The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimates if workforce participation between men and women were more equal, worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) would leap by 12% by 2030.
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel set out her plans for more vocational training for women in the developing world, at this weekâs G7 summit of economic powers, she was preaching to the converted.
US President Barack Obama has said it himselfÂ âWhen women succeed, nations are more safe, more secure and more prosperous.â
That sums up a realisation that has dawned on the development community in the past 10 years- that focusing policies on women and girls benefits not only them, but also whole countries and even the world.
It has always made sense to focus on women- simply because they are disproportionately affected by global poverty, violence and corruption. Two thirds of the worldâs illiterate people are women.
The original Millennium Development Goals made girlsâ education and maternal health two of the main priorities.
Big strides have been made in both areas since 2000 â though it is worth remembering there are still as many girls out of primary school in Ethiopia as there are in primary school in Britain.
Now we are moving into a different phase, where policy-makers are turning their attention to another agenda beyond schooling â how to empower women economically. Thatâs why other powerful women are joining in Mrs Merkelâs call to close the workforce gender gap.
Itâs also that women are more likely to be in insecure jobs, making them more vulnerable to economic shocks. They might face tougher legal barriers too â laws in more than 100 countries still curtail womenâs roles in the economy.
Experts say these policies have had a transformational effect in letting women thrive economically and helping them to pull their families out of poverty.
The World Bank believes that if the gender gap in agriculture across the world was closed, the number of people who go hungry could be reduced by 100 to 150 million.
Technology will also be key in bringing more women into the workforce and unleashing their full potential.
At the moment, a woman is 21% less likely to own a mobile phone than a man (in Africa itâs 23%; in the Middle East itâs 24% and in South Asia itâs 37%).
Access to a mobile phone can make a big difference. This matters because countries such as Kenya â with its M-PESA system â have a good story to tell about the revolutionary power of mobile phone banking.
If more women own phones in the coming years, it stands to reason that more of them will be able to start their own businesses or learn about market prices.
Putting women in greater control of household finances has a virtuous knock-on effect too, as they are on the whole better than men at investing money in their familyâs education and healthcare.
Thatâs why the UN development goals for the next 15 years specifically look at the need to improve womenâs access to the internet and new methods of communication.
And yet for all the G7 talk of empowering women and âfostering female entrepreneurshipâ, it still means very little in some of the worldâs poorest communities.
June 14, 2015
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The number of people with zero hour contracts in the UK has grown to 1.8 million- official statistics show.
This is likely to be the result of a number of seasonal industries using more of these contracts, making a direct comparison difficult.
Some workers and unions are unhappy that staff can simply be sent home if there is no work to be done, but supporters of the contracts like the flexibility that they can offer.
Additional data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that 697,000 workers said they were on a âzero-hours contractâ in their main job between October to December last year.
This represents 2.3% of all people in the UK.
This figure, collected in a survey, is reliant on these workers being fully aware that they are on a zero-hours contract.
The ONS said that a rise on the 586,000 workers who said they were on zero hours contracts during the same period in 2013 could be the result of greater awareness and publicity for these kind of contracts.
On average, someone on a zero-hours contract usually worked 25 hours a week, the ONS said. The majority were women and students, often aged under 25 or 65 and over.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: âZero hours contracts are valued by many employers and individuals who want flexibility in the hours they work, such as students, people with caring responsibilities and those who want to partially retire. However, historically there has also been some abuse in these types of contracts.â
âThe government is ensuring rules mean that employers cannot tie workers down exclusively to their zero-hours contract. They should allow these workers to take up employment elsewhere too.â
âAs for the figures from asking employers, there is little point comparing January figures for such contracts with August figures because industries such as retail, agriculture and hospitality have huge seasonal variations. So some politicians and pressure groups may say that the number of people on zero hours contracts has risen, but we do not really have the statistics to back that up.â
February 27, 2015
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There are now 4.5 million self employed people in the UK according to the official employment statistics.
The number of employees in part-time jobs has reached a record high of 6.8 million.
The employment statistics are compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The UK unemployment total has fallen below two million for the first time in almost six years the official figures show. The number of jobless people fell by 154,000 to 1.97 million in the three months to the end of August, the Office for National Statistics said.
The drop, which is bigger than analysts expected, took the unemployment rate to 6%, its lowest level since late 2008.
In total, there are now 30.76 million people in work in the UK. The proportion of people aged between 16 and 64 in work is now 73%, close to its all time high of 73.2%.
The number of people in employment rose by 46,000 over the three months, which was the weakest quarterly gain since May last year. Economists said this suggested the economic recovery could be slowing.
Over the year to the end of August, the number of unemployed people fell by 538,000, the largest annual fall since records began.
But the number of people choosing not to seek work increased. Those classed as economically inactive, such as students, long-term sick and those retiring early, increased by 113,000 in the quarter to more than nine million.
Average weekly earnings in the June-to-August period, excluding bonuses, rose by 0.9% from a year earlier. Including bonuses, earnings rose by 0.7%, well below inflation, which is currently running at 1.2%.
Other key figures included show:
- The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in September fell by 18,600 to 951,900, the 23rd consecutive monthly reduction.
- Youth unemployment – covering 16-to-24-year-olds – fell by 88,000 over the quarter to 733,000, giving a jobless rate among the age group of 16%.
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October 18, 2014
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APT Marketing have announced a new Account Executive job.
The company & role:
APT Marketing & PR is a full service agency working locally, nationally and internationally. We are looking to expand our team in response to increasing demand and we are looking for the right candidate based on both experience and personality. The successful candidate will preferably have agency experience and be comfortable working across a variety of sectors including with both B2B and B2C clients, although neither are essential. They will be hard-working, diligent and flexible, with an understanding of strategic marketing and cross-platform campaigns.
We are a dynamic agency with a good rapport so a sense of humour is essential. We are incredibly busy and candidates must be able to adapt and deliver on the changing needs of our clients and the agency.
The role will suit an ambitious individual who has good time management and is keen to take on responsibility within the agency.
Some of the key responsibilities include:
Delivery of clientâs marketing needs in a timely fashion
Ensuring the agency meets and exceeds the needs of the client
Build good relationships with suppliers
Strategy and planning for specific campaigns
Project-management of specific campaigns
Work with digital tools including Content Management Systems, E-marketing Systems, Social Media Platforms etc.
Copywriting and editing
Print management and buying
Analysis and reporting
Qualifications / Skills:
Very strong organisational skills are required
Preferably educated to degree level in any discipline, although this is not essential
Suitable experience in an agency although again, this is not essential
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Proficiency in specific digital software
Computer Literacy essential
Good phone manner
Ability to work across a number of different accounts and sectors
Salary: Competitive based on experience
Contract: Temporary six month contract with opportunity for a permanent position
Hours per week: Full Time
Closing date: 13th September 2013
Interviews: Week Commencing 16th September 2013
To apply, please email a copy of your CV and a covering letter to email@example.com. Please include your salary expectations and notice period.
September 9, 2013
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Â The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said changes to working patterns meant more older people were still working.
The proportion of older people who are economically active has almost doubled in 10 years, figures have shown.
The Office for National Statistics report based on the 2011 Census in England and Wales found a rise from 8.7% to 16% for people aged 65 to 74.
The ONS said factors included more flexible working patterns and removal of the compulsory retirement age.
It said the total number of people aged 65 and over increased from 8.3 million to 9.2 million since 2001.
The proportion of people in that age group who were divorced also saw a rise from 5.2% to 8.7% over 10 years.
This compares with a smaller increase from 8.2% to 9% for the general population.
Some 5.3 million older people were married or in a civil partnership compared with 4.3 million who were married in 2001.
In 2011, 56% were living as a couple, 31% were living alone and 3.7% were living in communal establishments.
The report said: “A 2012 ONS publication highlighted that people are working longer than they used to; key factors may be increased life expectancy, the removal of compulsory retirement age, the increase in flexible working patterns, and economic pressures leading to rising living costs.
“This trend is likely to continue, as the age for women’s state pension eligibility increases to align with men by 2018.”
September 6, 2013
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The number of UK workers earning below the so-called living wage has risen to 4.8 million new research suggests.The figure, equivalent to 20% of employees, is up from 3.4 million in 2009, the Resolution Foundation think tank said.
The living wage is set at ÂŁ7.45 outside London and ÂŁ8.55 in the capital.
Although employers are obliged to pay the minimum wage, there is no legal requirement to pay the living wage.
The left leaning Resolution Foundation said that it had used the most recent figures available, when the benchmark was calculated as ÂŁ7.20 an hour outside London and ÂŁ8.30 in the capital.
It found that 25% of women and 15% of men were paid below the living wage in 2012 – up from 18% and 11% in 2009.
The think tank also found that 77% of employees aged under 20, and two-thirds of restaurant and hotel workers, earned less than the living wage.
Report author and economist Matthew Whittaker said: “For most of the working population real wages have been flat or declining for many years and as a result more and more people have dipped below the level of the living wage.
“Britain has a sorry story to tell on low pay. Only a handful of our close competitors do worse and the large majority have much lower rates of low pay – sometimes half as much.”
September 3, 2013
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The UK is failing to implement European rules designed to give equal pay to agency workers according to the TUC.
Agency workers who have been with a company for more than 12 weeks should be entitled to the same pay as permanent staff.
The TUC is complaining to the European Commission, saying that agency workers are still being paid less.
It comes amid a row about workers on so-called zero hours contracts.
The TUC claimed the government’s implementation of the Temporary Agency Workers Directive, which came into effect two years ago, was flawed.
It argued an exemption meant that if a worker was directly employed by an agency, the company did not have to pay that worker the same rate of pay as a staffer – although they do get paid for at least four weeks between assignments.
The TUC said there had been a big rise in these types of contracts, with more than one in six agency workers now on them, particularly in low-paid, low-skilled work.
The TUC wants these contracts banned and has now asked the European Commission to investigate the problem.
General secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The recent agency worker regulations have improved working conditions for many agency workers without causing job losses.
“However, the regulations are being undermined by a growing number of employers who are putting staff on contracts that deny them equal pay.
Zero-hours contracts, or casual contracts, allow employers to hire staff with no guarantee of work.
Employers say zero-hours contracts allow them the flexibility to take on staff in response to fluctuating demand for their services, in sectors such as tourism and hospitality.
Some employers have been accused of rolling over temporary employment in short-term amounts to get around having to pay workers full-time pay and benefits.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 250,000 UK workers are on zero-hours contracts – around 1% of the UK workforce – though the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development thinks the figure is closer to one million.
August 29, 2013
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Research presented to the British Sociological Association found that no matter how intelligent and articulate a job applicant is, if they have a visible tattoo, most would-be employers will secretly rule them out as looking âdirtyâ and âunsavouryâ or even ârepugnantâ.
Even employers who do not have a personal objection to body art would think twice about taking on someone with a tattoo because they fear it would damage their corporate image.
In a paper, being presented to the associationâs annual conference on workplace issues, Dr Andrew Timming of St Andrewâs University School of Management, set out findings from a series of interviews with employers about perceptions of body art.
He spoke to a cross section of managers from organisations including a hotel, bank, city council, prison, university and bookseller.
Most said that tattoos carried a clear âstigmaâ for employers, with several expressing strong views on the subject.
âRespondents expressed concern that visibly tattooed workers may be perceived by customers to be âabhorrentâ, ârepugnantâ, âunsavouryâ and âuntidyâ,â said Dr Timming.
âIt was surmised that customers might project a negative service experience based on stereotypes that tattooed people are thugs and druggies.â
One male manager interviewed told Dr Timming: âTattoos are the first thing fellow recruiters talk about when the person has gone out of the door.â
A woman added: âThey make a person look dirtyâ.
Dr Timming said bossesâ concerns were usually based on perceptions of what their organisationâs clients might think.
âHiring managers realise that, ultimately, it does not matter what they think of tattoos â what really matters, instead, is how customers might perceive employees with visible tattoos,â he said.
But he added that some images were easier for employers to forgive than others.
While in many cases flowers or small animals might just be acceptable for some, those most likely to prove a definite turn-off included spiderâs webs on people’s necks, tears tattooed on to their faces, guns and sexual imagery.
August 22, 2013
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The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says employment should grow to a record high by 2015.Its study says the number of people employed should grow throughout 2013 to reach 30 million two years later.
The CIPD says that the reasons for jobs growth throughout a period of flat economic growth remain obscure.
It says underemployment – people taking part-time jobs who would like full-time work – has not grown significantly and does not explain this jobs growth.
A report compiled by the CIPD’s former chief economist, John Philpott, predicted a year of “slog” for those in work.
Dr Philpott, who heads the Jobs Economist consultancy, said workers could expect longer hours, static pay and limited jobs creation next year.
He says job insecurity will remain high and unemployment will rise to 2.63 million, because the size of the workforce will outstrip the number of jobs being created.
However, he expects the number of young people unemployed will fall below 900,000, moving away from the one million level it threatened to breach through 2012.
Dr Philpott said: “Our jobs outlook for 2013 is relatively optimistic in that we expect only a modest rise in unemployment. However, the fact that this can be considered good news merely underlines the harsh reality of current economic austerity.
“GDP may grow somewhat faster but 2013 will be another year of hard slog, with longer hours for those lucky enough to have jobs and a further squeeze on living standards for workers and the jobless alike.”
Mark Beatson, chief economist at the CIPD, said the labour market was currently difficult to understand: “The jobs enigma, of strong growth in private sector employment in the absence of sustained economic growth, has been one of the most mystifying economic features of 2012, and if 2012 proved an enigma, the labour market appears equally difficult to pin down for 2013.”
He added that the underemployment explanation was not adequate: “While there are undoubtedly significant numbers of people working fewer hours than they would like… the numbers have not increased significantly this year, making it a poor explanation on its own for the 2012 jobs enigma.”
February 7, 2013
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Usana has been named ConsumerLab.comâs No. 1 Rated Brand in the Direct Sales Channel Based on Customer Satisfaction.
The incredible honour is based on the percentage of survey respondents who were âhighly satisfiedâ with USANA. That means we must be doing something right. Right?
We love to win awards. And weâve done pretty well recently. In the past, weâve received a top rating in 2011 for top Merchant in the Direct Sales Channel from ConsumerLab.comâs Survey*, as well as approval for several products.
ConsumerLab.com is a well-respected organization whose mission is âto identify the best quality health and nutritional products through independent testing.â So when they say something about product quality itâs backed with a whole lot of credibility.
But this is a very important honor because itâs based on what you think about what we do. Itâs a glowing neon sign that says weâre living up to the promise weâve made to youâthat everything we do helps you love life and live it.
*For more information see www.consumerlab.com/survey2013.
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February 5, 2013
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