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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 jobs...

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 to...

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 in...

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 the...

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 lower...

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, we...

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 future...

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 have a...

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 support...

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 assembly to...

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 relationships ...

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 harder to...

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 on...

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 vast...

To celebrate National Payroll Week, here are a list of top tips on how to promote your skills, experience and expertise on your CV. Whether you’re new to payroll or looking for your next opportunity, by following our advice, your CV will be sure to stand out from the competition. Detail, detail, detail! When writing about your experiences within the payroll industry it’s important to...

In short, no. Despite negative perceptions of the impact of flexible working on careers, our recent research has found that improved work-life balance can improve a professional’s productivity and make it easier to pursue their next career step. According to the findings of the Hays Gender Diversity Report 2017, 75% of women working in accountancy and finance careers think that opting to...

The experience gained by shifting industries can be incredibly beneficial for your career. By transferring your skills across to a different kind of role, you might well throw some light onto a passion you didn’t know about. It’s also a great way to build a diverse network! Here are some thoughts to bear in mind when making that big switch: 1. Combine your passions with roles that are in...

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