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Financial Services is booming

Britain’s financial services sector is booming louder than King Kong’s chest in mating season.

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But don’t take our word for it: the UK has been revealed as the world’s biggest net exporter of financial services for the tenth year in a row.

The announcement by financial services lobby group TheCityUK claims financial services – if you include accountancy, legal services and management consultancy –reached a whopping $95bn (that’s £65bn in our money) last year.

That’s 4.3% higher than the year before, nearly double its 2015 value of $56bn (£36bn) and $59bn (£38bn) higher than its nearest competitor the US ($36bn (£23bn)).

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Making a job offer

Making a job offerYou found the perfect candidate for your job. Don’t take a chance on losing them and having to start the process from scratch. Follow our top tips for making a job offer.

1. Don’t hang about

If you’ve made a decision, why wait?

Whenever possible contact the selected candidate later the same day of their final interview. If not, make contact within a day or two at most. Not only can you ease the candidate’s stress during the post-interview waiting period but you also show how thrilled you are to make them a part of your team.

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July update from Sales Director, Gavin Mochan

Gavin_picThe last few months for s1jobs has been a busy period.  It was the biggest Q2 we have seen at s1jobs, with record levels of jobs posted to the site.

We have been busy behind the scenes too.  Over a number of months we have been developing new products, all designed to make your life as a recruiter that bit easier.

Three weeks ago we launched our new CV database product.  Our customers told us that they wanted a CV database which is more intuitive and has lots more candidates. Through improving and enhancing our old system, we have come up with a powerful tool which is easy to use and stocked with great talent.

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Movers and Shakers in Corporate Scotland

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Burness boosts Aberdeen planning team

Burness Paull has boosted its team in Aberdeen by appointing Margaret Bochel as a director in its planning division.

Ms Bochel will join the law firm in September from Aberdeen City Council, where she is currently head of planning and sustainable development.

Burness said the appointment strengthens its planning sector expertise.

Ms Bochel said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Burness Paull at this very exciting time for the firm. Their highly-regarded Aberdeen planning division has an excellent reputation and I am very much looking forward to helping contribute to the continued success of the team, the firm and its clients.”

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Movers and Shakers in Corporate Scotland

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BLM, the risk and insurance law business, has appointed its team in Scotland by appointing Frank Hughes as partner.

Mr Hughes, who has a broad experience of litigation in the insurance industry, joins the team in Glasgow from DAC Beachcroft.

He is an accredited specialist in personal injury law and acts as an expert witness in solicitor’s negligence cases. He has also tutored law for many years at the University of Glasgow.

BLM partner David Taylor said: “We have ambitious plans for growth in Scotland and we are delighted to welcome Frank Hughes to BLM given his extensive industry expertise. He is a natural extension to our business given his experience in representing many of the top global insurers as well as his reputation within the industry.”

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Top 5 interview questions to remember when recruiting

A job interview isn’t simply a one way street where the onus is on the applicant to turn up, jump through hoops and impress the recruiter.

In fact it is the only chance you, as the recruiter, have to gain an understanding of the applicant.

Sure, it’s like being on Mastermind for the candidate being interviewed but that doesn’t make you Magnus Magnusson.

You’re on the spot just as much as them. The cost implications alone from making a “bad hire” are estimated to run into six-figure sums.

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Collaborative Technology is the future

Many organisations are seeking new ways to improve productivity and work-life balance.  It’s a particular problem for multi-national companies that struggle to recruit IT talent locally and/or make effective use of colleagues spread across the world.  How can their staff collaborate better to achieve their common goals?  VOIP, Skype and other technologies allow global communication, but often the focus is only on the software and not the human element.

Put simply, there is insufficient investment in best-practice training for employees on how to lead, manage and work in teams which have little or no in-person contact. It’s when an organisation invests in the people and the technology to support its globally diverse workforce that it begins to make the technology ROI a reality by engaging and retaining the top talent from anywhere in the world.

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Movers and Shakers in Corporate Scotland

TradingPlaces2x4cla-300x100 Accountancy firm Campbell Dallas has appointed Shaun Young as director of employer solutions in a move to its range of services for clients.

Mr Young will develop a new employer solutions service line within the firm’s tax consultancy group, offering existing and potential clients expertise in areas such as employment taxation, performance reward and design, share schemes, PAYE audits and tax efficient rewards.

He joins with more than 30 years’ experience in tax and employer solutions advisory services, having worked for Begbies Traynor, Schroders PLC, and most recently at Grant Thornton.

Aileen Gates, head of tax at Campbell Dallas, said: “Shaun’s specialist knowledge of employer solutions significantly strengthens our tax group offering, broadening our expertise and enabling Campbell Dallas to offer specialist advice on all areas relating to employment matters.

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