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Job slashes a salve but the system's still sick

By Stephen Lacey
MyCareer

The South Australian public health system is about to shed 350 jobs, owing to budget cuts by the state government. And it appears another 850 jobs will need to be slashed to reach this year's savings target.

The cuts will be made to front-line as well as head office roles, and will also entail the loss of 114 beds.

In announcing the cuts, the South Australian Health Minister, John Hill, says they will save $270 million in four years. However, another $230 million in savings remains to be found.

"This is a work in progress," Hill says. "I mean, we will need to keep doing more work to reach the targets set for us."

Out of service

The biggest unemployment story of the week was no doubt Vodafone's announcement it will be slashing 500 of its 5000 Australian jobs, with a large proportion in Sydney, where Vodafone's national head office is located.

The affected staff will finish working with Vodafone by the end of November and no voluntary redundancies will be offered.

Amid ongoing network problems, consumers have abandoned the telco en masse. During the first half of its 2012 financial year, Vodafone lost 178,000 customers.

Swiss near miss

Australian UBS jobs are safe, despite the Swiss-based bank cutting 10,000 jobs from its global operations.

The bank announced it was shrinking the investment banking arm of its operations to concentrate on wealth management.

However, UBS Australia will not be affected by the job cuts, having already moved towards a wealth-management model.

Through making the cuts, UBS hopes to save 3.4 billion Swiss francs ($3.5 billion) by the end of 2015.

Harassment report

The director of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency, Helen Conway, has called on employers to eliminate workplace sexual harassment, following the release of a survey showing it is widespread in Australia.

The report, Working without Fear: Results of the Sexual Harassment National Telephone Survey 2012, released by the Australian Human Rights Commission, shows about one in five people aged 15 or over has been sexually harassed in the workplace in the past five years.

"It is extremely disappointing that so many Australians have experienced sexual harassment at work," Conway says. "I remind all employers of the importance of taking steps to ensure their workplace is free of sexual harassment. This means having appropriate policies and ... procedures in place, training staff and monitoring the execution of these policies and procedures."

Business end of recruiting

A unique, cloud-based platform that helps recruiters establish their own business has recently been launched in Australia. Sonovate was established in Britain this year by Damon Chapple and Richard Prime, and in its first eight months has assisted more than 50 agencies, ranging from contract to permanent recruiters.\

Prime and Chapple say that many recruiters are interested in running their own agencies, but the associated administrative and legal work, as well as concerns over cash flow, is off-putting.

"Recruiters can rely on Sonovate to handle all of the administrative and back-office duties associated with starting and owning a company," Prime says.

"We provide a website with search-engine optimisation, contract and temp finance, ready-made branding, leading enterprise CRM [customer relationship management] software and accounting software, favourable rates with job boards and advert distribution, and total back-office support."

Recruiters subscribe with Sonovate online, then their business is legally registered. Once it starts recruiting, all invoicing, contract and temp finance, as well as debt collection, are done by Sonovate's admin team, with placement fees paid into the business's bank account.

Subscribers are also given access to a professional social network where they can participate in discussions, offer each other support and receive daily updates.

Published: 03 November 2012


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