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New Year’s Resolution; three easy ways to upskill yourself outside of work

Posted Date: 18/12/14 09:23

A skills gap is set to rear its ugly head next year, but some employers are still reluctant to train their staff. This may be because they are afraid that employees will move on and take their skills to another employer (or worse a competitor), but according to research, they shouldn’t be so worried. 57% of ‘upskillers’ develop themselves in the hope that they may get promoted with their current employer. As we approach 2015, we’ve decided to put together a few ideas for how you can develop your own career and skillset to make yourself especially valuable in the New Year.

Here’s how to make sure you are part of the 66% of UK employees who are seeking additional education or training outside the workplace. Below are three of the top skills globally recognised as needing development in the workplace, and ways in which you can easily improve them without significantly eating into your spare time:

Life-Work balance; employers and employees need to get their priorities straight

Posted Date: 16/12/14 09:57

“Once upon a time, work took place outside of the home during designated hours. Today, that world is a fairy tale” Ron Friedman, CNN

Work-life balance is a topic consistently dividing opinions. With developments such as UK flexible working laws, Germany’s proposed anti-stress legislation and findings regarding work related mental health issues, it has never been more important. 39% of 2013-14 work related illnesses were caused by work stress, depression or anxiety and over 40% of employees neglected other aspects of their life. Whilst an employee issue, employers need to increase their understanding and realise that an effective leadership response could be hugely beneficial.

Market confidence for 2015 as apprenticeships grow

Posted Date: 11/12/14 12:17

Since the release of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, UK PLC has breathed easy with the prospect that the British economy is set to grow by 3% in 2015, much higher than previously predicted (+2.4%). As we continue to climb out of recession we have come to expect impressive growth in the UK economy, but not quite on this scale! In October, unemployment fell below the two million mark for the first time since the financial crisis, with a record 30.8 million people in work.

Despite this growth, there has been a sudden loss of momentum for contract roles. According to APSCo, the temporary jobs market had slowed recently, although permanent jobs are still strong (driven mostly by growth in Engineering and IT). This growth in the IT sector has been profound, and probably largely due to the ‘app economy’; developers and programmers in particular are in high demand. Another major factor pushing this growth is the threat of cyber-attacks on businesses and their data, which, though awful, does offer the IT industry a silver lining; a huge number of jobs have been created to combat hacking.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes; a jobseeker's guide to interview body language

Posted Date: 01/12/14 10:11

As an introduction to our upcoming guide for jobseekers on interview body language, we have explored the basics of what you can do to ensure your body is telling the right story.

Simply seeking superlatives? Try less and achieve better customer service.

Posted Date: 20/11/14 15:41

What a customer wants is very simple; their query or issue resolved as quickly and easily as possible, with minimal effort on their part. But with 77% of organisations reporting that their customers’ issues are resolved in one go, and just 40% of their customers reporting the same, it is clear that something is missing. A CEB study entitled ‘Blinded by Delight; Why Service Fails and How to Fix It’ identified two key attitudes which, though unusual, ought to be prioritised over the status quo if businesses’ positive perceptions of good service and their customers’ actual experiences are to match:

1. Customers are far more likely to penalise a company for poor behaviour than praise it for good behaviour.

UK workers are ‘taking possession of their lives’ as unemployment falls and salaries rise

Posted Date: 14/11/14 09:24

Despite ‘the spectre of economic stagnation’ haunting Europe, the UK now has one of the fastest growing and stable economies in the world. Unemployment rates have fallen to an almost six-year low, with a record 30.8 million Britons now in work; that’s 694,000 more than this time last year.

Salaries have continued to rise over the last few months, although the rate of salary growth has slowed to its lowest pace since records began in 2001. However, now that the growth in average pay for UK workers has overtaken inflation for the first time in five years, our economy has earned itself an enormous silver lining. Governor of The Bank of England Mark Carney said the UK was witnessing “the start of real pay growth”, and permanent and contract workers alike should be very encouraged by the recent figures.

HR in 2020; the technological advantages and security challenges

Posted Date: 06/11/14 09:08

As employees’ expectations change and workplaces become increasingly diverse, HR needs to be prepared to respond to the developments ahead. The HR World's upcoming round table debate, ‘HR in 2020; are we ready for emerging global, technological and demographic change?’, will explore these impacts on the workplace of tomorrow, which will have to ready itself for the challenges that organisational change brings. Among other things, the debate will cover:

How will talent attraction and employer brand change with technology?

Face-to-face in the Facebook age; the multifaceted concept of modern networking

Posted Date: 22/10/14 15:55

As a result of technological advances and networking’s reputation as a pivotal tool, it can be argued that the UK has become a ‘networked nation’. We develop and maintain networks socially and professionally and both have become part of the fabric of modern society. 

‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’

Speaking in Code - are we ready for Big Data and People Analytics?

Posted Date: 10/10/14 13:38

RSG Director Adam Meadows isn’t quite sure…

A recent BBC article on the benefits of big data and social profiling in the recruitment process really got me thinking about what this brave new future holds for all involved when selecting the right people for the right job.

‘The cart has at last caught up with the horse’; great news for job seekers in August’s Labour Market Statistics

Posted Date: 08/10/14 10:24

Bristol, the home of Sanderson’s head office, is the 10th best city in the UK to find a job, according to the Staffing Industry Analysts. With 0.48 job seekers per vacancy, Bristol is one of the most independent and stable cities outside of London.

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