How to get back into the swing of work after the Christmas Break

You’ve been eating ‘picky-tea’s’ everyday since Christmas, knowing what day of the week it is feels like a distant memory and the idea of putting anything other than loungewear on is hellish.

That’s right, it’s the Christmas break.

If you have been lucky enough to have a break over Christmas, getting back into the swing can be daunting. Functioning like a normal person can pose a slight challenge after a festive week or so at home.

Here are a few of my favourite ways to get back in the saddle after the Christmas break:

PACK YOUR BAG & GET ORGANISED

Chances are, you threw your bag in a corner the afternoon you finished work and cracked open a bottle of red. (Ok, maybe that isn’t exactly what everyone does, but I know it’s along those lines)

Now is a good time to go through that work bag, get rid of anything that you no longer need and repack everything neatly.

If you work remotely, consider your desk space, did this turn into a Christmas wrapping station? Is your desk covered in your children’s toys? Have a declutter and set your space up!

GETTING BACK INTO ROUTINE

Late nights and later mornings mean that our bodies aren’t in our usual working time zone (if you have still woken up at 5am to work out… I seriously take my hat off to you)

Start going to bed slightly earlier a few days before your return to work is a good way to lay the foundations for a successful first few days back… Or… Just make sure the coffee machine is definitely working 🍵

PRIORITISE

One of my new year resolutions… Master the art of prioritising.

When you come back, make a condensed list of just 3 or 4 things you MUST do (Steven Bartlett told me this is the key to productivity, well not personally, on his podcast, but if he wants a conversation my DM’s are open😉)

BOOK A MEETING WITH YOUR INBOX

Before you leave, or when you return, block out a chunk of time to tackle your inbox. Mark yourself as offline / in a meeting and get to work deleting, filing, responding etc… thank me later😊

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Come Friday you’ll be saying Christmas was like… 6 years ago? Just know the first week back may not be the most productive week of your life but you returned, you’re getting through and showing up!

Make a list of all of the things you want to achieve in 2023, professionally, personally and every other big dream in between. This will help you feel motivated and back on track, you can look back at this list next year and realise you can do anything you put your mind to 🌍

Here’s to 2023 🥂

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5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Employees Experiencing Burnout 

Did you know more than 8 out of 10 employees are at risk of burnout this year, according to the 2024 Global Talent Trends report published by Mercer?

Defining Burnout

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognise burnout as a state of physical and emotional exhaustion. It can occur when you experience long-term stress, for example, working a stressful job.

Perhaps this isn’t you, so why should you care about how to prevent it? We all know stats speak for themselves and in a research report carried out by Mental Health UK it was revealed 91% of adults in the UK reported they experienced high or extreme levels of pressure or stress at some point in the past 12 months. So, if you’re in the lucky 9% the likelihood of you working with, living with or simply knowing someone who will experience burnout this year is significantly high.

What does this mean for business?

We’ll try and keep this short and to the point – believe us there is a lot to say on the matter but let’s begin here: the evidence of stress and pressure among adults in the UK underscores a critical issue that businesses cannot afford to ignore. We know it’s tempting to dismiss burnout as an individual problem; however, the impact extends far beyond the individual to affect entire organisations. To that end, we also live and breathe in a people-first world (like it or not!) and when employees are under constant pressure and stress, their productivity, creativity and overall performance suffer. This, in turn, can lead to decreased efficiency, increased absenteeism, and higher turnover rates within companies.

What can businesses do?

In today’s fast-paced and competitive business environment, organisations must recognise that the well-being of their employees is not just a “nice to have” but a strategic imperative. Companies that prioritise employee wellbeing and actively work to prevent burnout are more likely to attract and retain top talent, have a positive work culture, and ultimately achieve long-term success. By investing in programmes and initiatives aimed at reducing stress and promoting work-life balance, businesses can create an environment where employees can thrive, leading to improved performance, innovation, and overall organisational resilience.

5 things you can do to prevent employees from experiencing burnout.

  1. Promote Frequent Rest Breaks – encouraging regular breaks isn’t about kindness – it’s about mental rejuvenation. Studies confirm that short breaks boost productivity and creativity. Businesses prioritising this culture support well-being and drive innovation. Sustainable success means working smarter, not harder.
  2. Encourage Work-life Balance – hardly brand-new information but for those who think they have it, do you? A good work-life balance is crucial to preventing burnout, it recognises individuals’ holistic needs. Balancing work and personal life encourages well-being and resilience. Time outside work renews energy and supports meaningful connections. Prioritising work-life balance boosts job satisfaction, reduces turnover, and enhances productivity. If you answer emails outside of work hours, doom scroll through LinkedIn (need we remind you this is first and foremost a professional network?), have an unused holiday allowance at the end of the year, find yourself either considering or genuinely prioritising something work-related over your family or friends then your work-life balance is not harmonising my friend.
  3. Promote Mental Wellness– Mental health is more than just a personal matter—it significantly impacts our workplaces and economy. In the UK, ill mental health costs a staggering £117.9 billion annually, with over £100 billion of that amount falling on England alone (source). Gone are the days of leaving our personal lives at home; our thoughts and feelings follow us into work, influencing our productivity and success.

That’s why Mental Health Awareness is crucial in the workplace. Normalising conversations around mental health is the first step. Encourage openness and provide resources like counselling services and mental health hotlines. Flexible work arrangements can ease stress, while a supportive culture of empathy and understanding is crucial to well-being. Workshops on stress management and mindfulness empower employees to prioritise their mental health. By investing in mental wellness, we create environments where employees feel valued, supported, and able to thrive.

  1. Empower Employees – This one is achievable for all businesses – and the benefits are two-fold while it is key to preventing burnout it also comes free or at minimal cost to a business.
    When employees feel empowered, they have a sense of ownership over their work and are more motivated to succeed. Two simple, yet effective ways to empower your employees: show them trust and give them your time.
  2. Recognise & Reward Effort (give credit where credit is due) – acknowledging people for a job well done and celebrating both small and large wins alike. This includes praising individuals for tasks or responsibilities that are essential to their role. By offering recognition, we affirm the value of their contributions, making employees feel seen, appreciated, and motivated to continue their efforts. Therefore, reducing the chance of burnout, decreased productivity and so on.

While implementing all of them may not be feasible, simply being aware of burnout, its causes, and how employers can prevent it is a crucial first step toward creating a healthier work environment which ultimately reduces the risk of burnout at work.

And, for those stat lovers among us here’s a little stat set for you to soak up (over your lunchbreak 😉)

  • 87% of employees who take daily lunch breaks show increased job satisfaction (source).
  • 55% of employees want to work for a company that actively supports their mental health – this percentage has doubled in the last 10 years (source).
  • People between the ages of 24 to 44 are twice as likely to prioritise work-life balance over salary (source).
  • 96% of employees believe showing empathy is an important way to advance employee retention (source).
  • Only 22% of managers strongly agree that their companies provide them with the tools and understanding of how to recognise colleagues effectively. (source).
  • 82% of employees are happier when recognised at work (source).

If you’re still asking why is understanding, recognising, and doing more to prevent burnout important? Simply, when recruitment budgets are tightening or being wiped out entirely, and filling jobs isn’t as easy as it was five years ago looking after your teams has never been more important.

Had enough of hearing from us but still intrigued by the topic? Nobody says it better than Mental Health UK.

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Spring into Identifying the Skills Gap in Your Business!

Almost three-quarters (72%) of organisations say that a skills shortage has led to an increased workload for other staff, and 78% say they are experiencing reduced output and profitability as a result (source).

Two things we know so far about 2024:

  • Job vacancies are falling
  • Skills-first hiring is not embedded into the recruitment strategy of enough businesses.

Are you struggling to keep up with the ever-evolving labour market? Uncertain where to focus your recruitment efforts, or which role to hire for first?

First things first: tip or at least balance the focus on skills-first hiring. The traditional method of valuing education over skills is not doing you any favours; in 2024 skills reign supreme and those businesses who already know this have access to a wider pool of candidates, appear more attractive on paper, and are likely to see a reduction in their miss-hire rate (source: Forbes).

The Rise of the Skills Economy

In recent years, the global economy has witnessed a seismic shift towards what is often referred to as the “skills economy.” This shift is driven by rapid technological advancements, evolving job roles, and the demand for specialised expertise across industries. As a result, employers are placing greater emphasis on candidates’ practical skills and capabilities rather than their formal education.

So, our questions to you:

  • When was the last time you carried out a skills-gap audit?
  • Are your employees falling behind?
  • Is your business struggling to make a profit?
  • Have you considered how quickly the world evolves, and is your business evolving with it?

If you answered never or yes to any of these questions read on…

Conduct a Skills Assessment

This is simple, attainable, and measurable. What are the current skills of your employees? Has technology allowed for their role to adapt, grow or change for the better? And, are you making room for this advancement in their position? If most of your employees are failing to meet the requirements of their role, as outlined by your organisation’s strategic objectives, we suggest you point fewer fingers of blame and look within, now is the time to conduct surveys, interview employees, carry out market research and understand the gap between the skills they need and the skills they currently possess.

Drop in with Employees!

The world seems to be spinning a little faster these days, right?! Truth is, we’re all busy! But, if you’re a team leader, manager or similar, we encourage you to set intentional time aside to focus on employees within your team or business. Do you encourage open communication? Do you actively listen? Note the difference between listening and active listening. Through open communication managers can better understand the career aspirations of their team this may include their skill development needs, and areas where they feel they could benefit from additional training or support. Employee feedback can and will provide valuable insights into skills gaps, especially if more than one person has a similar thought or feeling.

What is the Competition Doing?

We often emphasise the importance of staying in your lane, but sometimes we forget to notice when the speed limit changes from 40 to 60 mph. Nobody likes admitting they’re on the back foot or not doing as well as their competitors, but it is worthwhile, now, and again, to compare your organisation’s skill requirements and capabilities to those of competitors and industry benchmarks. Identify areas where your organisation may be lagging e.g., are you up to date with the latest tech for your industry? Is there a significant disparity in skills?

Access Industry Trends and Future Needs

Stay informed about industry trends, technological advancements, and changes in the business environment that may impact the skills required for success in your organisation. Anticipate future skill needs and proactively address potential gaps through strategic planning. Again, just a like a social media manager must incorporate engagement into their planning time, you too will need to set time aside to focus on industry trends and the needs of your team.

Monitor Recruitment and Hiring Challenges

It’s a hard pill to swallow but people don’t leave bad companies, and whilst they don’t necessarily leave bad managers either they may leave for a better opportunity. We encourage you to pay attention to recruitment and hiring challenges, such as difficulty finding candidates with specific skills or high turnover rates in certain roles. If you’re fortunate enough to have a talent acquisition team, can they do a quarterly audit on this? If not, it is something we encourage you to pay attention to and review regularly. Ultimately, some of the hiring challenges may indicate underlying skill gaps within the organisation that need to be addressed. Do you carry out exit interviews? Do you truly understand why employees leave, where they go next and what lead them there?

How to bridge the skills gap?

Now, we’re not the type to present you with a problem without looking for the solution too! So, if you’ve read this and thought – yes, there is probably a skills gap issue in my business and/ or you’ve carried out an audit and know one exists, we can help with that too…

  1. Develop Training Programmes: all training offered should address identified skills gaps, training can include a mix of internal and external training resources.

Roughly 86% of employees say that job training is important to them – and nearly three out of every four (74%) are willing to learn things outside of work hours to improve their job performance (source).

  1. Take advantage of free webinars, workshops etc: anything to help your team upskill! We advise regularly logging onto Eventbrite and widening your network on LinkedIn to stay on top of the businesses who regularly hold training sessions.
  2. Introduce mentorship and coaching: pair employees with mentor or coaches who can provide guidance, support, and feedback as they work to develop new skills.

Organisations with strong coaching culture had a 47% higher revenue per employee than those without (source).

  1. Feedback and recognition: regularly assess the effectiveness of initiatives aimed at bridging the skills gap and adjust as needed based on feedback from stakeholders and changing market demands. In addition, regularly gathering feedback and recognising employees builds someone’s sense of value and purpose; it also reinforces positive habits and encourages more of the performance an employer wants to see.
  2. Investment in technology: the IT and technology skills-gap is getting wider, and businesses must start leveraging technology to mitigate a lack of skilled resources.

 In 2023 Forbes research found that 93% of UK businesses acknowledge an IT skills gap (source).

To summarise, in today’s dynamic business world, recognising and addressing skills gaps is crucial for staying competitive. Assess your workforce’s skills, stay updated on industry trends, and invest in training to bridge any gaps. Businesses who are open to and invest in a culture of learning and growth, can thrive in this changing world if you look toward developing a business fit and ready for 2024 and beyond!

Is your business already working on bridging the skills gap? Which of these methods have you deployed or what are you doing that is different? Let us know [email protected]!

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Navigating the Landscape of Expected Pay Awards for 2024: Strategies for Transparent Communication with Staff

In 2024, companies are taking different paths with employee pay. Some plan big raises, others are freezing pay. With 24% aiming for 4–4.99% increases, 19% going for 2–2.99%, and 17% planning above 6%, they all have one thing in common: clear communication is vital for staff.

Understanding the makeup of these anticipated pay awards is crucial for both employers and employees alike. For businesses, it signifies a delicate balancing act between managing financial resources, retaining talent, and remaining competitive in the market. On the other hand, for employees, it directly impacts their financial well-being, morale, and perception of their value within the business.

For businesses planning substantial pay increases, it’s an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to employee satisfaction and retention. Such businesses can leverage these planned increments as a tool for attracting top talent and rewarding high performance. However, effective communication is key to ensuring that these efforts are perceived positively by the workforce. Transparency regarding the rationale behind the pay increases, such as company performance, market trends, or employee contributions, fosters trust and reinforces a sense of fairness among employees.

However, for businesses contemplating pay freezes or a modest pay rise, the challenge lies in managing employee expectations whilst maintaining morale and engagement. In such cases, honest and empathetic communication is crucial. Employers should prepare to openly address the reasons behind these decisions, whether they stem from economic uncertainties, budget constraints, or strategic considerations. Additionally, offering alternative forms of recognition, such as non-monetary incentives, will help with employee morale.  According to People Management (PM), 50% of UK workers would rather have “great relationships” at work than a 10% pay increase (source). While salary is undoubtedly crucial, employees consistently show that they also value feeling appreciated, fostering positive relationships, and ultimately experiencing job satisfaction.

Regardless of the chosen approach, effective communication with staff is essential to navigating the complexities of expected pay rises for 2024. Here are some strategies to facilitate transparent communication and foster employee understanding and engagement:

  1. Provide Context: Clearly articulate the factors influencing the business decision regarding pay rises, such as market conditions, financial performance, and strategic objectives. This helps employees comprehend the rationale behind the chosen approach.
  2. Seek Feedback: Encourage open dialogue with employees to understand their concerns, expectations, and suggestions regarding pay. Actively listening to their perspectives promotes a sense of inclusivity and demonstrates respect for their input.
  3. Offer Clarity and Transparency: Be transparent about the criteria used for determining pay increases or freezes, ensuring consistency and fairness in the process. Clear communication helps alleviate uncertainty and minimises misconceptions among employees.
  4. Empathise and Support: Acknowledge the potential impact of pay decisions on employees and express empathy towards their concerns. Offer support mechanisms, such as access to resources for financial planning or opportunities for career development, to assist employees during periods of uncertainty.
  5. Emphasise Future Opportunities: Communicate the business’s commitment to employee growth and development, highlighting future opportunities for advancement, skill enhancement, and reward. Aim to adopt a culture of continuous learning and progression as this reinforces employee engagement and retention.

In conclusion, navigating the landscape of expected pay for 2024 requires a strategic blend of financial prudence, employee engagement, and transparent communication. By proactively addressing employee concerns, offering clarity and empathy, and emphasising opportunities for growth, businesses can effectively communicate their decisions regarding pay and embrace a culture of trust, fairness, and collaboration within the workforce.

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Strength in Partnership: Why Businesses Thrive with Recruitment Agencies by Their Side

A talent acquisition team without a trusty recruitment partner could be like coffee without caffeine ☕

Who benefits? You, the teams you recruit for, the new people you hire and of course, us!

Five reasons you can elevate success with us…

Reason one: access to a larger talent pool:

It’s no secret that recruitment agencies have access to a vast network and an ever-evolving database of candidates, passive and active.

As much as 70% of the workforce is made up of passive candidates who aren’t actively seeking work. If you are only relying on active job seekers, you’re cutting your talent pool down to just 30% (source).

You see, you need us, and we need you.

Reason two: specialist expertise:

Recruitment agencies often specialise in specific industries or job roles. Their recruiters have a deep understanding of the market, industry trends, and the skills required for various positions. This specialised knowledge can be beneficial when hiring for niche or technical roles.

A poor hiring decision could be detrimental to your finances, the estimated cost of a bad hire is approximately 3 times more than the salary paid (source).

Reason three: time and cost savings:

How much time is your current talent acquisition team spending on sifting through endless CVS, before they even begin conducting interviews? That’s the magic of partnering with a recruitment agency; they’re essentially the superhero sidekick your team never knew they needed. They will prevent you from spending your precious time and resources so you can focus on moving the business forward in other ways e.g., mastering that onboarding experience of ensuring the first day in the new job is incredible!

Specialist agencies will often have access to a treasure trove of talent your internal team might not even know exists. They’ve got the tools, the know-how, and the secret suave to identify, woo, and win over your ideal candidate.

Did we mention cost savings? Sure, there’s a fee involved, but think of it as an investment in efficiency. By slashing your time-to-hire and minimising turnover, a specialist recruitment partner can save you plenty of pennies in the long run.

Reason Four: hard to fill roles:

We’ve all seen them and most of us dread them, but not your trusted specialist agency! No, they thrive off a hard to fill role. Nothing says success better than finding you your perfect candidate for that “hard to fill” role.

Truthfully, you could do it yourself but roles like this need an amended game plan and an extra bit of finesse!

Our top strategies for filling your “hard to fill” roles include:

  1. Targeted search, we deploy specialised tactics to track down the perfect fit.
  2. Creative sourcing, we think outside the box every day – we LOVE it!
  3. Personalised approach because we know one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to hard-to-fill roles. We craft tailored messages and elevate your brand to woo candidates and show them why your opportunity is the one they’ve been waiting for.
  4. Tapping into that passive market, remember the one you don’t have access to?!
  5. Persistence and patience, because Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a dream team. Specialist agencies use their market knowledge to paint you a realistic picture of how long it might take to find the perfect match. Sometimes recruitment is about weathering the storm.

Reason Five: Market Insights:

Recruitment agencies aren’t just matchmakers; they’re like talent scouts armed with insider info! They’re salary benchmarking experts, they can spill the tea on competitors’ hiring tactics, and even forecast talent trends like psychic recruiters. With their market insights, you’ll make strategic moves that leave the competition scratching their heads and scrambling to keep up. Think of them as your secret weapon in the war for talent!

To summarise, who doesn’t like maximising their time and seeing their fill rate soar? Partnering with a specialist recruitment agency can do just that! For optimal results choose wisely, and select an agency that aligns with your values and goals. We’re big fans of communication here, and it’s crucial to a successful and thriving recruitment partnership (in our opinion!) Why waste another minute drowning in CVs for hard-to-fill roles when you could be conquering the other complexities of the talent world? Partner up with an expert recruitment agency and watch your team soar to new heights – while they handle the rest!

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5 ways to help your team future-proof their finances

A recent article shared by the BBC stated: “A single person will need £31,300 a year for a moderate income in retirement.” This comes from a pensions industry body.

The ongoing cost-of-living crisis is a challenge that will endure for years to come, prompting individuals to reassess their pensions, savings, investment choices, and strategies. As we navigate this crisis and the recently unveiled recession, it’s essential to make informed decisions about our financial futures.

We firmly believe the workplace can hugely and inexpensively help employees future-proof their finances, according to professional pensions nearly half of UK employers plan to boost their financial wellbeing investment this year, are you one of them?!

Here are our top FIVE ways to help your  team future-proof their finances:

  1. Educate on Financial Literacy:

Financial literacy means understanding how to manage money wisely. It’s about knowing how to budget, save, invest, and handle debt effectively. When you’re financially literate, you can make smart decisions about your finances and plan for your future with confidence.

At work, you can offer workshops or resources that enhance your team’s financial literacy. Topics to cover include budgeting, saving, investing, and debt management to empower them with the knowledge needed to make informed financial decisions.

Did you know that as many as 24 million UK adults do not know how to manage their debt? Source. Debt and financial insecurity actively contribute to our stress levels and ultimately workplace productivity, therefore, when businesses take the time to work on financial literacy everyone benefits.

  1. Encourage Retirement Planning

You may be surprised to hear just how many of your employees are in the dark when it comes to understanding workplace pensions, a recent study revealed up to 41% of UK employees do not understand their pension (source).

Do you discuss the pension scheme on offer at your workplace as part of the onboarding process? If not, perhaps now is the time to start.

Your employees need to understand the importance of contributing to their pension and the benefits of employer-matching contributions (where applicable).

Provide access to resources such as: pension calculators and financial advisors, or simply the Finance Director you employ, to help employees understand their pension options and set realistic retirement goals.

Where possible, regularly review pension contributions and retirement plans with employees, offering guidance on adjustments as needed to ensure they are on track for a comfortable retirement. Supporting employees in navigating the UK pension system empowers them to make informed decisions about their financial futures.

  1. Promote Emergency Funds

Encourage the habit of saving for emergencies by highlighting its importance. Educate your team on the recommended amount to save and strategies to build an emergency fund gradually.

Nobody says it quite like HSBC, it is after all their expertise and not ours – https://www.hsbc.co.uk/financial-fitness/growing-your-money/build-emergency-fund/

Can you share this article with your employees, put it on your intranet or, add it to your discussion points in your next team meeting?

There’s no need to single anyone out; simply knowing how to start an emergency fund could be incredibly helpful to someone. It’s simply about making sure this valuable information reaches everyone who could benefit from it.

  1. Offer Financial Wellness Programmes

According to HR Grapevine, almost a third of organisations offer a financial wellbeing programme, designed not just to help reduce debt but also to help employees get the most from their money and achieve their financial goals.

Having a financial wellness program in place can benefit businesses in various ways. It enhances employee morale and loyalty, reduces turnover costs, and boosts productivity by alleviating financial stress, did you know 1 in 5 employees say financial stress impacts their productivity (source).

However, employees with access to financial education and resources are better equipped to make informed decisions about their finances, leading to greater stability and security. Additionally, offering a financial wellness programme can be a valuable recruitment tool, helping businesses attract top talent. Overall, investing in financial wellness demonstrates a commitment to employee well-being and yields positive returns for both employees and the organisation.

  1. Provide Flexible Benefits Options

Flexible benefits, also known as fringe benefits, are additional perks offered to employees alongside their standard remuneration package. These benefits allow employees to customise their packages based on their individual needs and preferences. By giving employees, the freedom to tailor their benefits, you embody a culture of individuality and increase employee satisfaction while addressing financial wellbeing.

One key advantage of flexible benefits is their role in cost management. They create a controlled environment where spending is allocated precisely to the benefits most valued by employees. This strategic approach ensures resources are optimally utilised while meeting the diverse needs of the workforce.

In summary, flexible benefits empower employees to personalise their package, aid in cost management, and support financial literacy, ultimately contributing to a more satisfied and financially secure workforce.

In conclusion, achieving financial resilience for your team starts with proactive measures that empower and support each member on their journey toward stability and success. By adopting the tips outlined in this article, you not only provide your team with the necessary tools and knowledge to tackle future financial challenges but also demonstrate your commitment to their wellbeing as an employer. This contributes to the creation of a positive work environment, reduces turnover, and enhances productivity and morale. In essence, prioritising your team’s financial health isn’t just a good idea—it’s a savvy business move that benefits everyone involved.

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Welcome to the Workforce of Tomorrow: 2024’s Quirky Job Titles Shake Up the Status Quo!”

Let’s get stuck in, because in the blink of an eye, job titles are about to evolve massively. With each passing year, it feels like we’re in a constant game of catch-up with the latest tech trends. So, it shouldn’t come as a shocker that many of the job titles popping up in 2024 belong to the tech sector.

From AI and sustainability to remote work, here’s a glimpse into the 2024 job scene and beyond…

  1. AI Ethicist

AI is everywhere, right? But who’s keeping it in check? That’s where the AI Ethics Consultants come in. They’re like the guardians of the digital realm, making sure our AI pals behave themselves. From tackling bias to guarding our privacy, these folks are the unsung heroes of the tech world, ensuring a smoother ride through the wild west of artificial intelligence.

Want to become one? Find out how here.

  1. Renewable Energy Analyst

I delved into LinkedIn to gauge the pulse of renewable energy analyst roles in the UK. And there were a whopping 225 listings for renewable energy roles! Impressive, right? But then, just for kicks, I decided to peek at marketing analyst positions, and guess what, a mere 136 listings!! But honestly, everyone is trying to do their bit so is it really that surprising to discover that the green revolution is outpacing the marketing mavens?

In the ongoing effort to combat climate change, Renewable Energy Analysts play a vital role in promoting sustainability. With their expertise and analytical skills, they assess the efficiency of renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind turbines. Their work involves designing energy models to ensure a greener future for our buildings and communities.

Fancy taking on the challenge? Take a sneaky peek at the list of questions you might be asked at interview!

  1. Cybersecurity Incident Responder

The numbers don’t lie – cyber-attacks surged by 125% globally in 2021 compared to 2020, and the trend continued into 2022, posing an ongoing threat to businesses and individuals. (source.)

Have you ever wondered who the digital superheroes are, tirelessly guarding our virtual fortresses from cyber threats? Meet the Cybersecurity Incident Responders! They are our tech-savvy heroes who stop cybercriminals by detecting, mitigating, and recovering from security breaches at lightning speed. Armed with expertise in threat analysis, digital forensics, and crisis management, they’re the digital-first responders we all need. Also, fun fact, did you know there is a job title in this sector called Penetration Tester?

  1. Augmented Reality (AR) Developer

Augmented Reality is on the rise and likely to turn industries upside down (in a good way). These digital enthusiasts perfectly blend pixels and reality, creating experiences that’ll leave us questioning what’s real and what’s just a fantastic AR illusion. This job is on the rise so let’s get ready to step into a world where the line between the digital and physical blurs into one.

  • Virtual Reality (VR) Experience Designer

As VR tech keeps pushing boundaries, the hunger for digital thrills only grows. That’s where Virtual Reality Experience Designers swoop in, crafting mind-blowing VR realms for everything from gaming and entertainment to educational and training purposes. So, whether you’re battling virtual dragons or mastering new skills in a digital classroom, these designers are the experts behind the scenes!

Did you ever wonder how much AR/VR is shaking up our world? If not, now’s the perfect time to dive in and discover the magic! By 2024, global spending on these mind-bending technologies is set to skyrocket – six times more than what we saw in 2023! So, grab your virtual goggles and get ready for an adventure because the future of reality is looking brighter and more immersive than ever! (source).

  1. Chief Resilience officer

Chief what? Around for about five years now, but with recent external pressures, businesses are feeling the heat. Say hello to the Chief Resilience Officer! These officers are like the steady hands guiding companies through uncertain times.

If the past four years have taught us anything it’s that uncertainty is the new normal and to survive you must have resilience. A Chief Resilience Officer crafts strategies tackling everything from pandemics to economic turbulence.

Fancy joining the other 419,000 people (thank you, LinkedIn) in the resilience revolution?

There we have it, our top five (.1) emerging job titles in 2024! Some may surprise you, others we’re sure won’t. Whichever camp you’re in it’s fair to say that 2024 is poised to witness the emergence of diverse and dynamic roles that reflect the growth of technology, sustainability, and social responsibility. As professionals adapt to these evolving demands, they will play a vital role in shaping a future where innovation and progress go hand in hand with ethics and sustainability.

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