Information technology jobs surprisingly hardest hit by COVID-19
Nearly a year after COVID-19 upturned the jobs marketplace, one surprising sector is still struggling to recover.
Despite a national pivot to working from home and the technological challenges that came with it, roles in information and communication technology (ICT) are some of the slowest to return to pre-pandemic levels, reports data from SEEK Australia. New job ads for the sector reported a decline of 22 per cent between January 2020 and 2021, which encompassed roles like data analysts, software engineers and positions in data security and IT support. Read More.
Warning to Google after advertiser used search engine to mislead investors.
The corporate regulator has warned Google to carefully consider the implications of a court decision that found people were misled into tipping money into high-risk investments after following sponsored links in search results. In a decision handed down on Tuesday, the federal court judge Stewart Anderson found the search ad campaign formed part of a broader pattern of misleading and deceptive conduct by Mayfair 101, an investment company best known for buying Queensland’s Dunk Island. Read More.
The Future for Lawyers: Legal Service in a Cart?
With pressures from clients to reduce their use of lawyers, and law firms under pressure to both add value and reduce their own headcount – while the need for legal and compliance work escalates –little wonder that the innovation that technology offers is a tantalising option and increasingly taking centre stage. So, what shape will the future take? The good news according to Richard, Susskind OBE, President of the Society of Computers & Law is not that traditional legal skills won’t be needed. But there is bad news: they’ll be needed less. Read More.
Why compliance regulations can actually be a boost for business?
Within many businesses, law firms no exception, regulatory compliance requirements are often viewed as a necessary evil. Put in place by authorities with little apparent care for profits, the laws are deemed to act as a handbrake on productivity.
This view, however, is not entirely accurate, writes Derek Cowan. Regulations protect businesses as entities, the people they employ, and the individuals they serve. Being compliant isn’t an option. It’s a requirement. So, it’s important to see being compliant as a virtue and to what degree you’ve achieved that compliance, perhaps a unique selling point. Read More.
China Sanctions Barristers’ Chambers After Opinion on Uighurs.
A prominent set of chambers and individual barristers have been banned from entering or doing business with China. Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC and Essex Court Chambers were among those accused by the Chinese government of “maliciously spreading lies and disinformation” about human rights abuses in Xinjiang province. The sanctions come days after the UK joined the US, EU and Canada in sanctioning Chinese officials for these abuses. Read More
Melbourne’s iconic Jam Factory to receive $1.4 billion transformation
A $1.4 billion redevelopment project, led by Newmark Capital in partnership with property group GURNER, will see Melbourne’s Jam Factory transformed into a major mixed-use precinct.
Comprising retail, office, hotel, entertainment and luxury apartment living, the Jam Factory redevelopment is expected to reshape the face of South Yarra.
According to Newmark, the project aims to reinvigorate the Chapel Street precinct by building a new epicentre of retail and entertainment culture for Melbourne. Read More.
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