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Getting people into work

​Getting people into workWritten by Ian Stewart, Deloitte's Chief Economist Labour is a nation's greatest resource. Getting more people into work increases the pace of growth and raises living standards. Faced with an ageing population, Japan is trying to bolster its growth rate by attracting more women back into jobs. Greece's growth prospects could be transformed by raising its workforce participation rate from just 50% to Northern European rates of over 70%.No wonder that policymakers around the world expend so much time and effort dreaming up ways of raising workforce participation.In the 1990s, under Chancellor Schroeder, Germany set out to raise kick start growth with a set of reforms, including a carrot and stick approach to getting the unemployed to find work. The reforms contributed to a marked rise in German workforce participation and an enviably low jobless rate.America introduced sweeping welfare reforms in 1996 which limited the time claimants can spend on unemployment benefits. Again, the reforms contributed to a sharp decline in welfare reliance and higher employment rates, notably among lone parents.The US labour force has long been seen as a model of flexibility. The popular view is of a tough, pro-work welfare system. The result is a system which fuels innovation and job creation (and, it must be said, inequality), and delivers, by European standards, enviably low unemployment rates.But according to a recent report this picture is out of date. The UK think tank, the Resolution Foundation, reports that in the last 15 years welfare reliance has been rising in America, while in supposedly cossetted Britain, it has been falling.20 years ago roughly 72% of Americans aged 16-64 were in employment or looking for work, well above the UK rate of 69%. Today America's employment rate has dropped to just under 69%, while the UK's has risen to 73.5%.America's declining workforce participation rate is a cause of considerable concern to US policymakers.By contrast the UK's record on jobs and employment has been a standout success in the last 10 years. Good policy choices have played a big role. In the UK people have faced growing pressure to look for work, but in return receive help with their job search and extra benefits once they take a job. At the same time new maternity and childcare arrangements have delivered a particular marked increase in employment among mothers.The changes in the welfare system in the last 20 years, under both Labour and Conservative-led administrations, have been substantial. And the evidence is that they have propelled growing numbers of people into work. To take one example: the employment rate for single mothers has risen from about 40% to 62% in the last 20 years.This is not just an economic success. A large body of evidence shows that work, and the sense of purpose and fulfilment that comes with it, is a key determinant of happiness.The lesson from the UK is a hugely encouraging one - well designed, properly financed policies can make a huge difference to seemingly intractable social and economic problems.The Resolution Foundation report ends on a cautionary note. Policy has certainly increased job opportunities. But the UK, and, indeed, the US, face a growing problem of poverty for those in work. Indeed, a majority of poor children live in families in which someone has a job. The Resolution Foundation suggests that the focus of policy needs to shift from the availability of work to the quality of work. That would mean a new focus on pay, progression and job stability for those on lower incomes.We agree. The ever-expanding capacity of technology will both displace and create work, just as it has in the last 200 years. So we are optimistic about the future of work. But we see greater challenges around the distribution of income and of job security within the labour market. We could be heading for a world in which inequality trumps unemployment as a central concern for policymakers.​

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​Getting people into work

Written by Ian Stewart, Deloitte's Chief Economist


Labour is a nation's greatest resource. Getting more people into work increases the pace of growth and raises living standards.

Faced with an ageing population, Japan is trying to bolster its growth rate by attracting more women back into jobs. Greece's growth prospects could be transformed by raising its workforce participation rate from just 50% to Northern European rates of over 70%.

No wonder that policymakers around the world expend so much time and effort dreaming up ways of raising workforce participation.

In the 1990s, under Chancellor Schroeder, Germany set out to raise kick start growth with a set of reforms, including a carrot and stick approach to getting the unemployed to find work. The reforms contributed to a marked rise in German workforce participation and an enviably low jobless rate.

America introduced sweeping welfare reforms in 1996 which limited the time claimants can spend on unemployment benefits. Again, the reforms contributed to a sharp decline in welfare reliance and higher employment rates, notably among lone parents.

The US labour force has long been seen as a model of flexibility. The popular view is of a tough, pro-work welfare system. The result is a system which fuels innovation and job creation (and, it must be said, inequality), and delivers, by European standards, enviably low unemployment rates.

But according to a recent report this picture is out of date. The UK think tank, the Resolution Foundation, reports that in the last 15 years welfare reliance has been rising in America, while in supposedly cossetted Britain, it has been falling.

20 years ago roughly 72% of Americans aged 16-64 were in employment or looking for work, well above the UK rate of 69%. Today America's employment rate has dropped to just under 69%, while the UK's has risen to 73.5%.

America's declining workforce participation rate is a cause of considerable concern to US policymakers.

By contrast the UK's record on jobs and employment has been a standout success in the last 10 years. Good policy choices have played a big role. In the UK people have faced growing pressure to look for work, but in return receive help with their job search and extra benefits once they take a job. At the same time new maternity and childcare arrangements have delivered a particular marked increase in employment among mothers.

The changes in the welfare system in the last 20 years, under both Labour and Conservative-led administrations, have been substantial. And the evidence is that they have propelled growing numbers of people into work. To take one example: the employment rate for single mothers has risen from about 40% to 62% in the last 20 years.

This is not just an economic success. A large body of evidence shows that work, and the sense of purpose and fulfilment that comes with it, is a key determinant of happiness.

The lesson from the UK is a hugely encouraging one - well designed, properly financed policies can make a huge difference to seemingly intractable social and economic problems.

The Resolution Foundation report ends on a cautionary note. Policy has certainly increased job opportunities. But the UK, and, indeed, the US, face a growing problem of poverty for those in work. Indeed, a majority of poor children live in families in which someone has a job. The Resolution Foundation suggests that the focus of policy needs to shift from the availability of work to the quality of work. That would mean a new focus on pay, progression and job stability for those on lower incomes.

We agree. The ever-expanding capacity of technology will both displace and create work, just as it has in the last 200 years. So we are optimistic about the future of work. But we see greater challenges around the distribution of income and of job security within the labour market. We could be heading for a world in which inequality trumps unemployment as a central concern for policymakers.

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Our insights into successful generational transitions can guide you in making informed handovers and hiring decisions that will foster continuity, innovation, and sustainability and help ensure a seamless and prosperous passing of the torch to the next generation in your family business. Integrating external hires into a family business represents a strategic manoeuvre that brings forth fresh perspectives, professionalism, and opportunities for growth. Yet, this integration must be approached with meticulous care to preserve the family's unique dynamics and heritage. Stafffinders, a long-standing recruitment agency rooted in the ethos of a family business, can be a guiding star in the quest to identify and select the ideal candidates. Our involvement contributes not just to immediate success but also to the enduring legacy and resilience of the family business. Embracing external talent, with the support of a recruitment partner, empowers family businesses to thrive amidst the ever-evolving business landscape while safeguarding cherished family business traditions and values.​Take a look at our services to find out more about what we offer and how we can support your family business.

Challenging Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
Challenging Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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Lemons are often associated with sourness, bitterness, and negativity, so describing yourself as a lemon might not be the most positive or effective way to present yourself in an interview!Whatever your answer, be sure to explain how your chosen fruit reflects your personal attributes and strengths and relate that to the job you are interviewing for. "If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring three things, what would they be?"This question may seem like a no-brainer, but it's actually a great way for the interviewer to see how you think under pressure. Don't just give a list of items you'd want to bring – explain why each item is important to you and how it would help you survive. For example, you might choose a knife for cutting food and making shelter, a trunk of books: fictional books for entertainment, puzzle books for mental stimulation, survival skills books to enhance the chance of escape, and a solar-powered satellite phone for calling for help. It is important to choose answers that showcase your problem-solving skills and ability to adapt to challenging situations.And remember, it’s a “desert” island… "If you could have any superpower, what would it be?"Thanks to a new wave of superhero TV shows and movies, such as Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Marvels, so it's no surprise that this question is still popular. Your answer should reflect not only your personal interests but also your professional goals. If you choose telekinesis (moving objects), you might talk about how it could help you increase productivity and efficiency. For instance, you could move files and documents around without having to get up from your desk or manipulate tools and equipment without having to physically touch them. If you choose the ability to teleport, for example, you might explain how it would allow you to travel more efficiently for work-related tasks while saving on time and travel costs, as well as being more environmentally friendly!  "If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?"This question is all about imagination and creativity. Choose a character that you admire or relate to and explain why you think they would be a good fit for the job you're applying for. For example, if you choose Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series, you might talk about her intelligence, problem-solving skills, and dedication to learning – all qualities that would make her a great asset to any team.You may also want to expand on this by talking about how the character relates to your ethos and values. For example, Hermione's ability to stand up for what is right, even in the face of adversity. She is also a powerful advocate for social justice. You can explain how you share this commitment to equity and inclusion and believe that it is important to use your skills and influence to make the workplace a better environment. "What would you do if you won the lottery?"This question may seem unrelated to the job you're applying for, but it's actually a great way for the interviewer to see how you prioritise your goals and values. Don't just talk about what you'd buy – explain how you would use the money to achieve your long-term goals and make a positive impact.For example, you might say that the first thing you would do is take some time to carefully consider your options and plan out your next steps, this shows the interviewer you don’t go in gung-ho and approach situations with a strategy in place. You might explain that you would choose to invest in your development and education, donate some to a cause that you're passionate about, purchase a home, select some investments for security and book that once-in-a-lifetime holiday to feed your soul – don’t forget you’re a human being and in reality, we would all spoil ourselves a little! In essence, it's crucial for all questions to reflect on how your responses in an interview reflect your personal and professional identity. Is it possible that your answers may leave a negative impression on the interviewer? For instance, while teleportation may boost productivity, could the employer perceive it as a means to avoid dealing with challenging situations? One effective approach is to test your answers with friends and family before the actual interview, assess their feedback, and make necessary adjustments. Ultimately, being thoroughly prepared at all times is the ultimate solution! In conclusion, the key to answering quirky interview questions is to be creative, thoughtful, and authentic. Don't be afraid to show your personality and share your unique perspective – after all, that's what will make you stand out from the crowd. Good luck, and may the force be with you!

Family Business Top 100
Family Business Top 100

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Benefits of securing a temp job over the festive season
Benefits of securing a temp job over the festive season

​Looking to secure a temporary role over the Christmas period?From meeting new people and gaining additional experience, to exploring your career path and earning a little extra cash over the Christmas holidays, there are plenty of perks surrounding temp jobs, especially over the festive season.Read on to find out the many advantages of securing a temporary position over the Christmas period with Stafffinders.​Earn extra money for the festive seasonOne of the biggest advantages of securing a temp role across the festive season is gaining that extra cash just when you need it! Christmas is undoubtedly the most cash-strapped time of year for many of us, especially when you take into consideration the cost-of-living concerns at the moment, so of course, a seasonal job would help and take a bit of pressure off of your pocket. Whether you can only fit in a few shifts in between your busy schedule or you’re looking to make the most of your spare time over the holidays, any shifts that you pick up can make a difference!​Enjoy a flexible working scheduleA temporary role means that you can plan your work around YOU, rather than the other way around. Maybe you are studying and need that extra bit of money to pay your rent, or perhaps you are looking after family members and require a flexible shift pattern. Having this flexibility not only improves your work-life balance but can also bring a great sense of freedom, despite how scary a non-fixed contract can seem at first.​Meet new people and networkYou’ve probably heard the saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, and temping will provide you with a lot of ‘who’. You’re bound to meet a variety of new people when working in a Christmas job, making it the perfect chance to add to your contacts – both professionally and socially. As you work your way through temp roles, take the opportunity to make a good impression on those you encounter along the way, and subsequently expand your network.​Gain additional experienceIf your CV is looking a little bit tired, a Christmas job is the perfect way to spruce it up. Temping allows you to build invaluable experience and boost those interpersonal skills every employer looks for. Through temp roles, you’ll pick up a vast amount of new skills, which all go towards building an even stronger CV for future full-time, permanent jobs. Every new workplace brings new settings and, most importantly, new opportunities – which in turn will enable you to grow your confidence in the workplace!​Protection and securitiesIf you think that you won’t receive the same securities as your permanent position counterparts – think again! As a temp worker, you will still be entitled to all of the benefits that any other individuals would, such as sick pay and holiday allowance. In the Hospitality sector, you would still be entitled to your share of the gratuities received.​Enhanced career opportunitiesAs with any temporary job, there is always the possibility of it leading to something long-term. Work to the best of your ability, show off your skills, and make a good impression – you never know where it could lead! Even if they have nothing available at the time, it might lead to another opportunity at some point in the future. It is also a clever way of finding out what job or industry you would ideally like to work for in the future, especially if you are unsure what kind of role you would like to end up in.Interested in a temp role in Paisley, Glasgow, Edinburgh or beyond? Stafffinders have plenty of tips and advice for temp workers looking to secure a new position:Temping is the gateway to a long-term careerThe benefits of temporary work for the employeeKeeping motivated during your job hunt

How to tackle loneliness whilst working from home
How to tackle loneliness whilst working from home

​Whilst many people live at home with partners, families or friends, there are many that live alone where isolation can take over. Even those that do have a full house can experience the feeling of loneliness.With more people now working remotely, the chances of being lonely and feeling isolated is heightened. Some people are fully accustomed to working from home and for them being alone most of the day is the norm, however for some people it has been harder to adjust. This can cause employees' performance at work to fall, their productivity levels reducing and most importantly their mental health being affected.Working within an office environment provides the opportunity to go and chat to your co-workers, have face to face meetings and generally just have people around you. So, how can remote workers combat the feeling of loneliness in the long-term?​Stay connectedMaintaining optimum communication between you and your colleagues while working from home is key! When working from home, social interaction is at a minimum. That’s why it’s so important to introduce more ways to connect and converse with your fellow co-workers on a daily basis. Be proactive in setting up more meetings online and regular calls with those you work closely with. ​Keep activeBeing in the same environment for a long period of time can take its toll and make people feel lonelier, especially when you’re staring at the same four walls 9-5! Take a step out of the house over your lunch break or in the evening once you’ve finished your day, just being around others' presence can make all the difference. Think of it as a little escape from the place that makes you feel lonely.Whilst popping out for a walk or to the gym may not be the sole cure for loneliness, research has shown that keeping active can reduce anxiety and depression which could contribute to the feeling of loneliness.  ​Encourage face to face meetingsWhen many people started to work from home over the pandemic, meeting face to face was taboo. But now that we are over the covid hurdle and back to normal life, thankfully meeting face to face has made a return. Conducting meetings online has evolved enormously over the past couple of years, however, they can lack emotional interaction, making it harder for people to form connections via these mediums.You may also want to explore the possibility of hybrid working if your office is available or taking a couple of days a week to work within a new environment such as the library or a café. ​Socialise outside of workDo you stay cooped up at home Monday to Friday and live for the weekends? It could be time to change this mindset if you are experiencing loneliness! Invest your spare time during the week to organise a meet up with friends, join a new gym class or visit family. This mid-week escape from your place of work could make a huge difference to not only the way you perform at work, but could also be a step in the right direction of tackling loneliness.  ​Talk to someoneWhilst advice and tips could help you in the short-term, experiencing long-term loneliness with little sign of improvement is detrimental for your mental health without you realising. At this point, it’s important to organise a confidential chat with your employer and chat about the ways in which you can tackle your loneliness together. Perhaps this is in the form of more virtual meetings with the team or even more social events to bring everyone together. Whatever it may be, remember to put your mental health first within the workplace and reach out when times get tough.For more information on this year’s topic for Mental Health Awareness Week, visit their website to find out more about the loneliness campaign and their expert advice on tackling loneliness.Follow the Mental Health Foundation to keep up with the latest updates:TwitterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn​​Explore more of our tips and advice to help with your mental health at work:How to achieve a strong work-life balanceAchieving work boundaries at homeSupporting Recovery Across Mental Health

Stafffinders take part in The Glasgow Kiltwalk
Stafffinders take part in The Glasgow Kiltwalk

​On Sunday the 24th April, The Stafffinders Paisley team (and pup Coco!) completed The Glasgow Kiltwalk! We each took on The Big Stroll which was a total of 14 miles along the banks of the River Clyde from Clydebank to the lovely Balloch. ​This was a special event for us, and we’re sure for the rest of the Kiltwalkers, due to this being the first Kiltwalk after a virtual event last year. We were so pleased to all complete it together again as a team and enjoy the stunning weather Scotland brought us on the day.​The charity we were fundraising for was MND Scotland, a charity we’ve been honoured to sponsor for a few years now. We managed to exceed our target of £1,000 and reach a total of £1,260 which we were so delighted with. However, with the generosity of The Hunter Foundation, our donation will be topped up by a whopping 50%, meaning we will be donating a final total of £1,890 to MND Scotland! We hope this helps this incredible charity out in many ways and we hope to raise even more money for such an amazing cause at the Edinburgh Kiltwalk in September.​​​We’d like to say a huge well done to everyone in the team who completed the Kiltwalk this year and a massive thank you to everyone who sponsored our team on the day.​

Standing out in a competitive market
Standing out in a competitive market

​January is the most popular month for people seeking a new opportunity, therefore it’s no surprise that the competition between applicants is fierce. Many have re-evaluated their career choices over the holidays to pursue the ‘New Year, New Job’ goal. This is also the most popular month for many companies to source new staff, due to updated forecasts and budgets and hiring teams delaying their positions to the new year. Why is the candidate market so competitive this year? There are a number of reasons why the candidate market is currently at its most competitive, the main reason is likely the phenomenon called the ‘The Great Resignation.’ One of the key reasons for this work revolution is a change in employee priorities due to the pandemic. Many people are preferring the working from home structure and are therefore willing to move to a fully remote company or vice versa. A shift in priorities combined with individuals seeking new career paths or having a stronger interest in joining companies offering better benefits and enhanced salaries has resulted in many employees moving on. A survey carried out on LinkedIn, highlighted that employee burnout, low job satisfaction at the workplace and the rise of freelancing, are also contributing to ‘The Great Resignation.’ So, how can you stand out from other applicants? You may have applied for a position alongside many others that have the same qualifications or years of experience as you. Companies can also receive an abundance of CV’s and applications; therefore, the selection process is often ruthless. So how can you set yourself apart from the competition? We share our advice on how you can stand out from the crowd in an already competitive market. Optimise your LinkedIn profile Many recruiters and employers utilise LinkedIn to search for new talent and to validate the information contained in your application, that is why building your own professional profile is essential when seeking a new role. Your LinkedIn can offer many more benefits than a CV itself. From creating a powerful summary of your career and highlighting invaluable certifications, to gathering meaningful recommendations from previous peers and showing off your professional presentation with your profile picture. There are plenty of ways you can utilise your LinkedIn profile as an extension of your CV, to boost your chances of landing a role. Tailor your cover letter and CV per application This is an integral step in your job application process, and although it can be time-consuming, we promise it will be worth it. Ensure you include relevant keywords to reflect the key responsibilities outlined in the job description, and tailor your CV summary to suit each position. You should also highlight specific modules you completed at university or certain qualifications you may have that are essential for the role. Many recruiters and employers sifting through multiple CVs in the hope to find the ideal candidate could be trying to find a needle in a haystack, so standing out at this stage of the job search is crucial. Complete company research Carrying out research about the company is essential, as interviewers often test your level of knowledge and understanding of the business. They are keen to know that you want to work for their organisation, not just that you need a new job with the first company that hires you. Show your interest in their values, mention key milestones they’ve recently hit and highlight aspects of their company culture that you admire. Having a genuine interest in the company is key! Communication etiquette Make a great impression towards a recruiter or employer by demonstrating excellent email and phone etiquette. Being polite, professional and enthusiastic goes a long way! Use an appropriate greeting for your emails and find out the contact's name to ensure a formal yet personable approach. Remember to also proofread emails you send back and forth to potential employers, to make sure you have fixed spelling and grammatical errors. A great tool to help with your grammar and spelling is ‘Grammarly’. Demonstrating great communication etiquette will allow you to build a strong professional relationship with your recruiter or potential employer and could make you a cut above the rest. Willingness to learn Employers could find it difficult to differentiate or make a choice between two very similar CV’s. An element that really stands out to employers and recruiters is the applicants own commitment to gaining additional certifications and their willingness to learn. Maybe you’re pursuing a particular career path and keen to brush up on your knowledge? Or looking to change career and require additional certifications to boost your skillset? Having legitimate certifications could be the deciding factor between you and a fellow applicant. ​