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The importance of flexible benefits

Written by - Managing Director Adecco

Earlier this year the right to request flexible working was extended to every employee in the UK. And with flexible working emerging as one of the most influential benefits for candidates when deciding on a new job, it’s something for employers to consider when vying for new talent.
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Employment confusion as AS levels may soon be scrapped

Written by - Managing Director Adecco

They lasted 14 years, but after their introduction back in 2000, AS levels look set to disappear. And it could cause some confusion for hiring managers.
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Apprenticeships: A secret weapon in the war for talent

Written by - Managing Director Adecco

It’s that time of year again: GCSE results are out, school leavers are questioning their futures, and employers are dealing with an influx of job applications. But what actually counts in today’s tough market?
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Employment tribunal fees: justice for all or an act of silence? - 06/08/2014

Written by - Marketing Manager Adecco

In July 2013, the UK government introduced mandatory fees for employment tribunals. Those who support the idea think the new laws will help to eradicate the spurious claims that waste taxpayers’ money; those who stand in opposition believe the fees penalise the most vulnerable in our society.
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Living Wage achieves further buy-in

The importance of a healthy diet in shift workers - 31/07/2014

Written by - Managing Director Adecco

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help your employees feel their best. You can help ensure they don’t become one of the increasing numbers suffering from common conditions such as diabetes and obesity.
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Living Wage achieves further buy-in

Living Wage achieves further buy-in- 23/07/2014

Written by - Managing Director Adecco

Last month, Nestle — the world’s largest food company — became the first major manufacturer to pay the Living Wage to all staff. Although its 8,000 permanent employees already receive the Living Wage

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Unemployment continues to fall

Unemployment continues to fall - 17/07/2014

Written by - Managing Director Adecco

For the second year in a row, unemployment levels have fallen across the UK — according to the latest employment figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This continues the recent trend of record-breaking statistics that have brought positivity to the jobs market:

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Making a success of your telephone interview

Minorities face employment struggle, but could plug skills gap - 11/07/2014

Written by - Managing Director Adecco

“Who you are — the background you come from — still has too great an influence on whether you find a job, are able to hold onto it, or see your wages rise.” Making Britain Work For Everyone, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

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Making a success of your telephone interview

Right to request flexible working extended to all- 02/07/2014

Written by - Managing Director Adecco

From this week, the right to request flexible working — traditionally the reserve of carers, parents and guardians — will be extended to every employee in the UK.

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Making a success of your telephone interview

Making a success of your telephone interview- 19/06/2014

Written by - Marketing Manager Adecco

Recruitment practices are changing all the time, and with an influx of job seekers on the market, many organisations are turning to the humble phone interview to narrow their search before making the final cut. And if you’re not taking this initial assessment as seriously as the final interview, you could find yourself ruled out before you’ve even met your interviewer face to face.

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The right way to leave a job

"I quit”: The right way to leave a job - 15/04/2014

Written by - Marketing Manager Adecco

You’re in a job that no longer challenges you, coming into work hasn’t excited you for as long as you can remember, and try as you might, your boss is getting on your last nerve. Find out how avoid burning bridges and say goodbye on a high

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Making connections

Making connections: how to quickly (and easily) expand your network - 10/03/2014

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

They say it’s who you know, not what you know that matters, and while we’re confident that your skills and experience can get you far, it doesn’t hurt to make a few strategic connections to help you along the way.

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Is commuting ruining your life?

Negotiating salary - 25/02/2014

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Job interviews can be packed full of pitfalls if you’re not fully prepared (they can be packed full of pitfalls even if you are prepared)...

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Is commuting ruining your life?

Is commuting ruining your life? - 17/02/2014

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Commuting is the bane of every professional’s working life. Ok, maybe not every professional; some of you might be lucky enough to enjoy a picturesque journey into the office...

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How to handle a hard to please boss

How to handle a hard to please boss during your probation period - 06/02/2014

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

It’s important to make a good impression at every stage of your career, but it couldn’t be more important than during your probation period.

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Money doesn’t always buy happiness

Money doesn’t always buy happiness - 28/01/2014

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Believe it or not, there are people out there who love their job so much they’d do it for free (finances permitting) — which got us thinking about the importance of job satisfaction.

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How to get a good night’s sleep

How to get a good night’s sleep and perform better at work - 21/01/2014

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Most people understand the upset, frustration and resulting exhaustion of a sleepless night. In fact, almost two in every three Britons lose 30 days of sleep every year through worrying; that’s two hours every single night.

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How to boost your productivity

How to boost your productivity with a little careful planning - 15/01/2014

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

We’re already well into January, which probably means that most well-meant resolutions will have fallen by the wayside. But one change that’s definitely worth sticking to is how you approach and structure your working week.

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Beating the New Year blues

Beating the New Year blues - 08/01/2014

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

A new year, a new start, and a brand new set of resolutions. We might have the best of intentions when that clocks strikes midnight, but once the holidays are over, the work piles up...

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The dangers of social media

The dangers of social media - 23/12/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Once upon a time, we all lived happily without the temptations of social media, but since the dawn of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (and the rest), those days are a dim and distant memory.

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Making the right impression during your probation period

Making the right impression during your probation period - 17/12/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Landing a job (dream or otherwise) is a great feeling, especially in this day and age, but even after you’ve signed on the dotted line it’s rarely ever a done deal — until you’ve proven yourself, that is.

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How to give yourself the best chance of finding work

How to give yourself the best chance of finding work - 16/12/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

At some point in our lives, we’ve all dreamt of being footballers, actors, authors, TV presenters or rock stars, and for the lucky ones that dream really can come true — but lofty ambitions can also hold us back.

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How does your salary compare to the premier league?

What makes a good business leader? - 15/11/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

How to improve your chances of landing a leadership role. Your ambition inspires us on a daily basis. From the scores of you who want to know how to take the next step in your career, to those of you who are eager to learn how to secure a promotion.

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Working around your studies: a student’s guide

Working around your studies: a student’s guide - 03/10/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

With Fresher’s Week causing a dent in pockets, it’s a good time to consider working around your studies to help you supplement your student loan.

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How does your salary compare to the premier league?

How does your salary compare to the premier league? - 11/09/2013

Written by - Marketing Manager Adecco

As the transfer window closes for another year, footballers’ salaries have been making headlines.

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How can you help workplace skills among young?

How can you help workplace skills among young? - 05/09/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Despite a record number of people off the dole and in work, the number of young people looking for work has also peaked, increasing by 15,000 over the past three months to nearly 100,000 jobless.

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Migrant workers searching for jobs back home has surged significantly

Economic gloom abroad brings jobseekers home from their place in the sun - 29/08/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Have you witnessed an increasing number of Spanish and Brits migrating back to the UK to work? Our research has found a spike in traffic from Spain between 2008 and 2012.

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UK workers say there is an expectation to work whilst on holiday

A quarter (25%) of UK workers say there is an expectation to work whilst on holiday - 05/07/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Two fifths (43%) of workers say they spend over half their holiday thinking about work, with one in ten (12%) admitting to checking their emails daily whilst on holiday.

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A third (31%) of workers do not take their entitled holiday leave

A third (31%) of workers do not take their entitled holiday leave - 19/08/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

The new research, released as millions of UK workers are packing up for their annual summer holiday, reveals that millions of workers are instead staying in the office.

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Five things to avoid when creating your CV

Five things to avoid when creating your CV - 15/08/2013

Written by - Marketing Manager Adecco

Your CV is your first chance to impress. Whether you are approaching your local employment agency or applying for jobs directly with employers, your CV either sells you brilliantly or puts people off you completely!

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Find the perfect job

Graduates: kick start your job search - 13/08/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Your potential employer will quite possibly have scrolled through hundreds of CV’s before reaching yours, so this is your chance to shine.

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Packing for holiday? Reasons to leave your laptop behind

Managing sickness in the workplace - 31/07/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Recent research from accountancy giant PwC has found that British employees take more than four times as many days off work due to sickness than their global counterparts.

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Packing for holiday? Reasons to leave your laptop behind

Packing for holiday? Reasons to leave your laptop behind - 08/07/2013

Written by - Marketing Manager Adecco

As a nation, Brits are luckier than many when it comes to taking annual leave. UK employees receive almost twice the holidays of other developed nations, including Japan and South Korea, and receive on average 11 days more than workers in the US and Singapore.

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Are your staff holidaying sick?

Are your staff holidaying sick? - 05/07/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

More than a quarter of workers would rather eat into their holiday allowance than take time off ill, according to a survey from Canada Life Group Insurance.

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Workaholic

Is work getting in the way of your life? - 04/07/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

It’s all too easy to get caught up with work, and with new technology and flexible working blurring the lines between work and private life, it can be hard to let work go at the end of the day.

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retaining your best talent

SMEs: retaining your best talent - 03/07/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Working as a valued member of a small team is always going to feel like a different dynamic to being one of many in a larger organisation.

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Preparing for a panel interview

Preparing for a panel interview - 26/06/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Interviews are always nerve-wracking affairs, but it’s one thing having a cosy chat with someone over a cup of coffee, and quite another being faced with a panel of people quizzing you from all angles.

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Ten tops from high achievers

Ten tips from high achievers - 25/06/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

We all want success. But how do we go about it? Here are our top tips for getting where you want to go in life.

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Fostering business innovation

Fostering business innovation - 24/06/2013

Written by - Operations Director

All businesses need to innovate to stay ahead in an ever changing economy, so fostering creativity in your company practises is essential for finding ways to solve business problems and edging ahead of the competition.

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Lunch break workout

Lunch break workout - 21/06/2013

Written by - Operations Director Adecco

Whether you’ve been running from pillar to post, or hunched over your screen all morning, heading to the gym for a lunchtime workout isn’t all that appealing when you’ve been hard at it all morning.

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Sickness takes out a third of the workforce

Sickness takes out a third of the workforce - 19/06/2013

Almost a third (30%) of the UK workforce has taken a day off sick over the past quarter according to research from Adecco Retail, with almost one in ten workers (9%) taking five days or more.

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