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  Leadership isn’t easy, and regardless of the size of your team, the reach of your organisation or how long you’ve been in a senior role, you can always use advice from time to time. But being a leader is also a lonely occupation. Your peers are limited, you must retain a healthy distance from your subordinates, and people from your personal life may not...

  How a leader can achieve personal development You may have made your mark as a leader, but it's important you continue to focus on your personal development. Ensure you keep challenging yourself by broadening your skills, tackling greater tasks and attempting to attain new goals. This will lend itself to you improving both as a leader and a person -...

  If you are unhappy with your current salary, it may feel like changing jobs is the only way to get more money. But you do have other options. Negotiate your existing salary Your salary probably isn’t set in stone. Many employers will expect you to negotiate and you have nothing to lose by asking. Spend some time preparing your case for a higher salary,...

  Why do aspiring senior professionals covet board level positions? The money is one factor, board members are among the top earners at their organisations, but board members also have the unique opportunity to make a real difference in their organisations - and can help steer the impact that their organisation has. Aspiring directors who want to take...

  If you are unhappy with your current salary and think you deserve a pay rise, you need to take the time to prepare your case before taking it to your manager. There are a few key questions you should be asking yourself. Once you have worked out the answers, you will be in a much better position to ask for a salary increase. How big a risk would it be...

  Feeling like you are stuck in a salary rut can be disheartening. Sometimes it may feel like you will never get a decent pay rise again. But of course that isn’t true, you just need to take some positive action to make it happen. The first step is to find out if you’re being currently undersold. Use our Salary Checker tool to compare your salary to the...

  If you haven’t been given the pay rise you were hoping for, that doesn’t mean that you will never get it, or even that you will have to wait a whole year until your next pay review to negotiate an increase. Instead, spend some time thinking about the ways you can prove your worth to your employer and start compiling your business case for a better...

  With 92% of employers saying they have experienced a shortage of skills over the last year, skills shortages are at an all-time high. This has a knock-on effect on both staff productivity and employee morale – with 49% of employers reporting that productivity has been hit and 46% saying it has affected morale. While the skill shortage is bad news for...

  Career success favours the bold Boldness is a defining feature. A professional willing to take big strides, disrupt the status-quo and make difficult decisions with an element of risk will grab the attention of people higher up, and pave their way for the most senior positions. Here are 3 ways you can demonstrate boldness in your career. 1. Find...

  The government has finally launched a review into the changes to IR35 legislation which will affect medium and large private sector organisations and have far-reaching impacts on the way they engage with non-permanent workers. Of course, it’s great news that they’ve delivered on this pre-election promise. However, the timeframe between the review –...

  Highlighting quantifiable evidence of skills and competencies on your CV is becoming more prominent in today’s market. Stating the increase in overall profits, clients or website visitors that you were personally responsible for, for example, serves to illustrate to potential employees your usefulness and overall value. Such examples can be tracked...

  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 abundance, and need to...

    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 amazing boss and love your job...

  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 monumental demographical shift - 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 headlines are not...

  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 the future. ...

  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 shows that employers are still...

  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 (61%) foresee a shortage of...

  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 the last year, 88% of employers...

  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 activity in the year ahead to...

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