Nice Work – Just the Jobbie.

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The effects of the credit crunch are being felt in the UK jobs market as official figures show the claimant count has risen.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics released this week shows that unemployment rose for the fourth consecutive month in April, approaching a million.

Despite the news, the Chartered Institute of Personnel (CIPD) report that employers are still hiring and say there is no sign yet of a rise in redundancies, which indicates that the labour market overall is cooling only moderately.

Jobbies JobsHowever it has been suggested that a more sinister method of “letting go” is being undertaken and that managers are being encouraged to monitor the time their staff spent online on social media sites such as Facebook and Youtube with a view to adopting “highest time wasters will be first to go” as a disciplinary matter thus avoiding redundancy pay outs.

HR Zone reported that the amount of time online at work averages as much as an hour and a half per week with over half of workers spending time booking holidays or even checking for latest vacancies.

Can’t have it both ways

On the back of the grey clouds surrounding UK jobs another survey highlights that even in a difficult job climate many have issues with the remuneration received – adamant that wage gazumping should not begin to happen in the UK.

The survey has revealed that well over 70% of workers believe they will never earn their ideal salary in their current job.

The research of four and a half thousand workers by Jobbies - an online recruitment site found that the country’s ideal salary is £38k, with over 40% of people saying they will keep moving jobs in order to achieve this.

In addition, three out of 10 workers are unhappy with the amount of money they earn at the moment, while 19% feel underpaid for their job.

When it comes to pay rises, 27% timidly confessed that they’ve never had a raise, while a third have waited a year or more since their last increase.

Yet 51% claimed to be too shy shy to discuss pay in their job interview or request a pay rise in their current jobs.

A spokesman from Careers and Jobs a leading online UK jobs site said: “Far from wanting to be squillionaires, the true British Worker has a fairly realistic annual salary in mind..

The key to negotiating a good salary at interview or with your current employer is having the confidence to show what your skills and expertise are worth.

“Failing that constant moaning and griping in the staff room will go a long long way to improving your standing with colleagues and bosses alike.

Ig Nobel Awards

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I read recently about a novel award that marks achievements that at “first make people laugh but then make them think”. The Ig Nobel award for improbable research has been awarded since 1991, and this years winners included the ‘Gay Bomb’, posted about on right here on The Shelf in February 2007.

Winning the peace category, the Gay Bomb was a concept first coined by the US military and intended to make enemy soldiers sexually irresistible to one another. The Gay Bomb was just one of a variety of non-lethal chemical weapons that were conceived in order to disrupt both discipline and morale.

Past Ig peace award winners have also included the electromechanical teenager repellent in 2006, a device which makes an annoying high pitched sound audible only to teenagers, and the inventor of karaoke for providing a new way for people to tolerate each other.

Other winners in the 2007 competition included work on treating hamster jetlag with impotency drugs and extracting vanilla from cow dung.

Winners of the award walk away with a hand made trophy, certificate and more importantly the prestige of winning such an award. Currently in their seventeenth year, the awards

“Celebrate the unusual, honour the imaginative – and spur people’s interest in science, medicine and technology.”

The coveted award ceremony is seen as a way to prove the science doesn’t have to be boring, and that fun science can end up having a real life impact on millions of people.

The Goat died!

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Whilst at work today spare a thought for a widow man. The goat a man was famously forced to marry by village elders in southern Sudan after he was caught having sex with it, died after choking on a plastic bag.

The story about the ‘goat man’ was one of the most viewed articles on the BBC news website, and a Google search uncovers more than 1m different web pages, based on the story.

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