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How to Extend a Probationary Period and Keep the Individual Motivated

3 weeks ago - Mark Ashton

I have the pleasure of working with many HR professionals, and a topic that often gets discussed with regards to recruitment and staffing is the probationary period.  More specifically, how to extend a probationary period, and not lose the confidence or motivation of the individual…

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Is Your Recruitment Agency Providing Good Value for Money?

4 weeks ago - Mark Ashton

Most enterprises rely on recruitment agencies to meet their staffing needs. However, the majority of mainstream recruitment agencies charge their client’s a standardised fee, without adding any value to the process whatsoever. Needless to say, businesses must ensure that they are getting value for money…

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Why Is It Ok for Techies to Dress Down for Work?

1 month ago - Mark Ashton

When I think about techies and work attire, style isn’t always the first thing that springs to mind. That said, there is something quite endearing about wearing comfy clothes to work, and I’m not the only one who seems to think this. But does what…

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Will The 2 Billion Investment into The A14 Really Be Worth It?

2 months ago - Mark Ashton

While taking a recent journey down the A14 into Cambridge, I was aptly informed by one of the signs to expect the delays and disruption to continue until 2020! Work on the A14 road from Cambridge to Huntingdon is currently ongoing. It’s a mammoth project…

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Why Jobs in the Cambridge Technology Sector are Booming

2 months ago - Mark Ashton

In the past, London has traditionally been the place to be for the best jobs and salaries in the technology sector. However, a new era is upon us.  Jobs in Technology in Cambridge are growing rapidly, and business in the region is booming. Is Cambridge…

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Why is Cambridge known as the Silicon Valley of the UK?

3 months ago - Mark Ashton

According to Wikipedia, along with a number of other notable sources, the Cambridge Cluster, AKA Silicon Fen, is a name that has been aptly given to a broad region in-and-around Cambridge, that has a focal network of businesses who are predominantly within the electronics, software…

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14 Questions for Interviews – From The Essential To The Eccentric

3 months ago - Mark Ashton

Having worked for a long time in UK Technology recruitment sector, I’ve come across a fair few stories in my time.  I thought I would put together a lighthearted list of some of the best and worst interview questions that I have heard about, from…

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Is HR Old Fashioned and Suffering an Identity Crisis?

4 months ago - Mark Ashton

Having worked with so many different HR professionals over the years and have the pleasure of sampling many different HR styles and processes, I wanted to write a short post in whether or not HR is old fashioned, and ask the question is it indeed…

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