Future-proof your recruitment strategy with salary benchmarking

It can be tough recruiting in a market where there is only a small pool of qualified and available talent. Harder still, once you have a team of talented employees, to retain them in a competitive market place. Information and knowledge is key – and that’s where highly targeted and focused salary benchmarking can offer […]

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Technical versus ‘soft skills’ in high risk industries

The rise of non-technical skills in high risk industries In 1989 a Midland Boeing 737 crashed into the embankment of the M1 near Kegworth, Leicestershire. It left 47 passengers dead and 74 seriously injured. Later investigations showed that the pilot had mistakenly shut down the working engine instead of the one that was on fire. […]

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What’s storytelling got to do with safety professionals?

Perhaps the ability to ‘storytell’ isn’t the first skill that springs to mind when you are hiring your safety team? Technical competencies and relevant industry experience tend to be top of the job requirement list for senior safety professionals. And that’s not surprising. Organisations need to be compliant, manage risk effectively, reduce serious incidents and […]

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Rejecting candidates isn’t easy, but it’s important.

Most of us have experienced rejection at some point in our lives. It’s not pleasant. When it happens it doesn’t feel like there’s an upside. It just feels personal and can hit us at our very core. It’s perhaps not much of a surprise then to discover that the experience of a rejection, activates the […]

What skills do top performing teams need?

There are few HR professionals or Recruitment Managers these days who don’t have a mandate to employ more diverse teams. Most of us know how easy it is to fall into the trap of gravitating towards ‘people like us’ and the negative impact it can have on teams responding to a global market place. A […]

How to interview with emotional intelligence

Everyone is recruiting for Emotional Intelligence these days. It’s not surprising given some of the persuasive evidence that high emotional intelligence is a strong indicator of potential. Type EI or EQ into google, and you will find plenty of  research demonstrating why someone’s emotional abilities has an impact on their behaviour at work. Few would argue […]

Mentoring, mentor

Mentoring helps great companies attract top talent

What factors do candidates weigh up when considering a job offer? Salary? of course, the role? certainly – but just as important is the opportunity to grow. One of the most frequently asked questions by candidates when we recruit for a client is: ‘what will this employer do to support my career development?’ This requires […]

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Women In Energy: Margaret Sargent, VP Production Excellence at Shell

There’s no better time to join the energy sector. That’s the advice Margaret Sargent from Shell has for young women considering a career in the industry. In an extract from our interview with Margaret, she tells us about the breadth of opportunities open to STEM graduates, or anyone considering working in the sector. ‘It’s still […]

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A new league of Super-Heroes! Data Scientists and the Battle for Talent!

Companies are fighting for the best data science talent, and it’s a battle fought in every sector. Using Big Data to drive efficiency and gain meaningful forecasting insights is transforming the supply chain, infrastructure and energy sectors. When Organisations fail to build a strong data and analytic competency across its business functions, they get left […]

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Is Implicit Bias Affecting your Recruitment Process?

Recently I’ve been writing about diversity and gender parity in the energy, infrastructure and supply chain sector.  As an organisation we firmly believe that recruitment processes and talent strategies for small and large organisations alike, must work hard to reduce discrimination and prejudice. So it was a surprise to me to find that I have […]