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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? Skills...

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 on...

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 technology, the...

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 (PSC) and...

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 assured,...

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, supply...

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 insights...

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 thrive...

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...

In order to move forward within your career, it is necessary to be your own ‘biggest fan’ and communicate to others about your skills and successes, otherwise you may find yourself stuck in a career rut. Everyone has the right to communicate their career ambitions, and so if you’re not granted it, ask for it! This means insisting that your manager arranges routine performance...

Ongoing industry demand is keeping pressure on health and safety employers to fill vacancies with high quality professionals, but lingering uncertainty from candidates around market conditions has resulted in a cautious approach towards mobility, leaving certain areas of the profession with acute skills shortages. A job advert remains the crucial touchstone for candidates when they are...

Your salary expectation is an important piece of information that recruiters and hiring managers need to know. However this can be both a challenging and uncomfortable question to discuss. You’re not alone – many candidates find discussing their salary expectations a daunting prospect. More often than not, this is because they aren’t clear on: A. Who this conversation will be with – is it...

When you imagine the typical workplace of an executive or personal assistant, what immediately comes to mind? Generally, the image includes an office, and usually a corporate one at that. However, that’s not the case for Esther Dawson. As the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Ridgeview Wine Estate, Esther frequently spends much of her working day in wellies, walking amongst the...

With fewer people working on projects, less rigidly defined roles and colleagues all pulling-together when needed, there is often a unique sense of team-spirit that comes with working in a small-to-medium sized business (SME), resulting in a more unified workplace culture. However, this culture could very easily be disrupted if you were to hire the wrong person. Therefore it’s important that...

With each new leadership role I’ve had in my career I have faced different challenges, each one bringing new people, processes and opportunities to make an impact. I recently moved into a new leadership position as UK&I Managing Director here at Hays, and so I know well how critical those first 100 days in a new role are. Unfortunately many employees don’t have such a positive experience...

In our present skill-short employment market, getting the right candidates for your organisation into the interview seat in front of you is no easy task. It’s crucial, therefore, that once they’re there, you do your utmost to engage them. Our latest research shows that employers are actively deterring some of the best candidates out there during interview by not putting enough thought into...

In our present skill-short employment market, getting the right candidates for your organisation into the interview seat in front of you is no easy task. It’s crucial, therefore, that once they’re there, you do your utmost to engage them. Our latest research shows that employers are actively deterring some of the best candidates out there during interview by not putting enough thought into...

Education professionals are more likely to apply for a role if the application process is easy and provides personalised functionality and communication. Read on to find out what employees look for when applying for roles, as well as potential road blocks commonly found during the application process that would prevent your organisation from attracting the best education talent. We surveyed...

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