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2020 – The Race for Talent

Hi there, in the next installment of my (very) occasional series of articles, this is the first part of a ‘Recruiting Skills’ series focusing on writing great job posts. I think it’s fair to say that in my niche – actuarial/risk/investment – great talent is not easily found so any new ideas may help all of us! The goal of a job post is to sell not only the position, but also the organisation and…

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The Gender Pay Gap – you really need to ask!

I recently read Katie Roiphe’s article on the gender pay gap – read it here: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/20/katie-roiphe-why-paid-less-than-male-colleagues  and it’s well backed up by any number of research papers: Harvard Business Review said that only 7% of woman asked for a higher salary at offer stage compared to a whopping 57% of men! This crosses industry barriers too – actuaries may be a way away from the world of Jennnifer Lawrence, but even the arrow wielding super…

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Pay Transparency – why it’s a good thing

Time to End Pay Secrecy? A recent Ted Talk by Management Researcher David Burkus looked at the question of pay transparency. This is a hot topic and it was a fascinating talk. Here’s a summary. How much do you get paid?  Or the person next to you at work? These tend to be uncomfortable questions and, whilst we all ask them, we rarely get the answer. Pay is usually subject to secrecy. The assumed reason…

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Bridging the Generation Gap – Article 4: Interviewing, Hiring and Training Generation Y

Article 4: Interviewing, Hiring and Training Generation Y Think your work colleagues are from another planet? It could be due to the generation gap. ‘Bridging the Generation Gap’ is a five part series which looks at how the different generations behave in the workplace, with particular emphasis on Generation X and Generation Y. Article 3 in this series demystified Generation Y (anyone born between 1977 and 1995). Now it’s time to look at the best…

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Bridging the Generation Gap – Article 3: Demystifying Generation Y

Article 3: Demystifying Generation Y Think your work colleagues are from another planet? It could be due to the generation gap. ‘Bridging the Generational Gap’ is a five part series which looks at how the different generations behave in the workplace, with particular emphasis on Generation X and Generation Y. Article 2 in this series took a closer look at Generation X – the group that makes up most of today’s middle management. This article…

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Sophie Peterson