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Entrepreneur Launches Rocket hub campaign to raise $58,000 CAD to fund Career Matchmaker, a career and job search app for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry

Entrepreneur Launches Rocket hub campaign to raise $58,000 CAD to fund Career Matchmaker, a career and job search app for iOS, Android, Windows and Blackberry.

Calgary, AB, Canada, August 28, 2015 — /EPR HUMAN RESOURCES NEWS/ — With a passion for technology and apps, Canadian entrepreneur Shane Vogelgesang recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $58,000 CAD to fund his job search app concept, Career Matchmaker. When fully funded, the Career Matchmaker app will help job seekers identify careers that best match their interests and will help users search and apply for suitable jobs online.

“I hope job seekers will visit my Kickstarter page to learn more about my app and to offer their support. With their help, I will make Career Matchmaker a reality!” SHANE VOGELGESANG, FOUNDER

Here’s how it will work: After downloading the app to an iOS, Android, Windows or Blackberry device, Career Matchmaker will present the job seeker with a quiz that will ask about specific interests such as working with children, preferences of working indoors or outdoors, desire to drive a vehicle for work, etc. The user will click “Like” or “Dislike” for each question, and upon completion of the quiz, the app will suggest careers that match the user’s interests.

With a focus on a positive user experience, the Career Matchmaker app will also help job seekers in their employment searches. App users can search for jobs manually, or they can use the drop-down menu to view jobs in by industry category such as Transportation & Logistics, Oil & Gas, Airlines, Engineering, Aerospace & Defense, etc. In addition, the app would offer links to videos for areas of particular interest.

“I’m really excited about the possibilities Career Matchmaker has, but I need support from those who are equally passionate about the project,” says Vogelgesang. “I hope job seekers will visit my Kickstarter page to learn more about my app and to offer their support. With their help, I will make Career Matchmaker a reality!”

Supporters of the project can make pledges of any amount. Backers who pledge at least $10 will receive official notification when the app is available. Backers who pledge $30 or more will get the opportunity to test the app via TestFlight and will receive notifications when the app is available in multiple platforms. The anticipated launch date for the project is August 2015.

URL:

https://rockethub.com/projects/60669-career-matchmaker-job-searching-app

Contact-Details: Shane Vogelgesang
403-242-7561

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The New NHS and What It Means for Medical Sales

The coalition government have tried twice now to privatise the NHS as part of their plan to make changes to the way it works. These changes come as cuts need to be made to the NHS’s spending. Yesterday, 24th April 2013, a meeting was set in The House of Lords for ministers to vote on competition within the NHS after Labour accused the government of bringing in privatisation at an alarming pace.

This introduces new challenges for the medical sales industry. Nick Langley, founder of the specialist recruitment agency Advance Recruitment explains:

“Right now the NHS is making more news headlines than ever. The ‘New NHS’ came into being at the start of April and the companies selling into it are having to adapt.”

Nick also explains that medical device companies will now face problems with selling to the NHS.

“The problem is that selling into the NHS used to be relatively straightforward. A medical sales rep would demonstrate their product to a clinician and if they liked it, they would place an order. Now though, the sales process is complicated to say the least and the key issue is for medical sales executives to identify the key decision makers.”

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NEW WEBSITE LAUNCH | UAV JOBS REPORT.COM

Today internet users around the world are using thousands of job search websites to apply for jobs. Although, users are hassled by thousands of sites to create profiles, post resumes, enter personal information, remember yet another password and be daunted with spam mail on a daily or weekly basis. Job seekers find themselves 2 hours into the job search and they haven’t even read the first opportunity. That all stops today!

UAV Jobs Report is bringing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) professionals to meet relevant opportunities at leading companies, and ask nothing in return from the user. They do not even want your email address. Users love the easy function of the site. Job Opportunities are listed in three categories – Pilot, Technician and New with each listing directly linking to the hiring company’s web site. Then the user can choose to only share their sensitive information with that company’s site. The site www.uavjobsreport.com also insures users they are delivering relevant and legitimate career opportunities by screening each posting.

When asked what the site is trying to accomplish, 13 year UAS industry veteran and site creator answers, “We simply want to pass along career opportunities to the men and women whom are well trained to perform the job. We aren’t looking to career coach you, but only inform you. I want users to feel a sense of freedom on the site – freedom that is from pop ups, career advice columns, feeds, spam mail and keeping up with another profile.” He continues to encourage the public to, “Come visit the site and if you like it I do ask you share the site with others who will be interested”.

For more information about the website uavjobsreport.com, or for information on how your company can post a job or advertise, please email Lanair Baker atinfo@uavjobsreport.com.

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Job Site Goes National As Care & Disability Sector Defies Trend With Thousands Of New Jobs

In sharp contrast to the overall job market, which according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows the number of job vacancies in November at its lowest in 30 months, there are abundant opportunities in the disability and community care sector.

The increasing demands of an ageing population and a rise in the numbers of individuals accessing disability services are driving a jobs boom in the disability and community care workforce, with thousands of new workers needed across the country in the next five years.

Mike Field, Project Manager, Workforce Recruitment at National Disability Services (NDS) today announced that NDS’s award-winning carecareers web site www.carecareers.com.au will for the first time be making its services available Australia wide. Part of an initiative aimed at promoting the benefits of a career in the sector, the carecareers jobs board has helped thousands of people in NSW to find work.

From 11 February jobseekers and employers in Victoria, Western Australian and the ACT will be able to take advantage of the service, as will jobseekers and employers in Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania from 25 February.

“There has never been a better time to explore a career in the disability and community care sector. Employment is booming, with some estimates that the workforce in the disability sector could double with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, due to be phased in by 2018,” Mr Field said.

“The sector offers a broad range of career choices, from speech pathologists and occupational therapists to drivers, gardeners and IT professionals. Students and young people, return-to-work parents and career changers will play a vital role in filling job vacancies and providing high-quality support services in the future.”

“A career with a disability or community care provider offers not only a rewarding career, but job security, flexibility and good opportunities for training and career advancement” advised Mr Field.

Potential candidates can go online at www.carecareers.com.au and take a quick picture-based quiz to find out what type of job in the sector would suit them best.

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HirePurpose Educates Employers Why Hiring Veterans Means Smart Business

Last year, unemployment among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans trailed the national average by almost 4 percentage points. Though many companies recognize the benefits of hiring veterans, few have the expertise and knowledge needed to attract, evaluate, and retain members of this extraordinary talent pool.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce New York City employers to a variety of methods to hiring veterans,” says Zach Iscol, Founder and CEO of HirePurpose. “Employers can learn why hiring these exceptional young men and women can be incredibly beneficial to their businesses and we are very excited to have partnered with Four Block and the Wounded Warrior Project.”

More than 80 companies, including Wal-mart, Goldman Sachs, Viacom, Delta, Etsy, Securitas, The Ladders, and others from a wide range of industries will be in attendance to learn best practices from leading experts in the veteran employment space. Employers will also hear from a group of recent military veterans and college graduates about the challenges they’ve faced and the types of industries they are interested in.

“Wounded Warriors come to the table with an extraordinary set of soft skills that employers crave,” says Lisa Stern, Economic Empowerment Executive Vice President at the Wounded Warrior Project. “Veterans are loyal, work well independently and as part of a team, are creative, and are mission-focused.”

Linda Cawley, a specialist of the Warriors to Work program for the Wounded Warrior Project, and Mike Abrams, Co-Founder of Four Block Diversity Leadership, a service that provides student veterans with professional development and connects them with internship opportunities at corporations, will lead a panel discussion titled, Hiring, Managing, and Retaining Veterans.

A second panel, Veterans Speak: Employment Challenges Facing Veterans, will be lead by Bryan Adams of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Aubrey Arcangel of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Joshua Ray of Operation Iraqi Freedom-Indonesia Tsunami Relief, and Katie Dexter of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Sephora Expands Its Talent Community On Facebook With Work4 Labs And Lumesse

Lumesse, a global leader in integrated talent management, and Work4Labs, the world leader in Facebook recruiting solutions, have partnered with Sephora to improve the visionary beauty retailer’s employer branding online.

As a long time user of Lumesse’s recruitment solutions, Sephora sources and hires an average of over 1000 people each year. The company is constantly evolving to meet the challenges of the market, as seen with the recent integration of social networks into its overall branding strategy. Now Sephora has begun to interface Lumesse’s recruitment solution with Work4 Labs’s Work for Us application to allow recruiters to advertise their vacancies on their Facebook career pages, attract new candidates, and promote their employer brands.

Innovation, automation and customization is key

In July 2011, Sephora migrated its HR Blog to Facebook and gave birth to the page We Are Sephora, which quickly became a huge success. To date, the page has more than 23,000 fans in France and Europe — fans whose numbers continue to grow. Visitors can discover the different career opportunities and learn about training through video interviews with current employees. Visitors can also follow newsworthy events like store openings, awards, and partnerships, such as the business games Sephora organizes with MBA programs.

The central focus of Sephora’s Facebook presence is its online recruitment. All vacancies on Sephora’s career site, which have been managed with Lumesse’s recruitment tool for several years, are now automatically posted on the Facebook page “We Are Sephora” using Work4 Lab’s Work for Us.

Before the launch, Sephora already had a “Job Opportunities” tab; however, the Work for Us application allows for greater efficiency and visibility of Sephora’s HR communication. This page does not just aggregate all of the available jobs, but also displays smart content, targeted at the profile of the viewing candidate. When a user “likes” a job, all of his friends are alerted, which expands Sephora’s audience. The user can also view who among his friends would be best fit for a particular position, “share” or “send” a job opportunity to a particular contact, and perform more targeted research to find opportunities by location, keyword, type of contract or trade. These innovative and automated features create a real online Facebook community and offer a unique recruitment experience for the user and company alike.

By maintaining real contact with potential candidates, Sephora wins not only visibility, but also new talent. Since the establishment of these exchanges between the company and candidates, Sephora has also found that the company receives resumes from more qualified candidates than before.

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EmptyLemon Reminds Jobseekers How Important It Is To Have Prior Knowledge Of The Company Before The Interview Process

EmptyLemon is reminding all jobseekers to do their research about the company before going to the interview. This job board prides itself on putting employers in direct contact with jobseekers, removing the need for recruitment agencies.

When looking for a job, it can be difficult to obtain a lot of information about the company you’re applying to work for. With recruitment agencies holding critical information back from jobseekers, they are often kept in the dark about the finer details of the company.

If jobseekers were provided with more information about the job, it would help to streamline the interview process, as well as help with company brand production. Employers would more easily be able to whittle down the selection of candidates before the interview process, saving them a great deal of time and improving their chances of finding the right person for the role.

EmptyLemon provides full assistance for employers with their job advertising campaign. Allowing them to promote their business as a brand, EmptyLemon gives employers feedback about the strength of response they are likely to get, based on the location and specifics of a job.

The company started out as an IT Job Board, specialising in sectors such as Data Analyst Jobs, Development Jobs, and Project Management Jobs. Due to phenomenal expansion,EmptyLemon went cross sector in September 2012.

Andrew Kelly, Development Manager for EmptyLemon, said: “Here at EmptyLemon, we pride ourselves on providing far more descriptive ads than those found on jobsites with agency jobs. As a result, we receive great customer service feedback from employers and jobseekers alike.

By providing jobseekers with more detailed company information, respective candidates reach the interview stage with prior knowledge of the company and the ethics it promotes. This leads to candidates giving a more impressive performance as they are able to better comment on what they like about the company and how they could fit in.”

Jobseekers can find jobs direct at EmptyLemon, without the need for recruitment agencies. Candidates should visit EmptyLemon’s website to find out relevant company information before the interview and land the perfect role.

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In-house Recruitment Awards celebrate industry achievements

A string of prizes have been handed out at the prestigious In-house Recruitment Awards (IHRA) 2012, backed by direct employer job board, EmptyLemon.

The best and brightest in-house recruiters were honoured for their achievements over the last 12 months at a glittering ceremony held at the exclusive Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Westminster. The In-house Recruitment Awards aim to draw attention to the increasingly impressive achievements of the internal recruitment sector, which has grown rapidly in recent years.

“It’s great to see that the efforts of internal recruiters across the UK are starting to get the recognition they deserve. Both public and private sector
organisations have been hit hard by the economic upheaval of recent years and internal recruiters have been a real godsend for many,” said Sarah Jacob at EmptyLemon. “The In-house Recruitment Awards really are a great platform for the internal recruitment sector. Here’s hoping next year’s ceremony is even bigger and better than this year’s.”

A total of 15 prizes were handed out at the IHRA 2012 ceremony, which took place on November 29th. Lisa Scales, of social recruitment platform ThinkPad, acted as the evening’s compere.

EmptyLemon sponsored the best in-house recruitment manager prize, which was awarded to Hilary Anderson of Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust amid tough competition. There was a double celebration for the team at Guy’s & St Thomas’, which also won the award for best recruitment advertising campaign.

Other winners on the night included broadcaster ITV – which picked up the best social media strategy prize – and the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), which won the award for recruitment innovation.

Logistics firm DHL won the award for the best corporate recruitment team, while the best graduate recruitment strategy prize when to market research Mintel. Discount retailer Matalan went away with the best career website award and Tesco.com picked up the prize for best candidate experience.

Other firms rewarded for their efforts on the night included House of Fraser, EAT and Healthcare at Home.

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Jobboard Technology Partnership: JXT & carecareers

The Background: carecareers
The community care & disability sector is one of the largest, and fastest growing employment categories in Australia. Through a host of not-for-profit, government and private employers, the sector provides services to improve the quality of life for people who need care and support.

The role of carecareers – managed by National Disability Services (NDS) and NSW government funded – is to enable qualified talent to find suitable jobs in the care & disability sector. In this pivotal role, carecareers brings together employers and candidates to help meet the needs of an increasing number of individuals needing care and support.

The Problem: carecareers
carecareers has a critical industry role, in helping to improve the attraction, engagement and retention of talent in the disability sector; of helping employers showcase their offer and value to candidates in the industry; and to support an engaged and sustainable talent pool to meet the current and future hiring needs of industry employers.

The problem was, carecareers, although supported by an outstanding brand marketing and mainstream media advertising push, fell short when it came to their jobboard technology.

The issue was of carecareers’ own making. When the project was initiated, carecareers wanted to keep open a number of options including potential operation as a full-service recruitment agency. This resulted in investment in a comprehensive Applicant Tracking System with a range of capabilities that carecareers was ultimately unable to exploit. As carecareers developed, its priorities firmed and it became clear that what was needed most was software that enabled carecareers to match the service of the best job sites on the market.

The Solution: JXT
As a result, carecareers engaged JXT to provide a new jobboard platform. Through a complete integration with carecareers’ existing website, including applicant tracking, JXT have introduced best-practice jobboard technology to carecareers.

What does this mean for the community care & disability sector?

– More clients are able to feature roles in the carecareers portal as the process has been vastly simplified

– carecareers can own their jobboard URL (rather than it remaining with the jobboard provider) which means the roles are highly optimised for search engines

– Better SEO of roles, means greater exposure for clients with quality candidates coming through

– Better SEO also means candidates are able to more effectively find the right jobs for them

– Google recently announced that over 20% of jobseekers use mobile to search for jobs: carecareers can now capitalise on this search behaviour. Previously, the carecareers site wasn’t optimised for mobile

– carecareers’ hiring process is now optimised for social media: another critical environment to capture the attention of existing industry employees, and newcomers to the care & disability industry

– A true industry jobboard has been born: due to the ‘open’ nature of JXT’s jobboard software, the carecareers platform is now available for a broader scope of potential industry employers to advertise roles

The Feedback: carecareers
With the implementation of JXT’s technology, carecareers can see the potential scope for broadening their industry reach to more employers, more candidates.

‘This is an exciting move for the care & disability industry. JXT’s jobboard platform has opened up our services to more employers, more candidates, and more mediums including social media, mobile and search.

Thanks to JXT, we’re able to give candidates a vastly superior hiring experience. This is a true win-win for everyone involved.

We foresee significant, sustained growth of this important service to the care & disability community.’

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Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment Employs Two; Announces Scholarship Recipient; Sally Ezra Quoted

The Leader in Actuarial Recruitment, Ezra Penland, is proud to announce the hiring of two new employees at the rapidly-growing, Chicago-based firm. Thomas Clohisy joins Ezra Penland as an Actuarial Recruiter. Tom has executive recruiting experience, as well as recruitment business development skills. He was also a successful commodities trader for a number of years, after having earned an MBA from Loyola University and a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. Tom can be reached at tom@EzraPenland.com.

John Gieger joins Ezra Penland as Corporate Librarian and Data Specialist. John earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from Dominican University, as well as a Bachelor’s in Audio Engineering from Belmont University. He has varied experiences as a data manager and a librarian, and brings with him exceptional computer skills and an innate ability for information organization. John may be reached at john@EzraPenland.com.

Additionally, Ezra Penland proudly awards their most recent $500 Actuarial Scholarship to Jordan Nadler. Ms. Nadler is a junior at Missouri State University where she is a Mathematics major with a concentration in Actuarial Science, and she is minoring in Finance and Risk Management & Insurance. In addition to tutoring mathematics, she is a member of the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and treasurer of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma, the Risk Management,Insurance and Actuarial Science Fraternity. Nadler has held an internship at American National and will hold an internship at Ernst & Young this summer in New York. She has passed two Actuarial Exams and is pursuing a career as an Actuary.

And, finally, Sally Ezra, Partner at Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment, was interviewed in the May-June, 2012 Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries. The topic was the “Workers Compensation Predictive Modeling Comes of Age”, and Ms. Ezra discussed the hireability and availability of actuaries with such skills.

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John Lewis joins Capital Bonds network

One of the UK’s leading retailers has joined the Capital Bonds network. John Lewis is now one of over 160 retailers where Capital Bonds are accepted.

Recipients can redeem the Bonds at a total of 37 John Lewis shops across the UK – 29 department stores and eight John Lewis at home shops.

Tim Ward, account manager, corporate sales at John Lewis comments: “At John Lewis we offer a vast choice of products for Capital Bonds holders with over 350,000 lines available in our shops. We feel this broad range ensures there is something for everyone and will appeal to a wide selection of recipients.”

Wayne Harrington, Head of Affiliate & Retail Partnerships at Edenred, adds:“It is a tremendous endorsement of our brand that such a major name in retailing has joined the Capital Bonds network.

“Capital Bonds are Edenred’s market leading multistore gift voucher, offering the greatest choice and convenience of all gift vouchers in the UK.

“They are easy to use as a business incentive, and the wide range of outlets where the vouchers can be redeemed make them perfect for employers who want to motivate their staff with a reward that suits them personally.”

Capital Bonds, administered by Edenred, has more retailers in its network than any other voucher of its kind, with 50 more retailers than any other multistore voucher as well as more than 450 independent retailers.

They are used by thousands of organisations throughout the UK in recognition of general performance and behavioural rewards, in employee recognition and reward schemes such as long service, in loyalty programmes, or as rewards in suggestion schemes, total rewards or sales incentives programmes.

Recipients can choose to use their vouchers at outlets that match their lifestyle requirements, and can purchase products for their home, enjoy employee discounts, experience fun days out with friends or use even their reward vouchers as part payment towards holidays and travel.

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Nicoll Curtin makes 2012 Recruiter Awards shortlist

Nicoll Curtin, one of the world’s leading IT recruitment specialists, has been shortlisted as part of the Recruiter Awards for the second year in a row.

The international agency, which has offices in London, Singapore and Switzerland, was picked out by a panel of independent judges and will now compete for the Best IT Recruitment Agency award along with four other firms. The company specialises in recruiting for the banking and finance, commercial and public sectors, helping to support the performance of its customers and further the careers of candidates by placing them in high profile IT jobs in London, Zurich and many other cities around the world.

Lawrence Hargeaves, Nicoll Curtin’s managing director, said: “Being commended in 2011 and shortlisted again in 2012 is a credit to all of our teams’ continuous hard work and effort.

“We have been focusing on helping our clients meet their objectives and ensuring our service exceeds expectations.”

The Recruiter Awards are recognised as the industry’s ultimate recognition of excellence and best practice. The 2012 judging panel is made up of representatives from a wide range of businesses including Linklaters, Lloyds Banking Group, Transport for London, Mars UK Chocolate and Deloitte.

DeeDee Doke, editor of Recruiter magazine, said: “Our judges reflect a breadth of world-class professionalism in a variety of disciplines, sectors and geographies. For instance, international expertise, experience and insight is very much on our agenda, as it is for much of our recruitment/resourcing community.”

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during a ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, on Wednesday, May 2.

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Sunnier Outlook For IT Specialists In The Investment Banking Sector, Says Top Recruiter

Leading IT recruitment agency Nicoll Curtin has said things are looking up for IT professionals working in the investment banking sector. The London-based company, which specialises in recruiting for the banking and finance, commercial and public sectors, said demand for contractors to work in IT banking jobs has almost doubled in the past three months.

Major banks are preparing to spend more than $2bn (£1.3m) on IT and technology as they prepare to comply with new industry regulations, according to a report by Financial News. Nicoll Curtin said these companies are looking to find the most talented individuals to be involved with these projects, with some IT contractors earning up to £1,200 a day. Demand has also increased for permanent staff, the firm said.

According to Cian Loughnane, associate director, Nicoll Curtin Senior Appointments, there is a shortage of candidates for IT roles within the banking and investment sector who have the required level of project management experience and business analysis skills.

He said: “Banks hiring at the senior end of the spectrum continue to seek talent from direct competitors. Clients remain keenly interested in leveraging the intellectual capital candidates have generated in other organisations.

“Despite macroeconomic factors, the top 5 per cent of managerial talent continue to enjoy bull market packages with clients in some cases offering mid-year guarantees as part of a wider retention strategy.”

Mr Loughnane said banks were not just looking to top level consultancy firms such as Nicoll Curtin to fill vacancies, but to ensure their workforces remain flexible.

As a specialist IT recruitment consultancy, Nicoll Curtin has a vast amount of experience sourcing the best available talent and placing those professionals in a huge range of contract and permanent positions where they will have the maximum impact on the business’ performance. Nicoll Curtin focuses on the world’s top financial centres specialising in IT jobs in Zurich, Singapore and London.

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Support For Working Parents To Address Cuts In Child Benefit

Working parents can use salary sacrifice to reduce the impact of the recent cuts in child benefit announced in the Budget, according to Edenred, the UK’s leading provider of childcare voucher benefits.

The changes announced in the Budget will mean child benefit will now be withdrawn gradually from higher rate taxpayers earning between £50,000 and £60,000. The benefit will be reduced by one per cent for every £100 earned over £50,000 and completely removed for those earning over £60,000.

Under the Chancellor’s Budget, around 1.2 million families will now have their child benefit payments reduced. Around 840,000 of those households will lose all of the benefit. The other 360,000 will lose a portion of the benefit through the new tapering rule.

However, Edenred is advising working parents to use salary sacrifice for benefits such as childcare vouchers in order to reduce their taxable income to below the threshold and therefore offer a little more staff rewards.

Childcare vouchers are usually offered by employers via a salary sacrifice scheme which means they are taken from a parent’s pre tax salary and, depending on the rate of tax payer, are free from tax and National Insurance up to £243 a month. Both parents can claim these vouchers if their employer offers the scheme. The benefit for the company is also a lower National Insurance bill.

They can then be used for children up to 15 years, or 16 years if disabled, and can be spent on a wide range of activities such as afterschool clubs, holiday clubs, breakfast clubs, as well as nurseries, childminders and nannies. The age range covered by the vouchers means that parents of older children can also benefit.

Laura Czapiewski, product manager at Edenred, comments:
“With the Chancellor’s recent cuts to child benefit, many will be looking at ways to address this loss. The provision of childcare vouchers via a salary sacrifice scheme has multiple benefits – it serves to save a working parent tax and NI and could also help reduce their taxable income below the threshold that will be affected by the changes to child benefit.

“Any type and size of business can implement a childcare voucher scheme and it’s worthwhile for companies of all sizes, even if they have just one qualifying parent within the organisation. Parents should investigate if their place of work offers childcare vouchers.”

Edenred is the UK’s leading provider of childcare voucher benefits and has a website dedicated to childcare vouchers explaining how they work, the benefits and where to use them. See: http://www.childcarevouchers.co.uk/Parents/Pages/default.aspx

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Edenred Calls On Firms To Help Make Sure All Parents Benefit From Childcare Vouchers

Edenred, the world’s leading name in employee benefits, incentives and rewards, has urged businesses to help ensure employees with older children don’t miss out on the benefits of childcare vouchers.

Many companies have a habit of promoting their family-friendly policies towards young families or mothers going on maternity leave, and as a result, many parents mistakenly assume that childcare vouchers are only for young children.

In actual fact, they can be used to pay for the care of children until the first September after their fifteenth birthday. For children registered as disabled, childcare vouchers can be used until the first September following their sixteenth birthday.

Laura Czapiewski, Edenred Childcare Voucher Product Manager, said: “It isn’t just working parents with young children that need support. Working parents with older children need support too.

“The needs of working parents do not end when children start school, and many parents agree that the pre-teen and teenage years can be the most challenging – emotionally and financially. However, many parents of older children are unaware of what they are entitled to.”

Childcare vouchers can be used to pay for a range of things, from nursery care through to holiday and community play schemes. Edenred offers discounts at a range of day and residential holiday clubs, allowing parents to make significant savings.

According to Ms Czapiewski, the key to ensuring parents of older children are able to take advantage of the benefits on offer is good communication.

She said: “When launching a family friendly benefit, it is tempting for businesses to use images of babies and toddlers in the promotion. However, good providers should supply an array of materials designed to attract the interest of parents of older children, using images and messages relating to preteens and teenagers.

“Two way communication is also very important. Surveying employees to find out the ages of their children can be useful because this allows businesses to properly tailor the benefits on offer to each employee. Once businesses have promoted a specific benefit to their employees, it is imperative that HR departments and line managers are fully aware of the scope of availability of these benefits so they can advise employees how and where they can be accessed.”

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Doom And Gloom Is Only For Those Not Adding Value To Their Business

TopLanguageJobs Ireland, Europe’s Number 1 Specialist Job board for bilingual candidates a nd multilingual jobs is in no fear of 2012.

Aytac Irfan of TopLanguageJobs commented: “We’re bringing in the best to add value to our business, clients and candidates. 2012 is only ‘doom and gloom’ for those not adding value to their business.”

2012 has already been a tough year for many across the globe, but it doesn’t have to be thus.

Top Language Jobs Ireland believes it is important to keep adding value to their services offered to clients and candidates. Top Language Jobs Ireland believes it is important to keep adding value to their services offered to clients and candidates by continually developing and growing to move with the times so not to get “left out in the ran”

Each day Top Language Jobs Ireland is looking for skilled multilingual and bilingual candidates to grow its database and to serve a multitude of positions globally.

New jobs are appearing everywhere, in all industries sectors for as many languages as you can think of, so there’s no better time to utilize that second language for a new or existing profession.

Hays Reports Tunnel Vision Trapping Workers And Hindering Growth

The Hays Career Outlook Survey has revealed that workers are being trapped in career silos because they don’t believe they can cross sector or industry boundaries, according to new data from the Hays Career Outlook Survey. The survey also highlights that employers in both sectors are often unable to recognise the transferable skills that might help them to identify potential candidates who are capable of supporting their growth plans.

The survey reveals the vast majority of employers believe that previous experience in the same sector is important. Whilst only just over a third (38%) of public sector employers say previous public sector experience is important, over half (56%) of employers in the private sector deem previous private sector experience to be important in potential candidates. 15% of private sector employers say that experience in commercial work is an essential competence of any prospective candidate. Over half of private sector employers (51%) say a lack of direct experience would prevent them from hiring someone from the public sector, while over a third (39%) cite a lack of transferable skills.

Charles Logan, Director at Hays, said: “These findings highlight that workers believe they cannot move between sectors and that employers aren’t always able to understand or give credence to transferable skills. By over-emphasising the value of previous same-sector experience, employers could be missing out on talented people and motivated workers. It is particularly concerning in industries where there is a shortage of skilled professionals and employers may need to consider candidates who have the necessary competencies but may not at first glance be the perfect match.”

Public sector workers confessed they also struggle to move into different areas of the public sector, although this is disputed by their employers. Over three-quarters (78%) of candidates say it is difficult or impossible, and 75% say they have not been encouraged to consider this as an option despite the job cuts. However, 62% of public sector employers say they have encouraged workers to look elsewhere in the sector, either through official training routes like secondments or through the application process itself. Over half (51%) cite a lack of transferable skills as the main reason why they would not hire someone from another part of the public sector.

The survey also shows the career destinations of UK workers. Around a third of private (33%) and public (35%) sector workers would prefer to continue their careers in a mix of the two sectors and not restrict their career options. Over a third (36%) of public sector employers say people in their organisation view the private sector as a more attractive career option, and private sector workers report that people are keen to stay in the commercial world when they move on. However, the vast majority (81%) of public sector workers say they are quite or very well-equipped for a career in the private sector.

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Hays releases ‘The Oil and Gas Global Salary Guide 2012’

Hays has revealed UK oil and gas industry professionals are enjoying competitive wages according to ‘The Oil and Gas Global Salary Guide 2012’, which is based on data from over 14,000 respondents.

The Guide, produced by Hays Oil & Gas and leading jobsite Oil and Gas Job Search, shows that full time UK oil professionals enjoy average salaries of £55,850* per annum which is more than twice the national salary average of £26,244**.

The 2012 survey also demonstrates strong growth in salaries for imported labour. Expat labour can command average salaries of £51,890 per annum: up 6.8% on the previous year.

Contractor day rates for those working in the North Sea (including the UK, Scandinavia and the Netherlands) are amongst the most competitive worldwide. Experienced engineers and managers can expect average rates of £540 per day and, for director level contractors, this figure rises to around £900 per day.

Matt Underhill, Managing Director of Hays Oil & Gas commented: “Last year we reported a 30% rise in contractor wages for UK professionals. This was particularly encouraging for UK based oil and gas professionals as the rates are a good indicator of the state of the job market, being more reactive to short-term changes in demand for skills.”

Underhill continued: “The figures from the 2012 guide figures demonstrate that the UK oil and gas industry has maintained this recovery and day rates remain buoyant.”

Duncan Freer, Managing Director of Oil and Gas Job Search added: “Average oil and gas salaries in the UK are around 8% more than the worldwide average.

“Greater activity is scheduled for 2012 and beyond following a difficult period during the recession. Despite some forecasts many oil companies are continuing to invest in the North Sea so it is a time to look forward with confidence.”

The Salary Guide, which features data from over 50 countries, revealed that continuing global confidence is the central finding of the report. Over 30% of respondents expect salaries to go up by more than 10% in the next 12 months.

Employer confidence has also seen a large increase with 26.7% being extremely positive about the current market: up from just 9.7% in 2011. Three quarters of all employers expect staffing levels to increase in the next 12 months.

Matt Underhill, Managing Director of Hays Oil & Gas, commented: “The salaries, day rates and general sentiment in the guide reflect a strong and confident industry. There are now tremendous opportunities for new graduates and candidates with transferable skills to enter a buoyant and rewarding industry.”

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Ezra Penland Actuarial Recruitment Hires 3; Announces Scholarship Recipient; Publishes Salary Surveys

Ezra Penland, the Leader in Actuarial Recruitment, is proud to announce the hiring of three new employees at the Chicago-based firm.

Margaret Dobie joins Ezra Penland as an Actuarial Recruiter. She comes from a stellar background of identifying and managing corporate partnerships, in addition to operations management. Margaret can be reached at margaret@EzraPenland.com.

Jacob Galecki joins Ezra Penland as an Actuarial Recruiter. He is a graduate of the Actuarial Science program at Temple University, one of the top such curriculums in the country. Jacob has published articles on the actuarial recruiting market and is an expert in social media as it applies to executive recruitment. Jacob can be reached at jacob@EzraPenland.com.

Ryan McMillin joins Ezra Penland as a Data Analyst. While pursuing actuarial exams, Ryan performs research, organizes data, and participates in a number of Ezra Penland’s ongoing projects. Ryan can be reached at ryan@EzraPenland.com.

Additionally, Ezra Penland proudly awards their most recent $500 Actuarial Scholarship to David Dosher. Mr. Dosher is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an Actuarial Science major who has passed the first three actuarial exams. In addition to tutoring mathematics and physics, he is the Actuarial Science Club Alumni Newsletter Chair. Dosher has held three actuarial internships at State Farm, Zurich North America and, most recently, CNA Insurance.

Ezra Penland also announces the exciting publication of their annual US C-Level Insurance Salary Surveys at EzraPenland.com/C-Level . Compensation at the Top 10 US Property and Casualty, Life and Health insurers have been compiled from SEC filings. CEO, Chairman, CFO, CIO, COO, President and General Counsel compensation is summarized.

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Nicoll Curtin research reveals current perceptions within the IT industry

IT recruitment agency Nicoll Curtin has conducted a study into the current perceptions, expectations and experiences of hiring managers and jobseekers, with some surprising results.

Around 70 per cent of those involved in the study had never worked with Nicoll Curtin, which allowed the results to represent the general industry.

One of the most shocking results was that only 17 per cent of jobseekers tailor their CV to a role they are applying for, despite the fact that 68 per cent of them admitted to knowing that not doing so could affect their chances of being offered employment.

From a hiring manager’s point of view, the study showed that 62 per cent thought that better communication skills would help jobseekers, as a poor understanding of communication was considered a common reason for not hiring candidates.

As well as this, hiring managers rated the importance of a candidate having the proper technical skills and knowledge at 36 per cent, whereas jobseekers put it at just 22 per cent. Similarly, jobseekers believed that having a history of similar job roles was worth 62 per cent, but managers only considered it at 55 per cent, meaning it is less important than many think.

Many jobseekers worry that having gaps on their CV will affect their employability, but the managers surveyed said they believed it did not factor into their decisions and so rated it at an astonishing 0 per cent.

Having industry knowledge is a must though, as hiring managers revealed when marking it at 85 per cent importance. However, only 18 per cent was given to the expectation that candidates have an understanding of the company’s financial performance.

When it came to recruitment consultants, jobseekers said they were good at providing information on the job at hand, giving 76 per cent, but that consultants did not give enough coaching for interviews, with just 2 per cent awarded.

The Managing Director of Nicoll Curtin, Lawrence Hargreaves, said: “The research demonstrates that candidates are falling short of getting a job on simple things such as poor communication or failing to recognise the importance of technical skills and qualifications.

“The best advice is to build a relationship with a good recruitment agency that can highlight the relevant aspects of your CV for the role, prepare you thoroughly and coach you for your interview to communicate effectively.”

Mr Hargreaves also pointed out that, when applying for a job, candidates need to be properly qualified, find a suitable recruitment agency, make their CV as succinct and attention-grabbing as possible and consult with the agency as much as possible to ensure their consultant keeps on top of things.

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