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Quantity Surveyors: Playing a vital role in the UK's construction industry plans

According to Statistica.com, the UK construction industry employs approximately 3 million people in the UK, making up 10% of UK employment. Despite over 44,000 of those employed as Quantity Surveyors, the industry is still in short supply – which could jeopardise the UK’s plans for construction growth. The job opportunities for Quantity Surveyor...

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Mental Health Awareness Week: How to support a happy workforce

A new job is incredibly exciting, but also potentially stressful. As an employer currently experiencing huge growth in people starting their career with Astute, we are keenly aware of our responsibility with regards to promoting positive mental health in the workplace. It’s a hotly discussed topic and it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that ...

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Hiring, Firing and Perspiring...What Does a Bad Hire Cost You?

When it comes to recruitment, a bad hire can be a frustrating setback, costing your company precious time and money. In fact, a report by the REC concluded that a poor hire at mid-manager level with a salary of £42,000 can cost a business in excess of £132,000 – a daunting statistic when you consider that this more than triples expenses. This is...

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6 Reasons why you should consider working in Scandinavia

Whether it’s Sweden, Denmark or Norway, these beautiful countries could offer you the perfect job role – and all the perks too. Below, we’ve listed the top 6 reasons why you should consider a new job in Scandinavia. 1. Their Work-Life Balance is ranked amongst the best in the world Great value is placed on time off across Norway, Sweden and Denm...

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Battery Storage Market: Job Opportunities One Year On

A year ago we wrote about the growth expectations of the battery storage market in the UK which looked set to create up to 10,000 jobs by 2020. Twelve months on, we look at what has changed and what effect it’s had on the jobs market. According to the report published by Solar Media early last year, the UK could experience a rise of more than 20...

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5 ways to check whether you are working for a top employer

On Friday the 1st February, businesses from across the south came together at The News’ Business Excellence Awards. Astute was lucky enough to be shortlisted in three categories; Team of the Year, Large Business of the Year and Employer of the Year. We are thrilled to have been a finalist for every award but especially the Employer of the Year c...

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Mental health and well-being: Banishing "Blue Monday"

Post-Christmas debts, the return to routine, miserable weather…there isn’t much to be cheerful about for most in January. And according to one psychologist, the third Monday of January can officially be called the most depressive of the year. Regardless of dates, workplace stress is felt all year round, with one survey suggesting that a potentia...

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The do's and dont's of handing in your notice

It’s at this time of year that many will start thinking of their goals and ambitions for next year. For some, this will include climbing the career ladder and potentially starting a new role in a new company. Whether you’ve grown to dislike your current job, or you’ve simply received a job offer you can’t refuse, most will feel apprehensive at t...

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10 reasons why you should continue your job search in the lead up to Christmas

​"It’s nearly Christmas. I’ll start my job search again in the new year." Does this sound like you? Read on to find out why continuing your job search during the festive period could give you the advantage. 1. Companies are still hiring Just because it's leading up to the Christmas shut down, it doesn’t mean there aren’t vacancies that need to b...

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Nuclear Innovation: Government pledges to support future UK growth

This month, Business and Industry Minister Richard Harrington announced additional information to the commitments made in the Nuclear Sector Deal. Launched in June this year, the Nuclear Sector deal sets out clear aims to deliver: 30% reduction in the cost of new build projects by 2030 Savings of 20% in the cost of decommissioning compared with ...

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