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    None of us can escape the changes which are taking place all around us, from political uncertainty and economic pressures through to the digital transformation of the workplace. Amidst this climate of change, the procurement profession is going from strength to strength, and organisations continue to seek talented procurement professionals to...

Tweet   On the surface, private sector organisations might appear to have an edge when it comes to attracting top talent. They can, after all, offer better salaries and material benefits more readily than the public sector. But public sector organisations can still find the talent they need, providing they play to their strengths. As we’ve discovered in...

  Tweet   94% of construction and property employers have experienced skills shortages in the last year, according to research collected for the Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 report. In building services, these shortages have led to an average salary increase of 2.2%. Some roles, however, due to heightened demand, have risen even...

Tweet   The vast majority (94%) of construction and property employers have experienced skills shortages in the last year, according to the Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 report. In architecture, these shortages led to an average salary increase of 2.8%, although there are stand out roles for which demand has been strong enough to pressure...

  Tweet   Your organisation’s approach to culture has a significant impact on retention. But let’s clarify something before we dive into the practicalities: retention is not always the be-all and end-all: Sometimes it’s important that someone does not stay in your organisation. Perhaps your culture is the thing that will help them choose to leave,...

Tweet   The vast majority (88%) of employers overall have experienced skills shortages in the last year, according to the Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 report, which has resulted in salary rises for professionals with certain skillsets. In marketing, these shortages have been dominated by technical skills, but many of the top roles...

  Before an interview, it’s important to understand how to position yourself to be the best person for the job.  “Why should I hire you?” is often one of the first questions asked in an interview. Therefore, how you respond to this question could help set up a positive tone for the rest of the meeting, and make the interviewer engaged with your...

  Tweet   Kiko Washington is EVP, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros. Entertainment. We spoke with him recently to discuss how the organisation is facing up to challenges in the industry. After graduating from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics, Kiko Washington had a plan. He had secured a place on...

  Modern business challenges can require new approaches. Successful leaders across many different levels of seniority will need to evolve their skills in order to guide organisations into the future. But what does a modern leader look like and how can organisations develop them? Many studies draw parallels between strong leadership and solid...

  The importance of reward cannot be underestimated when it comes to engaging new talent, and the public sector has long found it difficult competing with private sector employers when it comes to remuneration. Budget cuts, pay caps and an uncertain political landscape have all impacted salary increases, but as the sector continues to be challenged by...

    With all the turmoil and uncertainty, it can be a struggle to look past Brexit. But, from my own experience it can be important not to get too distracted by what’s happening that’s out of your control and look at the things you can influence directly. Your hiring strategy is one such element. The findings of the Hays Salary & Recruiting...

  Uncertainty has become the new normal, and as we go into 2020, employers are treading cautiously. While many are implementing change programmes and expecting increased activity, there is also a sense of trepidation about the economy over the next few years. However, the needs of employers rarely wait for conditions to be perfect, and many need to add...

  A crucial reason why people decide to change jobs is because they want more money. Salaries are usually a key factor in our decision making when it comes to switching jobs. However, people also change jobs because they want increased responsibility, more flexibility, a greater sense of purpose or a more suitable organisational culture. However, most...

  Within property and surveying, the effects of automation are expected to be far reaching, impacting the collection of survey data, the examination of financial records, preparation of contracts, and also including the increased use of drones. These changes will present both opportunities and challenges, and those practitioners that adapt their approach...

  Automation within facilities management can be far-reaching, helping to streamline services, pre-empt required maintenance, sense and detect hazards, identify inefficiencies that result in unnecessary spend and automate workflows integrating people, place and technology. Automation can ultimately help to reduce delays and errors and provide better...

  Digital technology is having a significant impact on the workplace. The Hays What Workers Want Report 2019 shows that digital transformation is either a primary or secondary focus for 79% of health and safety professionals.  Increased levels of automation are expected to transform things still further. Within health and safety, automation has the...

  The media landscape has been increasingly been dominated in recent years by headlines heralding the arrival of automation, and the impact it may have on both our day to day and professional lives. Within civil and structural engineering, automation has the potential to optimise design and project planning tasks, whilst drones and Building Information...

  Writing a cover letter can help your job application stand out to a hiring manager or recruiter. Taking the time to write one makes you seem proactive, as well as someone who cares for the role they’ve applied for. Let’s go back to basics. What is a cover letter? This is a document that candidates submit alongside their CV when applying for a job. It...

  In many organisations, middle managers will often find the value they bring being scrutinised by both senior and junior staff. But with the right resources and training, are they actually the biggest asset available to businesses? We find out in the latest Hays Journal. For many years, the roles of middle managers have come under scrutiny; whether it’s...

  More than a quarter (26%) of all public sector workers have, at some point, suffered from a mental health condition, according to research conducted for the Hays Diversity & Inclusion Report 2019. As we begin to talk more widely about mental health in the workplace and beyond, we have to consider how, in the public sector particularly, narrowing...

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