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There’s never been a better time to think about your career and how to get ahead, move up the ladder, land a promotion or move to a more fulfilling role. According to the Hays Salary and Recruiting Trends Guide for 2022, job vacancies are at an eight-year high, with 80% of companies reporting that they are looking to hire new staff this year. Many of these roles are offering more flexibility...

January is a time when people often reflect and set goals in their careers as well as their new personal goals. With a new year ahead, it’s an opportunity to reassess and boost your happiness at work. Blue Monday is supposed to be one of the most depressing days of the year. So, we’ve put together some tips to help you manage the January blues and give you that spark of motivation to take the...

During my career I’ve seen many candidates struggle with a common interview question when they shouldn’t. It’s a line of conversation that provides them with a great opportunity to impress the person leading the interview. Instead, I’ve often found that they mistakenly believe that the reply is an easy one and gives an unsatisfactory answer without stopping to think. That’s why I want to talk...

The pandemic has forced change across the world of work and, now that global businesses have had time to adapt, leaders have the opportunity to look ahead and drive innovation as they navigate the new normal. Today I’ll be chatting with Hays CFO, Paul Venables. Paul will be discussing how the pandemic has impacted upon the role of CFO and outlook as a finance leader and giving us his advice...

It’s a new year and many of us are feeling a lot more settled than we were 12 months ago in the world of work. As was the case in 2020, last year’s events meant we had to constantly revise the plans and ambitions we had set out in January. In Britain, the Cambridge Dictionary has announced that ‘perseverance’ is its Word of the Year for 2021. Defined as ‘continued effort to do or achieve...

Even though employers have increasingly understood the benefits of equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I), the continued progression of their commitments and the importance of turning talk to meaningful action, requires ongoing attention from employers and employees alike. This is often evidenced by the widespread support for ED&I campaigns, including Black History Month,...

To say the pandemic disrupted the world of work would be an understatement. Overnight, our professional lives changed and, it’ll come as no shock to hear, many of these changes are here to stay. But what does this mean for both employees and employers, and what effect is it having on talent attraction and retention? We surveyed over 23,000 employers and employees as part of the Hays Salary...

A global event known as Purple Light Up sees hundreds of iconic landmarks and monuments worldwide illuminated with purple light to coincide with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day, held on 3rd December, promotes the rights and wellbeing of the 386 million employees that live with a disability or long-term health condition. This year’s theme was ‘Fighting for...

The COVID-19 outbreak turned our health, personal and professional lives upside down. But now – as all sectors start to look towards the future – the outlook is encouraging, with accountancy and finance employers feeling positive about the wider economic climate and the opportunities it could bring. In the Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2022 guide, we asked over 3,000 UK employers and...

Amidst ongoing uncertainty and a return to working from home guidance for many, skills shortages are presenting a challenge to those employers keen to grow their business. The result? Significant salary growth across many specialist and technical areas – double digit salary increases in many cases, which is great news for professionals looking to move roles. Optimism around longer-term...

The pandemic wreaked havoc on not only our health and personal lives, but on our professional lives, too. Many lost their jobs during the crisis, and many companies were forced to close their doors, but now – as we take steps to recover across all sectors – the future is looking brighter. In fact, marketing employers in particular are buoyant about the economic climate and the opportunities...

The Covid-19 pandemic threw a spotlight on the strategic importance that a strong procurement function brings to an organisation. Findings from the Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2022 guide indicate an exceptionally busy year is expected within the procurement profession – 99% of employers predict their organisation’s activity levels will either increase or stay the same as 2021 in the...

  It will have been difficult to escape, in recent months, the press coverage given to the escalating supply chain crisis in the UK and the way it’s been impacting our access to critical goods and services, whether that’s food and drink, fuel or medical supplies. A perfect storm of labour shortages, global supply chain constraints and soaring energy prices caused both by the lingering...

  The media continues to highlight the pressing issue of skill shortages and lack of suitable candidates across many sectors, in an evolving post-Covid working world.  The resurgent private sector and transforming public sector is driving an unprecedented demand for talent which, when combined with a reduction of people in the labour market due to hundreds of thousands of EU...

  “Climate change is the defining crisis of our time and it is happening even more quickly than we feared.” That stark quote from the United Nations could not be clearer. We are in the midst of a catastrophe, and how we react to it will define not only our future, but the future of generations to come. But despite this, António Guterres, Secretary General of the UN commented in...

  From succeeding in your current role to finding a new job, we always face challenges and obstacles in the world of work. Frustration, anxiety, and feelings of powerlessness can leave many other struggling to perform at our best.   Today, I’m joined by Doug Strycharczyk and Dr Peter Clough, whose work in psychology led them to co-author the book ‘Developing Mental...

  No matter your field or discipline, a greater understanding of the ways in which the mind works is vital for a leader, as grasping this can have significant impact on your own performance as well as that of your team or company.   Today, I’m joined by Doug Strycharczyk, Dr Peter Clough, and Dr John Perry, authors of ‘Developing Mental Toughness: Improving...

  As you juggle your workload, perhaps with the added stress of having to create a hybrid working pattern by working from both home and the office, do you find yourself wishing: “If only I had two more hours each day”?  Creating a balance between the hours spent at different work environments and doing things just for yourself can seem impossible, while the very act of trying to...

The news that Google employees in the US who choose to work from home permanently may get a pay cut has understandably generated a lot of interest and comment. Pre-pandemic only a small minority of full-time employees with office jobs worked primarily from home. Covid-19 changed that. Government guidance to work from home if you could, meant that remote working was suddenly and unexpectedly...

  If you’re currently preparing for a remote job interview, you may be feeling concerned that it could be more difficult for you to assess whether the opportunity is the right one for you. After all, when interviewing remotely, you won’t have the opportunity to meet the people you’ll be working with face-to-face, visit the organisation’s offices and generally get a feel for the...

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