Facilities Management News Bulletin: September 5th 2019

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  •  Struggles to fill vacancies continues
  • Advertised vacancies have increased by 4.2% YoY in Q1 (2019) but job applications have dropped 4.8%.
  • Employers are attempting to pull out all the stops to entice workers out of current jobs into new by increasing salaries - which have, on average, increased by 16.7% YoY.

Cities with highest increases:

City                             Jobs increase %        Salaries increase %

Edinburgh                    20.8%                         9.8%

Cardiff                          15%                            4.4%

Bristol                          11.5%                         4.2%

Leicester                     10.9%                         7.2%

Sheffield                      8%                               7%

Regions with biggest dip in applications:

Region                            Application Drop 

North West                    -8.3%

South West                    -7%

East of England            -5.8%

East Midlands                -5.4%

London buildings ‘most instagrammed’ on the internet

Commercial property experts analysed google searches and found that London has the most instagrammable offices, with more than 800,000 more tagged posts than Paris.The most popular? The Shard, with over 791,832 tagged posts and search at least 200,000 a month on Google.

TfL to tackle bus driver fatigue after research highlights poor sleep and stress

TfL have announced a host of measures to tackle this fatigue, including a “world-first” academic research piece on the issue and a £500,000 fund to trial “pioneering solutions”.

These solutions include:

  • Requirement of any company operating buses to have rigorous fatigue risk management
  • Developing an open and honest culture – allowing future improvements to be made
  • All managers undertake fatigue training
  • A “Health Bus” that will visit garages for health and wellbeing advice and support

Smart buildings are the latest threat vector for cyberattacks

A rise in cyber-attacks on smart buildings affected the global information technology (IT)/ operational technology (OT) security market.

These cyber-attacks can occur in multiple ways such as:

  • Phishing emails
  • Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

Staying protected is the key:

  • Integrating machine learning and deep learning algorithms to monitor threat prevention
  • Integrating partnership-based, go-to-market strategies
  • Offering vertical-specific solutions


The most common causes of warehouse fires have been revealed

An article by SHP takes a look some of the major causes of warehouse fires, in order of commonality: 

  • Fires that are set intentionally (officially referred to as arson). There are suggestions that arson cases make up nearly one third of all fire-related property damage and 18% of specific warehouse fires.
  • Problems with electricity and lighting. Electrical and lighting equipment is something every warehouse manager should take seriously.
  • Heating equipment. Around eight per cent of warehouse fires are caused by heating equipment, making it the third most common cause of fire in this setting.
  • Exposure. This is a specific firefighting term that refers to materials that are combustible but that are not currently on fire.
  • Smoking materials. Cigarettes, cigars, and lighters are responsible for around five per cent of the total number of warehouse fires.