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Diversity starts with an inclusive culture, not a bunch of initiatives

By   /  September 29, 2016  /  RA Now Opinion  /  No Comments

Diversity starts with an inclusive culture, not a bunch of initiatives

Discrimination in the recruitment process continues to be a major barrier to diversity and inclusion, according to the latest report from the CIPD, Attitudes to employability and talent. The most worrying revelation, however, is that much of this discrimination happens unconsciously; for example, neglecting to target working parents or those with disabilities, despite them scoring […]

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The self-employment story behind the statistics

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  RA Now Opinion  /  No Comments

The self-employment story behind the statistics

Despite predictions that uncertainty around Brexit would lead to widespread job losses, the latest labour market data has given cause for optimism. The ONS confirmed last week that there are 31.77 million people now in work – up by more than 550,000 in the past year and by 2.7 million since 2010. This represents a […]

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Focus on what’s important in the recruitment process

By   /  September 15, 2016  /  RA Now Opinion  /  No Comments

JFocus on what’s important in the recruitment process

In what’s supposedly a candidate’s market, it’s perhaps surprising to hear that candidates spend around £146 going to a job interview, according to new research from totaljobs. Jobseekers are spending cash on new outfits, transport and haircuts in a bid to stand out, yet once at the interview find they are underprepared. More than a […]

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The gig economy is gearing up: so let’s protect workers

By   /  September 8, 2016  /  RA Now Opinion  /  No Comments

The gig economy is gearing up: so let’s protect workers

It’s arguably one of the most seismic shifts in the way we work for a generation. Experts suggest that the proportion of workers who are self-employed, freelance or on flexible contracts could be as much as half of the workforce by the end of the decade. The days of having a job for life feel […]

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Back to school: time to channel that New Year feeling?

By   /  September 1, 2016  /  RA Now Opinion  /  No Comments

Back to school: time to channel that New Year feeling?

The sun is still shining, lots of us are booking next year’s holiday to get over the fact that this year’s is over… and for many, thoughts turn to reinvigorating their career. It’s that classic ‘starting the new school year’ feeling – if we’re not out buying new stationery like we’re revising for our GCSEs, […]

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That gender pay gap just won’t close…

By   /  August 25, 2016  /  RA Now Opinion  /  No Comments

That gender pay gap just won’t close…

A series of reports out this week offered women in the workplace a triple-whammy of despair. First was a research report by Citizens Advice that showed a 58% rise in the number of people coming to them regarding issues with maternity leave in the last year. Coupled with that, visits to CA’s pregnancy discrimination advice […]

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How can we encourage disabled applicants to disclose?

By   /  August 18, 2016  /  RA Now Opinion  /  No Comments

Managing rejection: How hiring an internal ‘recruiter’ can boost brand advocacy

The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative has revealed that just one in five employers regularly deal with disabled applicants for roles, despite the fact that every role should receive an average of three applications from disabled candidates. The initiative is also campaigning for employers and recruiters to close what it calls the ‘disability employment gap’, which […]

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Is summer the season of discontent?

By   /  July 28, 2016  /  RA Now Opinion  /  No Comments

Is summer the season of discontent?

A survey last week from CV-Library revealed that only a fifth of employers offer staff seasonal perks during the summer, but is that really a surprise? Most staff felt that their employer should have seasonal policies in place, such as more relaxed dress codes, flexible working and reduced hours. And while the mercury has hit […]

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The new breed of Chief Brexit Officer

By   /  July 21, 2016  /  RA Now Opinion  /  No Comments

The new breed of Chief Brexit Officer

David Davis arguably has the first of many, according to one agency’s prediction of a post-referendum boom in ‘Chief Brexit Officer’ posts attracting six-figure salaries. The Brexit Minister has clearly set a trend in Government that the private sector intends to follow. But while this prediction might have seemed outlandish a few months ago, before […]

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Waging the war for IT security talent

By   /  July 14, 2016  /  RA Now Opinion  /  No Comments

Waging the war for IT security talent

Predictions by US technology giant Cisco suggest that around 50 billion objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020. We as consumers will be even more connected via our smart watches, home heating gadgets and who knows what else, while huge volumes of data are shared around – perfect bait for hackers or activists. […]

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