Global HR headlines: Amazon lacks diversity, the high cost of niche tech skills

Amazon employee data shows lack of diversity at executive level.

Start-ups are dealing with massive pay hikes for niched tech skills, and a Singaporean multinational company looks to a hackathon to recruit 150 candidates for technology roles. Britain expected to provide temporary work visas to address truck driver shortage ahead of the festive season, while Amazon data shows that minorities dominate blue-collar roles.

Temporary work visas for truck drivers
Britain is expected to announce plans to issue temporary work visas to truck drivers to ease an acute labour shortage that has led to fuel rationing at hundreds of gas stations and long queues to fill up – with pumps running dry in some places, reports Reuters.

As retailers warned of significant disruption in the run-up to Christmas, prime minister Boris Johnson's office said it was looking at temporary measures to address the shortage of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers.

Newspapers reported that the government would allow up to 5,000 foreign drivers into Britain on short-term visas, a measure that logistics companies and retailers have demanded for months, but which the government had previously ruled out.

Start-ups paying big for niche skills
Though work from home (WFH) initially made a rough landing with unforeseen possibilities offering companies, majorly start-ups, flexibility, opportunity and accessibility to attract “best” talent, it has started hitting the very same sector.

Start-up leaders say before the pandemic, the standard salary hike was 30-40 percent but in the last year, the standard hike has risen to 70-100 percent for people with niche skills, reports ETHRWorld.

Nishant Agarwal, founder of Proctur, revealed that while working remotely, techies have invested their time in upgrading their aptitudes as per future requirements, as they have the time to explore their skills and opportunities.

Hackathon to recruit for 150 tech roles
The Singaporean DBS Bank will onboard 150 candidates in technology roles through a hackathon programme that will test their abilities.

The initiative called DBS Hack2Hire aims to fill positions across 14 developer and engineering roles as the multinational widens its use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, as well as blockchain technologies, reports ETHRWorld.

Amazon staff data shows lack of diversity at executive level
Amazon executives ranks remained largely white, although the share of non-white executives rose modestly, while minorities continued to account for most of its blue-collar workforce as the online retailer grew rapidly during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new company data.

The disclosure made Amazon the largest company by market capitalisation to date to respond to a call for companies to publicly release a confidential federal form. Reuters reports that 67 companies in the S&P 100 released or plan to release their EEO-1 forms, which show detailed worker information as a result of the campaign.

A lack of racial or gender diversity in the leadership of many US corporations has drawn focus since last year’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations.