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Karen Colfer
Study shows UK workers want to design their preferred work-life balance Workers in the United Kingdom (UK) are ready to ‘design’ a better balance between their personal and professional lives – and having a boss who will support them is now an important differentiator in their employment choice.According to a recent survey of 800 UK workers by recruitment specialist Kelly Services – conducted as p ... Read More
You want to be hired? Learn what hiring managers most value in soft skills.Talk about importance of those skills and their influence on the career.The most optimistic jobseekers out there may think that looking the part and talking the talk will get them all the way, but there are certain things that hiring managers are looking out for which they may well have forgotten to mention. On the other ... Read More
 Get a crowd of top sourcers in a room and they will ultimately start exchanging stories about “purple squirrels” and the techniques they employed to find these elusive candidates. But for many companies it’s not about tracking down a niche individual, it’s about volume recruitment -  finding large numbers of the same type of generic candidate (or grey squirrel) over and over again. Take call cent ... Read More
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Talent acquisition and retention are topics that have been elevated in recent years for executive level sponsorship. But what of the bridge between these two business-critical focus areas: candidate onboarding?According to the findings of our 2015 UK & Ireland Onboarding Survey, where we set out to discover employee sentiment and experiences during the first 90 days of employment in a new role, ma ... Read More
If you work in the engineering or science sectors in the UK then there's a strong chance you're already aware that your skills are in demand. The latest Kelly Global Workforce Index shows that two thirds of engineers and over half of scientists believe their experience and skill-sets are highly sought after. So it came as little surprise to find that over 70% had applied for a new job in the last ... Read More
 It seems that increasingly for UK employees it is us, and not our employer, who takes responsibility for our career development. Traditionally we may have expected line managers or the HR team to take the lead in setting realistic performance targets and putting a career development programme in place to help us reach full potential, but around 90% of UK businesses feel the onus now lies with us ... Read More
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According to the latest findings from the Kelly Global Workforce Index (KGWI), almost three quarters (70%)  of employees working in the automotive sector haven’t had a career development discussion with their employer in the last year, and 48% feel they don’t have a clear career path available to them. The survey also showed that when given the choice between advancing to a higher level in ... Read More
Reading the mood
02 Oct 2014
The 2014 Kelly Global Workforce Index results show that the global labour market remains unsettled, with waning levels of worker loyalty and commitment.Less than a third (31%) of respondents are “totally committed” to their current employers. While this percentage has remained consistent since 2012, it represents a sharp decline from 2010, when 43% were totally committed.Workers in the Ameri ... Read More
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Workers are showing greater interest in enhancing their skill sets in what they perceive as an increasingly volatile job market, after a tough few years in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis.This means that employers are under increasing pressure to provide increased and higher-value training in order to satisfy a restless labour force. But workers are now so committed to improving ... Read More
Gary Jones
Around the globe, employees are disengaging from their jobs with more than two thirds feeling uncommitted to their current employers. So in a digital world, how do companies identify, engage and retain top talent? As well as those candidates that are openly looking for work, there are large numbers who are more covert in the way they approach the employment market. This video explores the ... Read More
Gary Jones
Workers are getting restless and increasingly demanding of their employer – but this can be turned into a win-win situation.The latest Kelly Global Workforce Index reveals that employers are continuing to confront a challenging workplace, characterised by relatively weak levels of employee engagement and commitment to work.It’s news to no-one that the mood of the labour market remains diffic ... Read More
Lance J. Richards
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that in 2013 there were 62 million fewer jobs worldwide in comparison to pre-financial crisis trends. This number includes not only the increase in unemployment since 2007, but also the number of discouraged workers who have left the global labour force altogether. This jobs gap is projected to reach 81 million by 2018.A key driver of the ... Read More
Gary Jones
It can be difficult to take time out from daily operational demands to talk to your workers about their hopes and aspirations, but it’s vital if you don’t want to lose staff.Too often, these critical discussions with employees are simply not taking place. This can lead to an increasingly dissatisfied and restless workforce, which can seriously affect a firm’s production and performance.The ... Read More
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After years of pain in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, there’s hope on the horizon. But serious geopolitical crises, such as those in the Middle East and in the Ukraine, are threatening to dim what could be the light at the end of the tunnel.The global economy looks set to expand modestly over the short term, as growth is projected to rise from 2.8% in 2014 to 3.7% in 2016 ... Read More
Rachael Moss
We respond to job advertisements for one purpose: to gain employment. Yet, the job on offer can only be given to one person. This means most of your candidates will leave the transaction empty-handed, and potentially dissatisfied. We know now, however, that the employment equation doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, even if a candidate is not awarded the position at the end of their appl ... Read More
Rachael Moss
There is a lot to say about the benefits of a positive candidate experience for any organisation. The landscape in the war for talent is shifting. Candidates are quickly becoming the voice of many organisation's employer brand. As the talent playing field levels, organisations which recognise this evolution in the employer-candidate relationship and act on it will be one step ahead. The 2014 CandE ... Read More
Finding the top talent in your industry is much more complex than simply posting a job ad and sifting through a flood of applications. The best candidate for a given position may not even be actively looking to change employer.We have long known that in addition to those who are actively searching for work, there is a significant portion of the job market that remains passive and hidden. ... Read More
Gary Jones
 Far more female workers in the UK (51%) indicated that flexible work arrangements would make an organisation an attractive employer/drive a decision to accept one job over another compared to their male counterparts (36%) according to latest Kelly Global Workforce Index findings.   As flexible working opens up as an option this week to an extra 20 million UK workers, the research found signi ... Read More
Social media has become an important means of communicating with potential candidates, and a key way for employees to make critical career decisions.More than a third (40%) of Life Sciences respondents globally rely on social media in their job and career decisions.However, the APAC region is well above the global average at 58%, while EMEA is below, at 38%.The most prolific users of social media ... Read More
Online talent communities are still a relatively new technique in talent pool management, but they hold appeal in certain markets and are gaining traction. An online talent community is an interactive forum where individuals engage with company representatives and other community members. They will be informed about the business as well as hear about potential job opportunities. This study focused ... Read More
Natalia Shuman
Employees have moved en masse to online job boards as the preferred vehicle for hiring. They have also been quick to utilise social media in a variety of career and job-related discussion, however, the influence of social media seems to have declined somewhat on last year.Although we are not seeing a large fall in use of social media to make employment decisions by candidates, it is clear that emp ... Read More
Natalia Shuman
Employees across the Financial Services & Insurance sectors have seen a lot of career instability, dislocation and downsizing since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008. While conditions have improved markedly since then, there still remains a degree of fallout, reflected in the level of employee commitment to work.Globally, less than a third (30%) of those in Financial Ser ... Read More
Martin Lee
Martin brings vast expertise to Kelly including advanced direct sourcing techniques, benchmarking analysis, talent pooling, and recruitment research, as well as advance usage of social media in recruitment. He will aim to ensure that the most innovative solutions are offered to our customers. He will work closely with customers on sourcing and recruitment strategies and advise them on the n ... Read More
Natalia Shuman
As you would expect, the popularity of hard copy resumes continues to wane. Only around one in ten applicants now sees this as the preferred way to apply for a role.  What is perhaps surprising is that video and other social media-enabled applications still only account for a very small proportion of job applications and remain relatively unpopular with candidates.  The acts of searching for a ... Read More
Workers want dialogue. In our latest survey of some 230,000 workers across the world, more than half say they are keen to stay in touch with potential employers about possible work opportunities.Investments in online job postings and the use of social media are just two of the ways that organisations now reach out to job-seekers, however, there is strong evidence that targeting prospects with regu ... Read More
People want to be a part of a great workplace. They want to know how to get a foot in the door, and what it takes to be successful and achieve their goals once they’re inside. However, high-performing workplaces aren't for everyone, nor should they pretend to be. Sometimes, they’re tough places to be because of high expectations and demands from customers, leadership and shareholders.  Great ... Read More
Sally Hunter
Sally Hunter, Director and RPO Practice Lead for Kelly OCG talks to leading HR professionals at Talent Leaders Connect in London on 'Where Talent Management & Talent Attraction Collide'.Sally looks at the current mood of the workforce - and explores building talent pools with with talent relationship management and creating talent communities.      ... Read More
Natalia Shuman
The results are in: almost 230,000 people worldwide have taken part in our 2014 Kelly Global Workforce Index and it confirms that finding and securing talent is becoming tougher. As well as those candidates that are openly looking for work, there are large numbers who are more covert in the way they approach the employment market. However, many employees have become disengaged from their work a ... Read More
Bill Boorman
Improving candidate experience isn’t a simple act, to be sure ... but I've boiled it down to some key fundamentals. If you're keen to address the candidate experience gaps in your organisation, here's how to do it: 1. Consider attracting fewer applications. Recruiters should provide such clear instructions and initial screening filters that very few applicants are in fact qualified to fill out an ... Read More
Bill Boorman
When a recruiter opens a new job, they may receive hundreds of applicants for each role. Multiply that by the number of requisitions a single recruiter manages, and it all adds up to an unmanageable morass of applicants.It’s no wonder job applicants complain they feel pressing “send” on an application is like pressing “shred.” It's also not all that surprising to hear that 46 percent of candi ... Read More
Bill Boorman
When it comes to finding the right people to fill a vacancy, my key piece of advice is this: "Don’t be an idealist, be a realist." Survey your employees and ask them what it’s like to work at your organisation. What do they enjoy most? What is particularly challenging? What would they want to relay to a new employee? Even more importantly, of those employees who are particularly satisfi ... Read More
Bill Boorman
Long held up as a critical talent strategy, candidate experience still ranks low for all but the savviest consumer brands. If you really want to improve your candidate experience, here are six (relatively) easy ways to go about it:1. Attract fewer applicants in the first place.  In my previous post (2 April, 2014) I explain in detail why attracting fewer applicants is a good thing. When you a ... Read More
Bill Boorman
Most companies really don’t give a shrug about candidate experience. Yes, it’s a topic that’s been making the rounds of HR and recruiting conferences for five-plus years, but only the most sophisticated consumer brands (e.g. Starbucks, Kraft) and companies with persistent talent shortages (e.g. companies in tech, accounting, engineering) manage to do it well. And even many of those fail. F ... Read More
Changes in digital and social media have transformed the ways companies market themselves for sales – but not always for employees. Recent learnings from marketing can help HR and recruiters address a range of challenges, from employer branding through to candidate experience and referrals. Todd Wheatland explores further in his keynote speech from Talent Leader’s Connect, 2014.   ... Read More
Dominic Graham
For some time now big pharmaceutical companies have been losing patent protection and the generic market has boomed. In 2011, the global generics market was estimated to be worth approximately $225 billion. By 2016, it is expected that this will have risen to $358 billion, representing more than 18% of all pharmaceutical sales.Nowhere is the generics market growing faster than in emerging eco ... Read More
Dominic Graham
Strained public purses and regulatory barriers continue to put pressure on R&D investment in Europe, and emerging economies are gaining a greater share of this investment worldwide.For life science companies in the Eurozone, the challenge is to invest wisely in R&D activities – to combat some of the other significant challenges facing the industry – while keeping costs contained and becoming ... Read More
Dominic Graham
Following years of growth and favourable market trends, the global life sciences industry now finds itself facing a ‘new normal’. By any measure it is still a stand-out performer globally, and a key strategic area for the EMEA region. However, markets are changing.   Life science companies must adopt new business models to achieve the following:  Counter slowing sales growth   Stem profitab ... Read More
 Social media has changed the nature of communication across communities. And, it continues to break down barriers in the workplace too. As employees everywhere become more social and more connected, they are seeking opportunities to combine their work and their personal lives.  In our annual round up of research for 2013, we see that the tide has well and truly turned with respect to how work ... Read More
Mona Wehbe
Poor candidate experiences are often blamed on technology. However, as Bill Boorman points out in this short clip from the 2013 TruLondon event, making sure that candidates know what comes next is what matters most. Rejection, and managing this well, is a big part of creating a positive candidate experience. Watch the short clip here to find out more. ... Read More
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Work in Scotland: Economic OutlookCarole Dyvore, Branch Manager, Kelly Services, ScotlandScotland has twice been voted ‘European Region of the Future’ in the last four years by the Financial Times’ Foreign Direct Investment magazine. There is an air of positivity with the latest forecast from the CBI suggesting that businesses are more confident about the future than they have been for some ti ... Read More
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 Job changes more common in EuropeMore Australians changed jobs over the past year than workers in any other country. Yet, when we look at the list of the top ten countries in terms of worker attrition over the year, Eurozone nations dominate.In our most recent survey of some 120,000 people across the world, the Eurozone country that reported the highest number of workers changing jobs over the pa ... Read More
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 How to reach Gen Now There are fundamental reasons why organisations, not just HR departments and HR leaders, must respond to generational issues - and quickly. The fact is, although there is a deluge of anecdotal evidence suggesting that the different generations’ mindsets and approaches to work are worlds apart, we now know that the modern workplace is occupied by a constituency that - across t ... Read More
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Work in the UK: 2013 Employment Outlook Official business statistics show a generally weak economic outlook for the UK in 2013/14, although retail sales and manufacturing output has increased. Within a stagnant economy the labour market has remained relatively resilient, although inflation is up and unemployment in the public sector has slowed significantly. The overall risk level of the UK labour ... Read More