Rise of the Flexible Economy – Patrik Wagner, IPSE

Long gone are the days of working for the same organisation for decades at a time. Traditional employment models are rapidly being turned on their head, making way for a more flexible and dynamic workforce. In the UK alone, there are over 2 million freelancers […]

Is this the beginning of the end? The EU and it’s impact on currency and the single market -Timothy Parker, Currencies Direct

  With our divorce negotiations with the EU about to commence, and the UK on the cusp of leaving the EU and Greece increasingly facing the same fate, is it over for the distressed body?    As it currently stands our exit negotiations are looking to last around 2 years […]

Automatic enrolment – The easy way for professional service providers and their clients to stay updated and informed – UK Policy Management

Auto enrolment has been around for a while now, and yet we are still hearing many stories of clients receiving fines from the Pensions Regulator for non-compliance, and many business support service providers being unaware of what exactly automatic enrolment entails. Indeed, for a scheme […]

Pensions and tax planning for high earners – St James’s Place Wealth Management

If you want to reduce the amount of tax you pay, the solution is in your own hands – and thinking and planning ahead could help you to lessen the rising tax burden. The generous tax reliefs successive governments have given to pension arrangements mean […]

Is social media damaging your chances?

Love it or loathe it, social media undoubtedly has a place in every consultant’s job search arsenal from junior to executive. If you have a tendency to shy away from it, it could prove damaging to your career progression to overlook these job-rich avenues. Social […]

The power of motivation

You can have all the advantages of skills and career successes. People can be eager to help and support you in your quest for change. However, motivation is a door locked from the inside. No one can want you to do something. If it’s going […]

Why am I not getting an interview? Tips to help you get a callback

We’ve heard members say on a number of occasions that they are frustrated by the interview process. “My background matches exactly,” they say, “I’m the perfect person for the role but I don’t get called for interview.’ What could be going wrong? This could be […]

The Gig Economy and it’s benefits

What is the gig economy? And why should we embrace it? Becoming a consultant used to be code for freelancing whilst you were actually looking for another job. When redundancy hit, as it frequently did in the ‘90s and then again in 2008, full time […]

The Consultant Hub

How to be a Successful Consultant

The decision to create a consultancy business is an exciting one. Most people who pursue the path start by thinking about the areas in which they excel and the portfolio of services they have to market to potential customers. If you’re a first-class operations professional, […]

Consultant-client relationships

Consultants ‘lacking strong client relationships’

By BrightHR Research shows it can take a consultant up to a year to become a trusted advisor to a new client, but with one in four not even having monthly face-to-face contact, perhaps it should come as little surprise. At BrightHR we conducted a […]

Teams of consultants are the new normal

Rise of the Consultants

Traditional business models are disappearing, creating more opportunities for consultancy careers. The top priority for more than 90% of businesses is a complete restructure, with teams of experts replacing simple management hierarchies. It’s not a particularly new approach for some industries; technology and marketing companies […]

Calling yourself a consultant is a choice that you have made, but what is it that you do and are you fulfilled?

The word ‘consult’ is both a noun and a verb and we perhaps use it in both contexts without really thinking about it – so what? Well actually we should think about language and what it says about us.  Is how we interact with language […]

What will the future of consultancy look like?

By Paul Harris Co-Founder & CMO, BrightHR The world of work is changing, and organisations, large and small, are facing disruption. It’s clear that ways of working that have enabled success in the past will not necessarily deliver the same results in the future. This […]

How to build client relationships with content marketing

Want to develop better relationships with your clients and improve retention rates?  Keen to attract new customers and build your client base?  Content marketing is a great way to do this! Put simply, content marketing involves creating relevant and helpful content for your target audience.  […]

5 reasons to be your own boss in 2016

Starting your own business is hard work, but the rewards of being your own boss significantly outweighs the challenges, as most consultants will know. Walking away from a 9-5 job and a steady paycheck may seem like a big risk to take, but there are […]

Consultants losing thousands not tracking billable hours

An average of £33,000 revenue is being lost per year by management consultants. A study by London Business School and TIQ showed that 40% of consultants only log their time once or twice a week, and 22% only once or twice a month. More than […]

Why George Orwell was wrong: How mobile digital technology is enhancing human relationships in our workplace

By Paul Tooth Co-Founder & CEO, BrightHR Forbes recently identified 2015 as the year “employees expect an ‘intelligent mobile user experience’ to guide their access to HR resources” as the integration of social media and HR becomes a reality.  For most businesses the big question […]

Most Sought after Graduates in 2016

Independent job website CV library has compiled a list of the most sought after graduates for 2016, with the biggest shortages being highlighted in engineering, core sciences, and mathematics. Lee Briggins, Founder of CV library feels these shortages are a cause for concern. He comments: […]

2016 Deloitte millennials survey: Insights

The 2016 Deloitte Millennials survey collected the views of nearly 7700 Millennials in 29 countries worldwide. They predominantly work in large sector organisations and have obtained a college or university degree. Exploring the factors that underlie customer loyalty, the study measured motivations of the generation. […]

The Top 20 Companies for flexible work in 2016

How would you like to work remotely? Online jobsboard Flexjobs has compiled its annual list of the top companies offering legitimate job opportunities for people telecommuting or working from home. Taking into account more than 40 000 companies, the analysis shows the organisations offering the most genuine, […]

Why Consultants love their Jobs

Need some incentive to kick off your consulting career? Working as a professional consultant can not only help to build your portfolio, but gives you the freedom to plan your own schedule, helps you to build your contacts and gives you invaluable experience in a […]

Self Assessment tax return deadline is fast approaching

IPSE’s Deputy Director of Policy, Andrew Chamberlain, on filing the Self Assessment tax return online before the 31 January deadline. What is Self Assessment? Self Assessment is a system HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) uses to collect Income Tax. Tax is usually deducted automatically from […]

Which trends are going to affect consumers over the next 15 years?

A recent article by McKinsey & Company, titled ‘the consumer sector in 2030: Trends and questions to consider’, has highlighted the top consumer trends set to affect business by 2030. So what do we need to consider over the next 15 years? The main trends […]

8 Tech Trends to watch in 2016

Every year experts look into the tech trends that are gaining momentum, and predict which new technologies will widely adopted in the upcoming year. What does 2016 have in store for us? See below: 1. Machine learning Using algorithims, computers are now able to analyse […]

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Rise of the Flexible Economy – Patrik Wagner, IPSE

Long gone are the days of working for the same organisation for decades at a time. Traditional employment models are rapidly being turned on their head, making way for a more flexible and dynamic workforce. In the UK alone, there are over 2 million freelancers […]