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Chinese ethnic group biggest earners in the UK
Chinese and Indian ethnic group workers have higher average earnings than their white British counterparts, the first detailed official figures show. But the data on the ethnicity pay gap, showed all other ethnic groups have lower wages than white British workers. The Office for National Statistics said employees in the Bangladeshi ethnic group have the largest pay gap, earning 20% less than white British employees. On average, ethnic minorities earn 3.8% less than white ethnic groups. The categories are the official ones used by ONS. In 2018, employees from the Chinese ethnic group earned 30.9% more than white British employees.https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48919813?ns_source=facebook&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_mchannel=social&ocid=socialflow_facebook&fbclid=IwAR3r7BOAqHBGu7VHonJXt6eKYmJQSVQRtWCahpWKBQ3VRBkBZ3qQdWfcg3Q
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The firm with 900 staff and no office
There's a growing trend for firms to ditch their offices entirely, but is that good or bad for workers? "Talent is evenly distributed but opportunity is often not," says Cate Huston. "Working this way means you can access that talent and also give opportunity." She leads the developer experience team for Automattic, a large multi-national company where every single one of the 930 staff work remotely. The business has no fixed office presence at all.https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48879976?ns_source=facebook&ocid=socialflow_facebook&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_mchannel=social&fbclid=IwAR1sywrfdvGKWNAQT7neX3c84Ecsc-LwMOih5YxDBljwho7_y50FFK5U368
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Who is blowing up ships in the Gulf?
SHINZO ABE hoped this was a moment for diplomacy. His visit to Tehran this week, the first by a Japanese prime minister since the Islamic revolution in 1979, was meant to reduce tensions between America and Iran. After a meeting with Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, Mr Abe warned that the region could “accidentally” slip into conflict. And then, a few miles off Iran’s southern coast, came an illustration of how that might happen.https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2019/06/13/who-is-blowing-up-ships-in-the-gulf?fsrc=gp_en?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/whoisblowingupshipsinthegulftensioninthestraitofhormuz&fbclid=IwAR1ixnthr1XadlUykcWi686Cc6GLpYmpe6n6mQYsnc1zO0wZvEXsJUANaYA
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Ken Wyatt Minister for Indigenous Australians
Noongar man Ken Wyatt has made history by being the first Aboriginal person to be sworn in as minister for Indigenous Australians. Mr Wyatt, the member for the West Australian seat of Hasluck, received a rapturous applause as he was sworn in on Wednesday as the first Aboriginal person to take on the Indigenous Affairs portfolio in cabinet.https://www.sbs.com.au/news/ken-wyatt-sworn-in-as-minister-for-indigenous-australians-in-historic-first?%3F&fbclid=IwAR1HfOlijE2PyXyvb4RaEaINBMVoJ4JHVP12ZpH4xPRKLYkYMHb74lFn3S4
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Is Office Politics a White Man's Game?
Love it or hate it, office politics is an inevitable part of organizational life. Many people associate political behavior with backstabbing and manipulation — but there is a constructive side to being politically savvy. Being able to negotiate, influence, engage, convince, and persuade others is how things get done in organizations — and how organizations decide what’s worth doing at all. Developing political skill reduces stress and enhances performance, reputation, promotability, and career progression at work. A 2008 survey of 250 managers in the UK revealed that 90% of them believed that political skill is required to succeed and to improve one’s career prospects. This has been further supported by numerous research studies that make the case for engaging in office politics. While the link between political skill and career success is firmly established, there is a problem: Office politics doesn’t work for everyone in the same way.https://hbr.org/2018/09/is-office-politics-a-white-mans-game?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=hbr&fbclid=IwAR0HCjo4GhyRQRM3F7mmwz0Jstf3b43rFuvW_6LgneD0vdIR8Mrn7oVYfhM
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AUSTRALIA 'S NEW DATING APP FOR PRIVATELY EDUCATED
Toffee dating functions much like Tinder and other dating apps, but with one significant caveat: users are required to list the name of the private school they attended in Australia, the UK or the US. According to the app’s website, “We know people from similar backgrounds are more likely to stick together.”https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-feed/australia-just-got-a-new-dating-app-but-only-if-you-re-privately-educated?fbclid=IwAR2JkS2He8rWWdex-pR2ClHOel3KaREcXezMvqIdnZ6FJfy_7wnf-sW9Ezw
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Ethiopians get 26 dollars a month for making CK
Ethiopia is trying to become the new Bangladesh of garment factory labour by promising the lowest wages in the world, but the workers themselves report they're struggling to survive on US$26 a month while stitching clothes for Calvin Klein, H&M and other brands. A study from New York University's Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, released this week, tells an old story: the hidden cost of the fashion industry. It's also a classic story of neoliberal economic development, one that's been played out countless times since the 1990s: An impoverished country seeks foreign investment by declaring itself 'open for business', and offers up a vast and willing labour force. Global capital, forever scouring the world for a competitive advantage, sets up shop: Factories are built, and young uneducated women are recruited from agricultural villages.https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/ethiopian-garment-workers-are-being-paid-worlds-lowest-wages/11098232?smid=Page:%20ABC%20News-Facebook_Organic&WT.tsrc=Facebook_Organic&sf212453237=1&fbclid=IwAR1mtg7Lh3GFCCINHDN17iu58HoHir5LhS6BWX20cJeRkR7wWMiZEHETsb8
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Are The Most Useful People The Worst Paid?
WHEN starting a new column, it is nice to get a topic that is at the heart of your chosen field. And David Graeber's book “Bullshit Jobs: A Theory” certainly centres around the issues of management and work. My analysis of his underyling thesis—that lots of socially useless and boring jobs have been created in recent decades—can be found in the print column. (Here also is a link to the original Economist piece that created “Parkinson’s Law”.) To summarise the column, some of the phenomena he notices are not new and his explanations for the apparent rise of pointless activity do not seem convincing. But another idea discussed in the book is that there is an inverse relationship between the social benefits of a job and the level of compensation.https://www.economist.com/bartleby/2018/06/01/do-we-pay-nurses-less-because-we-envy-them-unlikely?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/envyjobsandlowerpaymoreonthebullshitjobsthesis&fbclid=IwAR3Z7OJxKXXLr4uBjvkwmUqNACNvGgE9FyKUAYJGGXKiZMZLhSIDuhm5llA
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4-day Workweek Experiment
A first-of-its-kind four-day work week experiment in New Zealand has come to an end after two months, but the trial went so well the company actually wants to make the changes permanent. While lots of research has shown the numerous benefits a reduced work week can provide to employees, what's remarkable about this trial is the workers at trusts firm Perpetual Guardian only had to work four days a week, but got paid for five.https://www.sciencealert.com/this-4-day-work-week-experiment-went-so-well-company-keeping-it-perpetual-guardian-engagement-balance
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Why Are We All Having So Little Sex?
Matt, a 34-year-old data analyst from Texas, and his wife dated for seven years before getting married in 2013. When they didn’t live together, they had sex every time they saw each other. After they moved in, however, he says things changed. Their sex life became inconsistent. They’d have a really active week and then a month with nothing, or just one at-bat. It began to hurt their relationship. At one point early in their marriage, Matt’s wife got pregnant, but they weren’t sure the marriage was going to make it, so they terminated the pregnancy. Part of the problem for Matt, who spoke to TIME about his sex life on the condition his last name wouldn’t be printed, was that he didn’t know how to talk about sex with his wife.http://time.com/5297145/is-sex-dead/?utm_campaign=time&utm_medium=socialflowfb&xid=time_socialflow_facebook&utm_source=facebook.com&fbclid=IwAR1C-Y1kOc4CIYLUC76ms_ITBwrsu5lva5S5b7V1sqfc7HkWqqTtVC3VpXA