for the many” Jeremy Corbyn progressive property tax Sheila Manchester June 5, 2019The Negotiator5 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 11th June 2019 at 8:34 amGreat idea Mr Corbyn, so a landlord with a portfolio of 30 properties, faced with paying the council tax for each one of them – solution – increase the rent by the amount of council tax that he/she has to pay. So no gain apart from yet another deterrent to private landlords.Increasing capital gains – interesting – given the amount of MP’s who have made literally millions by flipping property and changing their main residence to obtain the maximum return on property when they were in office.I think Mr Corbyn with his simplistic ideas could dampen down an already challenging housing market, just what the economy needs.Log in to Replyterry mason, housinghand housinghand 8th June 2019 at 10:26 amOkay an interesting idea, everyone is equal, but those on the left are more equal than others, when there are no landlords or agents left we can all move in with Jeremy.Log in to ReplyMichael Leyton, littlewoods estate agents littlewoods estate agents 5th June 2019 at 10:42 amTypically ridiculous proposal from the Marxist. We are not in a communist regime or Utopia, why do the Labour party continue to come out with these hair-brained ideas? Remember the last Labour debacle ? HIPs, they didn’t listen then… Yvette Cooper and her great ideas led us into recession and years of national suffering. Let’s hope the electorate do not fall for this con – it will wipe billions off the economy.Log in to ReplyJohn B Henderson, Acorn Acorn 5th June 2019 at 11:35 amMichaelThis is indeed a vote winner for anyone that hasn’t worked for a living or earned money for their families. Yes he is a self confessed communist and any educated person will know that under that regime EVERYONE is equal except the people at the top as they are just a “little more” EQUAL than the rest. God knows where Diane Abbott comes in that, but I reckon she still will. I believe it was Gordon Brown who downgraded the financial regulations, allowing us to buy toxic debt from America and start the biggest recession this country has ever seen! Yes they are hairbrained schemes. Remember Comrade Corbyn at the last election? He promised students “No University Fees” if he was elected and got hundreds of thousands of votes as a result. Then after he failed to win (thank God, but only just!), he admitted that he couldn’t have afforded to do that anyway. So he blatantly lied for a political vote and even admitted this to the country! Yes I know he is dangerous because of that alone (let’s leave out the IRA and Middle East connections for this occasion), but surely he is not as dangerous, irresponsible or downright ignorant as the people who still believe him and continue to vote for him? We are now clearly, heavily embroiled in the American political system where instead of voting for the best candidate with the best policies, we now vote for the person or party we hate least! Common sense clearly has gone out of the window it appears for all politicians of every denomination it seems, who seem more interested in their own futures rather than that of their country? Let’s hope common sense will out, although this time I am afraid, I am not so sure.Log in to ReplyMichael Leyton, littlewoods estate agents littlewoods estate agents 5th June 2019 at 12:48 pmYes John, I agree totally comrade… it is a worrying time. Corbyn is not brought to book for blatantly lying about tuition fees and yet Boris is hung up by his trousers for no worse a crime. Trial by left wing media, cynical but very true. Who do you vote for? Absolutely, the one you hate the least… the one who looks like they may not lie direct to your face… very hard to detect these days they are all capable of it. At least Corbyn is unlikely to get the student vote this time…Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Purplebricks is ‘not for sale’ says CEO

first_imgPurplebricks CEO Vic Darvey has revealed that the company is ‘not for sale’ in comments to a national newspaper over the weekend.Darvey told The Telegraph website that despite persistent rumours that the company may be sold or face a takeover, he insisted this is not the case.Over the past six months the rumours have begun to swirl after the company exited initially from Australia and then from the US, leading many to believe its weakened state may lead to a takeover or sale of some sort.Many believe a bid is already under way from German media firm Axel Springer, which in June doubled its stock holding in the company. It now owns just over 26% of the struggling hybrid estate agency.Over the weekend Darvey also revealed that he expects Purplebricks to eventually take between 20% and 30% of the overall UK sales market and that Axel Springer is ‘on board’ with this ambition.Industry figures suggest that Purplebricks currently holds approximately 5% of the property market.Purplebricks’ CEO confirmed that the company hopes to keep its stockmarket listing despite its share price nose diving over the past 12 months, and also defended its fixed-price fee model, despite recently revealing that the company is considering changing how much, and when, it charges customers to sell their home. October 21, 2019Nigel Lewis3 commentsMark Sesum, InHouse Sales & Lettings InHouse Sales & Lettings 25th October 2019 at 1:52 pmTheir model clearly doesn’t work. You can either go for the premium service, or you can go cheap. You can’t do both. The reviews of PB on platforms that they can’t manipulate have been shocking virtually across the board. Even the ones they could (ie the paid ones) have recently come under scrutiny.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 22nd October 2019 at 10:41 amThe only great thing about Purplebricks for investors in its shares, was that on paper it seemed to be the mother of all cash cows. It appeared, and that was always the illusion, that with a positive cashflow from upfront fees, that it would once established make huge profits, without a costly bricks and mortar empire of offices, populated by expensive employed staff.The truth, now the smoke and mirrors are no more and the business model is clear for all to see, is that you can strip out the staff costs, the managers the negotiators etc who sell property and just have listers (even better if they are self-employed), but if your business campaign runs on a multi-million pound spend on television, web, radio and every media medium – it does not matter how much cash you are getting upfront, if the spend per unit listed far exceeds the cash you get in.Close scrutiny of the annual accounts of Purplebricks show a worrying conclusion that gross profit runs at about 45%, but when ‘marketing costs’ and ‘admin’ costs are added in that 45% gross profit becomes a negative figure.Purplebricks were closer to making profit when their turnover was 50M plus, they made a 5M loss. They then bragged that when turnover doubled, they would hit profit. Instead the 5M loss grew into a multi-million loss.The only thing keeping the Purplebricks empire afloat is the model of cash upfront, win or lose for the vendor. This pays the Local Property Experts and covers some of the costs of the business.If Vic feels that he is going to change the model, the cash input will dry up, and if the company has to wait 5 months for properties to sell and complete, from point of instruction, those multi-million monthly costs will eat the company and Vic alive.Perversely, I am not a luddite, I like new technology, and online agents (in concept) but I think that proptech should deal with the backroom stuff, as it does for many online and traditional agents. Allowing estate agents to have more time to be agents, to spend face to face time with clients, rather than be a replacement for them.Log in to ReplyHarvey Residential, Harvey Residential Harvey Residential 21st October 2019 at 9:10 amThe truth about PB’s actual fiscal results and market share are coming out on a daily basis so won’t be long before investors realise they’re backing the wrong horse. When funding dries up, so will their pipeline. In all likelihood, their staff, who are dropping like flies due to terrible work culture, lack of support and unrealistic targets will be the end of them long before investors realise what’s going on. 30% market share? Don’t make me laugh… I was, once upon a time worried about the likes of PB’s. These days, not so much…Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks is ‘not for sale’ says CEO previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks is ‘not for sale’ says CEOVic Darvey insists the company is on the right course and could eventually take up to 30% of the UK property market.Nigel Lewis21st October 20193 Comments1,842 Viewslast_img read more

Welsh housing market lockdown begins to fray at the edges

first_imgA Welsh estate agent is the latest to vent his frustration at local competitors who are flouting the country’s ongoing lockdown and carrying out viewings and listings even though the housing market is closed.Joe Parry of Fine & Country in the border town of Chepstow says he is reluctant to disregard the rules and instead has been seeking official guidance on whether he is able to cross into England and do business there. Last month we reported on another local agent similarly frustrated by the situation.“We have tried to do our best to find a resolution, however, there was no guidance from our local MP or the police station,” he says.“We have PPE and we have COVID-19 policies in place to ensure all parties involved are safe and protected.“In the absence of any political clarity I phoned our local police station and asked them where we stood, and their response was that it is all up for interpretation and some of the information provided contradicted itself.Straight answer?“I asked whether one of our team members would be allowed to cross the border to visit a client, if they lived in Wales and need to visit a client in England, provided of course that all necessary precautions and social distancing measures were in place.“There was no straight answer, they merely said that if our team member was stopped at the border, the consequences would largely depend on discretion of the police officer that stopped them.Parry, like thousands of other agent in Wales, is waiting for the next announcement by the country’s First Minister Mark Drakeford on 18th when many hope he will announce a housing market resumption.“The number of buyers contacting us is growing day by day, wanting to register and wanting to view properties,” says Parry. “We are dealing with many buyers who are frustrated and eager to get moving.”Parry may be familiar to some readers. Two years ago he and two mates drove a Reliant Robin from Sheffield to Monte Carlo to raise money for charity.Joe Parry Chepstow fine & country June 5, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Welsh housing market lockdown begins to fray at the edges previous nextCOVID-19 newsWelsh housing market lockdown begins to fray at the edgesAgent in Chepstow says local competitors are ignoring the rules and completing both viewings and listings despite the country’s ongoing lockdown.Nigel Lewis5th June 202003,094 Viewslast_img read more

Assoc Professor or Professor AY

first_imgJob DescriptionThe Accounting & Information Systems Department in the PamplinCollege of Business is recruitiing for a tenure track AssociateProfessor/Professor AY. Duties will include the teaching ofgraduate and undergraduate classes, conducting research andpublishing in scholarly journals, conducting scholarly activitiesand providing administrative services to the department, college,and university as well as service to appropriate nationalorganizations.Required QualificationsA doctorate in Business, Management, or Accounting, or a closelyrelated discipline with a focus in accounting. Teaching andresearch interests in auditing, financial, managerial, or tax.Program of scholarly research consistent with the rank applied for.Instructional capabilities at both the undergraduate and graduatelevels. Occasional travel to attend professional conferences andmeetings.Preferred QualificationsBusiness experience in accounting. Doctorate from a universitywhose business school is accredited by the AACSB is stronglypreferred.Review DateOctober 23, 2019Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkAbout Virginia TechVirginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed toteaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealthof Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of UtProsim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated toInclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, andexcellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice thePrinciples of Community, which are fundamental to our on-goingefforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a communitythat nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. VirginiaTech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join ourcommunity in preparing leaders for the world.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodationplease contact the hiring department.Advertised: October 9, 2019Applications close:last_img read more

Quiz show captain rusticated

first_imgTHE CAPTAIN of Magdalen’s University Challenge team has been rusticated for a year due to poor academic performance.Second year history student Jon Wright hopes to continue as captain despite being sent down, but has yet to hear from College authorities whether he will be allowed to continue in the role.Wright said he would oppose any College attempts to remove him from the team. “I haven’t heard anything at all from College: this is only rustication, I’m still a student. We don’t really have anyone who could take my place on the team, so if College do have a problem with me carrying on I’ll be vigorously opposing that,” he said. Magdalen have already won through the first round, beating Liverpool 185 to 100, and have filmed their next match against Birmingham, but due to contractual agreements Wright was unable to reveal the result as the programme has not yet aired. Magdalen have previously won the competition three times before in 1997, 1998 and 2004.He was “quietly confident” that the team had a good chance of doing well in the competition, but stopped short of predicting victory. “We don’t expect to win, but given the right opponents and right questions we could have a chance of winning,” he said. Magdalen’s Junior Dean, Dr Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, refused to comment on whether Wright would be allowed to continue as University Challenge captain, saying he would have to wait until the matter was dealt with internally.”As its in an internal disciplinary matter we can’t make any comment. Jon is of course allowed to think what he wants, but we won’t make any comment until it has been dealt with by the College authorities. It’s the sort of thing we would have to discuss internally and with Jon before we make anything public,” he said.According to Wright, he was rusticated for a year by the College due to poor academic work. “It was purely for academic reasons, just because I didn’t work hard enough, so they suggested I take a year off and regain my focus which I am now doing. I hope to get a job to give myself some structure and then work towards my penal collections at the end of Trinity Term.”last_img read more

Patisserie UK folds after losing Costa contract

first_imgLees Foods’ Patisserie UK subsidiary has been placed into administration after attempts to sell it as a going concern proved unsuccessful.Patisserie UK, a bespoke manufacturer of cakes, desserts and biscuits, suffered due to the loss of a major customer – Costa Coffee – last year.When Lees Foods acquired the business in 2007, Costa represented 75% of Patisserie UK’s sales, but according to the company, within three weeks of the acquisition Costa announced it was to source a quarter of this business elsewhere.”In late December 2008, Costa Coffee notified Patisserie UK that it would be transferring all of its then remaining requirements from Patisserie UK to other suppliers,” read a statement from Lees.Following a trading update from the company in February, its directors carried out a review of the business after a “disappointing” performance in 2008.According to Lees Foods, its other subsidiaries – Lees of Scotland and Waverley Bakery – will not be affected by the decision and continue to trade in line with expectations.last_img read more

Dark Star Orchestra To Play With Jerry Garcia’s Wolf Guitar In Boston This Week

first_imgOn Friday, Dark Star Orchestra had some special news for Boston fans with the announcement that lead guitarist and vocalist Jeff Mattson will be playing with Jerry Garcia’s iconic “Wolf” guitar during their upcoming show on Thursday at the Wilbur Theatre. Given that the band will have Wolf on hand, they intend to make use of their special gift for the evening. The group recently hinted to fans that they’ll be recreating a Grateful Dead show in Boston during which Jerry played the Wolf guitar.Dark Star Orchestra Taps Donna Jean Godchaux For Red Rocks DebutGarcia’s legendary Wolf guitar was auctioned off last June at the Brooklyn Bowl for a whopping $1.6M winning bid from Brian Halligan, the HubSpot CEO and co-author of Marketing Lessons From The Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn From The Most Iconic Band in History. The guitar was auctioned off to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center, with the previous owner matching the winning bid, making for a whopping $3.2M donation at the end of the night. The auction also served as the vehicle for an all-star performance billed as Joe Russo’s Friends With Benefits that saw Neal Casal, Scott Metzger, Tom Hamilton, and Cass McCombs all get the chance to play Wolf before it went to its new home.However, Wolf’s new owner, Brian Halligan, is clearly generous with his recently purchased prize guitar. In the time since, he’s lent out Wolf to a number of musicians, including to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Tom Hamilton, who played it throughout a show in December. This tradition of generosity and keeping the music of the Grateful Dead alive and authentic will continue on Thursday when Jeff Mattson performs with the lauded instrument. You can snag tickets for Dark Star Orchestra’s upcoming Boston performance with Jerry Garcia’s Wolf guitar here.last_img read more