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WhatJobs.com Tips – How to build your own job search engine

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How to build a job search engine
Learn how to build your own job search engine

A while ago, a friend of mine asked me if I can help him on a small PHP project. The project was about turning his static website into a place that people can search for jobs. He was looking for a solution to let his visitors search for job content and see the results within the pages of his website.

I thought it would take a long time to implement such a system because it was about storing the jobs in a database, then showing them to the users based on their search criteria. With this in mind, I prepared myself for a project which I needed to be involved with for a long while.

He asked me to look at a third-party website offering an API letting people have their own job search engine. They claimed there would be no hassle in dealing with their jobs, configuring a database, or any other technical issues. The API was letting websites access the latest vacancies and show them to their visitors. In return, the website that was serving these jobs to the visitors could make money every time a user clicked on any job search results.

After reading and playing with the sample codes, I found no need to search for the user’s keyword in the local database. Moreover, I did not need to have any database to store the jobs at all! Actually, the only thing that I had to do was get the user’s request and send it to the API. After receiving data from API, I was able to show them to the user.

I know it sounds crazy to have a job search engine without having any database, but these days you see even stranger things! The project was something cool, so I decided to accept the challenge and see the outcome!

The first thing I did was preparing an API URL to see the result. There were two options: first, returning the result in XML format and the second, returning the same result in JSON format.

I opened the URL in my browser and set the search keyword to sales:

https://whatjobs.com/api/v1/jobs.xml?publisher=1&keyword=sales

Also tried the JSON URL and changed the keyword and set a location:

https://whatjobs.com/api/v1/jobs.json?publisher=1&keyword=manager&location=london

It could not be easier than this. I had the search result, and the only other thing I had to do was format them with the look and feel of my friend’s website and then show them to the user!

But I was too excited to realise that before showing any result to the users, I should have asked them what they wanted to search for! So I decided to start with a straightforward page with a search button for two input boxes: One for keyword and the other for location.

<form>

    <input name=”keyword”>

    <input name=”location”>

    <input type=”submit” value=”Search”>

</form>

As such, when a user hit the search button I would receive the user’s keyword and location in the $_GET variable, and by having these two values, I was able to create the URL to call the API. According to the documentation I should have sent additional information like publisher ID, user IP and user agent otherwise, the tracking system wouldn’t work, and my friend wouldn’t make any money 😉

The final code to generate the API URL was:

$data = array(

    ‘publisher’ => 1,

    ‘user_ip’ => $_SERVER[‘REMOTE_ADDR’],

    ‘user_agent’ => $_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’],

    ‘keyword’ => $_GET[‘keyword’],

    ‘location’ => $_GET[‘location’],

);

$api_url = “https://whatjobs.com/api/v1/jobs.json?” . http_build_query($data);

The rest was easy, calling the API and converting JSON to an array and storing the result in the $result variable:

$result = json_decode(file_get_contents($api_url), true);

Now I had everything I was looking for, and I would format the result and show them to the user. It was only matter of the colours and the styles that could make the result suitable for the user. To make my life easy and create a responsive page for mobile users, I used Bootstrap to show the result to the user by including Bootstrap CSS file and adding some classes to the tags. Then I used a table to show each job in a row.

<table class=”table table-condensed”>

<?php foreach ($result[‘data’] as $job): ?>

    <tr>

        <td>

            <div class=”col-sm-6 h2″>

                <a href=”<?php echo $job[‘url’]; ?>” target=”_NEW” rel=”nofollow”><?php echo $job[‘title’]; ?></a>

            </div>

            <br>

            <?php if (! empty($job[‘salary’])): ?>

            <div class=”col-sm-6 text-right” style=”color: #888;”><strong><?php echo $job[‘salary’]; ?></strong></div>

            <?php endif; ?>

            <?php if (! empty($job[‘location’])): ?>

            <div class=”col-sm-6 text-right” style=”color: #888;”>Location: <strong><?php echo $job[‘location’]; ?></strong></div>

            <?php endif; ?>

            <div class=”col-sm-10″><?php echo $job[‘snippet’]; ?></div>

            <div class=”col-sm-2″>

                <?php if (! empty($job[‘logo’])): ?>

                <a href=”?<?php echo generateURL(array(‘keyword’ => $job[‘company’])); ?>”><img align=”right” src=”<?php echo $job[‘logo’]; ?>”></a>

                <?php endif; ?>

            </div>

            <div class=”col-sm-12″ style=”color: #999;”>

                <?php if (! empty($job[‘company’])): ?>

                Company: <strong><?php echo $job[‘company’]; ?></strong>

                <?php endif; ?>

                <?php if (! empty($job[‘job_type’])): ?>

                Job type: <strong><?php echo $job[‘job_type’]; ?></strong>

                <?php endif; ?>

                (<span><?php echo $job[‘age’]; ?></span>)

            </div>

        </td>

    </tr>

<?php endforeach; ?>

</table>

Also, according to the API tracking document I had to place the tracking code near the results. It was a script tag to include the JavaScript tracking code. I placed it after the table tag.

Everything was almost ready, and I could finish this project very quickly by putting the pagination at the bottom of the page. Building the pagination was easy enough because there were some other values in the API result to show the current page and the last page. By having these values and doing some calculation, I managed to create the pagination index. So on each API call, I was able to send the page number to receive the related result.

function getPaginationIndex($current_page, $last_page, $index_count)

{

    $low_index = $current_page – round($index_count / 2) + 1;

    $high_index = max($low_index, 1) + $index_count – 1;

    if ($high_index > $last_page)

    {

        $high_index = $last_page;

        $low_index = $high_index – $index_count + 1;

    }

    $low_index = max($low_index, 1);

    return array($low_index, $high_index);

}

I was done and my coffee was still on the table, so I still had time to add some other options to make it look like a professional website. I decided to add a list of categories and locations to the home page. That was a very useful option for the users so they could just click and browse jobs relevant to them. The only challenge was building the lists, then I could create a URL for each of these items.

function getLocations()

{

    return array(

        ‘Basingstoke’, ‘Exeter’, ‘Nottingham’, ‘Birmingham’, ‘Gloucester’, ‘Oxford’, ‘Bradford’, ‘Guildford’, ‘Oxfordshire’,

        ‘Brighton’, ‘Hampshire’, ‘Peterborough’, ‘Bristol’, ‘Hertfordshire’, ‘Preston’, ‘Buckinghamshire’, ‘Kent’, ‘Reading’,

        ‘Cambridge’, ‘Leeds’, ‘Sheffield’, ‘Cambridgeshire’, ‘Leicester’, ‘Slough’, ‘Chelmsford’, ‘Leicestershire’,

        ‘Southampton’, ‘Cheshire’, ‘Liverpool’, ‘Stockport’, ‘Chester’, ‘London’, ‘Surrey’, ‘Coventry’, ‘Maidstone’, ‘Swindon’,

        ‘Croydon’, ‘Manchester’, ‘Wakefield’, ‘Derby’, ‘Milton Keynes’, ‘Warrington’, ‘Derbyshire’, ‘Newcastle upon Tyne’,

        ‘West Yorkshire’, ‘Doncaster’, ‘Northampton’, ‘York’,

    );

}

function getCategories()

{

    return array(

        ‘Accounting’, ‘Finance’, ‘Pharmaceutical’, ‘Administrative’, ‘Food Service’, ‘PR’, ‘Advertising’, ‘Healthcare’,

        ‘Publishing’, ‘Agriculture’, ‘Hospitality’, ‘Real Estate’, ‘Architecture’, ‘Human Resources’, ‘Restaurant’, ‘Arts’,

        ‘Insurance’, ‘Retail’, ‘Banking’, ‘IT’, ‘Sales’, ‘Computer’, ‘Law Enforcement’, ‘Scientific’, ‘Construction’, ‘Legal’,

        ‘Security’, ‘Consulting’, ‘Loans’, ‘Social Care’, ‘Customer Service’, ‘Logistics’, ‘Telecommunications’, ‘Education’,

        ‘Management’, ‘Training’, ‘Energy’, ‘Manufacturing’, ‘Transportation’, ‘Engineering’, ‘Marketing’, ‘Travel’, ‘Facilities’,

        ‘Mechanical’, ‘Volunteering’,

    );

}

When I placed all the pieces together, I was really pleased with the final result! It was the first time that I had finished a project so quickly.

Looking for a job in Canada? We have listed 6 Gov jobs available immediately

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Find the latest Gov jobs in Canada

If you’re looking for a job and you live in Canada, you’re in luck! The Canadian government has recent update their job portal with 6 vacancies they need filling ASAP.

The departments hiring currently include Parks Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and Canada’s Public Health Agency.

Here are six government jobs you can apply for right now.

Fleet Assistant 

Salary: $46,210-56,230

Company: Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Who Should Apply: CSIS is looking for a fleet assistant in Montreal, Quebec. In this job, you’ll be inspecting, testing and help to fix vehicles.

You will need a high school diploma and will have to speak multiple languages for this job. You’ll also need at least two years of experience driving motor vehicles as well as a permanent Canadian driver’s license.

The deadline to apply is April 28, 2021.

Apply Here 

Public and Travel Health Supervisor

Salary: $87,540-103,221

Company: Public Health Agency of Canada

Who Should Apply: PHAC is currently looking for nurses to fill positions as public and travel supervisors. Duties would include checking the health of travellers coming into the country and identifying if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.

To get this job, you’ll need to be a nurse and have experience in health services. You’ll also need to be well versed in health policies and more. 

Applicants will need to have a post-secondary degree in health services, including nursing, nursing service administration, nursing education.

The deadline to apply is March 5, 2021.

Apply Here

Acquisitions Officer

Salary: $73,970-89,970

Company: Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Who Should Apply: CSIS is on the hunt for multi-taskers who can work with clients, goods and services and handle secret files!

To make this cool job yours you’ll need either an undergraduate degree with one year of experience or a college diploma with up to four years of experience. 

The deadline to submit your application is March 3, 2021.

Apply Here

Human Resources Advisor 

Salary: $70,525-81,095

Company: Canada Revenue Agency

Who Should Apply: Are you interested in working in human resources? Well, this job could be for you if you live in Quebec.

The CRA is looking for someone to join their team and work to better the organization’s human resources department. 

If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll need to give advice to managers “on staffing-related issues.”

You’ll also need a post-secondary degree and experience in the human resources field, advising a team of a similar nature.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

Apply Here

Technical Services Officer

Salary: $63,720 to $77,523

Company: Parks Canada

Who Should Apply: Parks Canada is looking for members of First Nations communities to join their team.

The job will have you working in management, supervising and scheduling maintenance activity. This could mean working to lead road infrastructure, highways, bridges, buildings and more.

To make this job yours, applicants will need to have graduated from a post-secondary school with a technology diploma. You’ll also need lots of experience in a similar field.

The deadline to apply is March 9, 2021. 

Apply Here

E-Learning Developer

Salary: $73,970-89,970

Company: Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Who Should Apply: If you have experience in design this position could be right for you. A learning developer is responsible for creating graphic designs and producing things like animation and script designs that will later be used for “technology-based learning products.”

You’ll need an undergraduate degree or college diploma as well as experience in areas such as digital audio and 3D modelling.

The deadline to apply is March 3, 2021.

Apply Here

Source:https://www.narcity.com/en-ca/money/6-government-of-canada-jobs-hiring-that-pay-between-46k-to-103k

Job search tips by WHATJOBS.com -Part-time jobs in the UK

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Working part-time is a very popular choice

What jobs can I get that are Part-time?

The availability of part-time work has increased over the last few years, but why is that? Part-time jobs consist of fewer hours than full-time positions and are a good way to maintain a healthy work/life balance whilst still earning a living. It requires employees to work less than 30 hours a week, usually across two to three days.

Part-time job Requirements
Although it may seem easier, the requirements for part-time jobs are still the same as full-time jobs, regardless of the sector being entered. Being part-time does not mean having fewer skills than full-time workers. The level of qualifications needed, or if any are, depending on the sector being entered. Part-time jobs are considered more common and popular than flexible working, and in many industries, they are more part-time jobs than full time!

Part-time Job Market Trends
In 2020, 3.4 million people worked part-time in the retail industry, the United Kingdom’s largest private sector. This is a huge amount compared to 7 million people currently working part-time around the country. Earnings in the retail industry range between £14,500 and £21,500, depending on the position held. Higher education qualifications are not a necessity when working at certain positions in retail, but experience and skills help enormously.

Working in recruitment, IT, and education is regarded as the highest-paying part-time job sectors and is also the most common. Even though the tourism and hospitality industries are just as common, the average annual salary is lower at £17,000.

Being a part-time lecturer is the most common high-paying part-time job, with average earnings over £36,000 per year. Whereas being a barista or bartender would earn part-time workers around £13,500.


More and more people choose to do part-time roles to start their own businesses or spend time with friends and families. A full-time job is not for everyone, so doing fewer hours at work can be the perfect solution to focus on other new opportunities.

Kris Paterson writes job search tips by WHATJOBS.com. Kris will continue to update you with new advice and information each week.

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WhatJobs Acquires Latin American Career Portal ElCurriculum.com

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Good times for WhatJobs.com in Spain

London based What Digital Holdings, owners of international job search engine WHATJOBS? has completed the purchase of www.elcurriculum.com the Latin American career portal. In the last 6 years, ElCurriculum has been an under-the-radar success story providing job search, training & career services to half of the world’s Spanish speaking countries. The founder of ElCurriculum, Jose María Rodríguez Valls set up the business in Barcelona, Spain in 2014.

A major success story then unfolded with the website attracting hundreds of thousands of registered users from Spain to Colombia to the Dominican Republic. With no venture capital or big-shot executives, from trendy tech backgrounds, Jose went on to successfully grow the business organically. 

From the WhatJobs’ perspective, sometimes rare companies like ElCurriculum doing an amazing job with little acknowledgement come on the radar and the opportunity to acquire such a business was just too hard to resist. In late 2020 Jose found himself with an offer on the table that could not be refused. A statement given to WhatNews from Jose read: “Over the past few years, I have worked closely with Shane McGourty of WhatJobs and it was clear that we shared a similar vision for how the job market will evolve. Shane’s team at WhatJobs has an amazing track record of delivering high quality, innovative products which through our partnership was very lucrative over the years but the time to sell up and move on was perfect for me”. 

Although the terms of the deal were not disclosed it seems that ElCurriculum.com has proudly taken its place amongst WhatJobs international websites and will continue to trade as a standalone business. 

In an email sent to WhatNews Shane McGourty had this to say “Jose and his team at ElCurriculum.com have built a terrific product with an excellent geographical reach, and I am very excited that this is now part of WhatJobs.com. As a business, we are always ready to work with anyone and everyone and this acquisition has brought plenty of new opportunities we can monetise”. 

This acquisition brings an end to a very busy year for WhatJobs who are hot on the heels of the other big job search aggregators such as ZipRecruiter, Adzuna and Jooble, all of who will be looking over their shoulder at this up and coming, British powerhouse.

CEOs pocket almost 100 times more per year than the average person

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Are CEO's earnings justified?

The CEO’s who run British businesses make an astounding 86 times more in their yearly salary than your average man or woman in the United Kingdom. The charity Equality Trust reported that many leaders of large UK corporations will have made more money last week than most people would in a year.

The median annual pay of FTSE 100 CEO last year was £3.6 million (around £941 per hour of their 12-hour days), according to research by the High Pay Centre. This huge gap between bosses and their staff is fuelling a damaging level of inequality across the country.

Although it was still too early to take the impact of Covid-19 on pay packets into account, it is estimated CEOs would have to work just 33 hours this year to surpass the average UK salary, of £31,461.

High Pay Centre director Luke Hildyard said: “Factors such as the increasing role played by the finance industry in the economy, the outsourcing of low-paid work and the decline of trade union membership have widened the gaps between those at the top and everybody else over recent decades.”

Such enormous pay packets will raise concerns over whether leading companies are distributing pay fairly. Dr Wanda Wyporska, executive director of The Equality Trust, said: “This huge gap between the pay packets of bosses and their employees is not just highly unfair, but contributes to the damagingly high level of inequality we see in the UK.

Source: https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/

Kettering Town FC owner arrested after being on the run for two months

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Imraan Ladak has now been sent to prison.

The former owner of Kettering Town FC has been captured by police after spending the last two months on the run. Imraan Ladak was jailed for six months at the High Court in Birmingham last autumn in connection with a conviction for contempt of court.

Ladak was originally convicted of breaching a court order for making derogatory comments about former colleagues at recruitment giant Pertemps. After skipping bail Ladak was eventually arrested 5 days before Christmas at a Travelodge in Milton Keynes. Ironically, the hotel was less than 300 yards from the local police headquarters.

A local newspaper reported that Ladak claimed former colleagues at Pertemps had turned a blind eye in defrauding the NHS and that the business was nothing but a “scam”. Ladak also accused a former Pertemps director of being a drunk and a pervert and had recently written to him addressing him as Jimmy Saville.

In August of 2020 Ladak was declared bankrupt and ordered to pay £70k in costs to Pertemps Recruitment. According to Companies House Ladak the CEO of OOH Healthcare, OOH Medical Recruitment and OOHpermarket but resigned from all three in September 2020.

Jaguar Land Rover employee who skipped 800 shifts was unfairly dismissed a UK tribunal finds

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Discipline and grievances at Jaguar Land Rover
Worst worker ever seen by manager

A Jaguar Landover shift worker from Birmingham, England has won an unfair dismissal tribunal despite costing the company almost £100,000 in sick pay. Mr V Rumbold who had worked for the firm since 1999 was absent for 800 shifts before Land Rover made the decision to terminate his employment.

During 2018, Rumbold was diagnosed with avascular necrosis disease, which caused his hip to deteriorate, resulting in chronic pain. Because of his hip pain, Rumbold was absent from work from March 2018 till August the same year. After claiming to be ready to work again he underwent a return to work interview with his supervisor where support options were offered as per the companies procedures.

After reviewing the various options made to accommodate Mr Rumbold he did not go back to his contractual car assembly role. Instead, he went through a number of job trials under Jaguar Land Rovers restricted worker procedure. After continuing to miss more shifts an investigation into Rumbold was opened. On 7 December, Rumbold attended a performance review with Mr J Carter, a manager at Jaguar Land Rover, during which Carter described Rumbold’s history with the company as “the worst absence record I have ever seen”.

Shortly after JLR made the decision to terminate Rumbold’s employment on the grounds of conduct and capability Mr Rumbold decided to take legal action. Rumbold brought claims of disability discrimination, age discrimination, unfair dismissal and unpaid wages to the employment tribunal on 9th April 2019. The claims of age discrimination and unpaid wages were later withdrawn.

Despite the overwhelming evidence pointing Mr Rumbold not being a fit and proper person to work for Jaguar Land Rover, Judge James Johnson ruled than Rumbold had indeed been unfairly dismissed. Showing the world his unfathomed wisdom the judge said: “Unfortunately, no good reason was offered throughout the process which justified why it was reasonable to approach the claimant’s case in that way. The respondent simply saw an opportunity to consider the claimant’s employment and did not consider how the Attendance Management Program should be used in relation to the claimant, given that he had not been taken through it in accordance with its processes.”

He concluded that any award granted to Rumbold is subject to a deduction to the compensatory award and Rumbolt’s contributory fault. 

COVID-19 vs Business. Maybe we should have been better prepared?

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Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 businesses around the globe have taken a hit. COVID-19 originating in Wuhan, China spread rapidly across the world taking the lives of many in its wake. The virus also took away livelyhood from many people as countries went into lockdowns isolating people in their homes. This has resulted in damage to the global economy as well as a large drop in the employment rate.

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 businesses around the globe have taken a hit. COVID-19 originating in Wuhan, China spread rapidly across the world taking the lives of many in its wake. The virus also took away livelihood from many people as countries went into lockdowns isolating people in their homes. This has resulted in damage to the global economy as well as a large drop in the employment rate.

Effects

Although there has been a lot of discussion regarding larger organizations it must be remembered that the most affected have been small and medium businesses. One must realize those small businesses are the backbone of every country without which the economy of that country would be crippled.

Due to the spread of this virus, the vast majority of the countries went into lockdowns and put in place regulations. All of this was necessary in order to contain the virus and slow down its spread. But this also resulted in a large amount of these small businesses completely or temporarily shutting down. In the US businesses which have less than 500 employees account for approximately half the labor force of the whole country. These small businesses lack the cash reserves to be able to handle a month-long interruption.

According to some sources, the industries most affected by the outbreak have been the service-based industries. Among these service-based industries hospitals and travel, industries have been impacted the most by COVID-19. The majority of small businesses have claimed to experience a loss in revenue since the spread of the virus.

The loss of revenue has been experienced by most of the businesses and industries to some extent. The supply chains for businesses have been either slowed down or in some cases stopped completely. As a matter of fact, global supply chains around the world have been struggling since the initial outbreak in china. The businesses have had to adapt to new circumstances and obstacles.

The spread of COVID-19 and the lockdowns put in place to counter it have also resulted in a massive boost in technology usage. Technology such as video calling and video conferencing have been utilised by a vast majority of industries, foremost by the education industry.

Government actions

The governments around the world, although not all of them, have tried to help these businesses survive. Although it would have been ideal for pro-active measures to be in place for scenarios like the one the world is in, it has been very apparent that was not the case.

Learning from COVID-19

We have seen how businesses and governments alike were not as prepared for this pandemic as they should have been. But hopefully, this would be a turning point for the better as we learn from this pandemic and its effects both as individuals and as organizations. New measures need to be put in place to counter such scenarios. Major powers around the world are determined not to let something like this happen again but we should also try as individuals to learn and better ourselves.

ClickaJobs named a UK top job search website

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Hull based ClickaJobs wins a place in the Top 10 UK job search websites for 2021

For the first time in their short history Clickajobs has been named a top 10 job search website in the United Kingdom. According to research by the Recruitment Sites Survey (RSS) the Hull based search engine is a top destination if you are looking for a new job in the United Kingdom.

In a survey of 100,000 jobseekers taken by HeHe Vizion via Linkedin, Clickajobs scored an impressive 32% as a job site that a user would recommend to a friend. The survey showed that Clickajobs was the second best performing UK based job search website putting them ahead of Joblookup, Adzuna ,Zoek, Allthetopbananas, Jobg8 and Jobsite. Only London based whatjobs.com finished above them.

After being contacted by WHATNEWS for comment the ClickaJobs Managing Director Graham Hirst had this to say “in these difficult times, we’re delighted by this show of confidence from our clients and partners. It comes on the back of a year when we have made huge improvements in the quality and breadth around our job search offering and recruiter tools.”

Having a UK based job search portal driving things forward will be a welcome boost to the UK. During 2020 many parts of the country have been under extreme pressure due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has created chaos up and down the country with thousands losing their jobs.

Thousands of UK companies has seen revenues decline due to not being able to trade as normal, and despite aid from the UK government many are finding it very hard to stay afloat. This is a very financially stressful time and the uncertainty can bring anxiety about career prospects in 2021 and beyond.

The job market has changed somewhat since the pandemic broke in early 2020. Thanks to websites where you can perform a local job look up such as ClickaJobs jobs can be still be found and applied for online.

Below is the final list of the best UK job search websites to find a job during 2021 compiled by HeHe Vizion & the Job Sites Survey Team.

 1) Indeed

 2) Linkedin

 3) WhatJobs

 4) Totaljobs

 5) Zoek

 6) Clickajobs

 7) Adzuna

 8) Jobg8

 9) Allthetopbananas

 10) Joblookup

How to find a job using this list

If you are looking for work the most important question is: How do I find jobs near me? Job search websites are designed to collate together the latest opportunities in an easy to search database. Why not try for yourself by clicking on any of the names above.

How to deal with work-from-home challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic

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How to deal with work-from-home challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic
As the quest to curtail COVID-19 continues, it has become imperative for lots of individuals to work from home. While the work-from-home schedule has a wide range of benefits, its numerous challenges cannot be overemphasized. Given this, we will check out some of the challenges of working from home during this global pandemic as well as how you can deal with them.

As the quest to curtail COVID-19 continues, it has become imperative for lots of individuals to work from home. While the work-from-home schedule has a wide range of benefits, its numerous challenges cannot be overemphasized.

Given this, we will check out some of the challenges of working from home during this global pandemic as well as how you can deal with them.

Distraction

Children, pets, and technologies are major sources of distractions when you are working from home. Over time, these distractions will affect your productivity. Therefore, you need to devise ways to deal with distractions at home.

How to deal with it: Foremost, you need to create a simple yet functional workstation. Make sure the workstation is placed where your pets, kids, etc. cannot access easily. Also, you should let your household understand that no one should come around the place as long as you are working there. In addition, you must turn off TVs and other technologies that may affect your concentration while working.

Lack of work-life balance

Since you are working from home, you may find it hard to determine when you should be working or relaxing with your friends and family. As a consequence, you may be unmotivated to work or spend more time on your work.

How to deal with it: To ensure a healthy work-life balance, you must have a routine.  You should schedule times for starting and ending your daily work. Also, set time for breaks and snacks. If possible, make sure you work during the same period every workday. However, you should be flexible to communicate with your workmates and deal with personal or family needs.

Poor communications

By working from home, you may not see your co-workers for a long period. Unfortunately, this can make it difficult for you to communicate with them.

How to deal with it: Firstly, you need to be intentional about communicating with your workmates, employers, supervisors, and/or partners. Additionally, you should take advantage of GoToMeeting, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and other online collaboration tools. These tools allow you to communicate seamlessly with others without exposing yourself to the risk of contracting COVID-19.

Isolation

Due to the mode of spread of COVID-19, social interaction has reduced drastically in the past few months. Therefore, working from home can amplify the feeling of isolation and disconnection from other individuals. Sadly, this can harm your mental health.

How to deal with it: You must strive to stay connected with your family, colleagues, employees/employers virtually. Use social media channels, video calls, and other means to communicate with people that matter to you. If you are overwhelmed with isolation, don’t hesitate to contact a mental health therapist.

Poor health behaviours

When working at home, you may be tempted to engage in some unhealthy behaviour. These include not sleeping at the right time, living a sedentary lifestyle, not taking care of your body, etc. These unhealthy behaviours can have significant impacts on your overall wellbeing.

How to deal with it: You need to always bear in mind that your wellbeing is more important than any work. Therefore, you must put in the effort to stay healthy while working from home during this coronavirus pandemic. So, dedicate some periods to performing exercises daily, bathe at the right time, eat healthy meals, sleep and nap regularly, etc.

30,000 UK jobs lost in dining sector massacre

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UK has saw a 75% collapse in the dining industry in 2020

A recent article by the Independent has highlighted how covid-19 has hit British jobs in the dining industry.

In 2020 almost 30,000 job losses were recorded across hotels, restaurants and various other dining businesses in 2020. According to recent figures the UK has seen a whopping 163% growth in job cuts across the industry.

Recent data compiled by the Centre for Retail Research revealed that 29,684 jobs were lost. The numbers represent a sharp rise from 2019, when 11,280 job losses were reported across the sector.

The dining industry has been hit by many big closures over the last 2 years but it seems that the UK being hit with two national lockdowns,curfews and severe service changes for health and safety reasons is likely to make a bad situation much worse.

The CRR also said that branch closures by hospitality firms increased by 75% in comparison to 2019. For example on the Isles of Scilly only 5 diners remain open, according to Altus’s latest report.

Professor Joshua Bamfield, director of the CRR, said the pandemic accelerated a major shake-up of the sector. He said: “The sector experienced rapid growth in outlets during 2014 to 2017 as successful chains added additional branches. But they frequently paid too much, whilst maintaining quality standards proved difficult.”

Will dining ever be the same again in the UK, it certainly seems a long way off.

How to find a job in the USA for Russian migrants?

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How to find a job in the USA for Russian migrants?
How to find a job in the USA for Russian migrants?

The USA for most immigrants is one of the most popular countries in terms of job search. The main reason is the high wages. However, money is not the only reason. For some, moving to the United States is also an opportunity to travel, get to know the country from the inside. Some go to study in American universities.

But to live and study comfortably in the United States, you need to have a lot of money. Therefore, for almost every immigrant, work in this country is an urgent issue. Let’s figure out where to look for vacancies, who is paid how much, and what professions are most in-demand in the USA.

How to look for a job in the USA?

There are several proven ways to find work in the United States. The most reliable way is the recommendation of relatives, acquaintances, and friends who are already working at local companies. The ideal option for Russian migrants is to find an employer in their home country, pass an interview, and sign a contract. In this case, the company assumes the obligation to help with relocation, search for housing, and visa processing.

Any American state or large city has its own Russian newspaper. In New York, this is the Russian Bazaar, in Boston, you can look for a job for Russian migrants through Russian Boston, etc.

However, in the age of the Internet, the best way for finding a job is specialized job websites, where the employer places advertisements for hiring an employee. One of the most popular sites among Russian migrants is Whatjobs.com, where you will find a large number of vacancies in any business direction and for any salary requirements.

This site has a high rating among Russian-speaking job seekers. Whatjobs is capable of generating offers from thousands of other English-language sites, which allows you to explore the best offers for you in a short period of time.

What are the benefits of being employed in the United States?

Before a working trip to America, you need to evaluate all the pros and cons. Being officially employed and living in the United States has several advantages:

– high level of salaries;

– assessment of exclusively professional qualities of employees;

– the ability to defend your rights at any time;

– quality service in any public or private institution;

– a high standard of living, quality food, and medical services.

The main problems faced by immigrants from Russia.

Employment in an unfamiliar country is often accompanied by many difficulties. It is necessary to thoroughly study the main problems that may arise in the process of finding a job in the United States for 2021:

1) Language. If you are moving to the USA but do not know English, this is the first problem. Go to language courses, chat with native speakers, watch movies with subtitles. Knowing the language will make your life easier and help you find a decent job.

2) Visa. The most common one for work in America is H1B. This permit is valid for 3 years. This visa is not an immigration visa, but in the future, you can get a green card with its help, which can be a good bonus.

The main condition for obtaining H1B is having a higher education and work experience of at least three years. If you have not graduated from a university, you will need at least 12 years of work experience in a specialized secondary specialty. The employer must submit documents for your candidacy and prove that it is you who are needed for the job. In the document being drawn up, he must justify why he cannot hire a US citizen.

Official work in the United States on a tourist visa is prohibited. Also, migrants who illegally entered the country are not allowed to work. There are practically no difficulties with how to get a job in the USA if a person has the appropriate permission.

Average salaries and taxes in the USA.

Many migrants are attracted to the United States by its high level of earnings. Even workers without special skills can earn 30-40 thousand dollars a year. The average rate per hour is $ 20-25, and workers receive $ 2.5-4 thousand per month.

People with specialized skills have higher wages. Electricians, engineers, programmers, school teachers, nurses, doctors, dentists, architects, and other specialists are valued here. They can expect an annual income of $ 70,000 or more. The largest salaries are received by doctors, surgeons, and IT specialists.

The amount of wages is compensated by expenses for housing, food, and taxes. Anyone who is in the United States for more than 180 days a year is required to pay income tax and other fees.

The following types of taxes are deducted from the salary of all US workers:

– 18% – federal tax;

– 0-13.3% – payments to the state;

– 4.2% – the social insurance fund;

– 1.45% – medical insurance.

Unlike Russia, migrants and American citizens have to file their own tax returns and pay government fees.

Is it possible to work illegally?

Illegal employment on a tourist visa is one of the most popular types of earnings in the United States for foreigners. Difficulties in obtaining a work visa are pushing many to try to find unofficial work.

However, you should remember that US law prohibits hiring people who are in the country on a tourist visa. Even if the law can be circumvented, the employee is left without any guarantees. If a worker is caught doing illegal work, his employer is revoked his business license. The migrant is not fined or imprisoned. Instead, deportation with a ban on entry is applied to a foreign citizen.

The key rules:

– more than 180 days of stay in the United States – a ban on visiting the country for 3 years;

– more than 365 days in America – a ban on entry for 10 years.

Also, the offender is blacklisted, so getting a visa in the future becomes unrealistic. In some cases, a person is offered a so-called amnesty. By paying the fine, he can receive temporary resident status for 6 years and work officially in the United States.

What is this Brexit deal?

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What is this Brexit deal?
There will be an array of consequences, some of them beneficial others not so good. The most severe effects will be felt by the underdog in first instance, from travel, through education to taxes. Below is a summary of what we know so far. 
Taxes and Trade

Zero taxes, no tariffs on trade, we know it will translate into everything in our lives, the more expensive taxes the more goods and services. Zero taxes means we will not have to pay any additional money on top of what we already take advantage of that comes from the Union. Access to employment will be more stringent because of the disappearance of automatic recognition of professional titles and professions.

Law 

As a member state of the EU, Great Britain had an advantage of having access to a central criminal database. This does not mean that the UK will lose the intelligence which is crucial to national security. In addition, legal sovereignty of the UK was always subject to the EU law and our domestic law wes always subordinate, this is no more. This is good news for national purists because law will be made by the British, passed by the British and interpreted by the British. Checks and balances will be even more crucial now. There will be no scrutiny from the above and keeping in shape will require more discipline on the UK’s behalf.

Travel 

Only British passport holders will need a visa for a stay which is longer than 90 days on EU territory. In addition, European Health Cards will cease to be valid and therefore UK nationals visiting the EU will have to obtain travel insurance. Roaming will no longer be free and therefore communication over the phone outside the UK will be more expensive, this must be explored within each network separately. 

Citizens leaving for the EU will have to ensure that their passports are valid for at least six months. 

Education

EU students used to enjoy the same tuition fees as UK students, this will change from 1st January 2021. All EU students will have to pay the same tuition fees as all other overseas students and those fees can reach up to £40,000 on public universities. 

Fishing

There have been plenty of talks on this topic and right now EU boasts will be allowed to stay on UK waters until further notice, this means, years to come. Nonetheless, the UK now has its sovereignty and coastal independence restored. This is still to be negotiated for the next five and a half years and access to waters will be discussed on an ongoing basis.

What is the Effect of COVID-19 on Employment in 2021?

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What is the Effect of COVID-19 on Employment in 2021?
The coronavirus pandemic has affected almost every aspect of daily life. In the employment sector, there have been significant changes. Many people have found that their secure employment is not so guaranteed, and that jobs are not as common as before. 

The effect of COVID-19 on the UK recruitment market as a whole is easy to see. But what is the general trend, and how are things changing? Let’s take a look at what you should know when it comes to COVID-19 and employment. 

Lockdown Rules and Restrictions

The obvious impact which has come from COVID-19 has been the lockdown procedures and these rules affect your job. It’s been reported that from August to October, the unemployment rate for the UK was 4.9%, as reported by the Office for National Statistics. 

4.9% may not seem like a large percentage of the population to be without a job, but that figure translates to 1,690,000 people who didn’t have access to employment. This means that all of those people would have to seek assistance from the government in the form of benefit payments, which is damaging to the treasury and the economy as a whole. 

Job Losses

With some speculation that unemployment has not been at this level for many years, it’s not difficult to see that COVID-19 has had a substantial impact on major job losses and companies going out of business. According to Job Market Insights there were 1.1 million vacancies in November 2019 across the United Kingdom. Roll forward a year and that figure is 700,000, an incredible 400,000 less jobs for people to apply for!  

The general trend is UK job vacancies have gone down, and unemployment has gone up. These are indeed worrying times. 

Do furlough schemes work? 

Ultimately, the furlough schemes are worth mentioning because they have changed the way in which the employment situation has panned out in the UK. 

Obviously, it is nice that the government is supplying free money but it is becoming very clear that this action is reducing the incentive for people to go out and seek a job and for employers to expand. All you had to do is look at UK beach resorts this summer, “ Hey, we are getting paid for sunbathing? Lets go to Brighton!” This is not exactly going to drive the economy forward. 

Final Thoughts

The effects of COVID-19 are obvious, and financially, the impact is severe. Indeed, when it comes to the global situation, it’s not a pretty picture – global borrowing is occurring on a scale not seen since World War II. 

The ramifications of the coronavirus will undoubtedly continue to reverberate through the next decade or so, as the financial implications have been that severe. Only time will tell if the employment rate can be brought back down, or whether the UK will face a long hard recession. 

UK is cut off from the rest of the world.

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UK is cut off from the rest of the world.

Travel to 40 countries from the UK has been banned or limited due to a surge in new cases caused by a new strain of the virus.

Land and Sea

Trade between the UK and Europe has been halted due to a new strain of virus that the South-East of England has seen. Folkestone and Dover border crossing has been closed for all transport from the UK to France. Today (Tuesday 22/12/20) French authorities will announce their plans on emergency measures put in place to allow the flow of trade to resume. 

Effects on the economy are undoubtedly severe. Supermarkets have empty shelves in the meat section and it is arguably the worst time of the year for this to happen. This is another blow to the employment/economy/progress but lets not forget that all these drivers want to leave the UK and head over to their families for Christmas. It makes no difference what papers they present, the travel has been restricted and there are no circumstances under which they can cross the border.

If testing for COVID-19 will become mandatory for those waiting in line they are almost guaranteed to not make it in time for Christmas. 

Air Travel

Travelling for Great Britain:

France – banned,

Germany – banned,

Belgium – banned,

Netherlands – banned,

Spain – banned,

Ireland – banned,

Switzerland – banned

Ireland – banned / restricted

Italy – banned,

Russia – banned,

Austria – banned, 

Denmark – banned

Sweden – banned,

Norway – banned,

Croatia – banned,

Bulgaria – banned,

Malta – banned,

Finland – banned, 

Poland – banned,

Portugal – banned,

Hungary – banned,

Czech Republic – banned,

Slovakia – banned,

North Macedonia – banned.

Those are only European destinations, a full list can be found here.

Are America’s Coastal Communities Collapsing?

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Are America’s Coastal Communities Collapsing?

America is perhaps one of the most affected places in the world when it comes to COVID-19. While the reason behind this is open to debate (and not something we’re going to engage in), there is no doubt that significant damage has been done to the country. 

Assessing the damage is quite a task, to be honest. It’s all about taking a look at what some of the most affected areas are, and what this means for people. Ultimately, the most affected part of America is the people, so it’s important to understand how they are suffering.

Understanding the Damage 

Understanding the potential damage is part of the challenge here. There’s a lot of things that we don’t necessarily know, and a lot of different problems that could arise as a result of COVID-19.

Obviously, coastal towns are going to be one of the hardest hit places, because they are in essence a tourism run. These are places which typically cater to the tourism industry in a significant way; in some cases with up to 70% of the total economy of the city being down to the tourism industry. So when people can’t get down to your facilities to use them, there are no tourists, and there is no cash flow. 

Badly Damaged Places

If we take a look at some of the biggest damaged places in America, we start to see a pattern emerging. Hawaii, Ocean City in New Jersey, those places are all suffering.

Fundamentally, people need the tourism industry to continue functioning in those towns for the economy to keep spinning. COVID-19 has severely depleted the resources that people need to work with. There is no one coming, which means that businesses can’t stay open, places can’t afford to retain as many staff, and tourism opportunities are squandered. 

What is the Solution?

You might be wondering what the end result is, what the solution is. A large portion of relief should come from the American government. Every country has been tasked with making sure that its economy survives this challenging period in history, and the American government is no different. They will need to provide relief packages, concentrating cash flow into areas where the tourism industry was the driving force, like a lot of coastal towns.

The hope is that the American government will provide a comprehensive relief program, making sure that the coastal towns and the areas surrounding them, as they will feed resources into these towns, are directly protected and looked after, with their losses compensated.

In conclusion, this is a challenging period for the whole world but coastal towns suffer particularly, however, it is something that can be remedied. It’s up to the American government to step up and take responsibility for providing relief, making sure that every business has a suitable package available to them that will help them to get back on their feet. A lot of businesses just can’t survive the effects of COVID-19, whether it is reopening after the lockdowns have been lifted or simply surviving the period itself.

Vaccine or redundancy? Is the choice yours?

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Vaccine or redundancy? Is the choice yours?

In the UK we have been waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine the whole year.

The world is hoping to get back to normal as soon as possible and the vaccination for coronavirus should prove helpful in tackling this issue. There are still many questions regarding the vaccine and whether it will be mandatory for certain job roles. What’s explored below is just a speculation on what the answer to this question might be, it is not a definitive answer as we are still waiting for more guidance from the government.

As of this week (commencing 14th December) first patients can be immunised with CPV (COVID vaccine) in their GP surgeries. The vaccine will be administered in two doses, with more or less one month between them. 

Can employers compel their employees to take vaccines?

It depends. Employers can instruct their employees to get vaccinated if they have a good enough rationale, for instance those working in healthcare or social services. Saying that, if employers mandate the vaccines for reasons mentioned above, opposition to this rule may lead to a fair dismissal. It all depends on the circumstances, if the refusal is unreasonable and whimsical the road out will be swift and fair. For a dismissal to be fair it must be considered on its individual merits. In addition an employer should seek an alternative to a dismissal. 

What does the Equality Act 2010 say?

The Act provides some protection against discrimination to the employees who do not wish to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons. The Act protects characteristics such as sex or pregnancy, age, belief or disability. Below we will explore those in more detail.

Pregnancy – those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant may wish to refrain from vaccinating in fear of creating complications with the foetus, are protected and an employer may face serious ramifications when violating the right on this basis. 

Religion – belief to be protected must be cogent, serious and must affix to an important part of human life. Would anti-vax movement be protected? Possibly, as mentioned above, every case must be considered on its own merits.

Age – vaccine roll out planned by the government will give priority to older citizens, those younger workers who did not have a chance to vaccinate will have a steady leg to stand on when challenged for the lack of immunisation. 

Disability – certain medical conditions will not allow some people to get vaccinated and this is a good enough reason to refuse to take a vaccine and be wholly within one’s right to do so. 

In sum, employers cannot force their workers to receive any form of medical treatment as a matter of law, they can,  however, include such terms in their employment contract. Again, if the contract has been drafted prior to pandemic, it would be unlikely that an employer wouldn’t breach an array of rights when varying the contract in such a radical way. 

A must read for all HR directors and business owners! Why rejecting a candidate can cause millions in lost revenues.

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A must read for all HR directors and business owners! Why rejecting a candidate can cause millions in lost revenues.

” The case of Virgin Media’s appalling candidate experience is probably the most well-known”

Candidate Experience has a deceptively simple definition – it is essentially the perception of a company from a job applicant’s perspective, as a result of the recruitment process. The candidate experience is generally broken down to include every point of interaction between the company and the candidate during hiring. The most commonly agreed upon aspects of candidate experience include:

  • The job search (which includes the job advert and where they are found)
  • The job application
  • The communication between the company and applicant during the application process
  • The interview process
  • The post-interview process
  • Candidate rejection
  • Successful candidate onboarding process

There are many other aspects, including feedback and analysis, that good candidate experiences factor in as well. There are also convincing arguments to suggest that candidate experience starts even before this, and continues for some time afterwards. Examples of this could include the fact candidates already know a brand, perhaps through friends or colleagues that work there, or because they use a brand’s products.

Virgin Media’s lost millions. Have you done the same in your business?

It’s easy to assume that once the interview process ends, and an applicant is unsuccessful, that’s the end of the story. That used to be the approach many businesses took, but these days there are quantifiable financial and public relations aspects to consider (there always were, of course, it’s just that we’re much more aware of them these days).

The case of Virgin Media’s appalling candidate experience is probably the most well-known and oft-referenced real-world example. The then head of resourcing, Graeme Johnson, decided to dig into the candidate experience at Virgin, and its impacts. What he discovered was significant. According to the company’s data, almost 20% of customers who cancelled their Virgin services were previous unsuccessful applicants. This ended up costing the company millions in lost revenue.

The disgruntled candidate’s favourite act of revenge

It’s not only about the potential loss of revenue, however. These days, candidates are quick to share a negative experience on social media, as well as with their immediate social circles. This can have a significant impact on any company’s PR and image. Some research suggests that around 70% of jobseekers share negative recruitment experiences. Don’t believe us; check these reviews on TrustPilot for Reed, Indeed & Monster, although, there are a few exceptions to the rule with CV-Library & Totaljobs scoring pretty well.

The fact is this

A bad recruitment experience can create a potential whirlwind of negative perception, and this itself can be costly to manage. Even disregarding any financial costs, rebuilding a damaged brand can be a major investment. Furthermore, in a time when skilled candidates are increasingly crucial, terrible candidate experience all but ensures a company will be repelling the very talent it wants to attract.

The moral of the story? Create a lasting positive impression

As with many things in business, a good candidate experience isn’t something that’s the remit of recruitment or HR alone. In order to work most effectively, it should be considered by every department of a company. Every applicant, successful or not, is a potential customer for a business now or in the future, and every single person in a company has the power to either bolster or undermine the image and reputation of a brand in seconds via Social Media.

It’s a concept that goes way beyond the hiring process alone, and this is fundamental to keep in mind when thinking about how an organisation can improve or create a candidate experience that leaves a lasting, good impression.

Milton Keynes based entrepreneur delivers Christmas cheer to local children’s home

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Whatjobs raises money for Milton Keynes Children's charity

A real life superhero from Milton Keynes has announced a very successful Christmas fundraising campaign.

Milton Keynes based Corina Cleaver owner of kids entertainment business Cool Kids working in partnership managed to raise money for The White Orchard Children’s home. The charity is committed to giving young people a future and through hard work and dedication Corina managed to raise £1,000 for this important cause via a number of fundraising activities supported by local job search portal WhatJobs.com.

Through this partnership, both parties hope to raise awareness for this incredible charity which was formed with the aim that all children deserve a family where they experience permanence and a sense of belonging that will remain with them into adulthood. Corina Cleaver, Director of Corina’s Cool Kids commented on the partnership by saying: “I was thrilled to announce a partnership with WhatJobs in order to support an excellent charitable organisation. It was very important that we chose a fundraising partner carefully and I found WhatJobs to be the perfect fit. Corina continued, “I had already planned a number of fundraising activities over Christmas but when Shane McGourty of WhatJobs suggested we partner up to try and make a difference together I jumped at the chance.”

What is White Orchard Care for Children?

White Orchard opened their doors in 2013 with a clear vision, to create a home that offered children the opportunity to receive outstanding care whilst providing a containing and nurturing home that will help them come to terms with their early life trauma and return to a family setting. In 2015 White Orchard opened a second home and continued with the same vision.

White Orchard believes that every child, no matter what their experiences or background, has the right to the best opportunities and outcomes in all areas of their lives. 

Shane McGourty, Managing Director of UK & Ireland at WhatJobs.com concluded: “We are really excited to work with Corina on creating bespoke fundraising opportunities to raise money for vital services and look forward to further fundraising and engagement opportunities throughout 2021.”

If you would like more information on Corina’s Cool Kids Parties or White Orchard Children’s Home please use the links below.

https://corinasparties.co.uk/

https://whiteorchid-care.com/

Hull startup Clickajobs launches in the USA

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Hull startup Clickajobs launches in the USA
Hull startup Clickajobs launches in the USA

Graham Hirst, President of UK based Clickajobs Ltd portal today announced the successful launch of www.clickajobs.com to serve the post pandemic US job market. On why he decided to launch now Hirst had this to say “We have received strong support from our US customers to launch a dedicated job board in the United States and we have responded”

Local US recruiters will also be aware of the Clickajobs UK reputation and have welcomed the extra competition in the American job market.

To help US jobseekers Clickajobs have appointed Leona Paterson as the North American Business Development Director and she has already brought on board in excess of 50 new advertisers bringing more than 1 million job adverts.  As a British national working from the corporate office in Delaware Clickajobs are able to provide a first class customer service to clients and jobseekers alike.

For more than 3 years Clickajobs has seen rapid growth and now has operations in the UK, North America, Ireland, Germany and Canada.

“Our ethos on delivering value for money by using innovative technology has helped us weather the recent Covid-19 economic downturn and we look forward to helping our customers return to prosperity as soon as possible” Hirst continued.

Is a LinkedIn Profile Important in Today’s U.S. Job Market?

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Is Linkedin important for your job search?

Social media has taken the world by storm thanks to celebrity users such as the US president himself who is a huge fan of Twitter. What makes Social Media so popular with users is having that outlet where they can show more of themselves, what they like, what makes them laugh, find things that they find important and connect to anyone in the world within seconds.

But not all social media platforms are made for fun and leisure. LinkedIn is one such platform, dedicated to connecting business owners and companies to a pool of millions of capable and experienced people in the employment marketplace.

What Does Having A LinkedIn Profile Offer?

For one, the majority of professional recruiters (a staggering 93%), use LinkedIn to research and source candidates for their open positions. Why is this number so high you may ask? LinkedIn profiles contain a plethora of professional information about prospective candidates, their skillsets, work history and education thus enabling a very close match to prospective job descriptions.

What Should I Add to My Profile?

A well-curated LinkedIn profile should contain your past and present work experiences. It should also showcase projects you have worked on or working on in your current role. A great profile should also contain the skills that you have amassed and learned throughout years. The best part? Your professional connections can vouch for the said skills, adding legitimacy and validity to your claims.

LinkedIn is also a great platform to showcase your proficiency in your field of expertise. You may post articles, your thoughts, commentate on relevant matters and trust that it will be viewed and read by active recruiters and employers alike.

Companies who have LinkedIn profiles also can post their current job vacancies with a few simple clicks of a keyboard and mouse. You can also set an appointment for an interview, send direct messages and gather contact information such as an email address and/or phone number. Another handy feature is that LinkedIn can also suggest connections in the same field as you or your current employer.

There is no doubt that LinkedIn is a powerful tool for both job seekers and companies to get ahead in a very competitive job market. Use it to find new connections, discover industry updates, and share your expertise with the world but also to land that perfect new job!

Does China have its eyes on London’s finance crown?

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China looking at London's fintech crown
China's Newest FinTech Measures

China’s Newest FinTech Measures

Learn how China’s new draft rules could potentially affect some of the country’s top e-commerce firms and how it affects not only The City of London but the global finance industry worldwide.

If you know anything about the growing Fintech industry you will understand the appeal of foreign fintech settlement in the Pacific-Asian markets –especially China. The expanding consumer base grouped with a prosperous fiscal framework and expansion of currency transactions has caused many start-up companies to establish themselves outside of China, but this is about to change.

Following this week’s surprise draft publication of antitrust regulations from the Chinese government, the appeal of fintech prosperity in the Asian-Pacific market has shaken global investors to their core—ultimately resulting in billion-dollar losses in market value from some of the worlds largest tech companies.

While many may argue that the proposed regulations are meant to protect the competition’s integrity, much like the European Union’s newly revealed regulations for e-commerce and crypto-currency platforms, the Chinese government’s approach is entirely divergent from their previous non-intervention governance of the industry.

Although Xi Jinping and his government have released little word on why they are now deciding to implement change within the tech industry, new sources worldwide believe that recent accusations of personal data collection on Chinese citizens may be one of the leading causes behind the changes. On the other side of the spectrum, the new implementation rules could theoretically reduce compliance costs for small business operators and encourage economic health.

Nonetheless, the Chinese government’s lack of detail has left a lot of the tech industry’s top moguls wondering whether the new regulations are legit or whether they have been put in place to entice fear amongst some of the larger corporations. Nonetheless, we will have to wait and see what the Chinese government’s next moves are regarding their market integrity and implementing penalties against fintech moguls in the near future. More to come soon.

Whо Iѕ Hіrіng in Thе US? “Are the Еmрlоуmеnt Figures A Ѕhаm?”

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The COVID-19 раndеmіс has ѕіdеlіnеd tоnѕ оf jоbѕ, but business rеmаіnѕ bооmіng in thеѕе іnduѕtrіеѕ.
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE lost thеіr jоbѕ in thе mоnthѕ ѕіnсе thе COVID-19 раndеmіс bеgаn, аnd еntіrе industries hаvе grоund tо a hаlt іn thе wаkе оf government shutdowns and rеѕtrісtіоnѕ.

Hоwеvеr, that doesn’t mеаn аll jоbѕ hаvе disappeared. Whіlе the pandemic has ассеlеrаtеd аutоmаtіоn and еlіmіnаtеd jobs in some sectors, it’s ramped uр dеmаnd in оthеrѕ.

Hеrе аrе fіvе іnduѕtrіеѕ ѕееіng job growth rіght аwау, соnѕіѕtеnt with еmрlоуmеnt еxреrtѕ:

  • Hеаlth Care

Not ѕurрrіѕіnglу, health care іѕ a fіеld in nееd оf ԛuаlіfіеd workers durіng thе pandemic. “Anything COVID-rеlаtеd іѕ exploding,” Nurѕеѕ hаvе аlѕо been in ѕtrоng demand nationwide.

Still, nоt аll hеаlth care occupations hаvе seen аn uptick іn job ореnіngѕ. With facilities delaying elective procedures аnd lіmіtіng оffісе visits, administrative аnd clinical professionals in ѕоmе settings hаvе seen thеіr hours cut іn 2020.

  • Technology

As buѕіnеѕѕеѕ аutоmаtе systems аnd ѕhіft tо rеmоtе wоrk, technology рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ have fоund thеmѕеlvеѕ in demand. Whіlе there is a nееd for соmрutеr рrоgrаmmеrѕ and dеvеlореrѕ, mаnу start-ups аnd enterprises аrе аlѕо ѕееkіng еxесutіvеѕ whо аrе comfortable lеаdіng their team virtually.

Nоt аll оf thоѕе tесhnоlоgу jоbѕ аrе permanent, thоugh. Buѕіnеѕѕеѕ соuld аlѕо ѕееk short-term workers tо assist thеm in mоdеrnіzіng thеіr ѕуѕtеmѕ аnd like tо use соnѕultаntѕ rаthеr thаn еmрlоуееѕ. View the latest technology jobs

  • Cаnnаbіѕ

Althоugh not legal іn every ѕtаtе, mаrіjuаnа sales аrе оn расе tо іnсrеаѕе by 40% in 2020. Mаnу countries аllоwеd marijuana еѕtаblіѕhmеntѕ to rеmаіn open as еѕѕеntіаl buѕіnеѕѕеѕ durіng ѕрrіng ѕhutdоwnѕ, whісh helped fuеl demand for thеіr рrоduсtѕ. “Cannabis may bе a job сrеаtоr in thе least еndѕ of thе wоrk spectrum.” Whіlе mаnу positions аrе hоurlу jоbѕ in retail, delivery, or processing, thе іnduѕtrу аlѕо offers lеаdеrѕhір орроrtunіtіеѕ that рау ѕіx-fіgurе іnсоmеѕ. In thе раѕt year, ѕеvеrаl соmраnіеѕ hаvе еxреrіеnсеd trеmеndоuѕ job growth.

  • Lоgіѕtісѕ аnd Transportation

Wіth mоrе реорlе ѕhорріng from hоmе, companies have аddеd wоrkеrѕ to mаkе ѕurе goods mоvе safely аnd еffісіеntlу through the аvаіlаbіlіtу chain. Thе lоgіѕtісѕ іnduѕtrу іnсludеѕ a ѕрrеаd of occupations, including mаnаgеrѕ, wаrеhоuѕе wоrkеrѕ, and truсk drіvеrѕ. Nоt аll hаvе ѕееn аn equivalent bооn during the pandemic, thоugh.

The health crisis hаѕ lеd ѕоmе соmраnіеѕ tо accelerate аutоmаtіоn plans within logistics, which mеаnѕ lеѕѕ nееd for humаn wоrkеrѕ іn wаrеhоuѕеѕ.

On thе opposite hаnd, drivers аrе in dеmаnd since their wоrk саnnоt be оutѕоurсеd tо technology. According to Gоldfаrb, UPS, Amаzоn, and Inѕtасаrt, ѕоmе соmраnіеѕ hаvе added tо thеіr wоrkfоrсе іn thе past уеаr.

  • Cоnѕtruсtіоn аnd Real Eѕtаtе

Thе construction іnduѕtrу іѕ bооmіng, аnd hе sees ѕеvеrаl contractors searching fоr еmрlоуееѕ to fill a wіdе rаngе оf роѕіtіоnѕ. These include ѕuреrіntеndеntѕ, рrоjесt managers, dеѕіgnеrѕ, аnd lаbоrеrѕ.

“People аrе ѕреndіng lоngеr in their hоmеѕ.” Remote wоrkеrѕ dо nоt have a соmmutе, аnd families аrе spending less оn еntеrtаіnmеnt. Thаt frееѕ uр mоnеу for hоmе rеnоvаtіоnѕ, additions, оr enhancements.

Othеrѕ аrе lооkіng for entirely nеw hоuѕеѕ, meaning job орроrtunіtіеѕ fоr rеаl еѕtаtе аgеntѕ.

Thе reality оf thе US jоb mаrkеt іѕ thаt mаnу people whо find thеmѕеlvеѕ оn ѕhоrt-tіmе work have been unаblе tо rеturn to wоrk duе tо thе spread оf the virus аnd uncertain есоnоmіс соndіtіоnѕ іn many ѕtаtеѕ. In this context, wе аrе іnсrеаѕіnglу convinced that thе US government wіll hаvе nо сhоісе but tо extend іtѕ short-time wоrkіng рrоgrаm to рrеvеnt a lаrgе mаjоrіtу of wоrkеrѕ frоm falling into роvеrtу, whісh wоuld соntrіbutе tо іnсrеаѕіng іnеԛuаlіtіеѕ.

To search online for any of the jobs mentioned above please visit https://www.whatjobs.com/

The homeless women of India

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Homeless woman in India are often forced into becoming sex workers but change is happening

It can be easy to forget when we come home from work at the end of the day that there is always someone somewhere in the world that is suffering. That simple action of opening the front door and sitting down on the sofa will be considered by millions of people worldwide an absolute luxury that they can only dream about. We may still have money worries, bills, and debt but for many women in the Indian City of Bangalore, the plight of female poverty and homelessness is very real and in order to survive many are forced to work in the sex trade.

This is where the Aastha Parivaar charity comes in where it is their mission to empower and unite these women with resources for health, dignity, and pride. It can be too easy for these poor woman to suffer discrimination and stigmatisation, but the fact remains for some, being a sex worker is the only option for survival.

Charity Support

UK job search engine WhatJobs supports a range of charities globally and has been able to make a donation to Aastha charity to further their work to help women who must endure this plight. Upon talking about his experience in the City of Bangalore, India, Alexander Paterson, Global CEO of WHATJOBS? had this to say ” Our gift of £10,000 will be used for a range of key functions to help the charity support women in poverty and also promote the excellent work of Aastha in order to bring in more donations. After spending several months in Bengaluru I felt it was our duty as a local business being served well by the city to give something back. We would love to have helped more and we can only pray that the little support we produced will help as many vulnerable woman and children as possible”.

Education Bringing New Hope

As well as providing HIV testing and more to protect vulnerable female sex workers, the charity also has an alternative livelihoods programme which helps women develop their skills and create in their words ‘a self-sustaining method income generation‘. This comes in the form of education and courses to teach practical skills of making and creating products to sell and management skills in order to run their own small business. Over the duration of the programme so far, they have been able to teach chocolate making, jewellery crafting and lantern making as well as skills in tailoring, beautician work and self management. With this level of empowerment, more women will be able to leave the sex trade behind which will provide them with a safer, more secure lifestyle and finances with which to provide for themselves and their children.

Finding New Opportunities

Poverty is a global issue, and the work of this charity has been vital and made such an impact on the lives of those involved. Generous donations by businesses such as WhatJobs India are making a real difference when making such donations. Alex Paterson continued “In order that the charity can further their work and reach out to more women who would benefit from our assistance we are looking into options on how we can work more closely with Aastha throughout 2021These women are human beings and through no fault of their own many of them have found themselves in poverty and homelessness situations. Our mission at WhatJobs is to help people find new jobs and opportunities, and the work of this charity is certainly not a million miles away from our own goals. We are thrilled to be able to support them”.

If you would like to find out more about the charity and learn how you can support them, you will find all the information you need on their website at http://aasthaparivaar.org.

Furlough presents a valuable opportunity for both employers and staff

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Can Employers Benefit from Furlough?

The coronavirus outbreak has created challenges for businesses and staff unlike anything most of us have ever seen. The Government’s furlough scheme has no doubt been instrumental in saving jobs (or at least delaying inevitable layoffs, depending on how things play out in the next few months), but with it come new obstacles.

Communication between employers and their staff has become incredibly important, especially when it comes to keeping furloughed staff up to date about both their furloughed status and the financial health of the company.

Mental Health & Furlough

Managing employee mental health and wellbeing is another challenge employers face. While there is only so much an organisation can do in this capacity, the benefits of maintaining employee trust and engagement during furlough downtime shouldn’t be underestimated. Not only does it help reduce staff stress due to uncertainty, regular, considerate communication can increase loyalty, retention, and reinforce positive attitudes towards employers. Alex McDowell from job search engine WHATJOBS? had this to say “Our organisation has already implemented optional activities (such as the online quiz – the new going out) to help address potential issues. On top of that, I recently pioneered the weekly ‘tell us about your week’ video call to enable staff to talk openly and honestly about their job and if they want, life outside the office.”

Can Employers Benefit from Furlough?

There is another avenue that is worth considering as well. Furlough presents a valuable opportunity for both employers and staff when it comes to upskilling and training. Below are three reasons why training staff during furlough is an excellent short- and long-term strategy for any business.

1: Training on Furlough is Allowed

It’s important to note that while it is illegal for staff to work while furloughed, employees can embark on training. If employees are struggling with finding projects or other interests to help them get through furlough, then offering some training can be hugely beneficial to both company and employee. Not only that, it creates a knock-on effect, as multiple employees can get involved.

Furloughed or remote working IT staff can train up teams on new software or processes, for example, and such exercises can benefit both trainee and trainer.

2: Build Team Camaraderie, Maintain Employee Engagement

It might not be quite the same as face to face interaction, but online seminars and e-learning conferences are a fantastic way of enabling colleagues to interact with each other in the context of a shared common goal – much like at work. It’s also a great way for furloughed team members to feel productive.

Training presentations and learning sessions can also be used to build stronger bonds between departments and teams too – especially those that may not interact all that much on a daily basis in the office. What’s more, a greater understanding of processes and practices outside a team’s own day to day remit can lead to a much more efficient and supportive work culture as a whole.

3: Future Proof Business Through Employees

While Covid-19 is without doubt the main challenge of the day, the long-term prosperity of businesses will, as always, depend on foresight and preparation. Once the hurdle of coronavirus is over, many companies are going to be faced with hard choices financially, and hiring is likely to decline.

Rather than going through a costly hiring process, it could be wise for some businesses to allocate resources to training now, and upskill existing staff. This way, companies can help to potentially navigate the skills gap problem that the UK has been in the midst of for some time.

Making use of the existing skills of a workforce now, and enabling them to further educate and empower their colleagues for when the new ‘normal’ returns, could be a contributing factor when it comes to employee retention, business performance, and the overall health of a company’s culture and future.

Editor’s note

Thank you to Alex McDowell of whatjobs.com You can find out more about what Alex does by following him here linkedin.com/in/alex-mcdowell-64679633

Top 10 UK Cities to Find a Job Right Now

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The best way to find a job in 2021

It is a strange time to find yourself looking for a job, and for many people the reason they have become a recent jobseeker is the global pandemic. In the United Kingdom there have been thousands of job losses due to the coronavirus, and if you are one of those unfortunates, you may be feeling quite despondent about finding work in the current climate.

However, there are still some employers showing good growth, and this means within the UK there are still employment opportunities available if you know where to look.

Location, Location, Location

But don’t expect Kirsty and Phil to help you out! When it comes to finding work, cities are always going to yield more results for job seekers than rural areas. Cities in the UK in which to find a job right now would normally consist of places like London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and Sheffield. To be honest, not much has changed. However, with both Liverpool and Birmingham being in the highest restrictions at the time of writing this article we can understand how that might make hollow reading. That said, fortune favours the brave, so if you are feeling game, we suggest you start by visiting uk.whatjob.com, the UK job search engine. If you’re feeling adventurous though you should visit the desired workplace personally to drop the CV off and show your face. If you’re scared of navigating around busy cities take advantage of where-am-i.me application which is free and will give you your location in a real time on the map.

What Jobs Are In Demand?

We asked Shane McGourty from WHATJOBS? what types of roles are in demand at the moment and he had this to say “Currently vacancies fall into a few main categories. You have care workers, and a range of opportunities with essential providers for things like food and online shopping. Big companies like Amazon, Tesco and Asda have all been able to increase their workforce in order to meet the demand of their customers ordering online and needing items delivering to their home. Amazon has several UK fulfilments centres, and are always looking for new staff members to work within the warehouse and transport departments. Manchester, Milton Keynes, London, Coventry and many other locations all host Amazon distribution centres so that makes these pretty good bets for cities in which to find work right now”. Follow this link and type your location to find the nearest Amazon jobs near you – uk.whatjobs.com/amazon

Shane continued “Supermarkets are scattered right up and down the country so even if you live rurally, your local Tesco, Sainsburys or Morrisons is likely to have vacancies at the current time. Care workers are always in demand in homes and private residences and are always on the lookout for new staff to help them during what has become a highly stressful time”. So again, no matter where you live there are likely to be vacancies in your area. Follow this link and type your location to find the nearest supermarket jobs near you – uk.whatjobs.com/supermarket

Moving Forward

Although at the moment it may seem fairly bleak, we will emerge from this lockdown and pandemic, and historical data gives us a fairly good indication which cities in the UK will emerge on top once we hit recovery. Cardiff and Edinburgh are historically good areas for growth in the job market, as well as the cities that we’ve already mentioned. In 2019 there was also a healthy rise in job vacancies of which 10% were in Portsmouth, 11% in Leeds and Southampton, and 9% in Bristol.  Online recruitment now dominates the job market, that is to say that vacancies can be found online, and candidates can apply for them without leaving their homes which makes it easier than having to trawl around local job centres. So, if you find yourself out of work and needing a new job, even in this difficult time, the vacancies are certainly still out there.

Editor’s note. Big thank you to Shane McGourty of job search engine WHATJOBS? for his contribution to this article. You can connect with Shane via social networking website Linkedin here https://www.linkedin.com/in/shanemcgourty/

E-scooters trial begins in Gloucestershire

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Gloucestershire Council has wheeled out e-scooter trial

Residents of Gloucestershire can soon enjoy their rides on e-scooters. The area is all set for the launch of e-scooter trials as soon as in the coming month. The environment-friendly scooters designed by Voi Technology Limited are now in the reach for the locals for trial, which is expected to happen in the next month. 

The residents of South Gloucestershire can avail of this trial. Additionally, the users who like e-bikes but wish to rent them can do so. 

The details of the trial and the cost of rides shall be shared by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), which is conducting this trial in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire councils.

The legislation that the Department of Travel passed in 2019 boosted the manufacturing and trials of e-bikes across the UK. 

The trials are not just the first time or limited to these regions. Many localities do already have the facilities of renting the e-bikes while many others are planning to implement trials and make e-bikes available to their residents soon.

It was The Zwings that first made its presence in this arena. With as little as 150p-20p a minute, the company made many e-bikes available on rent for many enthusiast users. Riders can drive them on specified cycle lanes and tracks with a license. 

Earlier this month, Voi Technologies made the trial run at Bath and Bristol where it even allowed riders to take them home. To attract more customer base and make e-bikes available to as many people as possible, the company has decided to lend the bike even if it is for 5 minutes.

Already thousands of interested customers have purchased e-scooters privately. However, they might not be able to enjoy the ride on the roads officially as they are still in the queue for insurance requirements for propelled vehicles.

On the other hand, the police seem to have no real policy to curb the illegal use of e-bikes despite the lack of license as the number of sales of e-bikes just seems to boom every year. 

Thus, despite the trial, the usage of e-bikes freely on the roads might be a distant dream for these vehicle lovers. On the other hand, the trial should have taken place in September end, but has been postponed for some reasons. It is likely to happen in the second half of October or beyond. 

The authorities of the region, especially the Mayor, seem to be happy with the initiative. He feels that this trial is a step towards the greener initiatives the was his long-term plan towards sustainable transportation in and around the locale. 

And not just in thee localities, the public usage of e-scooters is banned all over the UK. Owners might enjoy them in their private spaces but cannot use them legally in public places and on roads and pavements.

Hopefully, the legalities around e-bikes would clear soon and let their owners flaunt the pride of owning them and contributing their bit towards sustainable transportation means. If you are interested in a career involving e-scooters please visit https://uk.whatjobs.com/E-Scooter-jobs

Tip off entails Cannabis Farm shut down in Cotswold

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The police followed a lead and raided a Cannabis farm worth more than £100,000 in Cotswold.

A cannabis farm located in Upper Rissington was discovered by a local resident. After receiving the word, police dismantled and seized the farm when over 140 Cannabis plants were found. 

The Cotswold Police team reported approximately £123,000 worth of Cannabis plants. Consequently, the property located on Hawker Square was shut down.

A local resident happened to come across a strong smell of Cannabis. The police were contacted at 11:50 am, Sunday, 27 September, soon after the suspicion grew.

The local police officers followed the lead and discovered the cannabis grow. The suspect, a 23 year old man was taken into custody by the authorities over a hunch. The man was arrested on suspicion for a Class B drug supply after the farm investigation.

The four neighborhood police officers – Richie Webb, Charlie Symes, and Andie Baker acted on the Intel that led them to a residential property in Upper Rissington on Sunday. 

This is not the first time Cannabis plantation has been spotted by the Gloucestershire Constabulary. On August 04, 2020, police received word about a strong smell from the Lydney trading estate in Gloucestershire. 

The landowner of the unity said the electricity bills have soared. On investigation, a huge Cannabis factory with over 350 plants were discovered. Two beds were found inside the rented unit which explains the surge in electricity bills. 

No arrests were made, but the beds indicated there were people living in the unit tending to the plants. The police along with electricians managed to make the premises safe. 

The investigation concluded in raiding the property and dismantling the factory. 

Similarly, another story along the lines of Cannabis discovery was reported in April 2020. A wife discovered cannabis plants worth £49,000 in the attic in the house in Wotton on 11 February 2020. 

The husband, Scott Brown, dad of three, was growing Cannabis was taken into custody and imprisoned for 14 months. After four days, he threatened his wife, Chloe Griggs, with a knife and said he would take her down if she reported him to the police.

The teenage daughter screamed and ran down the stairs while Mr. Brown was laughing. The court ordered rehabilitation and 150 hours of unpaid work in addition to 14 months imprisonment and two years of suspension.

Moreover, in February 2020, 10 addresses were raided in Crawley when 1,400 Cannabis plants were found at the locations. 

Although restricted as illegal drugs, Cannabis is still grown at large in the U.K. This is because it is the largest exporter of legal Cannabis in the world.

In fact, production of cannabis entered the industrial sector with a legal grant in January 2019. However, the illegal Cannabis production still remains uncontrolled.

With that said, in Cotswold alone, several reports have been filed since 2019. Most of the suspects are usually unemployed or in their thirties. 

Therefore, following the recent raid on Cannabis production in September 2020, the police want people to remain alert and report any drug activity by calling 101.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can also call Crimestoppers at 0800555111 to report drug activity and illegal actions.

Get Ready to Pamper Yourself with Delicious Dishes

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The cold weather is around the corner! It’s time to enjoy an exciting autumn stroll in the Cotswolds. 

Exploring the backstreet in Cotswolds during winter is a memorable experience. The level of enjoyment gets doubled when you finish your walk with a delicious lunch in a countryside pub. 

The combo of a long walk, discovery of new places, and amazing food are all great ways of self-pampering. 

To help you choose the best country pub in Cotswolds, we have a list here. 

Make sure you book a table beforehand as tables get booked up with lightning speed. 

The Ebrington Arms, Ebrington

Located just a few steps from Chipping Campden, you can pamper yourself at this outstanding pub in the Ebrington village. After walking for so long, you need rest; that comfy armchair will do the job. The pub takes care of your comfort and coziness; this is why there is a large open fireplace. 

Talking about the menu, you can expect ciders, ales, and delicious food at The Ebrington Arms. 

Visit at: The Ebrington Arms

Ebrington

Chipping Campden

Gloucestershire

GL55 6NH

Call at: 01386 593 223

More information: https://www.theebringtonarms.co.uk/

The Lion Inn, Winchcombe

Are you a lover of red wine? If yes, you cannot miss visiting The Lion Inn in Winchcombe. This conventional pub features an attractive interior with a roaring fire to warm up after spending hours in the cold outdoors. 

You will find delightful snacks and dishes on the menu. 

Visit at: The Lion Inn

37 North Street

Winchcombe

Gloucestershire

United Kingdom

GL54 5PS

Call at: +44 (0)1242 603 300

More information: www.thelionwinchcombe.co.uk

The Royal Exchange, Hartpury

If you want a family-like environment, The Royal Exchange pub in Hartpury is a must-visit place. You can eat and enjoy yourself with your peers. The log burner will keep you warm and cozy, so you don’t feel the weather chill. 

Apart from amazing dishes on the weekday and Sunday menu, you can try a variety of wines like white wine, red wine, and rose wine. 

The Royal Exchange will become the favorite country pub of nature lovers as its heated decked spot offers picturesque views.

Visit at: The Royal Exchange

Gloucester Rd, Hartpury, 

Gloucester 

GL19 3BW

Call at: 01452 700 273

More information: www.royalexchangehartpury.co.uk

Seven Tuns, Chedworth

The Seven Tuns is located in the village of Chedworth. It is an attractive stone pub that is known for its great food, drinks & wine, and services. If your dog is accompanying you on a walk then the Seven Tuns is a place that you shouldn’t miss to explore. This dog-friendly pub will make your furry friend feel comfortable while giving you peace of mind too. 

Visit at: Seven Tuns

Queen Street

Cheltenham

Chedworth

GL54 4AE

Call at: 01285 720630

More information: https://seventuns.co.uk/

Top Ten UK Job Search Websites for 2020 & 2021

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Looking hard for the right job search website?

It is fair to say that 2020 has been something of an unusual year. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has created upset under and stress everywhere. One area that has come considerable pressure is the employment market. With many people simply unable to work because their place of work is closed, and the financial strain placed on companies we have seen high levels of job losses (UK and globally). Furlough provided relief for some people, but this is now starting to come to an end. As employees start to discover their new fate, it is clear there are still large unemployment figures emerging as the full impact of lockdown and subsequent restrictions comes to light. 

What high street?

The internet has become the new high street and for most people, gone are the days of wandering down to the local jobcentre or your local Reed employment to check the latest offerings. Instead, we turn to search engines and many job-specific sites where you can learn more about the newest opportunities in your area. If you have found yourself needing a new role and been searching for the best jobs site, you will understand how hard it can be to make sense of the many different companies all offering to find you work.

Job search during a pandemic

During Corona, some companies have gone above and beyond to ensure that they are working hard to hold their position as a top ten job search website. The list below may have changed somewhat compared to the beginning of the year, but that was before everything went crazy with lockdowns and mass unemployment in industries such as retail and hospitality.

What makes a good job search website?

We believe the best job sites are those that can easily answer this simple question: What are the latest jobs near me? As a job seeker right now, you will know that this is the bottom line.

So, here is the top ten job search websites in the UK, during COVID-19 regulations, for what remains of 2020 and going into 2021. 

 1) Indeed.co.uk

 2) Linkedin.co.uk 

 3) TotalJobs.com

 4) CV-Library.co.uk

 5) UK.WhatJobs.com

 6) http://Gov.uk/find-a-job

 7) Jobs.nhs.uk/

 8) Reed.co.uk 

 9) Monster.co.uk

 10) Gumtree.com

Why are these the preferred choice?

The basic premise of a good job website is a large database that identifies new opportunities in your area. All of the above job websites are completely free to browse which we believe gives them an edge as some sites will charge an enrolment fee before you can see the jobs and apply for them. Many sites make their money from employers and do not pass any cost back to prospective employees and this was a big factor for us when we ranked each of the above.

Are these sites easy to use?

Each site will have its criteria for application but generally, you will follow a link where you can upload your CV and a covering letter in much the same way as you would apply for a job anywhere these days. Some job websites offer other services such as CV writing, skill training & development courses to help applicants make the most of their abilities.

It can be very difficult for people to find a job right now but we are hoping you will make the most of the list above. Good luck!

Special Bentley Continental GT Spotted In Cotswolds

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A very special Bentley driven by Jeremy Clarkson

A very special Bentley driven by Jeremy Clarkson has been spotted driving in the Cotswolds. The world famous presenter who is one of the area’s best known residents has been seen diving the customised GT which was used for an episode recorded in Madagascar for the popular Amazon Prime show.


Alongside various vehicles that Richard Hammond and James May were driving a recent photo of the altered Bentley has appeared online close to Clarkson’s Diddly Squat ranch in the Cotswolds. The trio who have arguably the greatest jobs in the world are well known for their customised vehicles which they use in their shows both in Top Gear and now the Grand Tour.


The army green Bentley has modified to take on anything Madagascar could throw at it. The list of modifications included an all-wheel drive transmission, under armour and outer shell protection. On top of that a Land Rover Defender style snorkel has been added to sit over the rooftop in order to help it manage profound water challenges.
As from the picture shown off road wheels and tyres make up the extensive adaptions made by the Grand Tour engineering team. Jeremey himself appears to be very proud of the car and has uploaded pictures of the vehicle to his personal Instagram account.


If you are interested in seeing the car in action The Madagascar Special episode will be shown on Amazon Prime before the end of the year. Jeremey and the gang appear to be shooting their next major episode in Scotland, more of which you can find out here.

Jobs available in Cheshire

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Bordering Greater Manchester and Merseyside, Cheshire has many opportunities. Warrington, a large town within Cheshire, has many openings for labourers across every sector, skill or unskilled. Unilever has a large factory where detergents are made. Testers, managers and operators can find the perfect career within the factory. However, one of the major employers in Warrington is unsurprisingly Warrington Council along with the NHS. Cheshire hires many specialist doctors, GP’s, trainee nurses and administrative staff. Additionally, those who want to work in the council can find jobs as registration officers, social workers or even resourcing advisors.

What jobs are there in Cheshire?

Bordering Greater Manchester and Merseyside, Cheshire has many job opportunities. Warrington, a large town within Cheshire, has many openings for labourers across every sector, skilled or unskilled. Unilever has a large factory where detergents are made. Testers, managers and operators can find the perfect career within the factory. However, one of the major employers in Warrington is unsurprisingly Warrington Council along with the NHS. Cheshire hires many specialist doctors, GP’s, trainee nurses and administrative staff. Additionally those who want to work in the council can find jobs as registration officers, social workers or even resourcing advisors. 

Cheshire has a diverse economy with significant sectors including agriculture, automotive, biotechnology, chemical, financial services and tourism. The county is most famous for the production of Cheshire cheese, salt and silk. Machine operators, testers and scientists can find many opportunities here. Agriculture is generally based on the dairy trade, with cattle being the predominant livestock. The retail and wholesale industry is also a major employer, thanks to the popular outlet Cheshire Oaks. 

What is it like living in Cheshire?

Founded by the Romans, Cheshire has many rivers running through it and is the perfect place for countryside living. It has a grand roman architecture to it complete with cobbled streets. It provides many varied job opportunities as well as a wide range of leisure activities for everyone. Both Manchester and Liverpool are approximately 35-40 minutes away by rail. A semi-detached house is usually around £209,000, which is a lot lower than the national average.

Kris Paterson is a writer for whatjobs.com

Employment prospects for the over 50’s has been hard hit by the Covid 19 pandemic

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Employment prospects for the over 50's has been hard hit by the Covid 19 pandemic

Official data reveals that a large proportion of the over-50s employees have worked fewer hours and are more likely to have been made redundant in the wake of the pandemic.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that UK workers aged 50 and over were more likely to report working fewer hours than usual. The data also shows that they are more likely to have been made redundant due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Figures showed that in the quarter December 2020 to February 2021 employees over 50 had the highest redundancy rate across all age groups with it more than doubling from 4.3 to 9.7 per thousand. This has come after consistent employment growth for older workers since the mid-1990s.

Matt Flynn, a director of the Centre for Research into the Older Workforce and professor at the University of Hull stated that “The findings show that although young people have been most seriously displaced, a significant number of older people have been as well.”

“The big problem for 50-plus workers is that, once they lose their jobs, they often find it difficult to get back into work and even more difficult to get back into work that matches their previous salaries and skills levels.”

“Unemployment and underemployment of older workers is a huge waste of skills and experience, which an economy that is just coming out of lockdown can ill afford to lose.”

Wendy Loretto, dean of the University of Edinburgh Business School, said “the findings showed the need for businesses and governments to factor support for older workers into their economic recovery plans.”

“The figures indicate a growing gap between those who have choices over many aspects of their lives, including where and when to work and timing of retirement. That also those who are in a situation with much lower control and in less secure jobs have with little or no choice over decisions around retirement,” she said.

“From our research, this latter group is most likely to need to keep working for financial reasons, but is also likely to include people who may be struggling to do so for health or caring reasons.” 

Source: PeopleManagement

Brexit dispute over fishing rights in Jerseys water is ‘resolved’ for now, Prime Minister Johnson says

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Brexit dispute over fishing rights in Jerseys water is 'resolved' for now, Prime Minister Johnson says

On Thursday morning, more than 50 French fishing boats gathered near the port of Jersey’s capital St Helier to protest post-Brexit fishing rights. In response to this the UK sent two Royal Navy patrol ships to Jersey, a British Crown Dependency, as a “precautionary measure”. Tension then escalated as France deployed two of their maritime patrol boats to the waters.

The standoff came to an end when the flotilla of French fishing trawlers vacated the area on Thursday. Dimitri Rogoff, who heads a group of French fishermen, told The Associated Press that the action was a peaceful protest not an attempt to blockade the port “This wasn’t an act of war,” Rogoff said. “It’s an act of protest.”

Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands with a population of 108,000. It is geographically closer to France than Britain at just 14 miles off the French coast and receives most of its electricity from France via undersea cables.

Post Brexit there has been a long running dispute between France and England over the fishing rights in Jerseys waters. The French government had previously suggested it would cut the electricity supply to Jersey if its fishermen were not granted full access to the fishing waters under post-Brexit trading terms.

As the French fishing trawlers left the port at St Heliers the UK’s prime minister Boris Johnson tweeted that the “situation in Jersey has been resolved” and pledged that the UK “will always stand resolutely by the people of Jersey. His statement also said that the UK remains “on standby” in the event officials in Jersey require assistance again.

Jersey’s government stated that they had issued new fishing permits in accordance with the post-Brexit trade terms. These included new European Union conditions for the French boat operators to now show a history of fishing in the area before they can receive a license to fish in Jersey’s waters.

However these conditions angered the French trawler crews and the French government. They claimed the new terms had been imposed unilaterally and without discussion and placed unfair restrictions on French fishing vessels.

The E.U. appeared backed France in the dispute as they said that until further justifications had been provided by Britain, Jersey officials should not be attaching new conditions to the issuing of licenses. European Commission spokeswoman Vivian Loonela said that “Full compliance with the TCA (Brexit trade deal) is essential in this process.”

Jersey officials said that they would be meeting with representatives of the French protesters to listen to their concerns.

Source: NBC News

Jobs available in Northumberland

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whatjobs Jobs available in Northumberland

What jobs are in Northumberland?

Northumberland is a county with plenty of opportunities for everyone, no matter the industry specialised in. Tourism is also a major source of employment and income in the county. People travel to visit the beautiful coast, national parks, castles and catholic cathedrals. Like many counties, coal mining is part of its history, but in Northumberland, it is also part of its present as coal mines continue to operate today, with an open-cast mine at Halton Lea Gate. 

A major employer is the Hexham based Egger (UK). The company produces wood-based panel products and hires operators, lorry drivers and mechanics. Pharmaceutical, healthcare, and medical biotechnology companies account for a huge part of the county’s economy. Companies include Northeast of England Process Industry Cluster, Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Piramal Healthcare and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Bioscientists, researchers and analytical chemists can all find careers here. Lastly, Newcastle University and Northumbria University are the leading academic universities nearby, both hiring professors and lecturers. 

What is it like living in Northumberland?

Northumberland was once its own Kingdom and is now filled with historical sites that can take you back through time. There are gorgeous landscapes to explore and a large population of wildlife that is perfect for families to explore. With countless castles, endless beaches and great nightlife, there is something for everyone. The property scene is a lot more affordable than the likes of London. A semi-detached house usually sells for around £192,700.

Kris Paterson is a writer for whatjobs.com

Apple watch may gain blood pressure, glucose and alcohol monitoring capabilities

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Apple watch may gain blood pressure, glucose and alcohol monitoring capabilities

Apple has been revealed to be the largest customer of the British electronics start-up Rockley Photonics. The company has developed non-invasive optical sensors for detecting multiple blood-related health metrics, including blood pressure, blood glucose, and blood alcohol levels. These types of biometric data are only normally detectable with more invasive and dedicated medical equipment.

Rockley’s sensors beam infrared light through a user’s skin which are very similar to the existing sensors on the back of the Apple Watch already used to detect heart rate and blood oxygen levels.

As part of Rockley preparing to go public in New York they revealed that Apple is its biggest client. The company’s filings said that for the last 2 years Apple accounted for the majority of its revenue and that it has an ongoing “supply and development agreement” with the company, from which it will continue to heavily rely on Apple for most of its revenue.

Given the growth of Rockley Photonics and the scale of Apple’s partnership with the company, it seems to be virtually inevitable that the company’s health sensor technology will be coming to the Apple Watch sooner rather than later.

Rockley has said that its next-generation sensors could be in consumer smartwatches and other electronics as soon as next year. This could align with the launch of Apple Watch Series 8 models. Until now, rumours had indicated that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 would gain blood glucose monitoring, but Rockley’s comments may indicate that the feature has been delayed until 2022.

Source: MacRumors

Hyper-local offices and central HQs could chart the path forward to save cities

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Hyper-local offices and central HQs could chart the path forward to save cities

Enforced home working and lockdown travel restrictions due to the Covid 19 pandemic have emptied out cities in the UK. Despite the lack of commute and the improved work/life balance surveys show a strong desire by employees to return to the office, albeit in more flexible terms.

At the start of the first lockdown many office workers embraced home working with delight. Not missing the daily expensive commute on over-crowded transport or trying to focus in noisy, open-plan offices.

However it didn’t take long for cracks to appear. Researchers revealed working from home lead to feelings of isolation, stress from the difficulty in balancing home and work life as well as missing face-to-face meetings with colleagues. In fact a survey of over 2,000 workers, conducted by JLL, showed three quarters of workers wanted to return to the office.

Home working has particular challenges for younger workers as many of them live in smaller homes and shared accommodation with either flatmates or family, so they have no space for a home office. Also as they are at the start of their careers the ability to network and directly learn from more experienced colleagues is essential something that is not happening because of home working.

However the benefits of working from home are not lost on employees, leading to workers wanting a choice of where they work. A survey by Google last summer found 62% of its employees wanted to return to the office, but not every day. This has resulted in the tech giant developing a hybrid model of working combining longer-term home working and office arrangements.

This leads us to ask, is the future of work going to be in the suburbs and satellite towns where most people live, also known as hyperlocal?

Many firms are having to reinvent the traditional workplace structure and a transition to a hub and spoke model is also being considered. This model brings the office closer to where their workers live while retaining a much smaller than the current central hub in the city which has obvious cost savings. 

Traditionally the financial sector has been reluctant to embrace flexible working. However since the year long covid 19 pandemic large finance companies such as HSBC and Lloyds have made definite commitments to reduce their city-based presence. They have looked to increase their network of local and near-home workplaces across the country. Many other companies such as Salesforce and Nestle have also embraced this model.

If that is the case what does this mean for London and the UK’s other major cities? It has been suggested there will be a total departure from the need to have central offices in major cities. However there are many reasons why this is highly unlikely. One reason is how to attract new young talent to a company, as London and other major cities are a magnet for young ambitious people. A recent survey by the company, The Global Talent Survey, shows London remains the most attractive city to both live and work in from survey participants in 190 countries. 

As lockdown lifts in the UK pubs, clubs, restaurants, cultural attractions and sporting amenities open up again. It’s these facilities that make city living attractive to young people starting out in their careers. The need to be sociable out of work and in central offices where employees create essential networking opportunities is still very attractive and beneficial. This means that the future of working life will combine flexible local offices as well as a prestigious city based office hub, not replace them.

Source: CityAM

Merseyside locals slam Amazon development and ask ‘where are the jobs?’

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Merseyside locals slam Amazon development and ask ‘where are the jobs?’

When Amazon applied for permission to build a huge “sortation” centre in the former pit village Haydock in Merseyside the local council supported the scheme because of the promised 2,500 jobs that would be created, despite it being built on green belt land.

Now two years on, Paul Parkinson, who led a campaign of 2,000 locals objecting to the development, claimed St Helens Council have been “taken to the cleaners” with the jobs boom not materialising and locals left to deal with problems associated with the site.

Parkinson a retired solicitor from Haydock, told the PA news agency new sports pitches were also promised for local rugby league and football teams but that they had not materialised either. He stated that locals mourn the loss of green belt which although it had brought a few jobs for locals it had also brought “chaos” to the area.

Job figures are disputed, with the total new jobs created thought to be around 300 although neither Amazon, nor St Helens Council have provided figures.

Since the Amazon centre has opened a second, 525,000 sq ft warehouse at the site has been built by the site developers Bericote. This warehouse is operated by cereals firm Kelloggs and since opening has created employment for about 70 people.

Locals say they are now suffering the effects of having hundreds of lorries going to and from the site each day. Drivers, who are often foreign, get lost and end up driving juggernauts through nearby housing estates. In one instance a lost HGV driver from Hungary, attempted a three-point turn and demolished a garden wall while reversing.

Mr Parkinson added that drivers drop off their trailer then go elsewhere and park up despite there being spaces for 200 lorries on site but it never seems to get used.

In a statement Amazon said: “We have informed our carrier partners about the concerns raised and continue to reinforce this and remind them of the correct driver behaviour guidelines.”

Labour-run St Helens Borough Council said a planning application had been submitted for an upgrade and redevelopment to a local park, home to amateur rugby league and football teams, with “funding in part” coming from the site developers Bericote. However no figure for the developer’s contribution was provided.

The dispute about the economic benefits of the scheme could lead to political consequences with the Green Party campaigning heavily in local wards ahead of local elections. Highlighting the question of whether the loss of 60-plus acres of green belt was justified.

PA news contacted Bericote, who boast of an approach of “co-operation and transparency,” but had not received a response.

There was also no response from councillor Sev Gomez-Aspron who was a leading supporter of the initial development or from local MP Conor McGinn.

Residents who opposed the Amazon warehouse plans are warning others of the huge expansion of the online giant. On the back of a huge surge in online shopping during the pandemic lockdowns further Amazon expansion includes sites at Stockton in the North East and in Ferriby, near Hull. With a “Mega Shed” planned to be built in Dartford, Kent, which is set to be among the largest warehouses in Europe.

Source: Expressandstar