What jobs are available post-lockdown?

Covid-19 has had an impact on nearly all aspects of life, including people’s work.

The world of work is changing – and some sectors appear to be in a much stronger position than others.

According to the latest jobs market report from employment website CV-Library, the number of job vacancies in the UK fell by 62.7% in the second quarter of 2020.

And for those jobs that are being advertised, competition is stiff, with the average application-to-job ratio rising by 84%.

The report is the latest in a series of snapshots trying to predict – by looking at online job vacancies – where workplace opportunities might be increasing or shrinking.

So, with more people battling it out for jobs, which industries are actually hiring staff? And which face a more uncertain future?

JOB SECTORS HIRING WORKERS

1. IT and digital technology

From software engineers to web developers, to online security

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How to convert VHS to DVD, Blu-ray, or digital

Memories have a lifespan. That’s why we do our best to capture the most precious moments, from births to graduations, through photo and video. In terms of aging, old photos are pretty easy to digitize. Scan, upload, and store on your computer, thumb drive, or the cloud. On the other hand, digitizing old video can be a bit more challenging, at least when it comes to footage captured on the all-but-dead medium called Video Home System, aka VHS.

The format was never intended to last forever and degrades over time. If your precious home videos managed to survive thus far, you may want to salvage the footage before time takes its toll. Converting well-worn videos will never be flawless — the slightest hiccup can interrupt the transfer signal — but it can be done on a modest budget with a few basic tools.

Below, we’ll show you how to save

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What to Look Out for

Wall Street expects a year-over-year decline in earnings on lower revenues when Castlight Health (CSLT) reports results for the quarter ended June 2020. While this widely-known consensus outlook is important in gauging the company’s earnings picture, a powerful factor that could impact its near-term stock price is how the actual results compare to these estimates.

The earnings report, which is expected to be released on July 28, 2020, might help the stock move higher if these key numbers are better than expectations. On the other hand, if they miss, the stock may move lower.

While management’s discussion of business conditions on the earnings call will mostly determine the sustainability of the immediate price change and future earnings expectations, it’s worth having a handicapping insight into the odds of a positive EPS surprise.

Zacks Consensus Estimate

This online health care software company is expected to post quarterly loss of $0.04 per

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High Voter Turnout and Record Fundraising Give Democrats Hope for November

It has been one of the most challenging election years in a century: A deadly pandemic upended normal voting in state-by-state primaries, and a rapid expansion of mail-in ballots struggled to meet demand — problems exacerbated by the decadeslong hollowing out of the Voting Rights Act and new, Republican-backed lawsuits to restrict ballot access.

And yet: Overall turnout among voters casting ballots for Democratic presidential candidates so far this year has already surpassed primary season levels in 2016, as did fundraising between April and June. Democrats are nearing the record numbers set in 2008 on both counts, even though the marquee 2020 race, for the Democratic presidential nomination, largely ended in March with Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee.

Roughly 34 million Democrats have already cast their ballots in 2020, and major states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have yet to report official results, meaning the number will

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Adobe, IBM team up on marketing software for banking industry

By Stephen Nellis

(Reuters) – Adobe Inc <ADBE.O> and International Business Machines Corp <IBM.N> said on Tuesday they are teaming up to make marketing software easier to use for banks that face strict controls on how customer data must be handled.

Banks handle sensitive customer data that is tightly regulated by the U.S. government and simple functions on other websites – such as presenting a form to collect customer data – become more complex when building web pages for functions such as mortgage applications.

The plan is for Adobe’s software to run in IBM’s cloud system that has received regulatory approval for use by banks, the companies said, which will lead to more banking functions becoming totally digital over time.

“Even now, for mortgage applications, for example, some of it is on paper, some of it is online,” Anil Chakravarthy, general manager of digital experience for Adobe, said in an

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4 Atlanta-Based Payment Companies That Are Flourishing

The 2020 Benzinga Global Fintech Awards, an event dedicated to celebrating the leaders of the financial technology space, is quickly approaching! Companies from all over the globe will be competing for the top spot in a number of industries, from payments to investing technology to lending software.

Atlanta has been one of the nation’s leaders in developing top-line financial technology. Here are four of the top payment companies out of A-Town.

See a company you like? Nominate them for the 2020 Benzinga Global Fintech Awards before it’s too late!

PatientCo: PatientCo is a fintech company looking to enhance the payment process in the healthcare space. Its platform assists patients in understanding, managing, and paying their healthcare bills. PatientCo also also helps providers in enhancing their revenue schedule by allowing them to better engage with patients and manage the payment process through streamlined customer service tools.

Bluefin Payment Systems:

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We Compared Hundreds of Refrigerators to Find the Best

Photo credit: Samsung
Photo credit: Samsung

From Best Products

Your refrigerator is probably the most frequently used appliance in your home. When it comes time to upgrade, you should keep a few different factors in mind: price, allotted space, and personal taste. We know that refrigerators are a huge purchase and it can be difficult to find one that is reliable, relatively affordable, and in the finish that you need to match your space.

Refrigerators come in several different shapes, styles, and configurations to cater toward families of various sizes with different budget constraints, and multiple needs. Some people may prioritize having a water dispenser and filter, others need a large ice bucket, some want plenty of space for frozen foods, while others strive for as much fridge space for fresh veggies as possible. While there may not be a singular perfect refrigerator that’ll work for every home, knowing your household’s preferences is

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Here’s why COVID-19 has made arts education so problematic

Arianna Carson, who plans to study dance at SUNY Purchase in the fall, is photographed near her home in Rowland Heights on July 6, 2020. <span class="copyright">(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Arianna Carson, who plans to study dance at SUNY Purchase in the fall, is photographed near her home in Rowland Heights on July 6, 2020. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

As a dance student at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Arianna Carson’s meticulously scheduled days often began at 5:15 am.

After commuting downtown to school, the 18-year-old spent the day balancing academic and dance classes. In the evenings, she would rehearse even more at a dance studio in Whittier until 9:30 p.m. By the time she began homework, it was usually around midnight.

When the pandemic forced her to take classes online, she transitioned her dance training to her living room and backyard.

The jam-packed days were crafted around Carson’s dream to become a professional modern dancer. She is scheduled to start this fall at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York, even though

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Calix, Weibo, Lowe’s, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Patterson Companies highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – July 20, 2020 – Zacks Equity Research Shares of Calix, Inc. CALX as the Bull of the Day, Weibo Corporation WB asthe Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on Lowe’s Companies, Inc. LOW, Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings, Inc. SPWH and Patterson Companies, Inc. PDCO.

Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:

Bull of the Day:

Calix is a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) that has the growth divergence that I love to see. Tech stocks need to show a higher growth style score and a lower value score because that is just their nature. You want a tech name to be growing, not a solid value!  

Let’s take a deeper look at CALX in this Bull of the Day article

Description

Calix, Inc. provides cloud and software platforms, and systems and services required to deliver the unified access network.

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Why Hundreds of Mathematicians Are Boycotting Predictive Policing

Photo credit: Tasos Katopodis - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tasos Katopodis – Getty Images

From Popular Mechanics

  • Mathematicians at universities across the country are halting collaborations with police departments across the U.S.

  • A June 15 letter was sent to the trade journal Notices of the American Mathematical Society, announcing the boycott.

  • Typically, mathematicians work with police departments to build algorithms, conduct modeling work, and analyze data.

Several prominent academic mathematicians want to sever ties with police departments across the U.S., according to a letter submitted to Notices of the American Mathematical Society on June 15. The letter arrived weeks after widespread protests against police brutality, and has inspired over 1,500 other researchers to join the boycott.

These mathematicians are urging fellow researchers to stop all work related to predictive policing software, which broadly includes any data analytics tools that use historical data to help forecast future crime, potential offenders, and victims. The technology is supposed to use

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