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Industry 4.0 is nothing new, especially where I am based in Germany. I still remember when this term began to gather momentum at the 2011 Hannover fair, following a great deal of research conducted by the Ministry of Education. We were introduced to the idea that machines could create virtual replicas of the physical world in order to make decentralised decisions and operate in real life...

Over the past year there has been a lot more talk around the concept of having a multi-stage career path, and how this impacts employees and employers of today. We can no longer deny the many ways in which AI will impact the way we learn and teach others. It is an era of ongoing change, to say the least – so what trends should you be aware of? 1. The arrival of multi-stage careers With life...

Whilst Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers is now a household name, Ada Lovelace – often regarded as the first person to recognise the full potential of a ‘computing machine’ and the world’s first computer programmer – arguably remains less well-know. Fast forward to 2019, and women are still struggling to have their voices heard in the tech industry. In 2017, just 18.9% of ICT...

Construction and property is often used as an example of a traditionally male dominated industry, a position difficult to argue against when you consider that only 1 in 10 employees are female, according to research from the CIF. The ongoing perception that construction and property is not as accessible to women has impacted efforts to improve diversity in the sector and improve access...

Every day, I meet talented accountancy and finance professionals who excel in their field. These are often hard-working, ambitious women, but from many of them I keep hearing the same thing, that they are still struggling to have their voices heard by their employers. Only half (52%) of women working in Ireland today believe that their opinions are heard and respected, our research for...

Are you considering a new job? If so, what are you hoping a new role with a different employer will offer you? A more attractive salary and benefits package? Improved career progression? Challenging and exciting work? Better work-life balance? These are all obvious and reasonable criteria of course – but have you considered the importance of working for an employer who places significant...

Who are you? What have you achieved? Why are you the right person for the job? These are all questions a strong CV should instantly answer for the reader. Think of this document as your own living, breathing personal marketing pitch, a marketing pitch that should constantly evolve as you grow and develop as a professional. It was none other than Leonardo da Vinci, over 500 years ago, who...

As workers return en masse, the first thing on most people’s minds will be the promise of a fresh start that the new year inevitably brings. Perhaps you are thinking about what that means for your career and whether you will receive the pay rise you want. For many, the new year may be the right time to search for a new job. The good news is that if you are a jobseeker, your prospects...

Some organisations are now adopting entirely new approaches to performance assessment that go far beyond simply scrapping the annual appraisal. In the latest Hays Journal, we explore why feedback is changing. Performance management is changing. In previous issues of Hays Journal, we’ve explored how businesses were turning away from the annual appraisal in favour of more frequent...

During the recession most companies froze any increase on salaries, thankfully that has begun to change. Nowadays when an employee asks for a pay rise, there is a higher chance the employee will get it. However, it’s important to remember, there is often a nervous feeling when it comes to asking for a pay rise, therefore, your approach needs to be well thought out. Below I’ve outlined the...

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