Meraki Insights

A range of blogs and market views of interest to candidates and clients alike.

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2020 Hiring Market Trends in Scotland’s Financial Sector

In times of uncertainty, hiring interim resources would be the most measured approach for Financial Services firms. In recent times this has been complicated by the upcoming roll out of offpayroll rules to the private sector which come into place in April 2020.

11/02/2020 by Andrew Welsh

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Meraki Talent's Eco Office Initiative

The environment is never far from the headlines and with more and more people becoming eco-conscious (who remembers when straws were plastic and plastic bags were free?!) it is also becoming a bigger factor in who potential employees will choose to work for.

24/10/2019 by Andrew Welsh

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Interview with the expert – what to consider from a financial perspective when moving from permanent to contracting

Flexibility and freedom are two words that typically come to mind when you think of contract or part-time work. However, with flexibility and freedom, there is also more financial responsibility and risk to be considered. We sat down with Keith Brooks, Chartered Financial Planner at Aberdein Considine, to discuss in depth the key aspects contractors should be considering when they are looking at their own financial planning needs.

09/10/2019 by Andrew Welsh

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Our quick guide to talent market and hiring trends in Scotland’s financial services marketplace

Welcome to our latest Market Report, 2019 has seen a notable decrease in permanent hiring, particularly from global financial institutions and UK banks. Our clients are sharing that Brexit uncertainties are a contributing factor, coupled with increased competition from disruptive tech-focused firms, creating company specific challenges. As we move into the second half of the year, we expect continued unpredictability for permanent hiring.

06/09/2019 by Andrew Welsh

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Competency Based Interviews – What You Need To Know

Sounds daunting. But competency-based interviews are a pretty standard approach for interviews, to ensure an objective and fair selection procedure that is evidence-based. So, what is a competency? It’s a specific skill, quality, knowledge or behaviour needed to be successful in the role. And competency-based interviews really just use scenarios to give you the opportunity to share evidence that you have these characteristics. They allow you to say “Let me give you an example”.

22/08/2019 by Andrew Welsh