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Paying fair across the world

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Written by John Berry on 16th March 2021. Revised 18th March 2021.

5 min read


As the firm expands across the UK and internationally, the number of spot values of pay grows. Local expectations vary considerably, pay variance expands too until there’s a discrete spot for every person worldwide. And the variance between high and low salary for the same job can be huge. What started simple is quickly a mess.

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IR35 – When does it apply to your firm and your suppliers?

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Written by Sue Berry on 19th February 2021. Revised 10th March 2021.

7 min read


IR35 is legislation designed to stop tax avoidance by workers and by firms using workers’ services. It was rolled out to all public sector organisations in 2017. Rebranded ‘Off-Payroll Tax’, it was due to be rolled out to the private sector in April 2020. It’s now due to be extended to the private sector in April 2021. This blog sets out the issues associated with IR35.

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Bias and how to train to overcome it

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Written by John Berry on 26th January 2021. Revised 26th February 2021.

7 min read


Most managers make decisions using a mix of gut feel and repetition from experience, based on evidence from hearsay. The result is that managers’ decisions are open to the effects of bias. The problem with bias and the countering of biases is that there are simply too many identifiable biases to remember. Ultimately it's better to learn how to make objective decisions in the first place.

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Leading remote teams

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Written by John Berry on 15th February 2021. Revised 25th February 2021.

6 min read


Commentators suggest that leading remote teams during lockdown is new. It's not - it’s just that a whole new cohort of managers is being challenged to perform in this new environment. We argue that managers must engineer opportunities for exchange, ensure that organisational goals are widely understood and support the hell out of their people. Here's how.

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Eleven crass things managers do when recruiting

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Written by John Berry on 31st August 2020. Revised 22nd February 2021.

6 min read


Interviews are two-way affairs. Many managers forget this and assume that the interviewee is super-keen to have the job – and as a result the manager can do anything and say anything to the interviewee without negative effect on their organisation. You and your management team who might conduct interviews are on measure too. Make the effort and bolster your organisation's reputation.

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Fourteen crass questions managers should not ask at interview

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Written by John Berry on 31st August 2020. Revised 22nd February 2021.

6 min read


When asking questions at interview, the manager is looking for evidence that the interviewee is going to excel in the job. Simply, if your questions don’t provide evidence, don’t ask them. If your questions can’t be objectively scored against a required competency, don’t ask them. Here are fourteen popular questions that fail to provide evidence.

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