Why Choose Data Science

Data scientist are responsible for turning raw data into meaningful information that companies can then use to improve the way their businesses perform. Over time, an increasing amount of organisations are turning to data to influence their day-to-day operations. From understanding consumer behaviour to the latest purchasing trends, the role of a data scientist is to discover patterns that help to solve the problems faced by businesses in imaginative and innovative ways.

Sounds good right? Well, there's more. As well as the role of a data scientist being unlike many others, they are in high demand across a variety of sectors as more and more businesses turn to data to inform their daily decisions. So, why choose data science? Here are five reasons.

1. Great Career Opportunities - As we mentioned above, the need for data scientists is growing. Leading to an increased amount of career opportunities, which are set to increase even further with an estimated 40 zettabytes of data being in existence by 2020. That's a lot of data. Careers within data science, however, aren't limited to one or two industries, they exist across multiple sectors including finance, retail, IT, academia and healthcare. This is a great bonus for someone looking to enter the industry!

2. High Professional Development - Once you've started your career as a data scientist within an organisation, there is huge scope to progress and achieve higher career prospects. Especially if you land a role within a larger company that often provide data scientist training schemes. Career progress will, of course, depend on your ability to learn the necessary skills quickly as well as your level of commitment to the organisation. Promotions are available which may involve more managerial duties, overseeing junior data scientists, recruitment and building relationships with clients.

3. Lucrative Salary - With higher career progression comes more responsibility. With more responsibility comes more money. And the further you take your career as a data scientist will reflect the amount of money you can potentially earn. The average salary for junior data scientists is around £25,000 to £30,000, rising to £40,000 depending on your experience. With a few years worth of experience, you can expect to earn between £40,000 and £60,000. Lead and chief data scientists have the potential to earn upwards of £60,000 to £100,000.

4. Flexible Work/Life Balance - In today's society, more and more organisations are offering employees greater working flexibility and this is no different for data scientists. Depending on the type of company you work for, you can expect a very good work/life balance with typical working hours 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. In some organisations, you may also have the opportunity to work remotely or on a flexible schedule. 

5. Rewarding Profession - The role of a data scientist isn't easy. A lot of work is involved in order to understand data and use it properly to inform future decisions. With that being said, as a data scientist, when you do see your work influencing an organisation in a positive and productive way, it is very fulfilling and gives you the motivation and desire to continue making an impact.

For more information on the role of a data scientist or on the data science industry, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our recruitment professionals who have years' of experience within data science. Even better, visit our dedicated data science page! 

Contact Us >                            More on Data Science >

With an unrivalled ability to throw a half-arsed spanner into the well-oiled machine that is your office, a lazy co-worker can be the Kryptonite to an otherwise invincible team of Supermen and Superwoman.

That being said, dealing with lazy co-workers requires diplomacy, tact and consideration (along with the patience of Job). As such, a paroxysm of mid-office expletives isn’t an advisable course of action.

To avoid upset and confrontation while still keeping your underperforming colleague on the straight and narrow, check out the following methods of dealing with lazy co-workers for a solution that helps everyone.

 

lazy people at work

 

How to Deal with Lazy People

If you’re faced with the unenviable obstacle of lazy people at work, try the following options when addressing the situation to help your office sloth shed their slovenly ways and evolve into a whippet of work rate.

 

Don’t Follow Suit

Laziness comes in many forms, from snail’s pace working and producing minimal output to blatant procrastination and actively distracting others. The latter of those examples is particularly hard to avoid and all too easy to get caught up in.

Don’t let the work-shy influence your work ethic. Getting repeatedly roped into their antics can breed bad habits that are infectious and hard to shake.

Worse still, these inherited behaviours can ultimately drag you down in terms of output and quality, negatively impacting your own reputation in the workplace.

 

Don’t Enable Laziness

While it may seem like the best thing to do for the sake of your colleague, covering for a lazy co-worker helps no-one in the long run.

Letting the offender get by without repercussions only increases the likelihood of a repeat scenario, ultimately leading to an increased workload for you as a result.

Meanwhile, your work-why co-worker may be unaware of their professional transgressions and allowing them to ride the coattails of others only reinforces that ignorance.

Help them to help themselves by making them take responsibility for their own work. Lending a helping hand is admirable; doing their work for them isn’t.

 

Don’t Let it Get to You

Knowing you’re putting in 110% while others float through the week on the bare minimum can be frustrating.

If your paycheque features the same figure, that frustration can evolve into venomous anger by the time they’ve had their third smoking break of the morning.

Try to rise above the hate and don’t allow it to affect you mentally. Anger can breed an unpleasant working environment for all and ultimately reflect poorly on you as a result.

 

Don’t Take the Rap

While covering for a lazy co-worker is bad enough, actively taking the blame for their laziness is an entirely different kettle of fish.

A lazy co-worker can affect your own success in a number of ways but none more so than when you take the brunt of the blowback.

Putting yourself in the firing line reflects badly on you. This can leave a stain on your personal brand that’s hard to remove and can impact your ability to progress down the line.

Taking responsibility for unfinished tasks and oversights serves to protect only one person – that being the real culprit of the sub-par output.

 

Don’t Ignore It

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem, and this is never more evident than when it comes to dealing with lazy people at work.

While it may seem like the easiest option, ignoring the situation does nothing to resolve the issue. Taking the time to talk with your colleague personally, highlighting the negative affects the situation is having on the team, can be all that’s needed to steady the ship.

However, it’s important not to present your revelation in a confrontational manner. Angry delivery can be the Mentos to your co-worker’s Cola, and quickly result in an office eruption.

Calmly explain how you all need to work together as a team to achieve collective goals. The “do it for the team” pep talk is great way to inspire motivation without giving them a professional dressing down.

 

For more office advice and tips on how to deal with lazy co-workers, drop us a line on 0203 225 5120 or get in touch online using the link below.

Get in Touch

Woman working in recruitment

The recruitment industry is often depicted as being an exciting vocational specialism that blends people skills with sales acumen in one HR-centric profession.

Charged with attracting and sourcing the right candidates for the roles available, relationship building is key, both internally and externally, while understanding the needs of both client and candidate is paramount.

With social interactions and travel a key part of the role, it’s no surprise that jobs in recruitment can be highly sought-after. However, while that may be the dream ticket to some, to others, it may also seem a little daunting.

For those considering a career in recruitment, this blog aims to help paint a bigger picture, providing additional details and a peek behind the curtain at what life is like working in recruitment.

 

Working in Recruitment: Pros and Cons

It’s fair to say that recruitment is a fast-paced industry that covers a lot of ground. To help you gain a well-rounded view of the profession and work out if it’s the right career for you, we’ve outlined some of the pros and cons below.

 

Benefits of Working in Recruitment

The recruitment industry can be a hugely rewarding endeavour, boasting a myriad of perks, incentives and upsides. Here are a few great reasons to consider pursuing a career in recruitment.

 

No Strict Entry Requirements

Unlike an academic profession, you don’t need any specific qualification to pursue a career in the recruitment industry.

While a degree or relevant experience may be advantageous, recruitment jobs don’t involve any formal prerequisites, providing an attractive proposition for a variety of backgrounds.

The non-discriminatory aspect of a recruitment career means it can be just as suitable for a school-leaver as it is a veteran worker looking for a career change.

Provided you boast the necessary sales ability and people skills, along with a healthy drive and ambition for the task at hand, a degree can be completely irrelevant and largely unnecessary.

 

Great Salaries and Scope for Progression

For many candidates, career progression is an important part of working life and developmental prospects can be the difference between taking a role and going elsewhere.

The opportunity to progress professionally is one of the key USPs of recruitment. If you put the work in, you could advance up the ladder in no time.

With that progression naturally comes financial incentive and higher salaries. While this can vary from one agency to the next, the financial rewards can be great.

Trainees typically start at £15-20k, while consultants commonly earn between £22 and 28k/annum. As you progress up the food chain, senior positions and management roles can habitually break the £40k barrier.

Meanwhile, many roles will also offer commission-based salaries with OTE (on-target earnings) in excess of their baseline salary, providing the incentive to work hard and achieve for virtually limitless earning potential.

Additionally, other perks – such as a company car, phone or laptop – can often come included as you advance to more senior roles, while company training and healthy pension schemes are also commonplace.

 

Excitement and Variety

A key selling point of recruitment as an attractive profession has long been its status as an exciting field. A lot of this excitement can be attributed to the variety involved in a typical working day.

From sourcing candidates and arranging interviews through to continued communication and negotiating offers of employment, recruitment can rarely be described as monotonous.

The travel opportunities that come with the job also be very attractive. Trips abroad, high-end lunches and team socials aren’t unusual occurrences in the recruitment industry.

Meanwhile, even client visitations can present a natural way of keeping the working environment fresh and stimulating, providing a welcome change of scenery from the office setting.

Additionally, a career in recruitment can also be extremely rewarding and fulfilling. While the work can be challenging at times, delivering potentially life-changing, positive news to a candidate can be a natural mood-booster.

 

Negatives of Working in Recruitment

Like any industry, recruitment isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Naturally, there are going to be professional challenges in any vocation and a job in recruitment is no different.

The daily challenges, while rewarding, can also be challenging and necessitate long hours in pursuit of achieving a positive end result. Meanwhile, roles that rely heavily on commission and performance-based incentives can also bring with them a high degree of stress, particularly for workers unfamiliar with high-pressure working environment.

Meanwhile, the positive aspect of social interaction can also just as quickly take a negative turn when it comes to delivering bad news; for example, informing a candidate that they have been unsuccessful following an interview.

 

"Should I Work in Recruitment?"

When it comes to determining if recruitment is the right industry for you, a lot of it can depend on the individual and their personality. A role in recruitment can be the perfect career for one person, while it may be totally the wrong path for someone else.

For example, introverts that enjoy a set routine and a rigidly structured approach to the working day may not translate as well to a recruitment role as a socialite with the gift of the gab who thrives on a varied, fast-paced environment.

Luckily, recruitment is also an industry that is very much sink or swim. Whether you take to it like a duck to water or flounder unceremoniously, it won’t take you long to find out if it’s the right sector for you.

That being said, the benefits can far outweigh the drawbacks for the right candidate and the risk can be well worth the reward. As such, a “no guts, no glory” mentality could pay off big time, while the alternative could leave you forever wondering “what could have been”.

 

For more information on the benefits of working in recruitment and the ins and outs of life in the industry, why not drop us a line? Call now on 0203 225 5120 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

Contact Us

Life in the 21st century is very much a world of instant gratification, from online shopping to on-demand TV. If you want something, it's never been easier or quicker to get it post-haste.

However, one thing that is very much immune from such immediacy is careers and achieving your professional goals is a habitually lengthy process.

Worse still, simply being good at your job won't always translate to upward momentum and your professional fate is often frustratingly out of your own hands.

In order to go from the outhouse to the penthouse, you'll need to be patient and bide your time, navigating through the murky waters of office politics along the way.

Here are a few helpful tips to help you secure that promotion without selling your soul.

 

how to get promoted

 

Asking for a Promotion

When it comes to asking for a promotion, simply knowing how to ask for a promotion can make a huge difference. It's a lot more complex than simply putting in a request and getting the thumbs up.

Self-evaluation is a key part of the process. Gaining an honest assessment of your own skills will help you to gauge what you're realistically capable of, as well as what you feel you deserve.

Timing is often a pivotal factor too and simply catching your boss at the right time can play into your favour massively. Similarly, asking for a promotion during a downswing in business is also an unwise move.

 

"How Do I Get Promoted?"

While the phrase "you don't ask, you don't get" is often applicable in life, in the workplace, simply asking for a promotion isn't always the best course of action.

Preparation is the best provision for opportunity and will stand you in good stead when it comes to demonstrating just why you deserve a bump up the pecking order.

Put the groundwork in beforehand by following these five steps to success and make your dreams of promotion a realistic, achievable goal.

 

Go Above and Beyond

As cliché as it may sound, going the extra mile can go a long way (considerably further than the aforementioned mile), particularly if that additional effort involves working at a level above your pay grade.

The best way to prove you're the right person for a role is to audition for it first. If you're already doing the duties of the role you want, it'll make it a whole lot easier to plead your case when the opportunity arises.

While this could backfire and lead to management letting you continue to perform at a higher level for less pay, any company worth their salt will recognise your worth and channel that potential accordingly.

 

Take Action

Assertiveness shows confidence and, as the old saying goes, it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission. If you see an opportunity to better the company, don't be afraid to grab that opportunity with both hands, even if it falls outside your remit.

While it can sometimes be a bit of a gamble, it's always worth weighing up the risk/reward ratio. Actions speak louder than words and a keen eye for opportunity, along with the hunger to act on it, is a valuable asset to any manager.

For example, if you work in a gym tasked with manning the front desk, it's highly unlikely that the manager would reprimand you for securing an annual membership from a new arrival.

 

Make a Difference

When you talk about ammunition for a promotion, validation doesn't come any stronger than cold hard facts.

If your contributions have a direct effect on the organisation as a whole, there's no denying the impact your presence has had on the company. Take note of any stats that reflect your performance, such as revenue or conversions.

Similarly, making yourself an invaluable member of your team can also make you a indispensable commodity in your immediate working environment and, more importantly, to your manager.

Don't be shy when it comes to helping your colleagues and those around you to help establish yourself as a critical cog in the working machine.

 

Dress to Impress

You've probably heard the old adage "dress for the job you want, not the one you have". While it might not be as applicable if you dream of becoming a pro wrestler or a rock star, it can work wonders when it comes to getting a promotion.

Take a look at what your boss is wearing… and what their boss is wearing… and what their boss's boss is wearing. If they are suited and booted and decked out in shirts and ties, an un-ironed polo and jean shorts probably won't get you a seat at the head table.

Think smart, dress smarter and look the part to get the part. Looking sharp will also get you noticed and help you stand out from the crowd, which brings us nicely to our next point…

 

Break Away from the Pack

If you want your superiors to see you as someone special and, more importantly, someone with a higher purpose, you'll need to stand out from the crowd.

Make yourself known to those that make the decisions, whether that's via a personal introduction or a more cerebral approach.

Get involved with projects and make an effort when it comes to social occasions and team exercises. An outgoing approach will help raise your profile and prove to management that you're more than just a nameless face at the coffee machine.

 

Earn It the Right Way

In your pursuit of that elusive promotion, never lose sight of the golden rule: nobody likes a brown-noser.

While playing the game is often a necessary part of the process, doing so at the expense of your teammates to get ahead is highly unethical, not to mention unpopular and inflammatory.

What's more, it won't win you any friends and can make your working life somewhat miserable. After all, a promotion can lose its appeal if your team universally dislikes you.

Follow the steps above to gain your promotion the right way – on the basis of your worth, not your ability to suck up and laugh at unfunny jokes.

 

For more workplace advice and job tips, why not speak to one of our expert advisors? Call now on 0203 225 5120 or click the button below to get in touch online today.

Get in Touch

2019 HRS Networking Event Q&A

Last night - the 23rd of October, 2019 - we held our annual HRS Networking Event at the Royal Society of Chemistry in Burlington House, London. As in previous years, the event was a great success, with many industry scientists in attendance and some fantastic speeches from a variety of influential figures.

The date for this event wasn't chosen idly: 23rd October 2019 was also Hyper Recruitment Solutions' 7th anniversary, and it was wonderful to spend the evening in the same room where Ricky Martin and Lord Sugar officially launched the company 7 years ago to the day.

Ricky Martin and Lord Sugar launch HRS in 2012

Pictured above: Ricky Martin and Lord Sugar launch HRS on 23rd October 2012.

 

Who spoke at last night's networking event?

HRS Networking Event - Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers were:

 

Ian Birch, Quality Director and Consultant QP

  • Focus: Quality Assurance

 

Dr Sharon Brownlow, Head of Collaborations at Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

  • Focus: Cell and Gene Therapy

 

Elizabeth Madichie, TOPRA Board Director and Global Regulatory Affairs Consultant

  • Focus: Regulatory Affairs

 

Dr Tony Jones, CEO of One Nucleus

  • Focus: Life Sciences

 

All speeches were very well received, and the ensuing Q&A segment bore some interesting questions and sparked lively debate. The topic for this event was 2020 Considerations for Pharma / Biotech - here are some of the key takeaways from the evening's discussion:

  • A common thread concerned how technology is evolving at a rate we've never seen before. All of the functions within a successful pharma / biotech organisation need to adapt their approaches to data, automation and machine learning.

  • Overlaying the message about the future of tech in pharma / biotech, another clear theme was how to attract and retain talent in this sector.

  • HRS founder Ricky Martin closed the above conversation with a clear message to the room: that every person within a business should be clear on their 'why'. Why do they work there? If this question can be answered, it well help organisations to support existing talent and identify why new talent should want to be there too.

HRS donated £10 to the Alzheimer's Society on behalf of each and every delegate in attendance - the Alzheimer's Society is one of our dedicated charities, and it's especially close to the heart of our Managing Director Ricky Martin.

As ever, we went all out with the decor and refreshments at this event - we even had a whole periodic table of colourful chemistry-themed cupcakes!

Periodic table cupcakes and HRS balloon

Learn More About HRS   Follow HRS on Twitter