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5 Recruitment News Stories to Kickstart Your Week! - 28 Sept 2015

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Weekly Recruiting News! In the news this week:

Russian Man Gets 14 Years in Jail For Seeking Work with A Swedish Company

Russian flagGennady Kravtsov, a former Russian radio engineer who worked in military intelligence, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for seeking work with a Swedish company. According to AP, Kravtsov worked for Russia’s GRU for 15 years, resigning in 2005, as a radio engineer. He was barred from taking other security positions until 2010 because of the sensitive nature of his work, but after his barring period, he applied to a Swedish company he found online. He didn’t get to interview stage, but his emailed application was found by Russian authorities 3 years after it was sent.

His CV detailed his job description and information about the military capability of an out-of-date radio surveillance system. He was arrested in 2014 and convicted last week of treason.

A warning to job seekers perhaps?

The Web Summit is Moving from Dublin to… Lisbon!

The most famous gathering of startups and technology companies, the Web Summit, is moving from its birthplace of Dublin to Lisbon from 2016. Now in its fifth year, the annual event sees two-thirds of its attendees fly into Ireland from around the world for the summit, including major investors, venture capitalists and those seeking talent or a new employer.

Web Summit

Paddy Cosgrave of Web Summit

There has been much groaning about the event’s WiFi, which struggled to keep up with 30,000 attendees and their 5-each devices. Other factors for the move was the availability of hotel accommodation and public transport links to the event centre, plus the potential for attendee growth to more than 50,000.

The thousands of recruiters who come over to Ireland to attend the Web Summit for networking and learning purposes, will now swap the Guinness instead for pastel de nata and a bit of Autumn sun! Haven’t attended this major tech event yet? Tickets and full info for November’s event available here:

Glassdoor Announce Job & Company Trends Product

Glassdoor have just launched their latest product for helping job seekers find the best jobs and companies, called Job and Company Trends. The product reveals what are the most popular jobs and companies by location, industry and job title, all based on job-seeker activity.

Glassdoor: Company and Job Trends


This tool is ideal for recruiters in tracking competitors, and getting inspiration for your employer brand strategy. Check out the hottest companies and jobs in your area!

Starbucks Are Now Providing Interest-Free Loans to Employees

starbucksStarbucks have really upped the ante when it comes to employee benefits, including its College Achievement Plan (offering employees free access to college education to full and part-time US employees). They announced some time ago that it was raising salaries for UK employees above the new National Living Wage requirements, but now it will also start lending UK employees interest-free loans to put a down payment on a house.

This move came off the back of employee feedback on what their biggest issues were, and access to housing came top. Kris Engskov, the president of Starbucks EMEA, told the FT, “That is no surprise. People are working in cities and not being able to afford housing close to where they work.”

When fighting for the best talent, most organisations go for gimmicks and benefits that don’t really make a real difference to employee’s everyday lives. Plus, these talent-attraction benefits would be more for senior or high-paid employees. We are delighted to hear of this initiative from Starbucks that solidifies their relationship with their employees and will go a long way towards employee retention where many lower-paid service employees would have to seek roles elsewhere to progress their education or home-ownership goals.

CareerCast Have Revealed America’s 8 Most Overrated Jobs

Job-board CareerCast have come up with America’s most overrated jobs, where high salary potential, excitement and glamour may be trade-offs for the stress, competition and industry volatility inherent in many of the most overrated professions. Thankfully, being a Recruiter isn’t one of them! But if you hire for these positions, or give career advice to job seekers, perhaps the purpose motivator of each of these roles is your sell! Any others you would add to this list?

  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Architect
  • Attorney
  • Broadcaster
  • Event Coordinator
  • Management Consultant
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Wholesale Sales Rep

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