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There 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? The world of work is changing at a rapid pace. Innovations in the digital realm are altering the way we operate, and the skills relevant to the...

By 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.  With such a wide-ranging impact, it’s only natural...

The 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. Cyber security skills are...

It 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. Over the course of my 19 year career at Hays, I have seen significant changes to how...

Often candidates make the mistake of providing a simplistic answer for one of the most common asked interview questions, “Why do you want this job?” For instance, some candidates may respond with, “I want a new challenge” or “because you seem like a good company to work for”. But these are answers that the interviewer has heard many times before, so something generic will most likely...

In recent years, I have seen the procurement profession continue to go from strength to strength. Roles 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. As a result,...

With 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. This is supported by a relatively optimistic outlook for the next year, despite concerns around...

Are 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! In order to achieve long-term career success, you need to ensure you...

It’s well known that cyber security professionals are in demand for businesses across the globe as data hacks and security breaches are at a high resulting in damages to business reputation, sensitive information and financial costs. Earlier this year, Cyber Security Month highlighted the importance of cyber security for businesses and organisations, and looked at how we can ...

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. Data from the  US Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook  (a document highlighting employment projections from 2014 to 2024, covers a range of jobs most...

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