ITC skills reach all time high

by 06 Mar 2007

THERE HAS been a 19 per cent increase in demand for ITC labour skills in the Australian market since the start of the financial year. Demand was higher in some states and territories, with the highest demand in:

QLD 28%

WA 19%

VIC 13%

The five-week period from 1 January to 6 February showed the highest number of jobs ever recorded for ITC labour skills in Australia, with permanent roles up by 12 per cent and contract roles rising by 8 per cent.

Source: Best International

Parents struggle with work and life

NEARLY 75 per cent of Australian parents say they are too tired after work to spend time with their children. The survey of 520 parents found that 40 per cent felt their job made it hard for them to be the sort of parent they wanted to be. The demands of work had differing effects on parents, with 56 per cent having claimed work made them irritable. However, 65 per cent said they were happy with their work-family balance.

Source: The Raising Children Network

UK: business fails to measure rewards

ONLY 33 per cent of organisations have a reward strategy in place, with only 55 per cent of these actually measuring their effectiveness. According to the survey of 466 UK organisations, only 23 per cent link measurement to business data leaving most unable to show how their reward strategy achieves one of its main objectives to support business goals. Further, 40 per cent of organisations planned to increase their benefit spend with over one-third of public and voluntary sector employers making changes to pay structures this year.

Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Aussies fear for job security

FORTY-ONE per cent of Australians feel they have no job security. The survey of 2,392 workers found those in the property industry were most fearful for their jobs (50 per cent), followed by those in the following sectors:

Banking and finance followed closely at 39 per cent. Lawyers felt the most confident about their jobs, as only 25 per cent said they worry about whether there will be work for them in the future.

Source: Talent2

UK: HRIS proves popular

NINETY-ONE per cent of organisations introduce a Human Resource Information System (HRIS) to improve the quality of information available, but the majority fail to integrate systems across the organisation. More than three-quarters of organisations use a Human Resource Management System (HRMS) while only 48 per cent provide a facility for staff feedback. HRIS are most likely to be used to monitor:

Absence management 85%

Training & development 75%

Reward 75%

Further, 16 per cent of HRIS are integrated with an organisation-wide IT system, while 28 per cent of respondents said their systems are difficult for the HR department to use.

Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Aussie workers prove too cocky

MORE THAN 27 per cent of employees have burnt their bridges after leaving their previous job, while 79 per cent said their former employer would take them back due to growing skills shortages. According to the survey of 2,324 people, 36 per cent admitted they were sorry for leaving their last position, while 21 per cent claimed their previous employer would not rehire them.

Source: Talent2

Cultural fusion of leadership

THIRTY-FIVE per cent of executives believe globalisation warrants a new set of business standards combining best practices from Western and Eastern cultures, and that a fused leadership profile will evolve over time.The survey of over 300 C-level executives across the globe found almost 40 per cent see the potential for an Asian business leadership model to replace Western practices in the future as long as the parent company’s culture is kept intact. A further 24 per cent believe the ideal would be simply to adapt Western standards in an Asian context.

Source: Korn/Ferry International


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