Recruitment Priorities for 2019/20

As we head into a new financial year, we asked key HR decision makers in the UK what their biggest recruitment priorities are for the next twelve months. As budgets remain tight amid continuing Brexit uncertainty, it comes as no surprise that reducing recruitment costs was flagged as the number one priority for HR professionals…
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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of an Interim Manager

Whether used to plug a short-term gap, strengthen a project team, support business turnarounds or inject specific skills and experience at a critical time, interim managers can be a powerful addition to an organisation. Our top tips offer advice on harnessing the huge potential interims have to offer. 1.Provide a clear brief A good interim…
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COOs – The Stats Behind These Corporate Superstars

Chief Operating Officers have never been more critical to a company’s success. Responsible for a host of business initiatives, teams and functions – a great COO is a huge corporate asset. But what does it take to be a great COO today? What does the role entail? To find out, we studied a mix of…
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What is the role of social media in senior recruitment?

With over 500 million users now registered on LinkedIn, it’s no surprise that there has been a sharp rise in the number of companies opting to utilise the channel for recruitment. In fact, according to research by the Society for Human Resources Management, 84 percent of businesses are now using social media as a recruitment…
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The Shrinking Talent Pool

Fantastic senior talent is in increasingly short supply, making it more challenging than ever for businesses to attract the best and brightest candidates. Whilst talent pools continue to shrink, it is important for organisations to consider the impact this has on all aspects of the talent management lifecycle and develop strategies to counter this growing…
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Avoiding Sales Recruitment Nightmares

When it comes to recruiting senior sales people it’s all too easy to employ a werewolf. Someone who, on paper and at interview, seems to be the perfect person, but who turns out to be a bit of a nightmare once you’ve employed them! They don’t meet sales targets and can’t manage or motivate sales…
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New Research Shows Male & Female Leaders Are The Same

Thomas International, the people assessment specialists, asked for our help with a major new study.  They were exploring whether the emotional intelligence and personality traits of female and male leaders differ.  To do this they needed to assess director-level, female leaders in organisations with at least 100 employees. They wanted the women to complete two…
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Using Interim Managers to Deliver an Export Strategy

Nearly three-quarters of companies we questioned said Brexit has had no impact on their export strategies, 17% reported that it has made them more focused on looking beyond Europe for growth and 10% said that it has made them more determined to develop their export business. Although it’s good to note that UK businesses are…
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Recruiting Sales Directors

Senior sales and sales director roles are by far the toughest to fill, according to our recent research among HR and recruitment heads. Almost a third (29%) of the 127 directors involved in our study identified sales director as the most difficult senior position to fill. This was followed by director-level marketing and digital roles…
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Same role, big difference: how real is the gender pay gap?

  Thanks to the ongoing  gender pay gap debate, it’s no secret that many women are paid less than their male counterparts, but, while looking at the CVs of the candidates registered with us, we noticed another worrying trend:  women’s salary expectations are significantly lower than men’s. We analysed over 6,000 CVs and found a…
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