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Employers get inside your mind by asking if you have an imaginary twin!

Some of Britain’s biggest companies and government departments have started using a new form of “deep” psychological profiling to assess job applicants. The online assessment asks candidates a series of questions such as “Have you ever had an imaginary twin?” … Continue reading

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Office dress codes for women may be illegal!

Bosses must not ask women to wear high heels or wear their hair in certain styles, the government has said. Requirements regarding a woman’s appearance were likely to be unlawful if there was no equivalent requirement for men, the guidance … Continue reading

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Plumber’s victory will affect ‘gig economy’

A ruling in favour of a self-employed worker claiming sickness benefit from Pimlico Plumbers could have far-reaching consequences for contractors including accountants and IT professionals, according to lawyers. The Court of Appeal rejected an appeal by Pimlico on the employment … Continue reading

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Will a robot take over your job?

Fear of technology taking our jobs runs deep. As long ago as 1589, Elizabeth I denied a patent to a newfangled knitting machine, saying: “Consider thou what the invention could do to my poor subjects. It would assuredly bring to … Continue reading

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Downtown Recruitment celebrates 30 years in business!!

Downtown Recruitment is celebrating 30 years in business in Thame, Oxfordshire. In November 1986 Suzanne Young started the business. She saw a gap in the market in the local Thame and surrounding area and was confident she could fill it. … Continue reading

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Contact with staff during sick leave

There’s often a misconception that contacting employees when they’re on sickness absence could be construed as a form of harassment – but an appropriate level of contact is actually a necessary element to a good absence management policy. Here’s our … Continue reading

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Japanese are ordered to take their holidays!

Japan is to force workers to take their paid holidays in an attempt to combat a culture of excessive work that has led to soaring levels of stress and suicide. A law will make companies ensure that their staff take … Continue reading

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CVs have only nine seconds to impress

Employers spend on average less than nine seconds scanning a candidate’s CV before moving on to the next, due to the huge volume of applications per vacancy. One expert likened the process to the casual dating app Tinder, renowned for … Continue reading

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Sport can boost your income as well as your health

People who play organised sports once a fortnight earn nearly £11,000 more than the average wage, according to researchers — more than £500,000 over the course of a career. Triathlon participants are the biggest earners, with an average salary of … Continue reading

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What is the best job in Britain?

What is the best job in Britain? According to a recent survey of over 2000 jobs titles analysed Translator, Web Developer and Surgeon were identified as the three most highly rated positions,thanks to a combination of factors including their high levels … Continue reading

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