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Your career mentor is someone who can help you achieve your professional goals, and give you objective advice and support. If you’re ambitious about your career a mentor can help you succeed. So why don’t you have one? Perhaps the reason you don’t have a career mentor yet, is because it’s prone to the following myths: 1. Mentoring is reserved for the most senior and well-connected...

Tech skills shortages are rife, and competition for talent is only becoming fiercer thanks to increasing demand for niche tech skills across all industries. It is therefore imperative that tech employers fine-tune their recruitment processes in order to attract top talent. However, despite this competitive climate, our latest research in the Hays What Workers Want 2018 report shows...

In recent years many of the professional sectors we recruit for have felt the after effects of a past failure to invest in training and development. Employers that cut back on training during the recession were faced with a chronic shortage of skilled workers available to capitalise on opportunities once the economy picked up again. Failure to invest in learning has long-lasting consequences,...

With 58.8%* of large national multi-academy trusts (MATs) anticipating a shortage of suitable applicants when recruiting over the next 12 months, and competition from other employers seen as a bigger threat than ever (20.58%), recruiting top talent is firmly in the mind-set of most MAT senior leaders and HR teams. As we edge closer to the final notice date for this academic year for those...

Responsible business leadership isn’t just about ensuring your company operates effectively day-to-day – it also and always involves laying foundations for success long after you depart. Here at Hays, we’ve now officially entered the annual succession planning season. Each year, my senior management team and I step back and take stock to assess how our business will be led in the future – and...

We’re constantly told to “be ourselves” in new situations, whether it’s when making new friends or starting university. But how does this translate into a job interviews? It’s normal to create an “interview persona” of sorts when you’re interviewing, a different version of yourself which would be unrecognisable to the people who know you best. For example, you might have used clichéd...

Having a long lasting and good relationship with your recruiter is important for you long term career. Not only can a recruiter help you with the job search itself, but they will also help you understanding what roles are right for you, speak to companies and hiring managers on your behalf and give you the advice you need. However, for your recruiter to be the best possible help for you,...

After a job interview, your friends, family and even recruiter will undoubtedly ask you how your interview went. Hopefully your answer is that it went well, and if it did you might have to consider if you would take the job should they offer it to you. Being offered as job is exciting, but to stop yourself from making a snap decision, take some time to reflect and consider the below: 1. Did...

When I started my career as a recruiter we placed job advertisements in newspapers and waited for applications to arrive in the post. It’s hard to imagine this in today’s fast-paced world! The industry has changed enormously over the course of my career, with new technology and ways of working presenting new opportunities and challenges on a regular basis. When we speak with our clients they...

If becoming a people manager is on your career plan, then learning how to be adaptable should be your first priority. A good manager is flexible, and able to shift and flex in response to the changing environment around them and, crucially, the different motivations of the individuals they lead. In short, they are a chameleon who can adapt to suit the situation at hand. For instance,...

Throughout my career as a marketing professional, I’ve always aimed to align plans and the strategic direction of my team closely with business objectives. As the Marketing Director to Hays UK and Ireland, and a board member since 2017, I’ve been able to enhance my understanding of just how integrated marketing can be with business operations, and of the benefits this can bring to the...

Congratulations – you’ve finally handed in your notice. After looking for a new opportunity for months, going through lengthy application and interview processes, you’re finally there. You’ve signed a new contract with a new employer and can relax – or can you? If you have been unhappy for some time in your current role, knowing that there’s an end in sight will naturally put you more...

The implications of any digital transformation project are far-reaching for both your current and future workforce. As an IT leader and the driving force behind innovation in your business, it should be your top priority to ensure your teams have the right mix of skills across the project life-cycle, especially if you intend to maintain resources beyond the initial stages of digital...

The perfect job can sneak up on you out of the blue. Perhaps you weren’t even looking, but suddenly you found the perfect job. An opportunity that has made you questions whether you are truly happy in your current role. Maybe you’ve even updated your CV and written a cover letter. But something is stopping you from hitting send. What is it? The prospect of changing jobs is scary,...

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressForProgress, and around the world it is encouraging to see so many individuals, organisations and groups speaking ever more loudly and urgently about the need for progress on gender equality. This year’s campaign urges all of us to commit to a gender parity mindset, and I agree this is crucial if we are to sustain our commitment to...

For many industries the reality of diversity and inclusion in all its forms remains the ‘unicorn’ that is increasingly sought after, but persistently elusive. Whilst the gender mix in the Accountancy & Finance profession tends to be more or less equally balanced at entry level positions, the fact remains that as we rise through the ranks women become increasingly under-represented, with...

Technology remains a vibrant and attractive industry to work in, with opportunities aplenty for those with the right skills. Our recent salary guide found that salaries in technology roles rose by 2.3% last year, and professionals benefit from an abundance of new skills to learn, ever-evolving technologies to work with and exciting projects to take part in. As a result of increased...

As discussions of the pervasiveness of the gender pay gap in businesses remain rife and the recent centenary of the women’s vote as part of the, ‘Representation of the People Act 1918’, it’s important to examine the effect of gender in education. Over recent years the teaching profession has become increasingly dominated by women, in fact the Department of Education’s latest...

Traditionally perceived as a very female-friendly industry, it’s true that as far as stats tell us, marketing is much more gender balanced than other professions, with the Hays DNA of a Marketing Leader report showing that 48% of marketing leaders are female. This is an encouraging statistic, but diversity at the top of the profession remains elusive and women are still facing...

As the low uptake of shared parental leave makes headlines, it strikes me that many don’t see what this means for the wider condition of gender equality in the workplace. Shared parental leave isn’t just a means of sharing childcare responsibilities, it’s a gateway to achieving gender balance across the entire world of work. By encouraging sharing of parental leave, women and men achieve an...

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Hays Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Report 2020

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