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Making sure that our clients have access to the talent that will help their business to flourish is what we do day in and day out. Ensuring that organisations have access to a wide talent pool – regardless of gender – is integral to this.  Competition for talent  is rife, skills shortages are severe and companies need to be able to access the best talent when they need it if they are...

Are you considering a new job? If so, what are you hoping a new role with a different employer will offer you? A more attractive salary and benefits package? Improved career progression? Challenging and exciting work? Better work-life balance? These are all obvious and reasonable criteria of course – but have you considered the importance of working for an employer who places significant...

As Director of Hays Accountancy & Finance in the UK, it’s been my privilege to work with many talented individuals looking to further their careers. As I listen to the stories from many talented women however, I keep hearing the same thing, that many are still struggling to gain the most basic of equalities: respect. Only 39% of women working in accountancy and finance believe that...

The contribution to the allied war effort made by codebreaker and computing pioneer Alan Turing is now rightly celebrated. The scores of women engaged in similar work, at the vanguard of the birth of modern computing are perhaps less well known. In fact, the majority of those working at the famous codebreaking HQ Bletchley Park during World War II, were women. Fast forward to 2019, and...

There is no shortage of literature that highlights the benefits of a gender balanced workplace. Our own  Hays Diversity & Inclusion Report 2018  asked respondents which areas they believe greater diversity could have the most positive impact on. Top of the list for marketers was an improved company culture. A further third of marketers also told us that greater workplace...

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive culture within an organisation is top of the priority list for every HR department right now – but can this focus on the wider business sometimes cause HR professionals to neglect reform within their own teams? According to the  Hays Diversity & Inclusion Report 2018 , a significant proportion of female HR professionals still have doubts...

As an industry that has been historically associated with a predominance of male professionals, the pressure on construction and property employers to push a diversity agenda within their organisation is particularly acute. The reality is that as a sector, construction and property has much to offer to people of any gender, with healthy starting salaries and huge potential for career...

Gender balance in the workplace continues to be a topic high on the agenda for business leaders, and the benefits of building a more balanced place of work are numerous. The  Hays Diversity & Inclusion Report 2018  shows that procurement professionals believe greater diversity and inclusion in their workplace has a positive impact on both overall company culture and staff...

I was interested, but unsurprised, to read a  Gartner report  which stated that in two years, 70 per cent of organisations will have integrated Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assist employees’ productivity. Of course, for many of us, this is already happening – from HR departments using chatbots to answer simple work-related questions, to marketing teams using predictive...

Have your thoughts turned to what 2019 has in store for your career and whether you will get the  pay rise  you want? It is also likely that you’ll want to know whether it will be a good time to look for a new job and what skills companies will be looking for. The outlook for jobs is positive for the coming year. In our recent survey of almost 23,000 people, over...

Changes to the Intermediaries Legislation (aka “ IR35 ”) will be coming into effect for  medium and large private sector organisations from April 2020 . If the April 2017 implementation of similar legislation in the public sector has taught us anything, those organisations burying their heads in the sand and not adequately preparing will be caught out. However, whilst most...

Whether you’re actively job hunting or thinking of switching career, you should always strive to find a company that is the right fit for you. This will help to not only improve your long-term job satisfaction but will also boost your performance, which is a win-win situation for both you and your new employer. So, to help you understand which company size might suit you best, we spoke...

Expanding into a new country is a huge milestone for any organisation. It is also one of the most challenging. From finding the right people to forming a balanced team, there are many different factors to consider. In the last few years,  Manchester City Football Club  has extended from their North West England home to have a presence in places such as Singapore and Abu...

As an extension of our #MatchYourAmbition series, we have spoken to a number of key staff members from NYCFC to find how they exert their influence on the Club. In this interview, Jose Neto, Head of Information Technology shares his career story and insights into his role at NYCFC. Can you talk us through your career journey to date and how you reached your current position? I have...

As an extension of our #MatchYourAmbition series, we have spoken to a number of key staff members from New York City FC (NYCFC) to find out how they exert their influence at the Club. In this interview, Jen Knowles, Head of Marketing at NYCFC shares her career story and insights in to her role at NYCFC. Can you talk us through your career journey to date and how you reached your current...

2018 was a year of significant changes within the world of work. The multi-stage career path has been a popular topic of conversation, raising many questions about how this could affect employees and employers alike. Another prominent topic is AI and conversation has been growing surrounding how it will impact learning and teaching. We have also reflected on whether technology could ever...

At the annual Building Awards – the longest running and most prestigious awards for the UK’s construction and property industry - the Personality of the Year award goes to an individual who is able to inspire the industry through strength of character, and who is respected for their passion and drive, as well as business success. This year, the winner of the prestigious, Hays sponsored...

Blue Monday, a term coined for the third Monday in January, is deemed as the “most depressing day of the year”. This year it falls on 21st January and considers the effects of Christmas debt, failing New Year’s resolutions, low sunlight levels and cold weather, to name but a few. Blue Monday may have prompted you to look at your team’s wellbeing or you might just want to start the new...

Sourcing the right talent remains an ongoing challenge for property and surveying employers according to our latest report,  Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019 , with over a third (35%) experiencing a shortage of staff with management and leadership skills, and nearly three-quarters (71%) struggling to find professionals with operational and technical skills. ...

Skills shortages are abundant in civil and structural engineering and show no sign of abating in the year to come according to our latest report,  Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2019 . Nearly half (48%) of employers in civil and structural engineering have experienced shortages of management and leadership skills, while nearly three-quarters (70%) are in need of staff with...

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