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IBM promises Trump that it will hire US workers

Great-Depression-Unemployment-Line-Biggish Blue hopes to get on side with Donald “Prince of Orange” Trump by pledging to hire 25,000 workers in the US.

IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty make the pledge as she and other technology executives prepared to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump today.

Writing in USA Today, Rometty said that IBM had thousands of open positions and wanted to hire about 25,000 professionals in the next four years in the United States.

However Biggish Blue has not indicated how that hiring might be offset by staff reductions or disclose how many people IBM employs in the United States.

In fact, the company has made it clear that it will end 2016 with “Our US.workforce about the same size as it was at the beginning of the year. By 2020, we expect it to be larger than it is today,” Pratt said.

Biggish Blue had 378,000 employees at the end of 2015, according to the company’s annual report so 25,000 might not be the great increase that the pro-Trump press has been trumping.

Still it must be some sort of improvement. IBM has reported that the active number of participants in its 401(k)-pension plan fell to 84,350 last year from 110,876 in 2010.

However, Rometty is a big fan of Trump. She is one of more than a dozen US executives serving on an advisory council that Trump has formed to consult him on job creation.

Nearly everyone’s going to work from home

US Army - Wikimedia CommonsIDC released a forecast which estimated that by 202 nearly three quarters of people with jobs in the United States will be mobile workers.

Right now, there are 96.2 million mobile workers in the USA, but that figure is set to rise to 105.4 million by 2020.

A whole heap of things are accelerating the trend including cheaper smartphones and tablets, the acceptance by employers of bring your own devices (BYOD), biometric readers, voice control, near field communications (NFC) and augmented reality.

IDC said 69.1 percent of the enterprises it surveyed saw a reduction in costs through implementing BYOD programmes.

Healthcare workers are the biggest segment of the mobile workforce, followed by manufacturing and construction. In fact, non office based mobile workers make up two thirds of the total mobile worker population.

Bryan Bassett, a research analyst at IDC said that mobility has become synonymous with productivity both inside and outside the workplace.

There’s a shortage of cloud experts

Ary Pleysier - Beach View with Boats - Wikimedia CommonsA report from Global Knowledge surveyed over 11,000 IT staff and businessmen and has found that if you want a job, get know how on cloud computing and on security.

The survey showed that one in five IT decision makers are having trouble finding skilled people for cloud computing.

And two thirds of the people they surveyed reported that organisations have skill shortages and that’s causing delays in product and services development, and resulting in delayed hardware and software deployments.

The survey is confined to the USA and Canada but if you’re an IT professional the average salary is $89,891.

Global Knowledge said that the data shows skills shortages “that provide immense opportunities for those eager to transform their skill sets”.

It’s likely that Western Europe have the same problems – so if you’re looking to make some money, get with it on cloud computing and security.

Samsung says to workers “sorry for cancer”

Samsung offered its “sincerest apology” for the sickness and deaths of some of its workers, and has promised to compensate those affected and their families.

In a statement, Samsung said that some of its former employees had died from leukemia or are coping with difficult-to-treat diseases after having worked at its manufacturing facility.

“It is truly sad and heart-breaking for us,” the company said in a statement. It added that it should have been more diligent in addressing the hardship and sorrow of former employees and the families of the deceased.

“We feel regret that a solution for this delicate matter has not been found in a timely manner, and we would like to use this opportunity to express our sincerest apology to the affected people.”

Samsung said it wants to resolve the issue with the concerned parties with “utmost sincerity” and it would compensate former employees battling illness and the families of the deceased.

The move follows a proposal by families and the Supporters for the Health And Rights of People in the Semiconductor Industry (SHARPS) group.

Apparently, there have been 26 victims of blood cancers – leukemia and lymphoma – reported to SHARPS, who worked in Samsung’s Gi-Heung and On-Yang semiconductor plants. Ten have died.

Other workplace related illnesses reported to SHARPS include miscarriages, infertility, irregular menstruation, loss of hair, blood disorders, kidney troubles and liver disease.

SHARPS said that working in Samsung’s semiconductor plants was hazardous as thousands of chemicals that are used for the manufacturing of chips and workers are not told about them.

Cleanrooms in the factories do not filter toxic gases and are designed to protect the wafers rather than the workers, SHARPS added. Workers are also often forced to turn off recently installed protective devices to keep up with the production rate, SHARPS said.

The parties will now discuss setting up an impartial independent mediating group that will decide the criteria and eligibility for compensation, Samsung said, adding that it will fully comply with any guidelines for compensation set by that mediator. 

Intel tests its TV service on employees

Fashion bag maker Intel is making sure that it does not anger animal rights groups by testing its television service on human guinea pigs.

Eric Free, vice president and general manager for content and services at Intel Media, said that early testing of Intel’s service is working quite well. So far no staff member has exhibited any side effects other than one person who was always a little twitchy anyway.

Free told CNET he believes 2013 is the year that “over-the-top video service really takes off”, which might have been an unexpected side-effect and could mean users will have to screw their set-top boxes to the floor until 2013 is over.

The fashion bag maker wants the TVs to be rolled out later this year.

He confirmed that Intel is conducting closed trials of its product with Intel employees in three west coast markets.

Free said that there had been “lots of fits and starts in the quest to take pay TV to the internet”.  We guess that fits and starts must be another side effect.

He claimed that consumer behaviour is changing, with many people cutting the cord and technology has improved to the point where internet-based TV is possible.

In addition, companies have become more comfortable with the internet and have “learned enough to know where the business is going and what bets to make in terms of the next model,” Free said.

Free said that Chipzilla doesn’t plan to significantly cut down a user’s cable bill with its new offering, but it expects to attract users by providing more curated content.

It wants to attract younger users looking for new digital alternatives, rather than those who want to get rid of their cable subscriptions. 

Facebook losing top employees

It looks as though Facebook may have to turn back to nicking staff from Google, with the news that some of its head honchos have decided to quit.

According to Business Insider, the social networking site has been dropped by director of business development, Jim Midgal. He lists his current job on LinkedIn profile as “baggage handler”. He also describes his company as “travelling.”

Marcel Laverdet, an employee who got his job by infecting Facebook with a virus that made it look like MySpace, took the plunge too.

It is thought that a number of engineers have also run away from the company in the past few weeks, meaning Facebook is secretly culling staff or is just not a great place to work.

Though Google has ranked as a great employer in various polls, that hasn’t stopped many from flocking to Facebook.

In October last year we reported that Facebook was stealing Google’s staff, with a significant 12.5 percent of all Facebook employees having previously worked with Google.

The employees Facebook has fired or lost have all been at the company for over four years. What’s all this then?

Symantec says India is key, plans to make more acquisitions

Security firm Symantec revealed that it considers India a pivotal location and plans to make a number of acquisitions over the next year in order to expand its business. 

According to Indian news outlet The Economic Times, Eric Hoh, Vice President of the Asia South Region of Symantec said India is “an important destination” for the company and that it will invest heavily in India, including IPs, sales office, R&D units, and additional Indian employees.

Symantec already has a large Indian workforce of 2,800 employees. It has three R&D units at Pune, Hyderaba and Bangalore, as well as six sales offices in major cities. It plans to add new sales offices in a number of smaller cities over time.

Hoh said that Symantec has already acquired 160 companies around the world and revealed plans to acquire additional companies, but he would not reveal if any of these would be Indian firms.

Symantec also intends to enter more telco partnerships in order to expand its distribution base.

Ballmer doesn't play well with others

Poor Steve Ballmer. First he misses out on his full bonus and now it has been revealed he’s not getting any love from his employees either.

According to a survey by Glassdoor.com, just over half of 1000 of Microsoft’s employees have said that they don’t think much of the CEO’s performance. But keep in mind Microsoft has at least 90,000 people on its books.

In contrast, Microsoft ranked 51 in Fortune’s list of best companies to work for, and scored 3.5 out of 5 in employee satisfaction polls, only a little behind Apple and Google. This shows that staff are happy with Microsoft, but not with Ballmer.

What’s the big deal then? Apart from allegedly being a bit of a diva and loud mouth it seems he could have ruffled a few feathers. When asked by Glassdoor if Microsoft’s offices were “a place of stability” employees made the following recommendations to senior management, which of course includes Ballmer:

“Don’t overdiversify business, focus on important markets and don’t just follow innovation from other companies.”

Ballmer has let the side down for MS employees, perhaps. He famously killed off the tablet Microsoft had been working on before the release of the iPad. He instead opted to let device manufacturers create tablets that can run Microsoft’s desktop operating system, Windows 7.

And last Friday the CEO’s pocket and ego took a beating after Microsoft released a report detailing why he wouldn’t be getting his full bonus – citing the miserable failure that was the Kin phone. It was aimed at tweens and dumped after three months due to poor sales.

He was also blamed for the “loss of market share in the company’s mobile phone business, and the need for the company to pursue innovations to take advantage of new form factors,” the report said.


Facebook stealing Google's staff

Facebook is nicking Google’s staff. Over 10 percent of Facebook’s staff used to work for the Big G in the past, according to the New York Times.

Around 200 of Facebook’s current employees are ex-Googlers. Facebook has roughly 1,600 employees, making the infiltration, we mean, crossover around 12.5 percent. Significant, with recent talk, especially by us, of Facebook and Google set to become bitter rivals.

A few high profile Google employees have jumped ship, such as Erick Tseng, who was Senior Product Manager for Android. He’s not heading Facebook’s mobile business, which may result in a Facebook branded smartphone in the future.

So what is going on to prompt Google staff to join Facebook’s ranks? It could simply be that both companies share similar interests and are operating in the same sector, with people wanting a change of scenery. Maybe Facebook pays better. Or maybe Facebook is trying to steal Google’s staff. Or maybe Google is trying to plant spies to steal Facebook’s secrets. Or maybe we’re just throwing ideas out there.

All we know for sure is that the exodus to the social notworking site represents less than one percent of Google’s estimated 22,000 staff, and Google can really afford to lose a few people here and there when it’s rolling in such vast sums on money.