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Skills shortages amid full employment

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 28th January 2019.6 min read

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It’s bizarre. We’ve a record 32.54 million people in work in the UK. But the number of job vacancies jumped to a record high of 853,000. Despite record employment today, companies are suffering skills shortages. Managers have three options - accept the lack of skills and invest in technology to sustain capability - or invest in the people they do have to improve productivity. Here's the rationale.

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So which psychometric?

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 3rd May 2017.10 min read

Psychometric Testing

There's such an argument in practitioner circles about which psychometric test to use. Some say 'simpler the better' whilst others say 'accuracy first'. Others focus on the moral and ethical issues in providing any unfiltered information to test respondents. So how to make sense of this debate?

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Are Leaders Born or Bred?

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 3rd May 2017.3 min read


Are leaders born or bred? It’s a persistent question. Some senior managers and policy makers believe absolutely that leaders are bred, that a leader must come from the right background. Others argue strongly that anyone can be made into a leader given the right training. So who’s right?

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What Title Should I Give My Sales Manager?

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 1st May 2017.3 min read


Job titles should show three things: position in the profession, knowledge about the domain and where the job fits internally. Using Sales Manager as an example find out why it is important to get the title right.

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The role of training in culture change

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 18th December 2017.4 min read

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Whilst training interventions can indeed change the whole organisation, the culture change scenario differs from ‘normal’ training. ‘Normal’ training is in pursuit of change in competencies in individuals. Change in culture involves change in the way things are done in the organisation – the normative behaviour of all. Here's how they differ.

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How do I Write a Modern Slavery Statement?

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 30th April 2017.3 min read


The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses with over £36m global turnover to make an anti-slavery and human trafficking statement. Check out how this act might impact your own business. And find out what you need to include in your statement.

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