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Deciphering your pension

The pension has long been a contentious issue for policymakers, employers and workers in the UK. In December 2017, research by the Department of Work and Pensions found four in ten employees were under-saving for their retirement, with over half of these earning a middle or high salary. However, new research, released just in time

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The seven traits of a successful PA

Being a PA is not a walk in the park! You must be extremely efficient and be thinking ten steps ahead of your boss. You need to act as a second brain for your principals and adapt your working style to match theirs. Some bosses may want you involved in their personal life – and

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How to ask for a pay rise… and get one

Asking your boss for more money can be a nervous conversation for many people. However, with proper preparation and research you can both improve your chances and plan out your next step, whatever the outcome. Here are five things to know before you begin the conversation. 1. Know the business Make sure you know what

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To gig or not to gig? The rise of self-employment

As the modern world of work moves away from a processing-based economy to that of a knowledge-based one, freelancing and self-employment continues to rise in popularity. Commonly referred to as the gig economy, there are now 4.8 million professionals, or 15% of the UK workforce working for themselves, having contributed £271 billion to the economy

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Why you should be making friends at work

In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, friendship and belonging ranks as the third most important motivation for humanity, after the physiological (water, food, sleep) and safety (personal, emotional, financial). Therefore, considering how often we spend at work, it makes complete sense that employees benefit from making meaningful connections with their colleagues. Forming friendships in the office

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Becoming a modern-day butler

Gone are the days of gloved hands carrying silver trays – the modern-day butler looks a little different these days. With an extended range of responsibilities, numerous benefits and an ever-growing knowledge base, it is now a very varied role requiring a wide range of skills. As a result, the paths to becoming a household

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How to encourage the uptake of flexible working

With fluid hours, working from home and general adaptability in the workplace on the rise, there’s no doubt that flexible working is well and truly part of modern business. Conditions like coming into the office late or leaving early to do the school run, unlimited holiday allowances and remote working are becoming increasingly stock standard

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Podcast: The secrets of a great CV

As secretarial recruitment experts, our consultants see hundreds of CVs every day – both good and bad. In the first of our Tiger Talks series, we sat down with senior permanent consultant, Sarah Worssam, to find out what every candidate should be including – and leaving out– in their CV. Looking for a secretarial job in

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Stretch your way to success: London’s best yoga classes

In the age of digital revolution, where we are always contactable, there’s something satisfying about leaving technology behind to stretch, reflect and chill out. For many, this is where yoga comes in. The ancient practice, which celebrates the union of body and consciousness, has risen in popularity over the last decade, offering a sanctuary in

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How to prevent burnout

How many times have you quickly checked your work email before going to bed? Or decided to finish something off and ended up in the office at 9pm? When was the last time you left your desk for a full lunchtime? With the line between working and leisure hours becoming fuzzier every day, separating the

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