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Are flexible working practices flex-able?

In May, Totaljobs published a new report stating that 59% of employees view flexible working opportunities as the most important benefit when looking for a job, yet just 38% of employers currently offer them. Totaljobs haven’t been the only ones reporting on the issue. The Modern Families Index also published a report last month following a survey of 2,700 UK working parents which found flexible working alone did not improve working parents’ quality of life, and that 81% of those who work...


7 June 2018

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What GDPR means for HR and your business

At times it has seemed as though the hype will never end, but GDPR D-day is, at last, upon us. This Friday, the General Data Protection Regulation will come into force, and while many organisations rush to ensure they’ve correctly interpreted and implemented the new requirements, others are welcoming it relaxed in the knowledge that they are officially ‘GPDR compliant’. In our recent round of Q&As with HR leaders in Wales, we took the opportunity to ask our interviewees how they ...


22 May 2018

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The new hotspot for senior finance professionals? Cardiff

On 20th April, we were delighted to attend the first ever Finance Awards Wales, described as a showcase of the best finance talent in Wales. And with over 400 attendees and 11 awards, what a showcase it was! Of course, specialising in finance recruitment as we do, we’re already well aware that Wales has some fantastic finance professionals, and we’re privileged to know a number of them. But to be surrounded by so many at once really highlighted to us how far the Welsh finance industry has...


18 May 2018

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The importance of personal resilience for work

We’re delighted to be sponsoring Aprils CIPD’s event on ‘How to build personal resilience’. Presented by inspirational speaker, trainer, coach and author Steve Head, it’s a topic close to our hearts and one we find ourselves talking to candidates and clients about regularly. In such a competitive market, personal resilience isn’t just a ‘nice to have’, it’s an essential soft skill that can determine whether people achieve both their own career goals and those of their o...


17 April 2018

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Gender equality at leadership level: why it matters and how to achieve it

Over the past few months, we’ve spoken to a number of women in senior leadership roles in Wales, who have given us some revealing insights into how they reached their current positions. Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day and National Careers Week, we share their lessons for both aspiring leaders and Welsh organisations with ambitions to achieve better gender equality at leadership level.   Why does it matter? There is overwhelming evidence showing that greater ...


8 March 2018

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Social media’s place in recruitment

Depending which surveys you look at, some 39-84 per cent of employers now use social media to research prospective candidates - last year, YouGov found that 1 in 5 employers had rejected candidates because of what they found out about them in the process. But social screening goes both ways; an estimated 77 percent of candidates screen their prospective employers and 59 percent of employees credit the organisation’s social media presence as a reason for accepting the job. Candidates are ...


1 March 2018

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Managing the changing face of recruitment in 2018

Increased competition, technological developments, new social values and a changing workforce created big shifts in recruitment and HR in 2017. And they’ll continue to do so in 2018. ‘Employee engagement’, ‘workplace culture’, ‘talent management’: it can be difficult to keep up, even harder to resist jumping on the bandwagon of each new recruitment trend. And while the potential they promise may be vast, your resources are likely to be anything but.     To...


2 February 2018

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Resolutions for workplace wellness in 2018

There’s been a 20% increase in the number of employers embracing workplace wellness strategies in 2017, and the figure is expected to rise in 2018. Workplace wellness can be defined as any health promotion activity or organisational practice that supports healthy behaviour among employees. And while it would be nice to think that it’s always morally motivated, the impact of employee wellness on business profitability is also a huge factor in the rising trend. Employee wellness doesn’...


2 January 2018

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Is the traditional CV becoming redundant?

Recruitment is changing. Complex skills requirements, advanced recruitment software and increased competition has led to claims that the traditional CV is being replaced by more creative and technical formats. We’d certainly agree that traditional CVs have their limitations in this increasingly digital workplace. Aside from the absence of non-verbal cues and visual appeal, an estimated 70% of them contain discrepancies. As a result, it’s difficult to make judgements about candidates’ su...


5 December 2017

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Signs you should consider outsourcing your recruitment

Do you see outsourced recruitment as an expense rather than an investment? It’s a common point of view, yet an increasing number of organisations are realising the value of outsourcing their recruitment. The market is evident simply from the number of new recruitment start-ups across the UK. In fact, the need for better management and leadership recruitment is what drove us to establish Sitka. Senior, more specialist roles present certain challenges to in-house recruiters. And even if yo...


6 November 2017

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