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  • The spring statement came and went in under 30 minutes and as we look through the detail it appears that this was more like a sparring session than an actual boxing match. The key headline is that we are less than six months away from an end to austerity and to follow there will be an injection in public spending and with it an injection of much needed jobs in both the public and private sector. On closer inspection it appears that the economy is still stuttering and rather than decisive fiscal control there are a series of ‘well we could do this measures’.
    Posted: Wednesday 14 March 2018
  • We’ve made huge progress in terms of greater female empowerment in the workplace but there is still room for improvement as the gender pay gap debate and various harassment campaigns emphasise.

    Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911; they have a theme this year of #PressforProgress and hope to move forward the agenda of a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

    We know that gender parity won't happen overnight, but the good news is that around the world women are making positive gains and there's a robust and growing movement of advocacy, activism and support.
    Posted: Friday 9 March 2018
  • In this type of interview the recruiter is interested not in your experience and qualifications but really wants to uncover whether you have the right skills to take the role and cope well.
    Posted: Tuesday 6 March 2018
  • Tucked away on page 2 of the Times, 25th February, on the page that gets most overlooked are three articles, all independent but together they substantiate what we in the careers industry have been first seeing and sensing for many months. It would seem now that there is tangible evidence to support some of the key trends we have been working with are real and not imagination.
    Posted: Wednesday 28 February 2018
  • Employers value technical skills but they also want to see soft skills as communication and collaboration are so important in the modern workplace. Soft skills, in essence, are the interpersonal or “people” skills that help you to successfully interact in the workplace.
    Posted: Saturday 10 February 2018
  • There is a really interesting article circulating LinkedIn which addresses the growing fascination/ obsession with the younger generation and their phones and wider social media activity. Whilst many companies now protect themselves and their staff with social media policies the use of personal mobile technology is a much greyer area particularly when we may use our personal phones for work and our work phones for personal use.
    Posted: Saturday 3 February 2018
  • The availability of key skills is a major concern for CEOs according to the PWC Annual Global CEO Survey. We frequently hear criticism of the UK education system, in 2016 the accountancy body CIMA found that their members thought 80% of young people require 'significant training' before being put to work.
    Posted: Thursday 1 February 2018
  • As we reflect on 2017 and the key areas that we have been asked to particularly support clients in, the twin themes of resilience and mindfulness have increasingly come to the fore as the year progressed. The continuing economic uncertainty and very real pressures on the domestic purse have caused employees to face a growing level of anxiety both in the workplace and at home which in turn is being bought to work.
    Posted: Wednesday 13 December 2017
  • The Chancellor somewhat mistakenly claimed that the UK has almost no unemployment. Whilst we are running at record lows in unemployment statistics the backdrop is far more precarious and the need for a strong, jobs orientated autumn budget has never been more urgently required.
    Posted: Tuesday 21 November 2017
  • This blog has a somewhat outdated title I know.

    I’m a child of generation ‘X’, raised when it was unusual to show disrespect for authority figures (police, teachers, anyone in uniform) and the phrase ‘respect your elders’ was still commonplace. I grew up respecting those who were older and wiser.

    So, what’s prompted this burst of nostalgia? I was reading a post on LinkedIn earlier this week, one with lots of comments making me pause to see what people were talking about. The post was innocuous, a simple request for people with project management skills to get in touch; the comments, a debate about the pro’s and cons of choosing someone young, inexperienced and cheap versus someone older, wiser and presumably therefore, expensive.
    Posted: Thursday 12 October 2017

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