What should be the main focus when hiring? - employee retention

A few weeks ago, I posted a poll asking LinkedIn what the main focus should be when looking at your recruitment strategy. (I just don’t feel there are enough polls at the moment).  The results showed that the overwhelming majority of people felt that “hiring the best talent” should be the main focus:  Reducing your…

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10 reasons fintechs struggle to hire top talent

We work in one of the world’s largest financial services sector. And whilst fintech companies are having huge successes in securing billions in funding to grow their businesses, recruiting the right talent to scale up their companies and become market leaders is quite another matter. Countless surveys show that recruiting the right people continues to…

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Bank Holiday weekend every weekend - 4-Day week

Who else has been wondering if the current pandemic has made the 4-day week idea redundant?  “Absolutely nobody, Jamie”. Well here is a blog about it… strap in people.  A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog about a 4-day working week. Little did I know then that during 2020, our working patterns would be totally…

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Diversity and Inclusion policies

Before you unfollow me, block me and report me to the authorities, let me clarify. Diversity and Inclusivity is a good thing and massively important. A diverse workforce leads to more creativity and innovation. It improves staff retention and ultimately delivers bottom-line benefits. “What’s your problem, then”? I hear you ask. I believe it stops…

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Female senior executives during covid

Let me tell you about an industry where females are totally under-represented. One where derisively few companies have women as senior executives, let alone at the helm, and where even the users of the services provided are mainly male. It feels like a sector created by men for men. It doesn’t sound very 21st century,…

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Upskilling - The workplace benefit that 87% of millennials consider essential

Millennials represent 50% of the workforce. Overlay that with the predicted skills shortage in the fintech space, and it’s clear that as an industry, we need to appeal to this generation.   In an ever more competitive global landscape, how attractive our sector is for millennial innovators and entrepreneurs will be central to the future success…

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Has Covid-19 changed us forever?

Well, what a start we’ve had to 2020! If I’d been told a year ago that the globe would effectively shut up shop in March of this year, I’d never have believed it. Covid-19 is the first global pandemic in our lifetimes, and there’s no doubt it’s led to a massive crisis with high losses…

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HOW TO WORK FROM HOME - HOME WORKING

When you think about the elements of a dream job, what comes to mind? For me, it’s not having to scrape ice off the car before a winter’s morning commute. No sitting in 8 am motorway traffic jams. And having flexibility; whether that’s to pop out to your child’s nativity play or to do your…

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What does January have to do with fintech?

2019! It sounds like ancient history already doesn’t it? But it was certainly an amazing, maybe even a record year for mergers and acquisitions and investments. You may know that January is named after the ancient Roman god Janus, the god of the future.  Depicted with two faces, he looks both backwards to the past and…

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