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How can you combat skills shortages in the New Year?

Our recent survey of almost 17,500 professionals, showed that skills shortages are business leaders’ greatest fear and it is these shortages that we need to urgently to ensure that we can boost productivity in the UK workforce in 2018. By Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland

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Why sometimes 'I' should come before 'we' in your job interview

blog_ibeforewe_small.jpgThe type of language used within job interviews is critical to how you come across to your employer. This is one of the key elements of showing the recruiter that you are suitable for the role. But, there is one word in particular that not all candidates realise they use too much and can potentially undermine their position in the recruitment process. That word is ‘we’. By Mark Staniland, Regional Managing Director of Hays London City & Midlands 

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A softer approach to hiring in Facilities Management

blog_CP_FMUKSG_small.jpgSupply for talented professionals is largely failing to meet demand – a consequence of a lack of funding into apprenticeship schemes and graduate programmes over the last few years. To find the talent you need, a different approach may be required. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property 

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Not even innovation in technology could revolutionise this traditional interview question

blog_talkthroughCV_small.jpgThis question has been used since the first wheel-designers of recruitment, powering the prehistoric world of work. This is where the interviewer wants the candidate to bring their black and white document back to life, starting with the most important question of all, “can you talk me through your CV?”. By Michael Jones, Head of Internal Recruitment, Training, L&D, Hays UK&I 

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Prospecting for digital natives - The silicon rush

blog_HTSdt_small.jpgDigital natives are the raw materials of future growth and business leaders need to know where to find them… By Geoff Fawcett, Head of Corporate Engagement, UK&I

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Accountancy and finance - are you planning your workforce strategy?

blog_afworkstrategy_small.jpgThe Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 guide revealed a cautiously optimistic outlook for the year ahead, with 57% of accountancy and finance employers expecting to recruit in the coming year. However, despite this positive feeling, both employers and candidates we spoke to felt there were challenges ahead. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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How to beat the tech skills shortage

blog_ITskillshortage_small.jpgIn the light of Brexit and with continued reports of sluggish UK productivity levels, you could be forgiven for assuming that business confidence levels are low throughout the UK. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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How can PA and secretarial staff increase their salaries in 2018?

blog_PA_UKSG_small.jpgOver the past few weeks, the news that salaries haven’t risen much this year has consistently been in the headlines. Our recent Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 guide showed that for PAs and secretaries average wages rose by a very modest 0.7% . By Roddy Adair, Director, Hays Office Support & Hays PA Secretarial

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Five tips for PAs looking to work flexibly

blog_PAflexibility_small.jpgAs part of our commitment to helping personal assistants progress their career, we are working with Birkbeck, University of London, to offer advice on professional development. Here, we look at how to secure a flexible working arrangement from an employer: By Peter Cawood, Director of Hays Office Support

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Salaries are rising, but Property and Surveying professionals aren’t biting

blog_CP_PSUKSG_small.jpgAs 2017 comes to a close, we can see that in spite of the disruption caused by Brexit negotiations and the economic outlook for the UK, property and surveying has been one of the most resilient areas within construction and property. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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What impact has Brexit uncertainty had on salaries and recruitment plans?

blog_brexitsalaries_small.jpgIt is difficult to look at the news without seeing another story hinting at doom and gloom within the UK economy. Whilst I don’t pretend to be an economist and I definitely don’t have a crystal ball, it is clear that our clients – some of the top employers across the UK – aren’t being swayed by the headlines and feel that the UK’s prospects are strong. By Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland

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Are HR salaries adapting to increased demand?

blog_HRUKSG_small.jpgOur Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 guide shows that 90% of HR employers expect their organisation’s activity levels to increase or stay the same over the next 12 months. But how is this predicted activity impacting on hiring and salary trends within the HR profession? By Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources

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How can you attract the marketing skills of tomorrow?

blog_marketingskills_small.jpgThe Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 guide shows that 69% of marketing employers expect to hire in the next year, a positive figure in otherwise uncertain times. However, we have seen the skills gap continue to widen in the marketing profession. By Clare Kemsley, Managing Director of Hays Marketing, Retail and Sales, UK&I

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Three ways to plan for the future of civil and structural engineering

blog_CP_civil_UKSG_small.jpgCivil and structural engineers and employers had a positive year, with healthy salary increases for the majority of professionals. Activity was also relatively positive with ongoing investment into a range of projects, from new housing, to major infrastructure. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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Positive job market driving Health and Safety salary rises

blog_CP_HSsalaryrises_small.jpgHealth and Safety professionals have seen above average salary increases in the last year, driven by both a busy job market, and continuing skills shortages which are impacting the whole of the industry, but particularly manufacturing and construction and property. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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Why you shouldn't be left out in the cold - here are four benefits of hiring seasonal temp cover

blog_seasonaltemp_small.jpgUsually, increases in work and delivery expectations can be anticipated and managed, but with annual leave requests at their highest this time of year, teams can be smaller than usual. No employer wants to deny leave, but business waits for no man – not even Father Christmas. By Pam Lindsay-Dunn, Regional Managing Director of Hays Yorkshire

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Preparing for change in financial markets - are salaries keeping pace?

blog_FMsalaryguid2018_small.jpgIt is rare for a week to go by without some mention of the potential impact Brexit could have on jobs in the financial services sector, and there is lingering uncertainty about the UK’s place on the global financial services stage. By Carloyn Dickason, Director of Hays Financial Markets

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Three solutions to overcome procurement skills shortages

blog_procumrentskillsgap_small.jpgThe Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 Guide paints a positive picture of activity plans in procurement for the coming months. We have found that over half of procurement employers expect their organisation’s activity to grow in the year ahead, regardless of market uncertainty. By Scott Dance, Director of Hays Procurement & Supply Chain

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Why are marketers still not satisfied?

blog_UKSGmarketing_small.jpgSomething we’ve been consistently observing over the last few years is that the role of the marketer is rapidly evolving to be much more data-centric. But this optimistic outlook could still be threatened by poor workforce planning. By Clare Kemsley, Managing Director of Hays Marketing, Retail and Sales, UK&I

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Five soft skills today’s employers are looking for

blog_softskills_small.jpgThere is more demand today for soft skills than ever before. A study by Deloitte Access Economics professes that soft-skill intensive occupations will make up two-thirds of all jobs by 2030. But what exactly is behind this trend? By Pam Lindsay-Dunn, Regional Managing Director of Hays Yorkshire

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AI will be a big part of our future – but what does that mean for businesses searching for talent?

blog_AIfuture_small.jpgBy 2020, it’s predicted that businesses across the world will spend a combined $47bn on artificial intelligence (AI), and it appears that every aspect of our lives – from shopping and leisure to work and personal finance – will be transformed as machines leverage data to provide us with tailored, personalised services at scale. By Alistair Cox, CEO of Hays

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Salary increases seen across digital technology and IT roles

blog_UKSGIT_small.jpgThe hiring of skilled technology professionals is firmly on 2018’s agenda for many, if not most, UK organisations. Considering the wider landscape of increasing cyber risks and rapid digitalisation, this demand for technological skills is hardly a surprise, and as a result many roles in this area have seen significant salary increases over the last 12 months. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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Five things to do if you haven’t interviewed before and the pressure is on to find the right candidate

blog_fivethingsNH_small.jpgIn my nearly 30 years of working for Hays I can confidently say that the bulk of interview advice that I’ve both read and offered has been targeted at candidates – what to wear, what to say and how to act to secure the job. But, are the people doing the hiring making the most of the opportunity? By Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland

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Chalkboard to smartboard - how does technology impact the classroom?

blog_techinclassroom_small.jpgIt seems that in an age where chalkboards and white boards have long since departed the classroom in favour of their superior counterparts, the smart board, technology is increasingly becoming a fixture in the education workplace. But this digital transformation is not just constrained to the classroom. By Paul Matthias, National Director of Hays Education

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Are you prepared to answer “why you want this job”?

blog_whyyouwantthisjob_small.jpgOften candidates make the mistake of providing a simplistic answer for one of the most common asked interview questions, “Why do you want this job?” They want to know why you want this job at this company and, why you are here at this interview today. By Andrew Bredin, Regional Managing Director of Hays North West

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Procurement salary increases to support strategic change

blog_UKSGprocurement_small.jpgRoles are becoming even more involved at a strategic level, as organisations better recognise the value that a strong procurement function can offer. However, many employers are also facing acute skills shortages, and competition for talented professionals remains fierce. By Scott Dance, Director of Hays Procurement & Supply Chain

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Accountancy and finance grows but salary dissatisfaction remains

blog_AFUKSG_small.jpgWith Brexit, political infighting and some uncertainty around political and economic structure for the UK, you might think that financial employers would be tentative about recruiting, but what I’ve observed is that there is a pragmatic approach towards recruitment for finance professionals. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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Five steps to achieving a successful career

blog_fivestepstocareersuccess_small.jpgAre you a talented professional but not progressing as much as you’d like to? Without personal commitment to achieving your career goals, there’s only so far you can go. You need to have constant drive and ambition to be able to continue a successful career journey, and this doesn’t just mean impressing your boss! By Thea Watson, Marketing Director of Hays UK & I and UK Board member

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Three ways you can keep your marketing team gender balanced

blog_marketingGD_small.jpgWhen your organisation relies on clear communication with the public or other businesses, it pays to have a variety of perspectives at your disposal. Having a healthy mix of people with varied experiences can help to drive innovation and creativity, as well as enhance your workplace culture. This is why ensuring gender diversity is essential for a strong marketing or PR team. By Clare Kemsley, Managing Director of Hays Marketing, Retail and Sales, UK&I

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Three solutions to fix skills gaps in Cyber Security

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Earlier this year, Cyber Security Awareness Month highlights the importance of cyber security for businesses and organisations, and looks at how we can support young people into cyber security through training and education to grow the next generation of specialists. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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The upcoming biggest trends in biotech jobs

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The new wave of candidates moving into the biotechnology sector have some really exciting times ahead of them. We’re seeing a great deal of expansion across areas such as diagnostics and microbiology. By Paul Strouts, Global Managing Director of Hays Life Sciences

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Employees want to work flexibly – but is this damaging for career success?

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Flexible working is undoubtedly a core component of the modern working world. Enabled by technology, and commercial considerations, employers are increasingly offering flexibility on where, how and when employees work. However, although they have the option workers are choosing not to take this up, with many worried it will slow their career progression. By Yvonne Smyth, Head of Diversity, Hays

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How to become an award-winning PA with Charlotte Wood

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Charlotte Wood is an award-winning Executive Assistant with professional services giant JLL, who was voted PA of the Year and Ambassador of the Year at the 2015 London PA Awards. We spoke to her to reflect on her role, achievements, and what advice she would give to ambitious PAs looking to get ahead in their own careers. Roddy Adair, Director, Hays Office Support & Hays PA Secretarial

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What PAs should know about studying whilst working

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As part of our commitment to helping personal assistants progress their career, we are working with Birkbeck, University of London to offer advice on professional development. Here, we look at what you should consider when selecting a course. By Peter Cawood, Director of Hays Office Support

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How to move up and become a people manager

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Is people management part of your career plan? If so, it’s not always clear how to get there and what experience might come in useful. It’s important to demonstrate your potential to manage other people and emphasise any transferable management skills to your interviewer. By Mark Staniland, Regional Managing Director of Hays London City & Midlands

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How to ensure your employer brand spans the generations

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By the end of this decade there will be five generations working side-by-side in many of our nation’s workplaces as later retirement ages and longer life expectancy start to make their presence felt in the world of work. By Yvonne Smyth, Head of Diversity, Hays

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Are accountancy and finance employers prepared for IR35 changes?

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Temporary workers are a key part of the business strategy for many accountancy and finance employers, and their use is no longer limited to supporting busy tax and financial year-end periods. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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What job seekers need to know about social media

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In today’s digital era social media is now an integral part to job searching. LinkedIn is great for expanding your network and build your personal brand, or less obvious choices such as Instagram and Twitter which can be used to keep up with the company activities and gain insight to their culture. By Andrew Bredin, Regional Managing Director of Hays North West

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Bursting the IT contractor bubble: is your organisation legislation ready?

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It’s no secret that we are in the midst of a digital skills deficit. As traditional organisations renew their focus upon digital transformation projects and native digital companies continue to scale up operations, many organisations who don’t have the skills needed to complete digital projects have turned to contractors to plug their skills gap. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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How building services should prepare for changes to contract hiring

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In recent years, areas of key skills shortages in building services have led to increasing reliance on contract employees. The introduction of updated IR35 legislation for the public sector in April 2017 impacted personal service company (PSC) interims, and shifted the responsibility for determining whether a PSC employee is inside or outside of scope of IR35 legislation onto the hiring organisation. Is your organisation prepared? By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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Five ways to retain top teaching talent

blog_teachtoptalent_small.jpgEvery school setting has its shining stars with talented teachers respected by both students and fellow staff members. Therefore it’s encouraging that our What Workers Want Report found that almost half of education professionals surveyed (45%) expect to work for fewer than five schools during their career. By Paul Matthias, Director of Hays Education

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Preparing private sector procurement for IR35

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The introduction of updates to IR35 legislation in the public sector in April 2017 created challenges for many organisations when it came to their interim workforce. Driven by a lack of time to prepare for the changes, many organisations felt the full impact on costs and reduced access to skills. By Scott Dance, Director of Hays Procurement & Supply Chain

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Get yourself into your recruiter's yes pile

Get into the recruiter yes pileEver wondered what happens once your CV lands with a recruiter? You can probably imagine that this person has a fair few similar documents to get through, and on a busy day only a percentage of these will get read past the first page. Fewer still will make the shortlist of resumes that go to a client. But how does a recruiter come to this decision. By Simon Winfield, Regional Managing Director of Hays West & Wales

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How to stand out in any stage of your career

blog_standout_small.jpgWhether you’re trying to progress as part of a large team or one of many applicants chasing a new role, trying to set yourself apart from others can often be difficult. Here are five tips to make sure your hard work and talent does not go unnoticed (podcast available). By Thea Watson, Marketing Director of Hays UK & I and UK Board member

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Key lessons from Zaha Hadid’s Global Head of People & Talent

blog_zahahadid_small.jpgIn the latest part of the Hays Journal series, we spoke to Caroline Roberts, Global Head of People and Talent of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA). Established as one of the most forward-thinking practices in the sector, ZHA has worked on groundbreaking and iconic projects across the world. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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Not all immigration is bad

blog_immigration_smallOur increasingly open world is now changing and over the past few years, we’ve all seen how changing political landscapes have focused increasingly on immigration. The topic of immigration as a whole has come up time and time again in recent elections around the globe, including the United States, as well as in France and the UK, and it is usually portrayed as a bad thing. By Alistair Cox, CEO of Hays

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Find your next Payroll opportunity

blog_NPW_small.jpgTo celebrate National Payroll Week, here are a list of top tips on how to promote your skills, experience and expertise on your CV. Whether you’re new to payroll or looking for your next opportunity, by following our advice, your CV will be sure to stand out from the competition. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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Do female accountancy and finance professionals damage their career by working flexibly?

blog_workingflex_small.jpgIn short, no. Despite negative perceptions of the impact of flexible working on careers, our recent research has found that improved work-life balance can improve a professional’s productivity and make it easier to pursue their next career step. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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New job, new industry – how do your skills transfer?

blog_newjob_small.jpg The experience gained by shifting industries can be incredibly beneficial for your career. By transferring your skills across to a different kind of role, you might well throw some light onto a passion you didn’t know about. It’s also a great way to build a diverse network! Here are some thoughts to bear in mind when making that big switch. By Simon Winfield, Regional Managing Director of Hays West & Wales

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The real challenge for digital transformation is not your technology

blog_notyourtechnology_small.jpgTechnological change is sweeping pretty much every organisation on the planet. And whilst the impact of this change on our legacy systems and the mammoth task of introducing new technologies and processes is, and should be, a huge consideration for CIOs, it shouldn’t be the only thing keeping us up at night. By Steve Weston, Chief Information Officer of Hays

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Do you know how to ‘talk about yourself’ in an interview?

blog_tellmeaboutyourself_small.jpg“Tell me about yourself” ostensibly seems like quite an easy interview question. In actual fact, quite a lot can go wrong at this stage. This is often the first question an interviewer will ask you, and your answer will inform the entire basis of their first impression. By Pam Lindsay-Dunn, Regional Managing Director of Hays Yorkshire

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How diversity can affect your bottom line

blog_diversityofthought_smallDiversity is well established as a moral requirement in today’s world of work, but many businesses are still failing to recognise the commercial benefits of a diversity-driven culture. Profits, engagement and productivity can all benefit from inclusivity within the workplace, if it is applied correctly. By Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources

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Enabling equal pay in senior procurement roles

blog_procurementGDR_smallDisparities in gender pay is in the spotlight with the first instance of mandatory gender pay gap reporting coming into force in April 2018. Although salary discrepancies have narrowed at almost every level of seniority within the procurement profession, our research conducted in conjunction with CIPS found that there are still large pay gaps in more senior roles. By Scott Dance, Director of Hays Procurement & Supply Chain

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Discontent remains within social housing

blog_socialhousing_small_v2Despite no immediate consequences from the recent general election, budget cuts remain across the sector and as a result workers are continuing to feel unsatisfied and unmotivated. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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Learn how to recruit top developers

blog_topdeveloper_smallIn the world of technology it’s hard to keep up with the ever-changing pace of development. That’s why as employers, it’s important to recruit top developers with advanced technical skills and can continuously make a positive impact within your organisation. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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Failure could be the key to your success

blog_failure_small.jpgWe often find it hard to take a positive stance after failing as it’s so often a negative word that raises our anxiety levels. However, the most respected leaders around the world often talk about how failures teach you more than successes, and it’s a healthy move to try and apply this thinking to your job search. By Geoff Sims, Regional Managing Director of Hays East of England

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Would you be prepared to take a pay cut to achieve job satisfaction?

blog_NHWWW_Jul_smallNearly half (48%) of the UK workforce is currently looking for a new job in an attempt to improve their job satisfaction. As somebody who has worked in recruitment for my entire career, this doesn’t necessarily surprise me. By Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland

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Avoid these common interview errors

blog_interviewerrors_smallInterviews can be stressful situations, and you can’t beat yourself up about the odd slip up here and there. However, as part of your interview preparation, it is important to understand that a lot of the mistakes people make are both very common, and easily avoided. By Andrew Bredin, Regional Managing Director of Hays North West

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Health and safety is back on the agenda, but professionals remain wary

blog_healthandsafety_smallIt has been over a year since the EU referendum and, despite a nervous few months in the immediate aftermath of the nation’s vote, business confidence is back to previous levels amongst health and safety employers. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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Facilities management steadfast in the face of change

blog_cp_fm_smallFacilities management is a much more resilient industry than most. In spite of political changes and uncertainty following the Brexit vote, buildings will always need to be maintained and operated to certain standards, so organisations are continually willing to invest into this area. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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The rise of accountancy and finance temporary employees

blog_AFtemp_small20 years ago, when I started my career in accountancy and finance recruitment the use of temporary or interim accountancy and finance professionals would typically peak towards the end of the financial year – both in terms of tax year-end and also the company’s financial year-end.However, due to increasing automation the reasons for using finance temps and interims have changed. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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How do you know your interview went well?

blog_howdoyouknow_smallWalking out of an interview can be quite a relief after all the thorough preparation, nervous build-up and even practising in the mirror! However, the toughest part is often when you start to wonder how the meeting actually went. By Simon Winfield, Regional Managing Director of Hays West & Wales

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Why recruiting temps should be included in your business strategy

blog_recruitingtemps_small_2_JPEGWithin the last decade we’ve seen a huge increase in our clients’ appetite for recruiting temporary hires. It’s an ongoing and widespread trend, and not (as you might expect) just a result of cost reductions or knee-jerk decisions. By Mark Staniland, Regional Managing Director of Hays London City & Midlands

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Do you know how to keep life sciences professionals motivated?

blog_lifescienceproff_smallThe UK has one of the strongest and most productive life sciences industries in the world, employing hundreds of thousands of highly skilled development and research professionals who command a wage premium. By Paul Strouts, Global Managing Director of Hays Life Sciences

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Attract overseas talent to your life sciences company

blog_WWLS_smallAs the world gets smaller, many of today’s life science job seekers are adopting a global mentality, casting their nets far and wide for opportunities in pivotal locations, such as the UK. By Paul Strouts, Global Managing Director of Hays Life Sciences

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Your social media responsibilities as a leader

blog_socialmedialeaders_smallIn today’s digital world it is now the norm to find influencers within your industry posting on social media on a daily basis. With such easy access to this content (and on such a large scale) we often find ourselves thinking “where do they find the time to do this?” or “should I be doing the same thing?” By Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources

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Top tips to keep your students focused

blog_focussudents_smallWith the onslaught of new technology and larger class sizes than ever, it’s increasingly hard to keep students focused and engaged on the lessons you’re delivering. Here we offer some simple strategies you can employ to retain attention. By Paul Matthias, Director of Hays Education

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Five ways to entice talented professionals from big pharma to your SME

blog_entice_smallStart-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the life sciences sector share certain similarities with their big pharma corporate cousins. After all, they both have the same vision of striving for improved healthcare outcomes through science and innovation. By Paul Strouts, Global Managing Director of Hays Life Sciences

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Recruiting the next generation

blog_recruitinggenz_smallGeneration Z has grown up in a world where economic downturn has resulted in high unemployment in much of Europe. By Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources

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Three ways to attract talented procurement interims

blog_attractingprocurementtalent_small.jpgThe ongoing transformation of the procurement function within many organisations, combined with a continuing shortage of skills, means demand for talented temporary procurement professionals remains high. By Scott Dance, Director of Hays Procurement & Supply Chain

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Top reason why companies need to join the culture club

blog_WWW_NH2_smallThe competition for talent is high and many employees are dissatisfied in their current roles. Yet, companies aren’t always looking at how they can convey the right image to attract the talent they need and then, importantly, how they can cultivate a culture which will make sure they don’t leave for one of your competitors. By Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland

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Do you know how to job search effectively?

blog_jobsearchtips_smallReflecting back on my career predictably brings many ‘sliding doors’ moments where I could easily have ended up on a different path. While there is inevitably serendipity in life, I believe that on the whole, your career should be about timing and opportunity. Making the time to notice – and then to seize – these opportunities will reap great rewards. By Mark Staniland, Regional Managing Director of Hays London City & Midlands

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How to present successfully in an interview

blog_interviewpresentation_small.jpgInterviews can already make you feel quite nervous, but when you’re asked to also give a presentation, you can feel even more apprehensive. Preparing to answer some tricky questions is par for the course, but presentations are a less familiar territory for most people. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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Motivated marketing teams make sense

blog_WWWmarketing_smallIt is no secret that digital technology's role in marketing is evolving at an unprecedented rate.This pace of change means that marketing teams need to evaluate the skills required to retain a competitive edge. By Clare Kemsley, Managing Director of Hays Marketing, Retail and Sales, UK&I

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What Workers Want

blog_WWW_v2_smallIt is a topic we discuss all the time, particularly with those employers who are in skills-short areas or trying to find a specific type of person from a limited pool of professionals. It is important because when looking to attract professionals, companies need to be able to differentiate themselves from the competition. By Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland

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HR for HR - why it’s time to focus on your own needs

blog_HRforHR_smallEvery HR professional in the world knows that effective attraction and retention strategies are vital to ensure a constant pipeline of top talent required to meet business objectives. During times of skills shortages, they know to look beyond pay to what else can entice potential employees or encourage current staff to stay. By Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources

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Can better communication overcome skill shortages in procurement?

blog_WWW_PAS_small_2Procurement is facing an ongoing skills shortage that shows no sign of abating. Our What Workers Want Report discovered that procurement, manufacturing and logistics employees place high value on career progression and professional development. By Scott Dance, Director of Hays Procurement & Supply Chain

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Three ways to keep ambitious accountancy and finance professionals

blog_WWW_AF_smallDriven and ambitious employees are an important part of any organisation to help them achieve success. It is therefore encouraging that our What Workers Want Report found over three-quarters (76%) of accountancy and finance professionals consider themselves to be ambitious. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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What's the key to securing top construction and property talent?

blog_propertytalent_small The construction and property industry has remained resilient. However, we have continued to see one factor plague all organisations operating in this arena: acute skills shortages. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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Strong outlook for UK property and surveying market, yet skills shortages linger

blog_propertysurveyor_small.jpg Despite the uncertainty following the Brexit announcement which caused a slowdown in the number of projects going ahead in the latter part of 2016, this year has seen the property and surveying sector spring back to confidence and we expect this level of positivity to continue. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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UK civil and structural market continues to build for the future

blog_buildingfuture_small12 months on from the initial referendum result and it is very much business as usual in the field. Confidence in the civil and structural market is continuing to increase in line with the upward trend witnessed over the past couple of years. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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Is legacy technology impacting your ability to attract and retain top talent?

blog_WWW_IT_smallLegacy technology has the potential to create serious challenges for CIOs and IT managers. For a start, there are legitimate concerns that an over-reliance on legacy technology has the potential to exacerbate an already skills short IT landscape. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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Are you encouraging intrapreneurship in your teams?

blog_intrapreneurship_smallIntrepreneurial spirit shares many qualities with entrepreneurship, but differs in focus. While entrepreneurship looks outwards to new ventures with high risks, intrapreneurship looks inwards to see how established companies can be more innovative and creative. By Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources

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Four skill gaps businesses need to embrace in the world of IoT

blog_IoT_smallThe ‘Internet of Things’, or IoT continues to change every single aspect of our lives. With connectivity on a worldwide scale, it provides an incredibly exciting business opportunity. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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When best to schedule your interview for a school role

blog_schoolinterview_smallIt’s easy to be anxious over arranging an interview time, especially when you work within a school and have the possible complexities of organising time off during term-time. One of the ways you can combat this and ease your nerves is to schedule your interview for the optimum time. By Paul Matthias, Director of Hays Education

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How to be a highly successful teacher

blog_successfulteachers_smallIt’s easy, and often a lot of fun, to focus on the ‘wow’ factor of teaching and how to stand out as you deliver your lessons. However, your general skills and approach in the classroom are fundamental to your success as a teacher, so it’s often worth checking in with yourself and remembering the basics. By Paul Matthias, Director of Hays Education

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The five career lessons I wish I had learned earlier

blog_fivelessons_smallDo you ever look back on the early days of your career and wish you could apply what you now know? It definitely happens to me. Starting out in your career can often feel like a never-ending learning curve. By Jenna Alexander, National Head of Internal Recruitment

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How to prosper as a young leader

blog_youngleaders_small.pngAs a modern young leader you should be immensely proud of reaching this level. You now have an influential position amongst many of your peers and are continuing to rise up the ranks to being successful in your career. However, naturally you will sometimes feel out of your depth and believe me, you are not alone. By Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources

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Are you searching for the right jobs?

blog_searchrightjobs_smallAre you determined that by this year you will finally find your dream job? Have you spent the last few months trying to search and apply for jobs with no avail? Well if that is you, then we can guarantee you are not alone. By Alistair Cox, Chief Executive of Hays

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Are you a trusted leader?

blog_trustedleader_small.pngIt is unfortunate to say that recently trust in CEO’s and business leaders appears to be at an all-time low. Without doubt, there are those, the minority, who have given business and business leadership a bad name. However, their actions and the subsequent, legitimate, kickback from broader society is not constrained to the wrong-doers. By Alistair Cox, Chief Executive of Hays

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Four ways to secure building services talent in a competitive climate

blog_buildingservices_smallThis year, confidence in the building services market has continued to grow, rebounding well after a turbulent and unpredictable 2016. It would be fair to characterise the climate today as ‘business as usual’ – albeit with a degree of caution. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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How do you spot a financial leader of tomorrow?

blog_spotfinanceleaders_smallThe ability to spot high-potential individuals is an asset for any business leader, whatever your industry or role. It allows you to select candidates who will be able to hit-the-ground running as soon as they join your organisation’s ranks, and to invest early in the development of employees who will go on to add tangible commercial value to your operations and who will be your future leaders. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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Rewards in the city – are yours competitive?

blog_rewardsinthecity_small.pngThe financial services sector is undergoing a time of ongoing change. However, our recent Hays Financial Markets Rewards Report 2017 revealed nearly half of employers lost candidates in the last year due to uncompetitive salary or benefits packages. By Carolyn Dickason, Director of Hays Financial Markets

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How to answer eight difficult education interview questions

blog_educationquestions_smallYou’ve been invited to an interview by a school and so are sitting down to do your all-important preparation. You know the basic questions which are bound to come up, but have you given a thought to those trickier questions which may arise? We’ve spoken to our teachers to put together a list of some difficult questions they’ve had and how to answer them. By Paul Matthias, Director of Hays Education

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Five skills of strategic procurement leaders

blog_fiveskillsstrategicleaders_smallIt is an exciting time to be working in the procurement profession. Our The CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights 2017 shows that 71% of professionals want to move to a more senior position in the next two years. By Scott Dance, Director of Hays Procurement & Supply Chain

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How should you choose your students’ roles in school play dramas?

blog_schooldramas_small.pngIt can be so rewarding staging a school play where you get the chance to boost school morale, build your students’ confidence and integrate with the community. But if you’re hosting a summer play at your school it can be daunting to try and choose roles for your students. By Paul Matthias, Director of Hays Education

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What are the career opportunities for Chartered Internal Auditors?

blog_internalaudit_small.pngThe role of internal audit demands an objective view of the business and an independence from other areas to avoid undue influence.Membership of an institute such as the IIA offers invitation to forums and conferences, where members across the globe can share and discuss thoughts and ideas with like-minded professionals. By Sally England, Business Director at Hays Audit, Risk & Compliance

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Mental Health and well-being in the classroom

blog_mentalhealth_smallAs mental health and well-being becoming an increasing priority for schools, we’ve put together our top tips on how you can promote positive mental health in your classrooms. By Paul Matthias, Director of Hays Education

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Why PAs need mentors too

blog_whyPAsneedmentorstoo_smallAs part of our commitment to helping personal assistants progress their career, we are working with Birkbeck, University of London to offer advice on professional development. Here, we look at why you should enlist the help of a mentor. By Peter Cawood, Director of Hays Office Support

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How to keep your best people from leaving

blog_howtokeepthebest_smallAs a leader, ask yourself this question: if lifelong learning and success are linked, is continuous learning really a personal priority to you, as the leader of your business, and, importantly, are you the role model your workforce looks up to in this regard? By Alistair Cox, Chief Executive of Hays

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How to prepare for success after an interview

blog_afteryourinterview_smallTime drags after an interview, whether it’s been two hours or two days. You are sat holding your phone, willing it to ring with some positive news. Sadly, this feeling of uncertainty can prompt candidates to jump the gun, and these moves often miss their mark. To help clear up the confusion, here is a definitive guide for the actions you should and shouldn’t take following your interview. By Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources

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How to market yourself in your job search

blog_marketyourself_smallHow successful you are in your job search is largely dependent on how good you are at marketing yourself. Fortunately, in this era of increased connectivity, you now have more options for self-promotion available to you than ever – although this does give you more pitfalls to fall into! By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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When times get tough, how do you keep your team motivated?

blog_keepyourteammotivated_smallWhen your organisation is going through tough times, your employees will be feeling the pressure. Whether due to fluctuations in the industry or the impact of a wider economic and political sphere, uncertainty can affect the motivation and productivity of your employees. So how do you do you keep them loyal, productive and motivated? By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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Supporting UK exports with a digital role

blog_ukexports_smallInternational trade is a fundamental driver of economic growth generating wealth, creating jobs and increasing consumer choice and value for money. As the UK has initiated proceedings towards an EU exit, UK exporters are now preparing for the inevitable changes. By Andrew Timlin, Director of Hays Business

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Procurement is on the rise, how do your salaries compare?

blog_cips_small.pngOrganisations have never been so aware of the cost saving benefits of an effective procurement function. Procurement professionals are increasingly being given a strategic seat at the decision-making table, making now an exciting time to be working in the profession. By Scott Dance, Director of Hays Procurement & Supply Chain

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What digital transformation skills are your team missing?

blog_digitaltransformation_smallThese days there is one word on every business leader’s lips: change. As uncertainty reigns supreme in the political and economic spheres, the need for greater clarity is vital in order to set both short and long term business strategies.By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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Do you need to rise through the ranks to be successful?

blog_NHrisetosuccess_smallThe idea of rising through the ranks is firmly established in the police service but this is intended to help the force to attract more professionals and boost the talent and experience of chief constables. In many respects, it is encouraging to see such a broad-minded and flexible approach to sourcing talent. By Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland 

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Discover how to excel in a male dominated industry with Heidi Wood

blog_maledominatedindustry_smallThe construction industry has long recognised that it is not as accessible as it should be to women wanting to join its ranks. While progress has been made in attracting increasing numbers of women into construction careers, there is still a long way to go. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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Do we need to balance the budget?

blog_arebudgetworththeeffot_smallIn changing times, previously unchallenged finance basics are under question. Credit professionals find themselves under increasing pressure to provide “value” to the overall business in which they operate. By Alan McFarlane, Operations Director of Hays Project Solutions

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Match your career ambition in Accountancy & Finance with Jamie Richards

blog_jamieMCFC_smallJamie Richards joined Manchester City Football Club in November 2014 as a Senior Management Accountant and continues to exert his influence in the sports industry. Here we talk to Jamie about how he coupled his passion for football with his career as part of our #MatchYourAmbition seriesBy Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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The five people skills key to your success

blog_credit-management_smallWhen it comes to career success, your people skills are just as important as your technical ability. With that in mind, here are five of the most important assets you need to build a productive and harmonious workplace. By Jenna Alexander, Head of Internal Recruitment

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Salaries rise again as demand for top credit professionals intensifies

blog_credit-management_smallWe’re a long way from truly realising the repercussions of 2016’s political events, but the credit management profession is showing prudence as it looks ahead. While businesses are looking to protect (and maximise) their cash position, the presence of a competent and talented credit function has never been more important. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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How to submit an error-free CV

blog_errorfreeCV_smallAs we all know, applying for a new job and building a CV can be very time consuming. It requires dedication and concentration so that you leave no room for error. Here are the most common errors when writing a CV and how you can overcome them. By Kabir Gulabkhan, Manager of Hays Credit Management

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How to prioritise personality in your hiring process

blog_priortisepersonality_smallOne of the challenges we face as recruiters is building a well-functioning team that all complement each other, not only through capability but also in terms of personality fit. By Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources

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We're on the diversity journey. Are you?

blog_diversity_nigel_smallMany companies are actively working to showcase their gender diversity initiatives and what better time than on International Women’s Day. By Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland

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Building diversity in financial services

Blog_building diversity_2_smallImproving diversity is not a quick process... especially at leadership levels where experience is a must in order to succeed in the role. So what can financial services organisations do to ensure they are moving in the right direction when it comes to improving diversity? By Carolyn Dickason, Director of Hays Financial Markets

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The secrets to getting even more from your female finance professionals

Blog_building diversity in financial services_smallIt is clear from these statistics that there is a gross disconnect between women in finance, and women achieving top positions in finance. Those junior female professionals who attended our webinar may find they have some hurdles to overcome before they reach the pinnacle of their professional goals. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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How procurement professionals are challenging gender inequality

Blog_procurement profession challenge gender inequality_small.pngThe procurement profession is suffering from a gender disparity, where salaries and opportunities seem to favour men over women. This is not a surprise, nor is it anything new, and procurement is certainly not the only function affected by this outdated and damaging social issue. By Nicky Taberner, Director for Hays Procurement & Supply Chain

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Could demand for technical skills impact gender diversity in marketing?

blog_could-demand-for-technical-skills-impact-gender-diversity-in-marketing_smallThe marketing profession has typically been an attractive career choice for both men and women, but do technological innovations and the focus on technical skills threaten marketing with gender imbalances seen in the IT profession? By Clare Kemsley, Managing Director of Hays Marketing, Retail and Sales, UK&I

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Help tackle the gender imbalance in IT

Blog_Help-tackle-gender-imbalance-in-the-IT-industry_smallOne need only look at the many female tech entrepreneurs making their mark on the landscape to see that progress is happening. However, it is no secret that IT continues to be a male-dominated space, arguably to a greater degree than many other industry sectors. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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What can the construction industry do to build a culture for gender equality?

blog_women in construction_2_small.pngWhile huge steps have been made towards encouraging women into construction, there’s still a long way to go to address the lack of talented women in the industry. By Richard Gelder, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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Does your boss care about your career progression?

blog_does your boss care about your career_small.pngRegardless of what job sector you’re in, continuous learning and progression throughout your career is essential. Without the motivation and thrive to succeed, your role will become repetitive and your skills can become outdated.

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How to match your ambition as a PA with Mimi Coffait

blog_hays meets mimi_small.pngAs part of our #MatchYourAmbition series, we spoke to Mimi Coffait who we placed as Assistant to Director of Academy at Manchester City. She tells us her story about her career and offers advice for aspiring PAs. By Karin Reynolds, Business Director of Hays Office Support, North West

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How to fast track your PA career

blog_how to fast track your PA career_smallAs part of our commitment to helping personal assistants progress their careers, we are working with Birkbeck, University of London to offer advice on professional development. So how should you plan for Continuous Professional Development (CPD)? By Peter Cawood, Director of Hays Office Support

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How to earn more as marketing professionals in 2017

Blog_Top tips for marketing professionals_small_2Marketing is a complex and fast moving industry, requiring early adoption of new technology to keep ahead of the game. If you want to perfect your craft, increase your earning potential and accelerate your career opportunities, you need to be versatile, adaptable and constantly aware of the most highly sought after marketing skills. But, do you know what skills employers are looking for? By Clare Kemsley, Managing Director of Hays Marketing, Retail and Sales, UK&I

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Top tips for procurement, supply chain and logistics professionals looking to earn more

blog_top tips for procurement_small.pngIn 2016, demand for procurement and supply chain professionals outstripped supply, leading to improved salary and benefits packages being offered across the UK. There’s no denying, it is a good time to be a procurement professional. By Nicky Taberner, Director for Hays Procurement & Supply Chain 

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Three tips to help new teachers create magic in their classrooms

blog_tips to help new teachers_small.pngBeing a teacher is as rewarding as it is challenging, and if you’re new to the career you could feel overwhelmed by the journey ahead of you. That’s why we help NQTs not only find their first positions , but prepare for the task of cultivating young minds in a new school. By Paul Matthias, Director of Hays Education

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What skills do IT professionals need in 2017?

Blog_IT skills in demand_smallRapid developments in IT continue and are increasingly causing companies to experience wider skills gaps that they are struggling to fill. Our recent salary guide shows that, at 21%, IT and digital skills were cited as one of the top three skills most needed by organisations to achieve their business objectives this year. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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Do you know what you're doing about Big Data 2.0?

Blog_data_trends_2.pngIt’s great to see Big Data becoming BAU for many companies now – it’s certainly on the agenda at Hays. The journey has admittedly been harder than any of us anticipated, no doubt about it. But watching these organisations take the steps needed to develop and upgrade their teams, their tools, and the sheer variety of information they collect. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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Top tips for HR professionals looking to secure a pay rise

blog_HR skills in demand_small.png2017 is well underway and we want to help HR professionals stay on top of their careers. If you haven’t already been thinking about the skills you need to remain relevant there’s no better time than now. By Barney Ely, Director of Hays Human Resources

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4 accountancy and finance roles poised for high demand

blog_KY skill in demand_small.pngWhilst salaries and benefits increased across finance and accountancy roles in 2016, it was also a politically turbulent year, which brought with it plenty of uncertainty. Looking ahead in the next 12 months, the demand for a wide range of financial skills looks set to stay high in 2017. By Karen Young, Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance

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Find your passion

Blog_video_findpassion_.pngDavid Birss, creativity consultant, speaker and broadcaster, spoke to us from the Silicon Beach event in Bournemouth about the things people can do to break into a creative digital technology career. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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An interview with Sadie Morgan

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For the last 22 years, the best in construction have been celebrated at the annual Building Awards, one of the most important networking events in the built environment calendar. This year, Hays sponsored the most prestigious award of all: Personality of the Year. By Duncan Bullimore, Director of Hays Construction & Property

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Is IT contracting for you?

Blog_women_IT_contracting_2.pngNot having a consistent job can be quite daunting at first but it can also have a positive impact in your future career. You’ll have the opportunity to expand your knowledge in the IT world by working in different sectors of the industry. Here are some of many advantages of becoming an IT contractor. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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From Panama with(out) love

Blog_AI_2.pngEvery candidate, employee and stakeholder – whatever the size of their organisation – needs to have a thorough understanding of data protection legislation and compliance. By Philip Charsley, Director of Hays UK

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The rapid pace of progress

The annual Silicon Beach event in Bournemouth is a haven for digital creatives across the country, an opportunity for professionals and business leaders to network and discuss the latest advancements in digital technology. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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Businesses prioritise cloud computing, but face resourcing challenges

Blog_women_PS_2.pngThe versatility of cloud is proving to be a game changer. Both established and newly formed businesses are turning to cloud solutions for more adaptive, cost effective hosting and to guarantee faster delivery of new projects or products. By James Milligan, Director of Hays Information Technology

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The cafe generation: How tech culture is spreading to financial services

Blog_cafe_2.pngA massage between meetings, a table tennis break in the atrium before the three-day weekend. The war for talent is raging with tech companies competing to offer staff the most extravagant workplace perks. By Carolyn Dickason, Director at Hays Finance Technology

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Young leadership: 4 lessons from a winner

Blog_josh sharp_2.pngWorking your way to a managerial position at a young age is in itself a huge achievement. To do so requires hard-work and dedication, a number of notable professional accomplishments, and winning the respect and support of your colleagues. By Graham Smith, Senior Business Manager at Hays UK Procurement & Supply Chain

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Quit your job not your career

Quitting your job

Your resignation is unlikely to be the focus of a media storm but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to give it careful consideration. Now is unlikely to be the time for the truth. Remember that your job resignation is part of a formal process, don’t get caught up in the emotion and regret it later. By Nigel Heap, Managing Director, Hays UK & Ireland

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Why modular banking means flexible candidates

The digitalisation of the economy is changing consumer expectations of service providers, including those in the financial sector. Increased digitisation and innovation is leading to increasingly modular services, which in turn need creative leadership and a new kind of flexible candidate. By Philip Charsley, Director of Hays UK

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How to stop the mid-management exodus

mid-management turnover

Businesses need to develop retention strategies or risk losing management or potential managers. In this post, we provide advice on how to combat a management exodus. By Nigel Heap, Managing Director, Hays UK & Ireland

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3 recommendations for narrowing the gender divide

Diversity benefits

Time and time again it has been proven that more diverse organisations not only outperform those which are less diverse, but are also most likely to attract and retain the most talented professionals. By Yvonne Smyth, Head of Diversity, Hays

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Making a breakthrough

Apprenticeships

Around the world, apprenticeships are increasingly being seen as a solution to the problems of youth unemployment and skills shortages. By Barney Ely, Director, Hays Human Resources

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Could you be a recruiter?

Becoming a recruiter

Recruitment is an incredibly challenging yet rewarding industry. What you get out of it is wholly dependent upon how much you put in; work hard and you’ll be suitably rewarded, adopt a half-hearted approach and expect to enjoy limited success. So if you’re ambitious and passionate about people, read this blog post. By Jenna Alexander, Head of Internal Recruitment, Hays UK & Ireland

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