Office Small Talk

Whether you like it or not, small talk is something that everyone engages in from time to time, if only because it's preferable to an awkward silence. But how do people feel about small talk in the office? We conducted a survey of UK employees to see what the general consensus is.

Small Talk in the Office: Survey Results

Interestingly, 81% of those surveyed - a big majority - found small talk in the office to be generally irritating. Does this figure surprise you? Let's take a look at some of the conversation topics that people voted MOST annoying when it comes to office small talk.

  • According to our survey, children and football were the most irritating topics of all.

  • Forced pleasantries, such as wishing colleagues a Happy New Year on the first day back at work, were voted irritating by 29% of respondents.

  • Trash talking one's colleagues was found irritating by 36% of respondents.

  • 23% of those surveyed agreed that conversations about evenings and weekends were annoying.

  • 17% of people don't like talking to their colleagues about the weather.

So why does office small talk persist despite the fact that so many people seem to dislike it?

Well, some find that small talk lessens feelings of awkwardness and makes the working environment feel more relaxed. Others may just enjoy it as a distraction from work!

We think this has been an interesting insight into the opinions of employees when it comes to small talk - do you think the results would be similar in your office?

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HRS at the 2019 Recruiter Awards

The 2019 Recruiter Awards took place last night (Thursday 9 May) at Grosvenor House in London. This annual awards night is always a highlight of our year, and the Hyper Recruitment Solutions team were there last night alongside many other luminaries from the UK recruitment industry.

The drinks reception and 3-course meal were splendid as expected, but the real high point came during the award ceremony itself, when we learned that we had WON the Recruitment Agency of the Year (11-49 Employees) award!

This is an exceptionally competitive category, so as you can imagine, we were beyond thrilled to be named the winners. Here's what our MD Ricky Martin had to say afterwards:

"It was a fantastic night and certainly one to remember - it was an opportunity for the recruitment industry to celebrate excellence and commitment to talent. I am absolutely delighted that Hyper Recruitment Solutions are now a multi-award winning company. I couldn't be more proud of every member of this incredible, life-changing company."

- Ricky Martin, Managing Director

 

Hyper Recruitment Solutions: Multi-Award Winners!

As Ricky notes above, this is not the first award with which Hyper Recruitment Solutions have been honoured. You may recall that, back in December, we attended the 10th Annual IRP Awards - another highly prestigious event - where we were named Best Company to Work for (Up to 50 Employees)!

Our win at the Recruiter Awards last night is testament to the company's ongoing success and to the unwavering dedication of the HRS team. We have been going from strength to strength for years now, changing lives all over the UK and showing no signs whatsoever of slowing down.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to the Recruiter Awards for their recognition, and to every member of the HRS team who has helped us to become the multi-award winning company we are today.

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HRS IRP Award

The IRP (Institute of Recruitment Professionals) Awards took place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London last week. Hosted by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, the IRP Awards are the most prestigious in the recruitment industry, so we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions were thrilled to be shortlisted for no fewer than 4 awards:

  • Best Newcomer (Sariat Adeniji)
  • Best Temp Consultant (Georgia Smith)
  • Best CSR Practitioner
  • Best Company to Work for (Up to 50 Employees)

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the annual IRP Awards, and it was the most competitive Awards yet, with more applications than ever and a panel of industry experts - led by Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation - judging each category.

Imagine how elated we were, then, when we learned that Hyper Recruitment Solutions had won the Best Company to Work for (Up to 50 Employees) award!

Best Company to Work For

Additionally, HRS were 'Highly Commended' in the Best Newcomer category, and we were also recognised for our social engagement in the run-up to the event - we even won 'Selfie of the Year', an extra bit of fun from the IRP that recognised the more light-hearted side of our industry. (The winning selfie is available to view on request!)

Ricky Martin, Managing Director of Hyper Recruitment Solutions, said of our success at this year's Awards:

"Winning an IRP award is the highest accolade a company can get in the recruitment industry. I couldn't be happier with this achievement, nor prouder of the team.

"The past 12 months have been transformative for the business - we have invested more than ever in processes, people, and in turn our performance. All of this happened while we maintained our focus on providing a service that changes lives, which is why I call the team life-changers every day!

"For the industry to recognise this via the awards was beyond my expectations and something I will talk about for a long time."


About the Event

The IRP Awards event was a great chance to recognise excellence in the recruitment sector and spend an evening amongst some of the best and brightest the UK has to offer. If you work within the recruitment industry and you've never attended or entered the Awards before, we would certainly recommend it - not only is it a great opportunity to showcase your talent, it's also a fantastic chance to upskill yourself in the marketplace.

For other companies who might be looking to work with a recruitment agency, an IRP award is a sure sign that the company in question is built on ethics, morals and professionalism. You can rest assured that they will look after your talent and represent your business in the best possible way.

The HRS team had a fabulous time at the 2018 IRP Awards, and we feel truly honoured to have been among the winners on the night. We would like to pass on our congratulations to all of the other winners and shortlisted companies / individuals - to be acknowledged by the recruitment industry heavyweights on this year's judging panel is an achievement to be very proud of!

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Would you like to join our award-winning, life-changing team? Visit the HRS Careers page now to hear what our life changers (recruiters) say about us and to apply for one of our open roles.

The global recruitment industry is worth more than £300 billion - no wonder so many people want to become recruitment consultants!

But what does a recruitment consultant actually do? And what does it take to become one? Obviously, we at Hyper Recruitment Solutions know everything there is to know about this field, so let's answer those two questions now.

Overview

A recruitment consultant's main role is to match suitable candidates to temporary or permanent positions within client organisations. Recruitment consultants work hard to build positive relationships with companies in order to develop a deep understanding of their hiring needs - this helps us to find the right candidates to fill our clients' vacancies.

After identifying the right candidate for a role, the recruiter will conduct interviews, perform background checks, and ensure that both candidate and employer are a good fit for one another. Recruitment consultants also provide advice to both parties regarding training, salary, and career progression.

Responsibilities

As a recruitment consultant, you act as the crucial link between client companies and potential candidates. A recruiter's responsibilities are therefore varied and challenging. Here are just a few of them:

  • Using various marketing, networking, and business development techniques to attract attention from client companies

  • Identifying and approaching potential candidates

  • Preparing correspondence and documents (such as CVs and references) to send to clients

  • Meeting targets related to the number of candidates placed in suitable roles

  • Revising recruitment practices to ensure effectiveness in selection techniques and recruitment programmes

Qualifications

Recruitment consultancy roles are often available to all graduates, regardless of subject area (although of course it helps if your degree matches the area in which you would like to recruit - e.g. a science degree may make you more attractive to scientific recruitment agencies).

Rather than looking for specific qualifications or achievements, employers within the recruitment industry tend to use personal ability, skill, and charisma as measures of suitability.

Skills & Abilities

A good recruitment consultant should possess the following skills:

  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Sales and negotiation skills
  • Ability to meet targets / deadlines
  • Excellent communication / people skills
  • Exceptional time management
  • Drive and determination

Salary & Working Environment

The average salary for a recruitment consultant is in the range of £22,000 to £28,000 a year, although those in senior positions can earn in excess of £40k per year. Many employers offer some sort of performance-related bonus (even for inexperienced employees) on top of a basic pay package - these bonuses can be set on an individual, team or company-wide basis. A number of other benefits - such as mobile devices, laptops, company cars, social events, and end-of-year rewards - may also be available.

A recruitment consultant's typical working day usually runs from 9am to 5pm, although overtime is not unusual. It is possible to work as a freelance recruitment consultant, but generally not without expert knowledge of a specific field.

Flexible working and career breaks are available within this industry, but are uncommon as a result of the role's very active nature. Work is often based within an office setting, but travelling and outside work are common as a result of regular interviews and meetings.

Would you like to work for Hyper Recruitment Solutions? Use the link below to find out how!

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Biostatistician

Biostatistics is the application of mathematics and statistics to biology and related fields. Biostatisticians are responsible for designing biological experiments in the medical and agricultural industries; they collect, analyse and translate raw data into relevant information that can be used for research purposes.

Biostatisticians are an essential part of any research team, and are frequently involved in all sorts of pioneering research. Their work uses theoretical and applied statistics in order to develop the science of data analysis past current levels.

Where do biostatisticians work?

Biostatisticians spend the majority of their time working at computers in an office setting. Here, they become familiar with the specialised software and programmes used to dissect data and findings that will be of use within their field. Often, they will collaborate with teams of researchers and scientists, and so a lot of time is spent interacting with other professionals to come to groundbreaking conclusions.

Some biostatisticians may be employed by academic institutions, such as universities, in which case they will spend some of their time in labs and classrooms.

A biostatistician will mostly work full-time on a normal daytime rota; however, extended hours may be required if a particular deadline is approaching.

What do biostatisticians get paid?

The average salary for a biostatistician is approximately £58,200 per year, although some make as much as £94,000 per year. The majority of biostatisticians work within a government setting or other special departments, while others work within educational and private finance companies.

What skills do biostatisticians need?

Although a biostatistician's specific responsibilities tend to depend on what industry they work in, the skills required are similar across the board. If hired as a biostatistician, you will likely be expected to:

  • Participate in the planning, collection, interpretation, and implementation of research

  • Participate in the extraction, storage, analysis and delivery of data to end users

  • Construct analysis methodologies and perform data analysis of data sets

  • Deliver statistical expertise and knowledge to internal and external stakeholders

  • Possess professional knowledge of mathematics, statistics and computer science

Senior biostatisticians may also be required to assist in the management of a department’s partnerships and budgets.

What qualifications do biostatisticians need?

In order to become a biostatistician, you will generally need a bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics or biostatistics. Experience in other subjects related to medicine and/or biology will also be of great benefit.

While many entry-level positions do exist for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree, most biostatisticians also possess a master’s degree or doctorate. These degrees help students to become more specialised and gain a greater experience in conducting research and presenting their findings.

Demand for skilled and talented individuals within the biostatistical industry is growing greater and greater as time goes on. Use the link below to browse the latest vacancies from Hyper Recruitment Solutions.

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