With the trend to focus on highly specialised skills, are we exasperating the talent gap? Consider this: right now, there are people in your local area who are looking for work, with a broad set of business skills and experience. Or, with less hands-on experience (i.e. graduates) but with conceptual and transferable knowledge. These people… Read more »
It’s a natural assumption that any digital transformation will largely be down to IT and digital teams within a business and that if the right skills are deployed into that team then digital transformation will happen but if that was really the case why do so many digital transformations fail?
As the festive season approaches with its typical overindulgence and flurry of invitations many of us could be forgiven for wanting to give the office Christmas party a miss, you see these people every day after all but before you hit that decline button let’s take a look at the benefits of donning your Santa hat and joining the celebrations…
We operate in an industry where women are under-represented, we know about the numbers, just 17% of UK tech workers are female and we know there’s a lot of work going on to change those figures and deliver more women into the technology workforce but, what happens when the focus is only on addressing gender inequality – does the right talent fit get forgotten?
In recent weeks, high street banks Barclays, NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank have all suffered from ‘ IT glitches’ with account holders reporting various problems with their online and app platforms.
But what exactly are they getting so wrong? we spoke to two IT and business transformation experts to get their view
We read with some interest this week an article about New York based Greyston Bakery which hires people on a first-come, first served basis saving applicants from the usual and traditional recruitment processes and conversations. Greyston’s unique hiring approach – which they’ve coined ‘open hiring’ has been working for them for thirty-six years, and if you’ll excuse the pun gave us some food for thought…
A recent study which examined 5,000 rail passengers on commuter routes into London found that commuters are so regularly using travel time for work emails that researchers said their journeys should be counted as part of the working day.
Working 9 –5, a timeslot so iconic even the great Dolly Parton wrote a song about it, but it seems according to recent research that most people prefer to pour their cup of ambition outside what has long been classed as the standard working day.
We were just one of hundreds of businesses who signed a pledge to commit to making a real difference to the experiences of pregnant women within our organisation. But why did we do it, and why would we encourage other businesses to do the same?
If you’ve got a question or something you need to know, Google is the first port of call, the company so good at what it does it’s become a verb, and in recent months the technology giant has turned its attention to the jobs mark
As this article ‘goes to print’ the English football team and its fans wait patiently and nervously for their World Cup Quarter Final meeting with Sweden. Whether that game is won or not remains to be seen but one thing is clear, this is a team that is fully invested in the task ahead and that is down to one man, England Manager Gareth Southgate.
We’ve all been a job seeker at one point or another in our lives and so we all know how frustrating it can be when you’re attracted by a job advert only to find no mention of the salary. Of course, modern employees find other motivating factors at work – purpose, values, accountability – but salary is an essential hygiene factor: why not include it?
The Digital Skills gap isn’t news but we were interested to read a recent CITY A:M article which suggested outdated recruitment processes and attitudes might be to blame?
In March 2018 we partnered with The Manchester Evening News to shine a spotlight on the women leading in technology in Greater Manchester. Laudale MD Alec Laurie discusses why in our latest video
Laudale Managing Director Alec Laurie shares his view on how removing obstacles for parent friendly careers will increase the tech talent pool and help Manchester increase its’ chances of becoming a tech capital.
The second feature in our Women in Tech series with Greater Manchester Business Week focuses on businesses who have undergone or are on a journey of digital transformation and the women who are leading their charge.
Laudale, Managing Director Alec Laurie shares his view on digital transformation and it’s impact on the technology executive.
Back in November 2017 we watched with interest as Facebook announced it was trialing CV functionality and now it seems the social networking giant is continuing its approach into the online job space.
As part of International Women’s Day and our ongoing commitment to promoting ‘Women In Tech’ Laudale has partnered with Greater Manchester Business Week to produce a list of 30 women contributing to and representing the tech sector in Greater Manchester.
Laudale Managing Director Alec Laurie shares his view:
This week saw Transport for the North propose a new train line that would connect Bradford to Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and beyond. The Northern Powerhouse Rail line is a positive development for the North but it’s not set for completion until 2030 – what does this mean for attracting talent to the North in the meantime?
Here at Laudale HQ, we have a couple of Everton fans. We won’t reveal their identities given our Manchester roots, however, the recent managerial woes at the Merseyside club did get us thinking about the risks associated with making senior appointments, and how these risks play out across any industry. There are two clear lessons from Everton: making a) the wrong appointment and b) a hash of a recruitment process can cause significant reputational damage.
It came to our attention this week that Sunday the 19th of November was International Men’s Day but we could have been forgiven for missing it. There was no Google doodle to mark the occasion, there was no flurry of event invitations to our inbox – you’ll remember of course International Women’s Day, every 8 March rightly celebrated, endorsed by superstars and reported upon across the globe.
2 minute read It’s been more than a year since George Osborne was unceremoniously dumped from Theresa May’s cabinet and whilst the former seems happy enough taking evil swipes at his former boss from behind his desk at the Evening Standard, it was a move that left businesses wondering what now for the Northern Powerhouse?… Read more »
With the announcement that Facebook is trialling CV functionality should LinkedIn be worried? It’s a move which would put the professional social networking site in direct competition with its more personally focused comparator, but will users really want to mix their personal and professional lives quite so closely in the future? Our view is… Read more »
London is indisputably a global commercial hub. But with this benefit to employers and career-builders come the drawbacks of stressful commutes, with insufficient allowances, and an exorbitant cost of living. So it comes as no real surprise that ambitious careerists are looking at working in other areas of the country to have a better quality… Read more »
“The fastest way to change society is to mobilise the women of the world” (Charles Malik) I like Malik’s quote; it’s simple and common sense. That is, immobilising 50% of the population is not common sense. From a business perspective another one-liner caught my attention recently: