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Why flexible working is highly desirable for men, women – and your business

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05 Jun 2018 Comments

When it comes to levels of employee job satisfaction and overall happiness in the workplace, we hear time and again that work patterns that don’t fit the 9-5 mould matter as much as salary. The Works Search Annual Salary Guide 2017/18 took a close look at company benefits and the other factors that professionals across the industry in corporate communications and financial communications place a high value on when it comes to their jobs. Our survey found that flexibility in the workplace is high on the priority list of both male and female comms professionals.

For the 60% of female respondents, the one company benefit that would make the biggest difference to how they feel about their jobs is, unsurprisingly, flexible working. But flexible working isn’t just about being a woman or a parent anymore; it’s what the millennial generation are coming to expect and it is something organisations should be embracing and seeking to embed wherever possible.

Holiday allowance, how much are you getting and what’s on offer?

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16 May 2018 Comments

According to the findings of our Annual Salary Guide 2017/18, the one company benefit that will make your employees happier is more paid holiday.

Corporate communications and financial communications roles are undoubtedly intense and stressful, deadline-driven, often racking up long hours with a heavy requirement to be ‘on it’ at all times.

One of the best ways to ensure high performing individuals on your team don’t burn out is to make sure they have a good holiday allowance – and that they use it.

Don’t take our word for it….

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24 Apr 2018 Comments

We think we are different to other specialist search agencies out there. Perhaps it’s because we care about you and your career and have the expertise to support you in making a great move. We will brief you so thoroughly that you will walk into your interviews with confidence and for those signed up with us exclusively; we will be really proactive with your job search. However, don’t take our word for it. Lee Jones, now as Associate Partner at Instinctif shared his experience of working together.

How to meet the promotion expectations of career-driven millennials

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22 Mar 2018 Comments

The Works Search’s Annual Salary Guide 2017/18 found that 48% of millennials expect to be promoted on average every two years. By comparison, Generation X expect to be promoted every three years, and Baby Boomers every four years on average.

This presents an interesting situation: the people most likely to be managing millennials – Generation X and Baby Boomers – will have a completely different view to the younger members on their teams with regards to the speed of promotion.

So how can Directors of Communications manage the heightened promotion expectations of the millennials in their teams? We take a closer look.

How long does it take to become a Director of Corporate Communications or Agency CEO?

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01 Mar 2018 Comments

One of the topics that The Works Search Annual Salary Guide 2017/18 examined was how long it takes to climb the PR ladder and reach the prized role of Director of Communications or Agency CEO. We specifically looked at corporate communications and financial communications teams in-house, as well as London-based corporate and financial communications agencies. Our survey results reveal the average number of years’ experience PR and Communications professionals have under their belts at different stages of their career path.

Career-impatient millennials (and their desire for frequent pay rises, promotions, and accelerated career advancement expectations) now make up the largest share of the workforce; we were curious to see whether this would have any bearing on our survey results. Just how long can industry professionals expect it to take to make it to the heady heights of a top-tier role?

LinkedIn – back to basics in 6 steps

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28 Feb 2018 Comments

LinkedIn has had exponential growth over recent years and, it’s no surprise that the global network is a rich resource for job seekers and recruiters. With a new LinkedIn member joining every second, you need to keep on top of your profile, particularly if you’re planning to move job; you need a profile that maximises your potential.
Start by thinking about the LinkedIn basics. Some of these tips are common sense; but, as they say, common sense isn’t so common; and as we’re getting back to basics, we may as well cover everything.....

Who pays more – agency or in-house?

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23 Feb 2018 Comments

We spend a lot of time meeting with candidates and clients from both agencies and corporate communications teams in-house. They tend to fall into one of the following categories: long-term agency people, those who have always worked in-house, those who have tried both sides of the fence to see where the grass is greener, and those who are happy to chop and change.

We have seen countless candidates find their dream job in-house after years working in agencies, only to find out later that they miss the agency life. Then there are others who will remain in-house throughout their career once they grow accustomed to the corporate world.

Whichever camp they belong to, the question on the minds of many of these professionals is: Who pays more in the PR and communications industry – agency or in-house? Our recent Annual Salary Guide revealed some interesting findings on the subject.

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