1 Jobs growth and real wage rise expected in 2018
The latest CBI/Pertemps employment trends survey has found that employer hiring intentions over the next 12 months remain high, with more than half of organisations surveyed planning to increases staff wages in line with or above inflation. When it comes to candidate attraction, 93% of employers say that having a diverse and inclusive workforce will be key to business success in the year ahead and beyond.
2 IFS warns rise in minimum wage could be catalyst for automation (and job losses)
Amid the enthusiasm of the new year, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has opted to pop that balloon with a warning that if the minimum wage is increased too much (i.e. above-inflation) then UK employers will be more inclined to look towards automating many functions sooner than anticipated; thereby, putting jobs at risk.
3 Iceland becomes first country to outlaw pay inequality
In November, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report stated that it will take 217 years before the gender pay gap will be closed. Looks like Iceland (as in the country) figured they’d do it in just one. The Icelandic government has passed legislation that makes it illegal for employers to pay men more than women (and vice versa), with organisations fined €400 for each day they are not in compliance.
4 Podcast of the week – Harvard Business Review: Hiring the best people
We’re a big fan of podcasts, with this being one of the media formats we see really taking off in 2018. In the latest HBR IdeasCast, the former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix shares her experiences, tips and insights into how to build an effective team.
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5 Video of the week – The Telegraph: Could you survive a social media detox this January?
It is estimated that people spend around 1 in every 3 minutes of their online time each day using social media, but what impact is this having both on worker productive and mental health? This week’s featured video takes a quick look.