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Survey of thousands of hiring professionals highlights how four new trends are impacting hiring today.
Published on Jan 28, 2019, on the oficial Linkedin site – https://news.linkedin.com/2019/January/linkedin-releases-2019-global-talent-trends-report

LinkedIn released the 2019 Global Talent Trends report, an annual survey of hiring professionals which helps to inform how HR, talent acquisition and business leaders should approach their recruiting strategies for the coming year.

This year’s report focuses on the transition of the employer-employee power dynamic, giving way to a more transparent, trusting and reciprocal relationship through four new trends: soft skills, work flexibility, anti-harassment practices, and pay transparency.

Here’s what they found:

Pay Transparency – 53% of talent professionals agree pay transparency is extremely important in shaping the future of recruiting and talent. Why? Our report found that 57% of respondents agreed the top benefit of sharing salary ranges is streamlining negotiations, making hiring faster and easier.

Harassment – With more high profile sexual harassment cases taking over our airwaves, companies are feeling the pressure to respond. 75 percent of those surveyed noticed some change in workplace dynamics/culture over the last two years, and 80 percent said that their company has implemented some harassment prevention action in the last 12 months or is planning to.

Workplace Flexibility – 72% of talent professionals agree workplace flexibility — the option for employees to work when and where they’d like — is extremely important in shaping the future of recruiting and talent. Companies that embrace work flexibility have a huge competitive edge and it’s happening — there has been a 78% increase in job posts, mentioning “workplace flexibility” since 2016.

Soft Skills – With the rise of AI/automation changing the job market, 92% of talent professionals and hiring managers agree that candidates with strong soft skills are increasingly important. In fact, it could make or break of hiring the perfect candidate as 89% feel that “bad hires” typically have poor soft skills.

With employers being held to a higher standard and employees having access to more information into both the positives and the negatives of companies, more two-way conversations are being embraced—not just because it looks good, but because it’s good for business. You can read more about the findings here.

Methodology: Survey respondents are LinkedIn members who were selected based on information in their LinkedIn profile and contacted via email between September 18th and October 10th 2018. Behavioral insights for this report were generated from the billions of data points created by more than 590 million members in over 200 countries on LinkedIn today. This analysis was performed during October 2018.

Article courtesy of and for the for the full report visit:https://news.linkedin.com/2019/January/linkedin-releases-2019-global-talent-trends-report

Brits looking to squeeze in job-swap before Brexit

An increasing number of candidates are planning to change roles before March 29 2019 – the date the UK is scheduled to leave the EU – according to research from Morgan McKinley.

The researchers found there has been a 26% increase in professionals seeking new jobs, month-on-month in October 2018, which suggests workers are aiming to swap jobs before the March deadline.

“Businesses are holding their cards close to their chests, prepared to hold off on announcements until the very last minute, and that’s worrying their staff”, says Hakan Enver, Managing Director, Morgan McKinley Financial Services.

“Professionals who want to stay in London, but are concerned about their roles being transferred overseas, are leveraging the shrinking window of time to try and secure a job locally.”

Despite the increased interest in new roles, the report found there has been a 33% decrease in jobs available, year-on-year.

A CBI business-leader survey released in October found that four out of five firms reported Brexit as having already hurt their investment plans, adding that they would implement ‘damaging’ contingency plans if they cannot get more clarity on the terms of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

“There’s no way to fully quantify the loss in investments that have taken place during the last two years. But you can draw a straight line from those withheld investments and the 33% decline in jobs from one year ago”, says Enver.

The researchers added that Brexit isn’t the only culprit for the challenging jobs climate. Trade wars in multiple regions, paired with a political climate that rewards antagonism over collaboration and the promise of rising interest rates, have all added to a climate of confusion that is impacting the hiring market.

“Brexit’s grip on jobs feels permanent, but one way or the other, the fever will break in the coming months,” adds Enver. “The question now is how deep a hole will we have to climb our way out of come March?”

Article Courtesy of:https://www.recruitmentgrapevine.com/content/article/2018-11-12-brits-looking-to-squeeze-in-job-swap-before-brexit

Employment & Wages up again – But progress is slowing


Wages are on the increase amid near record rates of employment, according to official figures.

Data released by the Office for National Statistics this morning reveals unemployment fell by 47,000 to 1.36m in the three months to August and pay rose by 3.1% over the quarter, compared with a year ago, while inflation for the same period was 2.5%.

There were 32.39m people in work over the quarter – down 5,000 on the previous quarter.

Commenting on the data, Pawel Adrjan, UK economist at the global job site Indeed, said Britain’s labour market is slowly pivoting from job growth to pay growth: “Average pay is now growing at its fastest rate since 2008, and the curtain could finally be starting to come down on the lost decade of stagnant wages.

“With the number of new jobs created flatlining as the economy hovers close to full employment, employers are having to fight harder and pay more to recruit staff.

“For the economy to deliver more sustained pay growth it needs an injection of the labour market ‘X factor’: better productivity.”

Also commenting Recruitment & Employment Confederation CEO Neil Carberry said the data reflected the strong performance of the UK’s flexible jobs market, with wages rising in real terms and near record rates of employment.

“But there is some evidence that progress has slowed as businesses enter a holding pattern ahead of any Brexit deal.

“What we need now is for the government to take a pragmatic approach that delivers a smooth Brexit for the economy – and for people’s jobs. A transition period and longer-term clarity and stability on terms of trade and mobility between the UK and the EU are essential to avoiding a bumpy landing.”

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Discover the Journey – Networking event

Join us for a few drinks, nibbles and the opportunity to network and find out about our many travel job opportunities.

What to Expect
Drinks on arrival, limited bar tab followed by a cash bar, selection of hot and cold food and information on Halmer Travel’s exciting job opportunities.

Thursday 1st February 2018

From 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Dirty Martini Hanover Square
London, W1S 1JH

Confirm you are coming by RSVP to manisha@halmertravel.co.uk

Happy New Year – Its time for a NEW job

Now that the festive season is over, we just wanted to let you know that our offices are open and we have lots of fantastic job opportunities available. Many new roles have come in this week and we are looking for Travel professionals.

If you feel its time for a change and you are looking for a new job, get in touch with us today.

Halmer Travel

Festive Season

We just wanted to wish all of our clients and candidates a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Our offices are closed from Friday 22 December at 12:00pm and reopen on Tuesday 2nd January at 8am.

For any urgent enquiries, please contact us on the below mobile number
07931 999 777

Happy Holidays

Travel Event – Postponed

Unfortunately due to the planned TFL strike on Thursday 05 October, we have decided to postpone our Travel Industry Meet & Mingle. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information on the new Meet & Mingle event. Remember, we’ll be giving away £115 in vouchers over a few drinks and nibbles, so don’t miss out!

Apologies again and we hope to see you all soon.

Many Thanks
Halmer Travel

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Join Us

Come join the Halmer Travel team on Friday 29th September from 10am for some delicious cakes baked by the Halmer Travel team who are raising money for the Macmillan Cancer Support.

Suggested £2.00 donations, it’s the taking part that counts, so please remember it could all help to support someone facing cancer.

CV Tips

Your CV should demonstrate your personal blend of skills and experience. Make sure you include examples of key achievement. Keep it simple. Your choice of font and layout are key to making sure a would-be employer carries on reading your CV and contacts you.

1 Stand out. You are up against a very competitive job market, so make sure you stand out on paper – you might only get one chance
2 Keep it simple & keep it real.
3 Include a personal statement
3 Don‘t be generic. Make sure you tailor your cv according to the sector or job role you are applying for
4 Check and check again. Avoid errors at all costs.
5 Keep it current and don’t leave any gaps.

WTM 2016: Travel industry leaders identify key post-Brexit challenges

Retaining free movement of people and the chance to press the case for the abolition of Air Passenger Duty are the key issues for travel following the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

A debate on Brexit at World Travel Market on Monday heard from industry leaders who said although the country was entering unknown territory it must take a business as usual approach.

Thomas Cook UK and Ireland managing director Chris Mottershead said: “From a business point of view it’s business as normal because we are not clear on any timelines or final decisions. We have to continue in the belief that the best will come from it.”

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