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Flexible working – is it an option in PR and Comms Agencies?  If not, why not?

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11 Sep 2018 Comments

I was surprised to read in a recent BBC news article that only 6% of people in the UK now work the traditional workplace hours of 9am-5pm. A YouGov survey polling 4,000 adults found that almost half of them work flexibly, allowing them to juggle other commitments. This rather impressive statistic made me wonder just how well (or not) the PR and Corporate Communications industry fares in the flexible working stakes.

The real reasons why corporate and financial comms professionals leave their jobs

Posted in: Market Views, PR and Communications, Salaries and Trends

18 Jul 2018 Comments

When people leave a job, it’s most often because they want more money, a new challenge and no longer enjoy the work they are doing. Very standard reasons, and ones we’ve certainly heard many times. However, our latest Annual Salary Guide 2017/18 tells a slightly different story.

We asked corporate communications and financial communications professionals (in-house and agency) what the five deciding factors were when leaving a job, and the results weren’t all as predictable as we might have expected.

How to progress career as an Associate Director?

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12 Jun 2018 Comments

As an Associate Director the fast-paced, deadline-driven world of PR can mean that managing your professional development can be tricky. Sarah Leembruggen shares her expertise in this Q&A with corporate and financial agency Associate Directors to help you maximise your potential.

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.

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