There seems to be a rising number of "junior" roles advertised with an ever expanding skill-set and level of experience required for them.
Want this entry-level junior based role? You will ideally have 2-3 years proven commercial experience and have extremely strong skills in the following.....
I'm all for companies getting the right person for the right job, but if you're going to advertise the role as "junior" or "entry-level" then it is kind of self-defeating if you then want 3 years proven experience. What you mean is you want a highly trained individual who is a junior only in job title and pay, but has the skill-set of senior roles.
Being on the outside, looking in, it gets increasinlgy frustrating to be called by no end of employment agencies to ask what my level of experience is, then tell me how hard it will be to break in to the industry with no commercial experience. I know! I know it will be hard, but it'll be a lot harder if you're looking for someone to pay entry level wage to but expect them to be fluent in 4 different languages and hit the ground running.
Somewhere in the heady rush of all the "economic upturn" news somebody forgot to tell Natwest. For while other places were busy trumpeting the so-called start of the recovery Natwest was busy "simplifying their savings range" (their words).
The simplification involved scrapping the e-ISA and moving everyone on it to a standard cash-ISA. And what do these changes mean to you, the cash-strapped customer who has struggled with rock bottom interest rates mainly because places like Natwest decided to drag the world down in there greed filled antics? Well Natwest in their kind wisdom decided to list the changes; namely a drop in interest rates on the account, but you can now go in to a branch to manage your account should you wish to spend the meeeelions of pounds of interest you'll be earning.
Now colour me stupid, but the whole e-ISA thing was sold on the fact that as there is no branch management and it's all online, overheads are cheaper so rates are higher. So to solve this "problem" Natwest decide to cut the rates and let you go in to a branch; a service anybody with an e-ISA has never used or most likely wanted.
So kudos Natwest, in a time when banks pretty much owe their continued existence to the state you don't even have the decency to buy us dinner before trying to fuck us. But I've no doubt the next time I'm in a branch I will hear the warm tones of "do you have a minute to talk about your finances and how we could help you better?", which unless you have Rumplestiltskin behind that counter are going to need a fucking miracle to "make my money better."