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Half of AI investment decisions don’t involve HR departments

Half of AI investment decisions don’t involve HR departments

16 May 2019

CIPD report calls for function to be more active in strategic planning around automation – but says new technology can be good for jobs. The introduction of widespread artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will have a broadly positive impact on the quality and number of jobs, according to a new report by the CIPD and PA Consulting…

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Unemployment lowest since 1974 as candidate shortages bite

Unemployment lowest since 1974 as candidate shortages bite

16 May 2019

The unemployment rate in Britain has fallen to the lowest rate since 1974, with just over a third of those joining the workforce in the last year coming from outside the EU. According to the Office for National Statistics, the rate of unemployment for the three months between January and March 2019 was 3.8%, which was last the case in late 1974.…

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21% of employees quit jobs because they don’t feel valued, research reveals

21% of employees quit jobs because they don’t feel valued, research reveals

16 May 2019

More than a quarter of British workers (27%) have lied to their bosses when they leave their job – and that figure rises to 40% for younger workers (aged 18 to 34), 36% for LGBT workers, 37% for those from an ethnic minority background and 43 per cent for workers with a long-term health condition. New research released today by Michael Page…

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Formal bonuses overrated in motivating staff

Formal bonuses overrated in motivating staff

16 May 2019

Allowing managers to use their discretion when allocating bonuses can help motivate staff, research has found. Researchers at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, examined how employees respond to managers using discretion to decide how much bonus to award them. The study focused on actual bonuses given to office workers at a UK…

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Everything HR Needs to Know About Experience Management (XM)

Everything HR Needs to Know About Experience Management (XM)

16 May 2019

We talk about experiences a lot. Some of the experiences that immediately come to mind are the candidate experience, employee experience, and the customer experience. But I must admit when I think about these experiences, I lean toward the feeling that the person might have, versus data. While an individual’s feelings about an experience are…

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Most employers say they have no problem retaining EU staff

Most employers say they have no problem retaining EU staff

16 May 2019

Survey belays fears of a Brexit ‘exodus’ of workers, but businesses still uncertain about future access to talent More than half of UK businesses say they have not experienced any difficulties retaining European staff since the decision to leave the EU, a survey has found, a finding that may help allay concerns Brexit would lead to an…

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Recruitment process outsourcing: the future is ‘total talent’

Recruitment process outsourcing: the future is ‘total talent’

11 March 2019

Employers are battling economic uncertainty but still struggle to source much-needed skills. In such a volatile jobs market, what role does recruitment process outsourcing have in workforce planning and hiring strategies? Jo Faragher investigates. “In 2019, there’s a whole different raft of things in play in the RPO market,”…

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3 Digital Strategies for Companies That Have Fallen Behind

3 Digital Strategies for Companies That Have Fallen Behind

11 March 2019

You’d think by now that digital technology would be a central part of almost every business’s strategy. Yet, our latest research, based on results of a McKinsey global survey of companies across sectors and geographies, finds that only a minority of companies is fully embracing digital today: in only 15% of firms are digital…

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Government to British business: Not enough being done to improve cyber security awareness

Government to British business: Not enough being done to improve cyber security awareness

11 March 2019

84 per cent of the boards of UK's biggest companies don't fully understand the impact of a cyber-attack on their businesses. Only 16 per cent of the boards of UK's FTSE 350 companies have a sound understanding of the potential impact that a cyber-attack could have on their organisation, the Government's Cyber Governance Health Check 2018 has…

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The evolving CFO: bringing finance into a new age

The evolving CFO: bringing finance into a new age

11 March 2019

The CFO who can find creative ways of boosting profit and minimising waste will be worth their weight in gold, says Neil Robertson, CEO of Compleat Software. The role of the CFO has not always been viewed as a business-enabling position, simply because it so often requires the unglamorous work of budget-setting and financial risk analysis. And…

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Invenias Research Shows Role Of Executive Search In Driving Diversity

Invenias Research Shows Role Of Executive Search In Driving Diversity

11 March 2019

As organisations seek a diversified workforce, Invenias, part of the Bullhorn group of companies, has asked what role executive search firms play in driving greater diversity in recruitment. In partnership with MIX Diversity Developers, a boutique consultancy firm specialising in diversity and inclusion (D&I), Invenias have undertaken a…

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Five tips for creating a gender-balanced workplace

Five tips for creating a gender-balanced workplace

11 March 2019

‘Balance for Better’ is the chosen theme of this year’s International Women’s Day and organisations may choose to utilise this to create a greater gender balance in their workplace. By now most employers should hopefully understand that it is unlawful to pay women less than men working in the same position. However, there…

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Novo launch new partnership with City CV

Novo launch new partnership with City CV

11 March 2019

We are delighted to be partnering with City CV, award-winning career consultancy, to offer our clients outstanding professional outplacement support. Their outplacement programmes empower exiting employees to identify, target and secure their next role. City CV offer professionally written executive CVs, LinkedIn profiles, executive interview…

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Continuing to develop our client base within the mid-tier accountancy market

Continuing to develop our client base within the mid-tier accountancy market

20 February 2019

2018 proved to be Novo’s busiest year working with top 100 accountancy firms. Our dedicated team ensures the appointment of the best possible directors and partners for leading regional and national firms. “As is to be expected, the demand for senior tax specialists is extremely high nationwide and represented a significant proportion…

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A strong start to 2019 in the legal executive search marketplace for Novo Executive Search

A strong start to 2019 in the legal executive search marketplace for Novo Executive Search

19 February 2019

Over the last 12 months Novo Executive Search’s Legal Division has gone from strength to strength. We work with solicitors throughout the UK on a broad variety of successful retained search assignments in the Legal sector. Throughout January and February 2019 this activity has continued as Novo Executive Search have won more retained search…

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Karen Rothery appointed as CEO of LCCC

Karen Rothery appointed as CEO of LCCC

30 January 2019

novo assists LCCC to appoint its new ceo.                                                                                     …

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Nine New Year’s resolutions for HR

Nine New Year’s resolutions for HR

16 January 2019

You may be eating more healthily, exercising more or doing dry January, but for HR professionals returning to work, legal developments over the past year could prompt a number of employment-related New Year’s resolutions. Charles Wynn-Evans provides nine resolutions that might prompt a change in policy or behaviour. 1. Checking that…

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Recruitment difficulties reach record levels

Recruitment difficulties reach record levels

16 January 2019

Eighty-one per cent of manufacturers found it difficult to find the right staff. The UK’s largest private sector survey of business sentiment has revealed that companies are finding it harder than ever to recruit the right staff. Four out of five (81%) manufacturers that tried to recruit in the final quarter of 2018 reported recruitment…

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Want More Productive Employees?

Want More Productive Employees?

16 January 2019

Match their work schedules to their internal clocks. It can also improve health, well-being, and longevity. Do you want your employees to be more productive--and also happier and healthier? Of course you do. It turns out one simple change to your company's workday is a surprisingly powerful way to make that happen: Schedule people's work times to…

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Which HR metrics will matter in 2019?

Which HR metrics will matter in 2019?

16 January 2019

With data and analytics still at the top of the HR agenda for 2019, which are the key metrics HR should be measuring? New analysis from XpertHR Benchmarking reveals the data points HR should be focusing on. It is essential that HR identifies, measures and monitors the people metrics that can have the biggest impact on the organisation. Analysis of…

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The five biggest HR learnings from 2018

The five biggest HR learnings from 2018

16 January 2019

As we enter a new year it's a good opportunity to assess what we've learned and where to go next 1. The gender pay gap is real It would be impossible to reflect on 2018 without acknowledging the gender pay gap reporting movement. Never before has the extent of UK pay differences between men and women been exposed. But concrete action is now…

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Working with tech suppliers on GDPR compliance

Working with tech suppliers on GDPR compliance

16 January 2019

HR will need to work closely with tech suppliers long into the future to protect employee data and all involved parties Ah, remember the heady days of May, when Harry and Meghan tied the knot and our inboxes groaned from the assault of the GDPR-related messages? Happy times! This hasn’t just sparked a remuneration debate though. Questions…

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WHY IS AN EXCEPTIONAL EXECUTIVE VITAL TO BRAND SUCCESS?

WHY IS AN EXCEPTIONAL EXECUTIVE VITAL TO BRAND SUCCESS?

13 November 2018

The goal of this article is to highlight how the role of an executive impacts organisational productivity and enhances brand awareness. We'll explore various challenges associated with recruiting a top-tier executive, cover a few tips for knowing what to look for when recruiting top-level talent for your leadership team, and finally, discuss…

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HALF OF YOUR EMPLOYEES THINK THEY'RE UNDERPAID—HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

HALF OF YOUR EMPLOYEES THINK THEY'RE UNDERPAID—HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

13 November 2018

Do you pay your employees fairly? Of course! You did your research when making salary offers, you award regular cost of living raises and you pay for their overtime work. Still, according to a recent study by Robert Half, 46 percent of employees feel that they are underpaid. This, of course, doesn't necessarily indicate the truth about salary,…

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HRs fulfilled by careers but fear skills mismatch

HRs fulfilled by careers but fear skills mismatch

13 November 2018

Many HR practitioners feel their current skillset doesn’t match the demands of their role, according to research by the CIPD Its survey of almost 1,000 HR, L&D and OD professionals across the UK and Ireland found that only 38% feel they have the skills to cope with more challenging duties, and 16% said they lack the skills required for…

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Are you keeping up with pension communication challenges?

Are you keeping up with pension communication challenges?

13 November 2018

When it comes to planning for their financial futures employees need all the information, support and guidance they can get The challenge for employers is providing easily-accessible information about complex issues in a simple and conversational way. Pensions are complicated. They are often tricky to comprehend for professionals let alone the…

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UK must improve support for older workers or face talent shortage, says research

UK must improve support for older workers or face talent shortage, says research

13 November 2018

Experts warn of a ‘waste of expertise’ if businesses fail to engage with ageing workforce. UK businesses could face a shortage of up to three million workers in the coming decade if they fail to adequately support older workers, according to new research from Aviva. The analysis used new data from the Office for National Statistics…

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Set Your Voice Free

Set Your Voice Free

13 November 2018

The fact is, work without passion and a sense of fun creates a level of unease amongst leaders and their workforces. In turn, this apprehension can manifest and lead to more serious personal issues such as anxiety, stress and depression. The knock-on effect is a demotivated, unproductive and unhappy team. Too many young people today are working…

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Stratford Town Trust appoints new Chief Executive

25 October 2018

Due to Novo’s significant experience and networks within the executive search charity marketplace we were awarded the opportunity to work with The Stratford Town Trust in the Summer of 2018 to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Through a combination of targeted charity sector executive search headhunting and comprehensive…

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UK HR MANAGERS UNDER-PREPARED FOR NO-DEAL BREXIT

UK HR MANAGERS UNDER-PREPARED FOR NO-DEAL BREXIT

18 September 2018

More than two-thirds of HR managers believe that UK voters would opt to stay in the EU if there were another referendum, but only just over a fifth are prepared for a no-deal Brexit. Brexit These were the findings of a survey of 24,500 UK HR managers by the Federation of International Employers (FedEE), which revealed that, despite the increased…

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FOUR IN FIVE EMPLOYEES LACK SKILLS FOR THEIR FUTURE ROLE

FOUR IN FIVE EMPLOYEES LACK SKILLS FOR THEIR FUTURE ROLE

18 September 2018

Eighty per cent of employees do not have the skills needed for their current and future roles according to research published today by Gartner. Most organisations are undergoing a digital transformation that directly impacts how they do business, yet 70%of employees have not mastered the skills they need for their jobs today. Analysts are…

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EMPLOYERS BELIEVE HUMAN TOUCH STILL IMPORTANT IN RECRUITMENT

EMPLOYERS BELIEVE HUMAN TOUCH STILL IMPORTANT IN RECRUITMENT

18 September 2018

Employers are increasingly using HR technology to help attract and hire the best talent. Despite the widespread adoption of these tools, many businesses leaders indicate they still want a human touch for critical moments during the recruitment process, according to a report. Michel Stokvis, Managing Director – Randstad Sourceright. Based on…

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RECRUITING AND RETAINING TOP TALENT REMAINS BIGGEST HR CHALLENGE

RECRUITING AND RETAINING TOP TALENT REMAINS BIGGEST HR CHALLENGE

18 September 2018

In an environment plagued by skills shortages, finding and retaining talent remains the biggest HR challenge in 2018:  half (51 percent) of HR managers say they struggle to find people with the right skills to do the job, according to a new survey. Contributor Amrit Saroya, Head of Professional Development – AXELOS. Adding to the…

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STAFF PLACEMENTS RISE FURTHER, WHILE CANDIDATE SHORTAGES FUEL HIGHER STARTING SALARIES, REC REVEALS

STAFF PLACEMENTS RISE FURTHER, WHILE CANDIDATE SHORTAGES FUEL HIGHER STARTING SALARIES, REC REVEALS

18 September 2018

The IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs for August has been released. Permanent staff placements rose at the steepest rate for five months in August amid reports of robust demand for staff. Temp billings meanwhile increased at a rate that, though still sharp, was the softest recorded since October 2016. Demand for staff remained strong during August.…

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Change Management: 5 Situations When You May Need It

Change Management: 5 Situations When You May Need It

18 September 2018

According to global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, over 70 percent of change management efforts fail. No surprise, this is due to several reasons: low employee engagement, lack of management support, poor collaboration, and no accountability. The real surprise is why – after knowing the reasons and the odds that…

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Three-quarters of HR leaders want more help in hiring for cultural fit

Three-quarters of HR leaders want more help in hiring for cultural fit

12 July 2018

Almost all HR leaders feel cultural fit is crucial when hiring, yet only 11% are satisfied with how they achieve this, according to research from technology company ThriveMap. Ninety-six percent of HR leaders responding to ThriveMap’s survey said they prioritised cultural fit, yet 89% wanted to improve their recruitment processes in this…

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TRADITIONAL RECRUITMENT MODEL IS “BROKEN”

TRADITIONAL RECRUITMENT MODEL IS “BROKEN”

12 July 2018

Traditionally in-house recruitment teams and/or RPO providers have delivered robust and tangible sourcing that has enabled organisations to have greater visibility of the hiring process while managing cost and process. Contributor Tom Mason, CEO – Armstrong Craven. “Increased pressure on cost, headcount and complexity in the hiring…

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LATER LIFE LEARNING ON THE INCREASE

LATER LIFE LEARNING ON THE INCREASE

12 July 2018

The great inventor Henry Ford once said that “anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty” 1, and it’s a message millennials appear to be taking on board, with nearly three quarters saying its likely they’ll return to education later in life. Contributor Dr Nick Smith, Courses Director and Founder…

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How to grow leaders fast without risking burnout

How to grow leaders fast without risking burnout

12 July 2018

Faced with growing uncertainty and rapid change, organisations need to develop leadership capabilities at speed. But that does not come without risk. Jo Faragher spoke to leadership expert Ines Wichert about her new book and how businesses can support leaders to grow without overstretching them.  Leadership development Ines Wichert argues…

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One in six employers may have misreported gender pay gap

One in six employers may have misreported gender pay gap

12 July 2018

As many as one in six organisations have reported their gender pay gap incorrectly, according to independent data analysis. Statistician Nigel Marriott, who shares his findings in an article for Personnel Today, estimates that around 9% of organisations have “definitely” made an error in their reporting, and a further 8% may have…

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POOR FIRST IMPRESSIONS HITTING UK EMPLOYERS HARD

POOR FIRST IMPRESSIONS HITTING UK EMPLOYERS HARD

12 July 2018

Poor first impressions are costing UK business hard-to-find talent, as 48 percent of job applicants surveyed by Hays, the leading recruiting expert, say they have been deterred from pursuing a role due to a negative first impression of the organisation. The Hays What Workers Want 2018 report, examines the steps a candidate takes from…

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Sexual harassment: Remember that men can be victims too

Sexual harassment: Remember that men can be victims too

17 May 2018

A BBC Radio 5 survey found that 20% of males respondents had experienced sexual harassment Given the recent coverage of the #metoo campaign it’s easy to assume that the perpetrators of sexual harassment are always men. But that’s not the case, and HR professionals need to ensure they are even-handed about any allegations, regardless of…

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Occupational health research round-up: May 2018

Occupational health research round-up: May 2018

17 May 2018

A study of US nurses has discovered a link between the frequency of hand and arm washing and the poor control of asthma Hand hygiene and asthma control A study of US nurses has discovered a link between the frequency of hand and arm washing and the poor control of asthma, suggesting the products used for surgical hand/arm antisepsis have an…

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What would you be willing to lie about to secure a job?

What would you be willing to lie about to secure a job?

17 May 2018

A staggering 92.5 percent of Brits have got away with lying on their CV, with nearly three quarters (71.6 percent) stating that they got the job as a result. That’s according to latest research. Contributor Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director – CV-Library The research surveyed 1,000 UK workers and asked them if…

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Fifty percent more working mums today than in the 1970s

Fifty percent more working mums today than in the 1970s

17 May 2018

That mums are less likely to drop out of the workforce when they start having children is a positive development. This is however, unlikely to tackle the gender pay gap as many women may find themselves in flexible, part-time or less well-paid jobs. Contributor Shainaz Firfiray, Associate Professor of Organisation and Human Resource Management…

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How will the GDPR affect the processing of employee health information?

How will the GDPR affect the processing of employee health information?

17 May 2018

With the GDPR due to come into effect later this month, HR departments need to be careful when processing data relating to an employee’s health – even if they have the employee’s consent to do so. Ruth Christy and Nicola Rochon explain what employers should do. Many employers include terms in their contracts or sickness absence…

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Andrew Cornish: Businessman becomes new Somerset County Cricket Club CEO

Andrew Cornish: Businessman becomes new Somerset County Cricket Club CEO

9 May 2018

Somerset County Cricket Club are very pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Cornish as the new Chief Executive of Somerset County Cricket Club with effect from April 3. A club statement said: “Andrew is a highly experienced and successful individual who has held important Chief Executive roles in leading businesses, most…

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Seiko snags Richard Mille and Swatch Group veteran as managing director

Seiko snags Richard Mille and Swatch Group veteran as managing director

9 May 2018

David Edwards has been confirmed as the new managing director of Seiko UK. Mr Edwards has been a senior figure in the British watch industry for almost 20 years, first as a director at Swatch Group for six years. He left to set up his own distribution business, which was responsible for bringing Technomarine watches to the UK. After a brief spell…

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NOVO HELPS DEFENCE CLIENT WFEL TO APPOINT NEW MD

NOVO HELPS DEFENCE CLIENT WFEL TO APPOINT NEW MD

13 April 2018

WFEL APPOINTS FORMER BAE SYSTEMS MANAGING DIRECTOR WFEL Ltd, a world leader in the supply of rapidly-deployable military bridging systems, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Anderton as Managing Director, succeeding Ian Wilson, who will shortly retire from the company. Ian Anderton brings with him extensive experience of the defence…

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