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Since last year’s vote to leave the EU, the financial services sector has been in a state of uncertainty. It is rare for a week to go by without some mention of the potential impact Brexit could have on jobs in the financial services sector, and there is lingering uncertainty about the UK’s place on the global financial services stage. However, that’s not to say business is stalling in...

The  Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 Guide  paints a positive picture of activity plans in procurement for the coming months. We have found that over half of procurement employers expect their organisation’s activity to grow in the year ahead, regardless of market uncertainty, and 67% plan to hire in the same timeframe. However, skills gaps have continued to...

Something we’ve been consistently observing over the last few years is that the role of the marketer is rapidly evolving to be much more data-centric. The increased prevalence of automation and the need for engaging audio/visual content has created a strong demand for candidates who can demonstrate both extensive knowledge of user experience, and the technical ability to back it up. ...

There is more demand today for soft skills than ever before. A study by  Deloitte Access Economics  professes that soft-skill intensive occupations will make up two-thirds of all jobs by 2030. But what exactly is behind this trend? The world of work is changing at a rapid pace. Innovations in the digital realm are altering the way we operate, and the skills relevant to the...

By 2020, it’s predicted that businesses across the world will spend a combined $47bn on artificial intelligence (AI), and it appears that every aspect of our lives – from shopping and leisure to work and personal finance – will be transformed as machines leverage data to provide us with tailored, personalised services at scale.  With such a wide-ranging impact, it’s only natural...

The hiring of skilled technology professionals is firmly on 2018’s agenda for many, if not most, UK organisations. Considering the wider landscape of increasing cyber risks and rapid digitalisation, this demand for technological skills is hardly a surprise, and as a result many roles in this area have seen significant salary increases over the last 12 months. Cyber security skills are...

It seems that in an age where chalkboards and white boards have long since departed the classroom in favour of their superior counterparts, the smart board, technology is increasingly becoming a fixture in the education workplace. But this digital transformation is not just constrained to the classroom. Over the course of my 19 year career at Hays, I have seen significant changes to how...

Often candidates make the mistake of providing a simplistic answer for one of the most common asked interview questions, “Why do you want this job?” For instance, some candidates may respond with, “I want a new challenge” or “because you seem like a good company to work for”. But these are answers that the interviewer has heard many times before, so something generic will most likely...

In recent years, I have seen the procurement profession continue to go from strength to strength. Roles are becoming even more involved at a strategic level, as organisations better recognise the value that a strong procurement function can offer. However, many employers are also facing acute skills shortages, and competition for talented professionals remains fierce. As a result,...

With Brexit, political infighting and some uncertainty around political and economic structure for the UK, you might think that financial employers would be tentative about recruiting, but what I’ve observed is that there is a pragmatic approach towards recruitment for finance professionals. This is supported by a relatively optimistic outlook for the next year, despite concerns around...

Are you a talented professional but not progressing as much as you’d like to? Without personal commitment to achieving your career goals, there’s only so far you can go. You need to have constant drive and ambition to be able to continue a successful career journey, and this doesn’t just mean impressing your boss! In order to achieve long-term career success, you need to ensure you...

It’s well known that cyber security professionals are in demand for businesses across the globe as data hacks and security breaches are at a high resulting in damages to business reputation, sensitive information and financial costs. Earlier this year, Cyber Security Month highlighted the importance of cyber security for businesses and organisations, and looked at how we can ...

The new wave of candidates moving into the biotechnology sector have some really exciting times ahead of them. We’re seeing a great deal of expansion across areas such as diagnostics and microbiology. Data from the  US Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook  (a document highlighting employment projections from 2014 to 2024, covers a range of jobs most...

As mental health and wellbeing becoming an increasing priority for schools, we’ve put together our top tips on how you can promote positive mental health in your classrooms. 1. Building awareness Giving students the knowledge and awareness about mental health is the first step in forming a culture of positive mental health in school. A useful initial activity would be to have an...

Is people management part of your career plan? If so, it’s not always clear how to get there and what experience might come in useful. It’s important to demonstrate your potential to manage other people and emphasise any transferable management skills to your interviewer. Here is what you should be ready to discuss in your interview: 1. Prepare to talk about your stakeholder...

By the end of this decade there will be five generations working side-by-side in many of our nation’s workplaces as later retirement ages and longer life expectancy start to make their presence felt in the world of work. As with all aspects of diversity, an age-diverse workforce presents organisations with the opportunity to better understand customer markets, draw upon different...

Every school setting has its shining stars with talented teachers respected by both students and fellow staff members. Therefore it’s encouraging that our  What Workers Want Report  found that almost half of education professionals surveyed (45%) expect to work for fewer than five schools during their career. However, in an education system where it is becoming increasingly...

The introduction of updates to IR35 legislation in the public sector in April 2017 created challenges for many organisations when it came to their interim workforce. Driven by a lack of time to prepare for the changes, many organisations felt the full impact on costs and reduced access to skills. In the Autumn 2018 budget, it was confirmed that changes to the IR35 legislation would be...

Ever wondered what happens once your CV lands with a recruiter? You can probably imagine that this person has a fair few similar documents to get through, and on a busy day only a percentage of these will get read past the first page. Fewer still will make the shortlist of resumes that go to a client. But how does a recruiter come to this decision? In this blog, I will shed some light...

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have spent a large part of my professional career working in different countries across Europe, North America and Asia. I couldn’t recommend the experience highly enough. Time spent living away from my home country was life changing for me, both professionally and personally. Over those years, I felt welcomed into local societies, encountered a...

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