10,000 Job Cuts Expected In Europe; UK, Germany Most Affected

KEY POINTS

  • The job cut will affect 20% of the company’s staff members
  • IBM would sell off most of its IT services
  • The company fired thousands of employees in May 

International Business Machines Corp. plans to cut nearly 10,000 jobs in Europe ahead of a broad shift to a hybrid cloud approach. 

The job cuts at IBM will significantly affect the United Kingdom and Germany. Cuts are also planned in Poland, Slovakia, Italy and Belgium. IBM’s wide-ranging losses will affect 20% of staff members managing the daily support function for client data centers and IT support, sources told Bloomberg. 

IBM announced the decision in November during a meeting with European labor representatives, according to a union officer with knowledge of the conversations. 

“Our staffing decisions are made to provide the best support to our customers in adopting an open hybrid cloud platform and AI capabilities,” an IBM spokesman said. “We

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For Social Security Chief Andrew Saul, Customer Service Is Job 1

By Richard Eisenberg, Next Avenue

In recent years, the Social Security Administration had a pretty lousy — and worsening — reputation for customer services. Nearly 125 of its field offices were shuttered and hold times on the agency’s 800-number line were often infuriatingly long. Then Andrew Saul was sworn in as the agency’s Commissioner in June 2019, at age 73.

The first thing the former chair of the Federal Thrift Investment Board said after taking over was that he’d fix customer service at Social Security. But soon after he got to work on that, the pandemic hit, forcing the agency to close its field offices except for a few essential services, to protect employees and the public. Saul was undeterred.

“To be honest, a year ago, I never thought we would be this far along now,” Saul told me. “It did take us time to get

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Pandemic boost to tech and digital industries worsens gender job divide

The boost given by the pandemic to the digital, automation and technology industries is set to exacerbate gender inequality in the workplace, as the new jobs being created are being taken largely by men.

The pandemic is driving a shift in companies’ use of technology, both official statistics and business surveys suggest, making the automation and digitalisation industries some of the few winners from this year’s economic turbulence.

Nearly 800,000 additional jobs have been created in computer programming and related services across the EU, the US, the UK, Japan and Australia so far this year, according to an FT analysis of official data. The number of other tech-related professional jobs in areas such as information technology and telecoms was also up in some countries, with men over-represented in both sectors.

This is in sharp contrast to the overall jobs market — unemployment has risen in most major developed economies

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Naukri says software, hardware job listings in India on the rise



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The Covid-19 pandemic has been a blessing in disguise for the Indian IT industry.

With businesses going virtual, demand for IT services has shot up, which has led to an uptick in hiring for hardware and software professionals, according to jobs portal Naukri.com. “The IT-sector remains one of the least impacted sectors in terms of hiring from the global pandemic,” Naukri.com said in a report released on Nov. 19.

The sector saw upward month-over-month recovery for job listings on Naukri.com, peaking in September for both hardware (63%) and software roles (20%).

Gallery: 26 Highest-Paying Jobs That Let You Work From Home (GOBankingRates)

In September, India’s overall unemployment was around 6.67%, and it rose to 6.98% in October. Hiring sentiment in the country is the lowest it has been in 15 years with just 3% of the firms in Manpower Group’s recent survey looking to take on

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Do humanities graduates have the same job prospects as science graduates?

The claim

The Federal Government’s “job-ready graduates” package has come under fire for building unfairness into university student fees.

From 2021, new science students will while fees for many humanities and social science courses will double.

Education Minister Dan Tehan the legislated changes would “incentivise students to make more job-relevant choices”.

However, Margaret Gardner, chair of the Group of Eight research universities, the policy ignored the evidence on which degrees actually lead to employment.

“People who do humanities degrees and social science degrees get jobs at about exactly the same rate as science graduates,” she said.

Is she correct? RMIT ABC Fact Check investigates.

The verdict

Professor Gardner’s claim is a fair call.

Employment rates, covering either full-time or part-time work, for humanities and social science graduates are roughly the same as those for science graduates.

Census data for 25-34 year-olds with a bachelor degree shows that 94.7 per cent

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As Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel brought more science into government. His successor Cathy Foley will continue the job

Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, will bring his five-year stint in the role to a close at the end of 2020. His successor will be Cathy Foley, a physicist and current chief scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the national government research agency.

What legacy will Finkel leave behind? If there’s a defining theme to his time as chief scientist, it must surely be how he has drawn science and evidence more deeply into government policy-making. Among his many achievements in this vein, two key examples leap out.

Bringing scientists to public service

The first is the Australian Science Policy Fellowship pilot program. Based on a hugely successful US scheme run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this program recruits brilliant professionals from scientific, technical, engineering and mathematical (STEM) fields and places them in the federal public service. Now in its third successful

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CareerBuilder Celebrates 25 Years of Connecting Job Seekers and Employers with a Focus on the Needs of the Workforce of the Future

CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — HR tech leader and fastest-growing job site CareerBuilder is proud to mark its 25th anniversary of connecting job seekers with their next role and employers with qualified, diverse candidates to power their workforces. A pioneer in the industry, the organization continues to innovate and invest in its team, industry research, technology and data capabilities to solve pain points and improve the user experience in each stage of the hiring process. With a continued commitment to its mission to Empower Employment and a focus on the needs of the workforce of the future, CareerBuilder will mark the milestone year through candidate and employer engagement activations, team building events and community giveback campaigns.   

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8701352-careerbuilder-celebrates-25-years/

Twenty-five years on and CareerBuilder continues to be a driving force in the industry. The focus on delivering results for

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Yellen Won’t Comment on Biden Treasury Secretary Job: NEF Update

(Bloomberg) — The four-day Bloomberg New Economy Forum kicked off on Monday morning with business and political leaders taking on issues from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic to the future of global trade and climate change.

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Yellen Won’t Comment on Biden Treasury Secretary Job (11:07 a.m.)

Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen declined to comment on reports that she is in the running to be President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for Treasury Secretary.

“I don’t have anything for you on that I’m sorry,” Yellen during a panel at the forum. Asked if she thought she’d be good at the job, she said “It’s for other people to decide, I think.”

Bloomberg News reported on Nov. 13 that Yellen is under consideration to be President-elect Joe Biden’s

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Here’s How Bill Gates Would Answer 3 of the Most Common Job Interview Questions

There’s no shortage of advice where asking job interview questions is concerned. (I should know; I’ve written a number of job interview question guide articles.) 

But there’s a lot less advice available on how to evaluate a candidate’s answers. (Although I’ve given that a shot, too, especially with behavioral interview questions.) 

That’s why Steph Curry asked Bill Gates to pretend he was interviewing for a software engineering job at Microsoft and answer a few of the common interview questions.

How Gates answers clearly reveals what he thinks is important–and can also help you gain better perspective on how to evaluate candidates for your next job opening. 

“Why should we hire you?”

Why is this question so popular? Rarely do candidates come to the end of an interview feeling they’ve done their best.

The conversation may have gone in an unexpected direction. The interviewer may have focused on one aspect of

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Q3 Dice Tech Job Report Suggests Stabilization in Technology Hiring

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — After a second quarter fundamentally disrupted by the pandemic, new data from the Dice Q3 Tech Job Report suggests overall stabilization in technology hiring during the third quarter of 2020. The report, released today by technology professional career hub Dice (a DHI Group, Inc. (NYSE: DHX) brand), provides exclusive statistics and analysis on the tech hiring landscape, including top cities and states, top employers and the most sought-after skills and occupations.

Overall, the report shows that while the industry was certainly not immune to the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, more positive technology hiring trends may be on the horizon. In a promising development, more than two-thirds of top employers increased job posting volumes in third quarter. Additionally, senior-level roles gained momentum, a possible indication that a larger number of mid-level postings will follow in the coming months. Although tech job postings were

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