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  A career with meaning is the holy grail for many job hunters, and many talented workers will go out of their way to find a job which has a direct, beneficial effect on people, society or the environment. The private sector will always struggle to provide this kind of meaning, whereas public sector employers have this in...

    As the saying goes, “New Year, New Career”. Some of you may have headed back to work with the January blues – money worries after a Christmas splurge and depressed at the thought of a long commute on unreliable trains – and will be wondering what career options you might have. Even those of you who have the most...

  For the first time ever, there are now more people in the world  over 65 years old than there are under five . More of us will live longer lives than our predecessors. As a consequence, more of us will be working to an older age than has traditionally been the norm before. This is our new reality, and it represents a...

  As productivity levels stagnate to below pre-financial crisis levels, is time running out for traditional measures, such as output? Will businesses need to focus on new areas to see improvements? It feels like a week cannot pass without seeing a new story on the productivity crisis faced by many organisations. And the...

  With advances in technology impacting every aspect of our lives, the way we work is changing at a rapid rate. There's never been a better time for managers to develop the skills they need to ensure they thrive. We explore some of the key skills that managers will need to evolve to be ahead of the game and thrive in the workplace of...

  With so much change taking place in the wider market, and digital transformation continuing to be on the agenda within many accountancy and finance departments, employers are predicting that the year ahead will remain busy in terms of their business activity. The Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 report...

  The competition for tech talent is fuelling intense skills shortages, and these have the potential to put key projects at risk. According to the Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 report , an overwhelming 91% of tech employers say they have experienced skills shortages over the past year. Furthermore, over half...

  As we approach 2020, market uncertainty remains and the end isn’t yet in sight. Despite this, organisations up and down the country are continuing to invest in people to adapt to a changing world of work, and with that investment comes salary increases. The Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 guide shows that, over...

  Amidst the ongoing change taking place across many organisations, and increasing focus on digital transformation of the workplace , our research shows that employers of HR professionals are expecting a busy year of hiring ahead. The Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2020 guide reveals that most HR employers expect business...

    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...

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. ...

  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...

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...

  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...

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...

  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...

  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...

  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...

  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...

    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 ...

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