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Hazy job criteria clouds recruiters

first_imgHazy job criteria clouds recruitersOn 18 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Employers in London are lowering their chances of recruiting the right candidates in an already tight market because they are unclear about what they are looking for.That is the conclusion of a study commissioned by training and enterprise council for central London, Focus. Skill Needs and Recruitment Practices in Central London, published last week, found that one in 10 employers in the capital claims they are recruiting people without all the skills they require.The study acknowledges a lack of generic skills among the workforce but says the main problem is the failure of employers to decide exactly what skills they want before the recruitment process begins.“There is, without doubt, a skills framework within which all employers recruit,” said Dominic Hanley, senior researcher at Focus. “This includes factors such as communication skills and teamwork.“However, the specific needs in these areas will vary according to occupation and the level of the position.”The research analysed 15,000 job adverts in London. Follow-up interviews were conducted with 2,000 employers.For a copy of the report contact Dominic Hanley at Focus: tel: 020-7896 8438 Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Danish sailor dies in accident aboard HDMS Absalon

first_img Danish sailor dies aboard HDMS Absalon during Baltic Sea drill View post tag: Royal Danish Navy September 19, 2017 A Royal Danish Navy able seaman died in an accident aboard support ship HDMS Absalon on Monday, September 18.According to the Danish defense forces command, the sailor sustained a severe head injury while the ship was at sea, taking part in an international drill in the Baltic Sea.The ship called for a rescue helicopter immediately and rendered first aid to the sailor, the command said. All efforts to save the sailor were unsuccessful as the doctor pronounced the sailor dead upon arriving aboard the ship.At the time of the incident, HDMS Absalon was northeast of Bornholm, where ship and crew participated in the Sweden-hosted exercise Northern Coasts. The international drill is set to conclude on September 21.HDMS Absalon is one of the two largest Danish Navy ships designed for command and support roles. The ship was launched in 2005 and commissioned in 2007. View post tag: Northern Coasts Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Danish sailor dies aboard HDMS Absalon during Baltic Sea drill Share this article View post tag: HDMS Absalonlast_img read more

Swiss pension fund association refuses to back benefit ‘adjustments’

first_imgAddressing the director of the association, Hans-Peter Konrad, Deprez continued: “When the entity responsible for the pension fund is trying to find solutions to the benefit of active members and beneficiaries – including involving existing pension benefits – then ASIP has to support this approach.”Konrad had earlier spoken against cutting pensions already in payment, saying that this was a fundamental question that went to the heart of the pension system and needed to be decided at the political level.It cannot be dealt with without a “fundamental debate about whether this systemic correction is wanted” taking place, said Konrad.Deprez disputed the reference to cutting pension payouts, preferring to refer to “adjusting” benefits.Thomas Schönbächler, chief executive at BVK, the pension fund for employees of the canton of Zurich, argued that it wasn’t right “to change the rules in the middle of the game”, but that levels for new and future pension benefits should be set at the correct actuarial level – which would mean lower payments for future retirees.Konrad took a similar stance, saying ASIP was not against the introduction of flexible pension models for new and future beneficiaries, but that cutting pensions that were promised at a certain level is “the wrong way” for pension funds to address funding difficulties.Deprez reminded the other panellists, and delegates, that pensions in payment were not always “sacrosanct”, as as this only came into effect as a result of legislative change in 2005. Delegates at a conference of the pensions supervisory authority of the canton of Zurich (BVS) last week were treated to a heated debate over cutting, or “adjusting”, guaranteed pension benefits.Olivier Deprez, a pensions expert and a member of the board of the Swiss actuarial association, argued passionately in favour of supporting trustee boards address funding problems, even if it means, in his words, “adjusting” pensions already being paid.“There is only one entity responsible for the financial security of pension funds and that is the board of trustees,” he stressed.He called upon the Swiss pension fund association, ASIP, to support a lowering of pension benefits by funds trying to shore up their financial stability.last_img read more