We’re not Mad Men, but we’d be mad to ignore the negative impact of a prolonged pay gap between the sexes…
In his State of the Union Address last month, President Obama denounced “workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode”. Gender inequality is a hot topic and it would seem that politicians on this side of the Atlantic are keen to make similar changes. Labour’s shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero has suggested the government should close the pay gap between men and women for equivalent civil service jobs, setting an example within its own workforce.
The economic downturn has been tough for almost everyone, but if you’re a woman you might be feeling particularly hard done by. We look at the evidence and the hope that better times are ahead…
Over the past year, a steady stream of surveys and reports has shown that women still face significant issues of pay inequality and discrimination in the workplace.
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The latest figures for engineering salaries and job roles tell us much about the prospects for 2014.
Almost every engineering sub-discipline saw a substantial rise in vacancies last year. The biggest increases were in roles for mechanics, maintenance engineers and engineering consultants, each showing a growth in vacancies of more than 150%.
Choosing a university degree is far from easy and finishing one is an achievement in itself, especially within the hospitality industry which demands a working commitment, in and outside of the lecture theatre.
Hospitality is an industry that immediately ticks all the boxes in terms of stimulating students through robust degree courses, which usually involve a year’s placement of ‘on the job’ experience. This depth of study allows graduates to gain a wealth of experience before completing their degree course, putting them in a great position when looking for jobs once finished university.
This article will take a look at some of those avenues; paying attention to particular skills that as a graduate, you can sharpen and develop to increase your employability in the hospitality world. Continue reading “How to Develop your Skill Set to Excel in the Hospitality Industry” »
Following on from our Pursuing a Career in Retail article last week, we spoke to Kathy Allison, the Head of HR at boohoo.com to talk about her role and graduate opportunities within the retail industry.
I got my first management role in the hospitality sector at Moat House Hotels where I then went on to join Radisson Blu as a People Development Manager. I worked across a number of HR roles so this really gave me a great understanding of the industry.
My friend actually saw this position at Boohoo advertised and thought I’d be perfect for it with my experience and love for fashion. When I first started at Boohoo there was no HR team so I have seen this business grow from strength to strength which is really exciting. I now head a group of 7 people within the HR team with nearly 700 employees across head office and the main distribution centre.
As Head of HR, my days are always varied as I oversee all the different HR roles at Boohoo. I could be focusing on the recruitment side of HR and interviewing candidates for our senior position, supporting with any employee issues or attending meetings with directors. Continue reading “Working in Retail: An Insiders Perspective” »