Clare Magness


Vaccinated employees allowed back to Salesforce’s USA offices

Salesforce has announced it will start allowing vaccinated employees to return to office based working. They are one of the first major U.S. businesses to give vaccinated workers preferential treatment over those who have not yet been vaccinated. The cloud based software maker said that vaccinated employees can volunteer to join groups of 100 or less. They can return to work in its San Francisco headquarters or several other offices such as Palo Alto and Irvine. However office workers would be mandated to be tested for Covid 19 at onsite testing centre.

Part-time workers will suffer most when furlough scheme ends

According to flexible working campaigners, Timewise, many part time workers who are currently on the government's furlough scheme are very fearful of being made redundant. In July the UK government reduces the proportion of employees wages it subsidises to 70%, from 80%, with employers having to pay the missing 10%. Timewise is warning that the UK's 7.8 million part-time workers, of which most are women, will bear the brunt of job losses when the furlough scheme eventually ends in September.

2,000 jobs created by SpaceTech cyber platform

Arqit, a London based company, has launched a quantum cybersecurity platform called QuantumCloud. With this comes the planned creation of 2,000 high tech jobs. Since it was established in 2017, Arqit has received significant financial support from the UK Government through various grants and innovation programs.

Aer Lingus job cuts in Shannon and Cork

Aer Lingus has notified staff that the airline will be emerging from the pandemic as a smaller organisation and that this transition will require redundancies to be made. The cabin crew base run by Aer Lingus at Shannon airport is to permanently close. This closure is part of cost saving measures as the company downsides due to the travel crisis brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic. Their base at Cork will be temporarily closed between mid-September and late November 2021

3,500 new jobs created by Midlands railways

A huge infrastructure project, which will improve rail services across the Midlands, will provide more than 3,500 safeguarded jobs. The construction will create 2,880 jobs, with a further 720 new jobs being created to run the rail services. The Midlands Engine Rail programme will vastly increase the capacity of the region's railways as well as providing a faster and more frequent rail service.

20,000 jobs created by Apple in India

According to figures accessed by Financial Express, Apple's manufacturing push in India has created approximately 20,000 jobs at suppliers like Foxconn and Wistron. The two Apple contract manufacturers have hired 7,500 workers each since August 2020. It is estimated that the vendors supplying inputs to these two companies such as Sunwoda, Foxlink, Salcomp and several others have also hired approximately 5,000 extra employees to support these direct suppliers to Apple.

Debt management charity Stepchange to make 170 redundancies

According to the trade union, Unite, the debt advice charity, StepChange, has announced plans to make up to 170 workers redundant, reducing its workforce by 10 per cent, with the Leeds and Newcastle offices bearing the brunt in the reduction in staff.

A quarter of European employees are looking to change jobs

According to research from Workday and Yonder Consulting a quarter of employees across Europe will look to change jobs in the next year. They will hope to find a better career development, a more interesting role and an increased salary.

Clare Magness