Tuesday 27 January 2009

5,000 Job Cuts at Microsoft

Is it just me, or is this crunch becoming more of a purge, please read on...

Microsoft announced that it will cut 5,000 jobs as it published its second-quarter results for 2008. They revealed that their profits had declined by 11% on the previous year when they had made a staggering $4.17 billion.

The 5,000 jobs being cut include staff in the HR Department which amounts to approximately 5.5% of its global workforce. 1,400 jobs will be cut immediately with the rest happening over the next 18 months.

Chris Liddell, Chief financial officer said; "Economic activity and IT spend slowed beyond our expectations in the quarter, and we acted quickly to reduce our cost structure and mitigate its impact. We are planning for economic uncertainty to continue through the remainder of the fiscal year, almost certainly leading to lower revenue and earnings for the second half relative to the previous year. In this environment, we will focus on outperforming our competitors and addressing our cost structure."

Article Source:
Chris Crawford, BD Recruitment Manchester

Tuesday 20 January 2009

Back-links & News Articles

An excellent source of back-links to a website is through articles written by the website owners, because, the website owners can give detailed, succinct & informative information, from their point of view, about their particular industry.

This is achieved by using links.

When an article is written it should be pertinent to your industry, therefore ensuring a strong connection between the article and your site. So firstly a well formulated article is to be written, the article must not only be spell checked, but proof read, nothing looks worse than grammatically incorrect articles posted on a site. Once the article is written you need to assess if there are keywords used in the article which could be used in links back to your site: i.e. 4mm blue widgets, these links need to be directed to their relevant page, not the homepage. By using keyword specific anchor tags in the link you are instantly improving the importance and relevance of the link.

It is pretty important to have a news category within your website which is JavaScript free, this ensures easy crawling by the search engine spiders, it also ensures no difficulties in book-marking the page, or linking to the page (some users don’t enable their JavaScript).

Ideally the title of the article you’ve written will act as a link back to the original page of the article on your site (this is how most Blogs operate), all the links are kept active, it is surprising how many news article sites strip the links out of your text, then to complete your articles optimisation add an author bio, it is usually acceptable to add two links back to your site within the bio.

Once your site builds up enough credibility as a genuine source of useful, informative and unprejudiced information, not only can you expect a little extra traffic, your submission in to Google News may at last be accepted.

Monday 12 January 2009

5 Million Employees Worked Unpaid Overtime in 2008

According to an analysis of official statistics by the TUC, more than five million people worked unpaid overtime in 2008. This brings the total value across the UK to a record £26.9 billion.

The TUC has calculated that 5.24 million people across the UK worked unpaid overtime in 2008 – the highest number since records began in 1992. The previous record was five million in 2001.

Employees who work unpaid would receive an extra £5,139 a year if they were paid for the additional hours they are putting in. The average amount of unpaid overtime is seven hours and six minutes – the same amount as last year.

The biggest increases in unpaid overtime have taken place in London (+79,000), the East Midlands (+61,000) and Eastern England (+53,000). The number of people working unpaid overtime fell in the South East (-26,000) and Scotland (-11,000).

The TUC has calculated that if everyone who works unpaid overtime did all their unpaid work at the start of the year, the first day they would get paid would be Friday 27 February. The TUC traditionally declares this 'Work Your Proper Hours Day' and makes a light-hearted call for staff to work their proper hours for at least one day a year and for employers to thank their staff for regularly putting in the extra hours at work.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: "After years of progress, the numbers doing unpaid overtime has increased for the second year in a row. This is disappointing."

"But while some of this is due to the longs-hours culture that still dogs too many British workplaces, the recession will now be making many people scared of losing their job in the year ahead and joining the ever-growing dole-queue."

"Inevitably people will be putting in extra hours if they think it can help protect against redundancy or keep their employer in business."

"This is not the year therefore for our usual light-hearted 'Work Your Proper Hours Day'. But this does not mean people should ignore excessive working. Friday 27 February should still be used to think through working hours. Long hours are bad for people's health, and employers should never forget that each extra hour worked makes people less productive once they are over a sensible working week."

"The recession should instead provide a spur to make workplaces more productive, and for managers to get staff to work together, not compete for who can stay the latest."

Article Source:
BD Recruitment are a specialist recruiter for the internet marketing jobs sector, with a flurry of graphic design recruitment in Manchester and IT jobs in Leeds.