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HR Specialists – Taking the lead

Kim MacNamara

Kim MacNamara HR Business Development Director

With the emphasis on businesses managing their people more effectively and building more productive organisations, Ashley Kate HR has seen a big surge in companies looking to recruit HR roles that require a more specific skill set to help achieve overall strategic objectives. In addition it is more noticeable that HR job titles are changing to reflect a more specialised, business-focused HR function.

We are seeing a deeper understanding from HR of the huge importance placed on hiring the right talent, making a break from a past acceptance of staff turnover as an inevitable cost of business. HR is continuing to become increasingly prominent and more visible at the ‘top’ table in organisations of all sizes, which again shows a positive perspective shift in tapping in to certain skill sets.

As competition gets stronger for highly skilled, experienced HR professionals especially those equipped with the latest specific, technical skills, we are starting to see a salary war heating up for those who can add real value to a companies greatest assets and impact on high level decisions and strategies.

talentmanagementCEOs and boards are increasingly spending significant amounts of time looking into HR issues and becoming more reliant on HR specialists and appreciating that their valuable skills can permeate throughout  the whole business, in areas such as: compensation, succession planning, talent management and performance reviews.

Increased M/A activity is driving an increased demand for change and transformation agents to manage transitions effectively. There is now much more emphasis on a greater integration between coaching, organisational development and performance management to drive through important organisation change.

Companies are becoming more focused on retaining their best talent to help with company growth and brand positioning and there has been an increase in demand for L&D experience e.g. leadership development, coaching, succession planning and also for Internal Recruitment /Talent specialists who can develop those essential talent pipelines in anticipation of future growth.

technologyBusinesses are utilising technology to analyse everything from role filling and retention levels, to why people choose to leave an organisation. This level of recruitment offers a clear indicator of a confident outlook for the future.

Also in an ever-changing economic environment, organisations continue to review and evaluate the reward programmes they have in place to understand the return on investment for an area of significant spent. Companies are increasingly keen to secure the services of skilled Reward professionals who can evaluate whether specific rewards programs are good fits for their employees, gauging the value the employees place on the benefits, and assessing the compliance impact on the rewards structure. Key skills sought after in this area include strong analytical skills which can impact evidence based decisions. This is key data senior HR need to impact and influence change at the ‘top’ table and strengthening HR’s overall positioning in a company. There are more senior roles in this area, and having a Head of Reward in place signals that firms are putting more emphasis on retaining talent.

We are certainly seeing a growing optimism amongst HR professionals having seen the largest number of jobs being registered with Ashley Kate HR in July this year since the company’s inception in 2001. Also for further evidence of the shift towards recruiting HR specialists take a look at Ashley Kate HR’s most recent salary survey as we see HR specialist roles catching up on generalist HR roles with 43% roles being registered in 2014. (To view our full salary survey please email solutions@ashleykatehr.com)

If you are being persuaded to think differently about your HR agenda, and are looking to scope out plans to recruit a specific skill set into your HR function, contact kim.macnamara@ashleykatehr.com at Ashley Kate HR to help you develop and deliver your recruitment campaign.

FIRP, HR Recruitment Director –  Kim MacNamara is a HR recruitment specialist who has successfully placed senior HR roles across the UK and is driven by a focus on an excellent customer experience.  Working alongside Claire Baker, Emma Dobson, Lucy Wesson & Leon Morley they provide effective recruitment solutions for HR roles from Administrative to Board level.

If you enjoy networking and want to connect with other HR professionals – Kim also runs the LinkedIn Groups- HR Professionals Network  and HR Directors Boardroom. The former cited as one of the fastest growing HR specific groups. Kim is also responsible for running the Ashley Kate HR HRD Boardroom style debate events in the UK.

Please feel free to connect with Kim   on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter.

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Ashley Kate HR Directors Boardroom at Eversheds London

HRD Boardroom Header 02Earlier this month, leading UK HR Directors gathered at the Eversheds Boardroom in London to join Pamela Harding Group HR Director from The Law Society as she led the latest Ashley Kate HR Directors Boardroom forum.

Kim MacNamara – HR Business Director Ashley Kate HR Midlands and South and Amanda Underhill  –  Senior HR Recruitment Consultant for the London region welcomed an excellent mix of leading HR Directors and invited them to join a, ‘collaborative’ interactive forum with Pamela as she introduced the key topic of, ‘How to make HR more accountable’ and then initiated in-depth discussions around how HR leaders could ‘advance their HR systems effectively in order to drive a culture of self-sufficiency and positively impact the bottom line’ and discussed how in todays climate HR leaders are keen to promote a more accountable culture, one which is high performing and value added and how to do so with confidence and to learn how to overcome obstacles as and when they  arise.

philipThe event was chaired by Philip Davies Partner of Eversheds and he fed back that Pamela had given a thorough overview of the project she had undertaken. He thought she had  offered attendees  a, “very practical and interesting presentation (which) helped to generate some excellent debate and discussion regarding the most significant barriers to change that organisations can face and how they can be overcome.”

We all agree that one of the top benefits of HRD Boardroom attendance is the networking value.  Where else can you find leading HR leaders facing the same issues as you and your organisation? Are there solutions you’re not aware of? Our market leading events provide HR leaders with a secure forum opportunity to debate topics that are relevant and topical and allow HR directors to clearly focus on key issues that will affect the future of their HR function. Pamela commented after the debate that she thought the event, “Was such a great forum …organised really well and attended by people with the appropriate level of experience from a range of industries that made for more fruitful debates and information sharing”.

In addition, all attendees were unanimous in highlighting that the forum provided them with opportunities to, share experiences with fellow HRD’s and was ‘very relevant to their current transformation programmes’ and it was ’good to know that other organisations have the same challenges’.

HRD8As you can observe from the photographs a good discussion ensued – click on the link to view photos Facebook and also why not take a look at the video on the Ashley Kate HR YouTube  page that provides further feedback and outcomes from Pamela regarding the HR Directors Boardroom forum.

Ashley Kate HR have further events planned for 2014/15. If you are a senior level HR executive and would like a copy of the notes and are interested in sharing ideas and experiences with those in similar positions to yourself and would like to join our HR Director’s Boardroom or offer your services as a key speaker please let me know so we may speak further. Email Kim – kim.macnamara@ashleykatehr.com or call her on 0845 413 3200. Why not take a look at other HR Directors views of our Boardroom events by reviewing Kim’s recommendations on her LinkedIn profile.http://uk.linkedin.com/in/kimmacnamara

Ashley Kate HR offer the full range of HR recruitment services further details of which can be found at http://www.ashleykatehr.com/

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Now is the time of the Assistant

Paula Shaw - Head of HR Recruitment North

Paula Shaw MIRP (CertRP) – Head of HR Recruitment North

So lets face it, the economic climate hasn’t filled us with confidence about the hr job market over recent years. Having worked in the HR market for over 8 years I have seen the good and the bad.

During the recession it was a fact that employers didn’t have the time, resources or budget to take on new HR staff needing or wanting development.  Employers have played it safe with new recruits who had ‘been there, done it & got the t-shirt’ for a while now.  As a longstanding HR career coach it has been frustrating for me, working specifically with Junior and entry level HR professionals, with limited (almost non existent) opportunities for ‘high potential’ HR Assistants to move into advisory level positions.

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Over the last 12 months specifically, I can confidently say that making the transition from a HR support role into a HR Advisory role has never been more realistic. In fact, now is the time!

Refreshingly, clients I am working with now are actively looking to recruit HR professionals in support positions and providing them with excellent training to develop their own talent internally to transition effectively into HR Advisors and officers. Employers  do not want the finished article at this level.  growthThey do not want someone with the t-shirt and all the bad habits that go with it. They want someone who can be part of their future talent management strategy, who is high potential and can be developed and nurtured into their culture and learn their business way of doing things!

This current war for talent at the £28k and below level is about potential and drive, a distinct shift from experience and skills.  So, how do you show potential and drive ready for this step? That is where Ashley Kate HR and I can help.

Make sure your CV shows you are ready if you are ready then chances are you cvimagehave already outgrown your Administrator duties and are taking on a lot more than this.  Don’t bore your reader with a list of the Admin duties that you were initially employed to do. Excite them with all your additional duties that you have taken on as the Admin is so basic for you now!

Show them what makes you stronger than the other HR Administrators out there – tell them about the fact that you are already advising and guiding managers on a range of Employee Relation matters including, absence, timekeeping, sickness and dismissals within probation.  It doesn’t matter that these may only be the basic issues and they might not all occur in the business.  What matters is that you are actively advising on these matters!

 The biggest mistake I see at this level is candidates writing their CV for the job they were employed to do. DONT!resume

Write your CV for the role you WANT! I’m not saying you need to lie (far from it), but you need to make it clear to the reader that you have developed beyond the remit of your current role and you are knocking on the door of the next step up.  Show you have bridged 50% of that gap and todays employers will come and meet you with development to bring you on with the remaining 50% – and potentially beyond!

promotionHaving had the pleasure and delight of supporting numerous candidates through this transition I have to say this is the most satisfying part on my role. I’ve worked across all salary levels in the HR Recruitment market but still to this day, nothing makes me happier than progressing candidates from those HR Administrator/Assistant roles into the career making roles of HR Officer/Adviser.

If you are a HR Administrator ready for next step then please do get in touch to discuss your career aspirations. Ashley Kate HR can provide you with tailored and personal advice and guidance on how to write your CV in line with the current market trends.  You can also get some handy tips form the Ashley Kate HR CV Writing Tips film.

For further information about forthcoming events or for assistance with any HR requirements please email me paula.shaw@ashleykatehr.com or call 0845 413 3200. why not LinkedIn with me, or Follow me on twitter.

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Ashley Kate HR are keen to hear from HR professionals who would be interested in contributing a HR article to our vibrant HR Blog

Kim MacNamara HR Business Director

Kim MacNamara
HR Business Director

We value your HR views and opinions and want to offer you the chance to share them with the wider HR profession

What’s in it for you?

  • Our blog will  raise your profile in the HR community and contribute to building your personal brand
  •  It will showcase your business offerings and enhance your credibility and expertise
  • It provides you with a voice to share your  HR  and Recruitment views
  •  It will connect you with other market leading HR professionals as well as other HR bloggers
  • It  will provide an effective  channel to share your content and draw readers to your site as we will mention your links in the blog content
  • You will partner with the ‘HR Recruiter of Choice’ – Ashley Kate HR – a strong brand in the HR recruitment arena
  • You will benefit from our market leading HR social media presence and enviable market reach as your blog will posted/shared on all our social media sites –Linkedin Groups /Facebook / Twitter and Google+

There are many topics appearing on the HR agenda for you to share your views and thoughts on and our HR connections would be keen to hear about, so I would be delighted if you could provide us with articles to share on our blog.

If you want to raise your credibility further let me know on 0115 9223000 or email kim.macnamara@ashleykatehr.com

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HR Director’s Boardroom – Birmingham 2013

If you wanted an, “excellent insight into how HR delivers for business’’ and if, “you ever struggled with how to demonstrate how HR adds value to a business, look no further than the M/A activity” undertaken by our guest debate leader Valerie Hughes D’Aeth- Group HR and Communications Director Amey at Ashley Kate HR’s recent HR Directors Boardroom meeting in Birmingham. (Quote from HRD delegate).

Kim MacNamara – HR Business Director– Ashley Kate HR (uk.linkedin.com/in/kimmacnamara/) and Keeley McKay – HR Business Manager for Home Counties /South East – Ashley Kate HR (uk.linkedin.com/in/keeleymckay/) welcomed an excellent mix of hand-picked HRD’s and invited them to join an interactive debate with Valerie Hughes D’Aeth as she spoke of her experiences supporting Amey’s extensive company growth and OD optimisation programme integrating 10,000 employees from Enterprise PLC into the business following the acquisition in April 2013.

Valerie,very much enjoyed,” leading our debate and highlighted there were, “lots of interesting questions and viewpoints” and feedback gained echoed her comments mentioning how her, “well thought through, planned and delivery of HR and Communications interventions” has assured, “business success and synergy at the earliest possible moments from Day 1”.

 

Teresa DolanPartner of Eversheds International Law group chaired our event and provided use of the excellent facilities in their Birmingham office. She felt, “this event provided genuine insight in to the importance of HR leadership in transformation projects. Effective HR leadership is essential at all stages, from influencing initial decisions, to being realistic about timelines and resourcing needs, through to delivering clear and reliable communications and gaining trust from the workforce”. “Everyone present benefited from Valerie’s’ experience and demonstrable skills in this area”.

Quotes from other delegates:

“Excellent presentation” – HRD Rail Sector

Very relevant, informative, stimulating debate” – HRD Food Sector

Our objective for these Boardroom events was well and truly met as it provided leading HR Directors with a secure forum opportunity to debate topics that were relevant to their position and company, share insights into the challenges they face and focus on key issues that will affect the future of their HR function. The event was intended to provide a superb opportunity to be part of topical HR debate, hear directly from Valerie and Teresa and network with other HR Directors from the UK’s leading companies.

As you can observe from the photographs a healthy discussion ensued – click on the link to view photos Facebook

Ashley Kate HR has a full schedule of events planned for 2014. If you are a senior level HR executive and would like a copy of the notes and are interested in sharing ideas and experiences with those in similar positions to yourself and would like to join our HR Director’s Boardroom debate or offer your services as a lead speaker please let me know so we may speak further. Email either Gemma Stirrup for HRD meetings in the North at gemma.stirrup@ashleykatehr.com or contact me for events in Midlands and the South kim.macnamara@ashleykatehr.com

Ashley Kate HR offer the full range of HR recruitment services further details of which can be found at http://www.ashleykatehr.com/

 

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Ashley Kate HR Newsletter – Autumn Edition

Ashley Kate HR’s Autumn HR Network Newsletter is coming soon!! If you want to hear about the latest HR market intelligence, read articles written by HR professionals and review the latest employment law updates from a leading Law firm then contact us now for your free copy? Don’t miss out if you want to;

  • Confidential information & restrictive covenants.
  • Leading in challenging times… Putting your ‘best self’ forwards.
  • Moving beyond SMART to set courageous goals.
  • Counting the cost of sickness.
  • Les Potton FCIPD shares his views on Employee Engagement Strategies
  • Are you empowering your people or just exerting your power?
  • View information on the next HR Directors Boardroom event or the next Employment Law seminar we are running.

We are always keen to hear from HR professionals who want to contribute to future HR Network Newsletters or to our blog, so if you have something to shout about and want to share your ideas and contribute an HR related article let us know.

Our HR Network Newsletters form part of the free benefits of HR Network membership. By becoming a member of the Ashley Kate HR Network you will receive exclusive discounts on introductory fees, advertising and free attendance to all the events we run, plus access to salary surveys, latest HR news and legal updates

For further information contact kim.macnamara@ashleykatehr.com

 

 

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Forthcoming HR Director’s Events with Ashley Kate HR

HR Directors Boardroom – 2013/14

In a recent study of topical HRD agendas, it is clear that many organisations are continuing to change rapidly to adapt to increased commercial demands: streamlining boards, transitioning HR functions to shared services and preparing for sale or acquiring new businesses. Creating a high performing workforce and the right enabling frameworks to support this change remain critical in most HRD agendas.

The Ashley Kate HRD Boardroom forum offers a unique opportunity to join other key, influential HR Directors across the UK and to be part of relevant HR strategic debate on the current challenges HR executives from the UK’s leading businesses face. Historically, building a strong network of peers, has even created further career development opportunities for those participating in our forums. To see who is already in our HR Director’s network, visit our LinkedIn group:

Ashley Kate HR are in the process of putting together a full schedule of HRD Boardroom Forums for 2014 across the UK and are actively looking for key note speakers who can provide insights into their successes in areas including:

  • Challenges presented by International boundaries
  • Transition to HR Shared Service
  • HR Transformation and development of leadership behaviours

Leading an event will position you as a leader in your chosen debate; raise your profile and credibility amongst your peers whilst benefiting from the shared experience of fellow executive HR delegates. Please contact Kim MacNamara, HR Business Director regarding HRD boardroom sessions on 0115 922 3000 for an informal discussion on how you can participate.

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HR Director’s Boardroom – London 2013

On the 2nd July, HR Directors networked at the Evershed’s boardroom, overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, at Ashley Kate HR’s much anticipated HR Directors Boardroom meeting in the capital.

Kim MacNamara – HR Business Director and Amanda Underhill – HR Recruitment Consultant London from Ashley Kate HR welcomed an excellent mix of HRD’s from different sectors and invited them to join in a topical debate with Wendy Cartwright  – Former HRD for the Olympic Delivery Authority on fostering a sustainable business performance through a diverse workforce’.

Fiona Bolton, Partner at Eversheds International Law Group was Chair of the HR Directors Boardroom and the debate began with an ‘excellent’ overview on diversity and inclusion aspects of the latest research findings of a Board Report undertaken by Eversheds from Aleen Gulvanessian – Corporate Partner Eversheds.

Wendy Cartwright delved deeper in diversity areas when outlining and exploring the ODA’s people and equality & inclusion strategies and we were treated to a very informative presentation. She stressed how in challenging times,  HRD’s need to keep diversity high on the agenda given all the other competing pressures and it was imperative they,’’ continue to keep the board and executive focused and that diversity should be high on the HR mandate’’ in order for firms to be successful.

Our objective for these Boardroom events was well and truly met as it provided leading HR Directors with a secure forum opportunity to debate topics that were relevant to their position and company, share insights into the challenges they face and focus on key issues that will affect the future of their HR function. The event was intended to provide a superb opportunity to be part of topical HR debate, hear directly from Wendy, Aleen and Fiona and network with other HR Directors from the UK’s leading companies.

Feedback after the event – the lead speakers spoke highly of the forum;

Quote from Wendy, ‘’The boardroom provides a great opportunity for HRD’s to share best practice,  network with like minded HR executives and learn from their experiences.’’

Quote from Fiona, – “It was an excellent forum for an exchange of views and experiences and an exploration of some of the wider issues.’’

 In addition advice was offered by Aleen;

Quote from Aleen,“I would encourage the widening of boardroom diversity in its broadest sense. I think having people with different skills sets, sector experience and background as well as embracing gender diversity and different generations on the board will add to the  mix and result in good debate without ‘group think’. Also, boards should be encouraged to take on people who are new to the boardroom from time to time.

We received positive feedback from attendees who rated the forum;

Aspects of board diversity and inclusion strategies was very relevant and useful.’’ – Service Sector

Listening to debate about Board Diversity has bought interesting thoughts to mind.’’ – Leisure/Retail sector

Choice of speaker and topic was excellent.’’- Tourism Sector

As you can observe from the photographs a healthy discussion ensued – click on the link to view photos Facebook

Ashley Kate HR have further events planned for this year including in Birmingham in November with Valerie Hughes D’Aeth – Group HR Director from Amey leading the debate and we have a full schedule planned for 2014. If you are a senior level HR executive and would like a copy of the notes and are interested in sharing ideas and experiences with those in similar positions to yourself and would like to join our HR Director’s Boardroom or offer your services as a key speaker please let me know so we may speak further. Email either Gemma Stirrup for HRD meetings in the North to gemma.stirrup@ashleykatehr.com or contact me for events in Midlands and the South kim.macnamara@ashleykatehr.com

Ashley Kate HR offer the full range of HR recruitment services further details of which can be found at http://www.ashleykatehr.com/

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HR Directors Boardroom – London 2013

Announcement from HR Directors Boardroom

Join Wendy Cartwright, Former HR Director for the Olympic Delivery Authority & Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Diversity Practice, and other like-minded HR business leaders at our next meeting of the HR Directors Boardroom.
Debate - Fostering a sustainable business performance through a diverse workforce.

 

Wendy will lead a debate that uses the creation of diverse and award winning workforce at the Olympic Delivery Authority as a case-study. As diversity is increasingly recognised as a key enabler of business and organisational success, delegates will focus on how HR leaders should be delivering excellence in diversity and inclusion and also what further progress needs to be made to enhance diversity in the Boardroom and beyond.

 

Fiona Bolton, Partner at Eversheds International Law Group is ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2013 and is Chair of the HR Directors Boardroom. She will also share the latest research findings undertaken by Eversheds on Boardroom diversity.

International Law Group is ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers UK 2013 and features in the Top Tier of the Legal 500 and is Chair of the HR Directors Boardroom.

Venue: The Boardroom – Eversheds LLP – London
Address: 1 Wood Street, London EC2V 7WS
Date: Tuesday 2nd July 2013
Time: 8.30am – 10am
Cost: Free of charge

HR Debate is completely membership led and to ensure you get maximum return on your involvement the places are limited so if you are interested in attending please email kim.macnamara@ashleykatehr.com

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HR Directors Boardroom – Manchester 2013

Join Sue Yell – HR Director for Warburton’s and other like minded HR business leaders at our next meeting of the HR Directors Boardroom.

Transforming Managers into Inspirational Leaders – How should the HR function deliver an effective transformation agenda that ensures leaders are well equipped with a sustainable skill set to meet future business challenges?

Participate in a debate that will focus on how companies should build capability in their leaders, enable them to drive performance and to translate company vision into actionable priorities. Discuss what it takes for leaders to connect employees emotionally to the purpose of their organisation and analyse if values, behaviours and great leadership are the key ingredients in the creation of an engaging and agile organisation.

Naeema Choudry, Partner at Eversheds International Law Group is ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers UK 2013 and features in the Top Tier of the Legal 500 and is Chair of the HR Directors Boardroom.

Venue: The Boardroom – Eversheds LLP – Manchester
Address: 70-76 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester M1 5ES
Date: Wednesday June 12th 2013
Time: 8.30am – 10am
Cost: Free of charge

HR Debate is completely membership led and to ensure you get maximum return on your involvement the places are limited so if you are interested in attending please click below.

If you would like to attend please email Kim MacNamara on kim.macnamara@ashleykatehr.com

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