As inflation reached a 40-year high in April 2022, the cost of living is the topic on everyone’s lips. With rising energy and fuel bills, not to mention the escalating price of a weekly shop in the supermarket, our pockets are feeling the pinch.
The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 9 per cent in the 12 months to April 2022, up from 7 per cent in March, and according to the Office for National Statistics, 88 per cent of adults in Great Britain reported an increase in their cost of living in May this year.
It is very clear our money isn’t stretching the way it used to. What is more worrying is a new survey from GMB Union of more than 2,300 workers across all sectors which reports that 41 per cent of respondents agreed they “have had to borrow money to cover essentials from banks, payday lenders, or family and friends in the last six months”.
GMB members who completed the survey also said they couldn’t afford to have the heating on and feed their families. Some respondents reported that they were only eating every other day, while others said they were struggling with depression as a result of the cost of living crisis.
“We face the perfect storm of wages plummeting as prices shoot up. It’s a disaster for workers,” says Gary Smith, GMB General Secretary. The situation is by no means UK-only, in the US, a survey by peer-to-peer lending company LendingClub found that among those who took part, 61 per cent reported living paycheck-to-paycheck in April, a 9 per cent increase from a year ago.
For many who are struggling, one solution is to look for a new role. Despite news of hiring freezes in some sectors of the tech industry, the job market remains buoyant, and we have three roles below that are worth checking out. For thousands more open positions, visit The London Economic Job Board.
The Role: The eCommerce-Head of Global Brand Partnership will put together the team and develop the growth strategy. The team will own and nurture C-level and senior brand-side relationships, and partner with TikTok global e-commerce regional market account managers to drive sales together.
The Responsibilities: You will be very familiar with global accounts/agencies’ top management, be proficient in high-level strategic thinking, and be deeply passionate about problem solving and business growth enablement.
The Requirements: You’ll need a Bachelor’s degree and above, plus over 15 years’ work experience. Proven experience working in global brands, agencies, and/or eCommerce platforms and proven experience working in a top consumer industry consulting firm would be an advantage.
The Role: The Senior Software Engineer, iOS, will join a mobile product development team with the mission to build world class mobile products across the growth suite for users.
The Responsibilities: HubSpot says that anybody with strong CS fundamentals, a passion for mobile, and a desire to learn and teach would be a great fit.
The Requirements: You’ll need experience in developing fully-featured native iOS applications with a portfolio or examples of apps you have published to the App Store to back it up. An interest in Swift or functional programming would be an advantage and you’ll be familiar with RxSwift or reactive programming.
The Role: The Global Content Manager will join the Marcom team and will be responsible for designing and delivering a broad range of high-quality, compelling B2B content that demonstrates Mazars’ expertise and builds its brand.
The Responsibilities: You’ll work collaboratively with global marketing managers and campaign planners to design campaign concepts that meet go-to-market strategy and marketing objectives. Plus, you’ll prepare, review and deliver a broad range of content for Mazars’ global campaigns.
The Requirements: Outstanding storytelling, copywriting, editing and proof-reading skills are required as is a track record of creating compelling, multi-format content. You will also need experience of producing research-based thought leadership reports.