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Do you avoid applying for roles if you don’t meet all the criteria listed? Stop doing that and hit the apply button anyway. A huge 80% of employers* say they’d consider candidates who don’t have the full skillset required – in a jobs market where 90% of organisations say they’re concerned about skills shortages, they’re keen to get their hands on professionals who have potential. So what are...

An organisation’s commitment to sustainability has become hugely important in recent years – and its significance is only going to increase in the future with the realisation of the systemic challenges we face. Corporate commitments are growing across all sectors of society, with business leaders being in a strong position to drive higher ambition. Increasingly, companies that act are...

Congratulations, if you are reading this blog, you have been offered a new and promising role elsewhere. This opportunity will give you a better benefits package, more responsibility and is really a testament to your hard work over the years. So why does it taste so bittersweet? Probably because you’re now faced with the fact that you will have to do the dreaded deed of handing in your...

Plastic-free initiatives should be for life, not just for one month. We consider why it’s important for businesses to focus on sustainable initiatives and take meaningful action to reduce their plastic footprint beyond Plastic Free July. Increasingly, job-seekers are purpose-driven and want to work for companies that support meaningful causes and align with their values. In fact, nearly...

In a recent LinkedIn poll, 69% of respondents said that young people don’t have the necessary skills to succeed in the working world – so how can we better prepare them? This World Youth Skills Day, we look at how educational institutions and businesses can help prepare young people for the world of work. What is World Youth Skills Day? World Youth Skills Day was first declared by the...

The first six months of 2022 have been tumultuous to say the least, with war in Ukraine, surging energy prices, a rise in the cost of living and political change at the top all converging to create uncertainty that’s proving increasingly hard to navigate. Despite these disruptions, however, the UK labour market has remained strong, with demand in many industries stronger than it was even...

Coined ‘the new era of work’ – the workplace in 2022 is very different from what any of us imagined it would be like ten or even five years ago. The pace of change continues to accelerate as our customers and organisations find new ways of working, better ways to work with technology and a new sense of giving back to the communities we work amongst. Digital transformation has been underway...

When it comes to identifying and hitting corporate sustainability targets, organisations have more avenues to explore than ever before. Business leaders are increasingly accepting their responsibility in tackling the climate crisis, and it is their duty to ensure that the people they work with play their part. Harnessing the power, knowledge and passion of the workforce is crucial if we are...

As organisations place greater importance on sustainability and the practises that come with it, there are more and more opportunities for candidates to carve out a career in this field. Whether you’re an experienced specialist or even someone looking to transition into the sector, companies are on the lookout for passionate people. Today, I’m delighted to be joined by Hays’ very own Fiona...

Public services employers are desperately seeking new members of staff to join their teams, but as the high demand for new recruits is being felt sector-wide, the competition is getting tougher. It’s never been trickier to successfully recruit, hire and onboard new professionals, yet – of course – hiring plans need to forge ahead. So how can you combat the trend and snap up the best employees...

Pride month is drawing to a close, so there’s no better time to reflect on the events that have taken place to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, raise awareness about LGBTQ+ history, and ensure pertinent conversations are continued all year round. One personal learning that I can take away from this month is that young LGBTQ+ people are at a much higher risk of homelessness than their peers,...

About to leave active service and start looking for a role on civvy street? It might seem daunting, but fear not; there’s a lot you can do to prepare, and there are plenty of jobs out there for you. With such a wealth of varied experience, it might be hard to imagine right now which career path you’d like to go down, but that’s completely normal. We’re here to help. Services leavers looking...

It’s Pride month – which means it’s time to celebrate, hang up the rainbow flags and coat everything in glitter, right? Partly. While Pride is, of course, a time for the LGBTQ+ community and allies to rejoice in their relationships and celebrate how far we’ve come, it remains a time to raise awareness and increase education around certain topics. One such important point of discussion is...

What are the traditional definitions of leadership? Or, rather, what are the skills and characteristics associated with successful leaders? Of course, these may vary depending on the role, but many people would discuss a leader’s ability to be decisive, dictate strategy and motivate those around them. Regardless of which is deemed to be most important, one thing we can be certain of is that...

Are you considering a new job? If so, what are you hoping a new role with a different employer will offer you? A more attractive salary and benefits package? Improved career progression? Challenging and exciting work? Better work-life balance? These are all obvious and reasonable criteria of course – but have you considered the importance of working for an employer who places significant...

If you’ve found yourself in the position of being made redundant, don’t be afraid of communicating it clearly on your CV and in a job interview. When addressing your redundancy on your CV, include any relevant and appropriate background information, such as the department or organisation needing to downsize, and ensure you highlight your key achievements in the role. ...

With the world becoming increasingly aware of the current climate crisis that we are experiencing and its disastrous consequences for the whole of society, it is fitting that the theme for this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Only One Earth’. We only have one planet, and we all have a collective responsibility to take action to help protect it. What is World Environment Day? World...

June is Pride month! Hays is a proud supporter of Pride and has been for many years, and we’re excited to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in London. But although this is a period to celebrate in LGBTQ+ inclusion and the relationships of friends, family and colleagues, it’s also important to look at the challenges the community battles day to day. We wanted to take this...

Employers in all industries will not have been surprised to see recent headlines about how the number of job vacancies in the UK has become higher than the number of unemployed people for the first time ever. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently revealed that job openings have risen to a high of 1.3 million yet, at the start of this year, the unemployment rate fell to 3.7% - the...

As we lead longer and healthier lives, the reality for many of us is that we will need to, or indeed want to, work longer than previous generations. However, despite this, ageism in the workplace continues to hold people, and businesses back. Ageism at work largely ignores the many positive attributes mature-age colleagues bring to the workforce. Knowledge, expertise, experience and loyalty...

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