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Six key competency questions

I am often asked by professionals and graduate & post graduate advanced students, ‘how do you know if someone is really competent in their job and profession even if they say that they are'? I simply ask 6 questions to get to the details of if they are competent or not.

Article by: Michael Marshall | Published: 21 June 2018


The dandelion principle
Print – Issue 164 | Article of the Week

In recent years, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis has increased significantly. Existing studies show that for these individuals with specific life skills challenges, the process of finding and keeping meaningful employment can present significant difficulties.

Article by: Ian Iceton | Published: 20 June 2018


Essential advice on intern intake

Nearly two thirds of professionals surveyed (65 percent) said passion is the top attribute they look for when hiring an intern. Significantly trailing were an intern’s performance (21 percent), university they attended (7 percent), grades (4 percent) and pedigree (3 percent).

Article by: Ally Van Deuren | Published: 19 June 2018


Workplace wow factors

Flexible working hours and a relaxed attitude are the ‘Wow’ factors that employees look for in a workplace when they are job hunting. Workers were asked what perks they would like in the office and a relaxed attitude topped the list followed by supportive colleagues and flexible working hours.

Article by: Helen Moran | Published: 18 June 2018


A deep, learning desire

The main reason few organisations, however mighty, have a lifespan in excess of 50 years is that they fail to adequately respond to changes in their environment. Like those cartoon characters, whose legs keep running when there is no longer ground beneath their feet.

Article by: John Varney | Published: 18 June 2018


Which Degrees yield the best salaries?

As final year students prepare to enter the workforce, Fresh Student Living compares the difference in salaries across various industries in the UK to reveal the most valuable degrees. New research by CV-Library analysed more than 5,400 graduate job postings, revealing that the average salary for a university graduate is £24,804.

Article by: Lee Biggins | Published: 18 June 2018


Skills gaps and Brexit – UK business in crisis

As the UK continues to navigate a period of uncertainty ahead of Brexit, new research published today by the City & Guilds Group and Emsi reveals that nine in 10 employers already struggle to recruit the skilled staff they need. With most industries expected to grow between now and 2024, a significant number of skilled workers will be needed to meet demand.

Article by: Andy Durman | Published: 17 June 2018


When does notice of termination take effect?

The Supreme Court’s decision last month in Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood was not just academically interesting, but also serves as another useful reminder to all HR practitioners of the importance of ensuring that any notice to terminate employment has been properly communicated to the employee in a clear and timely manner.

Article by: Leon Deakin | Published: 17 June 2018


We must focus on reusing energy rather than reducing it

The future won’t just be about saving energy, it will be about looking at clever ways to reuse energy that would otherwise be wasted. As the debate around climate change intensified the focus has been on reducing our carbon footprints, in particular by cutting our energy usage.

Article by: José Melico | Published: 16 June 2018

time management

How to deal with stress: time management

Have you ever been overwhelmed by work and everyday chores? So was I, before I found peace of mind with these effective time management methods. I act as the Development Lead for Headsted UK, work as a software consultant in my day job, and do my part in taking care of our household with four kids.

Article by: Toni Vanhala | Published: 16 June 2018