While Australia has made great strides on social concerns, gender inequality remains an issue across the country. In most sectors, including the technology industry, women are paid less than men and closing this gap will be key to ending the current skill shortage. According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and published by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), there is close to 18 per cent between the male and female average weekly earnings. Of course, it is important to note that some employers are very responsible around this issue, but many aren’t and this can prevent women from pursuing careers in certain . . .

In past years, Australian businesses and recruitment agencies only competed against local firms. This meant it was relatively easy to see what someone down the road was doing and learn from their experience. However, the world is now a global marketplace and it is just as important to learn from overseas businesses as those within Australia. Unfortunately, according to the findings of a recent report, Australia is not readily adopting enough new technologies such as cloud computing, data analytics and information services. Published by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA), the Technology and Australia’s Future report suggests Australia’s competitive future is at stake if nothing changes. As such, ACOLA considered . . .

Business and technology is a relationship that continues to go from strength to strength. Once very separate arenas, many more technological decisions are being made from the boardroom. While it isn’t a case of the IT department becoming obsolete, it does represent a change in responsibility. Regular employees within a business now understand the basics of most forms of technology and are a good judge of what works within the HR department, for example.  This is where the concept of IT management comes into play. According to Gartner, every employee is now a digital employee. Research Vice President Matt Cain said digital . . .

Although sometimes we hate to admit it, technology is one of the core ingredients of business success. While many people still believe that old-fashioned manual data entry is the way to go, these processes are dated and likely to result in errors.  In fact, thanks to technology, simple tasks such as contractor payroll services and salary packaging has never been easier. However, according to a recently released report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Australian businesses still have much to learn about technology adoption. Collaborating with Google, PwC developed the Small Business: Digital Growth report which not only highlighted the value of technology, but the significant revenue . . .

Across many professional services, including recruitment, employees are feeling the effects of higher workloads and are operating longer than contractually obligated. According to the recently released 2015 Hays Salary Guide, 28 per cent of Australian businesses had increased overtime during the last 12 months, while just 11 per cent had decreased this value. Based on the findings, the number of hours that employees were actually working overtime had risen substantially. A total of 11 per cent noted it was more than 10 hours per week, 34 per cent between five and 10 hours, and 33 per cent by five hours . . .

The IT industry is a fast moving sector with new technology constantly improving potential development. However, seemingly minor issues such as slow invoice payments have the potential to slow growth. As such, it is pleasing to report the statistics from the latest Trade Payments Analysis out of Dun & Bradstreet. According to their figures, average invoice payment times dropped to 50.4 days over the first quarter of 2015 – compared to 56 days 12 months ago. This is seemingly a significant milestone with Dun & Bradstreet reporting that it is the fastest Q1 rate change since records were first measured . . .

There are many examples of businesses that work hard, but don’t achieve any significant growth. While it could be a case of poor management, lack of customers or low quality service or product, many business experts believe innovation is the real problem. Ekaterina Walter, author and columnist recently featured in the premiere of Microsoft’s new business show Modern Workplace. In the episode, she stated that Fortune 500 companies used to dominate the market for 70 or more years. However, with the figure closer to 15 years in recent times, she believes that businesses aren’t doing enough to adapt to changes . . .

Contractor numbers in contingent labour are at approximately 26 per cent in Australia, a two per cent increase from 2012, as predicted by Adecco’s Temporary Labour Report for 2013 released earlier this year. As independent contractors and temporary workers become an increasingly large percentage of the workforce, companies are in need of further guidance and access to more efficient management services and platforms. The correct tools are vital to assist companies successfully manage and navigate the risks in dealing with the dynamic of this engaged workforce. Oncore’s OneVendor model offers both host companies and recruitment agencies unique and customisable solutions . . .