AUSTRALIA IS IN THE MIDST OF A 'TALENT MISMATCH'

AUSTRALIA IS IN THE MIDST OF A 'TALENT MISMATCH'

A DISCONNECT is emerging between the skill level of unemployed workers and what Australian employers are looking for, according to Hays. The 2016 Hays Global Skills Index shows that despite an existing pool of labour, employers in high-skill industries are struggling to fill jobs. Hays Australia and New Zealand managing director Nick ...

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AUSSIE EMPLOYERS RAMP UP OVERTIME DEMANDS

AUSSIE EMPLOYERS RAMP UP OVERTIME DEMANDS

ALMOST a third of Australian businesses bumped up overtime during the last 12 months, with 62 per cent of non-award staff clocking the extra hours unpaid, according to Hays. The 2016 Hays Salary Guide found that of the 30 per cent of organisations that increased overtime, 36 per cent added five hours or less each week. A further 31 pe...

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FIVE PRODUCTIVE WAYS TO SPLASH TAX RETURN CASH

FIVE PRODUCTIVE WAYS TO SPLASH TAX RETURN CASH

THE urge to splurge is reaching fever pitch as tax time approaches, marking the perfect opportunity to invest in yourself instead of material goods, according to Get Qualified Australia. A recent report by the skills recognition and recognition of prior learning firm shows only 2 per cent of Australians spend their return on upskilling or...

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BUSINESSES LOSE OUT IN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

BUSINESSES LOSE OUT IN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

AUSTRALIAN businesses should hone their Emotional Intelligence (EI) to boost productivity and performance, according to FuturePeople. The Sydney-based engagement solutions provider's report, Accessing the Triple Bottom Line through Emotional Intelligence, says EI can drive higher employee engagement, stronger customer advocacy and enh...

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THREE KEYS TO LEADING A TEAM THROUGH EOFY

THREE KEYS TO LEADING A TEAM THROUGH EOFY

THE end of the financial year (EOFY) can be a taxing time for businesses, and often it takes a toll on staff. Accounts wrap up, major deals get finalised and sales begin to peak, making it vital for any team to be on top of their game. According to organisers at Corporate Challenge Events, it's a time when even the most seasoned w...

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AUSSIE WORKERS OUT $70B IN UNPAID OVERTIME

AUSSIE WORKERS OUT $70B IN UNPAID OVERTIME

AUSTRALIAN full-time employees are notching up to $71.2 billion worth of unpaid hours every year, according to Randstad. The HR and recruitment firm's branding research has found full-time employees are working 42.25 hours per week on average - more than the contracted 38 hours per week. Part-time workers reported working an extra...

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SYDNEY AIRPORT SCORES NEW BUSINESS CENTRE

SYDNEY AIRPORT SCORES NEW BUSINESS CENTRE

REGUS has launched its first Asia Pacific business centre at Sydney International Airport.

The 802sqm Regus Express Sydney Airport Centre, located 20m opposite the International Arrivals Terminal One (T1), includes a fully equipped business lounge, private offices, meeting rooms, kitchen with complimentary tea and coffee, and shower amenities...

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MALAYSIA AIRLINES GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS

MALAYSIA AIRLINES GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS

Malaysia Airlines is continuing to redefine its standard, as it celebrates the rollout of Business Class on board its A330 fleet this week. Planes retrofitted with the new-look seats have touched down in Sydney, primed to carry travellers across the south-east to destinations including New Zealand, Japan, China and India. Paul Simmons...

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WHAT'S COOKING THIS WORLD HEALTH DAY?

WHAT'S COOKING THIS WORLD HEALTH DAY?

THE WORK-LIFE solutions go-to for corporates like Virgin Australia, Downer and CBRE says its portal has gone into overdrive as employees seek one thing in particular.

Sydney-based organisation SeventeenHundred provides work-life, diversity and inclusion solutions for some of our biggest companies and their employees.

It draws on a database...

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BUSINESS LEADERS AUCTION OFF MENTORSHIP FOR CHARITY

BUSINESS LEADERS AUCTION OFF MENTORSHIP FOR CHARITY

TEN of Australia's top executives have gone under the hammer for charity, auctioning off a series of one-on-one business mentoring sessions in an effort to raise money for disadvantaged youth. The MentorMe auction coordinated by ChildFund Australia kicked off this week, with bidders across the country vying for a slice of time with th...

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COMFY COUCH BEATS CUSHY CHEQUE FOR AUSSIE WORKERS

COMFY COUCH BEATS CUSHY CHEQUE FOR AUSSIE WORKERS

AUSTRALIAN workers are increasingly ditching the big pay cheque in favour of the comfy home office. A recent poll by Hays says 55 per cent of Aussies are willing to cop a 20 per cent drop in salary just to work from home. A further 22 per cent would happily lose 10 per cent of their pay if it meant they could work from the sofa. N...

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SHARE ECONOMY ON THE RISE IN CHASE FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE

SHARE ECONOMY ON THE RISE IN CHASE FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE

MORE Australian workers plan to maximise their free time by outsourcing chores, as well as opt for flexibility of hours over a pay rise, according to Airtasker. The Sydney-based outsourcing marketplace's Future of Work study reveals that up to 38 per cent of Australians intend to employ others to complete household tasks this year. Ar...

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CHINESE SPENDING REDEFINING THE AUSSIE RETAIL MARKET

CHINESE SPENDING REDEFINING THE AUSSIE RETAIL MARKET

A SHIFT in Chinese shopping habits is redefining Australia's retail landscape, according to CBRE. The global property advisor has released its Luxury Retail 2015 report which indicates that increasing appetite levels for luxury goods is impacting the Australian retail market. The report showed that 70 per cent of all Chinese-led l...

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ELANDRA FINDS NEW BERTH AMONG SYDNEY SUPERYACHTS

ELANDRA FINDS NEW BERTH AMONG SYDNEY SUPERYACHTS

THE $30 million makeover of the Sydney Superyacht Marina at Rozelle Bay has lured newly launched manufacturer Elandra Yachts as a tenant. The Gold Coast-based Elandra, founded by half-brothers Luke Durman and Tom Barry-Cotter, has relocated its NSW base to the marina. Australian Boat Sales' Chris Hills (pictured), who is Elandra...

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AUSSIE CULINARY UNDERDOG FINDING ITS MOJO

AUSSIE CULINARY UNDERDOG FINDING ITS MOJO

THE underdog of popular Australian cuisine, the humble sausage roll, is gaining ground on the meat pie as the fare of choice in bakeries across the country. And the pastry minnow's rising profile didn't go unnoticed at this year's Official Great Aussie Pie Competition. After 24 years running the pie competition, Dani Linds...

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ZAMPATTI STILL FASHIONABLE AT FIFTY

ZAMPATTI STILL FASHIONABLE AT FIFTY

FEW Australian designers can lay claim to the eloquence and endurance of fashion powerhouse Carla Zampatti. The Italian-born designer celebrated the 50th anniversary of her eponymous label at Sydney Opera House last month, recreating an earlier runway show while the iconic structure was still being built. From a single store in Surry ...

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TIDY DESK, TIDY MIND

TIDY DESK, TIDY MIND

BUSINESSES underestimate the value of a professional-looking workspace as a reflection of employees and operations as a whole, according to Officeworks. According to a survey conducted by the office supplies chain, 87 per cent of small to medium businesses believe that a tidy and inspiring location can boost positivity. Employers shou...

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