EU Migration made visible

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In Europe, globalisation has contributed enormously to the increased number of people relocating abroad. In the early 2000’s some estimations placed the number of people living abroad at about 170 million. Today this number has skyrocketed to a staggering 260 million. The promise of a better future and greater opportunities is undoubtedly one of the key factors that contributed to this radical increase in migration.

The media present this increased level of migration generally in a sensational way and predominantly focuses on people migrating as a result of poor living conditions in their own countries, i.e. people fleeing Syria as a result of the continuing war there. This undoubtedly has changed the perception people have of migration, especially in the EU.

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Contrary to the views in the media, the interactive map above focuses on people “on the move” and who are classified as “highly skilled”. The first section of the map is about the number of people living abroad, categorised by their skill level. In the pop-up boxes that appear whenever you click on a country, you can see the percentage of low, medium, and highly skilled workers who have relocated to that particular country.

The graph below the interactive map shows in more detail where highly skilled staff originate from and shows the percentages who were born in the country, how many have relocated there from another EU state, and how many have migrated from a non-EU country. This is interesting as it clearly shows the “friendliness” EU member states have towards skilled non-EU migrants, which can be perceived as an indicator of the level of open-mindedness in that country.

The third and final section focuses on Switzerland, a country generally associated with migration mainly for their income tax rates, which vary from canton to canton and are generally very favourable. Switzerland is currently very interested in attracting skilled migrants from all over the world, and the final section offers some clear insights on migration to Switzerland, like the possibility of staying for longer periods of time than three months if you’re a EU citizen just by filling in a registration form and applying for residence permits.

Based on insights from the European Commission, this map shows trends such as Poland welcoming a higher proportion of highly skilled migrants than the UK, but, in terms of numbers, the UK is still the most attractive relocation destination for highly skilled migrants. However, when you look at the total number of migrants, Germany has taken in the most.

The question now is: will the UK lose her status as most favoured destination for highly skilled migrants now Boris Johnson, who favours Brexit, has become Prime Minister of the UK? Will Germany, the second most attractive destination for highly skilled migrants, replace the UK as the perceived “land of opportunities” in Europe?

The data also indicates that politicians have failed to explain the benefits of migration to their respective citizens. Instead of promoting Europe, they have focused on narrow, nationalistic issues and lost sight of the bigger European picture.

The increasingly nationalist attitude in Europe also has had a big impact on the mobility of highly, medium, and low skilled workers. People simply don’t feel welcome anymore and move on to other countries or return to their own countries.

Statistics give us the chance to form opinions based on concrete facts. And that’s, in essence, what this map aims to do, to give a more plausible and comprehensive context to an informed opinion of the migrant situation in Europe.

Nicola Clothier is CEO of Accurity GmbH, an employment service provider which operates in Switzerland. Nicola graduated with Honours in English Literature from Stirling University and has more than 20 years of experience in providing employment services.

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Golden International Hotels Manchester scam

We have removed the following Golden International Hotels Manchester scam:

“Dear Sir/Madam, The Management of Golden International Hotels Manchester UK, is using this media mail to inform you about an open recruitment that is going – on with the Golden International Hotels Manchester United Kingdom Family, this offer of employment can be a good opportunity for you to live in the United kingdom Manchester & work in a good explore of your career to a better position, the floor management of Golden International Hotels Manchester will help every successful applicant in getting their visas & other entry documents, both Sex can apply, if you love to be a part of winning teams at Golden International Hotels Group Manchester UK.The hotel Management will be responsible for the entire successful applicant’s flight air tickets from their country to the Manchester United Kingdom, Accommodating / feeding & medical supports are free for you as a staff of Golden International Hotels Manchester UK. If you are a good Document Controllers, Purchasing Manager, Electrical Engineers, Water treatment chemical engineers, graphic designers, Hotel project architect supervisors, civil staffs, mechanic engineers, lobby agents, Doctors/Nurses,Sous-chefs, Help desk, Accounting clerks, Waiters/waitress,House-person,Pool Lifeguards, Event coordinators, Sales managers, Bartenders, Maintenance staff, Banquet servers,Stewards,and also House -keepers’ etc, then you can apply to get more information now. To show your interest and receive full employment general information, then kindly e-mail the Golden International Hotels Manchester UK management back with your full (CV) in Word Format along with an application cover note letters at (goldeninterhotelsmanchestergroup@worker.com) for review. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiries or feedback. Regards, Golden International Hotels Manchester UK CEO/Director:Prof,Mr.George William General Manager:Mrs.Janet Michael. Human Resources Manager:Mr.Emmanuel John. Golden International Hotels Manchester UK Hrs. ©2018 All Rights Reserved”

Please note that this hotel does NOT exist. The Golden International Hotels Manchester scam has been going for some time. More information on Scanwarners.com.

The Golden International Hotels website has been copied from Club 7 Beach Resort in India. Manchester, strangely enough, is not located somewhere on a Greek island. It’s rather grubby up North in comparison.

This is the usual scam where you will most likely be asked to pay a small fee to cover permits, etc. and then hear back zilch, nothing…

In Europe, as we have pointed out numerous times, you do not pay to get a job. Even work permits are organised via the employer. If you are asked to pay anything you can bet that it is a scam.

The chance that you will get a low skilled job with a work permit attached is well below zero. Generally spoken only specialists that are in very high demand might be able to obtain a work permit. As unemployment levels are very high in Europe, Europeans need to be employed first. Only when a company can prove that nobody with a particular skill set can be found in Europe are they allowed to recruit from outside Europe.

Wlaschek International School scam

Be aware that job adverts on the internet from Wlaschek International School are fake.

They are trying to impersonate the International School in Bern, located at the same street on number 9.

The website layout, content and address is taken from other international schools.

If for example, you copy and paste the text for the section ‘Mission’ section into Google, you’ll find it was taken from the St. Julian’s School website.

Also the name of the recruiter, Mr Paulak Soaren, appears to be taken from ‘Mrs Paula Soares’, a real person who is responsible for human resources at the real school.

We have removed their adverts from our job site.

This what a the Director of the International School in Stavanger, Norway wrote about her experience with internet scammers.

Do You Like To Travel?

Why Parcel Delivery Could Be the Right Career Path

There’s no denying that everyone likes to travel every once in a while. But for some of us, that like turns into a love, and that love turns into a want to travel more than just every once in a while. The idea of travelling as part of a job feels like a lifetime away, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you work directly for a courier (You can see some of the most popular at https://www.parceldelivery.com) or you decide to go self-employed, there are plenty of perks to becoming a delivery driver – here are just a few!

You get to travel!

Okay, so you’ve probably already worked that part out, but with a courier job comes the opportunity to travel! While some jobs might only take you from one end of your county to the other, you only have to look a little further for the opportunity to nab a job that will take you from one end of the country to another – maybe even overseas! If you have that taste of wanderlust that you just can’t shake, delivery driving can get you on that open road, visiting places you might not have even considered visiting. The best part? You’ll be getting paid to go there!

Working hours

The working hours for a delivery driver are different, but whether that’s a good or bad thing is ultimately up to you. You could have more freedom to choose your own hours, though they’ll usually average at about 30-40 a week just like any other job. Extra shifts are usually available and encouraged, so if you want to earn more money at weekends or evenings, this is just as good of a job for that too. If you work as a freelance courier, you can have complete control over how many hours you do and just when you want to do them. If you just want to work nights on the open, empty roads, then do it!

An average day in the life of a courier.

It’s important to realise what a day in the life of a courier looks like before you go ahead and start applying for the job. It might seem self-explanatory, but there is often something that everyone forgets or doesn’t realise! Every day, you’ll carry out simple tasks from collecting packages and the delivery addresses from the depot, to planning out the best routes for the packages you have, as well as collecting and signing signatures. There’s a lot of paperwork to keep track of, so you need to be organised!

The skills you need to have

The skills you need to be a courier might seem just as self-explanatory as the average day, but once again there are probably skills you hadn’t even thought of. Of course, there’s the aforementioned organisational skills, but you’ll also need good geography and navigation skills. Using your initiative when you’re travelling for long periods alone will help you stick to strict time scales, and excellent interpersonal skills will make conversing with clients that little bit easier too! It’ll also help to put across the right image for your brand! You need to be reliable and trustworthy, able to co-operate and have a good work ethic too. After all, you’ll be alone for a lot of the day, and if you can’t self-motivate yourself with a good work ethic, you’ll start to struggle.

What Is Psychometric Testing?

What Is Psychometric Testing?

Written by: Jennifer Feldman
If you are applying for a new job, you have probably heard the term psychometric testing. You may be a little bit confused, especially as employers use the term ‘psychometric test’ to refer to many different forms of assessment. This is because psychometric testing is an umbrella term used to describe all the tests used by employers to assess a candidate’s performance. The term psychometric testing includes three main branches: aptitude tests, behavioural tests, and assessment day exercises.

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What Are Aptitude Tests?

Aptitude tests evaluate a candidate’s general knowledge, technical knowledge, reasoning, and skills. These tests are usually given online with time constraints. Numerical tests come in two main forms: numeracy tests and numerical reasoning tests. Numeracy tests focus on basic math calculations, while numerical reasoning exams assess more abstract math skills. Verbal tests focus on two main concepts: text analysis and linguistically-based questions. Text analysis involves reading passages and answering questions, while linguistic questions focus on word knowledge. Technical tests evaluate an individual’s technical abilities according to those needed for the specific position they are applying for.

What Are Behavioural Tests?

Behavioural tests are used to assess a potential candidate’s traits and whether they match those needed for the job. These tests are often untimed but lengthy. The most common behavioural tests are personality tests, leadership assessment tests, and situational judgement tests. Personality tests are used to create a personality profile of the incoming candidates. Leadership assessment tests focus on assessing whether a candidate has the personality traits needed to be a leader. Situational judgement tests present candidates with work-related scenarios, evaluating how they respond in each situation.

What Is Involved in an Assessment Day Exercise?

Assessment centre exercises are a form of assessment involving interpersonal interactions. The exercises vary in format from employer to employer. They may include role-playing tasks, group exercises, presentations, and case studies. These tasks are usually given under time constraints to stimulate a real-life work environment.

What Should I Do to Prepare?

It is crucial to take the time to prepare before your assessment day. This will help to eliminate stress as well as ensure your best characteristics come out. Practising online is the most effective way of preparing. When you take an online practice test, you experience the same time constraints as those on the actual exam. In the current competitive job market, you need to do everything in your power to land your dream job. Don’t miss out on a job because you did not put in the time to prepare!

JenniferFeldmanThis article was contributed by Jennifer Feldman. She is a speech and language expert and blogger at JobTestPrep. She specialises in writing about the employment hiring process.

 

 

BBC recruiting for new TV series

The BBC wants to hear from you. “Escape for the winter”, a new BBC series is looking for people to take part. They will be following people who live in the UK, but are planning to spend the winter abroad. The BBC is offering to help find your dream winter home.

Inpetroleum.com – Another Oil Company scam

Inpetroleum.com is a ripp-off from https://www.cnrl.com, with the clear aim to lure unsupecting job seekers into paying for non-existing services.

They generally make you believe you have been invited for a job, a job interview or similar, BUT…… there is a small fee required in order to get the paper process rolling. They basically will ask you for some money. However, once you have paid you will never hear from them again and you will have lost your money.

Complain with the registrar about this scam if you have been duped into paying money and have lost it. Details of the scam registration are below:

Domain Name: INPETROLEUM.COM
Registry Domain ID: 2041255488_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.liquidnetlimited.co.uk
Registrar URL: http://liquidnetlimited.co.uk
Updated Date: 2016-07-31T10:40:57Z
Creation Date: 2016-07-09T10:52:38Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-07-09T10:52:38Z
Registrar: LIQUIDNET Ltd.
Registrar IANA ID: 1472
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@liquidnetlimited.co.uk
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +44.2036951294
Reseller:
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Kwaku James
Registrant Organization: 
Registrant Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Registrant City: PANAMA
Registrant State/Province: PANAMA
Registrant Postal Code: 00000
Registrant Country: GH
Registrant Phone: +507.8365503
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: +51.17057182
Registrant Fax Ext: 
Registrant Email: haywoodharrison@hotmail.com
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: Kwaku James
Admin Organization: 
Admin Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Admin City: PANAMA
Admin State/Province: PANAMA
Admin Postal Code: 00000
Admin Country: GH
Admin Phone: +507.8365503
Admin Phone Ext: 
Admin Fax: +51.17057182
Admin Fax Ext: 
Admin Email: info@petroleumexl.com
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: Kwaku James
Tech Organization: 
Tech Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Tech City: PANAMA
Tech State/Province: PANAMA
Tech Postal Code: 00000
Tech Country: GH
Tech Phone: +507.8365503
Tech Phone Ext: 
Tech Fax: +51.17057182
Tech Fax Ext: 
Tech Email: info@petroleumexl.com
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How to get ready for EPSO Tests

You can get hold of aptitude practice tests just like the ones employers use here.

Preparing for the EPSO Tests

Are you applying for a job in the European Union and are expecting to take the EPSO tests? Here we will give you a quick run-through of the different positions and tests you are likely to take in your application.

Find out more about how to prepare for EPSO tests.

Know what you are applying for

There are essentially two modes of entry into the European Union for job applicants; the assistant level (AST) and the administrator (AD) level of tests. For each of these categories and subcategories there are specific requirements which you need to meet in order to start your application. Once you have done so, you have to take the EPSO tests which are what we are going to focus on here.

Both AST and AD levels have to take the following tests:

  • EPSO Verbal Reasoning Test: In this test you have 35 minutes to answer 20 multiple choice questions. You will be presented with a paragraph of often terse information that relates to life and geography around Europe. You have to use your analytical skills to use the information contained within the passages in order to answer the questions as they relate to your ability to come to correct conclusions based on the text.
  • EPSO Numerical Reasoning Test: In this test you have 20 minutes to answer 10 questions. The questions in the EPSO numerical reasoning test assess your ability to work with complex tables, combining together different items in the table to come up with the correct solution. Practicing for these tests is essential to your success as you cannot fully prepare without taking these tests.
  • EPSO Abstract Reasoning Test: You have 10 questions to answer in a 10 minute window. You are presented with a series of images that have a particular pattern running through them. You have to identify this pattern and use it to select the correct answer option.
  • EPSO Situational Judgement Test: In this test you are presented with short stories that are likely to happen in your applied field. Based on these “situations” you are given a number of different options where you have to choose the best one for the situation. This isn’t time limited but you need to know how to answer these situations in the way that EPSO are looking for.
    This is a skill that can be learnt and you can do it with practice tests.

 

AST level candidates also need to take the following EPSO tests:

  • EPSO Accuracy and Precision: This test is a form of error checking test where you are given a table of information and have to compare it to a snapshot of it. You have to see where the errors are, if any and select the correct answer option from five different choices.
  • EPSO Organising and Prioritising: In this test you have to use your ability to select the best option for an activity. You are given a table with all the relevant information needed in order to arrive at the solutions. You will need some rudimentary numerical skills
  • EPSO Skills Tests: There are other skills based tests that different positions need to take such as computer skills in Microsoft programs and the like.

Preparing for the EPSO tests

One thing is very clear and that is that EPSO tests are not generic. They are specific in their format and skill level required. Therefore it is imperative that you practice personalised tests. This gives you the skills and confidence level to know that when you come to take the tests for real you will score your highest possible mark.

You can get hold of EPSO practice tests from JobTestPrep.

“Do no evil” merchant investigated

Google’s mantra is “Do no evil”  [silence]

Yup, that was a slogan from the good old days when Google’s founders were still idealistic scientists. Since then Google has grown a bit (in importance and value) and it looks like their slogan needs adapting slightly. It seems that it needs to be “Do no evil to our bank account.”

Google has recently changed their algorithms so that their own products appear on top of the SERPS and are difficult to distinguish from organic results. You’ll have to weed through Google originated advertising in order to find what you want these days.

The European Union has cottoned on to this and are investigating Google;

Is this the reason why Apple has added DuckDuckgo.com as one of their preferred search engines?

Dutch climbdown re: Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadzai

Latest update:

The Dutch have now agreed to actually look into the case of Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadzai and not extradite him at short notice.

They insisted previously that there was no need to review the case and check the facts. Duh? The least they could have done was just that. And now after huge pressure from parliament and a public outcry, Mr. Teeven, the Minister responsible for this case, has agreed to look into it and cooperate with the Norwegians in order to decide whether Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadzai should be extradited or not.

It really is shameful behaviour of a nation that prides itself of being humane and liberal.

Let’s hope common sense now prevails……