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For many industries the reality of diversity and inclusion in all its forms remains the ‘unicorn’ that is increasingly sought after, but persistently elusive. Whilst the gender mix in the Accountancy & Finance profession tends to be more or less equally balanced at entry level positions, the fact remains that as we rise through the ranks women become increasingly under-represented,...

Technology remains a vibrant and attractive industry to work in, with opportunities aplenty for those with the right skills. Our recent  salary guide  found that salaries in technology roles rose by 2.3% last year, and professionals benefit from an abundance of new skills to learn, ever-evolving technologies to work with and exciting projects to take part in. As a result of...

As discussions of the pervasiveness of the gender pay gap in businesses remain rife and the recent centenary of the women’s vote as part of the, ‘Representation of the People Act 1918’, it’s important to examine the effect of gender in education. Over recent years the teaching profession has become increasingly dominated by women, in fact the Department of Education’s latest...

Traditionally perceived as a very female-friendly industry, it’s true that as far as stats tell us, marketing is much more gender balanced than other professions, with the Hays  DNA of a Marketing Leader  report showing that 48% of marketing leaders are female. This is an encouraging statistic, but diversity at the top of the profession remains elusive and women are still facing...

As the low uptake of shared parental leave makes headlines, it strikes me that many don’t see what this means for the wider condition of gender equality in the workplace. Shared parental leave isn’t just a means of sharing childcare responsibilities, it’s a gateway to achieving gender balance across the entire world of work. By encouraging sharing of parental leave, women and men...

2018 is well underway and it’s a perfect time to take that next step to landing that new job. The absolute first step is getting your CV up to scratch with a refresh – I promise it can be quick and easy and very worth the effort. Here are some quick pointers and things to think about: Know your audience Your current CV was probably tailored to the last role you went for. Adding...

We continue to see procurement rise to be more valued within organisations. While this is creating more opportunities for procurement professionals, employers are having to face an environment where demand for talented professionals outstrips supply. In our latest salary and recruiting trends survey, over three-quarters say they have experienced  skills shortages  in the last...

I started my career out of university in 1982 and since then I’ve had a number of interesting roles across several diverse sectors. I’ve not had a great many jobs, each one lasting five years plus, and last year marked my tenth year in my current role at Hays. However, along the way I’ve learned my own lessons and developed my own beliefs about managing that journey and over the holidays...

The Homelessness Reduction Act, which comes into effect in April is driving significant changes in the social housing recruitment market. Most notably, housing options officers are in high demand as local authorities and arm’s-length management organisations (ALMOs) continue to prepare for the increased workload the Act will bring. Whilst some organisations are seeking to merge housing...

As I speak to business leaders and hiring managers about the competitiveness of the current talent stream, I often find that in a lot of instances, people feel powerless against the flow, that their challenge to  find the right talent  is a matter of chance. Not so. There’s a lot you can do to use the competitiveness of the market to your favour, by ensuring that the...

What’s your salary strategy? However the world of work changes around us, one thing remains common – most of us want to be paid more than we are. In fact, according to  our Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018  report, almost 60% of us were unhappy with our salaries last year, a figure largely unchanged over the years we have carried out this research. Although the...

In the run up to an interview for a job you really want it’s easy to be overwhelmed by nerves. Interviews can be very stressful events and it is not uncommon for images to flash through your mind that fill you with anxiety. These might be memories of previous unsuccessful interviews, an aggressive interviewer who puts you under extreme pressure or a visual of yourself stumbling over your...

It is a truth universally acknowledged that what gets valued gets measured, and what gets measured gets done.  Business leaders are increasingly understanding and expecting to see  the value and benefits  that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture can bring their organisation. However, it isn’t always easy to measure and track the progress made in this area...

Becoming a successful manager can be a daunting prospect for some, and even more so for younger professionals aiming for leadership positions. It takes a great deal of perseverance and dedication to reach the top. Matthew Chamberlain is the most recent winner of the Young Manager of the Year Award at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Annual Awards for Excellence,...

We are delighted to have reached a significant milestone in our journey to build an even stronger culture of diversity and inclusion at Hays. Hays is now one of only 20 organisations in the UK to have achieved the  National Equality Standard (NES) , one of the UK’s most rigorous and prestigious accreditations for equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I). At Hays we have always...

Whatever your job may be you are likely to face disruption and change in the workplace both now and in the future. As we move into 2018 you should think about whether or not your employer is prepared for the challenges ahead. In a fast moving world of technology, there are a myriad of things that can disrupt the market. New and innovative competitors will appear, and customer behaviour...

With the increased presence and frequency of pupils using social media platforms, schools have embraced a focus on promoting a positive online presence through whole-school discussions about the internet and social media. However, as a teacher it’s also important to consider your own profile and behaviour online - and whether you’re following your own rules. Take the time to reflect on...

As we look towards 2018, it is evident that some roles are facing far greater skill shortages than before, are commanding higher salary increases and are likely to continue to have high demand over the coming year. The world of work is transforming and whilst we hear a lot about the impact of  automation and the evolution of technology , for many of the professionals that we deal...

Reform to IR35 legislation, which came into force in April 2017 for the public sector, passed the responsibility for determining the tax status of all personal service company (PSC) interim workers to the hiring organisation, including potential liability for tax and national insurance contributions. As public sector employers were only given four months from publication of the draft...

Interviewing for a new job can feel intimidating, and even more so if you’ve been with your current employer for ten, fifteen or even twenty years. If you have finally decided that it’s time for a change, how should you approach an interview? Both you and your potential employer might have reservations. Although there are aspects of staying in a job for decades an employer will find...

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