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Episode 80. Interview with Charles McManus, CEO of ClearBank Group

By David Lawrence

ClearBank® is the UK’s first new clearing bank in more than 250 years. It delivers a new level of open competition and transparency to the UK financial services marketplace. Read More

14 August 2019
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How dynamic currency conversions impact air travellers

By David Lawrence

As a service that enables people to travel worldwide, airlines and airline staff handle currency conversions on a regular basis, facilitated by online booking technology which can process currency con[...] Read More

13 August 2019
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10 rules you should follow in a hot desk environment

By David Lawrence

Hot desking is when employees don’t have a fixed desk that they use every day. Instead, they have to arrive each morning and take any one of the desks that’s available. It can make the workplace a mor[...] Read More

08 August 2019
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Car Radios are Next Target for Spotify

By David Lawrence

Music and podcast streaming service Spotify has identified a new target in its attempt to break free from dependence on devices made by Apple, Google and the like: car radios. They are planning to lau[...] Read More

05 August 2019
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How to engage senior stakeholders in change management

By David Lawrence

It’s important to know how to communicate the right way with everyone in the business. With change management, senior stakeholders can be the hardest to convince. Here is how you’ll be able to engage [...] Read More

30 July 2019
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Episode 79. Interview with Cristina Alba Ochoa CFO @OakNorth

By David Lawrence

Europe's fastest-growing fintech company (by assets and valuation), launched in September 2015, OakNorth is a UK bank that provides fast, flexible and accessible debt finance (from £500k to £45m) to e[...] Read More

23 July 2019
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How you can build stronger relationships with your customers

By David Lawrence

Customers are the backbone of your business. Without them, it simply wouldn't exist. If you want your business to have longevity, it's important to make relationships with your customers a priority. H[...] Read More

23 July 2019
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How talent teams can help hiring managers with referrals

By David Lawrence

Recruiting new employees can be a tedious process. It takes time and money to get the right candidates through the door for an interview and even more to make them sign on for a new career. Read More

16 July 2019
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How to spot signs of stress in your team

By David Lawrence

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), work related stress, anxiety or depression accounts for over 50% of working days lost in the UK. In 2017/18, a shocking 15.4 million working days we[...] Read More

09 July 2019
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Five Things that Help Busy People Focus on Important Tasks in their Work Day

By David Lawrence

One of the biggest challenges people face at work is focusing, especially when a lot of things are happening around them. There are plenty of distractions that end up eating up your precious time when[...] Read More

02 July 2019
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Episode 24. Interview with Bipin Upadhyay, CTO at A Bigger Circle

By David Lawrence

A Bigger Circle is a creative-technical social media agency based out of Amsterdam. The primary focus of A Bigger Circle’s technology team is Soda, a beautiful suite of social media tools to help medi[...] Read More

27 June 2019
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How to Be A Better Manager Every Day

By David Lawrence

Nowadays, management isn’t for someone whose only focus is results. Instead, it requires somebody equipped with management skills that enhance employee productivity and job satisfaction. Read More

25 June 2019
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5 tools to be more efficient with your email inbox

By David Lawrence

Technology can be a great way to help you sift through your inbox, especially when you are busy. Having an organised inbox is important whether you use email to organise contractors, a contingent work[...] Read More

18 June 2019
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To outsource or not to outsource: software testing

By David Lawrence

When it comes to launching new technology or software, the testing process is key to making sure it works smoothly and has a successful day 1. But whether you want to use internal resources and recrui[...] Read More

11 June 2019
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5 things a programme director always looks out for

By David Lawrence

A programme director is a critical managerial position in any firm. Unlike project managers who oversee the fulfilment and success of a specific (often temporary or short-term) project, programme dire[...] Read More

04 June 2019
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The most common mistakes made in an interview

By David Lawrence

Having a stellar CV/resume can only get you so far in the job hunt. Once receiving an invite for an interview, the real challenge is to nail the process by making a great impression. It is critical th[...] Read More

28 May 2019
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First time manager? Here's how to delegate

By David Lawrence

Managing people for the first time can feel a little daunting. With a myriad of elements to balance carefully - budgets, recruitment, timescales, and deadlines - putting the time in to delegate respon[...] Read More

21 May 2019
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Work life balance in the Netherlands

By David Lawrence

The evolution of the digital age means that many employees are constantly finding themselves connected to their phones, digital devices and ultimately – work. Being constantly connected means that man[...] Read More

14 May 2019
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Podcast Interview with Jason Cozens

By David Lawrence

Glint is a financial technology services company that's authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is providing its clients with the ability to store, exchange, send and spend phy[...] Read More

10 May 2019
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How to move from project management to programme management

By David Lawrence

Just like in any career, project managers look for ways they can grow and expand their skills. One of the opportunities available to them is getting into programme management. But how does one go from[...] Read More

07 May 2019
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What is the future of consumer video technology?

By David Lawrence

The flexibility and accessibility of the internet have popularised online video streaming and the emergence of several commercial video streaming platforms. A growing number of people prefer to watch [...] Read More

30 April 2019
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How long are people prepared to commute for "the perfect role" in the Netherlands?

By Mark Crorkin

Finding the right job with the right company as well as the pay and working hours you’re looking for in your career can be tricky enough. When you factor in commute times too, this can add a whole oth[...] Read More

23 April 2019
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How to plan a super productive day in just a few mins

By David Lawrence

When it comes to productivity in the workplace, some of us can find it trickier than others to get motivated, especially when our to-do list is as long as our arm. During your career, you’ll likely be[...] Read More

16 April 2019
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5 of the best software testing blogs to read

By Chris Brown

Software testing is a necessity of the current age, and for the right sort of person, it can also be a lot of fun. Professional software testers will attest that there's something particularly satisfy[...] Read More

09 April 2019
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5 Great Spots to Meet Candidates in Stockholm

By David Lawrence

Job interviews can be tricky: job interviews in a strange place can be even more so. However, the modern business world now places much less reliance on having fixed premises with people able to work [...] Read More

09 April 2019
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Free webinars in change management

By Mark Crorkin

If you have a career that involves significant time in managing change or are taking over a project that requires a lot of change, you’ll want more information about the subject. Knowledge is power an[...] Read More

02 April 2019
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Podcast Interview with Dana Tobak

By David Lawrence

Hyperoptic was founded in 2011 and are the leading Gigabit provider in the UK. We interviewed Dana Tobak to find out about the challenges she faces, her influencers and how she manages and engages her[...] Read More

28 March 2019
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How to attract and hire diverse job candidates

By David Lawrence

A diverse workforce is increasingly valued by top managers. A recent study by Deloitte discovered there had been a 10% increase in the number who cite its importance since the question was last asked [...] Read More

26 March 2019
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The pros and cons of remote working

By David Lawrence

Thanks to cloud and smartphone technologies, the workplace is now shifting from the traditional brick and motor setup to remote working. The UK, for example, has seen a sharp increase in remote worker[...] Read More

19 March 2019
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Round up of some of the hottest Fintechs in the UK

By David Lawrence

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12 March 2019
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5 weekend escapes in the UK that are perfect for parents and kids

By David Lawrence

Your career is important to you. However, so is your family, and after working hard, you deserve to spend some quality time with your children. The UK is the perfect place for weekend breaks with your[...] Read More

05 March 2019
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6 traits of a good PMO Manager

By David Lawrence

For any tech or IT based organisation, the PMO is a core department within it that plays a key role. From ones that ensure excellent standards are upheld in a business, to ones that look after project[...] Read More

26 February 2019
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Why assessing for cultural fit can reduce employee turnover

By David Lawrence

Recruitment can be time-consuming and very expensive, which makes it vitally important to get it right. One thing that’s not perhaps talked about as often as it should be when recruiting is cultural f[...] Read More

21 February 2019
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Where should you live as an expat in Amsterdam?

By Mark Crorkin

Amsterdam is a city of culture and history, with a healthy appetite for a party! There are many reasons for expats to consider living in the city, with many coming to join a contingent workforce or fi[...] Read More

19 February 2019
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How to be more vocal and convincing at workshop meetings

By David Lawrence

Have you ever left a meeting kicking yourself for not getting your views, questions or information across? Read More

14 February 2019
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What makes for a good project manager in the broadcast media industry

By David Lawrence

Broadcast media, like many other parts of the media as a whole, is a vast machine with many different components all working together. Across the range of different departments, there are people that [...] Read More

12 February 2019
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Belgium; is it the next up and coming tech hub?

By Aaron Heera

For many, there may be little to talk about Belgium. Overall, this country is regarded as a centre of political muscle and great waffles. Well, you may be surprised to realise that there is much more [...] Read More

07 February 2019
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How to work with friends without damaging your relationship

By David Lawrence

Friendships in the workplace can be an incredibly helpful thing that boosts both your day and your career, but they can need careful managing in order not to cause problems for you and your employer. Read More

05 February 2019
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Are desk phones heading for the bin?

By David Lawrence

The humble desk phone has been an iconic fixture on workplace desktops all over the world, just like the public phone box. Even as newer technology sweeps across the telecommunication industry, the de[...] Read More

31 January 2019
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What makes for a good project manager in the broadcast media industry?

By David Lawrence

Broadcast media, like many other parts of the media as a whole, is a vast machine with many different components all working together. Across the range of different departments, there are people that [...] Read More

24 January 2019
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Why companies should be employing CDOs

By David Lawrence

A Chief Data Office (CDO) is typically a C-level board member that reports to the CEO, CTO and COO of an organisation, specialising in how the company manages, stores and utilises the data at its disp[...] Read More

22 January 2019
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Programme managers and programme directors: what's the difference?

By Mark Crorkin

The technology world is an exciting and fascinating one, but it's important to understand the language that goes along with it - from being clear about your role in the company to working under manage[...] Read More

17 January 2019
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Is DAZN shaking up the Broadcast sports market?

By Nick Fraser

DAZN has been making a lot of headlines lately. If you are a fan of boxing, you will know exactly what we are talking about. But before we delve into this, let’s reveal exactly what DAZN is. It is a s[...] Read More

14 January 2019
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What does the toilet/bathroom tell you about your company?

By David Lawrence

It's time to talk about toilets or bathroom for our North American readers. No, I haven't gone round the u-bend, this is a serious article (well, mostly) about how you can learn a lot about a company [...] Read More

10 January 2019
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Will we see a Netflix rival in the UK this year?

By Nick Fraser

The technology sector seems hotter than ever right now, especially in broadcasting, with massive upheavals in the world of traditional media. Content platforms like Netflix have used technology to rev[...] Read More

08 January 2019
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King's Day in the Netherlands: don't miss these five things!

By David Lawrence

King’s Day, the Netherlands' biggest- and most orange- holiday. Whether you’re just visiting or one of many permanent contractors in the Low Countries, you won’t want to miss this spectacular festival[...] Read More

06 January 2019
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Why has Amsterdam become Europe's Silicon Valley

By Mark Crorkin

It’s been named 'The Best European Tech City To Work In’ and dubbed as the Silicon Valley of Europe. With a bustling tech scene, start-up hubs, impressive salary and work-life balance, it’s easy to se[...] Read More

02 January 2019
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How to be confident for your next presentation

By David Lawrence

During the recruitment process, through interviews, and at each stage of your career, presentations are likely to be things that either fill you with dread or joy. Some people genuinely enjoy the chan[...] Read More

01 January 2019
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How to work with friends without damaging your personal relationship

By Aaron Heera

The boundaries between our personal and work lives are disappearing as we embrace new ways of working. Whether you’re in business with a friend or become friends with your manager, maintaining both wo[...] Read More

27 December 2018
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5 employee engagement apps for your growing company

By David Lawrence

Employee engagement is key to keeping your team happier and therefore more productive in the office, and technology is a great help. If your company isn’t already using them, here are our pick of five[...] Read More

18 December 2018
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Interview with Caspar Craven Part 4

By David Lawrence

The Vine Resources Podcast Show with Caspar Craven Part 4 Caspar sailed twice around the world. Once with his wife and three young children aged 9,7 and 2 and once on the world's toughest yacht race. [...] Read More

16 December 2018
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Interview with Caspar Craven Part 3

By David Lawrence

The Vine Resources Podcast Show with Caspar Craven Part 3 Caspar sailed twice around the world. Once with his wife and three young children aged 9,7 and 2 and once on the world's toughest yacht race. [...] Read More

16 December 2018
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Interview with Caspar Craven Part 2

By David Lawrence

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16 December 2018
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Interview with Caspar Craven Part 1

By David Lawrence

The Vine Resources Podcast Show with Caspar Craven Part 1 Caspar sailed twice around the world. Once with his wife and three young children aged 9, 7 and 2 and once on the world's toughest yacht race.[...] Read More

16 December 2018
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8 application tracking systems to consider for growing companies

By David Lawrence

  Recruiting and hiring talent can be tedious at times, especially if you have to do everything manually. However, thanks to technology, you don’t have to worry about spending a lot of your time and e[...] Read More

09 December 2018
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How to always be confident at every interview

By Mark Crorkin

Any interview is a nerve-wracking experience, whether it is for a new job, a promotion or even just an introductory interview with a recruitment agency. Nerves can make you falter during the interview[...] Read More

04 December 2018
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Talk to your network

By David Lawrence

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30 November 2018
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The importance of keeping data safe

By Aaron Heera

In a post-GDPR world, talking about “data” creates a bit of a buzz. In some ways, the new legislation was helpful, bringing an increased awareness of the extent to which data is processed within busin[...] Read More

27 November 2018
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Top 10 budget hotels to stay when working on business in Stockholm

By David Lawrence

Stockholm is not exactly known for being a cheap city to experience so saving on hotels is key, especially if you are travelling for work. Here are our top 10 Stockholm hotels for business travellers.[...] Read More

20 November 2018
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Get Candidates: Video Interview

By David Lawrence

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16 November 2018
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Should we be worried about too much easily accessible content?

By Nick Fraser

As technology and web content accessibility becomes something that so many developers and providers focus on, perhaps it's time to consider the question of whether too much easily accessible content c[...] Read More

13 November 2018
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Cost of living in the Netherlands

By Mark Crorkin

As you would expect, the beautiful historic city of Amsterdam is one of the most expensive places in the nation to live, as being a hugely popular destination for European migration means that demand [...] Read More

06 November 2018
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Machine learning and AI in data analysis

By Aaron Heera

What impact do machine learning and artificial intelligence have on data analysis? Both machine learning and artificial intelligence are ‘buzzwords’ that are passed around frequently in the industry a[...] Read More

30 October 2018
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E-sports and the evolution of live broadcast gaming

By Nick Fraser

It was once thought that nothing could beat the thrill of spectating at a popular sports match. Whether it be football, rugby, tennis or cricket, the joyful atmosphere and tense buzz of real-life spec[...] Read More

23 October 2018
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10 of the best coffee shops for interviews in London

By David Lawrence

Are you in need of a good, quiet coffee shop in London for an informal first meeting with a candidate? Here's a list of 10 of the best London coffee shops where you can get a bit of privacy, away from[...] Read More

16 October 2018
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There is no magic wand to find candidates

By David Lawrence

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05 October 2018
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R or Python? Which is the best programming language for data analysis.

By Aaron Heera

  More and more, professionals are finding that data analysis is a key feature of their job. From marketing, to broadcast media, to journalism, to healthcare, the increased availability of data has cr[...] Read More

02 October 2018
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How we hire recruiters at Vine Resources

By David Lawrence

Hiring recruiters is never easy and of course finding the right company for you can be just as difficult. We spent a lot of time looking at our recruitment process so give candidates a better experien[...] Read More

25 September 2018
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Challenges with finding candidates for your business

By David Lawrence

There's no magic wand in finding the right candidates for you business. Read More

19 September 2018
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10 secret hideaways for stressed out managers

By David Lawrence

It’s tough at the top. It is perfectly natural to want to escape, preferably to somewhere the world can’t find you! How realistic is it for managers to “disappear” and completely de-stress, out of rea[...] Read More

18 September 2018
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The IT Job market in the Netherlands

By Mark Crorkin

The job market in the Netherlands is becoming increasingly strong. The economy is consistently improving and growing, attracting an influx of skilled workers and intellectuals - this enables the job m[...] Read More

11 September 2018
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The 30% reimbursement ruling in the Netherlands

By Mark Crorkin

The Netherlands are an appealing place for skilled professionals looking to move to Europe, with great prospects in the sectors such as the creative industries, information technology, and scientific [...] Read More

04 September 2018
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How to set up a company when working in Sweden

By David Lawrence

Setting up a company in Sweden requires you to determine what sort of legal entity your company will be and to have an understanding of the corresponding tax implications – it is strongly suggested th[...] Read More

02 September 2018
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Why Netflix and Booking.com chose Amsterdam

By Mark Crorkin

Along with other tech giants, Netflix and Booking.com have chosen to establish their European headquarters in Amsterdam, and as such the Dutch capital has become a hotbed for the tech industry. Howeve[...] Read More

02 September 2018
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Most in demand IT skills in the Netherlands

By Mark Crorkin

Many of the largest corporations in the Netherlands have undergone large-scale projects of digital transformation, or have at least set the ball rolling on this process. Consequently, there has been a[...] Read More

12 August 2018
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VOD/OTT - who’s doing what?

By Nick Fraser

The online video-streaming market has boomed in recent years. With the advent of exciting new ‘video-on-demand' platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, the traditional model of paying for satellit[...] Read More

05 August 2018
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The Culture at Vine Resources

By David Lawrence

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01 August 2018
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Amazon chief outlines 'reverse industrial revolution' enabled by digital transformation

By David Lawrence

Digital transformation is a sector which we work very closely with, so we were interested to here the views of Doug Gurr, Amazon's UK country manager. The head honcho has described how he sees digital[...] Read More

22 July 2018
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Top 3 interview questions for managers and how to answer them

By David Lawrence

When it comes to acing that interview it is useful to be aware of what a manager may ask you and then plan ahead on what your answer will be. There are some tried and tested questions that are common [...] Read More

15 July 2018
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Why did you leave your last position? How to answer this inevitable question

By David Lawrence

It is inevitable that this dreaded question will pop up during an interview, leaving many interviewees worrying about speaking negatively about a previous employer. Read More

08 July 2018
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How to jump-start your career through social media

By David Lawrence

Social media is still a new technology, but it’s growing fast every day. Primarily used as a social function, hence the ‘social’ in social media, more and more people are using it to land their dream [...] Read More

01 July 2018
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The Top 20 technology companies to work for in Belgium

By David Lawrence

Belgium is seeing a rise in tech companies that are making their presence known across the world. If you are looking to forge a successful career working in technology, you might be considering reloca[...] Read More

24 June 2018
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The value in having a multicultural team

By David Lawrence

As a business owner, how much value do you place on having a well-rounded, diverse team? Employing both permanent staff and contractors with a wide range of countries of origin, ages, backgrounds, rac[...] Read More

17 June 2018
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Working in Belgium with UK recruitment companies

By David Lawrence

If you are interested in making the career move you have been waiting for then why not consider working for a UK-based recruitment agency in Belgium? With limitless opportunities and with no additiona[...] Read More

10 June 2018
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Where to stay when starting a new job in a new city

By David Lawrence

You've been offered the job of a lifetime in the city you'd love to live in. Congratulations! But now the real hard work of relocating your life to your new home begins. Should you take out that mortg[...] Read More

27 May 2018
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What is change management?

By David Lawrence

Change is an unavoidable aspect of business and is even integral to business development. But when is change management necessary? And what exactly is it? Read More

20 May 2018
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One-third of London jobs at risk of automation

By David Lawrence

A report from the Centre for London highlights that up to one-third of the capital's jobs could be automated within the next 20 years, but pressures from wage increases and likely labour shortages fol[...] Read More

13 May 2018
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Unconventional recruiting: new ways of finding new talent

By David Lawrence

Traditional job recruitment techniques are good, but sometimes you need a little push outside of everyone's comfort zone to find talents that you would never have spotted otherwise. Read More

22 April 2018
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Integrating new employees into your business

By David Lawrence

If you've recently hired new employees for your business, it's so important to get them on board and integrated into the team as soon as possible. The quicker they feel at home the sooner they'll feel[...] Read More

08 April 2018
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What you need to know about the 183 day rule for contractors

By David Lawrence

The 183 day rule for contractors relates to tax liabilities for workers contracted to work in countries where they are not normally resident. The rule is not clear cut but can be used as a guideline f[...] Read More

01 April 2018
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Why health and nutrition can be key to success in tech

By David Lawrence

There are a huge number of professions which now involve being desk-bound for most of the day. Take journalists, for instance. The scribes who were forever running around in search of the next scoop, [...] Read More

18 March 2018
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Can't sleep? Stop taking your iPhone to bed

By David Lawrence

In an age where smartphones are increasingly becoming an integral part of everyday life, it's easy to get attached. You may even find yourself tapping and scrolling away at your mobile 24/7, especiall[...] Read More

11 March 2018
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Will China's big data social crediting scoring be coming to Europe?

By David Lawrence

Followers of world affairs may well already be aware of the decision by China to introduce a social crediting score for citizens based on big data. If you are not then it is certainly an issue worth k[...] Read More

25 February 2018
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The company benefits tech candidates really want

By David Lawrence

In recent years, workplace perks have become something of a trend, with companies in all sorts of industries – from trendy technology start-ups and broadcast media firms to stuffy law practices and ev[...] Read More

18 February 2018
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3 indispensable tips to make yourself a more desirable tech candidate

By David Lawrence

Technology careers are known for their security. However, in this fast-paced world of ours, it’s important to be constantly improving your skills and professional outlook to make sure you stay compete[...] Read More

11 February 2018
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Employment law changes in the United States

By David Lawrence

In the past, your current and previous salary history was a commonplace question in interviews in the US. The interviewer is looking to get an idea of what you've been paid before to assess what you'r[...] Read More

04 February 2018
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Why tech's self-drive u-turn is great for developers

By David Lawrence

A couple of years ago, all the talk was about the imminent invasion of the automotive industry by the cool tech scene of silicon valley. As Apple and Google pressed on with their own self-driving car [...] Read More

28 January 2018
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Business Transformation Interview with Dean Branton

By David Lawrence

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05 January 2018
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Why digital transformation begins with business leadership

By David Lawrence

Steve Jobs was famously quoted as saying "It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do". Retrospectively, the entire te[...] Read More

04 January 2018
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Are you getting the sleep you need?

By David Lawrence

I used to think I got enough sleep but since having children and not being able to have a sleep in on the weekends (in fact any day), I'm conscious that I may not getting the sleep my body needs.  Als[...] Read More

12 November 2017
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The truth about the candidate experience

By David Lawrence

Gerry Crispin has been in the recruitment industry for over 50 years and knows a thing or two about candidate experience. We got to speak to Gerry from New York about his career and about CareerXroads[...] Read More

01 October 2017
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What is Amazon up to with sports broadcasting?

By David Lawrence

"People love sports – it’s big, it’s engaging, it really motivates people, so I think that’s a good opportunity,” That's what Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios said at the Edinburgh international [...] Read More

27 September 2017
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The future of Ai and 5G

By David Lawrence

I attended IBC in Amsterdam this weekend and it was great to see so much innovation in the Broadcast and Technology industry.   Read More

16 September 2017
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Telling a candidate there’s no news, is news

By David Lawrence

We were recently instructed by a large tier one operator in Germany to source a senior hire within their executive management team. During the search we came across a senior Director from a competitor[...] Read More

01 August 2017
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GDPR is coming – is your organisation ready for it?

By David Lawrence

Building on previous data protection rules the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) improves the security and controls required for protecting personal information and gives individuals strong an[...] Read More

15 July 2017
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Interview with UKTV CEO, Darren Childs

By David Lawrence

A few weeks back I got the chance to sit down with the CEO of UKTV, Darren Childs. Darren and his amazing staff have guided UKTV to become one of the most successful UK broadcast companies with nearly[...] Read More

03 July 2017
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5 ways for candidates to boost their personal brand

By David Lawrence

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07 June 2017
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How start-ups can afford to use recruitment partners

By David Lawrence

  A not-so-little-known secret from the world of consultancy: some of the most helpful conversations happen after the clock strikes midnight, and a few gratis drinks have had a chance to work their ma[...] Read More

17 May 2017
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Get Candidates

By David Lawrence

Do you need help in attracting top talent? What is the impact to your business right now for not having the talent you need to move forward?  As experts in placing hard to find candidates, get in touc[...] Read More

12 May 2017
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Information security - the elephant in the room

By Charlie Knight

How I love these casual online forum chats where people speak about Information Security with terms like “cybercops,” “anti-Snowden” or references from Swordfish. Don’t get me wrong, Swordfish is a go[...] Read More

10 May 2017
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Vine Resources has found a new home!

By David Lawrence

It's a new home and a new start for all of us here at Vine Resources.  We have just moved to a new location in London Bridge and are quickly settling back into the swing of things.  But while the view[...] Read More

08 May 2017
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Are underground roads the future of driving?

By Charlie Knight

It's only a matter of time before we're all living in Elon Musk's terrifying dystopian vision of the future.  Yet for all his fear-mongering about killer robots and humans becoming irrelevant, the man[...] Read More

04 May 2017
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How to create the perfect candidate interview environment

By David Lawrence

Put yourself in the shoes of your perfect candidate. What would it take to put you off your dream job at the interview stage? Being interrogated by a morose interviewer who hadn't done their research?[...] Read More

27 April 2017
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How Facebook is changing the way we see the world

By Charlie Knight

As if Facebook hadn’t already made enough of an impact on our lives and the world in general, the little-known social network is now set to actually change the way we perceive reality. CEO Mark Zucker[...] Read More

24 April 2017
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Channel 4 will not be privatised

By Charlie Knight

  It’s the home of such national treasures as Countdown, Gogglebox and now, controversially, the Great British Bake-Off. It attracts millions of viewers every single day and makes over a billion pound[...] Read More

13 April 2017
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The magic word: empathy

By David Lawrence

  The candidate is not replying to me on LinkedIn. The candidate hasn’t shared the best number to reach him or her. The candidate always wants to know the name of the client and the package first befo[...] Read More

05 April 2017
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White Knight – 5 Steps to Recovering a Failing Programme

By Dave Newbold

Who is unaware of or never been involved in a project or programme that just seems to keep failing? The chances are that at some point in your career you will be asked or tasked to ‘fix it’ or ‘just g[...] Read More

27 March 2017
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Recruitment Consultants vs. Recruiters: What’s the difference?

By Mark Crorkin

  Is there a difference? I was recently asked at a function whether I classed myself as a recruiter or a recruitment consultant and I found myself in a long debate of justification and self-preservati[...] Read More

23 March 2017
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How to break into senior management

By Charlie Knight

Stuck in middle management? It’s time to break out. If you’re stuck in a career rut and looking to move forward, you are not alone. There are currently five million middle managers in the UK today, 10[...] Read More

13 March 2017
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The workplace of the future is a Volvo V90

By Charlie Knight

A new era of in-car productivity has arrived. No, not driverless cars – you’re still going to have to wait a while for those, but for now you can make use of the next best thing – in-car video confere[...] Read More

22 February 2017
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Who are the people still renting Netflix DVDs and why?

By Charlie Knight

Netflix completely changed the way we watch TV. With hundreds of great films and TV shows right at your fingertips, ready to be instantly streamed onto any device you have to hand, it is easy to see h[...] Read More

17 February 2017
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The challenges of technology contracting in 2017

By Charlie Knight

  We spoke to Conrad Ind, a contractor working in the technology and telecoms sector. Conrad’s expertise lies in IP Core, Mobile Core, BSS, OSS, technical infrastructure (VMWare, Storage and Compute A[...] Read More

13 February 2017
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A business transformation interview with Programme Director Ian Hargrave

By Charlie Knight

We spoke to Ian Hargrave, a Programme Director with a history of delivering complex business transformation programmes and large scale projects in companies across the telecoms, technology and financi[...] Read More

08 February 2017
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An interview with Programme Director John Burridge

By Charlie Knight

  We spoke to John Burridge, a Programme Manager and Business Change professional with a history of delivering complex business transformation programmes across the technology sector. John’s expertise[...] Read More

31 January 2017
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The 5 stages of driverless cars

By Charlie Knight

The drive to create fully autonomous cars has never been hotter. The US plan to invest $4 billion into the self-driving vehicle industry over the next 10 years, and Tesla have just announced that ever[...] Read More

25 January 2017
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How to Achieve the Right Work-Life Balance

By Charlie Knight

  Balancing life and work is never easy, but creating the right harmony between the two is absolutely crucial to reducing work-related stress. How can you create the right work-life balance? The follo[...] Read More

23 January 2017
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Huawei invest in virtual and augmented reality technology

By Charlie Knight

We already live in a virtual reality - you only need to walk down any street in the world to see this. Herds of people of all ages flow down the pavement, eyes transfixed at their phone screen, unawar[...] Read More

18 January 2017
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Should employees have the “right to disconnect” from work emails?

By Charlie Knight

The January blues have kicked in, your email inbox is overflowing and all the stresses that come with facing another year are piling up on your increasingly untidy desk. If you don’t do something abou[...] Read More

10 January 2017
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How to stop your recruitment process freezing up over Christmas

By Charlie Knight

It’s that time of year again. You’re looking forward to sitting round the table eating your Christmas dinner or – if you’re lucky – sunbathing on the beach, but how can you stop your recruitment pipel[...] Read More

21 December 2016
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Does Amazon Go mean the end of jobs?

By Charlie Knight

A world without work is coming. Retail giant Amazon announced a new branch of stores last week, Amazon Go. It has been described as a “revolution” and “life-changing.” What makes it different from oth[...] Read More

15 December 2016
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The 50 best places to work in 2017

By Charlie Knight

  What makes a company a great place to work? You may have seen that Glassdoor – one of the world’s largest job sites – have recently released their annual list of Best Places to Work. The results are[...] Read More

09 December 2016
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Your company’s biggest cyber security threat is you

By Charlie Knight

  By 2029 humans will be able to extend their lives and live on as robots by putting their thoughts and memories into a machine. A scary thought isn’t it? Read More

07 December 2016
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The hiring game – is gamification the future of recruitment?

By Charlie Knight

Recruitment – it’s not all fun and games. Nevertheless, many companies are starting to adopt gamification in an attempt to add an innovative streak to their recruitment process, increase internal comp[...] Read More

02 December 2016
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How much is the car park really costing you?

By David Lawrence

“The package isn’t good enough” “It’s too far away” “I don’t feel I would fit the company culture” These are all common reasons for candidates to not take a role. You can imagine my surprise when I to[...] Read More

24 November 2016
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10 Questions to ask every business analyst before you hire them

By Charlie Knight

Finding the right business analyst for your company can be a tiresome task. This is down to the fact that the role can be very complex. A business analyst at one company may have very different roles [...] Read More

21 November 2016
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How to assess and hire strong developers

By Charlie Knight

Hiring new developers can be a real challenge. There are many mistakes that can be made during the hiring process. And these have to be avoided if you want to hire developers with the skills and abili[...] Read More

07 November 2016
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How has Brexit impacted recruitment in the UK?

By Charlie Knight

Unless you’ve been living in a hole for the past five months you couldn’t fail to have been affected by the most shocking, polarising, world-changing news of 2016. Shockwaves spread across the nation [...] Read More

01 November 2016
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How to spot signs of employees with stress

By Charlie Knight

There are numerous causes of stress in the workplace. It can be incredibly detrimental. If your employees are stressed, they will not be able to work effectively or efficiently. Customer satisfaction [...] Read More

31 October 2016
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How to follow up with a candidate you really want to hire

By Charlie Knight

If you find a candidate who you want to hire, the recruitment process can turn on its head. Rather than you waiting to be impressed by a potential candidate, you may now have to impress them. This usu[...] Read More

24 October 2016
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10 ways to ensure you're next in line for a promotion

By Charlie Knight

If you are still waiting for the promotion that improves your lifestyle and your income, there may be more that you can do. Getting a promotion can be quite a competitive game and it is difficult beca[...] Read More

17 October 2016
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10 ways to network at the coffee area in your company

By Charlie Knight

Companies and corporations are so big now. Due to this, it can be difficult to find any chances to engage with employers or clients. That is an issue because building work relationships is one of the [...] Read More

10 October 2016
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8 Ways To Manage Virtual IT Teams Better

By Charlie Knight

Using a virtual IT team for your business has numerous advantages. It allows you to get the service that you need at a cheaper cost. Employees can work from home or different locations other than your[...] Read More

02 October 2016
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5 Ways HR can work better with hiring managers

By Charlie Knight

HR and the hiring manager have an interesting relationship. On the one hand, HR is perhaps more qualified to know what workers to pick for business. On the other hand, HR will typically give the final[...] Read More

27 September 2016
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10 interview questions you should never ask

By Charlie Knight

We often think of a job interview as purely a challenge for the potential candidate. Consider the situation more carefully and you will realise it as a challenge for the employer as well. As an employ[...] Read More

19 September 2016
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How To Get The Most From Your Team While On Your Holidays

By Charlie Knight

Your holiday should always be something to look forward to.  It is important for everyone to take a break and if you’re running a team you want to make sure things are working well while you’re away w[...] Read More

12 September 2016
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Why Poor Candidate Engagement Can Damage Your Company Brand

By Charlie Knight

When you’re interviewing candidates for jobs, it’s easy to put all your focus on the person who you might hire. Or, even just the candidates who you believe will be successful through the interview pr[...] Read More

05 September 2016
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3 ways the PMO can help make the programme a success

By Charlie Knight

Running a programme for the good of your business is a testing task. It’s not something that can be done properly without the right work being put into it first. One of the key things that you need to[...] Read More

29 August 2016
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Is Your Business Analyst Your Next Business Architect?

By Charlie Knight

By definition, a business analyst has one clear objective. And that is to understand the fundamental root of any particular business problems. Their job is then to interpret, translate and document th[...] Read More

15 August 2016
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Is near-shoring becoming as effective as off shoring for IT?

By Charlie Knight

Nearly all businesses outsource some types of services. For example, they hire an accountant to look after tax affairs instead of an in-house bookkeeper. And they store important files like documents [...] Read More

08 August 2016
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How To Build A Highly Effective Team

By Charlie Knight

     One of the biggest problems in the workplace isn't down to the products or services a company offers. Believe it or not, the issues get caused by the teams that businesses gather! The sad truth a[...] Read More

02 August 2016
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10 recruitment metrics everyone should track

By Charlie Knight

  When it comes to assembling a winning team, hiring the right candidates has to be a key priority. Getting this aspect wrong can have a massive impact on the success of the business objectives. Read More

26 July 2016
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New hire onboarding checklist

By Charlie Knight

    In the fierce world of business, a winning team of staff members is worth its weight in gold. They are the eyes and ears of the entire operation, and will often be the deciding factor as to whethe[...] Read More

19 July 2016
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8 Ways Having Happy Employees Can Increase Profitability

By Charlie Knight

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12 July 2016
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5 things you must do before you start your next job search

By Charlie Knight

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04 July 2016
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8 things successful IT contractors always do

By Charlie Knight

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27 June 2016
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What Tech Can Help You While Working Away From Home

By Charlie Knight

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20 June 2016
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8 Intelligences: Are You a Jack of All Trades or a Master of One? With Howard Gardner

By Charlie Knight

  What does it mean when someone calls you smart or intelligent? According to developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, it could mean one of eight things. Take a look at his great video - 8 Intellige[...] Read More

14 June 2016
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Steven Dubner: Understand the Nature of Creativity — and Success

By Charlie Knight

  Big Think Edge is a video-driven platform that catalyzes happiness and performance in professional environments by cultivating leadership, creativity, and self-knowledge.   Take a look at Steven Dub[...] Read More

09 June 2016
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Why Retained recruitment for growing companies could be right for you

By Charlie Knight

The world of business is a fierce environment. As your company starts to grow, you need to know that the people working for you are up to the task. After all, employees are the driving force behind yo[...] Read More

23 May 2016
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3 reasons you should invest in candidate behavioural assessments for hiring

By Charlie Knight

    To be a successful entrepreneur, it’s imperative that you learn the fundamental lessons of business. One of those key items is to appreciate the importance of your employees. There’s only so much [...] Read More

23 May 2016
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3 reasons to consider a recruitment managed service

By Charlie Knight

Sadly, the recruitment process can quickly feel overwhelming. Not only is there immense pressure to find employees that can actively help the business grow. But there’s also the panic associated with [...] Read More

16 May 2016
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How to manage the interview process successfully

By Charlie Knight

Hiring staff is one of the most crucial job roles that any business owner faces. Achieving the best results in this arena can help shape the entire future of a company. It’s a process that can be brok[...] Read More

09 May 2016
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Do contractors really avoid the office politics?

By Charlie Knight

  People take contracting jobs for many reasons. It’s a lifestyle choice which means playing by your own rules, and it gives you the flexibility you don’t have in a typical job. And, of course, there [...] Read More

05 April 2016
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The democratisation of money

By Charlie Knight

  Money has changed a lot in recent years - and it doesn’t take a financial genius to see it. Most transactions take place with plastic, rather than paper, for example. And, of course, debt is so ingr[...] Read More

30 March 2016
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The Gigabit Society

By Charlie Knight

  There seems to be something of a change in the air at this year’s Mobile World Congress. In the past, the mobile industry’s biggest players would use this platform to announce news of their latest t[...] Read More

15 March 2016
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7 Things You Don't Want to Hear About Leadership Theories

By Charlie Knight

  There are plenty of models, theories, and styles of leadership. Which one is best for you depends on your outlook, personality, and business needs. It’s a big business, too. Take a look in your loca[...] Read More

07 March 2016
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Why Your Budgeting Never Works Out the Way You Plan

By Charlie Knight

  There are two types of businesses when it comes to finances. There are those that can make a budget, stick to it, and it works. And then, there is everyone else. Of course, if you fall into the latt[...] Read More

29 February 2016
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How to Build an Empire by Having a Great Process

By Charlie Knight

  If you run a business of any size, then growth is likely to be on you mind - a lot of the time. There are several ways you can grow a company, of course. But, all of them rely on one thing - improvi[...] Read More

08 February 2016
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The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About How To Fire Someone

By Charlie Knight

  Hiring and firing - they are two of the toughest things to do right when it comes to running a business. Or, at least, they should be. There are ways and means of doing things, and many bosses are g[...] Read More

01 February 2016
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7 Ways Stay Motivated [Infographic]

By Charlie Knight

  Motivation. It's the difference between getting things done and remaining horizontal on a Netflix binge.  Read More

27 January 2016
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Some of the weirdest leadership styles we've ever seen!

By Charlie Knight

  You'll no doubt have come across differing examples of how people lead their teams at work. You may have agreed with some styles while others may annoy you. It's safe to say there are many different[...] Read More

25 January 2016
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How A Lack Of Communication Skills Would Destroy The World

By Charlie Knight

  Communication is something that occurs everywhere in our world. We all communicate with each other using different methods. And we've all done for millions of years. Have you ever wondered what woul[...] Read More

18 January 2016
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Get To The Head Of The Pack With These Leadership Qualities

By Charlie Knight

  It's one thing to have a job title such as "supervisor" or "manager" but it's another to be a good leader. As you may already know, leaders need to have many different skills to be good at their job[...] Read More

11 January 2016
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10 Interview Questions You Wouldn't Want To Be Asked

By Charlie Knight

  If you're unemployed or looking for a career change, getting invited for an interview is good. It means that potential employers feel you might be a suitable candidate to work for them. Read More

05 January 2016
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Employee Onboarding is One of the Keys to Employee Engagement [Infographic]

By Charlie Knight

  This time, we've found this great infographic from Learnkit. In their words: Read More

15 December 2015
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What is Phubbing and How to Prevent it at Your Staff Christmas Party

By Charlie Knight

    So, the festive season is almost here. Offices around the country will be gearing up for the Christmas party. If you plan to host a get-together for your workforce, there's one thing you want to a[...] Read More

08 December 2015
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15 Simple Ways To Boost Job Satisfaction

By Charlie Knight

  This infographic from Officevibe shows how important it to keep your employees satasified. Not only does it increase productivity, but it also makes the office an entirely better place to work.  Read More

08 December 2015
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Increasing Team Productivity With Less Resources [Infographic]

By Charlie Knight

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07 December 2015
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How To Avoid Candidates Leaving Due To A Long Commute

By Charlie Knight

  Your employees are the beating heart of your company. They work hard, and push your business forward every single day. So, it goes without saying that when they’re demoralised and unproductive, so i[...] Read More

11 October 2015
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How to hire the right Programme Director for Technology transformations

By Charlie Knight

  In the technological world, it is crucial that you stay ahead of the game. If you want your business to have any longevity, you need to ensure that you are always in a transient period. You can't ju[...] Read More

04 October 2015
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How to switch off from late night emails

By Charlie Knight

  Is there still such a thing as a nine to five job? Advancements in technology mean that many of us are finding it harder than ever to switch off from work. If you have a smartphone, tablet or even a[...] Read More

27 September 2015
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Retained recruitment or contingent?

By Charlie Knight

  When you're looking to hire new talent for your company, you might not know where to start. If you are a business owner, you want to make sure that the person you hire suits your company. There is n[...] Read More

21 September 2015
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How to hire the best scrum masters

By Charlie Knight

  If your team tends to deal with software development, you will use a variety of methods to make things work. There are issues that arise when you work in this field. Since software develops and chan[...] Read More

14 September 2015
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Digitalisation of the CIO

By Charlie Knight

When you work in the information technology sector, you need to understand digital trends. There are many ways in which digitalisation will change your role. If you want to be a success, you will need[...] Read More

01 September 2015
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How to get the most out of your first 90 days in a new job

By Charlie Knight

Starting a new job is daunting. The interview process may give you an idea of the company’s expectations and culture but you won’t really understand it until you walk through the door on day one. Ever[...] Read More

24 August 2015
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How to hire the best and get the most out of your software developers

By Charlie Knight

Across the globe demand for software developers is increasing. With the dawn of the internet of things, sectors that never used to have any call for IT professionals are now having to find, attract an[...] Read More

20 August 2015
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How to work effectively with a recruitment partner – 6 top tips

By Charlie Knight

Hiring through a recruitment partner is not the only way to find great staff and bring them into your business. When done right however it offers a number of advantages over other options. The problem[...] Read More

17 August 2015
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The end of the line for 2G and 3G?

By Charlie Knight

With 5G on the horizon and increasing demand for 4G, network operators are considering retiring their 2G or 3G networks to free up space. The big question is which to retire first, when to start windi[...] Read More

05 August 2015
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Is your company too slow to hire?

By Charlie Knight

Having come out of one of the worst recessions in recent times, companies are now beginning to feel more confident about growing their teams. However, many companies are taking too long to hire new st[...] Read More

30 July 2015
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OTT providers and operators – The new odd couple?

By Charlie Knight

Since their inception, OTT messaging apps have caused a headache for mobile operators. In their golden age, messaging was one of the pillars of operators’ revenue streams. With the advent of free OTT [...] Read More

28 July 2015
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Chinese market slows – Where will smartphone makers turn next?

By Charlie Knight

According to their recent global mobile device shipment predictions, market analysts Gartner believe that smartphone sales in China are slowing. The market is now showing signs of reaching saturation [...] Read More

20 July 2015
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People and pencils – Do companies treat contractors as a commodity?

By Charlie Knight

Procurement professionals have a wide remit and work across most areas of a business to ensure that the company has what it needs and uses what it has, all of this in a cost-effective and efficient ma[...] Read More

15 July 2015
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Ofcom Vs BT – Battle lines are drawn in competition consultation

By Charlie Knight

As part of their dark fibre proposals, Ofcom has said that BT should be forced to allow competitors access to its fibre network. This is a result of the regulator’s belief that throughout the UK (with[...] Read More

25 June 2015
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The future of ‘quintuple-play’ and bundled services in telecoms

By Charlie Knight

There has been a huge number of mergers and acquisitions in the European telecoms market recently. It seems that all the major players in the market are striving to offer ‘quad-play’ services in a bid[...] Read More

09 June 2015
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7 ways a recruitment consultant can help you with your job search

By Charlie Knight

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03 June 2015
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The shifting tectonics of Belgian telecoms

By Charlie Knight

The Belgian telecommunications market has seen a great deal of change over the past decade and has often been a blueprint for market trends and activity across the global telecommunications market. Fo[...] Read More

25 May 2015
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Mobile payments now more popular than credit cards - The implications for telecoms recruitment

By Charlie Knight

According to research by BuzzCity, mobile payments have just surpassed credit card payments as the second most common payment method for mobile phone users (cash remains the most popular). 24%were rec[...] Read More

21 May 2015
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Living and working in Switzerland – Part I

By Charlie Knight

This blog is the first in a two part series about living and working in Switzerland. It gives a broad overview of the country and information on what it is like to live there. Read More

14 May 2015
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5 reasons you are losing contractors

By Charlie Knight

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12 May 2015
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Is Tesco Mobile the best mobile operator?

By Charlie Knight

Satmetrix have just released their UK Net Promoter benchmark and Tesco Mobile have easily beaten off competition from other mobile operators to be crowned the benchmark’s best mobile provider. Read More

06 May 2015
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Living and working in the Netherlands - Part II

By Charlie Knight

This blog is the first in a two part series about living and working in Switzerland. It gives a broad overview of the country and information on what it is like to live there.  Read More

30 April 2015
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Will Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality be the next boom in telecoms recruitment?

By Charlie Knight

Virtual reality is not a new idea. It is however edging closer to being a commercial reality. Sony’s Project Morpheus and the Oculus Rift owned by Facebook are slowly moving towards release. In additi[...] Read More

28 April 2015
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4 tips that could reinvigorate your career

By Charlie Knight

  There are a number of reasons that people look for new jobs. Some people are looking to earn more money, some people are looking to move geographically and some people want to change jobs simply bec[...] Read More

22 April 2015
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A new wave of telecoms mergers - Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent

By Charlie Knight

  Nokia has confirmed that they will buy telecoms equipment company Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6 billion ($16.5 billion). This will be paid in shares in the resulting company which will be 33.5% owned by [...] Read More

16 April 2015
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Living and working in Belgium – Part I

By Charlie Knight

This blog is the first in a two part series about living and working in Belgium. It gives a broad overview of the country and information on what it is like to live there.  Read More

16 April 2015
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Increased reporting requirements for recruitment companies placing contractors – What you need to know

By Charlie Knight

  In the 2013 budget the UK government announced that they would be consulting on making changes to the regulations on Offshore Employment Intermediaries. This was in response to growing concerns abou[...] Read More

15 April 2015
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The mobile money market will be worth $78 billion by 2019 – What this means for telecoms recruitment

By Charlie Knight

  According to research by MarketsandMarkets, the global mobile money market with be worth $78 billion by 2019. This represents a whopping 45% compound growth per year. With such an incredible growth [...] Read More

09 April 2015
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Living and working in the Netherlands – Part I

By Charlie Knight

This blog is the first in a two part series about living and working in Switzerland. It gives a broad overview of the country and information on what it is like to live there.  Read More

31 March 2015
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How to create the perfect job brief

By Charlie Knight

  Hiring people into your team can be a difficult and time consuming process. When you are looking to hire, the process should start with building a full job and person specification to increase your [...] Read More

19 March 2015
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European telecoms ripe for the picking?

By Charlie Knight

  The telecommunications market has seen incredible growth over the past few years and continues to grow and change at an amazing rate. As it changes, the skills and experience that are in demand in t[...] Read More

17 March 2015
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Being emotionally invested in candidates - A good or bad trait?

By David Lawrence

  During my career in recruitment I have had to face a number of challenges and learning curves. For me personally, the hardest challenge I have had to face is learning to curb my emotional attachment[...] Read More

13 March 2015
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Living and working in Belgium – Part II

By Charlie Knight

At Vine Resources we place telecoms professionals in exclusive roles with some of the biggest operators, vendors and consultancies around the world. This means that we often have opportunities for ski[...] Read More

11 March 2015
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How to get paid more money – negotiating the best deal when changing jobs

By Charlie Knight

  There are a lot of reasons to change jobs. Wanting better wages is rarely the only consideration, but it is almost always a contributing factor. No one wants to feel that they are being short change[...] Read More

05 March 2015
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4 simple reasons no one is applying for your job

By Charlie Knight

  No matter how good your levels of customer service, recruitment companies will always be judged on whether or not they can find and place the perfect candidate. Read More

03 March 2015
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6 reasons to look for a job before you need one

By Charlie Knight

  A lot of people make the mistake of waiting until they want or need a new role before looking for one. While this may seem sensible, it is not the best approach if you want to remain engaged and hap[...] Read More

25 February 2015
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How to get headhunted for your perfect job

By Charlie Knight

  At Vine Resources we partner with some of the world’s biggest telecommunications companies, working with them to fill roles at every level across their business. In some instances the level of skill[...] Read More

24 February 2015
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Is employer brand more important than pay?

By Charlie Knight

  Sites like Glassdoor have made it easier than ever for people to find out what it is really like to work in an organisation. With this in mind, are employers doing enough to ensure that employees ar[...] Read More

20 February 2015
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Dating tips to help with your job hunt

By Charlie Knight

  Whatever your thoughts about Valentine's Day, the 14th of February is the day to openly declare your affections for those things in your life that you love. If you have fallen out of love with your [...] Read More

13 February 2015
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5 reasons to build a good relationship with your recruiter

By Charlie Knight

  The relationship between a recruiter and a job applicant is very important but can often become strained. Recruiters provide applicants with the opportunity to work at a job where their abilities ar[...] Read More

09 February 2015
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Recruitment lessons to learn from the transfer window

By Charlie Knight

  I always get excited when January comes around. Although the Christmas festivities have come to an end, it marks the start of another exciting period on the calendar: The transfer window. I find mys[...] Read More

06 February 2015
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How to be more effective at work – Ditch the smartphone

By David Lawrence

  I recently had a problem with my phone and had to send it away to get fixed. While it was being fixed my mobile provider were good enough to give me a replacement. A very old Samsung flip phone with[...] Read More

04 February 2015
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Why do so many organisations treat contractors as second class citizens?

By Charlie Knight

  The package isn’t good enough”, “it’s too far away”, “I don’t feel I would fit the company culture” – These are all common reasons for candidates not to take a role. You can imagine my surprise when[...] Read More

02 February 2015
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3 interview techniques to learn from the Super Bowl

By Charlie Knight

  This weekend sees the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in the greatest show on earth: Super Bowl XLIX! Read More

30 January 2015
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5 ideas to get your job search off to a winning start

By Charlie Knight

  There is always a lot of recruitment activity in January. For lots of people dragging themselves into work after the fun and frolics of the Christmas holidays is too much, so they start looking for [...] Read More

16 January 2015
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3 fast ways to know that you aren't the right candidate for the role

By Charlie Knight

  Have you ever wondered why your recruiter seems to be unenthusiastic about your application? Read More

12 January 2015
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When BT met EE: How the acquisition could affect telecoms recruitment

By Charlie Knight

  BT have recently announced that they have entered exclusive negotiations to acquire EE, the UK’s largest mobile network operator. Subject to regulatory approval, the acquisition would result in BT b[...] Read More

23 December 2014
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Learning from the ghosts of Christmas Parties past - 5 tips to surviving the work do

By Charlie Knight

  I love December. The decorations, the lights and the fact that everybody is in a slightly better mood than usual makes it my favourite time of the year. The only slight trepidation I feel about Dece[...] Read More

16 December 2014
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Remote working: The work/life balance myth

By Charlie Knight

  Technology is allowing businesses to be more flexible around how individual workers fulfil their role. It allows people to work from their own devices, work in any of a number of company or client o[...] Read More

12 December 2014
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Telecoms professionals: Start up Vs Corporate giant – Which is right for you?

By Charlie Knight

  According to a recent article in Forbes, over $50 billion was invested in start-ups by U.S. venture capitalists in 2014. The article goes on to outline how established businesses are trying to out-i[...] Read More

10 December 2014
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Will tearing Google apart help competition?

By Charlie Knight

  Last week the European Parliament voted on and passed a resolution urging anti-trust regulators to “unbundle search engines from other commercial services”. While the resolution itself does not ment[...] Read More

02 December 2014
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Will diminishing margins halt recruitment in telecoms?

By Charlie Knight

  A new report from Juniper Research has indicated that global expenditure for mobile operators is now in excess of $800 billion. With costs increasing and pressure on operators to offer bigger and be[...] Read More

28 November 2014
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Is the Sky falling down?

By Charlie Knight

  The over-the-top video-on-demand (OTT VOD) market has boomed over the past few years. Many have suggested that these OTT VOD services are having a negative effect on the fortunes of established pay [...] Read More

27 November 2014
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Beating the business broadband monopoly

By Charlie Knight

  A coalition of some of the biggest names in telecommunications have complained to Ofcom about BT’s ‘monopoly’ over business broadband services. The group have asked the regulator to allow companies [...] Read More

25 November 2014
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Can single service providers stand up to ‘the fantastic four’?

By Charlie Knight

  Born in July 2006 from the merger of NTL, Telewest and Virgin Mobile, Virgin Media was the first provider in the UK to offer ‘quad play’ services (as it has now become known). This is to say that fo[...] Read More

21 November 2014
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Does the Internet of Things offer operators a chance to return to the glory days?

By Charlie Knight

  There has been a lot of news recently about operators losing out to OTT services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook. One area that could offer a salvation to the beleaguered operators however is t[...] Read More

19 November 2014
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Client Spotlight: Vodafone

By Charlie Knight

Vodafone have made a number of big announcements in recent weeks, so we have jumped at the chance to take a closer look at one of our key clients.  Read More

17 November 2014
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“This is for everyone” – But will the internet stay that way?

By Charlie Knight

  During the opening of the 2012 London Olympic Games, Tim Berners-Lee (the inventor of the World Wide Web) appeared on stage and tweeted the words “this is for everyone” which was then displayed in L[...] Read More

14 November 2014
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Is it out of the frying pan and into the fire for telecoms companies?

By Charlie Knight

  According to research and analytics firm Ovum, the telecommunications industry will lose a combined $386 billion between 2012 and 2018 due to more and more consumers using OTT (over-the top) voice a[...] Read More

12 November 2014
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Congratulations to our LinkedIn winner!

By Charlie Knight

  As part of the launch of our revamped LinkedIn page, Vine Resources ran a competition offering a pair of tickets to see England play Slovenia live at Wembley to one of our lucky LinkedIn followers. [...] Read More

10 November 2014
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Payments battlefield heats up but is it all too much for mobile operators?

By Charlie Knight

  Mobile payments is not a new concept to the telecoms community, however the entry of Apple into the arena with ‘Apple Pay’ earlier this year has intensified the fight for mobile payments supremacy. [...] Read More

05 November 2014
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Apple and Facebook to offer egg freezing for female employees, but are they missing the point?

By Charlie Knight

  BT have recently announced that they have entered exclusive negotiations to acquire EE, the UK’s largest mobile network operator. Subject to regulatory approval, the acquisition would result in BT b[...] Read More

15 October 2014
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How 'inside out' recruiting can engage your workforce and save you money

By Charlie Knight

  Recruitment has changed. With the economy recovering there are a greater number of jobs available meaning that candidates can afford to be more discerning about the roles for which they apply. With [...] Read More

08 October 2014
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Why your internal process is costing you the best contractors

By Charlie Knight

The economic recovery has brought about an increase in demand for contractors as companies look to make the most of improving financials to implement change programmes, invest in new systems or undert[...] Read More

06 October 2014
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Be honest with recruiters and yourself

By Charlie Knight

  Working with a recruiter is like joining a dating site: Honesty really is the best policy. Lying on your dating website profile may get you a date with a supermodel, but it will almost certainly end[...] Read More

16 September 2014
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The first 10 seconds of the phone interview can make or break it for you

By Charlie Knight

  In our industry many first round interviews are conducted by telephone. Usually this might be a line manager wanting to ask some basic questions to sound out the candidate and to see if it’s going t[...] Read More

16 June 2014
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The importance of references

By Charlie Knight

  Now here’s a subject that I’m sure will provoke some responses in particular from candidates. You’ve had a recruiter call you up about a role and they ask for your references; you provide them and t[...] Read More

16 May 2014
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How to organise the right interview environment for the candidate

By Charlie Knight

  Let me start with a story; a few weeks ago I was sitting in the office of a major Telecoms company and there were various people coming and going in the cafe. I asked one of the managers I was meeti[...] Read More

16 April 2014
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Don't be surprised if your contractor is gone

By Charlie Knight

  I heard from a contractor (Solution Architect) last week that after 12 months with a large Telecoms operator he was leaving as he could not get his contract extension organised in time. He had given[...] Read More

03 February 2014
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Wi-fi on the Eurostar and 4G: my experience

By Charlie Knight

  It’s Friday evening and I am currently travelling back from Brussels on a very busy Eurostar.  My working day is far from over so I am very relieved to find that I have a table to work on.  My 02 da[...] Read More

20 January 2014
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How to beat the Monday morning blues

By Charlie Knight

  It is this time of year that most people return from an extended break over the festive period. Following all the fun and festivities of the previous few days, how to you beat the Monday morning blu[...] Read More

11 January 2014
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Want to recruit the Lionel Messi's of the telecoms world?

By Charlie Knight

According to media reports, you'd need something like €580 million to secure the transfer of Barcelona star and FIFA footballer of the year, Lionel Messi, to your team. The big stars - and the rising [...] Read More

13 November 2013
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Did you know? We place consultants in over 25 countries

By David Lawrence

If your business needs help with filling contract positions across the world, contact us today and we'd be glad to meet with you. We're also glad to hear from contractors looking for their next assign[...] Read More

30 September 2013
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Market view: Managed services, 4G, mobile payments & more

By Charlie Knight

  Summer's just about over but everything else is heating up. In fact, there's so much going in the telecoms world that opportunity and uncertainty are abounding in equal measure. So how can companies[...] Read More

01 September 2013
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Resolutions for the work place

By Charlie Knight

  It's a new year with many new challenges as well as aspirations so how do you go about incorporating your personal resolutions into the workplace? Utilise your resolutions and you will restore, revi[...] Read More

31 January 2013
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Are your employees looking forward to an year end party?

By Charlie Knight

  Depending on your office culture, If employees tend to get along well and enjoy spending time together outside of work, the holiday party is just another excuse to socialise. On the other hand, if e[...] Read More

12 December 2012
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Directors View: Quality vacancies essential

By David Lawrence

  There’s no doubt about it recruitment in Europe is challenging right now.  Clients are telling us it’s taking longer to get budget approval and the interview process seems to be dragging out both fo[...] Read More

14 June 2012
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Vine Resources Interviews Martin Petkov from Base Belgium

By Charlie Knight

The second in our series of interview blog posts with employers and employees in the IT, Telecommunications and Pharmaceutical industries as well as partners Vine Resources works with across the UK an[...] Read More

14 March 2012
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Keep your staff motivated during a recession

By Charlie Knight

Keep your staff motivated during the recession According to Lancashire Evening Post, “UK unemployment rose by 118,000 in three months to 2.685 million, the highest level since summer 1994”. Taking thi[...] Read More

12 March 2012
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Dealing with confrontations in the work place

By Charlie Knight

Imagine messing up and having your superiors treat you in a way that left you feeling as though your job may be in jeopardy. The confrontation could have easily been avoided or resolved, instead it mo[...] Read More

12 March 2012
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The Pros and Cons of using a recruitment agency

By Charlie Knight

Companies have started questioning the use of a recruitment agency during a recession but there are many factors to take into consideration before deeming it as an unnecessary expense. The primary pur[...] Read More

11 March 2012
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