Senior-level HR professionals say their role is becoming increasingly strategic, according to the findings of a new report from the Cranfield Network on International Human Resource Management, the Center for International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS) at the Pennsylvania State University, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).The survey was conducted among 693 senior-level HR practitioners, some of whom were SHRM members, at organizations with 200 or more employees. CIHRS collected the data in 2014 and 2015 in collaboration with SHRM. Where possible, data were compared to previous findings from 2004 and 2009 to show trends.

Source: New Research Spotlights HR Management Policies, Practices in U.S.

The CEO of Australia’s second biggest media agency is predicting increased marketing spend in Australia next year, claiming marketers are saving their cash to spend against big events in 2016. Simon Ryan, CEO of Carat, told Mumbrella that despite the global headwinds the outlook for the Australian economy was still positive.

Source: Carat CEO Simon Ryan claims marketers are saving money ahead of a big year in 2016 – mUmBRELLA

While U.S. unemployment has continued its downward trend, wage growth has remained elusive.In fact, Labor Department figures show U.S. wages increased in the second quarter at the slowest pace on record. But if you happen to have one of the 20 jobs listed below, you’ve probably been bucking this trend.

Source: These Are the Careers Where Workers Are Seeing the Highest Pay Growth – Bloomberg Business

Netizens were amazed by photos showing a robot chef making noodles in a restaurant in Wuhan, Hubei Province this week, but don’t be surprised if one day soon this becomes a common sight in your neighborhood. Outside the catering industry, the rapid growth in the robotics sector means robots are increasingly taking the place of humans in China’s manufacturing. Since China unveiled its “China Manufacturing 2025” strategy to further upgrade the country from a manufacturer of quantity to one of quality in March, several provinces have published plans to push for the greater use of robots in industries like automobile manufacturing, textiles and electronics.

Source: Machines increasingly take the place of humans in China’s factories – Global Times