Almas Abbas Madarwala

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Do American auto workers have an inferiority complex?

Do American auto workers have an inferiority complex? Do they suffer from such low self esteem that they believe they should be paid significantly less than their counterparts in other countries who build the same cars for the same company? Would they really prefer to have no say whatsoever in how …

Some university bosses 'had 8% pay rise' last year

<b>Bosses at some prominent universities had pay rises of over 8%, or £22,000, last year, new figures suggest.</b><p>Analysis of vice-chancellor pay at 19 Russell Group institutions show an average salary of £293,000 in 2012-13.<p>The figures from Times Higher Education magazine, reveal much higher rises for …

Facebook Isn't Actually A Good Way To Judge Potential Employees, Say Researchers

Back in 2012, we learned that Facebook stalking would tell you if a person was worth hiring. Researchers at Northern Illinois University found that they could predict job performance based on just 5-10 minute reviews of college students’ Facebook pages, based on interviews with their employers six …

Legendary Ex-HR Director From Netflix Shares 6 Important Lessons

The culture doc, created by McCord, CEO Reed Hastings, and others at the company, is still evolving and is used by the company to this day. It has also been the starting point for many other companies, some of which have created their own, similar documents.<p>The concepts laid out in the presentation …

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It’s a Man’s World, and It Always Will Be

If men are obsolete, then women will soon be extinct — unless we rush down that ominous <i>Brave New World</i> path where women clone themselves by …

Amazon Workers in Germany Choose Busy Day To Strike

Hundreds of Amazon employees in Germany went on strike over wage disputes on Monday, the company’s busiest day for orders last year.<p>About 640 workers …

Work & careers,Office for National Statistics,Life and style,UK news<p>People's lives would be more fulfilling if they were given greater freedom in the workplace<p>I began to notice the creativity of the manager of the Pret a Manger coffee shop, close to where I live, after he showed extraordinary …

India's Supreme Court turns the clock back with gay sex ban | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated a ban on gay sex in the world’s largest democracy, following a four-year period of decriminalisation that had helped bring homosexuality into the open in the socially conservative country.<p>Gay rights activists walk inside the …

UK minister tells Domino's to pay higher wages to attract staff | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Domino’s Pizza, the country’s biggest pizza delivery firm, should pay better wages if it is struggling to fill job vacancies rather than seeking a relaxation of immigration rules, said a British government minister.<p>A Domino's Pizza is pictured in its box in central London, …

Yahoo’s Geek Goddess

As one of Google’s highest-ranking women, Marissa Mayer became a Silicon Valley superstar, but inside the search giant her dazzle sometimes wore thin, with colleagues rebelling against her imperious style. In the wake of Mayer’s jump to run the struggling Yahoo, Bethany McLean asks whether she will …

China ready to invest £50bn in UK infrastructure

David Cameron told China could invest billions in new nuclear plants, HS2 and other projects during trade visit<p>China plans to invest billions of pounds in British infrastructure, including the £50bn HS2 rail project, it was revealed at the start of David Cameron's trade visit to the Asian …

A landmark study suggests Britain’s children are lagging behind the developed world in maths, reading and science while the Far East rockets ahead – despite billions of pounds of spending under Labour. Does the secret to success lie in pushy parents? http://fw.to/AsOX0II

First female bishop in UK and Ireland

Reverend Pat Storey has been consecrated as the first female bishop in the UK and Ireland at a ceremony in Dublin.<p>The married mother-of-two made history when she was nominated by the Church of Ireland to become the Bishop of Meath and Kildare.<p>She joins the group of 27 other female bishops in the …

Paternity leave: I'm a new father. And I really want to be at home now

On other pages in today's <i>Observer</i> I've written about Lego, and the children's film <i>SpaceCamp</i>, and the Tintin books (twice). Likely my focus has snagged these past few weeks. At home, I have a new baby, two months old and about as big as an economy-size bag of peas, currently testing out a new smile. …

My week as an Amazon insider

The first item I see in Amazon's Swansea warehouse is a package of dog nappies. The second is a massive pink plastic dildo. The warehouse is 800,000 square feet, or, in what is Amazon's standard unit of measurement, the size of 11 football pitches (its Dunfermline warehouse, the UK's largest, is 14 …

Today's front page : College course subsidy spirals out of control http://gu.com/p/3kfgc/fb Woman admits murdering three men found stabbed to death in ditches http://gu.com/p/3kfx7/fb Exclusive: Surveillance technology out of control, says Lord Ashdown http://gu.com/p/3kfed/fb

Half of recent UK graduates stuck in non-graduate jobs, says ONS

Almost half of recent graduates in the UK are in non-graduate jobs, according to official data that has underscored the challenges facing young people entering the labour market.<p>The proportion of recent graduates working in jobs for which a higher educational background is not usually required was …

Meet Licia Ronzulli, the Italian MEP who has highlighted the cause of working mothers by bringing her young daughter to European Parliament voting sessions. More here: http://fw.to/6VOYuUl Photo: Reuters

Education department civil servants vote for strike action

Workers at the Department for Education have voted to go on strike in a row over spending cuts and job losses.<p>Members of the Public and Commercial Services union backed walkouts by a majority of almost two to one, and other forms of industrial action by nearly nine to one. The union said turnout in …

Why welfare and education are inextricably linked

The education secretary, Michael Gove, removed "children, schools and families" from his department's title within two days of taking office and replaced them with "education". The change was in homage to his belief that knowledge is separate from our families. His speeches often say as much – …

Pre-school and further education may face cuts in spending review

The education department has settled its spending figures for 2015-16, David Laws, the schools minister, has said.<p>According to two people present, Laws told a meeting organised by the IPPR thinktank on Wednesday that the department had reached a settlement and he said he was pleased about the …

Bring back FE teacher qualifications: learners deserve more than pot luck

Given how important a strong further education system is to our economy and society, it is baffling that policymakers in this country have decided to fly in the face of expert advice and international practice on the issue of teaching qualifications.<p>One argument often used in defence of the …

Could This New Recruiting Tool Be a Bigger, Smarter LinkedIn?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>LinkedIn is an essential tool for recruiters, a network where individuals’ professional qualifications are emphasized and easily searchable. But according to Adeyemi Ajao, the co-founder of Identified, a big data and analytics company …

Brazil ponders quotas for black MPs

Brazil is considering setting a quota for black members of parliament. A constitutional amendment would, in fact, set quotas for all legislative chambers nationwide. A special commission will look at whether to pursue the plan. It is seen as a key move towards equality in a country that is …

Norway's strict labour laws mean most offices in Oslo are empty after 16:00. But a growing number of young entrepreneurs are bringing a new 24-hour working culture to the city: http://bbc.in/1duqKy3 There are those, however, who worry that a boom in start-ups could begin to produce the kind of health and social problems that Norway has fought hard to avoid through its focus on work-life balance.

Bangladesh garment workers set for 77% pay rise

Wages for Bangladeshi garment factory workers are set to rise after owners said they had agreed to a proposed 77% increase in the minimum wage.<p>The powerful businessmen who run many of the factories in the country, the world's second biggest exporter of clothes after China, had initially opposed …

'Modern slavery' bill to tighten laws on human trafficking

A "modern slavery" bill that tightens the laws on human trafficking will be introduced in an attempt to eradicate an "evil in our midst", Theresa May has announced.<p>The home secretary said that prosecution rates for human trafficking were still "shockingly low" across Europe and that an overhaul of …