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Employing People from Ukraine

Employing People from Ukraine

Employing People from Ukraine Many employers are looking to offer jobs to Ukrainian refugees. If you as an employer would like to do the same, but are not sure if you can or how to go about it the vital information that you need is outlined below. The Government has...

How to write a killer job description

How to write a killer job description

How to write a killer job description A job description describes the general tasks, duties and responsibilities of a position.  It lists the vital functions of a job and the experience, knowledge, qualifications and skills required for the role. Job descriptions...

National Equal Pay Day

National Equal Pay Day

National Equal Pay Day 12th April 2022 The National Equal Pay Day is a day to encourage people to fight for employment equality no matter what their gender or the colour of their skin is. This year it falls on Tuesday 12th April 2022. The date of National Equal Pay...

Competency interview questions for civil service behaviours

Competency interview questions for civil service behaviours

Competency interview questions for civil service behaviours As part of their success profiles, the Civil Service have developed a set of defined behaviours that are associated with job success. Behaviours are defined for each job role and are specific to the...

International Transgender Day of Visibility 2022

International Transgender Day of Visibility 2022

The International Transgender Day of Visibility is a national event that happens on 31st March annually. This day is to raise awareness of discrimination that is faced by the transgender and gender non-conforming community and to also celebrate the achievements across...

Problem Solving Skills: How to demonstrate them at the interview

Problem Solving Skills: How to demonstrate them at the interview

Problem Solving Skills: How to demonstrate them at the interview Problem-solving is the process followed in order to identify a problem and its source, and then find a solution to it. The ability to problem-solve is really important to an employer as problems crop up...

Employers to award record pay rises?

Employers to award record pay rises?

Employers to award record pay rises? According to the CIPD Labour Market Outlook, Winter 2021-2022, employers are set to award pay increases of 3%, this is the highest that has been reported since 2012-2013 winter. However, the cost of living is increasing daily, due...

Living with Covid-19

Living with Covid-19

Living with Covid-19 For almost two years now, we have seen many restrictions placed on our everyday life. Overnight employers and employees needed to quickly adapt to new ways of working and many businesses were forced to close under Government rules. At the start of...

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on 8th March 2022. This is a global day to celebrate the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women, to raise awareness of bias and discrimination that can occur and...

Popular teamwork competency questions to prepare for

Popular teamwork competency questions to prepare for

Popular teamwork competency questions to prepare for Competency-based questions are asked during an interview to find out how you can demonstrate a specific skill required for the role in which you are applying. They are amongst some of the most common types of...

Common Values based interview questions and how to answer them

Common Values based interview questions and how to answer them

Common Values-based interview questions and how to answer them The values of an individual can be really personal and will largely be based on experiences and influences that have occurred during their lifetime, and the principles in which they have lived by. Although...

Common Behavioural Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Common Behavioural Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Common Behavioural Interview Questions and How to Answer Them Many interviews will now include a mixture of questions relating to both the task or technical aspects of a role as well as the behavioural aspects. Much of the time, you will be able to pick up what...

Employment Law Changes 2022

Employment Law Changes 2022

In 2022 there are several Employment Law Changes that will take place. It is crucial all employers are aware of these. The changes include: Social Care Levy This is a new tax which is to provide funding for social care in the future. From April 2022 there is to be a...

World Cancer Day 4th February 2022

World Cancer Day 4th February 2022

How Employers Can Support Employees with Cancer World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4th February every year around the world. The purpose of this day is to help prevent deaths from Cancer, the purpose of the day is to be able to unite people and countries affected by...

Equality and Inclusion during the Recruitment Process

Equality and Inclusion during the Recruitment Process

Equality and Inclusion during the Recruitment Process During the recruitment process, companies must ensure that they abide by The Equality Act 2010, to ensure that they do not discriminate against any applicants. Discrimination is the unfair treatment of an...

New Year 2022

New Year 2022

New Year 2022 The new year can mean a new start for many – whether that be new year resolutions, a new hobby, perhaps a new house or a new job! For some, it can be an exciting time, and for others, it’s a time where they need extra support to look to the year ahead....

4 day working weeks – Are they as effective as people say

4 day working weeks – Are they as effective as people say

4 day working weeks – Are they as effective as people say In recent times, there have been many factors contributing to the conversation of the 4-day working week coming to the UK. There is becoming a wider acceptance that frequent, long hour days doesn’t necessarily...

Maternity Discrimination

Maternity Discrimination

Maternity Discrimination This is one all Employers should be wary of! When an employee is pregnant there are numerous rules and regulations to follow. If someone is seen to be treated unfairly because they are pregnant, breastfeeding or have recently given birth, they...

The Importance of the Candidate Experience

The Importance of the Candidate Experience

The Importance of the Candidate Experience When an organisation embarks on a recruitment programme, they are often looking for more than one outcome.  The most obvious, and pressing, is to fill a specific vacancy, which has been identified either as a result of...

Protected Conversations

Protected Conversations

Protected Conversations Since July 2013, employers have legally been able to have an off the record discussion with an employee to discuss the idea of terminating their contract of employment. These are able to be done as a protected conversation. A protection...

Ways to become a better leader

Ways to become a better leader

Ways to become a better leader As a leader, your most important role is to provide clear direction to your employees. A leader must ensure that their team members understand what their individual goal and the team goal is and how to work towards achieving them. To...

Developing In-House Talent

Developing In-House Talent

Developing in-house talent is critical to an organisation’s future, with businesses often finding it difficult to fill key roles with external candidates, recognising in-house potential and nurturing it, massively supports organisations in having the most effective...

How to conduct HR investigations

How to conduct HR investigations

What is an HR investigation and when is it needed? Sometimes employees in the workplace can make accusations against fellow colleagues or an employee’s conduct may be deemed inappropriate by managers; in these instances,  as part of the process to resolve conduct...

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on the 10th of September, it started in 2003 and is held annually on the same day every year.  This day is recognised for businesses, government agencies, the media and others to be...

Is It Time To Outsource Your HR?

Is It Time To Outsource Your HR?

What is the HR department for? The Human Resources department deals with your most important resource: your people. This encompasses all your employees and potentially any workers, contractors or volunteers. With such a wide scope it helps to narrow this down and look...

What To Wear to an Interview: A Guide for Men

What To Wear to an Interview: A Guide for Men

Feeling confident, and doing well in an interview starts with preparation… and a great interview outfit that you feel comfortable in. When you receive that exciting invite, take note of the detail, paying particular attention to anything you need to do ready for the...

What Not To Wear To An Interview

What Not To Wear To An Interview

Dressing to make a great impression at an interview is so important, as we tend to hold onto our first impressions of people, which can be hard to change later. What you wear to an interview can demonstrate to interviewers how you may present your own personal brand,...

Lifting of Restrictions – 19th July 2021

Lifting of Restrictions – 19th July 2021

Boris Johnson has announced from Monday 19th July 2021 England will be moving to the fourth and final stage of the roadmap on lifting lockdown restrictions that we have be adhering to over the last 16 months. The Government have said that the pandemic is not over and...

What to Wear to an Informal Interview

What to Wear to an Informal Interview

What is an informal interview? An informal interview usually takes place in a more relaxed or casual setting – such as over coffee or lunch. They have less structure than a formal interview would and often, are more focused on getting to know you as a person, whether...

What is Hybrid Recruitment? Benefits & Models

What is Hybrid Recruitment? Benefits & Models

Amid a global pandemic, we have seen change after change to the way we live and work, we find ourselves in a constant state of flux within “the new normal” looking to an uncertain future. However, COVID-19 has shown us the importance of flexibility, reactivity and...

Body Language and How to Succeed at an Interview

Body Language and How to Succeed at an Interview

It’s vital candidates know and understand how to flourish and succeed during an interview, and to understand the important role body language can play in obtaining a new role. Researchers have established a rule that verbal communication is only 7% of what people take...

Supporting Menopausal Employees

Supporting Menopausal Employees

The menopause is a natural occurrence for women which happens usually in a woman’s late forties or early fifties, however for some it can occur earlier or later.  The first stage is what is known as the perimenopause which sometimes can be mistaken for early...

6 Handy Telephone Interview Tips

6 Handy Telephone Interview Tips

Face to Face interviews Vs Telephone Interviews Telephone interviews over the years have become more popular with employers recruiting. Many recruiters conduct their initial screening process and first interviews via a telephone call which can save employers time and...

Father’s Day 2021

Father’s Day 2021

Father’s Day in the UK, this year is celebrated Sunday 20th June. Father’s Day was inspired by the success and presence of Mother’s Day which began back in the early 20th Century. It is a day to honor fatherhood and parental bonds along with the influence of fathers...

8 Common Phone Interview Questions with Answers

8 Common Phone Interview Questions with Answers

Telephone interviews have become more popular over recent years with employers who are recruiting for roles. Using phone interviews helps recruiters to save time and lower the costs of the recruitment process, It also helps them to eliminate the weaker candidates that...

Taking Steps to Become a Sponsor Licence holder

Taking Steps to Become a Sponsor Licence holder

To hire non-UK resident workers, your organisation must hold a valid sponsorship licence. If your business has ever thought about submitting an application to the Home Office to become a sponsor licence holder, then read on for some of the key considerations. Why...

The (Post Pandemic) World of Work

The (Post Pandemic) World of Work

The world of work has been altered for millions of people over the last 18 months. For many the relationship with the office has been severed and we have developed a new paradigm that includes online meetings, less travel and lunches at home with the family. But for...

18 Second Interview Questions To Ask An Employer

18 Second Interview Questions To Ask An Employer

Another milestone and you have successfully completed your second interview.  Your task or presentation is complete and hopefully, you have had a chance to meet more members of the team, however briefly.  Current restrictions permitting, you will have been able to...

Deaf Awareness Week 2021

Deaf Awareness Week 2021

In the UK more than 11 million people are living with hearing loss, there are different causes of hearing loss, these include: Exposure to loud noises Genetics Ear conditions Being born with deafness If someone is deaf or has hearing loss then under the Equality Act...

Redundancy Selection Criteria

Redundancy Selection Criteria

It is important that employers can prove, if required in an employment tribunal, that any redundancy criteria they have used when making redundancies, has been applied and scored fairly for all employees. The most popular redundancy criteria that are used are:...

Sexual Harassment in a (virtual) Workplace

Sexual Harassment in a (virtual) Workplace

For a lot of individuals, due to the ongoing pandemic, their office environment has moved online, and whilst this has changed many things about how we conduct meetings and how we go about communicating with clients and colleagues, one thing it has not changed is the...

9 Best Questions To Ask At The End Of Your Interview

9 Best Questions To Ask At The End Of Your Interview

Understandably, when approaching an interview, the candidate focusses on how best to present themselves in terms of their skills, their experience, their behaviours and their competencies. Answering the questions put to you by the interviewer or panel is one way of...

13 Great Questions to Ask At An Interview

13 Great Questions to Ask At An Interview

A job interview is very much a two-way process and the interviewer will be looking for candidates to engage, and show curiosity about the organisation and the role.  The best way of doing this is for the candidate to ask the interviewer questions.  Generally, there is...

Long Covid

Long Covid

Long Covid The recovery rate from coronavirus can differ from person to person. Some have felt better in a week or two, some, unfortunately, have had symptoms that have lasted longer. Research conducted in October 2021 stated that an estimated 1.3 million people were...

9 Fun and Interesting Interview Questions

9 Fun and Interesting Interview Questions

Questions at interview generally follow a familiar pattern.  The candidate will be asked questions about their career, their competencies, their behaviours and how much they know about the company.  But these questions often do not give an interviewer sufficient...

10 Tricky Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

10 Tricky Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Interviews can be like learning a new language, you prepare what you want to say, say it well and then comes the difficult bit – someone questions what you have just said – and they speak fast, and you are not too sure how to answer. You will have prepared well for...

12 Great Interview Tips to Get the Job

12 Great Interview Tips to Get the Job

Importance of Preparation: Interviews are generally stressful experiences, and there are ways of making them, if not enjoyable, at least more positive experiences. If you feel you do not interview strongly, think about your interview toolkit. What are you using to...

Returning to Work after Covid-19

Returning to Work after Covid-19

After being away from the workplace for a while, employees may have worries and concerns about returning to work. Some have been off for several weeks others it could be months. The Health and Safety of employees must be a priority for all employers. Employers need to...

The Budget – Impact on Employers

The Budget – Impact on Employers

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his budget on 3rd March 2021. The main eight points for employers from his budget are: Furlough Scheme to be extended until 30th September 2021 Increase to Apprentice Incentive Payments Trainees grants Business Rates holiday extension...

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias

What is unconscious bias? Unconscious bias can be defined as judgements or prejudice that are considered unfair, either in favour of or against a person, group or action. Unconscious thoughts can be based on stereotypes or opinions that people do not realise they...

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