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Disparities in gender pay is in the spotlight with the first instance of mandatory gender pay gap reporting coming into force in April 2018. Although salary discrepancies have narrowed at almost every level of seniority within the procurement profession, our research conducted in conjunction with CIPS found that there are still large pay gaps in more senior roles. Significant pay gaps at the...

In the world of technology it’s hard to keep up with the ever-changing pace of development. That’s why as employers, it’s important to recruit top developers with advanced technical skills and can continuously make a positive impact within your organisation. However, due to specific technologies being valuable for different sectors, hiring managers now need to be kept abreast of...

We often find it hard to take a positive stance after failing as it’s so often a negative word that raises our anxiety levels. However, the most respected leaders around the world often talk about how failures teach you more than successes, and it’s a healthy move to try and apply this thinking to your job search. Failure is an unavoidable part of working life, and even the toughest...

Nearly half (48%) of the UK workforce is currently looking for a new job in an attempt to improve their job satisfaction. As somebody who has worked in recruitment for my entire career, this doesn’t necessarily surprise me, but I do hope that employers will take notice because in today’s competitive environment nobody can rest on their laurels and job satisfaction is high on the list both for...

Interviews can be stressful situations, and you can’t beat yourself up about the odd slip up here and there. However, as part of your interview preparation, it is important to understand that a lot of the mistakes people make are both very common, and easily avoided. Put simply, the more prepared you are, the less likely you’ll be to make them. Here are some of the most regular issues...

Facilities management is a much more resilient industry than most. In spite of political changes and uncertainty following the Brexit vote, buildings will always need to be maintained and operated to certain standards, so organisations are continually willing to invest into this area. However, there is an atmosphere of trepidation in response to new tax legislation and the challenge of...

20 years ago, when I started my career in accountancy and finance recruitment the use of temporary or interim accountancy and finance professionals would typically peak towards the end of the financial year – both in terms of tax year-end and also the company’s financial year-end. However, due to increasing automation the reasons for using finance temps and interims have changed, albeit...

Walking out of an interview can be quite a relief after all the thorough preparation, nervous build-up and even practising in the mirror! However, the toughest part is often when you start to wonder how the meeting actually went. Reflecting on how you answered every single question could be just as stressful as preparing, so it’s worth having a checklist at hand for when you’re done. 1. How...

Within the last decade, we’ve seen a huge increase in our clients’ appetite for recruiting temporary hires. It’s an ongoing and widespread trend, and not (as you might expect) just a result of cost reductions or knee-jerk decisions. Our clients are now starting to realise that in order to attract and retain a successful workforce, they need to perceive temp recruitment as an...

As the world gets smaller, many of today’s life science job seekers are adopting a global mentality, casting their nets far and wide for opportunities in pivotal locations, such as the UK. UK employers have much to gain by hiring applicants from overseas. You may find skills that can’t be found locally, diversify your workforce culture and enrich your pool of language skills to...

In today’s digital world it is now the norm to find influencers within your industry posting on social media on a daily basis. With such easy access to this content (and on such a large scale) we often find ourselves thinking “where do they find the time to do this?” or “should I be doing the same thing?” As a leader, every minute of your day is crucial, so it’s easy to assume that spending...

With the onslaught of new technology and larger class sizes than ever, it’s increasingly hard to keep students focused and engaged on the lessons you’re delivering. Here we offer some simple strategies you can employ to retain attention. Remove distractions It might seem an obvious suggestion but you need to ensure that you’re providing and creating an environment dedicated to learning: ...

Generation Z has grown up in a world where economic downturn has resulted in high unemployment in much of Europe. Members of this generation have witnessed their older siblings or parents struggling, which has affected their attitude to work, their ambitions, and their motivations. It has made them more self-aware, self-reliant and driven and they want to understand ‘why’ a company does what...

The ongoing transformation of the procurement function within many organisations, combined with a continuing shortage of skills, means demand for talented temporary procurement professionals remains high. The CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights 2017 report found that nearly half (47%) of employers face a lack of candidates with the right sector skills and experience when...

The competition for talent is high and many employees are dissatisfied in their current roles. Yet, companies aren’t always looking at how they can convey the right image to attract the talent they need and then, importantly, how they can cultivate a culture which will make sure they don’t leave for one of your competitors. We recently explored the topic of ‘What Workers Want’ in our new...

Reflecting back on my career predictably brings many ‘sliding doors’ moments where I could easily have ended up on a different path. While there is inevitably serendipity in life, I believe that on the whole, your career should be about timing and opportunity. Making the time to notice – and then to seize – these opportunities will reap great rewards. It’s not uncommon, in these...

Interviews can already make you feel quite nervous, but when you’re asked to also give a presentation, you can feel even more apprehensive. Preparing to answer some tricky questions is par for the course, but presentations are a less familiar territory for most people. If you are applying for more senior roles, interview presentations will become more of a regular occurrence. It is important...

It is a topic we discuss all the time, particularly with those employers who are in skills-short areas or trying to find a specific type of person from a limited pool of professionals. It is important because when looking to attract professionals, companies need to be able to differentiate themselves from the competition and when they’ve found them, they need to be aware of what will keep...

It’s safe to say that as we reach the middle of 2017, despite the uncertainty following the Brexit announcement which caused a slowdown in the number of projects going ahead in the latter part of 2016, this year has seen the property and surveying sector spring back to confidence and we expect this level of positivity to continue. In fact, the REC recruitment board is reporting that we are...

The ‘Internet of Things’, or IoT continues to change every single aspect of our lives. With connectivity on a worldwide scale, it provides an incredibly exciting business opportunity. Equally impressive is the IoT’s growth rate. Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be more than 26 billion connected devices. This shared connectivity means we as human beings, and our devices,...

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