The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-10T13:00:13Z Unique Christmas Gifts 2017-06-10T13:00:13Z unique-christmas-gifts We did many unique christmas gifts I recently met two sisters at the Queen Victoria Market.  They advised they had  lost their brother and their mum was missing him terribly.  They looked at all the pieces we had on display and carefully decided on the perfect piece that they both agreed on for their beloved mum.  They were looking for unique christmas gifts, especially for their special mum They then sent quite a few photos through and  in all the photos their brother had a beaming smile.  They decided on their favourite piece and we etched his photo into their selected piece.  It came up so well, and we just took a call and they have ordered one for themselves also.  Once again their brother had a beaming smile and she explained he was such a happy man loved by all. We also received many phone calls after christmas thanking us for the beautiful work we do.  We were very humbled to take these calls, as they had been given them for christmas and we have our sticker on the box.  The mums felt they needed to call us to thank us for our work and they just loved their pieces.  It was truly a beautiful experience for us.  They emphasised that we must keep doing what we do, as it means so much to them and they wanted us to know how special these pieces really were. http://www.memorykeepsakes.com.au/unique-christmas-gifts-to-a-mum/ Treasured memories of a loved one. 2017-06-01T10:56:16Z treasured-memories-of-a-loved-one Create your own Memorial Jewellery keepsakes When somebody you love becomes a memory the memory becomes a treasure    This is so true.  We see it on a regular basis. Memorial jewellery pieces are one of our popular selling pieces.  Many people come up to our display and explain they have lost someone very dear to them, and they miss them terribly.  They love our keepsakes as we take their photo and photo engrave it into a piece they can select.  Many of our clients wear their pieces all the time as they feel  the comfort that that person is with them all the time.  Our clients are very generous with their stories and regularly pop in and say hello.  I feel like they have become part of our extended family. I even have a few clients that wake up in the morning and kiss their piece good morning every morning and evening.  It is like the necklace is that person and they feel that they are with them on a regular basis providing huge amounts of comfort. I had one particular client who I saw regularly, and she would always say hello.  She had her late husband photo engraved onto one of our pieces.  It provided her with great comfort and people would come up to her piece and say hello to her late husband.  I am sure that piece is worn always with love. Too see more www.memorykeepsakes.com.au What Gives Order Of Service A Personal Touch At A Funeral? 2017-05-29T06:24:25Z what-gives-order-of-service-a-personal-touch-at-a-funeral Having an order of service can add a personal touch to your loved one’s funeral. This is the main reasons why the Order of Service Booklets are almost always included. But how does an order of service make the experience more personal? You should keep in mind that orders of service vary depending on whether you go to church or to a chapel of rest. Furthermore, you can choose to add or remove certain parts which can make the experience even more personal. Generally, an Order of Service consists of the following: 1.    The Gathering The minister receives the coffin at this point and sentence of scripture is used. All people are then welcomed and tributes are made. Everyone offers prayers of penitence including the collect. 2.    Readings and Sermon Hymns, psalms and a number of bible verses are now included, after which the minister preaches a sermon. 3.    Prayers First, the prayers begin by giving thanks to the life of the deceased.  Then, the family of the deceased and those who mourn are recognised.  If prayers of penitence are not used during the Gathering, it is done during this section.  It is then followed by a prayer so that the deceased can be received in eternity. 4.    Commendation and Farewell The deceased will now be praised with agreed words, ready to go the eternal living. 5.    Committal The body of deceased is then placed in its final resting place. 6.    Dismissal Mourners are blessed and asked to go home during the dismissal. The points above make it clear that orders of service are “usually” very much based on religion. Even those who are not that religious tend to pick out certain parts of it, or sometimes use the same order, excluding the prayers, psalms, hymns and blessings. They use personal readings and songs instead, that they have specifically chosen to bid farewell to the deceased. This is how an order of service can make things very personal. Even the psalms, hymns and sermons that are chosen - if you do follow the religious steps - are geared specifically towards the deceased, rather than being a standard reading. People can ask for specific, personal words to be spoken by the minister as he will use authorised words during commendation and farewell and during committal. Having a structured funeral in an organised manner such as this stops people from feeling overwhelmed, takes a lot of the stress of the day off them and can be very useful. It is always beneficial even if major changes are made. Contact Farewell Services at 1800 080 700 to get your order of service booklets printed within 48 hours. AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au Thompson Memorials Provide Historic Monument Renovations 2016-04-26T22:54:52Z thompson-memorials-provide-historic-monument-renovations Waikumete Cemetery recently had an open day on the 28th February which the Thompson Memorials team were invited to attend.  They were asked to be present at an historic monument renovation they had carried out where Manager, Graham Thompson answered questions on techniques, materials etc. He also explained that they have a huge wealth of experience in the restoration and renovation of all types of memorials and their experienced staff are well equipped to undertake the replacement or rebuilding of any type of structure that is in a state of disrepair. Their service includes permit applications to the council and/or Heritage Committee. It also provides expert advice on the correct techniques depending on the nature of deterioration and all work complies with Cemetery Standards. They will undertake any restoration, no matter how large or how small. Depending on the nature of the deterioration, different techniques may be used.  Sometimes, techniques that would be perfectly safe for a modern granite memorial would further destroy an old monument and, over the years the Thompson Memorials team have been commissioned to restore entire family plots, re-erect large fallen monuments and straighten and secure large leaning monuments.  Thompson Memorials also specialise in the work required in adding additional names and dates to existing memorials referred to as ‘on site engraving’.  The good news is that they do not need to remove the memorial back to the factory for this work which eliminates the risk of any damage. Adding names and dates to a headstone demands meticulous attention to detail and when the Thompson Memorials team add a new inscription to an old headstone, they guarantee that it will match the existing lettering - no matter who the original manufacturer was. Their professional craftsmen are experienced in the fine art of on-site additional lettering and when people entrust their Cemetery lettering needs to Thompson Memorials they are assured of quality craftsmanship and guaranteed satisfaction. Their service is quick and efficient because they do the work themselves, so for more information on Thompson Memorials and their services, please visit the website at http://www.thompsonmemorials.co.nz . Waikumete Cemetery recently had an open day on the 28th February which the Thompson Memorials team were invited to attend.  They were asked to be present at an historic monument renovation they had carried out where Manager, Graham Thompson answered questions on techniques, materials etc. He also explained that they have a huge wealth of experience in the restoration and renovation of all types of memorials and their experienced staff are well equipped to undertake the replacement or rebuilding of any type of structure that is in a state of disrepair. Their service includes permit applications to the council and/or Heritage Committee. It also provides expert advice on the correct techniques depending on the nature of deterioration and all work complies with Cemetery Standards. They will undertake any restoration, no matter how large or how small. Depending on the nature of the deterioration, different techniques may be used.  Sometimes, techniques that would be perfectly safe for a modern granite memorial would further destroy an old monument and, over the years the Thompson Memorials team have been commissioned to restore entire family plots, re-erect large fallen monuments and straighten and secure large leaning monuments.  Thompson Memorials also specialise in the work required in adding additional names and dates to existing memorials referred to as ‘on site engraving’.  The good news is that they do not need to remove the memorial back to the factory for this work which eliminates the risk of any damage. Adding names and dates to a headstone demands meticulous attention to detail and when the Thompson Memorials team add a new inscription to an old headstone, they guarantee that it will match the existing lettering - no matter who the original manufacturer was. Their professional craftsmen are experienced in the fine art of on-site additional lettering and when people entrust their Cemetery lettering needs to Thompson Memorials they are assured of quality craftsmanship and guaranteed satisfaction. Their service is quick and efficient because they do the work themselves, so for more information on Thompson Memorials and their services, please visit the website at http://www.thompsonmemorials.co.nz Don’t bank on a pay rise in 2016 new report warns 2016-03-16T23:13:38Z don-t-bank-on-a-pay-rise-in-2016-new-report-warns Sydney, 17 March 2016: Despite consumer and business confidence trending up, most employers (79 per cent) do not plan to offer wage increases in 2016 and of the 21 per cent who will, the majority (57 per cent) will offer modest increases between 2 and 5 per cent, the 2016 Adecco Employment and Talent Report has found. Performance, local economic conditions and competition for talent (86 per cent) are the major influencers for employers considering wage rises while aligning wage rises with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has lost favour with just (14 per cent) using it as a reason for increases. Nor is it surprising that employee disengagement is costing the national economy $54.8 billion annually with the report showing 76 per cent of Australian workers are in two minds about their jobs or worse still, are completely disengaged. “It is well documented that disengaged workers are less profitable, less loyal, less safe, less innovative and less likely to stay,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing at the Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand said. “This report clearly shows that employers need to address common pitfalls like lack of direction, relying too heavily on pay as a motivator, not recognising achievements or ignoring career progression and consider ways to enhance employee engagement. These could include articulating the organisation’s values, fostering behaviours that align with these values, showing gratitude, emphasising the positives and understanding what inspires their employees,” she added. The report also found that better opportunity (46 per cent) is the major reason employees leave an organisation, followed by salary (20 per cent) and lack of career (progression) 14 per cent. Flexible hours (43 per cent), and education and training (34 per cent) continue to be the key benefits while bonuses remain popular (20 per cent). And if you are young and unemployed you probably need to lower your salary expectations as 21 per cent of employers attribute youth unemployment to high salary expectations and 15 per cent to lack of experience. Moreover, with new generation, come new expectations. Work life balance (65 per cent), salary (54 per cent) and the opportunity to grow (51 per cent) seem to be the key motivators for candidates seeking a new role. “Tomorrow’s workplace will be very different to the workplace today. It will evolve into a mixed environment where workers can relax and play. We are already seeing the seeds of this change. Organisations such as KPMG and IBM have adopted activity-based workplaces that are designed to heightened transparency and creativity. Employers are turning their minds as to how best manage a multigenerational workforce and employees will continue to strive for better work/live balance,” Lindsey Monroe Ruth concluded. Ends/ More information on Adecco Group: www.adecco.com For further information, please contact: Lindsey Monroe Ruth, Head of Marketing Adecco Group Australia & New Zealand LindseyMonroe.Ruth@adecco.com.au or +61 425 203 033 OR Louise Nealon, Callidus PR louise@calliduspr.com or + 61 2 9283 4114 About the Adecco Group The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company. Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing 2016-02-24T07:05:17Z professionals-in-the-construction-sector-and-every-day-australians-have-a-lot-to-lose-from-the-proposed-changes-to-negative-gearing 24/2/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing With the federal budget set for release in May and the federal election set for the latter part of 2016, reducing the deficit is high on the agenda. With a raise in GST now off the agenda, proposed changes to tax depreciation schedules is currently being discussed in order to return to surplus. With tax depreciation often forming a large part of those working in the built environment and associated industries such as Quantity Surveying, proposed changes in legislation could have a high impact on industry and every-day Australians including: Construction Cost Managers; Building and Engineering Economists; Financial, Resource and Contractual Managers; Dispute Resolution Professionals; Quantification of Material and Labour Professionals; and Every-day Australian looking to invest or rent property. "The building and construction sector is currently playing a big role in re-balancing the Australian economy due to the retraction currently being experienced in the mining sector. With demand in Asia slowing and the cost of oil, mining and gas at significant lows, the building and construction sector is currently helping to stabilise Australia’s economy." The proposed changes could have a big impact on the demand for tax depreciation schedules that poses a risk of lower investment in infrastructure and construction by industry and could therefore limit the jobs available for every-day Australians. Every-day Australian’s will also be impacted by this change if implemented. Without investors being able to fund losses through negatively gearing their property, the average person may see a rise in rent; due to this increased cost no longer available to be offset through tax depreciation schedules. The current Government is considering a cap on deductions, which will include deductions on rental properties. If the Coalition wins and deductions are capped (the plan is to cap work related deductions and rental property deductions to a percentage of the taxpayer’s income), then there will also be a reduction in the need for tax depreciation schedules. If elected, Labor is promising to remove negative gearing from all purchased buildings (excluding new buildings) from 1 July 2017. Under the Labor model, if the interest costs, rates, management fees on the rental property washes out most or all the rent, a tax depreciation schedule is no longer required as deductions cannot go above rent - therefore it cannot be negatively geared. AIQS will be actively lobbying and liaising with both parties, in order to highlight the impact these policy positions will have on the Quantity Surveying profession. For more information, contact Lee Edmondson (AIQS Marketing & Communications Manager) on (02) 8234 4004 or ledmondson@aiqs.com.au. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute is a national organisation with Chapters and Divisions in all States and Territories. It also has a strong overseas membership and is the Australian peak body to the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). A diverse range of professionals in the Building and Construction industry are part of the AIQS Institute, including high-level ‘decision makers’ at Director and Executive level, Business Owners and Managers, through to young cadets, students and graduates. Associated industries to Quantity Surveyors include; Cost Planners, Cost Estimators, Project Managers, Developers, Building and Professional Services. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000 www.aiqs.com.au Workplace lawyers next victim in the commodisation of legal services 2015-11-06T05:29:30Z workplace-lawyers-next-victim-in-the-commodisation-of-legal-services Australia, November 2015. Workplace lawyers are set to be the next victim of the commodisation of legal services with Australia’s largest labour hire company Adecco releasing a range of Outsourced Human Resources (OHR) online offerings designed to dramatically reduce if not halve SMEs HR legal spend on services traditionally supplied by workplace lawyers. The offerings - standard, unique and boutique –provide tailored solutions that enable SMEs to build their own digital HR capability and expertise without incurring prohibitive legal costs. From the standard to boutique packages, the offerings have been designed to meet the needs and expectations of every SME regardless of size or sector. They range from basics of employment contracts and employee handbooks to tailored anti-bullying policies, equal employment and sexual harassment issues, employee performance frameworks, gender diversity initiatives, and enterprise bargaining for the manufacturing and logistics sector and compliance with award wages. According to Adecco’s General Manager of Industrial Relations in Australia and New Zealand and Director of Adecco:OHR (A:OHR) Chris Turner: “Despite the potential for huge costs for non-compliance, many SMEs are not aware of just how close to the wind they are when it comes to complying with the industrial relations and HR regulatory framework in Australia which continues to grow in complexity. Last year alone the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) received more than 7 million website visits and assisted 20,000 people with complaints, and the Fair Work Commission website received more than 3 million visits and 120,000 unfair dismissal eligibility enquiries. We are also seeing record judgements for damages and compensation being awarded.” “And even if SMEs are aware of their compliance and employee obligations, our experience and research indicates that the legal costs and lost time incurred in putting in place the correct policies, procedures, frameworks and training are prohibitive for many – and that is what really drove us to launching this new A:OHR offering – linking HR/IR experts with industry experience and expertise to provide real support and allow SMEs to get on with what they do best - running their business.” Mr Turner added. As the largest labour hire company in the world, Adecco has the industrial experience, technical expertise and commercial know-how to develop and administer these innovative offerings that can be tailored for every business and industry. They can assist businesses manage risk, minimise disruption and save valuable and potentially costly time addressing workplace claims and disputes. “There is no aspect of the HR legal and performance services that these packages do not offer,” Mr Turner said. “And that is not our only differentiator. Unlike most HR consulting firms or workplace relations lawyers, Adecco’s 50 year history as the world’s number one recruitment company gives us a unique insight how to manage the recruiting and staffing needs of business in such a way that the best interests of the business are protected at all times and this is reflected in the OHR packages we are offering. “The last thing any business needs in this challenging environment is a costly and emotionally draining industrial relations dispute or an unfair dismissal or EEO claim that cannot be reliably defended.” Mr Turner concluded. -ENDS- For additional comment please contact Louise Nealon at CallidusPR on (02) 9283 4114/0403 569 177 or at louise@calliduspr.com About the Adecco Group The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With more than 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company. Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). Australia Ranks Ninth for Global Talent Competitiveness 2015-08-06T05:48:20Z australia-ranks-ninth-for-global-talent-competitiveness Australia Ranks Ninth for Global Talent Competitiveness Growing talent for today and tomorrow: report highlights importance of ‘employable skills’ and vocational education amid changing labour markets and rising unemployment Australia top in world for formal education with strong attraction and retention of talent but let down by vocational skills and lack of policies enabling competitiveness Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) ranks 93 countries based on their ability to grow, attract and retain talent, as a global talent mismatch sees vacant jobs despite mass unemployment The research by INSEAD, HCLI and Adecco Group finds that investments in ‘employable skills’ and vocational education is key to attracting, retaining and developing talent Australia, 6 August 2015: Despite our unemployment rate increasing by 0.3 percentage points to 6.3 per cent (based on unrounded estimates) from a revised 6.1 per cent for June 2015, Australia and Singapore are the only Asia Pacific countries to be placed in the top 10 of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) - a study that ranks 93 countries based on their ability to grow, attract and retain talent, as a global talent mismatch sees vacant jobs despite mass unemployment. Australia is ranked at number nine overall, receiving a number one ranking for the quality of our formal education system, and tenth place for the higher skills and competencies of our citizens. Access to growth opportunities (15), innovation and entrepreneurship (25), lifelong learning (25) round out the country’s strengths but we are let down by our level of employable or vocational skills at a number 38 ranking. Neil Jones, CEO of Adecco Australia & New Zealand, highlights the importance of work-based training for growing talent: “Growing, attracting and retaining talent is key for Australia to remain competitive in the face of an ever more global and mobilised workforce. Yet we see a mis-match between the education system and the needs of business. While we have the best education system in the world, we are letting our youth down by not equipping them with the hard and soft skills the labour market wants. “To boost the economy and deal with the rising issue of youth unemployment, Governments and companies like ours should work hand in hand to create an environment where first job experiences, education and apprenticeships better prepare young people for what companies need,” he added. A total of 93 countries, representing 83.8% of the world’s population and 96.2% of the world’s GDP ($), were analysed for the index, which aims to provide a practical and strategic tool for governments, businesses and not-for-profit organisations to inform policies in areas such as education, human resources and immigration. It found that a focus on ‘employable skills’ and continued investment in vocational education underpins success in developing, attracting and retaining top talent. 2014 Global Talent Competitiveness Index Rankings: Top 10 1 Switzerland 6 Sweden 2 Singapore 7 United Kingdom 3 Luxembourg 8 Denmark 4 United States 9 Australia 5 Canada 10 Ireland GTCI rankings are dominated by European countries, with only six non-European countries in the top 20: Singapore (2), the United States (4), Canada (5), Australia (9), New-Zealand (16) and Japan (20). The GTCI study reveals six key factors affecting talent competitiveness across countries of different GDP per capita and development levels: Openness is key to talent competitiveness: Switzerland, Singapore and Luxembourg all have a high degree of openness to trade, investment, immigration and new ideas, embracing globalisation while leveraging their human resources. Fiscally stable countries need talent competitiveness for sustainable development: mineral- or oil-rich countries, or those with context-specific competitive advantage, should foster talent competitiveness to ensure sustainable prosperity. Talent growth can be internal or external: some countries like the US successfully focus on developing talent within their own borders, while others such as China attract foreign talent or send their elites abroad for further education. Countries must consider employability or risk high unemployment: ‘talent for growth’ means meeting the actual needs of a national economy. Switzerland, Singapore and the Nordic countries customise their education systems towards appropriate levels of ‘employable skills’. Education systems need to reconsider traditional learning: talent development in the 21st century must go beyond traditional formal education and develop vocational skills. Technology is changing the meaning of ‘employable skills’: technological changes will affect new segments of the labour market, impacting 250 million ‘knowledge workers’ globally. ENDS Media Enquiries: Louise Nealon, CallidusPR, T: + 61 2 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177 E: louise@calliduspr.com Notes to editors: Read the report at https://global-indices.insead.edu/gtci View the Youtube Knowledge video at http://youtu.be/4EdN0L54Qmc Download the GTCI infographic at http://adec.co/GTCI2014Infographic Watch the GTCI videographic at http://www.adecco.com/gtci About the Global Talent Competitiveness Index GTCI covers national and organisational parameters and generates insights to inspire action. Based on feedback and analysis following the release of GTCI 2013, this year’s index includes 65 variables (up from 45 last year). It covers 93 national economies, across all groups of income and levels of development, and has (1) four pillars on the input side - Enable, Attract, Grow and Retain – focusing on actions for policymakers and business leaders, and (2) two output pillars, benchmarking national performance in Labour/Vocational and Global Knowledge skills, respectively. About the Adecco Group The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. With approximately 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 650,000 associates with our clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company. Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). Australia’s Newest and Youngest CEO Takes the Reins 2015-07-30T03:11:20Z australia-s-newest-and-youngest-ceo-takes-the-reins Australia, 30 July, 2015: Australia’s youngest CEO James Kaluschke, beat 582 other applicants to become the Adecco Australia ‘CEO for One Month’, beginning on 3 August. In his final year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Queensland, James will work side-by-side with CEO Neil Jones, gaining invaluable work experience and insights into the daily life of a CEO. In addition, James will have a chance to apply to be the ‘Global CEO for One Month’, after his local term ends. In addition to his study, James currently works as a Client Service Officer at MGD Wealth and as a Pharmacy Assistant at Pinnacle Pharmacy Group as well as being an Australian Track and Field athlete, coach and mentor. James will be capturing his journey as our CEO for One Month on the following social media channels, so please follow to see what the life of a CEO is really like: Twitter: @JKaluschke Instagram: jkaluschke LinkedIn: James Kaluschke Blog: http://blog.adecco.com.au/ Hashtag: #CEO1month For more information on getting into the job market, check out www.adeccowaytowork.com, www.facebook.com/AdeccoWaytoWork and www.twitter.com/AdeccoWayToWork -ENDS- For additional comment please contact Louise Nealon at CallidusPR on (02) 9283 4114/0403 569 177 or at louise@calliduspr.com Waste Choices Brings A New Competitive Edge to Australia's Waste Management Industry 2014-09-09T00:26:13Z waste-choices-brings-a-new-competitive-edge-to-australia-s-waste-management-industry Sydney, Australia – September 9, 2014 – Waste Choices, Australia’s first online marketplace for waste management and recycling was launched today for businesses wanting a simple, fast, transparent, cost-effective and compliant solution for waste collection, recycling, treatment and disposal.   Through Waste Choices, businesses of any size have the flexibility of posting a one-off project or an ongoing contract for the management of over 30 waste streams. A range of reputable waste management providers across Australia including URM, 1300 Rubbish, Action Waste, Waste 2 Resources, State Waste Services, Bingo and smaller providers will bid for posted projects and businesses can select whom they wish to work with.   Small and medium businesses, hospitality, food services, property management and construction companies would stand to benefit most from working with Waste Choices. Joel Harrison, Co-Founder of Waste Choices said, “Waste Choices simplifies the management of waste by providing businesses the choice and flexibility of working with different service providers to manage various waste streams in a compliant manner.  The cost of managing and disposing waste has increased over the years. Waste Choices offers businesses a better way to manage their waste streams by providing more options and access to a wider range of service providers.”   Businesses can post a waste project in three simple steps: entering the pick-up location, type of waste to be collected from general waste, liquid waste, recycling to hazardous materials and selecting a bin size to represent the volume of waste. They will be able to select from a range of competitive bids from 14 national and state-based waste management providers with the flexibility to award a project based on price or reputation of the provider.   Christine Ford, General Manager of Trio Packaging and a foundation client of Waste Choices said, “Before Waste Choices, it would take more than two days for us to call and secure a service provider to provide a quote and to confirm a job. Since we’ve started using Waste Choices, we receive a range of competitive bids from different providers for one-off or ongoing projects. Waste Choices has not only reduced my waste costs, it has also reduced the time it takes for us to identify a reputable service provider.”   Waste Choices offers an automatic alert feature that notifies businesses that are on annual contracts with service providers when they are about to expire. This avoids businesses getting automatically rolled into new contracts with their existing providers which would generally attract price increases of between 10-25 percent on average annually.   Harrison added, “Many businesses get stuck with their existing service providers because their annual contracts are automatically rolled over. Australia has over 2 million business waste generators and Waste Choices will free them from long term fixed contracts, help drive down the cost of waste management and increase the transparency through a system of bidding.”   “Waste Choices brings a new competitive advantage to the industry by opening the waste disposal market to smaller service providers who want to grow their market share and to target new customers without making additional capital constraints such as hiring sales people or leasing trucks to manage waste collections. This is a win-win solution for both businesses and service providers.”   According to IBISWorld, the industry is valued at over A$2.5 billion in Australia. There has been a concerted effort by state and local governments to increase targets for recycling and waste recovery with the aim of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. However, with Australia’s growing population and business activity, the demand for waste management services is expected to continue to grow.   To post a project as a business or service provider, visit www.wastechoices.com.au. Waste Choices will be available as an iOS and Android app by December.   ENDS  About Waste Choices Waste Choices is an online marketplace that provides a simple, fast and cost-effective solution for businesses looking to collect and dispose waste. Businesses have the choice and flexibility of working with a range of reputable service providers to manage various waste streams in a compliant manner. Through Waste Choices, service providers can grow their market share, access new customers and increase their efficiencies in waste collection. "H. P.T.U." 2014-05-21T09:25:00Z h-p-t-u                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ray Thyer " H. P.T.U. "        The only thing that the "I'm in again Parties" - you know the ones that go in when the other mob goes out and can't you hear them yell 'I'm in Again!'?          The only thing they create is H.P.T.U.- H  for HARDSHIP P    "   PAIN T    "   TAXES U    "   UNEMPLOYMENT           they have been in an out so many times they must be worn out and past their use-by date.            AUSTRALIA NEEDS A NEW ERA! "N.K.F.L." N   for NO MORE LOSS OF JOBS. K    "   KEEP MANUFACTURING IN AUSTRALIA F     "   FREE DOCTOR VISITS - REVERSE $7 FEES. L     "   LESS TAXES. IT CAN BE SO!  I KNOW HOW TO DO IT - THEY DON'T! KICK THEM OUT - JOIN "AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" I NEED 1650 MEMBERS NOW TO REGISTER MY PARTY! TIME IS SHORT!  Send me an email with "I wish to join" subject line to ray.thyer@bigpond.com for an enrolment form if you think you will make a SENATOR/ MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT/ STATE PREMIER/  LOCAL MAYOR. Send no money.   LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (    JOIN " AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" TODAY FOR A BETTER FUTURE! 2014-05-19T01:27:00Z join-australia-new-era-party-today-for-a-better-future JOIN "AUSTRALIA NEW ERA PARTY" TODAY! I need 1650 members to get my party registered - Let's make things happen together.  BLACK TUESDAY 13 BUDGET IMPOSTS  ARE ALL UNNECESSARY! - A RECIPE FOR DISASTER- THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO!  What lies ahead? Disease now for our children - no $7 - no vaccine! CRIME WAVE- If  no dole for six months. DEATH- If pensioners can't pay Co-payments. END - of Medicare- Medicare attacked. GST - now a big problem for all States - Gov slashed $1 Bn public hospitals funding! JOBS- 16,500 JOBS GONE! Jobs only for road and tunnel makers. MANUFACTURING- Assistance Packages cancelled. YOU- Higher taxes and levies. YOURS- Family Part A frozen part B cancelled at $180k. and MUCH MORE PAIN! BROKEN PROMISES BY TONY ABBOTT- he promised "I will not cut pensions or raise taxes" in 2103 electiond campaign. Our promised future in the budget is nothing more than "PIE IN THE SKY!"  This budget will bring pain and hardships to the majority of Australians. ENOUGH ALREADY! We deserve better, our families deserve better! You will only achieve a better future by joining "Australia New Era Party" TIME IS SHORT- Send an email with your name, email address and telephone number to ray.thyer@bigpond.com for an enrolment form. Don't send any money! Australia is in your hands. AFTER THE HYPE IT IS AUSTERITY BY THE BUCKET LOAD! 2014-05-15T12:11:00Z after-the-hype-it-is-austerity-by-the-bucket-load-1 AFTER THE HYPE THE REALITY IS AUSTERITY BY THE BUCKET LOAD! AFTER THE HYPE THE REALITY IS AUSTERITY BY THE BUCKET LOAD! I will reverse all these unnecessary budget imposts when my party "Australia New Era Party" is elected. Its all "Pie in the sky" accounting I know what to do to save Australia without such unnecessary imposts they obviously don't! ENOUGH ALREADY! Join now send an email to ray.thyer@bigpond.com with "I wish to join" subject line. You deserve better, your family deserve better. Australia is in your hands. Cheers Ray Thyer. President. BLACK TUESDAY 13 BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE ALL UNNECESSARY! - A RECIPE FOR DISASTER 2014-05-14T03:34:00Z black-tuesday-13-budget-imposts-are-all-unnecessary-a-recipe-for-disaster BLACK TUESDAY 13 BUDGET IMPOSTS  ARE ALL UNNECESSARY! - A RECIPE FOR DISASTER- What lies ahead? CRIME WAVE- If  no dole for six months. DEATH- If pensioners can't pay Co-payments. END - of Medicare- Medicare attacked. GST - now a big problem for all States - Gov slashed $1 Bn public hospitals funding! JOBS- 16,500 JOBS GONE! Jobs only for road and tunnel makers. MANUFACTURING- Assistance Packages cancelled. YOU- Higher taxes and levies. YOURS- Family Part A frozen part B cancelled at $180k. and MANY MORE! BROKEN PROMISES BY TONY ABBOTT- he promised "I will not cut pensions or raise taxes" in 2103 electiond campaign. Our promised future in the budget is nothing more than "PIE IN THE SKY!"  This budget will bring pain and hardships to the majority of Australians. TUESDAY'S HORROR BUDGET IMPOSTS ARE UNNECESSARY! JOIN "Australia New Era Party" and chuck them all out! ENOUGH ALREADY! We deserve better, our families deserve better! You will only achieve a better future by joining "Australia New Era Party" Send an email with your name, email address and telephone number to ray.thyer@bigpond.com for an enrolment form. Don't send any money! Australia is in your hands.