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Half of workers fear they could be in the wrong job - with many prepared to take a pay cut to land their dream role.

Half of workers fear they could be in the wrong job - with many prepared to take a pay cut to land their dream role.


A study of 2,000 adults found a quarter of professionals would like to change careers, with eight in 10 aiming to do so within the next FIVE years.

But 40 per cent would be willing to earn a lower salary if it meant they were working in a job they were happy in, while 60 per cent would work longer hours.

Others would consider moving to another city (52 per cent) or even another country (48 per cent).

The study was commissioned by PeopleCert, which has also created an interactive quiz [] - where you can find out if you’re currently in the right career.


Byron Nicolaides, founder and CEO of PeopleCert, said: “Having a satisfying job is incredibly important to our overall levels of happiness and self-esteem.

“But many of us feel trapped and unsure where to turn to make our jobs fulfilling - certification is the simplest route to a happier career.

“And having content employees has positive implications for employers too - because happy staff are the catalyst for a successful company.”

The research also found six in 10 are bored or dissatisfied with the current position.


As a result, the thought of changing their career enters their head eight times a month - a total of 96 times a year.

Half also believe they are lacking direction in their career and for 39 per cent, their current role is simply a means to an end which ‘pays the bills’.

However, perhaps it’s not a complete job change they need as more than one in 10 simply want the chance to grow in their current position but believe they’d need to retrain.

In fact, a third fear they are under skilled in comparison to their colleagues and think they would be overlooked when it comes to promotions and other opportunities.

Further to this, 67 per cent of those polled believe retraining could ‘reignite’ their career and as a result would consider learning new skills in their current role.

The PeopleCert study, carried out through OnePoll, also found the typical working adult has changed their career three times to date.

And the longest period of time they have spent employed at the same place is seven years on average.



Byron Nicolaides, from PeopleCert, the national winner for UK of the European Business Award 2019 for the Inflexion Entrepreneur of the Year, added: “It’s never too late to change your career path.

“By simply investing in new certified skill set, you can enhance your CV and equip yourself with the tools you need to grow within your current job and potentially get a promotion.

“It’s important not to be rash if you do fancy a change however - weigh up the pros and cons of your current job, consider what you want from your career and see how your role matches up.”

Are You Gambling with Your Data Through Wi-Fi hotspots

Millions of Brits have gambled with their personal data by ‘blindly’ accessing Wi-Fi hotspots, according to a study.

One in five have taken ‘significant risks’ by failing to check if public Wi-Fi connections are legitimate - instead using hotspots which are free, seem to be credible and offer fast speeds.

Worryingly, users could be connecting to ‘fake Wi-Fi’ hotspots which can appear to be reputable but allow cybercriminals to eavesdrop on users and steal usernames, passwords and bank details.


These Wi-Fi connections, which often have innocuous sounding names such as ‘airport Wi-Fi’ or ‘hotel Wi-Fi’, can also redirect victims to malicious malware sites and phishing sites.

Commissioned by cybersecurity company, BullGuard [], the research of 2,000 adults found seven in 10 have used free public Wi-Fi.

And of those who have done so, more than a third have entered passwords, a fifth have used credit cards and 31 per cent have accessed online banking – all data hackers are after.


Paul Lipman, CEO at BullGuard, said: “Consumers are choosing convenience over safety when using public Wi-Fi.

“Hackers can easily set up malicious hotspots which appear to be legitimate and yet can intercept and record people’s personal data.

“This allows them to steal usernames, passwords, credit card details, bank account information and more.”

The research also found two thirds of public Wi-Fi users have set up their devices to automatically connect to the nearest hotspot – putting their personal details on the line.


Paul Lipman added: “If your device is set up this way, and if you're not paying attention when you first choose a hotspot, even once, and you accidentally choose something malicious, your device will automatically select it every time it is within range.”

Further to this, four in 10 users habitually connect to hotspots with a name reflecting the location they are in such as ‘library Wi-Fi’ or ‘restaurant Wi-Fi’ – again this could be a risky move.

But despite taking gambles like these when using public Wi-Fi, the BullGuard study carried out through OnePoll found 62 per cent are ‘afraid’ their devices will be hacked.

The biggest worries are theft of bank details (68 per cent) and passwords (56 per cent) – followed by personal emails being accessed (27 per cent).


Paul Lipman said: “The findings show that respondents do not feel safe online, yet they are ignoring their fears and are using hotspots without checking they are safe.”

The research also identified confusion around staying safe when using public Wi-Fi - almost half are mistakenly under the impression antivirus software will protect their data.

Paul Lipman added: “Although essential for detecting and removing malware from your device, antivirus offers no protection at all from having your data intercepted by a malicious hotspot.”

“But a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an effective way of keeping you safe online when using public Wi-Fi.

“It creates a secure connection tunnel between your device and the websites and services you are accessing to keep you safe whether you’re using a smartphone or laptop on public Wi-Fi in a café, or if you want to check online banking accounts from an airport or hotel.”

Amid this, six in 10 admitted they don’t use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) when connecting to hotspots and 57 per cent believe they are ‘too complicated’ to use.



1. Logging into a personal email account (42 per cent)

2. Using Social Media or any other account with auto login (36 per cent)

3. Logging into any account requiring a password (31 per cent)

4. Filling in forms with personal details - e.g. name, address, date of birth, telephone number (18 per cent)

5. Online banking (17 per cent)



1. Hotels (53 per cent)

2. Coffee shops/restaurants (51 per cent)

3. Airports (48 per cent)

4. Public transport (37 per cent)

5. Retail shops (31 per cent)




The majority of genuine public networks will ask the user to agree to their terms of service before linking up.

Instead, if you gain immediate access to unrestricted browsing tread carefully - it could be a rogue access point.



Fake public Wi-Fi hotspots typically copy public domain names and add the word ‘free’ as a hook to lure users.

For example, if you’re in a coffee shop, you might see two Wi-Fi options - one called 'Coffee Shop Wi-Fi ' and the other called 'Free Coffee Shop Wi-Fi '.

One of these could be a malicious network and it’s likely to be the free one -

if you’re not sure ask an employee.



If you purposely enter a wrong password to a password protected hotspot and you don’t get an error message the access point is likely fake.

Fake hotspots will commonly let anyone access them regardless of the password entered.



Look out for very slow network connections.

This could be a sign the hacker is using mobile internet to connect you to the web using the fake hotspot.



Pay attention to the address bar of the websites you visit.

If for instance a banking website shows HTTP instead of HTTPS - your connection is unsafe.

HTTPS with a padlock symbol means data is encrypted.

HTTP connections without a padlock are unsafe.



Always use a VPN such as BullGuard VPN on your tablet, phone or laptop.

The VPN tunnel stops people from seeing what you are doing and VPN encryption scrambles your data rendering it useless to hackers.



If you suspect you have connected to a compromised hotspot, follow these steps:

• Disconnect as quickly as possible.

• Clear your list of saved Wi-Fi connections to avoid connecting to the same one in the future.

• Clear your browser cache.

• Run antivirus and malware checks.

• Change the password to any site you logged in to, and any other websites that use the same login information.

• Call your bank and cancel any bank cards if you used them over the connection.

DCT Election Result

The results of the UK Parliamentary Election to elect a Member of Parliament for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale County Constituency as follows:


Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale County Constituency:

  • Amanda Kathryn Burgauer - Scottish National Party (SNP) – 18,830
  • Nick Chisolm – Scottish Labour Party – 4,172
  • John Ferry -  Scottish Liberal Democrats – 3,540
  • David Gordon Mundell – Scottish Conservative and Unionists - 22,611

 David Mundell has been elected as MP for the Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale County Constituency. 


David Mundell 2018

Dumfries & Galloway Election Result

The results of the UK Parliamentary Election to elect a Member of Parliament for Dumfries and Galloway County Constituency are as follows: 

Dumfries and Galloway County Constituency:

  • Richard Lambert Thomas Arkless - Scottish National Party (SNP) – 20,873
  • Alister William Jack - Scottish Conservative and Unionist – 22,678
  • William Ranald McNabb Laurie – Scottish Liberal Democrats – 3,133
  • Ted Thompson – Scottish Labour Party – 4,745

Alister William Jack, Scottish Conservative and Unionist has been elected as MP for the Dumfries and Galloway County Constituency.

Alister Jack



"General Election's Done - Let's Get on with Business" says DGChamber President

The 2019 General Election has been and is done, with 649 of the UK's 650 constituencies to have declared their results, the Tories had won 364 seats to deliver a huge House of Commons majority.

It is set to be the largest majority of any government since 2001 and the Conservatives' highest number of seats since Margaret Thatcher was their leader.

The prime minister will now visit the Queen to form a government having secured what he described as a "powerful new mandate to get Brexit done".

Speaking at a victory rally in Westminster before sunrise this morning, Mr Johnson hailed a political "earthquake" which saw Labour support crumble in its heartlands in the face of a Conservative landslide.

And he had a message for the traditional Labour voters who switched sides and "lent" the Conservatives their vote.

"Your hand may have quivered over the ballot paper as you put your cross in the Conservative box and you may intend to return to Labour the next time round," said the PM.

"If that is the case, I am humbled that you have put your trust in me... and I will never take your support for granted."


Kenny Bowie

Kenny Bowie, DGChamber President called for the new Government to push on and get Brexit done to end the uncertainty that is holding business back.

“DGChamber congratulate both Alister Jack and David Mundell on retaining their seats in their respective areas of Dumfries & Galloway and Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedsdale, I look forward to meeting with both MPs in the coming weeks as we can ensure the South of Scotland’s business voice continues to be heard.”

“What we need now is the Government to deliver Brexit so businesses not just here in Dumfries & Galloway but across Scotland can pull the trigger on their plans for the future. Growing, developing and investing for the future – looking to move into new markets. DGChamber is calling for decisive steps to be taken to improve the business environment in Scotland by supporting SMEs, delivering an immigration system that is fit for purpose and reducing the cost of doing business.”