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The perfect job can sneak up on you out of the blue. Perhaps you weren’t even looking, but suddenly you found the perfect job. An opportunity that has made you questions whether you are truly happy in your current role. Maybe you’ve even updated your CV and  written a cover letter . But something is stopping you from hitting send. What is it? The prospect of changing jobs is...

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressForProgress, and around the world it is encouraging to see so many individuals, organisations and groups speaking ever more loudly and urgently about the need for progress on gender equality. This year’s campaign urges all of us to commit to a gender parity mindset, and I agree this is crucial if we are to sustain our commitment...

For many industries the reality of diversity and inclusion in all its forms remains the ‘unicorn’ that is increasingly sought after, but persistently elusive. Whilst the gender mix in the Accountancy & Finance profession tends to be more or less equally balanced at entry level positions, the fact remains that as we rise through the ranks women become increasingly under-represented,...

Technology remains a vibrant and attractive industry to work in, with opportunities aplenty for those with the right skills. Our recent  salary guide  found that salaries in technology roles rose by 2.3% last year, and professionals benefit from an abundance of new skills to learn, ever-evolving technologies to work with and exciting projects to take part in. As a result of...

As discussions of the pervasiveness of the gender pay gap in businesses remain rife and the recent centenary of the women’s vote as part of the, ‘Representation of the People Act 1918’, it’s important to examine the effect of gender in education. Over recent years the teaching profession has become increasingly dominated by women, in fact the Department of Education’s latest...

Traditionally perceived as a very female-friendly industry, it’s true that as far as stats tell us, marketing is much more gender balanced than other professions, with the Hays  DNA of a Marketing Leader  report showing that 48% of marketing leaders are female. This is an encouraging statistic, but diversity at the top of the profession remains elusive and women are still facing...

As the low uptake of shared parental leave makes headlines, it strikes me that many don’t see what this means for the wider condition of gender equality in the workplace. Shared parental leave isn’t just a means of sharing childcare responsibilities, it’s a gateway to achieving gender balance across the entire world of work. By encouraging sharing of parental leave, women and men...

2018 is well underway and it’s a perfect time to take that next step to landing that new job. The absolute first step is getting your CV up to scratch with a refresh – I promise it can be quick and easy and very worth the effort. Here are some quick pointers and things to think about: Know your audience Your current CV was probably tailored to the last role you went for. Adding...

We continue to see procurement rise to be more valued within organisations. While this is creating more opportunities for procurement professionals, employers are having to face an environment where demand for talented professionals outstrips supply. In our latest salary and recruiting trends survey, over three-quarters say they have experienced  skills shortages  in the last...

I started my career out of university in 1982 and since then I’ve had a number of interesting roles across several diverse sectors. I’ve not had a great many jobs, each one lasting five years plus, and last year marked my tenth year in my current role at Hays. However, along the way I’ve learned my own lessons and developed my own beliefs about managing that journey and over the holidays...

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