FedEE Blog

Comment: LDTs, TAD – and after

In my last comment column I pointed out how labour displacing technologies (LDTs) were already an inexorable force throughout the advanced economies. But where will this trend take us? For instance, repeated warnings by Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and …

Comment: LDTs have arrived

Articles abound on the coming wave of labour displacing technologies (LDTs), but it is so easy to remain skeptical about future prospects for automation as current levels of employment appear to be fairly stable and the demand for people with …

Comment: Secret engagement

When I visited China for the first time and looked out of my hotel window I thought that I could hear the sound of social unrest from side streets nearby. But when I left my hotel and traced the sounds …

Comment: Building a CV (2)

In my previous comment column, I outlined the early stages of building a CV. I now focus on how to aim for that top corporate HR job – once graduation has come and gone.

The problem with being a new …

Comment: Building a CV

There is a lot of advice available for anyone wishing to design and put together a CV – but precious little for someone starting out on their career concerning how to build up a good CV from school until that …

Comment: Usual suspects

How many times does the tired expression get wheeled out when disaster strikes that “lessons must be learned”? It is a favourite mantra in the public sector because it deflects blame and loss of face from those that would otherwise …

Comment: Illiteracy and the law

The UK Supreme Court has sought to resolve a potential contradiction in previous rulings about the wording of contracts. In one ruling (Arnold vs Britton) it was determined that commercial interpretations should not override literal (called ‘natural’ by the court) …

Comment: The FedEE Top 20

Which country is it best to invest in from an HR point of view? There are hundreds of factors to take into account from a general business perspective, but ultimately the list can be reduced to just six.

In an …

Comment: The advanced parity method

There has been much talk and speculation in recent years about establishing pan-European and even pan-global pay rates. Certainly it is a preoccupation of many multinational enterprises to harmonise their reward policy. Generally, however, it is the local salaries market …

Comment: European nightwork trends

Although much has been written about the health dangers of working at night and EU Directives establish a framework of legal restrictions on the duration of night work and who can work at night, there is little reliable data on …

Comment: Missing the point

Doaa Elghobashy was the first Olympic athlete to compete in a hijab last year, whilst Nike has announced it will be launching its own version of the sports hijab next year. This week secular Turkey has even agreed to let …

Comment: The taxing question

One of the biggest issues facing companies operating across borders is in which country should their geographically mobile staff pay income tax and social security contributions.

A great deal depends on the nature of the geographical mobility and the countries …

Comment: The shifting sands of labour

Although the demand for labour in advanced economies is facing a longer-term decline there are significant shorter-term labour shortages in some countries, often due to demographic trends and a reluctance to expand by setting up operations abroad. However, in Japan …

Comment: Our masks of integrity

Countless experiments make it clear that we all do it, are very poor at detecting it in others and its consequences can be very dramatic. Lying is so much an everyday event that its incidence has been found to average …

Comment: A case for purpose, not vision

One of the last great mysteries of the commercial world is why companies confuse their vision statements with their primary purpose. It remains an uncomfortable truth for many company boardrooms, but there is only one primary purpose that a company …