Sunday, 18 August 2013

Two in five professionals will work through their annual holiday according to report from Questor Insurance

Vehicle hire excess and travel insurance specialist Questor Insurance looks at figures which show that two in five workers* plan to carry on working during their summer holidays.

Despite our holidays traditionally being the perfect time to escape from the pressures of the 9 to 5 and our daily work deadlines, it seems that many of us can’t bear to tear ourselves away from office life – even if we are sunning ourselves on a beach thousands of miles away.

The findings of research commissioned by global workspace provider Regus, found that more than a third of holidaying workers will invest one to three hours of precious holiday time on their work, while one in ten will forgo more than three hours of their relaxation time to ensure that they keep up with what’s going on at work.

Far from lazing under a palm tree or going for a leisurely swim in the sea, more than a third of holidaying professionals prefer the joys of responding to work phone calls or carrying out other work-related tasks...who knew switching off was so hard?

In effective for these workers’ holidays are akin to business trips in disguise, with it being ‘business as usual’ despite it officially being their time off.

Professional men are the most likely to succumb to the lure of ‘workations’, as they’ve been dubbed are, with 31% taking their workload on holiday with them, compared to 25% of professional women.

Commenting, Questor Insurance CEO Andrew Lawrence, said: “Despite the economy recently picking up workers are keen to make the best impression they can in the current market, even if it means sacrificing their holiday time
“If you have to work for a portion of your holiday, securing your business travel insurance in advance will help to ensure that any business equipment you do use will be covered.”

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Questor Insurance’s ‘Be Holiday Savvy’ campaign is running from June to September and will provide travellers with a wealth of handy hints and tips to make the process of planning and executing their foreign holiday that much smoother. Source Questor Insurance

Monday, 12 August 2013

Labour Market Outlook shows employment confidence at its highest level since the 2008 recession according to CIPD Report

The CIPD - Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development  issued a press release today "CIPD Labour Market Outlook shows employment confidence at its highest level since the 2008 recession - With more employers looking to hire, pressure mounts to attract the right talent " 

The CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. It has over 130,000 members internationally working in HR. In 2013 it celebrated its centenary offering one hundred years of leading HR into the future. 

The press release went on to say "The Summer 2013 CIPD/Success Factors Labour Market Outlook (LMO) survey report, published today, shows that for the sixth quarter in a row, employers expect jobs growth - meaning more openings for job seekers but more competition among employers for the right candidates.

The report shows that the net employment balance - which measures the difference between the proportion of employers who expect to increase staffing levels and the proportion who intend to reduce staffing levels - stands at +14.  This is an increase from +9 in the previous quarter and the highest figure since the recession in 2008. The Labour Market Outlook has shown itself to be a reliable leading indicator of the official employment statistics quarter on quarter and the latest results suggest a degree of optimism we have seen reflected in other economic indicators, most notably Q2 GDP.

Private sector employers remain positive about employment intentions with an increase in the net employment balance from +21 in Spring 2013 to +26 in the Summer 2013 survey.  In contrast, public sector employers are still more likely to expect overall job cuts but here there was also an improvement in the net employment balance (-25 in Summer 2013 compared to -31 in Spring 2013).

However, employers do not expect wage growth to accelerate significantly.  Among those LMO employers planning a pay review in the twelve months to February 2014, the average anticipated settlement for basic pay (excluding bonuses) was 1.7%, unchanged from the previous quarter.   

Mark Beatson, CIPD chief economist, comments: "These results suggest we should see further jobs growth over the summer and autumn and hopefully reflect a degree of optimism about growth prospects for 2013.  This is welcome news for job seekers. The challenge for the increasing proportion of employers looking to hire will lie in finding the right talent to fill their vacancies.  The annual CIPD/Hays Resourcing and Talent Planning survey suggests that turnover still remains low, perhaps because many employees are reluctant to leave the security of their current role for fear that the market dips again, so employers could find fewer ideal candidates around than they might have expected.  

To counteract this possibility, employers will need to be flexible and innovative in their approach to recruiting and retaining employees, and make sure their job offers are attractive to the more confident and active job seekers entering the market. If competition for talent remains high, as our annual survey suggests, employers will also need to think more than ever about ways in which they can grow their own workforces by recruiting for potential and investing in the development of existing employees.

"However, there is still little sign of improved confidence about employment prospects feeding through into pay expectations, which remain below the rate of inflation.  Clearly employers feel they do not need to raise pay to meet recruitment goals and, with turnover low, retention is unlikely to be a pressing issue for most organisations.  However, both these factors could turn as the job market improves and employers need to be prepared to adjust their workforce planning, development and reward practices in response."

Also commenting, James Reid, UK and Ireland Managing Director, SuccessFactors, said:  "Today's highly competitive economy has left businesses not only battling for custom and market share, but also for the acquisition and retention of talent. But an important balancing act must take place when it comes to employing new talent versus the training and development of the existing workforce. Businesses should not focus solely on new talent if they are to keep recruitment costs down and retain the best staff. Positively this has not been lost on business leaders. At SuccessFactors we are seeing a growing interest and investment in employee development and up-skilling across all staff levels outside of traditional HR spend, from e-learning to better on-boarding and performance management."  Source CIPD

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