UK hiring difficulties lie in lack of technical skills available

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article In the UK, in 1999, the unemployment rate was lower and levels of vacancieswere higher than they had been for nearly two decades. Most organisations (83 per cent), however, reported recruitment difficulties– although the problems were restricted to a few occupational groups. Only 12 per cent of organisations reported difficulties in recruiting acrosstwo or more out of the five broad occupational groups, consisting ofmanagement, professional/technical, IT, clerical and manual staff. Only 1 percent of employers had problems recruiting for all five groups. Twenty per cent of organisations had difficulty recruiting managers,considerably less than the 42 per cent which experienced problems recruitingprofessional/technical staff. Recruitment difficulties for clerical and manualemployees were less common (10 and 15 per cent, respectively). The overall impression is that in the UK recruitment difficulties arewidespread but are exaggerated when organisations are looking for specificprofessional/technical skills. Only a few organisations had problems attractingemployees for a wide range of occupational groups. In contrast, the German labour market was characterised by high unemploymentlevels and reasonable skills availability. Respondents from the manufacturing sector are more likely to reportdifficulties recruiting managers than those from business services, which maybe related to the pessimistic long-term view of the manufacturing sector. UK hiring difficulties lie in lack of technical skills availableOn 16 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

End to big stress payouts

first_imgA Court of Appeal ruling could mean the days of massive county courtcompensation pay-outs for cases of stress are numbered. In the case of Eastwood v Magnox – concerning a claim for damages tocompensate for the stress arising from an unfair dismissal – the claim shouldbe decided by an employment tribunal rather than a county court. An unfair dismissal case would put a ceiling of £52,700 on any damages anemployer would be liable to face, unlike the unlimited damages that could havebeen awarded by a county court. The ruling is now being considered by the House of Lords, but if upheldemployment lawyers predict it could significantly reduce the number ofunlimited stress payouts. End to big stress payoutsOn 1 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Landlord imposter pocketed $1.5M in rental assistance: Authorities

first_img Message* Contact Akiko Matsuda Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Paul Fishbein pretended to own properties across the city, pocketing rental assistance checks in the process, authorities said. (Getty)The scam went on for years, authorities said.Posing as a landlord with 20 properties around New York City, Paul Fishbein allegedly rented out apartments to homeless and low-income families, then collected the money through various government-run housing assistance programs. After the subsidy checks were received, he would evict the tenants and start over.On Tuesday, federal authorities charged the Far Rockaway resident with defrauding the government. He allegedly pocketed more than $1.5 million in rental assistance funds over eight years, using dilapidated apartments that didn’t belong to him.Paul Fishbein (LinkedIn)The 47-year-old allegedly forged deeds to prove he owned the properties, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which announced the arrest. The subsidy checks Fishbein allegedly cashed were from the city’s Human Resources Administration, Department of Housing Preservation & Development, and the Housing Authority.The scheme included more than $270,000 in stolen federal funds, the government said.Fishbein “not only took advantage of New Yorkers in need, he also defrauded city and federal government programs designed to help those very people,” Audrey Strauss, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.The apartments Fishbein used in his alleged scheme did not meet the housing assistance program’s quality requirements. After receiving a lump sum of payments from agencies, Fishbein would evict those tenants from the properties without cause, authorities allege.“Homeless New Yorkers, and others in critical need of housing, not only have a need but a right to homes that are clean, safe, and secure, especially when they are offered through public assistance programs,” city Department of Investigation Commissioner Margaret Garnett said in a statement.Fishbein — also charged with separate Medicaid fraud exposed during the investigation — faces two counts of theft of government funds, along with mail and wire fraud. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years.Attempts to reach Fishbein were unsuccessful and the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not return a call for comment.Read moreNJ real estate investor Kushner (not that one) indicted for tax evasionBuildings inspector charged with bribery at Queens work siteHedge fund manager arrested for fraud in Neiman Marcus bankruptcy Email Address* Share via Shortlink Affordable HousingMultifamily MarketQueensreal estate crimesResidential Real Estate Tagslast_img read more

Community recovery following catastrophic iceberg impacts in a soft-sediment shallow-water site at Signy Island, Antarctica

first_imgIce disturbance is possibly the major structuring element of polar nearshore biological communities. Effects range from encapsulation by ice forming on rock substrata to gouging and trampling by bergs. Some 15 to 20% of the world’s oceans are affected by this phenomenon, yet measurements of the extent of biological destruction from iceberg impacts and subsequent community recovery are very rare. Communities can be held at early successional stages, or even completely destroyed by scouring, and these effects occur from the intertidal to depths around 500 m in Antarctica. The wide scales of disturbance intensity are thought to add to the overall high levels of Antarctic benthic biological diversity, which has recently been shown to be similar to tropical areas. Data here indicate>99.5 % removal of all macrofauna and>90 % removal of most meiofauna by iceberg impact on a soft-sediment habitat at Signy Island, Antarctica. Species return was via locomotion, advection or larval recolonisation, and all 3 mechanisms worked on different timescales. Locomotion caused groups to return within 10 d of an impact. Storms with wind speeds around 100 km h(-1) induced water movements intense enough to advect meiofauna to the 9 m depth site. However, it was only during the strongest storm which occurred during the study (maximum wind speed 148 km h(-1)) that water movements were powerful enough to redistribute small macrofauna such as the bivalve Mysella charcoti.last_img read more

Hayden Harward Shows Well At Sugarhouse Invitational

first_img Tags: American Fork/Aspen Workman/Carson Utley/Elena Torgerson/Hayden Harward/Helena Miyazawa/Jamie Holt/Joey Nokes/Justus Reitz/Mac Ogden/Maura Williams/McKenna Alger/Nick Woolsey/Nora Foster/SeOnna Southwick August 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local Hayden Harward Shows Well At Sugarhouse Invitational FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Friday, the high school boys and girls cross country season commenced with numerous Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network school athletes having a chance to show their stuff against the best athletes in the state of Utah at the Sugarhouse Invitational.Hayden Harward of Richfield High finished an impressive 14th overall in the boys’ 2.9 mile race, posting a time of 15:33.6. The winner of this competition was Joey Nokes of Class 6-A Riverton in a time of 14:54:00.His teammate, Nick Woolsey, finished 169th overall and Justus Reitz, also of Richfield, placed 197th overall. Also competing for the Wildcats were Carson Utley and Mac Ogden, who placed 253rd and 254th overall, respectively.In the overall team standings, Richfield placed 32nd overall, with Skyridge winning the boys’ title.For the girls, Juab’s Maura Williams placed 58th overall in a time of 20:25.00. The overall individual winner was Helena Miyazawa of Class 4-A Mountain View in a time of 17:18.90.Richfield’s SeOnna Southwick finished 69th overall and her teammate, Jamie Holt, finished 96th overall. Nora Foster of Richfield placed 116th overall and Aspen Workman finished 130th for the Wildcats.Elena Torgerson of Richfield was 163rd in the standings and McKenna Alger represented the Wildcats as well, finishing 215th.American Fork’s girls took the overall team title with 99 points and Richfield placed a respectable 21st overall, especially when one considers all six of Utah’s high school classifications were represented at the meet. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Siemens to supply compressor trains for Saudi Aramco’s HUGRS project

first_img DATUM compressors offer maximum performance for all pressure and flow applications. (Credit: Siemens.) Siemens Energy has secured an order to provide centrifugal compressor systems for Hawiyah Unayzah Gas Reservoir Storage (HUGRS) project.The facility, which is owned by Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco, is located 260km east of Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh.Samsung Engineering, who was awarded the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for the whole project earlier this year, has selected Siemens Energy for the compressors.Under the contract, Siemens will be responsible for the supply of 20 compressor trains, of which 10 trains will be constructed for the injection portion of the plant, while the remaining trains will be used for the withdrawal portion of the plant.The HUGRS plant will include a plant to take surplus pipelines gasSiemens Energy Industrial Applications Products senior vice president Arja Talakar said: “We have a track record of fastest delivery times and a dedicated local workforce to produce these units in our Dammam facility in line with our commitment to Aramco’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add program.”The HUGRS plant comprises a gas injection facility with a capacity of 1,500 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) as well as a withdrawal facility which is capable of processing up to 2,000 MMSCFD (56,633,693 m3/d) of gas.It also includes a plant which will take surplus pipelines gas in the winter months and inject it into an existing depleted field.Siemens Energy Industrial Applications Products North America head Patrice Laporte said: “Siemens Energy is honored to receive this order, which we believe is due to our proven ability to deliver better compressor performance and flawless execution, which ultimately results in lower life cycle costs.”In May, Siemens Gas and Power secured an order from CCZ JV to supply three cryogenic boil-off gas (BOG) compressor trains for the Golden Pass LNG export terminal in Sabine Pass, Texas. Siemens will be responsible for the supply of 20 compressor trains under the contractlast_img read more

VCSO Regional Jail Officers Course Graduates 12 New Officers

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office graduated twelve (12) new confinement officers from the Indiana Law Enforcement Basic Jail Officers Course last Friday afternoon. Officers from Vanderburgh, Spencer, Gibson and Posey counties completed the Basic Jail Officer’s Course.In 2006, the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board approved the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office as a regional training site for this forty (40) hour course, which is required of all newly hired jail officers during their first year. The new officers were instructed in subjects such as: ethics, tactical communication, report writing, jail operations, physical security, searches, evidence gathering, booking and admissions, blood borne pathogens, cultural awareness, suicide prevention, mental illness and legal issues.The regional officers returned to their respective agencies this week in order to continue additional facility specific training. Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office confinement officers will spend the next two weeks attending additional classroom and practical training, which will include topics such as: housing unit supervision, gang identification, defensive and physical tactics, record keeping and practical scenarios. Upon completion of the classroom training, the new confinement officers will be assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) for an additional ten (10) weeks before being permitted to work alone.At any given time the Sheriff’s Office houses over 500 inmates and nearly 100 work release participants within the confines of a 156,722 square foot facility. As an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy accredited provider, the Sheriff’s Office accepts applications from outside agencies to attend the Basic Jail Officers Course at our facility. Pictured above: Jail Officers Course – Class 2017-272last_img read more

Press release: Chair and Deputy Chair appointed to the Geospatial Commission

first_imgSir Andrew Dilnot has been appointed Chair of the government’s new Geospatial Commission today by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, the Rt Hon David Lidington CBE MP. Nigel Clifford has also been confirmed as Deputy Chair.They will be responsible for the work of the Geospatial Commission, supported by £80 million of new funding, to drive the use of location-linked data more productively, to unlock up to £11 billion of extra value for the economy every year.The objectives of the commission are to increase economic growth and improve social and environmental outcomes by: Sir Andrew Dilnot said: The intelligent use of data presents a huge opportunity to enrich our society, strengthen our economy and tackle the issues of the future. The potential of new technology in the geospatial domain is huge, and questions about how best to facilitate use of the data are important and fascinating. Alongside Nigel, I look forward to addressing these questions through my new role as Chair of the Geospatial Commission. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, David Lidington, said: I am pleased to have appointed Sir Andrew as the Chair of the Geospatial Commission. Andrew’s experience throughout his career has centred on the application of data to help understand and improve the UK economy, society and environment. His passion for public service will help drive forward the UK’s geospatial agenda. As Deputy Chair, Nigel Clifford will bring extensive technical knowledge and private-sector experience. Together, Sir Andrew and Nigel bring the energy, enthusiasm and leadership required to unlock the massive potential of geospatial data and technology.center_img setting cross-cutting geospatial strategy, policy and data standards promoting competition within markets for geospatial data, products and services improving accessibility, interoperability and quality of data improving capability, skills and resources, to support the growth of new and existing geospatial businesses, and improve public services Both will take up their respective roles from 1 January 2019 for a term of 3 years.BackgroundAbout the Geospatial CommissionThe Geospatial Commission is an impartial expert committee within the Cabinet Office, supported by £40 million of new funding in each of the next two years, and will drive the move to use public and private-sector geospatial data more productively.Research estimates that this could contribute up to £11 billion of extra value for the economy every year. Further details on the Geospatial Commission can be found in this press release: Chancellor to unlock hidden value of government dataAbout Sir Andrew DilnotFrom 2012 to 2017, Sir Andrew was Chair of the UK Statistics Authority – the statutory body responsible for oversight of the Office for National Statistics and independent regulation of official statistics.Andrew was elected as Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford, with effect from September 2012. Between 2002 and August 2012, Andrew was Principal of St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and knighted in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to economics and economic policy.Andrew was educated in Swansea and at St. John’s College, Oxford, where he read politics, philosophy and economics. After graduating from Oxford, he joined the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), and between 1991 and 2002 he served as its director.Andrew was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s series on numbers and statistics, ‘More or Less’. He also co-authored (with Michael Blastland) ‘The Tiger that isn’t: seeing through a world of numbers’ – a study of the role and use of statistics.In 2010, Andrew was appointed to chair The Commission on Funding of Care and Support, which published its report ‘Fairer Care Funding’ in July 2011.He is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, of St. John’s College, Oxford, of St. Hughes College, Oxford, of Queen Mary, University of London, and of the Institute for Actuaries. Andrew also holds honorary doctorates from City University and the Open University.Between 2009 and 2012, Andrew chaired ‘The Statistics User Forum’ and was also a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. He has served on the Social Security Advisory Committee, the National Consumer Council, and the council of the Royal Economic Society.About Nigel CliffordNigel was appointed Deputy Chair of the Geospatial Commission on 6 December 2018.Nigel was previously the Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey from 2015 to 2018, bringing extensive experience of international software, mobile telecoms and services, including complex joint-venture and public-sector enterprises.He has previously been Chief Executive of Procserve Holdings Ltd, Micro Focus International, Symbian Software Ltd, Tertio Telecoms and Glasgow Royal Infirmary University NHS Trust. In addition, he has held senior roles within Cable & Wireless and BT Group Plc.Nigel has a geography degree from Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.About the role of ChairThe Chair of the Geospatial Commission is responsible for: strategic leadership of the commission providing expert, impartial advice to the government on geospatial data, including advice on prioritisation and value for money building broad cross-sector support and consensus around commission recommendations effectively allocating commission budgets to target high-value opportunities monitoring performance of public-sector bodies responsible for delivering the geospatial strategy chairing commission meetings, working with the government to ensure the commission has the right balance of skills, and ensuring the commission conforms to the highest levels of propriety directing other commissioners’ input, harnessing their skills, experience and expertise engaging with stakeholders, including government, industry, academia, interest groups and the public representing the commission in public, including in the media and at industry eventslast_img read more

‘Average’ gets his ire up

first_imgTodd Rose is having a mic-drop moment.Again.Rose’s first book, “Square Peg,” positioned him as a come-up kid, a high school dropout who fought his way to Harvard. Now, everyone from The New York Times to Richard Branson is buzzing about his latest book, “The End of Average,” in which he challenges a century of average-based science, perhaps launching a social movement in the process.“In school, you’re graded and ranked by comparing your performance to the average student,” he writes. The same goes for applying for jobs.This kind of thinking is not only wrong, it’s done a disservice to our society, Rose asserts, because there is no average student, no average person. His goal is to rescue the individual from categories and labels. Type A. Right-brained. Normal or abnormal. Leader or follower. Jenny is creative while Judy is good at math — and in the land of averages, there is no in-between.Rose, who directs the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (where he also leads the Laboratory for the Science of the Individual), got started on the book by investigating how the system of averages was woven into society, which led him to the 19th-century Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet.It was the well-intentioned Quetelet who began applying statistical principles to people, observing weight, marriage age, death age, and other variables, and then averaging them. Quetelet drew up a composite of what he dubbed the “Average Man,” or “the prototypical representation of a group,” said Rose. An ideal person, exceptional at nothing, except at being average.“But ‘average person’ is made up,” said Rose.Enter the expansion of America, the Industrial Revolution, and a greater emphasis on efficiency. Management roles were created to monitor standards of assembly-line production, and schools soon followed suit, elevating the idea of an average student, free of particular interests or abilities.When Rose arrived at Harvard as a doctoral student, he imagined settling into a career as a scientist. But through his work with Charles Bigelow Research Professor of Education Kurt Fischer, one of the pioneers of the science of the individual, Rose saw “the cost to us individually and as a society of not having a system that really understands and develops people.”In the absence of such a system, the average holds sway.“I looked into how we got the times to take these standardized tests, and more often than not it’s how long it takes the average person to take the test,” said Rose. “That’s based on the assumption that fast equals smart. But in this new science, we know there’s no relationship between speed and ability.”While his research can be a little heady, Rose wrote “The End of Average” with the general reader in mind.“In a democracy and in a market-based economy, public demand wins,” he said. “To think we’re going to completely change education without changing the public mindset, it isn’t going to happen. So I wrote the book to start the conversation.”Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, has showed interest, and companies like Google, Microsoft, and Pixar have, too. If Virgin America wants top-tier talent, there’s more than “the averagarian notion that you can effectively evaluate individuals by ranking them,” writes Rose. By shifting the focus to the individual and not merely the best-ranked applicant, hiring practices could be revolutionized.“We want to get hired for who we are, and not jump through these hoops that make us somebody we are not,” said Rose. “We want medicine to be personalized. It’s a positive goal, but if you want more personalized institutions, averages won’t do — you need a principled way to think about individuality.”The same applies for education — Rose’s sweet spot.“I care a lot about people finding their own path, and I think the world’s a better place if we let people figure out their passions and what they’re good at and give them the knowledge and skills to do that, but our education system isn’t designed to do that — it rounds you out and makes you interchangeable with everyone else.”Rose advocates for granting credentials, not diplomas; for replacing grades with competency scores; and for a flexible (and flexibly paced) curriculum. Having two sons in college — both at Worcester Polytechnic Institute — has made his search for solutions more personal.“The thing that was really concerning to me, particularly as it comes to higher education, was watching my two boys prepare for college. I was telling them to take risks and that it’s OK to fail. But the reality is, they couldn’t take a class in French literature and not do well because then it would hurt their chances to get into school later.”last_img read more

‘HERE we are thankful’ letter gains traction

first_imgThe announcement that the University would be transitioning to two weeks of online learning was met with mixed reactions; some claimed students should have never come in the first place, some suggested students should be allowed to continue instruction virtually if they wished and some wanted to continue to do whatever they could to remain on campus.Notre Dame seniors and roommates Emily Meara and Madison Kuehl decided to write a letter expressing gratitude to the administration for all of its efforts to make campus a safe place for students to live — and it has received 3,090 co-signatures.“That must’ve been a really difficult decision and not one that anyone wanted to necessarily make. Even in light of having to go virtual, there were so many amazing resources that they did provide for us,” Meara said. “[The letter is] a call to action that, at least during these two weeks, let’s work together, let’s try to commit to following the rules and see if we can continue to stay here and learn and live together as a Notre Dame community.”Daniel Philpott, a political science professor, said in-person instruction has far greater value than the Zoom-based learning the University is currently mandating.“It’s much better than online Zoom instruction. Being together in person, inquiring together, learning together, speaking together, having that personal presence is absolutely invaluable for learning,” Philpott said. “It’s a blessing that we have [Zoom], but teaching in person is infinitely better. It is at the very heart of our purpose as a university.”Kuehl said one of the goals in writing the letter was a call to action; she and Meara said they hoped to promote solidarity and commitment to protecting the community at large.“Notre Dame has obviously been in the news a lot recently. The administration has been seeing a wide variety of responses and criticisms and support, just all across the spectrum there, so we just really wanted them to know that we’re appreciative of what they have done because I think promoting positivity during this time can’t hurt anything,” Kuehl said.Philpott said although the letter is by no means a scientific poll of the opinions of the student body and doesn’t explicitly say the students want to stay in person, the gratitude expressed takes a stance against the negativity of other feedback.“The impression was that there was a kind of harsh anger and despair among the students, but I think what this petition shows is that, in fact, there are many students, maybe even a silent majority, who are much in favor of staying and going back to teaching in person,” Philpott said. “Now, you know if you read the petition closely, it doesn’t actually say, ‘We want to stay in person,’ but by expressing gratitude to the administration and encouragement, I think it’s trying very deliberately to take a different stance than the one that expressed all the anger.”Meara said she believes commitment and selflessness will be essential in the coming weeks.“We recognized that as a community if we work together and put the needs of the Notre Dame community at large above our own, that we could get through this,” Meara said. “That would involve committing to following the regulations and guidelines set forth by [University President] Fr. [John] Jenkins and the administration, whether that be wearing a mask at all times or staying 6 ft. apart.”Most of the cases from the recent spike, Philpott said, came from students not following guidelines laid out in the HERE campaign rather than in the classrooms themselves.“Almost no cases have been arising from the classroom or the dining hall or professors’ offices or the locker room. The fact is that the HERE campaign was largely successful,” Philpott said. “What the University tried to do and the way they tried to protect the students largely succeeded. It just was because some very small number of students were not following it. That’s where the problem arose.”Meara said she and Kuehl have already delivered the letter to Provost Marie Lynn Miranda and hope to do the same for Jenkins later this week.“Because this is such an unprecedented time, there’s no one plan to get through this or one timeline that’s going to be perfect,” Meara said. “Recognizing that they have our best interests and safety in mind and taking them for that and for the commitment and work that they did over the summer and in the past many months, we recognize that regardless of whether we stay or stay at home that [their effort] is something that we understand and we’re unwilling to let go unnoticed.”Tags: COVID-19, Here, in-person classes, Letter, University President Fr. John Jenkins, zoomlast_img read more