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Many organisations have made good progress in improving the diversity of their workforce in recent years. But could understanding and embracing intersectionality help them improve the experience of all employees? Diversity is not a linear issue. As companies seek to be representative of the communities they operate in and that make up their workforce, many still consider their diversity...

The tumultuousness of the last two years has given us many opportunities to rethink established practices and ways of doing things – just one of which is the role of education, and the part it must play in building a future that is both progressive and sustainable.  The pandemic has had a significantly detrimental impact on the education of young people around the world, and severely...

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, or ED&I, is an increasingly vital consideration for any organisation. And when strategies are successfully implemented, these contribute to continued, and sometimes, transformational growth and success. However, many leaders struggle to prioritise and practically navigate the steps they can take to turn talk into meaningful action. Today, I’m delighted to...

As we enter 2022, it is difficult to foresee exactly what the next 12 months have in store for us. If the last two years have taught us anything, expect the unexpected. What we can be sure of is that we need to be agile enough to adapt to the ever-changing landscape in the world of work. The pandemic shifted work patterns overnight. Businesses had to change to ensure their workforce could...

In 2020 we faced more significant challenges than many of us could have imagined and, while 2021 gave us an opportunity to adjust and reflect, what we know now is that the changes brought about will not be reversed. While it’s an uncomfortable admission to have to make, many of us, as business leaders, haven’t always known the answers to the questions posed to us along the way. That’s ok....

According to the ONS, the number of live vacancies in October to December 2021 rose to a record 1.25 million, demonstrating the acute demand for skills that’s currently dominating the labour market. Indeed, according to the newly released Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2022, recruitment intentions are at their highest level in 8 years. It’s just one of many indicators of the unexpectedly...

The pandemic has forced change across the world of work and, now that global businesses have had time to adapt, leaders have the opportunity to look ahead and drive innovation as they navigate the new normal. Today I’ll be chatting with Hays CFO, Paul Venables. Paul will be discussing how the pandemic has impacted upon the role of CFO and outlook as a finance leader and giving us his advice...

Even though employers have increasingly understood the benefits of equity, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I), the continued progression of their commitments and the importance of turning talk to meaningful action, requires ongoing attention from employers and employees alike. This is often evidenced by the widespread support for ED&I campaigns, including Black History Month,...

To say the pandemic disrupted the world of work would be an understatement. Overnight, our professional lives changed and, it’ll come as no shock to hear, many of these changes are here to stay. But what does this mean for both employees and employers, and what effect is it having on talent attraction and retention? We surveyed over 23,000 employers and employees as part of the Hays Salary...

A global event known as Purple Light Up sees hundreds of iconic landmarks and monuments worldwide illuminated with purple light to coincide with the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day, held on 3rd December, promotes the rights and wellbeing of the 386 million employees that live with a disability or long-term health condition. This year’s theme was ‘Fighting for...

The COVID-19 outbreak turned our health, personal and professional lives upside down. But now – as all sectors start to look towards the future – the outlook is encouraging, with accountancy and finance employers feeling positive about the wider economic climate and the opportunities it could bring. In the Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2022 guide, we asked over 3,000 UK employers and...

Amidst ongoing uncertainty and a return to working from home guidance for many, skills shortages are presenting a challenge to those employers keen to grow their business. The result? Significant salary growth across many specialist and technical areas – double digit salary increases in many cases, which is great news for professionals looking to move roles. Optimism around longer-term...

The pandemic wreaked havoc on not only our health and personal lives, but on our professional lives, too. Many lost their jobs during the crisis, and many companies were forced to close their doors, but now – as we take steps to recover across all sectors – the future is looking brighter. In fact, marketing employers in particular are buoyant about the economic climate and the opportunities...

The Covid-19 pandemic threw a spotlight on the strategic importance that a strong procurement function brings to an organisation. Findings from the Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2022 guide indicate an exceptionally busy year is expected within the procurement profession – 99% of employers predict their organisation’s activity levels will either increase or stay the same as 2021 in the...

  It will have been difficult to escape, in recent months, the press coverage given to the escalating supply chain crisis in the UK and the way it’s been impacting our access to critical goods and services, whether that’s food and drink, fuel or medical supplies. A perfect storm of labour shortages, global supply chain constraints and soaring energy prices caused both by the lingering...

  The media continues to highlight the pressing issue of skill shortages and lack of suitable candidates across many sectors, in an evolving post-Covid working world.  The resurgent private sector and transforming public sector is driving an unprecedented demand for talent which, when combined with a reduction of people in the labour market due to hundreds of thousands of EU...

  “Climate change is the defining crisis of our time and it is happening even more quickly than we feared.” That stark quote from the United Nations could not be clearer. We are in the midst of a catastrophe, and how we react to it will define not only our future, but the future of generations to come. But despite this, António Guterres, Secretary General of the UN commented in...

  No matter your field or discipline, a greater understanding of the ways in which the mind works is vital for a leader, as grasping this can have significant impact on your own performance as well as that of your team or company.   Today, I’m joined by Doug Strycharczyk, Dr Peter Clough, and Dr John Perry, authors of ‘Developing Mental Toughness: Improving...

At Hays we’re proud to announce that we are the first company within our industry globally to reach five million followers, cementing our status as one of the most followed companies on LinkedIn worldwide. As the world’s leading specialist recruiter, we understand how important it is for professionals to feel connected and informed about trends that may affect their workplace, their...

Given that post-Brexit we might finally have a reprieve after years of uncertainty, it is interesting to look at what job trends we can expect to see and the 2020 employment trends. Many of the employers we speak to are struggling to find the people they need, so it is particularly important to look at what’s happening across employment and reflect on some of the key trends. What are the top...

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