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Darker side of Black Friday as worker anxiety rises

Black Friday may be the pinnacle of consumerism, with millions of people seeking sought after discounted goods, but for many workers this time of year highlight some of the downsides of precarious forms of employment.

'Working poor' abound in Spain despite economic recovery

Madrid - Spain may be the EU's poster child for economic recovery, but impressive growth rates have failed to make a dent in the number of people struggling to make ends meet despite having jobs, the "working poor".

Jobs for the boys under fire in South Korea

Seoul - In her year-long quest for a job, South Korean college graduate Casey Lee has faced a barrage of personal and contradictory questions."One company asked if I had a boyfriend and when I'd get married," she told AFP.

Food ads stir questions in Nigeria about gender roles

Lagos - Adverts in Nigeria depicting career women gleefully juggling their job with kitchen duties have sparked a heated debate about gender roles in the fast-changing society of West Africa's largest economy.

Q&A: Closing the divide between desk-bound & deskless workers Special

There are endless new communication technologies and collaboration tools out there that cater to helping desk-bound workers perform and stay better-informed - but very little catering to deskless workers. A new platform - theEMPLOYEEapp - can assist.

Brazil unemployment eases to 11.9%

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's unemployment rate fell for the sixth straight month in September, according to government data Tuesday, two days after far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro was elected president on a promise of sweeping change.

Q&A: How Gen-Z are influencing recruitment Special

Recruiters have spent hours and resources attempting to turn millennials into loyal customers and also as employees. Now different tools and techniques will be required to attract Generation Z. Kate Devlin of Rymax Marketing Services explains more.

Surviving in Argentina as crisis causes layoffs

Buenos Aires - Bruno Di Mauro spends his days in a tent in front of the laboratory where he used to work, hoping that one day it will resume its activities and give him back his livelihood."It's very distressing.

Robot to be 'questioned' on impact of AI on jobs

London - As part of an inquiry into the impact of artificial intelligence on employment, a group of British parliamentarians are to 'question' as robot. Behind this are some key questions about the impact of artificial intelligence on jobs.

'Domino effect' hits stocks as Trump slams Fed

London - A global stock market downturn worsened Thursday as investors, spooked by a plethora of economic woes, dumped shares that suddenly looked dangerously overvalued.

U.S. unemployment rate falls but earnings inequality widens

Washington - The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen as the country moves close to 'full employment'. However, many of these jobs are not classed as 'good jobs' and wage inequality shows further signs of widening.

Why major firms need to engage with Generation Z

As with other industries offering highly paid executive roles, the top companies need to present itself in a way so it appeals to the next generation of business leaders. A new report provides a road-map.

U.S. is planning for a quantum computing workforce

In September 2018 the the U.S. government passed a bill to foster an active quantum computing industry. Included within the bill is the foundation for developing a future-state 'quantum computing workforce'.

Q&A: How technology is reshaping recruitment Special

Today’s job market is highly competitive and millennials with key skills, such as tech skills, can hold the upper hand. This means businesses need to work hard to attract top talent. Aman Brar of Canvas looks at tech developments in recruitment.

Blockchain is set to reshape recruitment: Interview Special

Job.com has partnered with Company.com to develop blockchain-powered recruitment services. The aim is to take the cost recruiters out of the recruitment process by effectively paying users to handle their own recruitment.

Should there be a right to disconnect from work email?

The concept of the eight hour working day has been challenged in many professions by advances in technology, particularly the expectation, or temptation, to check work emails. Is legislation needed to protect workers from undue stress?

IT jobs have outpaced most other jobs in growth

Research shows that information technology jobs - computer software, big data, and cybersecurity - have outpaced most other jobs, across all sectors, in productivity and growth since 2004.

Sun, sand and a workforce shortage at Hungary's popular lakeside resort

Si - With its inviting turquoise waters, white sandy banks, picturesque mountainous landscapes and resort towns, Hungary's Lake Balaton has plenty for tourists to write home about.

Austria asylum seekers to be denied apprenticeships

Vienna - Austria will no longer allow asylum seekers to take up apprenticeship opportunities while their claims are being assessed, a policy reversal by the country's anti-immigration government criticised by the opposition.

Digital transformation will impact on employment

Digital transformation will change employment. However, the full impact is uncertain in terms of the loss of jobs. What is certain is that many traditional occupations will need reskilling.

Why the workforce needs to change for digital transformation: Q&A Special

The future of work is no longer just about filling today's open needs; it is about re-evaluating the work and the workforce of tomorrow. Michael Gretczko, of Deloitte explains what is needed for the future.

Cuba reauthorizes private sector, but with tighter controls

Havana - Cuba on Tuesday reauthorized private businesses after a year-long freeze, but with tighter controls than before on a segment of the economy that now makes up 13 percent of the Communist island's workforce.

Cuba reauthorizes private sector, but with tighter controls

Havana - Cuba on Tuesday reauthorized private businesses after a year-long freeze, but with tighter controls than before on a segment of the economy that now makes up 13 percent of the island's workforce.

Q&A: How Freelancer is helping transform business relations Special

Freelancer, the global crowdsourcing marketplace website, continues to reshape business and employment contracts, including the way firms seek specialisms for digital transformation. Sebastián Siseles of Freelancer.com outlines the history and strategy.

Downside of DX? Manulife cuts jobs to make space for technology

Toronto - The process of digital transformation will lead to the creation of new jobs, but other jobs will inevitably fall by the wayside. As an example of the latter, Manulife Financial Corp., based in Canada, is cutting 700 jobs.

GM becomes first automobile company to have two female leaders

General Motors has become the first automobile manufacturer in history to appoint two women into senior executive positions. Women now occupy the CEO and CFO roles.

'Pregnancy rotas' add to Japan working women's woes

Apo - Sayako had been trying to conceive a second child for two years when her boss at a Japanese daycare centre suggested she stop because she had missed her "turn".

Automation impacting the future workforce

The world of work is changing and both employers and current and future workers need to adapt. A disruptor to traditional forms of employment is automation, and new report assesses the impact.

Poland looks east to plug manpower gap

Warsaw - From behind the wheel of his new Mercedes, a Polish entrepreneur eyes the bus in front of him. It features an ad from an employment agency boasting "Builders, welders: workers from Ukraine and Bangladesh".

Key requirements for remote working success

Employees are engaged in remote working projects at an increased frequency and, given the popularity of this form of employment with millennials, many businesses are adapting to this form of work. The task management software Trello provides some tips.
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