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With 2019 just around the corner it is clear that there is a  shortage of skilled workers  and that these gaps are likely to be made worse by Brexit. The good news for employees is that some roles are in high demand, these people are enjoying multiple job offers and receiving double digit pay rises. The bad news for anyone hiring is that these professionals can be harder to...

Millennials have been described as the job hopping generation, we are hearing more about portfolio careers and job tenure appears to be reducing. Job loyalty appears to be completely off trend and people are encouraged to work in different companies and in different roles. Yet, I recently celebrated 30 years working at Hays and believe that loyalty pays. Staying with one employer – or...

LinkedIn is a great place to grow your professional status, discover new opportunities and network, and optimising your profile is the first step to help maximise these benefits. LinkedIn gives members a range of options for making sure their profile is the best reflection of their professional skills and experience. Understanding all the ways you can personalise your profile is the...

The outlook for procurement, supply chain and logistics (PSC&L) professionals is looking positive for the year ahead. Salaries have increased at an average of 1.8%, with 74% of employers saying they have increased pay over the last year. The good news is that, according to the  Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019 , 92% of employers in PSC&L expect their...

Nothing stands still for long in marketing, and it looks like the year ahead will be no exception. According to the latest  Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019 report , nearly seven in ten (69%) of marketing employers expect their business activity to increase over the coming 12 months. And with increased work comes an increased need for staff: nearly three-quarters of...

Are you going through a difficult time at work and feel like you are not performing to your usual high standards? Maybe you had a great first few months in your new position and now your momentum has dipped? If you feel you are stuck in a cycle of underperforming, then use this simple and easy tool to get your career back on course. What is ‘GROW’? GROW is an acronym and a very...

It will come as no surprise to most, but according to our latest  Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019 report , the technology sector is still booming. In fact, the report revealed that 95% of technology organisations expect their business activity levels to increase or stay the same over the coming year. In light of this optimistic outlook, recruitment is high on the...

The many tasks and duties you have as a middle manager, like shaping and executing the objectives of your team, can often cause you to turn your back on other important matters. One of these matters, your own career progression, may take a back-seat to other responsibilities. This could leave you wondering how you will get back on track to climb the career ladder and achieve your goals. ...

Our recent  Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019  report revealed that nearly two-thirds (64%) of HR employers expect their business activity levels to go up; a huge increase on the 50% who said the same last year. In light of this expected boost in activity, nearly half (49%) of HR employers are increasingly looking to hire short-term HR staff to plug the gaps and give...

According to our latest  Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019  report, accountancy and finance employers predict a busy year ahead, with 94% expecting business activity levels to rise or stay the same. As a result of these optimistic activity forecasts, over half (56%) expect to take on new staff over the next 12 months. Will skills shortages scupper recruitment plans?...

At the core of your business is your Employee Value Proposition (EVP). However as your company expands, this can easily become little more than bland messages about career development and social responsibility on your website. Below, we explore the five most common online employer branding mistakes, and how, with some small adjustments, you can get your candidate attraction plans back...

Before you read on, take a look around your office – how many people are actually talking to each other? I’d hasten to guess that most are plugged into their earphones, or beavering away behind their computer screens, probably emailing the person that sits opposite them. Am I right? Typing has become our default communication mode In the race to innovate and implement new...

Today, more than ever before, it is hard for a brand to engage with consumers. The world is full of organisations shouting about their achievements, offerings and successes. Activity is constant, across all channels: inboxes are inundated with emails, YouTube is full of adverts, and Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn are stuffed to the brim with promotional material. Content overload ...

During the Autumn Budget Announcement, it was revealed that updated IR35 tax legislation –  introduced in the public sector last year  – will be introduced into the private sector from April 2020, and applied to medium and large-sized businesses. What is the updated IR35 legislation?  The updated legislation impacts interims working under a personal service company...

Interviewing for a job as a recent graduate can be a tricky path to navigate when it comes to answering a question about your relevant skills. With large amounts of academic knowledge but limited professional experience, you may feel worried about how you can answer a skills-based question in a convincing way. Most other graduates in your position have the very same worry. Rest...

There is no doubt that organisations are better recognising just how important a role the procurement function plays in driving the success of a business, and as I discussed in my  recent blog , this is leading to pay rises as employers strive to hire the best. Our latest  UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019 guide  shows that just under three-quarters of procurement,...

Continuing investment in the facilities management industry means that  roles and opportunities remain consistently forthcoming . This enduring demand keeps the pressure on facilities management employers to source high quality professionals, and a job advert remains the crucial touchstone for candidates when they are first gauging their interest in an organisation. The latest...

The principles of the gig economy can make us more efficient and more productive. Not only this, but they are also helping us future proof our own careers. People who are in steady employment might not think they are impacted by the gig economy – doesn't it apply to freelancers and delivery workers only? The truth is, you can adopt aspects of the gig economy into a senior position to...

Stepping outside your comfort zone and undertaking new opportunities can be a good way to further your career. However, taking on more responsibilities shouldn’t be reserved for when you are  looking for a promotion . If you find yourself feeling a little too comfortable within your current tasks, increasing the scope of your work can be a big confidence boost and  capture the...

There are often managers or directors within your organisation that you want to be noticed by, like your boss’s boss. However, due to their seniority, they are just a little too far out of reach when it comes to building a relationship with them. Below you can read more about how to build this vital rapport, as the lessons learned from their experiences can be beneficial within your own...

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