Entries in Jobs (7)


Vacancy Listed for House Manager at Buckingham Palace

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Fancy a job working for the British royals?  Well, you may be in luck -- there's a freshly listed $78,000-per-year vacancy for a house manager at Buckingham Palace.

The queen is currently seeking a master of the household’s office, who will support the delivery of hospitality services at all the royal U.K. residences, according to the Royals website.  As stated in the advertisement -- which says the position pays £50,000 per year -- the job involves overseeing events, predominately at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and St. James’s Palace, and leading, managing and motivating a team of highly trained staff.

The highly sought-after position requires a great deal of hospitality experience.  The listing mentions that applicants should have senior or general management level experience at a five-star establishment.

And whoever gets this coveted position will be responsible for managing a budget of £1.8 million (about $3 million).

However, the financial situation for the Queen -- who is the world’s largest personal landowner -- isn’t quite what it used to be.  The budget for the royal household shrunk this year to $57.8 million, down from $62.8 million last year.  This could lead to some creative corner-cutting in this newly offered role.

Applicants had better hurry and get their resumes in order though -- the closing date for the listing is July 4.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


One Quarter of British Workers Say They’re 'Too Anxious' to Take Vacation

Ciaran Griffin/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Most workers look forward to time off from their job, but a new survey reveals that isn’t the case for many British employees.

Two separate online surveys involving a total of 7,187 UK adults commissioned by finds 25 percent don’t take all the vacation days they’re entitled to because they’re too anxious to take time off.  Six percent of those surveyed had seven vacation days or more left unused.

Additional findings:

  • Of those who do take their vacation time, 20 percent admit returning to work more anxious than before they left.
  • 45 percent of respondents viewed their annual vacation time as vital to their mental and physical health.
  • 80 percent of those polled said they start to relax almost immediately after arriving at their vacation destination, but seven percent said it takes them up to five days.  Six percent said they never felt fully relaxed on vacation.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


China Recruits Experienced Pilots from America

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Over the course of three days, the All-China Job Fair will see more than 800 pilots looking for more lucrative work, from more than half a world away.

Ten Asian airlines are scouring the United States looking for experienced pilots to keep up with the growing demand for air travel in China. It's estimated that China will need up to 18,000 new pilots within the next 10 years.

The airlines will likely hire at least 200 pilots during the fair, with some pilots interviewing, completing simulator testing and accepting jobs -- with better benefits and higher salaries -- in one day. Salaries for the pilots in China will range from $14,000 to $16,000 a month.

Doug Lister is a pilot with more than 30 years of experience, who spent most of his career with American Airlines.

"Hopefully, there are other airlines that can appreciate the experienced pilots," he told ABC News' Miami affiliate WPLG.

Lister said that with his company currently making massive cuts, there is no choice but to look for work in other countries.

"There is a pilot shortage in China," Ron Yank of Shenzhen Airlines, told WPLG. "So, it's a good opportunity in the U.S., since U.S. airlines are cutting jobs and people are looking for jobs. We can get good pilots here."

The job fair was in Miami on Thursday and Friday. It then moves to Las Vegas, where it concludes on Sunday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Obama Touts Job-Creating Potential of Boeing Indonesia Deal

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(BALI, Indonesia) -- Hailing the deal as a “remarkable example” of the commercial opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, President Obama touted a new agreement between Boeing and an Indonesian company, claiming it will create more than 100,000 jobs in the United States.

“For the last several days, I’ve been talking about how we have to make sure that we’ve got a presence in this region, that it can result directly in jobs at home.  And what we see here -- a multi-billion-dollar deal between Lion Air, one of the fastest-growing airlines not just in the region, but in the world, and Boeing -- is going to result in over 100,000 jobs back in the United States of America, over a long period of time,” Obama said Thursday morning at a signing ceremony between the two companies in Bali, Indonesia, where the president is meeting with East Asian leaders.

Lion Air has agreed to purchase 230 Boeing airplanes at a list price of $21.7 billion, marking the largest commercial airplane agreement ever for Boeing.

The White House has been eager to show the job-creating potential of investments in the Asia-Pacific region during the president’s nine-day trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia.

“This is a remarkable example of the trade investment and commercial opportunities that exist in the Asia Pacific region,” the president said.

“I want to congratulate Boeing for making outstanding planes, including the one that I fly on,” the president joked. “And this is an example of a win-win situation, where the people of the region are going to be able to benefit from an outstanding airline and our workers back home are going to be able to have job security and be able to produce an outstanding product made in America.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Clinton: US Diplomacy Abroad Creates Jobs at Home

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a message for those on Capitol Hill who would like to cut the State Department’s budget: do so at the risk of American jobs and American leadership.

In a speech in Washington on Tuesday, Clinton argued that American investments and diplomacy abroad pay back dividends by creating jobs in the United States. She also warned that nothing short of America’s global primacy is at risk if those efforts are not properly resourced.

Already, she suggested, the U.S. may be slipping.

“After spending two and a half years as your secretary of state, traveling nearly 600,000 miles, I have reached one over-arching conclusion. Simply put, we need to up our game,” she said. “We need to double-down on what we do well and add new tools and techniques to compete effectively in the 21st century, to be strong at home and to lead abroad.”

American diplomats, Clinton said, are working in countries around the world to break down barriers for U.S. companies to compete in global markets and she suggested new markets in the developing world present a new opportunity for export.

She cited Open Skies agreements with countries that allow create new flight routes overseas from American cities, creating jobs near the airports. A new direct flight from Memphis to Amsterdam has had a $120 million impact on Tennessee’s economy and supports over 2,200 local jobs, she said.

“These agreements may not create headlines, but they do create jobs,” Clinton argued.

The setting for Clinton’s remarks betrayed her ultimate motive: to warn against further cuts to her budget. She spoke before the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), which lobbies for greater foreign affairs funding. The USGLC issued a report Tuesday supporting Clinton’s main thrust, that the work she and her diplomats engage in around the world creates jobs back home.

The Marshall Plan may have cost $110 billion in today’s dollars, but Clinton pointed out that the U.S. now exports around $250 billion worth of products to the European Union each year.

To that end she urged Congress to pass three Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea before it leaves for summer recess.

Clinton warned that American leadership in the world “is an achievement, not a birthright” and warned against cuts that might undermine the U.S. position in the world.

Clinton also swung back at those who say the U.S. can’t afford such efforts in the current deficit crisis, and suggested other countries are poised to take advantage of the void if American companies don’t step up.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Japan: Report Shows Tough Market for College Grads

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TOKYO) -- A record one-third of college seniors in Japan have yet to find jobs, prompting government leaders to announce new measures to help job seekers.

The labor ministry said it would boost efforts to support job seekers, while companies that hire students would receive a three-month, $1,200 subsidy for each graduate.

Japan's unemployment rate stands at five percent - a high number, historically.

Economists say companies are reluctant to add new jobs because of the costs that come with them. Each hire is seen as a lifetime commitment, because labor laws make it difficult to fire workers in Japan.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Obama in Japan: Asian Markets Critical to Economic Growth, Job Creation 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(YOKAHAMA, Japan) -- On his last stop of his 10-day Asian tour, President Obama said that that America’s security and prosperity is “inextricably linked” to that of Asia and increasing U.S. exports will create American jobs.

“In today’s interconnected world, what happens in Japan or China or Indonesia also has a direct effect on the lives and fortunes of the American people,” he said at the APEC CEO summit in Yokahama, Japan.

The president said his goal of doubling U.S. exports in the next five years is directly related to job creation in America.

“With every $1 billion we sell in exports, five thousand jobs are supported at home,” he said. “And jobs supported by exports pay up to 18 percent higher than the national average.”

Yet the president failed to find support.  The president failed to convince the South Koreans to open their markets to American beef and cars - at stake $10 billion in exports and 70,000 American jobs. He failed to push Chinese President Hu Jintao to change policies that make it cheaper to manufacture in China by artificially building up the dollar and holding down Chinese currency.  And with a $227 billion dollar trade deficit with China, Mr Obama was unable to convince the other G20 leaders to agree to use stronger language on currency manipulation in the joint declaration or firm actions on trade imbalances.

Mr. Obama once again warned that nations with large trade surpluses cannot depend on exports to U.S. consumers, noting that the recent economic crisis taught a harsh lesson on the limits of that strategy.

“Going forward, countries with large surpluses must shift away from an unhealthy dependence on exports and take steps to boost domestic demand,” he said. “No nation should assume that their path to prosperity is simply paved with exports to America.”

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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