Salary Structures - Bureaucratic time waster? Or invaluable tool?

I’m talking about salary structures. Those systems beloved of HR departments that are used to decide how to compensate employees. They usually take into account aspects such as employment length and comparative pay scales.  Often, you’ll find grade-based structures with multiple levels and broad ranges for each level. You slot each position into a certain…

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How to provide an engaging interview process

Why does it matter? Unemployment levels are at a historic low. The skills shortage is growing. As a result, it’s a candidate-driven market. Good people have lots of high-potential businesses battling over them. In such a competitive environment, having a well-thought-out recruitment plan that attracts these candidates to you is vital for success. Word of…

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A question you may never have asked – culture fit or culture add?

Picture the scene. You’ve met with a great candidate, and you’re reviewing what the interview team thought. The person had relevant experience, was confident and came across well. They could demonstrate how they’d contributed to their current company. They were enthusiastic about how they could input to your role. But from nowhere comes the comment…

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The Reality of Working for Yourself

Regular readers will know that I work for myself at Callum James. And I’ve been doing so for the last ten years. But is working for yourself all it’s cracked up to be? Does it deliver that elusive positive work-life balance we all crave? Well, like any situation, there are pros and cons. Only the…

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4-day week - The perfect work-life balance?

The perfect work-life balance. That elusive idyll that commerce has strived for since, oh, the industrial revolution. During the 1930s there were predictions that we’d all be working a 15-hour week within a century. As for the phrase ‘work-life balance’, we should recognise the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1980s for coining it, emerging during…

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It’s a two-way street, this successful employment lark

In any employment situation, there are two elements. On one side, you have your employees. They have agreed to undertake a certain role, and to use their skills to do that role to the best of their ability. On the other, the employer has agreed a way to reward them for their work. If only…

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Artificial Intelligence recruitment

You might not have thought about it, but there is a revolution happening before our eyes.  A movement that will change the way the financial markets work forever. A disruptive technology that has the power to add enormous value to the FinTech industry. I’m talking about Artificial Intelligence Financial industries have always been early adopters…

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The elephant in the FinTech room…

It’s there, it’s big and potentially getting bigger over the next decade.  We know it’s an issue – but is it being tackled?  That elephant is the skills shortage that is beleaguering the FinTech sector. Let’s look at a few facts. A couple of years ago, a survey of financial organisations, by Hays Financial Markets,…

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