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TOP TIPS FOR HIRING IN THE ‘SUMMER OF DISTRACTIONS’

Posted on 10th June May 2024

From huge sporting competitions to a highly-charged general election, there are some major upcoming events! While these might typically drift under the radar for hiring managers, they present a number of major potential pitfalls for hiring practices and staff management. Our concise guide will help navigate the minefield ahead - ensuring your hiring strategy remains undamaged and your team will still be on speaking terms!

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10 KEY TIPS FOR RECRUITING GENERATION Z

Posted on 17th May 2024

Generation Z are now firmly embedded into today's workforce and bring a unique set of attributes. As the first generation to grow up entirely in the digital age, they bring unparalleled technological fluency, creativity, and innovation to the table. However, As with each successive generation, hiring strategies need to be adjusted to attract and maintain the best talent available. Here are 10 tips on how your businesses can appeal to the best this new generation has to offer!

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THREE QUARTERS OF UK EMPLOYERS MEASURE THE IMPACT OF SUPPORTING THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF THEIR STAFF, UP FROM 51% IN 2023

Posted on 10th April 2024

Over three-quarters (76%) of employers now measure the impact of supporting the health and wellbeing of their staff, according to new research conducted by GRiD, the industry body for the group risk sector.1 This represents a significant increase on the 51% who measured this impact in 20232 and shows that employers are recognising the importance of ensuring both their staff and their business are benefitting from offering health and wellbeing support.

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"NEW RIGHTS AROUND FLEXIBLE WORKING REQUESTS STAND TO BENEFIT MILLIONS OF WORKERS", SAYS THE CIPD

Posted on 10th April 2024

Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, and co-chair of the Government's Flexible Working Taskforce, comments "This new day-one right stands to benefit millions of people, helping them to balance their work and life commitments and give them more say and more opportunity in where and how they work. Flexibility around time, scheduling and place of work can be transformative in opening up opportunities for people to get into and stay in work, especially those who have health conditions, caring responsibilities, or other life choices they want to make. With an aging population, and rising levels of economically inactive people due to ill health, flexible working is more important than ever, and has been shown to support better wellbeing, making it good for individuals as well as organisations."

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REC COMMENTS ON NEW RESEARCH ON RISE IN SICKNESS-RELATED INACTIVITY

Posted on 10th April 2024

Commenting on Resolution Foundation research finding Britain is in the midst of the longest sustained rise in sickness-related inactivity since the 1990s, Shazia Ejaz, REC's Director of Campaigns and Research, said "One thing all parties are agreed on is the need for economic growth. They should also all be clear that an effective labour market is central to achieving that. Our own research suggests a continued failure to overcome labour shortages will cost the economy up to £9 billion every year - just short of two whole Elizabeth Lines - in less GDP and productivity. So, the inactivity problem needs to be addressed with urgency.

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UP TO 8 MILLION UK JOBS AT RISK FROM AI UNLESS GOVERNMENT ACTS, FINDS IPPR

Posted on 10th April 2024

First of its kind analysis of the impact of generative artificial intelligence (AI) on the UK labour market uncovers a distinct sliding doors moment for the UK, with possibilities for huge job disruption in future or significant GDP gains, depending on government policy.

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10 KEY STEPS FOR AN EFFECTIVE HIRING STRATEGY

Posted on 12th March 2024

Creating an effective hiring strategy is crucial for any organisation aiming to attract top talent and build a high-performing team, particularly in today’s challenging hiring landscape! A well-thought-out hiring strategy takes an in-depth approach to sourcing, assessing, and retaining the right candidates to build long-term success and growth. Here are 10 of our essential steps to guide you in developing a hiring strategy that’s guaranteed to enhance your hiring process.

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OVER-60S MOST LIKELY TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE JOB

Posted on 18th February 2024

Analysis of 40 million shifts worked by over 169,000 Brits shows almost a fifth (19%) of workers now have more than one job with different employers. The finding is one of many in a new data report, The Big Shift: Navigating the Future of Work in the UK. With analysis by independent economist, Dr. Shashi Karunanethy, the report is based on data from Deputy’s scheduling software platform along with a survey of workers in 2023.

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3 IN 10 EMPLOYERS HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN STAFF WORKING FROM HOME OVER THE PAST YEAR

Posted on 18th February 2024

A new survey from Acas has found that 3 in 10 (30%) employers have seen an increase in staff working from home in the last 12 months. 1 in 5 bosses (20%) have also reported a reduction in physical workspace as the reason to implement home working over the past year.

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WORKER SHORTAGES HIT SMALL EMPLOYERS THE MOST

Posted on 12th February 2024

Seven in 10 employers across the UK are still witnessing a shortage of all types of candidates for their roles, a survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) suggests.

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3 IN 10 EMPLOYEES TO SAY THEY’LL QUIT THEIR JOB IF SALARY EXPECTATIONS AREN’T MET THIS YEAR

Posted on 12th February 2024

This month sees leading UK hiring platform Totaljobs publish its 2024 edition of its Salary & Benefit guides. Totaljobs analyses over 23 million job ads to help employers accurately benchmark their salaries and offer guidance on how to meet the challenges of attracting and retaining talent in an ever-changing labour market.

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10 REASONS TO SECURE YOUR PERFECT RECRUITMENT PARTNER & START HIRING NOW

Posted on 27th January 2024

Talent attraction was tough in the last quarter but as the business landscape continues to evolve, businesses like yours are presented with a unique and opportune moment to re-ignite their hiring efforts and expand their teams to help drive business forward. From the backdrop of increasing economic stability to improved remote working technologies and the entry of Gen-Z candidates into the workplace, we’re exploring ten compelling reasons why now is the time to start hiring and making that perfect match.

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THE NEW 12 HIRING TIPS OF CHRISTMAS

Posted on 6th December 2023

Our 12 hiring tips of Christmas are back and packed with the latest hiring trends for that you need to know about for 2024! Check through our twelve tips on how you can keep your business's hiring strategies ahead of the curve as we approach the new year.

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PAY OUTLOOK IMPROVES FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR - CIPD REPORT

Posted on 21st November 2023

Basic pay for public sector workers is expected to increase to be the same rate as private sector workers for the first time since early 2021 – both standing at 5%. This is according to the latest Labour Market Outlook from the CIPD and marks the biggest expected pay rise for public sector workers since the report’s time series began in 2012.

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LARGEST EVER CASH INCREASE TO THE MINIMUM WAGE

Posted on 21st November 2023

The Government has announced its acceptance of the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations on minimum wage rates to apply from April 2024. The National Living Wage (NLW) will be equal to two-thirds of median hourly pay for those aged 21 and over. In addition, from April 2024 the NLW will be extended to 21 and 22 year olds.

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MILLIONS OF BRITS CAN’T PAY AN UNEXPECTED £300 BILL

Posted on 21st November 2023

Millions of Brits in insecure work are living in fear that they will lose their jobs and that an unexpected bill could put them in the red, according to a new in-depth analysis from the Work Foundation at Lancaster University and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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STAFF RUNNING FOR THE DOOR? CUT HIRING COSTS WITH OUR LATEST RETENTION TIPS

Posted on 15th November 2023

‘The Great Resignation’ is a trend closely associated with the pandemic as huge numbers of employees quit their jobs. However, vast volumes of research show this trend is still very much with us. For many businesses, this poses a major financial liability through frequent hiring expenses. We want to highlight just a few of the common reasons we see as to why people are leaving their roles and the steps you can take to buck the trend.

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DO YOUR TEAM SECRETLY HAVE EXTRA JOBS?

Posted on 23rd October 2023

Did you know that new research from Indeed has shown that nearly one in three UK homeowners approaching the end of their fixed mortgage deals are taking extra work to boost their savings ahead of repayment rises. With more employees taking on additional freelance work and even seconds jobs, we wanted to highlight our top 10 tips for managing this increasing trend.

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MAJORITY OF PEOPLE HAVE AN UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH WORK

Posted on 28th September 2023

HP have unveiled findings from its Work Relationship Index, a study that explores employees’ relationships with work around the world. The study, which surveyed more than 15,600 respondents across various industries in 12 countries, reveals the world’s relationship with work is at a breaking point.

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NEW WORKFORCE PLAN NEEDED TO DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH

Posted on 28th September 2023

The CIPD is calling for the next UK Government to develop a long-term workforce strategy to underpin a broader, bolder vision for economic growth. This is a central message in its new ‘Manifesto for Good Work’ which outlines the public policy changes needed to help address the UK’s multiple challenges, for all the main UK political parties. These challenges include stagnating productivity, rising skills shortages and our ageing working population.

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COMPETITION FOR UK JOBS PEAKS AT HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE JAN '21

Posted on 28th September 2023

The latest job market data from CV-Library reveals that in August 2023 the number of applications per job jumped by over a third to 38.3% year on year. The job board analysed the thousands of job posts advertised on its site over the month, as well as the millions of job applications made to these roles, to work out the average application-to-job ratio in August, traditionally a quieter month in recruitment. The last time this ratio was higher was almost three years ago, in January 2021.

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THIRD OF HOMEOWNERS PICK UP EXTRA WORK AHEAD OF REPAYMENT INCREASES

Posted on 28th September 2023

Nearly one in three UK homeowners approaching the end of their fixed mortgage deals are taking extra work to boost their savings ahead of repayment rises, new data released by Indeed Flex.

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CELEBRATING 8 YEARS OF NETBOX RECRUITMENT

Posted on 27th September 2023

We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 8th birthday! Over the years we’ve placed more than a thousand candidates into roles across Kent and the South East generating hundreds of reviews along the way. During this period we’ve also learnt some really important lessons... some that apply to the service we offer and others that apply to any other local business just as much as our own. We thought it would be fitting to highlight our 8 core principles for success for our last eight years.

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ARE DEGREES STILL IMPORTANT IN SHAPING YOUR HIRING STRATEGY?

Posted on 13th September 2023

Data from LinkedIn shows a 90% surge in vacancies not requiring degrees. So what’s causing this mood shift? Many might claim employers are ditching traditional qualifications in favour of industry experience. Others might simply say employers are widening the goal-posts to expand their candidate pools. Identifying common strengths and weaknesses of candidates with and without degrees is more important than ever - particularly for degrees that aren’t directly aligned to a specific career path. Luckily, we’re on hand to outline some of the pros, cons and common viewpoints to be aware of.

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WILL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AFFECT YOUR HIRING STRATEGY?

Posted on 8th August 2023

Discussions around artificial intelligence are everywhere at the minute with the implications of this technology potentially affecting so many aspects of our personal and professional lives. One area in which artificial intelligence is set to make the biggest impact is employment with a number of trends predicted for both outsourced recruiters and well as internal HR departments.

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HIRING CONFIDENCE REACHES A TWO-YEAR HIGH AS APPLICATIONS RISE AND TIME TO HIRE DROPS

Posted on 23rd July 2023

Hiring confidence amongst UK employers has risen to a two-year high as new research shows applications have surged and the time to hire decreased over the last quarter. The latest Totaljobs Hiring Trends Index, which surveyed 1,005 HR Decision Makers in the UK reveals an 8% increase in hiring confidence looking into Q3. With hiring confidence now at 57%, this is the highest level seen since 2021.

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SLUGGISHNESS IN SUSTAINABILITY POSES BUSINESS BRAIN DRAIN RISK

Posted on 18th July 2023

Employers are being urged to shore up their commitments to meeting sustainability and net zero targets or risk an exodus amongst younger workers. Nearly half (48%) of Gen Z workers agree they would consider leaving a job that didn’t walk the talk in its promises on sustainability. This is according to the latest Bupa Wellbeing Index, a landmark survey that uncovers the state of the nation’s health and wellbeing

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BOLDER INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY NEEDED TO BOOST PRODUCTIVITY AND GROWTH

Posted on 18th July 2023

The Government’s plan to transform the UK into a science and technology superpower will fail to boost living standards unless it’s linked to a broader industrial strategy aimed at raising productivity across all sectors of the economy. This is the central conclusion of a new CIPD discussion paper, An industrial strategy for the everyday economy, which says a bolder vision for economic growth, looking across all sectors and areas of the economy, is needed considering the multiple challenges facing the UK. These challenges include: skills and labour shortages, stalled productivity and real wage growth endemically weak business investment in skills and technology.

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AI WORRYING UK MANAGERS

Posted on 18th July 2023

UK managers are increasingly worried about AI technologies, with leaders expressing concerns about security risks and the impact on jobs, a new survey from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has found. The survey comes as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak vowed to make Britain the global hub for “safe” AI at London Tech Week and follows the PM’s announcement that the UK would host a global summit on safety in AI this autumn.

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FUNDAMENTAL DYNAMICS OF THE POST-PANDEMIC LABOUR MARKET REMAIN THE SAME

Posted on 19th May 2023

Responding to recent ONS labour market figures, Jonathan Boys, labour market economist for the CIPD commented “The fundamental dynamics of the post-pandemic labour market remain unchanged. Unemployment is low at 3.9% and the Bank of England expect it to rise only modestly in the coming years. The workforce remains smaller than pre-pandemic so the supply of candidates is restricted meaning recruitment issues will persist. Employers will need to think creatively in how they attract staff and consider all areas of job quality, not just pay, which continues to struggle to keep up with inflation.

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HEALTHCARE AND CARE JOB POSTINGS GROWTH OUTPACED OTHER OCCUPATIONS

Posted on 19th May 2023

Indeed has announced its collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its “Future of Jobs” report. Indeed’s labor market insights, which can be found in the Future of Jobs report, shows that employer demand for workers in social-related sectors, such as healthcare, education, and others, have demonstrated noteworthy growth compared to all other job postings in the countries examined.

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CMI WOMEN CONFERENCE URGES LEADERS TO CREATE MORE INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES

Posted on 19th May 2023

Leading figures from the world of business and politics joined delegates from across the UK for The Chartered Management Institute’s second CMI Women conference in London. The conference — titled “Our Inclusive Future” — challenged leaders from across the UK to answer the central question, “What are you going to do to make your organisation more inclusive?”

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DEMAND FOR WORKERS STEADY WITH ALMOST 1.7 MILLION JOB ADVERTS ACROSS THE UK

Posted on 19th May 2023

The number of new job adverts shot up in the week to 23rd April as businesses returned to hiring after the Easter break. There were 189,832 new job postings in the week of 17-23 April 2023 – 31.8% higher compared to the week before (10-16 April), according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and Lightcast’s latest Labour Market Tracker.

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CELEBRATING THE KING? ...OR NOT YOUR THING? CAN GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES PROVIDE HIRING LESSONS?

Posted on 28th April 2023

The upcoming King's coronation has shown us two things. Firstly, everyone loves an extra bank holiday! Secondly, there is a wide ranging spectrum of feelings towards the event, from a more enthusiastic older population to a far more apathetic younger demographic and everything in between. Whatever your views on the monarchy, one thing has shown itself to be clear - different generations have distinctly different outlooks and priorities. Understanding how far-reaching that is can be hugely important when it comes to shaping your hiring strategy.

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FIND OUT WHY LESS IS MORE THIS EASTER

Posted on 2nd April 2023

We’re all familiar with the saying “less is more”. With Easter upon us, we might ponder what’s really the more attractive option: quantity or quality? It’s a metaphor that really gets to heart of how we work at Netbox Recruitment. While many recruitment agencies and direct advertising can mean you are bombarded with countless unsuitable CVs, we put in the time and effort into attracting and selecting a refined selection of candidates in-tune with your vacancy and the working culture of your organisation. All of our candidates presented for interview want the job and most importantly can do the job. Netbox aims to make your decision of who to hire a difficult one, as you could select anyone of the candidates you meet with.

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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES ‘BACK TO WORK BUDGET’

Posted on 26th March 2023

The government has recently announced that "Parents, over-50s, disabled people and those with long-term health conditions will have opportunities arising from changes announced in the Budget set to be delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions".

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CMI RESPONDS TO BUDGET 2023

Posted on 20th March 2023

In response to the Chancellor’s plans to introduce ‘returnerships’ and roll out new skill bootcamps to encourage over-50s back to work, Anthony Painter, the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Policy Director, said: "Supporting over-50s back to work, where possible, will be critical to plugging our chronic skills gap, returning to pre-pandemic employment levels, and building an economy which works for all generations. The ‘returnships’ are an important first step.

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GLOBAL RESEARCH SHOWS THAT FLEXIBLE WORKING IS NOW A DEAL BREAKER IN THE WAR FOR TALENT

Posted on 20th March 2023

New findings suggest that businesses that do not have a flexible workspace policy risk losing out on top talent. Research conducted by leading flexible workspace provider, IWG, shows that 83% of people would choose a job which offered flexible working over a job that didn’t, and almost a third (28%) of people value being able to choose their work location over an increase in holiday allowance.

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BUDGET BOOST TO CHILDCARE PROVISION A POTENTIAL ‘GAME CHANGER’ SAYS CIPD

Posted on 20th March 2023

In response to the Chancellor’s ‘Back to Work’ Budget, Ben Willmott, head of public policy for the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said: On the boost to free childcare and wraparound care: “The plan to extend free childcare for children from the age of nine months is a potential game changer as it will enable many more working parents, particularly women, to return to work much earlier than they can currently. This can help avoid the loss of skills and confidence that can be caused by spending too long out of employment and boost gender equality. As will the boost to wrap-around care, but both schemes need to be properly funded to succeed.

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THE 4 DAY WORKING WEEK VS REMOTE AND FLEXIBLE WORKING

Posted on 15th February 2023

There's been lots of discussion over the past few years about the prevalence of remote, hybrid and flexible working. Marked since the beginning of the pandemic, these approaches have become permanent features in shaping today's workplace. But have these perks already started to lose their shine in favour of a new boundary-breaking trend: the four-day working week? Let's explore how each of these developments are shaping the current workplace and their predicted importance for remaining ahead-of-the-curve for future hiring strategies.

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LONDONERS' ULTIMATUM TO EMPLOYERS

Posted on 8th February 2023

A new research report from Bloomberg Intelligence (BI) has found office workers in London remain firmly in favour of flexible working. With 95% of respondents currently permitted to work from home in some capacity, nearly three quarters (73%) of these would leave their current job if this flexibility was taken away.

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HARD-TO-FILL VACANCIES PUSH MEDIAN EXPECTED PAY RISE TO 5%

Posted on 8th February 2023

The CIPD’s latest Labour Market Outlook survey finds that the median base pay rise expectation among employers has reached 5%. This is a new record high for CIPD’s quarterly employment barometer which goes back to 2012. However, median anticipated public sector pay rise expectations of 2% lag those in the private sector at 5%, with the gap providing the context for ongoing discontent and strikes among key public sector workers.

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DON'T GET DUMPED BY YOUR NEW EMPLOYEES

Posted on 8th February 2023

Two closely related hiring trends have become increasingly recognised across the UK. Firstly, many businesses are reporting candidates rejecting job offers after successfully completing an interview process. Secondly, there seems to be more widespread cases of ‘quick quitting’. This simply means that new employees are resigning from their positions far too soon! So with February being the month known for Valentine's, we want to make sure that businesses looking to push forward with their hiring plans aren’t setting themselves up to be dumped by their new employees! We’ve put together an essential collection of tips to shape the optimal on-boarding process - a checklist that will work wonders to help your new team members feel the love at this time of year!

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COLD WEATHER PUSHES PROFESSIONALS BACK TO THE OFFICE

Posted on 24th January 2023

The extremely cold temperatures recently felt across the UK had led to a series of weather warnings and travel disruption. Research unveiled by independent job board, CV-Library, shows that many professions have needed to change their working patterns as a direct result of this cold snap, including going into the office more.

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LESS THAN 1 IN 10 WORKERS TO LOOK FOR A NEW JOB THIS JANUARY

Posted on 20th January 2023

Concerns over job security are expected to slow down the 'January jobs rush' in 2023, with just 8% of Brits planning on looking for a new role as they start the year. According to the latest report by Totaljobs, which surveyed over 2,000 UK workers, this contrasts significantly with previous years, despite the number of job vacancies remaining high.

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BRITAIN LIKELY TO HAVE AVOIDED A 2022 RECESSION, BUT FAMILY INCOMES ARE STILL SHRINKING

Posted on 20th January 2023

Surprise economic growth in November means that the UK is unlikely to have fallen into recession last year. But this will be of cold comfort for many families who are still in the midst of a deep living standards downturn, the Resolution Foundation has said in response to ONS GDP data.

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JOBS MARKET REMAINS ROBUST WITH DEMAND FOR NEW STAFF

Posted on 20th January 2023

While there may be some caution from employers in the face of uncertainty, overall the jobs market remains robust judging by the demand for new staff. The number of active job vacancy postings across the UK has remained robust since mid-August 2022. Active job adverts went above 1.5 million in mid-December 2022 and remained there in the first week of January, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and Lightcast's latest Labour Market Tracker.

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GET AHEAD OF THE CURVE WITH OUR NEW YEAR HIRING TRENDS

Posted on 10th January 2023

The job market for 2023 looks to be a complex environment, filled with numerous opportunities as well as a few potential pitfalls to avoid! We can already see that hiring activity will be impacted by a diverse range of factors, from evolving candidate demographics and employee expectations to economic influences and redefined working norms. We've put together the 10 trends we feel will have the biggest impact on hiring in 2023. By working through these tips, you can get ahead of the curve in adapting your hiring strategy for the year ahead.

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THE COST-OF-LIVING CRISIS IS FORCING BRITS TO GO INTO THE OFFICE TO WORK AND SHOWER

Posted on 27th November 2022

The cost-of-living crisis is forcing Brits to go into the office to work and shower, raid their savings and borrow from friends and family, according to the latest update of the LifeSearch Health, Wealth and Happiness Index.

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UPSKILLING THE EXISTING WORKFORCE MUST BE CENTRAL TO GOVERNMENT’S GROWTH PLANS, SAYS CIPD

Posted on 22nd November 2022

CIPD warns the Government’s growth ambitions won't be realised unless improving workforce skills and training is placed at the heart of its three growth priorities.

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APPRENTICES ADD £7 BILLION TO ECONOMY WITHIN A DECADE

Posted on 22nd November 2022

England’s flagship apprenticeship programme is on track to boost growth and productivity with every year’s cohort of apprentices contributing almost £700m a year to the economy within a decade, according to new modelling by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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91% OF UNEMPLOYED OVER 50S ARE CONSIDERING RETURNING TO WORK

Posted on 22nd November 2022

A survey by CV-Library has shown that as many as 91% of inactive workers over the age of fifty intend to return to employment. This follows recently released figures from the Office for National statistics that the number of people aged 50-64 who are also economically inactive has increased by 3.6 million. This represents an increase of 10% since before the pandemic.

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ATTRACTING TOP TALENT IN THE COST OF LIVING CRISIS: 10 STEP GUIDE

Posted on 9th November 2022

We previously shared the latest trend analysis that the cost-of living crisis could lead to a new surge of active candidates. While the solution for how to attract these new candidates may seem to obviously centre on salaries, a carefully considered hiring strategy will require a more nuanced approach. Below are our top 10 tips for attracting new candidates looking to enhance their finances.

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IS THE CANDIDATE MARKET IS BACK FROM THE DEAD?

Posted on 28th October 2022

A long-standing trend in the UK hiring market has been the limited availability of high quality candidates, causing many businesses to leave crucial roles unfilled or to drastically re-shape new job specifications. However, as the cost-of-living crisis continue to take hold and add pressure on household finances, many workers are exploring new career opportunities in the hope of boosting salaries and additional benefits. With spiralling bills acting a catalyst for this candidate surge, businesses need to quickly ensure that their hiring strategies are ready to attract the best new talent available.

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WE'RE WALKING FOR DEMELZA WITH OUR TEAM 'STEP CHALLENGE'

Posted on 23rd October 2022

Several members of the Netbox Recruitment team are busy getting in their steps as part of our latest charity effort! The challenge has been set to complete 310,000 steps through October to raise money for Demelza and the hospice car they provide for children - truly an incredibly deserving cause!

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72% OF BRITISH WORKERS SAY WORKING FROM HOME OFFERS A BETTER WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Posted on 27th September 2022

New research from SD Worx, the leading European HR & payroll services provider, found that 72% of British workers perceive the ability to work from home as a key to unlocking a better work-life balance.

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MORE OVER 65s ARE STILL WORKING THAN SIX YEARS AGO, AVIVA RESEARCH SHOWS

Posted on 27th September 2022

New Aviva research shows more people in the UK aged between 65 and 74 are still working compared to six years ago. The survey, conducted earlier this year, shows a marked increase in the number of people over 65 who remain in the workforce compared to 2016, and a fall in the number drawing their state pension.

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REC'S RESPONSE TO CHANCELLOR'S FISCAL STATEMENT

Posted on 27th September 2022

Neil Carberry, REC CEO said “Putting business at the heart of delivering prosperity for the UK is always the right call, and the Chancellor’s focus on this will have landed well with employers all over the country. Reducing the counter-productive rise in employer National Insurance – a tax on creating jobs and paying people more, that falls heavily on the sectors most affected by the pandemic – is wise. And ditching the botched changes to IR35 – the rules on how temporary contractors are paid - is also a huge help. These have been big REC campaigns, and we welcome today’s announcements. The changes will provide many businesses with much needed relief, when taken into the balance with short-term support on energy bills.

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COST OF LIVING CRISIS LEAVES MILLIONS TAKING ON SECOND JOB

Posted on 27th September 2022

New research from mutual life, pensions and investment provider, Royal London, reveals that millions of UK workers have had to turn to second or multiple jobs in the face of soaring living costs, while others are working extremely long hours.

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UK'S HIRING BOOM SET TO CONTINUE BUT LABOUR MARKET WILL SOON REACH ITS PEAK

Posted on 28th August 2022

The UK's hiring boom is set to continue into the next quarter as private sector pay awards reach new highs. For now, the labour market remains incredibly tight and candidates are hard to come by. Employers are pulling out all the stops to attract, and crucially, retain staff. However, with high inflation eroding pay packets and a recession forecast for the end of 2022, the labour market could soon reach its peak. according to the CIPD's latest Labour Market Outlook report.

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HIRING ACTIVITY GROWTH SLOWS AGAIN IN JULY AMID INCREASED ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY

Posted on 28th August 2022

Recruiters across the UK signalled a further slowdown in hiring activity growth in July. The latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs survey, compiled by S&P Global, registered the slowest increases in both permanent staff appointments and temp billings for 17 months, as increased uncertainty around the outlook led some clients to become more cautious around staff hiring. Total vacancy growth meanwhile cooled to a 16-month low.

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WORKERS PLUNGED INTO DEEPEST PAY SQUEEZE SINCE THE SILVER JUBILEE

Posted on 28th August 2022

Real average weekly earnings fell by 3 per cent in the three months to June, the biggest fall since 1977, the Resolution Foundation had said in response to recent latest ONS labour market statistics. The latest data is dominated by near double-digit inflation, which according to the Foundation's analysis of longer-term ONS and Bank of England pay data, has brought about the deepest pay squeeze in 45 years.

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PAY AWARDS STAGNATE AS EVEN HIGHER INFLATION LOOMS, FINDS XPERTHR

Posted on 28th August 2022

The latest data from XpertHR shows that the median basic pay award in the three months to the end of July 2022 was 4%, unchanged for the fourth consecutive rolling quarter. Although pay awards remain at the highest recorded level since September 1992, they continue to trail rising inflation, lagging 5.4% percentage points behind the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI), which now stands at 9.4% as of June 2022.

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THE BATTLE FOR TALENT CONTINUES AS EMPLOYERS' VACANCIES CHASE A DWINDLING POOL OF CANDIDATES

Posted on 28th July 2022

Responding to recent ONS figures, Jonathan Boys, labour market economist for the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, comments: "The battle for talent continues but it could be about to peak soon. Vacancy postings were slightly lower in April-June than Mar-May 2022 but remain at very high levels. On the candidate side, the pool of unemployed and inactive continues to fall. Competition for staff is therefore fierce. Redundancies reached a record low of 1.8 per thousand employees showing that employers are paying just as much attention to retention as they are recruitment.

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4.5 MILLION BRITS CONSIDER MOVING ABROAD FOR WORK

Posted on 28th July 2022

Over 4.5 million UK workers are considering moving overseas for a better quality of life, as a result of the cost of living crisis and for better career opportunities as research from Totaljobs shows businesses are struggling to recruit both at home and abroad.

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COST-OF-LIVING CRISIS IS HITTING PAY PACKETS BUT NOT JOBS AS SOME OLDER WORKERS RETURN TO WORK

Posted on 28th July 2022

The inflation-led cost-of-living crisis is causing a huge fall in the value of real wages, but has not yet hit the jobs market as older workers in particular are returning to work in the face of rising cost pressures, the Resolution Foundation said in response to recent ONS labour market statistics.

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NOT ADDRESSING LABOUR SHORTAGES COULD COST UK ECONOMY £30 BILLION EVERY YEAR

Posted on 28th July 2022

Economic modelling for the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has found that with a 10% spike in demand in the economy, and the labour market restricted by shortages, the UK economy would shrink by between 1.2% and 1.6% by 2027, relative to where it would be without these shortages. This could cost the economy anywhere between £30 billion and £39 billion every year - equivalent to losing almost the entire current defence budget or two Elizabeth Lines annually.

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LESS THAN HALF OF WORKERS FEEL ABLE TO SWITCH-OFF FROM WORK, NEW RESEARCH SHOWS

Posted on 23rd June 2022

New research published by Business in the Community (BITC), The Prince's Responsible Business Network, has found that only 45% of employees feel that they can switch off from work, with the other 55% stating they feel pressured to respond to calls or check emails after working hours. Of the employees who worked from home, 49% said they feel they can switch off from work, compared to 45% of employees who travel to and from work each day.

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COST OF LIVING CONCERNS ARE PUSHING PEOPLE TO WORK MORE HOURS AND THROUGH ILLNESS

Posted on 23rd June 2022

New research highlights the significant impact of the cost of living crisis on people's home and work life - driving them to change jobs, take on more hours, and even attend work when they should be off sick. Nearly one in three (31%) of the 1,006 UK-based workers polled by HR software provider CIPHR in May report working more hours or extra shifts because of rising living costs over the last few months, and one in eight (12%) have taken on an additional job.

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CMI RESEARCH REVEALS DISCRIMINATION IN THE UK WORKPLACE IS ENDEMIC AND IS HOLDING BACK THE ECONOMY

Posted on 23rd June 2022

Analysis by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has revealed that, despite the appearance of an "all-inclusive" workplace culture, many employees in the UK are based in organisations that have systemic challenges when it comes to workplace inclusion.

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LOW UNEMPLOYMENT MEANS EMPLOYERS WILL LOOK TO TEMPT THE ECONOMICALLY INACTIVE BACK INTO WORK

Posted on 23rd June 2022

Responding to the latest ONS figures, Jonathan Boys, labour market economist for the CIPD, comments: "If judging the labour market on the record low unemployment figures then the picture is rosy. However, despite unemployment continuing to fall, there are still fewer workers than pre-pandemic. At the same time demand for staff remains strong as employers continue to post a record 1.3 million vacancies. The inability to recruit and retain staff is holding some businesses back, so it's important that businesses look at how they can take on people that have been economically inactive, as well as other key groups.

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MID-MARKET CHAMPIONS HYBRID WORKING, BUT STRUGGLES REMAIN

Posted on 29th May 2022

New research from Grant Thornton UK LLP's latest Business Outlook Tracker finds that, since the lifting of legal COVID-19 restrictions in February, just over half (51%) of the 604 mid-sized businesses surveyed have adopted a hybrid working approach. This is quite a significant dip compared to responses from the December 2021 round of the Tracker, when 88% of respondents surveyed were working in a hybrid way.

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HOMEWORKING HAS TRIPLED SINCE BEFORE THE PANDEMIC - TUC

Posted on 22nd May 2022

Friday 20th May marked the 17th annual Work from Home Day, organised by Work Wise UK as part of Work Wise Week - aimed at promoting employment practices that improve work-life balance. Regular homeworking by UK workers has tripled since before the pandemic, reports the TUC, rising from 6.8% in 2019, and 12.1% in 2020, to 22.4% in 2021.

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PLENTY OF JOBS AND NOT ENOUGH CANDIDATES BUT REGULAR PAY STILL FALLS SHORT OF INFLATION

Posted on 22nd May 2022

Responding to the recent ONS figures, Jonathan Boys, labour market economist for the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, comments: "Consumer confidence is waning, and forecasts of many economic indicators look gloomy, but the labour market remains in rude health. Businesses continue to post a record number of job vacancies, but candidates remain in short supply. Indeed, for the first time ever there are fewer unemployed people looking for work than there are vacancies.

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CMI REACTS TO CONSUMER PRICE INFLATION

Posted on 22nd May 2022

Reacting to the release of the Consumer Price Inflation, Anthony Painter, Director of Policy at CMI commented "Prices for households and businesses have surged to their highest level in 40-years at 9.0% in April 2022, up from 7.0% last month.

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INDUSTRY ANALYSIS - WHAT'S CAUSING THE UK'S CANDIDATE SHORTAGE?

Posted on 10th May 2022

We recently asked for your views on what you believe has most directly lead to the UK's candidate shortage. After reading your insights into the current job's market and wider economy, we wanted to highlight some of the latest industry findings that are collectively shaping such a highly competitive hiring landscape.

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EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES FACE A GREAT COST SQUEEZE

Posted on 27th April 2022

Britain's workers seeking pay rises and extra help from their organisations are often coming away empty handed, research by the Chartered Management Institute has shown. Whilst half of companies are providing basic pay awards, 48% reported that no raises are being offered or that they were unaware of plans to do so. The research also showed that 1 in 3 private sector managers are concerned about the financial strength of their organisation.

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TIGHT LABOUR MARKET BUT PAY STRUGGLES TO COMPETE WITH RISING PRICES

Posted on 27th April 2022

Responding to the recent ONS figures, Jonathan Boys, labour market economist for the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, comments "The labour market remains tight. At 3.8%, unemployment is incredibly low. Candidates for jobs are in short supply but demand for staff continues at pace with another record-breaking vacancy level reached this month.

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MORE EMPLOYERS LOOK TO HIRE PERMANENT STAFF DESPITE ECONOMIC WORRIES

Posted on 27th April 2022

Employers' confidence in the UK economy took a turn for the worse during the first quarter of 2022 as inflation reached its highest for 30 years. That's according to new data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

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WHAT'S THE LARGEST CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THE CURRENT CANDIDATE SHORTAGE?

Posted on 11th April 2022

In our latest poll, we'd love to have you thoughts on what you believe has been the most significant factor to the UK's candidate shortage. From Brexit to coronavirus and changing candidate attitudes, have your say.

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MOST WORKERS THINK THEIR LAST PAY RISE WAS UNFAIR

Posted on 23rd March 2022

New research by HR and payroll software provider CIPHR suggests that over two-thirds of workers think their most recent pay rise was unfair and didn't reflect their job performance. Despite this, only one in nine (11%) are actively job hunting and interviewing for a new role.

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UNEMPLOYMENT NEARS RECORD LOW BUT BRITAIN'S PAY SQUEEZE DEEPENS

Posted on 23rd March 2022

In response to the latest ONS labour market statistics, the Resolution Foundation has commented that a tight labour market has seen unemployment fall close to a record low, but surging inflation means that Britain's ongoing real pay squeeze is getting deeper, particularly for low earners.

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2 IN 5 EMPLOYERS EXPECT STAFF NUMBERS TO INCREASE

Posted on 23rd March 2022

Research from Acas, the advisory, conciliation and arbitration service, has shown that 41% of British employers expect the size of their workforce to increase over the next twelve months.

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EMERGING ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN HEAPS FRESH PRESSURES ON UK INDUSTRY

Posted on 22nd March 2022

Various challenges to UK industry need to be mitigated through Government support and strong business practice, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has said, highlighting the economic effects of the war in Ukraine adding to enormous headwinds already buffeting the UK economy.

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EMPLOYERS SHOULD STILL BE CAUTIOUS AND RECOGNISE THEIR LEGAL DUTY OF CARE TO EMPLOYEES

Posted on 22nd February 2022

The Prime Minister has revealed the Government's 'Living with Covid-19' strategy. This includes the lifting of self-isolation requirements for those who test positive for the virus and the gradual withdrawal of free testing for the public at large in England.

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STARTING SALARIES CONTINUE TO RISE AMID SHARPER DROP IN CANDIDATE SUPPLY - REC

Posted on 22nd February 2022

The latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs survey signalled a further steep increase in hiring activity at the start of 2022. Permanent placement growth eased slightly since December, however, while the upturn in temp billings gathered pace.

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A THIRD OF BUSINESSES PLAN TO SCRAP SELF-ISOLATION FOR WORKERS

Posted on 22nd February 2022

A poll of 250 business owners, CEOs and senior managers, by HR software provider CIPHR, found that less than half (48%) are planning to keep staff with Covid at home and away from the workplace. One in five (21%) of those surveyed are still unsure how they'll deal with the imminent easing of self-isolation restrictions for positive or asymptomatic people.

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SOCIO-ECONOMIC BACKGROUND A FACTOR IN CAREER PROGRESSION - CMI

Posted on 22nd February 2022

Many believe their organisation is doing little to support the career development of those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, research by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has shown. Respondents also believe that once in work an employee's background continues to impact their career progression.

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BIG COMPANIES ARE IGNORING POVERTY, ARGUES THINK TANK

Posted on 21st January 2022

The Social Market Foundation think-tank found that FTSE-100 companies are 64 times more likely to address environmental issues than to discuss poverty in their statements about Environmental, Social and Governance work. Governance issues also receive vastly more attention from big UK firms than concerns about employees, suppliers, and stakeholders living in poverty, the SMF said in a new report.

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JOB VACANCIES HIT RECORD HIGH, BUT REAL PAY IS FALLING

Posted on 21st January 2022

The latest labour market stats continue the trend of low unemployment and high vacancies. Most figures run to November when the economy reached its pre-andemic size. To meet demand firms were hiring. Despite this, regular pay, though growing at 3.8%, could not keep up with inflation in the year to November and fell 1% in real terms. However, some white-collar workers such as those working in finance and business services got larger pay rises with a 6.1% rise in nominal pay.

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RECRUITMENT AND EMPLOYMENT CONFEDERATION (REC) RESPONSE TO ONS LABOUR MARKET STATISTICS, JAN 2022

Posted on 21st January 2022

The Office for National Statistics recently published its latest labour market statistics (18 January 2022). Commenting on the figures, REC Chief Executive Neil Carberry said: "The strength of the UK jobs market remains remarkable by any historic comparison, as vacancies rise and unemployment drops. It's clear that temporary and part-time work is playing a key role as people find new roles in different sectors as the economy changes rapidly. More short-term and part-time roles may also reflect greater flexibility from firms as they struggle to hire in this market.

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HALF OF WORKERS WOULD QUIT TO MOVE TO AN EMPLOYER THAT PROVIDED BURNOUT SUPPORT

Posted on 21st January 2022

More than half of UK based employees would leave their jobs in favour organisations that can offer better support for stress and burnout. A new report, Performance Management Report 2022, by Clear Review, an Advanced company also reveals that nearly half of workers don't feel their managers take any steps to help them avoid the problem of burnout - a problem which impacts over 800,000 British workers with over half reporting that this is due to the pandemic.

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WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2022?

Posted on 8th January 2022

It's definitely not too late to think about your business resolutions for getting 2022 off the best possible start! Two of our main resolutions for the year ahead focus on seeing even more of our clients and candidates in person and continuing to share as much of our expertise and industry knowledge as possible.

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