Oct 15

Drone use in business on the rise

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Australia may soon be the first country in the world to see commercial courier deliveries by drone, if a launch by a textbook rental service and an Australian tech start-up goes according to plan. From March next year and pending regulatory approval, students will be able to order books from Zookal via an…

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Jun 26

Travel Tycoon Shares Her Secrets

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Travel consultant Penny Spencer has a tip for any business dealing with Australia’s patchy economy: make sure you have a range of customers from different business sectors. “Where one industry might not be doing so well, you’ll have another industry that is, so you definitely have to spread it across a broad range…

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Jun 26

500 Mining Jobs Axed in Australia

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Peabody Energy Corp and Glencore Xstrata will cut around 500 mining jobs in Australia, a company official and trade publication says, as a global glut in coal supply pushes down prices. Peabody plans to cut around 450 contractor jobs, while Glencore Xstrata will lay off around 46 employees at its Ravensworth coal mine.…

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Jun 7

A Telstra takeover of Telecom could mean massive job cuts

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Telstra could lay off more than half of Telecom’s 7000 staff and run most of the business from Australia if it launches a takeover bid for the company, says leading Australian telecommunications analyst Paul Budde. Budde said a takeover of Telecom by Telstra “made sense” and was a reasonable explanation for talks revealed…

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May 30

Unproductive workers costing billions

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A third of Australian workers waste almost a quarter of their day at work, a survey shows. The Ernst and Young Australian Productivity Pulse survey found the lack of productivity costs businesses more than $41 billion each year in wages alone. The survey of 11,500 people showed the current economic slowdown particularly affects…

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May 30

NZ Workers happier than Aussies – survey

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New Zealand workers are happier than their Australian counterparts, a survey says, despite being paid less and working longer hours. One researcher said it was proof New Zealand breeds “cheap and efficient” workers. The Regus survey found nearly half of New Zealand employees said they were working harder since the global downturn in…

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May 21

Kiwi Exodus to Australia tops 50,000 in last year

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The number of New Zealanders packing their bags and heading to Australia accelerated in April, with a new record number of annual departures at 53,462. Some 4,500 people left New Zealand for Australia in April for a net loss of 3,500 in the month, according to Statistics New Zealand. That took the annual…

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Jan 12

Hackers stalk largest companies in rising tide of industrial espionage

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Hackers from China rifled the computers of DuPont at least twice in 2009 and 2010, hunting the secrets that made the company one of the world’s most successful chemical makers. Investors would have learnt nothing on the subject from DuPont’s regulatory filings, or from those of other companies victimised by hackers. Documents DuPont…

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Jan 12

NZ workers ‘too pessimistic’ about job market

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New Zealand workers are too pessimistic about the outlook for the job market, a business leader says. The latest quarterly Westpac McDermott Miller Employment Index shows employment confidence has hit its lowest level in over two years. The index fell 4.6 points in the December quarter, from 104.2 to 99.6. This is its…

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Sep 6

Aussie job advert numbers fall for second month

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Australian job advertisements fell in August as global financial instability discouraged companies from hiring, a private report showed. Jobs advertised in newspapers and on the internet dropped 0.6 per cent last month, after a decrease of the same number in July, according to an Australia & New Zealand Banking Group report released yesterday.…

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