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Data Security and the GDPR – What could it mean for employers

Posted by on 8th September 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

Data Security and the GDPR – What could it mean for employers

Cyber security is right at the top of the todo list for many organisations at the moment. With the recent attacks on the NHS and with every reason to expect more attacks in the near future, it is no wonder it is such a hot topic. The need to secure data has never been more important. As a result, cybersecurity is the topic of conversation for many people in everything from the main news feeds to the watercooler chatter. However, while we need to certainly keep pressing ahead to stay one step in front of the dangers, there is a big change...

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Hire in haste, repent at leisure – How bad employment practice can damage your business

Posted by on 18th August 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

Hire in haste, repent at leisure – How bad employment practice can damage your business

When you decide to hire a new team member, you are actually making a decision that could have some quite major repercussions. A new employee means a cost that is not just the investment in salary and resources; it will also have an influence on the time and operational procedures of the business. What you want to happen, of course, is that the new team member will have a positive impact in terms of the service and job function. This return will usually be high enough that the material cost of employment is soon overtaken by the return from...

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Experience talks, wisdom listens – Developing good leadership skills

Posted by on 10th August 2017 in candidate advice | 0 comments

Experience talks, wisdom listens – Developing good leadership skills

Leadership is an elusive quality but, for me at least, it isn’t a magical one. Certainly, there are some people who seem to have a natural ‘something’ that makes people more likely to follow them, charisma I suppose we would call it. However, a charismatic personality doesn’t make you a good leader. Leadership is not just about being popular (although in fairness it is difficult to lead and be unpopular) it is a matrix of different skills. So, ignore anyone who tells you that leaders are born and not made because if leadership is based on...

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All change as usual – The problems facing IT recruitment companies

Posted by on 2nd August 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

All change as usual – The problems facing IT recruitment companies

I suppose if you asked any recruitment company in any sector they would tell of the problems that are specific to their industry. It’s probably true that each area does have a very individual set of problems, but this is doubly true in the IT sector because it has always been, and let me pick my word carefully here, challenging. Change and development Underpinning the many generic issues that most recruitment companies face is an additional problem specific to the IT world. It is an industry that is built on change and development. In fact,...

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Permanent or Contract – Which is best for you?

Posted by on 9th June 2017 in candidate advice, contractors | 0 comments

Permanent or Contract – Which is best for you?

We speak to contractors who always have been, and always will be, contractors, driven by the higher hourly wages and the diversity of work offered by contracting, and permanent employees who would never ‘risk’ life in the contract market. As with everything in life, there are pros and cons to consider, and the bottom line is that while you could put up a valid case for the permanent employment status, you can put up an equally valid one for contract work. Ask yourself these questions It really does come down to a handful of questions, I...

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Money isn’t everything – attracting the best candidates to your workforce

Posted by on 26th May 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

Money isn’t everything – attracting the best candidates and to your workforce

It’s an old saying but it’s true, money isn’t everything. In fact, in terms of recruiting the right IT team, not only is it not everything but it’s quite a long way down the list of things that will sway a wavering candidate, or even attract them in the first place. This is true for people actively seeking work, and even more so for those who are passively considering options. It is a mistake to see salary as the biggest part of any offer. Of course, it is an important part, and it needs to be considered and assessed in relation to the...

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How the student becomes the master – Is raw talent a match for experience?

Posted by on 28th April 2017 in employer tips | 0 comments

How the student becomes the master – Is raw talent a match for experience?

In ‘the old days’ many market towns around the country would have an annual day called a ‘mop fair’ or ‘hiring fair’. Usually, the days would involve a visit from a travelling funfair and a market, and they played a vital role in the history of recruitment. Apprentices, labourers, skilled and semi-skilled workers would gather on a particular day and employers would meet them and choose their staff for the coming year. Master craftsmen would choose the people who would go on to learn their trade. Of course, they were looking for people to be...

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Bridging the gap – The continuing skills shortage

Posted by on 28th March 2017 in candidate advice, employer tips | 0 comments

Bridging the gap – the continuing skills shortage

The IT world is a complex and often difficult one to work in. In our recent blog about the danger of obsolescence in a role, we looked at one of the main reasons why IT is so unusual: Where some industries have a steady change through technological advancement and implementation of new methods, the IT industry is commonly the source of those changes. What this means is that there is the ever-present threat of your skills becoming obsolete. More jobs than people Essentially, we are looking at an industry with more jobs than there are people to...

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Being a specialist in a non-specialist environment

Posted by on 14th March 2017 in candidate advice, employer tips | 0 comments

Being a specialist in a non-specialist environment – how to communicate to people who are not IT literate

– How to communicate to people who are not IT literate We do suffer from the over application of stereotypes in the IT world don’t we? For most people, Moss and Roy in the ‘IT crowd’ are pretty much what is expected when you say you work in the Tech sector. It is frustrating at times, but at the risk of being a bit contentious, is it also be a little bit of our own fault? Expertise We see many IT specialists here at Proactive.IT and one thing that unites them, regardless of their area of expertise, is that they are uniformly dedicated....

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Dreamflight and more – Why we are collaborating with our clients on a charity burst

Posted by on 22nd February 2017 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Dreamflight and more – Why we are collaborating with our clients on a charity burst

It’s incredibly difficult to talk about working to raise some much-needed funds for charity. There is a sort of inbuilt reluctance we all have in talking about what we do for others. The reason for this is probably because we don’t do it for any reason other than to help. It’s a bit of a dichotomy really because the very thing you want to happen, raising the profile of the charity you are helping, is sort of scuppered by our own reluctance.   Dreamflight Every year for some time now we have supported Dreamflight by raising money for...

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