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It’s normal to be both nervous and excited before  starting a new job  – after all it is the next big step in your career. With a new job comes a lot of change, such as a new commute, new colleagues and a new set of expectations. In order to ensure a strong start, you will have to adapt quickly. Here are our 5 top tips for ensuring you settle in quickly: 1. It’s okay to feel...

Contrary to reports that growth and prospects are stalling, nearly two-thirds of organisations intend to continue with their recruitment plans and overall salaries have increased by 1.8%. Our  recent survey  of almost 17,500 professionals, showed that skills shortages are business leaders’ greatest fear and it is these shortages that we need to urgently to ensure that we can...

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, the fourth industrial revolution, combined with a more globalised, competitive world, is changing the way we all work – both now and in the future. We must all be prepared for mor e change during our careers in the next five to ten years than we’ve ever managed through before. However, despite the more sensationalist headlines predicting the...

The type of language used within job interviews is critical to how you come across to your employer. This is one of the key elements of showing the recruiter that you are suitable for the role. But, there is one word in particular that not all candidates realise they use too much and can potentially undermine their position in the recruitment process. That word is ‘we’. Before anyone...

Often when I speak to employers in today’s climate, there’s apprehension around the future of the market, mostly surrounding the possible impact of Brexit and other such political and economic developments. While there are certainly unknowns, there’s one truth – there will always be buildings to maintain. This gives facilities management (FM) employers a greater sense of confidence...

This question has been used since the first wheel-designers of recruitment, powering the prehistoric world of work. This is where the interviewer wants the candidate to bring their black and white document back to life, starting with the most important question of all, “can you talk me through your CV?”. Whether you are a junior or experienced candidate with a more detailed CV, it is...

I was speaking to the CIO of a business last week who had recently opened an office in Cambridge. He cited that top of his list of things to consider when opening a new office was access to top technical talent. He chose Cambridge due to the hot bed of digital expertise found from the university and tech start-ups in the area. With 74% of employers planning to recruit technology...

The Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 guide revealed a cautiously optimistic outlook for the year ahead, with 57% of accountancy and finance employers expecting to recruit in the coming year. However, despite this positive feeling, both employers and candidates we spoke to felt there were  challenges ahead . One of the most prevalent concerns was around the widespread...

In the light of Brexit and with continued reports of sluggish UK productivity levels, you could be forgiven for assuming that business confidence levels are low throughout the UK. However, the  Hays UK Salary and Recruiting Trends 2018  guide revealed that 95% of technology employers anticipate their activity levels will either increase or stay the same over the next year. ...

As 2017 comes to a close, we can see that in spite of the disruption caused by  Brexit  negotiations and the economic outlook for the UK, property and surveying has been one of the most resilient areas within construction and property. Recruitment is a priority for many employers and demand for talent remains high. Most employers (82%) plan on hiring this year to support...

It is difficult to look at the news without seeing another story hinting at doom and gloom within the UK economy. Whilst I don’t pretend to be an economist and I definitely don’t have a crystal ball, it is clear that our clients – some of the top employers across the UK – aren’t being swayed by the headlines and feel that the UK’s prospects are strong. Despite the economic and political...

With skills shortages rife across the UK, the role of HR continues to gain prominence as an important driver of talent attraction and retention strategies in hard-to-fill roles. We’ve also seen the HR specialism becoming more involved in strategic decision-making for the organisation, which has resulted in the competition for talented HR professionals becoming even stronger. Our ...

The Hays  UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 guide  shows that 69% of marketing employers expect to hire in the next year, a positive figure in otherwise uncertain times. However, we have seen the skills gap continue to widen in the marketing profession. Nearly two-thirds of employers say they have experienced moderate skills shortages in the last year, 10% higher than the...

Civil and structural engineers and employers had a positive year, with healthy salary increases for the majority of professionals. Activity was also relatively positive with ongoing investment into a range of projects, from new housing, to major infrastructure. However, many factors remain which could potentially impact hiring in the coming year, including the ramifications of Brexit and...

Health and Safety professionals have seen above average salary increases in the last year, driven by both a busy job market, and continuing skills shortages which are impacting the whole of the industry, but particularly manufacturing and construction and property. The  Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018   guide shows that 78% of employers say their top challenge...

Since last year’s vote to leave the EU, the financial services sector has been in a state of uncertainty. It is rare for a week to go by without some mention of the potential impact Brexit could have on jobs in the financial services sector, and there is lingering uncertainty about the UK’s place on the global financial services stage. However, that’s not to say business is stalling in...

The  Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2018 Guide  paints a positive picture of activity plans in procurement for the coming months. We have found that over half of procurement employers expect their organisation’s activity to grow in the year ahead, regardless of market uncertainty, and 67% plan to hire in the same timeframe. However, skills gaps have continued to...

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...

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...

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