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As businesses expand their workforces to every corner of the globe, there has been a large increase in demand for multilingual candidates. The main benefits of hiring a multilingual candidate are clear; not only will the candidate be able to communicate with your foreign-speaking markets, therefore allowing you to further expand your customer base, but they will also bring with them an...

Recently Education Secretary Damian Hinds challenged the tech industry to launch an education revolution for schools, colleges and universities. Once thought of as the disruptive influence in the classroom, technology is now innovating teaching and learning in a way no one would have ever predicted. Teachers are no longer lecturing from the front of the class to rows of children,...

The challenge of dating is that you can’t know for certain whether your current date is going to be the best suitor you’ll ever find. Settle down too quickly, and you might never meet Mr or Mrs Perfect, get too picky and you may end up rejecting someone who is highly suitable for you. Replace the word “suitor” with “the perfect job candidate”, and you will see that there are in fact many...

The volume and velocity of technology making its way onto the  Human Resources  scene over the past year have been somewhat of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, we have technology delivering us with the solutions needed to automate mundane processes and free up our time for more high-value, “human” tasks. On the other, we are finding ourselves inundated and unsure of which...

Choosing to move to a foreign country is an excellent way to propel your career forward. In July 2018, it was announced that Domènec Torrent, who had most recently been Pep Guardiola’s right hand man at sister club Manchester City FC, would take up the role as Head Coach of New York City FC. Commenting on the move, Torrent said, “Though I have enjoyed a wonderful 11 years working...

There are plenty of common traits shared by people from every walk of life, working at all levels, in each part of the world – for example, all of us eat, breathe, sleep and have imagination. But until that imagination is applied to something, can we all honestly say that we’re creative? And what exactly is creativity? A philosophy? A work of art? Essentially, creativity is both of...

Industry 4.0 is nothing new, especially where I am based in Germany. I still remember when this term began to gather momentum at the 2011 Hannover fair, following a great deal of research conducted by the Ministry of Education. We were introduced to the idea that machines could create virtual replicas of the physical world in order to make decentralised decisions and operate in real life...

It’s undeniable that technology is transforming almost every aspect of our lives and businesses at a pace that has never been seen before. One of the major challenges in this fast-paced world is how we maximise what many believe to be our most important asset; our people. A shift in the people agenda is something I recently discussed at the Advanced World 2019 conference as a keynote...

Making sure that our clients have access to the talent that will help their business to flourish is what we do day in and day out. Ensuring that organisations have access to a wide talent pool – regardless of gender – is integral to this.  Competition for talent  is rife, skills shortages are severe and companies need to be able to access the best talent when they need it if they are...

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...

As Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance in the UK, it’s been my privilege to work with many talented individuals looking to further their careers. As I listen to the stories from many talented women however, I keep hearing the same thing, that many are still struggling to gain the most basic of equalities: respect. Only 39% of women working in accountancy and finance believe that...

The contribution to the allied war effort made by codebreaker and computing pioneer Alan Turing is now rightly celebrated. The scores of women engaged in similar work, at the vanguard of the birth of modern computing are perhaps less well known. In fact, the majority of those working at the famous codebreaking HQ Bletchley Park during World War II, were women. Fast forward to 2019, and...

There is no shortage of literature that highlights the benefits of a gender balanced workplace. Our own  Hays Diversity & Inclusion Report 2018  asked respondents which areas they believe greater diversity could have the most positive impact on. Top of the list for marketers was an improved company culture. A further third of marketers also told us that greater workplace...

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive culture within an organisation is top of the priority list for every HR department right now – but can this focus on the wider business sometimes cause HR professionals to neglect reform within their own teams? According to the  Hays Diversity & Inclusion Report 2018 , a significant proportion of female HR professionals still have doubts...

As an industry that has been historically associated with a predominance of male professionals, the pressure on construction and property employers to push a diversity agenda within their organisation is particularly acute. The reality is that as a sector, construction and property has much to offer to people of any gender, with healthy starting salaries and huge potential for career...

Gender balance in the workplace continues to be a topic high on the agenda for business leaders, and the benefits of building a more balanced place of work are numerous. The  Hays Diversity & Inclusion Report 2018  shows that procurement professionals believe greater diversity and inclusion in their workplace has a positive impact on both overall company culture and staff...

I was interested, but unsurprised, to read a  Gartner report  which stated that in two years, 70 per cent of organisations will have integrated Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assist employees’ productivity. Of course, for many of us, this is already happening – from HR departments using chatbots to answer simple work-related questions, to marketing teams using predictive...

Have your thoughts turned to what 2019 has in store for your career and whether you will get the  pay rise  you want? It is also likely that you’ll want to know whether it will be a good time to look for a new job and what skills companies will be looking for. The outlook for jobs is positive for the coming year. In our recent survey of almost 23,000 people, over...

Changes to the Intermediaries Legislation (aka “ IR35 ”) will be coming into effect for  medium and large private sector organisations from April 2020 . If the April 2017 implementation of similar legislation in the public sector has taught us anything, those organisations burying their heads in the sand and not adequately preparing will be caught out. However, whilst most...

Whether you’re actively job hunting or thinking of switching career, you should always strive to find a company that is the right fit for you. This will help to not only improve your long-term job satisfaction but will also boost your performance, which is a win-win situation for both you and your new employer. So, to help you understand which company size might suit you best, we spoke...

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