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The quarterly Labour Market Outlook (LMO) provides a set of forward-looking labour market indicators highlighting employers’ recruitment, redundancy and pay intentions.

The survey is based on responses from 2,066 employers. The survey also considers the extent of hard-to-fill vacancies and how employers are attempting to tackle skill and labour shortages, including through the employment of EU nationals and the recruitment of disadvantaged or under-represented groups in the labour market.

The report examines the interrelation between migrant worker employment, skills investment and employment practices among UK employers, a significant but often under-reported part of the migration debate.  Additionally, this report considers employer attitudes towards the various policy options that the UK Government may be considering to help control the number of migrant workers from the EU through its proposed changes to immigration policy that are due to be unveiled in its forthcoming
consultation paper.

Employment: According to the report, the demand for labour in Q1 2018 will remain robust. This quarter’s net employment balance – which measures the difference between the proportion of employers who expect to increase staff levels and those who expect to decrease staff levels in the first quarter of 2018 – has decreased to +16 from +18 over the past three months. This is consistent with official labour market data, which show that the number of vacancies in the UK economy remains well above historical average levels.

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In this 'Thoughts on Leadership' video, Paul Bridle talks about how important it is to support people to share their learning and knowledge with team colleagues.


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Several major organisations have found ways to generate significant improvements to their bottom line through imaginative ideas schemes and campaigns.

Make it Worthwhile: Numerous organisations operate an employee suggestion scheme - having suggestion boxes - real and electronic, but few organisations would claim that theirs was a massive success.

There is another way to do this and that is to focus on the process for a short period and make it everyone’s responsibility to generate at least one idea.

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Exposing yourself to risk and failure can help push you up the career ladder. Just make sure someone’s watching.

During his 48-year career from owner of a small student newspaper to the head of a  multinational conglomerate with over 400 companies,  Virgin CEO Richard Branson copped the misses along with the hits,  noting that every error in judgment, whether a foray into cosmetics or a push into the high stakes cola market, brought with it valuable lessons.

“I’ll never again make the mistake of thinking that all large dominant companies are sleepy,” he blogged about his failed attempt to break the Coca-Cola and PepsiCo duopoly.

Learning to use mistakes well is an important leadership trait.  In fact, looking at how an executive responds to failure can be more telling than assessing their success when weighing up a person’s ability to take on the leadership mantle.  Great leaders learn from their errors. They are quick to recognise when a mistake has been made and are able to efficiently assess what can be salvaged or gained from the fallout. In many cases, feedback is immediate for anyone astute enough to learn from it.

Leave Room for Mistakes to Happen: At every stage of their career, high performers like Branson are prepared to take on assignments or challenges that have a reasonably high probability of failure. While moving outside their comfort zone – whether geographically or through the adoption of new technology or processes – undoubtedly exposes them to a certain amount of risk, it also brings new avenues for growth and the opportunity to develop valuable leadership abilities.

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Sincerity is the highest compliment you can pay.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Constant change is a norm in today’s fast-paced business environment.

It’s become important for companies to respond almost immediately, in order to sustain in a business world where geographical boundaries are continually diminishing; technology is rapidly advancing; customer expectations are ever changing  and the whole world is 24/7 connected.

Agility is one of the most important means to deal with it.

If you look at businesses that are progressing and growing, you will find that it’s their ability to be flexible and nimble that’s been helping them stay ahead of the competition. They are the ones that

  • Are more likely to be first to the market
  • Innovate more frequently
  • Are the best employer brands

Given the speed of market changes, an increasing number of companies, irrespective of their size and nature, are jumping on the agile bandwagon to survive and grow in a tumultuous business environment.

Sticking to the traditional values and modus operandi is not going to help. One must remember that agility is not just about implementing and executing new processes or templates. Rather it’s about developing an agile mindset and empowering people to face challenges without hesitating.

So, what does it take to build a company that’s flexible enough to respond quickly and efficiently to market changes? Well, just thinking about being agile doesn’t make you agile.

So, how do you go about it? Listed below are introductory steps that you need to take to prepare yourself to move towards agility.

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Q. What is Project Management?

A. Project management is the science (and art) of organizing the components of a project, whether the project is the development of a new product, the launch of a new service, a marketing campaign, or a wedding.

A project isn’t something that’s part of normal business operations. It’s typically created once, it’s temporary, and it’s specific. As one expert notes, “It has a beginning and an end.” A project consumes resources (whether people, cash, materials, or time), and it has funding limits.

Project Management Basics: No matter what the type of project, project management typically follows the same pattern:

  1. Definition
  2. Planning
  3. Execution
  4. Control
  5. Closure

1.Defining the Project

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