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Redundancies continue to fall in face of furlough finale

Redundancies continue to fall in face of furlough finale

16 September 2021

The number of collective redundancies planned by employers continues to fall, despite the imminent closure of the government’s furlough funding. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes on 30 September and currently allows businesses to claim 60% of a furloughed employee’s pay, down from 80% before the summer. But there are…

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Recruitment showing signs of recovery, but challenges persist

Recruitment showing signs of recovery, but challenges persist

16 September 2021

Latest data* shows that the UK recruitment market is showing strong signs of recovery from the disruption posed by the pandemic, yet significant challenges remain, with skills shortages and finding the right talent proving acute for many organisations. As restrictions imposed earlier in the pandemic are now being lifted, there has been increased…

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Businesses urged to maintain Covid-secure measures as staff return to offices

Businesses urged to maintain Covid-secure measures as staff return to offices

16 September 2021

As many schools in England return today after the summer holidays, employers have been told not to ‘let their guard down’ around workplace safety The professional body for health and safety professionals has urged businesses not to relax their enforcement of Covid guidelines as society starts to further return to normality. While many…

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Line managers focusing on output over hours since Covid, research finds

Line managers focusing on output over hours since Covid, research finds

16 September 2021

Experts welcome ‘encouraging’ change in attitude and suggest it can improve inclusion, retention and wellbeing. Since the start of the pandemic, line managers have moved their focus towards employee output and away from hours worked, research has found, with experts saying the change of approach can improve inclusion and retention. A…

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Headhunting on the rise but how does HR get it right?

Headhunting on the rise but how does HR get it right?

16 September 2021

Almost two-thirds (63%) of talent teams are actively headhunting to find high-quality hires in the UK’s competitive job market, but what's the key to success? According to a LinkedIn poll of 399 HR magazine followers, just 37% said they worked in organisations that are not actively seeking to poach talent to keep up with recruitment…

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Pay Awards Reach Highest Level In Six Months

Pay Awards Reach Highest Level In Six Months

9 July 2021

The latest data* shows that pay awards have nudged upwards in the three months to the end of May 2021, with the median reaching its highest level for six months. Between March and May 2021, the median pay award was 2%, 0.1 percentage points higher than the figure recorded last month and back to the levels last seen at the end of November 2020.…

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Sharpening Employees’ Tools on a Tight Budget

Sharpening Employees’ Tools on a Tight Budget

9 July 2021

As firms weigh up the benefits of flexible working and employees decide whether to stay remote, there is one thing they both agree on: reskilling must be a priority, discovers Emma Greedy . In the past year, a quarter (24%) of the UK’s workforce have started learning new skills to guard against coronavirus job uncertainty, according to The…

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Number Of Skilled Vacancies Increases As Economy Continues To Recover

Number Of Skilled Vacancies Increases As Economy Continues To Recover

9 July 2021

Data reveals total job postings now exceeds pre-pandemic levels, but experts warn there is ‘work to be done’ to ensure roles are filled. The number of vacancies for skilled occupations is growing as the economy recovers from the pandemic, according to new data. During the week of 21 to 27 June, there were 1.55 million job adverts in…

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Leaders Embracing Employee Differences Will Be The Big Differentiator

Leaders Embracing Employee Differences Will Be The Big Differentiator

9 July 2021

Inclusive leadership is climbing the business agenda and is now the most requested management coaching topic, according to the latest feedback figures from Talking Talent, a specialist coaching consultancy. While more than a quarter (27%) of business executives have requested more coaching on being an ‘inclusive leader’ there is still…

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How Should HR Handle Staff Who Refuse To Return To The Office?

How Should HR Handle Staff Who Refuse To Return To The Office?

9 July 2021

Workers will be able to return to offices after 19 July, the Prime Minister has confirmed, but employers may face resistance from staff who are worried about rising Covid-19 infection rates, have caring responsibilities, or who have enjoyed home working. Yesterday evening, Boris Johnson confirmed that all remaining Covid-19 restrictions including…

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Use This 3-Step Process to Hire the Best Talent

Use This 3-Step Process to Hire the Best Talent

9 July 2021

Want to identify and recruit the perfect candidate for the role? Here’s a guide to help to find the best people for the job. Recruiting and identifying the job candidate with the right skills for the role is a situation every business owner faces. But actually developing a process that allows you to hire the best talent is tough. Generic…

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What employees want to know about the return to work

What employees want to know about the return to work

17 May 2021

New research* has identified what employees and business owners alike are wanting to know about returning to the office, with employers starting to gear up for fully re-opening workplaces from the summer. Analysing Google search data* has found that some people are worried about returning to work, with searches for ‘not comfortable returning…

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Post pandemic, what employees want is a mindful culture

Post pandemic, what employees want is a mindful culture

17 May 2021

Slack has today revealed new research looking into how UK businesses can change their approach to employee experience as lockdown eases, in order to help uphold culture, create flexibility, and maintain productivity. Working closely alongside Chartered Psychologist and Founder of The Career Psychologist, Rob Archer, and to mark the end of Stress…

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Want to improve your leadership skills? Focus on critical thinking

Want to improve your leadership skills? Focus on critical thinking

17 May 2021

Highly successful leaders are exceptional critical thinkers. Here are five ways to improve your approach to strategic problem-solving and decision-making. As a strategic business coach, one of my core responsibilities is leveling up leadership skills on the senior team. I like to say, if you want to grow and scale a business, you have to grow and…

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Societal change is driving businesses to focus on purpose, diversity and sustainability

Societal change is driving businesses to focus on purpose, diversity and sustainability

17 May 2021

Increasing pressure from investors, customers and employees are causing CEOs to focus their businesses on purpose, resilience and long-term sustainability. According to a new report* board priorities are shifting onto people and businesses’ impact on wider society. The report, People risk – why the need for change is urgent reveals a…

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Vacancies increase at record rate as employer confidence grows, study shows

Vacancies increase at record rate as employer confidence grows, study shows

17 May 2021

But experts warn businesses need to do more to attract talent as candidate availability falls. Vacancies in April increased at the fastest rate in 23 years, research has found, with businesses gaining confidence as coronavirus restrictions start to ease. The latest Report on Jobs by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG found…

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Right to work checks have been left too late, according to employment trade body

Right to work checks have been left too late, according to employment trade body

17 May 2021

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has written to home secretary Priti Patel to highlight major concerns about the date set for the start of physical Right to Work checks. Patel said physical Right to Work checks will return this month on 17 May however the APSCo have argued it has been left too late. Tania Bowers,…

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Employment law changes in 2021

Employment law changes in 2021

8 March 2021

Employment law in the UK is ever-evolving - what to look out for in 2021. In this article we capture the principal changes which have already, or will be, introduced in 2021 Recruitment of European Economic Area nationals (“EEA”) - 1 January 2021 Following the EU-UK transition period, EEA nationals now no longer have an automatic…

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Skills Gap Widening – hiring’s not the answer, so what is?

Skills Gap Widening – hiring’s not the answer, so what is?

8 March 2021

Organisations must leverage skill adjacencies to build skills due to hiring freezes spurred on by the covid-19 pandemic. HR leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to quickly find and develop talent with the most in-demand skills, yet 58% of the workforce needs new skills to get their jobs done, according to Gartner, Inc. Data shows the…

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Could we see the rise of the weekend interview?

Could we see the rise of the weekend interview?

8 March 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed how we hire people, including how we interview and communicate with candidates. Could increased flexibility over time and location mean a surge in candidates attending interviews at the weekend? James McGill says this can be a convenient solution. Traditionally, job interviews have been reserved for standard…

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Recruitment Process

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Recruitment Process

8 March 2021

The next generation of recruiting will better attract and engage talent. Here's how:- When it comes to recruiting well, it is an art as much as it is a science. Unfortunately, many organizations aren't unlocking the full power of recruiting, and are settling by using outdated processes. To attract the best and brightest, you need to make sure your…

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Wave of flexible jobs would boost gender equality

Wave of flexible jobs would boost gender equality

8 March 2021

Hundreds of thousands of new flexible jobs could be created if employers were more transparent about job details, with women likely to benefit the most, according to landmark research by the world’s largest job site Indeed and the Government-backed Behavioural Insights Team (BIT). BIT analysed more than 780,000 job postings on Indeed.co.uk…

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Are You Offering The Right Benefits To Retain Your Best Talent?

Are You Offering The Right Benefits To Retain Your Best Talent?

5 March 2021

You’ll be hard pushed to find a business or individual who hasn’t experienced at least some negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in some way. Uncertainty about when the economy and our way of life will get back to normal weighs heavily on everyone. While the recent news about vaccines is encouraging, we are still many months away…

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Executive Search industry ploughs on in the Thames Valley

Executive Search industry ploughs on in the Thames Valley

17 February 2021

Significant growth in the Thames Valley economy?  Well, that’s certainly what we’ve experienced in previous years with Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire clients up to 2020 of course. Headhunting Assignments Clearly the last year or so has had its challenges. However, Novo Executive Search continues to have a very…

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Executive Search Interviewing

Executive Search Interviewing

8 February 2021

Video v Face2face? What are the pros & cons and what do we all think? Our experience here at Novo Executive Search over the last 12 months, operating under present conditions is that the benefits of interviewing via Zoom or Teams hugely outweigh those of face to face interviewing. Executive search assignments can be run much more…

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Retain key talent through data insight

Retain key talent through data insight

29 January 2021

When the world of work finally emerges from COVID-19, attracting and retaining top talent while reducing operating costs is set to become of paramount importance. Forward-looking companies are harnessing their global rewards data to generate insights and support evidence-based decision-making that can mitigate employee retention risk and unlock…

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Is psychology the secret sauce for leadership development in 2021?

Is psychology the secret sauce for leadership development in 2021?

29 January 2021

‘The Work After Lockdown Study’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), reports on the impact on working from home, and predicts new ways of working in 2021 and beyond. Kate Pearlman-Shaw – Clinical Psychologist, leadership, team development and business coach, and public speaker has reviewed the study and…

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5 Ways Leaders Can Prepare for the 2021 Workplace, According to LinkedIn Execs

5 Ways Leaders Can Prepare for the 2021 Workplace, According to LinkedIn Execs

29 January 2021

LinkedIn's top executives share what this new world of work will look like in 2021 and beyond. As the business world heads into 2021 with great optimism, a cloud of uncertainty remains hanging over the heads of many leaders. Execs are faced with two different realities: a pre-vaccine world of remote work and a post-vaccine world of figuring out…

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HR can redefine what productivity means

HR can redefine what productivity means

29 January 2021

Being productive at work in many organisations means how many video calls you’ve attended. But as we move forward into a new era of work, HR can be the force for common sense, bringing back those water-cooler chats and “unproductive moments” that can spark innovation, argues Martin Lindstrom. What did you do today? Let me guess.…

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Five ways to prevent staff burnout during lockdown

Five ways to prevent staff burnout during lockdown

29 January 2021

Leaders can learn a lot about helping employees in times of stress by looking at how individuals approach problems. Using Kirton’s Adaption-Innovation Theory, Dr Megan Seibel looks at five ways burnout can be prevented. With the third UK lockdown now underway, employee mental health is declining, staff absences are growing and motivation…

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So, what are the big HR issues for 2021?

So, what are the big HR issues for 2021?

29 January 2021

HR teams must make talent acquisition and retention their number one priority this year if they are to thrive. This is according to TrueProfile.io, a leading provider of Primary Source Verification (PSV) services, which says that for HR teams, 2020 was about resilience and adaptability, while the year ahead will be about nurturing and…

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Flexible working more popular with male employees since lockdown, survey finds

Flexible working more popular with male employees since lockdown, survey finds

13 October 2020

Widespread home working has lessened the stigma around men requesting non-conventional arrangements, say experts Flexible working has become more popular with male employees since the beginning of lockdown, according to a study of employers. In the poll of 26 UK employers, conducted by Working Families in September, two-thirds (68 per cent)…

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Brexit talks failings threaten already uncertain jobs market, say Lords

Brexit talks failings threaten already uncertain jobs market, say Lords

13 October 2020

UK trade negotiations with the EU are at risk of leaving those in the professional and business services sectors unprepared. Peers on the EU Services Sub-Committee argued that some sectors are currently being overlooked in Brexit negotiations, creating issues around areas such as business mobility, and the recognition of professional…

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How racism, wellbeing and performance are connected

How racism, wellbeing and performance are connected

13 October 2020

Senior managers at companies who are serious about improving diversity need to ensure they understand the relationship between ethnicity, wellbeing and performance in the workplace writes psychologist Elizabeth Yardley of Pearn Kandola It’s well established that our personal wellbeing influences our performance at work. When our wellbeing…

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Job Support Scheme guidance needed soon to avoid redundancies

Job Support Scheme guidance needed soon to avoid redundancies

13 October 2020

Organisations are in desperate need of guidance around the Job Support Scheme in order to make decisions about their future. According to law firm Fieldfisher, employers are crying out for further information about how the scheme will work in practice to consider whether they can safeguard jobs beyond October. Its warning was issued shortly before…

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Some Things to Consider Before You Decide to Promote Someone

Some Things to Consider Before You Decide to Promote Someone

13 October 2020

When a company grows quickly and talent is in short supply, the pressure to promote people is high. Here are six things to consider before you do. Over the last two decades, I've worked with hundreds of founders and CEOs of high-growth companies, helping them with strategy development and execution. And while we can come up with amazingly…

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Research reveals | HR issues now dominate CEO agenda

Research reveals | HR issues now dominate CEO agenda

13 October 2020

A plethora of HR issues including demotivated employees, poor mental health and diluted company culture have been cited as top concerns for company leaders when it comes to the concept of working from home in the long run, new research has found. Prior to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiling new COVID-19 restrictions, new research from…

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Plan Now To Ensure Compliance With April Employment Legislation Changes

Plan Now To Ensure Compliance With April Employment Legislation Changes

16 March 2020

Businesses need to ensure they are ready for updates to employment law that come into force in April. The government published its Good Work Plan in December 2018, with the aim of bringing employment practice in line with the changing world of work. More specifically, it aims to tackle the grey areas and blurred boundaries of employment status…

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Three Fears Your Employees Have During a Merger or Acquisition

Three Fears Your Employees Have During a Merger or Acquisition

16 March 2020

A merger or acquisition play is a risky one, since the vast majority of mergers and acquisitions fail. As you weigh and seek to manage each risk, make sure you’re not risking your most important asset: your people. Did you know that between 70% and 90% (Forbes) of mergers and acquisitions fail?  Every situation and every reason for…

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Employees are your greatest shareholder

Employees are your greatest shareholder

16 March 2020

In light of comments made at davos during this year’s world economic forum, companies are beginning to understand that shareholder value is no longer just about short-term, quarterly results. The major business-leaders showpiece event raised debate as to whether employees and communities were as important stakeholders for businesses as…

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The Top 5 Soft Skills of 2020 and How to Develop Them

The Top 5 Soft Skills of 2020 and How to Develop Them

13 March 2020

You can develop soft skills just like hard skills. Here's how to hone the five most in-demand soft skills of the year. Earlier this year, LinkedIn released a list of the five most in-demand soft skills for 2020. They were determined by examining the skills listed on the profiles of the people on the network getting hired at the highest rates. The…

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Higher education has greater salary impact for men

Higher education has greater salary impact for men

13 March 2020

Men gain more financially from higher education qualifications than women, The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ research has found The impact of undergraduate degrees on lifetime earnings studied the impact of undergraduate degrees on income and found that median earnings of male graduates grow strongly throughout their thirties, at a of 3.5%,…

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Coronavirus: Will I get sick pay?

Coronavirus: Will I get sick pay?

13 March 2020

There has been much discussion about what pay workers will get if they have to self-isolate as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. There is concern that people will be more likely to infect others if they do not have incentives to stay at home when they are at risk - Eight charts on how coronavirus has hit the global economy Will I get paid…

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NOVO ASSISTS SOMERSET CCC APPOINT NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

NOVO ASSISTS SOMERSET CCC APPOINT NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

12 February 2020

  Somerset County Cricket Club today announced the appointment of Gordon Hollins as Chief Executive Officer. He will take up the role on March 16th, 2020. For the last 18 years Gordon has held a number of senior positions in cricket, following a successful commercial career in Scotland and the North East of England. Most recently Gordon was…

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2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

2020 employment law: Eight action points for HR

20 January 2020

The new year begins with a new government, the prospect of Brexit and a number of employment law developments already on the horizon. What does HR need to do to meet its obligations and prepare for the year ahead? 1. Carry out Brexit workforce planning Now that the withdrawal agreement has passed the vote in the House of Commons and Brexit is due…

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Getting value out of your company values

Getting value out of your company values

20 January 2020

It wasn’t until around 20 years ago that most companies began to state their values and deploy them as strategic HR and business tools. Debra Corey examines why, while the vast majority of businesses now do this, few have values that truly act as strategic tools. According to a 2016 study by Gallup, only 27% of employees believe in their…

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Is succession planning an outdated concept?

Is succession planning an outdated concept?

20 January 2020

Intentional pathway planning could help to fill those empty chairs better than succession planning. Succession planning often focuses on key leaders in the organisation. But in a changing business environment, planning for the future needs to be far more strategic and widespread, argues Miecha Ranea Forbes. In a perfect world, your executive…

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Hiring and retaining talent CEOs' greatest concern

Hiring and retaining talent CEOs' greatest concern

20 January 2020

The biggest internal concern for CEOs in 2020 is attracting and retaining top talent, according to non-profit research group The Conference Board. This is due to a tight labour market regardless of company size or location, the CEOs said. Its research has also shown that chief executives around the world deem the risk of a recession their biggest…

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Half of UK workers considering moving jobs in 2020

Half of UK workers considering moving jobs in 2020

20 January 2020

Accreditation body warns of ‘recruitment crisis’ caused by disillusioned employees. More than half of UK workers are considering finding a new job in the next year, a survey has found. The poll of 2,000 employees, commissioned annually by accreditation body Investors in People (IIP), found nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of respondents…

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Are you looking for an Executive career move?

Are you looking for an Executive career move?

20 January 2020

If so, please join us for a free and live CV writing webinar on Tuesday 28th January 2020 from 12.30 - 13.30. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4179166035347515148 Looking for a new role, change of direction, the next step or more flexibility? Understand what executive headhunters, recruiters and senior leaders look for on paper, overhaul…

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