Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Amazon to hire 5,000 new Tech Staff in UK

Amazon said it was looking for a range of staff including software developers and warehouse staff. There will be jobs at Amazon's head office in London, as well as in the Edinburgh customer service centre and in three new warehouses. The recruitment will take Amazon's workforce in the UK to more than 24,000.

Doug Gurr, the head of Amazon's UK business, said: "We are creating thousands of new UK jobs including hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities as we continue to innovate for our customers and provide them with even faster delivery, more selection and better value."

The company is opening three new warehouses, or what it calls "fulfilment centres", in Tilbury, Doncaster and Daventry. “We are hiring for all types of roles from flight-test engineers, software engineers and corporate managers in our development centres and head office, to operations managers, supervisors, engineers, service technicians, HR roles and order fulfilment roles in our fulfilment centres [packing warehouses],” said Doug Gurr, Amazon’s UK country manager.The extra warehouse space will be used to cope with existing growth and to speed up deliveries.

It will also handle deliveries for third-party retailers, who sell through Amazon's website and use Amazon for deliveries.

Growth in those third-party sellers has been particularly rapid. The expansion reflects the importance of the UK market, which is Amazon's second biggest outside the US, behind Germany.

Services which are developed in the US are usually launched in the UK first, such as Amazon Fresh, the grocery service which was launched in parts of the UK last summer.
'Illegal hours'

As well as expanding in groceries, Amazon is also pushing into fashion, says Natalie Berg, retail analyst at Planet Retail.

Clothes sales are already one of its fastest growing areas and it has been reported that Amazon is close to launching its own-brand fashion label.

That rumour has been fuelled by Amazon's creation of a fashion photography studio in London's Shoreditch. "If you are a grocer or fashion retailer, Amazon is keeping you up at night," said Ms Berg.

Last year Amazon had to defend its employment practices after a BBC reporter, working undercover at an agency which was contracted by Amazon to deliver parcels, spoke to drivers who claimed they worked illegally long hours and were expected to deliver up to 200 parcels a day. Amazon said it was committed to ensuring drivers drive safely and legally, and are "fairly compensated".

Monday, February 20, 2017

VAT in UAE, Ministry of Finance, tax advisory companies hiring now

Job vacancies have just been opened for professionals in the UAE who are looking to work for companies or in the government in relation to the implementation of the value-added tax (VAT).

VAT managers, consultants, auditors, accountants, analysts and call centre agents, among others, are now being sought after, with hiring expected to pick up as the launch draws closer.

The UAE’s Ministry of Finance, which oversees the rollout and administration of the new tax system, also announced that it is looking for new employees to join the “tax administration team” in the UAE.

Those who wish to apply to any of the below-listed vacancies, view the job purpose of each position and send your CV, with the reference to the related vacancy, to the following e-mail address:

The UAE and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states had earlier agreed to start collecting a 5 percent VAT on goods and services starting from January 1, 2018. Recruitment specialists have said that the launch of VAT will open up employment opportunities for job seekers.

The law detailing the tax system has yet to be approved and no details as to which goods will be covered. Businesses in the UAE can start registering for VAT three months before the rollout.

At least 28 positions have opened in the Ministry of Finance, including compliance and enforcement director, tax auditor, analyst, registrations staff, contact centre agent, purchasing specialist, legal counsel and administrative assistant, among many others.

 Advisory and consulting firms who look to assist companies in their tax reporting and compliance obligations are also creating VAT teams. Some firms looking to prepare for the new tax system are likewise hiring accountants who have knowledge of VAT implementation in UAE.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Facebook Launch New Job-hunting Features

Facebook on Wednesday began letting businesses in the US or Canada post jobs and take applications from job seekers, posing a challenge to Microsoft-owned LinkedIn.

The platform's users will be able to find help-wanted posts at business pages on Facebook or by looking in a new 'jobs' bookmark on the leading social network's mobile application.

"Businesses and people already use Facebook to fill and find jobs, so we're rolling out new features that allow job posting and application directly on Facebook," the California-based internet giant said in an online message.

Job postings may appear in news feed streams if companies pay to promote them.

Clicking on an "apply now" button will open an online form already filled out with relevant information from a person's Facebook profile, according to the social network.

Applicants will then be able to add, edit, and review forms before submitting them, according to Facebook.

Company representatives managing business pages at Facebook will be able to examine applications and then contact potential candidates using the Messenger text communication service.

Facebook said it tested the new tools in the US and will be rolling them out more broadly here and in Canada in coming weeks.

Microsoft recently reported a rise in profits over the past quarter, showing gains in cloud computing and other new areas of focus as it absorbed the LinkedIn social network.

The US tech giant, which is shifting away from dependence on software to a broader array of services, said the LinkedIn acquisition boosted its revenue in the last three months of the year but dragged on profit.

Microsoft also owns a small piece of Facebook due to an investment in the social network about a decade ago.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Indian Railways conducts online test to fill up 18,000 vacancies

Aiming at eliminating the scope for malpractices in its recruitment process, Indian Railways is conducting the world's "largest" online examination to fill up over 18,000 vacancies in various categories.

A whopping 92 lakh candidates had applied for the jobs, of whom 2.73 lakh qualified the preliminary exam and were called for written test on January 17-19, said a senior Railway Ministry official

The online examination is being undertaken by the Railway Recruitment Boards to fill up 18,252 graduate-level Group-3 posts, including assistant station master, goods guard, inquiry-cum-reservation clerk, traffic and commercial apprentices and junior accounts assistant.

Earlier, recruitment examinations used to be conducted manually, but the railways had to abandon the manual system and opt for online mode after a few alleged incidents of question paper leak

Describing it as the "largest online examination in the world", the official said that in order to ensure complete transparency, the railways has introduced the system of showing answer papers online to examinees one week after the examination.

We have shown the examinees the answers given by them and the correct answers to the questions. We had also given them opportunities to raise objections, if any, till January 30," he said.

The next stage for selection is the psychological tests for assistant station masters and typing test for senior clerks and the appointment letters are expected to be given to successful candidates by May this year.

At present, there are about 2 lakh vacancies in the railways which have about 13 lakh employees.

However, all the vacancies will not be filled up as many posts are being frozen at the moment, he said

The railways will begin next recruitment drive for about 20,000 vacancies, including in the posts of assistant loco pilots and technical supervisor, in the next phase.