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Harry Chahal, of Stafflex, looks at Amazon's plans to employ 2,500 more staff in the UK by the end of the year and news that accountancy giant PWC has banned all-male job shortlists in an effort to improve its gender pay gap.

IT has been reported that retail giant Amazon will create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK - taking the total workforce to 27,500 by the end of the year.

The recruitment drive will cover a wide range of roles including software developers, engineers and technicians from highly skilled to those seeking entry level positions.

Chancellor Philip Hammond called Amazon's announcement "a clear vote of confidence" in the UK workforce and economy.

Amazon said it has invested more than PS9.3bn in its UK operations since 2010. Amidst all the negative Brexit talk at the moment, it's great to have a big multi-national company such as Amazon commit to long term recruitment plans in the UK.

Also, accountancy giant PWC has banned all-male job shortlists in an attempt to increase the number of women in senior roles at the firm.

It is the first of the big four accountancy firms to ban all-male shortlists. It said the move was prompted by its recent pay gap report showing men on average earned 43.8% more than women. The firm also plans to ban all-male interview panels as a way to narrow the gap.

Recruitment agencies working with the firm were told that they would have to provide "diverse" shortlists if they wanted to retain their contracts.

PWC must be applauded for making the decision as this is a big step in creating an equal society for men and women. Hopefully, the other big accountancy firms - Deloitte, KPMG and EY - will follow suit leading to many other businesses reviewing their policy to ensure fair recruitment processes.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 28, 2018
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