TJ Newsflash: 17 April

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The latest learning news and research personally compiled by TJ’s Editor, Jo Cook

44% of UK computer game players say video games make them better workers, according to study

A new study from Currys revealed that 44% of gamers believe their hobby makes them better workers, with more than half of all UK gamers (57%) saying that they incorporate gaming skills, such as leadership, communication and problem solving into their working day. These same skills were listed in the top 10 most in-demand skills for employers in the latest LinkedIn job listing analysis. 

LinkedIn’s 2024 analysis of job listings, recruiter messages, and the skills possessed by recent hires found that soft skills reign supreme for UK employers in 2024, comprising most of the top 10 in-demand skills.

Skills that topped the list were communication, customer service, management, leadership, and teamwork. 57% of UK gamers say they have developed some of these skills through playing video games, and regularly apply them to their work.

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The success rate of HR and recruitment companies in the UK

Pace HR has analysed data from Companies House to uncover the success rate of new companies offering and managing human resource functions. The research revealed that out of the 17,019 HR companies that opened in the last five years 6,416 have either gone into administration, liquidation, or are now dissolved. To put that into perspective, around two in five HR companies close their doors within the first five years.

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Leading nutritionist unveils the 5 best healthy eating habits and diet changes to improve mental health

A leading nutritionist at Lifesum, the global healthy eating platform, has unveiled the 5 best healthy eating habits and diet changes to improve mental health.

Encouraging a workplace culture that prioritizes nutrition has various benefits for employees’ mental well-being, including improved mood and energy levels, reduced stress and anxiety, enhanced cognitive function, increased engagement and productivity, and prevention of absenteeism.

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National Archives appoints new chief to lead organisation into ‘digital age’

UK’s public archiving organisation has announced its Cambridge University alumnus and former BBC TV producer Saul Nassé as new leader, who brings a vision to ‘truly create archives for everyone’. The National Archives has appointed a former BBC television producer and University of Cambridge exams chief as its new chief executive.

Saul Nassé will take up the post of chief exec and keeper of The National Archives at the end of July, replacing Dr Jeff James, who has led the organisation since 2014. Nassé is a fellow of Robinson College at the University of Cambridge and a former group chief executive of Cambridge Assessment, the university’s examinations business.

Read more on our sister publication Public Technology.