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ARTICLE WRITTEN BY PAUL RYDER Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German writer and statesman once said: “There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight.” I am sure that we can all confess to being guilty of rushing into action before we have fully gained an understanding
Does London have the potential to be a global Fintech hub? Late last year Write Research Company and Capita had this discussion with visitors from Holland FinTech, a Dutch start-up network, and some of their members. Their mission: to seek out London’s finest fintech talent. Founded by
We all get bogged down in the weeds sometimes. Sticking your head up and knowing that that we are bogged down in the weeds isn’t easy. Often, we just continue to be there, perhaps oblivious to the smarter, newer, better ways of doing something.
When it comes to cyber security, you’ll need as many white hats as possible to protect your business online in 2017 says Write Research’s Rachael Watt. Cyber security was a hot topic in 2016 with two thirds of large UK businesses having been hit by a cyber
Remember when on-boarding consisted of an hour on day one with HR? Being presented with an HR policy handbook, a chunk of marketing literature and information on the location of fire exits? We have certainly come a long way! And most businesses now realise the value of
10th OCTOBER 2016, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Write Research Company and Work Group have appointed Sathyendra Kumar as Head of Business Development for South East Asia. Sathyendra will be based in Singapore with a remit spanning Asia Pacific. Write Research Company, part of Capita Plc, is focused on
We’ve all had that InMail ‘An opportunity that may be of interest’ from a head-hunter who hasn’t really read beyond your job title before sending you a friendly copy-and-paste note. Delete. Which is where online sourcing and research sometimes get it so wrong. Although much of what
Alison Ettridge shares insights from Write Research's client workshop in Newcastle including how to make more of both successful and unsuccessful candidates' networks.
Hong Kong or Singapore
by George Silver Asia is an increasingly important focus for companies wishing to diversify geographically and enter into new markets. Hong Kong and Singapore have long been the locations of choice for western companies’ Asian HQ, and the two city-states have been competing for decades to be
Team work
Write Research's Malcom Carr questions the nature of the 'matchmaking' relationship between traditional head-hunters and active job seekers.
How I didn't get a job in HR
Write Research's Andrew Samtoy looks at the winners and losers in the recruitment market. Are head-hunters more than mere match-makers and what can we learn from talent acquisition practices in the US?
D&I in talent acquisition
A free workshop for HR, recruitment and talent acquisition professionals in Singapore. Join us to learn about how D&I in talent acquisition can contribute towards an impactful diversity and inclusion strategy.
Talent puddles
Thinking beyond talent pools. A free workshop for HR, recruitment and talent acquisition professionals. Join Write Research in Singapore for a workshop on making talent puddles work for you.
Old habits die hard
Remarkably, I find myself in the strange position of having been in one industry – research, pipelining and insight – for over 13 years now. I say remarkably because, at the grand old age of 38, it genuinely feels like it was last month (not 1999) that
Talent puddles
Work Group & Write Research invite you to a workshop on Talent Puddles We’re all familiar with talent pools, but what value do they add? A known pool of talent provides reassurance that the talent you need is out there. It’s the first step in future proofing
Business meeting
The Work Group & Write Research invite you to a workshop on D&I in talent acquisition. Building the business case and overcoming common barriers. Many organizations tell us they are not reaping the full benefits of diversity and inclusion strategies. The common barriers we come across are
Are we guilty of navel gazing when it comes to HR analytics? Asks Write Research’s Alison Ettridge in this month’s newsletter. Whilst there is a wealth of information already in your organisation, is the information you really need out there in the market? Alison looks at blending internal data with insight from the external talent landscape to answer the big business questions.
Something I like about football, and something I think business can learn from, is its open and honest commitment to investment in bench strength. Last weekend Manchester United’s new Manager, Jose Mourinho, toured the training ground and outlined his vision for the club having signed a three-year
Talent puddles
Join us for our workshop in Newcastle on why you need a talent puddle
Talent puddles
Join us for our workshop in Leeds on why you need a talent puddle
Meet the digital talent challenge Back in December I wrote about the burgeoning fintech revolution and how banks and traditional financial services organisations were no longer fighting amongst themselves for the best talent. The digital permeation into every area of our lives, including how we manage our
Females in Engineering & Manufacturing – Turning the 15.8% into 50% In recent times, the benefits of a diverse workforce have been thoroughly researched and widely published. Study after study has shown that those companies that are racially, ethnically and gender diverse are more innovative, creative, faster-to-market
Take Me to the Ball Game…What Can Talent Management Learn from Baseball? I don’t profess to know much about baseball. In fact, I’ve never been to a game and would struggle if you asked me to explain the rules…cricket, well that’s a different ball game altogether. But
NEWS RELEASE: Write Research Company Appoints Malcolm Carr Write Research Company has appointed Malcolm Carr to lead its energy and industrial practice. The strategic talent acquisition company was acquired by Capita Plc in 2013 and has since made a number of strategic hires. Carr joins from Carbon60
Business challenges driving 2016 talent trends for the Healthcare & Life Science sector I know, I know… another PULSE about the year ahead. What can I say – I needed to be included! Four elements influencing the war on talent in our sector form my, much longer, list of
What Is Talent Acquisition Telling Us? The FIRM has recently released their Annual Membership Survey for 2015/2016 and, as ever, it makes for very interesting reading. 205 in-house talent acquisition heads and senior resourcers from some of the world’s leading companies completed the survey, which asked them
China’s OTC Market: squaring up for a talent fight At US$32bn – and growing – OTC accounts for 10% of China’s colossal drugs market. 2016, 2017 and 2018 will likely see GSK take stock of their position with the largest OTC operation in the world and if their attention
Animal Health to Pharma in China 2016 Much of 2016 will be focused on supporting global healthcare and life science leaders overcome business challenges that involve China. Ahead of 2016, I consider some of what is shaping our decision making.   Public & Private Healthcare Expenditure will increase by a combined
Industry revolution, blurred lines and the race for the best   I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that the banking industry is undergoing a revolution. The sector is arguably the biggest target for disruption with fintech entrepreneurs committed to destabilising the established old guard and reinventing
From The Oscars to The Office: Why Diversity Matters In the past few weeks Hollywood has been in uproar over the recent ‘Oscars Controversy’. The annual awards ceremony has come under fire for its apparent lack of diversity amongst this year’s nominees, who are all Caucasian. Prominent
Demanding more from Executive Search Before I go on, the first caveat I’d like to put around this blog is that it isn’t an attack on the practice of Executive Search. In fact, it’s far from it. Search is one of the core services the business I
Make Time For Time To Hire I was talking with a client in the week around his key talent acquisition challenges for 2016. Given ‘time to hire’ is how he and his TA function is judged, how to recruit better quality people (who stay, develop and add
Talent Scientists: 2016 is not the end of theory 2015 has seen much ado about big-data and its role in human capital. To this end, and before the year’s ends, I reflect briefly on what we can expect in 2016. In 2008, Wired magazine’s editor-in-chief trumpeted that
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A year in the life of Write Research tracks our journey over the last 12 months and asks questions about organisational culture change, drawing parallels with politics.
Millennial Myths What are they? Millennials can be identified by 1 common factor. Simply put if you were born between the early 80’s and the early 00’s you are eligible to be part of Generation Y and known as a Millennial. Like our predecessor’s Generation X the
Lead Talent Acquisition with Insight, not Search  When you embark on finding a candidate for a role, the output from an executive search firm is a shortlist of candidates whom they believe are capable, ready to move, and interested in your organisation. In time, you expect that
It’s what you do with it that counts - when it comes to passive talent I often talk to clients about creating talent pipelines of passive candidates, and whilst it’s something I certainly advocate, I often have to steer them away from focusing on the size of the talent pipeline. By asking why? Why do you want to create an ongoing talent pipeline of hundreds of candidates?
It’s what you do with it that counts - when it comes to passive talent I often talk to clients about creating talent pipelines of passive candidates, and whilst it’s something I certainly advocate, I often have to steer them away from focusing on the size of the talent pipeline. By asking why? Why do you want to create an ongoing talent pipeline of hundreds of candidates?
The FiRM has just published its 2015 / 2016 membership survey. As a sponsor of this annual project, at Write Research we are always intrigued to see the results, especially in-house recruitment’s predictions for the coming year, as that helps guide where our research solutions can add most value.
If you're interested in tapping into the 85% of employees who refer to themselves as passive candidates, have a look at our quick guide to passive candidate strategy.
Having set a target of 25% female representation on FTSE100 boards by 2015 four years ago, Lord Davies announced last week that the target has been surpassed. He also announced that the target for 2020 is for 33% female representation on boards.
One of our clients found they were losing 12% of top talent brought into leadership roles within 12 months. A small amount of this was attributed to reasons beyond the organisation’s control, but the majority was due to the way the individuals were managed into the organisation – a sink or swim mentality, and cultural fit judged through the recruitment process. Our client has since significantly improved the quality of people they were able to engage with and, eventually, hire. The same attrition rate two years into the programme is just 1%.

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