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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...

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