Monday, May 23, 2022

What can employers do to retain talent in light of tech skills shortage?

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‘The Great Resignation’ has been at the forefront of every business leader’s mind since the beginning of the pandemic two years ago. But for Australians in particular, it’s further exacerbating the ongoing technical skills shortage that employers have faced for many years. Australia has had to rely on skilled migrant workers to fill highly-sought after technical roles, which only became more difficult when the international borders closed. Despite borders reopening and the business world returning to some semblance of normalcy, the technology skills shortage could worsen with the federal government’s announcement that it will halve the number of migrant workers entering the country on skilled visas in the next financial year.

Tissue regeneration technology will revolutionise surgery in Australia

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It is one of those rare small companies on the cusp of being able to play a key role globally – and Australia will play a crucial role in that journey. Osteopore is on an exciting path, we have commercial traction, and our novel medical tech platform is proven and has numerous apps for bone regrowth and hopefully in the near future for cartilage, tendons and ligaments.

The impacts of China’s COVID lockdowns on Australian agriculture

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Strict lockdowns in China – as the country tries to eradicate the spread of COVID – are not only affecting its citizens, but also having flow-on impacts on trading partners, like Australia. There are four impacts of the lockdowns that are set to have ramifications for agribusiness – disruptions to freight logistics, Chinese corn plantings, dairy demand and hog pricing.

Africans torn between multiple diversified domicile portfolios

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In 2022, the Caribbean island nations of St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, and Grenada are the most popular citizenship by investment programs that Africans ask about. Other favorites are the Montenegro Citizenship by Investment Program, which offers citizenship in Europe and all its associated benefits, such as visa-free travel to Europe’s Schengen Area countries, and the Turkey Citizenship by Investment Program, which has the Southern African countries predominated the growth markets on the continent in 2021.

Dissecting the emerging wealth hierarchy on the African continent

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The pursuit of wealth is among the most universal of human endeavors. Regardless of their culture, their time of existence or the value system of their society, throughout civilizations and whichever deity they may have praised, humankind has pursued wealth.

How sustainable is the play-to-earn model in metaverse projects?

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Lately, metaverse projects have been gaining traction in the crypto and blockchain space, with gaming as one of the most pursued activities. Games like Axie Infinity have made history, having generated roughly US$780 million in sales within 30 days back in June 2021. This game has since reached US$1.1 billion in sales and a valuation of about US$3 billion. Some of this success can be attributed to its play-to-earn model, which is also partly behind the success of other metaverse games. These include Silk, My Neighbor Alice, Gods Unchained, CryptoKittties, Pirate X Pirate, Forest Knight and Mines of Dalarnia.

How digital credential technology is shaking up the HR industry

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Have you ever discovered that a job candidate lied about a qualification on their CV? According to estimates by Australia’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), 25% of people misrepresent their skills, qualifications, certifications or expertise on their CV. Employers are looking for a quick way to verify an applicant’s credentials and avoid the long-term costs of bad hiring. After all, the cost of a wrong hire is not only damaging to individual teams, but to company culture, employee wellbeing, and overall job satisfaction. 

The genesis and the future of the unmanned aerial vehicle industry

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When we think of drones or UAVs, we have an image which readily jumps to mind, usually of a remote-controlled quadcopter of some sort, or of some other aerial vehicle, such as the US military’s Predator or Reaper drones. The unmanned drone industry began a lot earlier than anyone expects, though - the first UAVs were actually hot air balloons, with the first balloon being demonstrated in 1783 by Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier in Annonay, France.

What does the metaverse mean for the future of the modern workplace?

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Technologists have been whispering about the metaverse for years. Now, it’s emerging, with Meta launching our vision at Connect 2021. There’s been plenty of talk on how the next iteration of the internet - an internet you can step inside - will change entertainment, gaming, and social connection. The metaverse also means profound changes for the world of work. Advances in virtual reality (VR) tech will mean more immersive and useful virtual spaces. New augmented reality and hologram technologies will mean environments that seamlessly blend the digital with the physical world around us. As more organisations adopt these tech, it will make the benefits accessible to millions of workers across various sectors around the world.

Consumers demand brand honesty: Why retailers need to cut the bullshit

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Clients are tired of companies that pretend to care. Retailers need to be genuine in their altruistic claims or embrace the fact that they’re driven by profits. Time is up for retailers that attempt to convince consumers they’re in business for the greater good, when really, they’re just in it for the money. There’s nothing wrong with a business making money, of course.