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Seven in Ten of us Want a Career Change: Where does that leave Employers?

There is no doubt at all that the pandemic, and the measures taken to counteract it, has impacted people’s mental health. That is true not just in the UK but around the world – and with the threat of yet another wave this winter, the situation could well get worse before it gets better.

Unsurprisingly, many people used lockdown to re-evaluate what they wanted from their life and their work. Last summer, the Independent reported that half the workforce in the UK was considering a change of job – with the medical profession, teaching and landscape gardening top of the wish list. The general feeling was that ‘life was too short’ to be doing a job people didn’t like. 

It would be easy to dismiss that as an initial reaction to the pandemic and lockdown. By early 2021, however, even more people were looking to change jobs, with the website reporting that more than 70% of people wanted a change of direction. Flexible working, the option of being able to work from home and working for a company that ‘shared my values’ were all high on the list of boxes to be ticked. 

So far, so understandable – but if we look at the situation from an employer’s point of view it is very worrying. ‘The war for talent’ has almost become a cliché among HR professionals and employers are going further and further to recruit and retain the best people. 

One UK company – London stockbroker Finncapp – is set to offer the ultimate employee perk from next year, in a bid to counter staff burnout. The company will offer unlimited holiday, with staff having to take a minimum of four weeks leave, plus ‘two or three days’ every quarter. Unlimited paid leave has to date largely been the preserve of US tech companies, but it is gradually starting to appear in the UK. 

One of the early pioneers of the practice was Netflix (named one of the world’s best employers by Forbes) with staff allowed to take as much holiday as they want. Days off are not tracked: it is purely down to individual employees. 

In theory the practice should work well – but in practice many firms have found that staff actually took less time off. As Rishi Sunak recently commented, the people who tend to get promoted are the ones that are in the office. 

It is undeniable that the pandemic has brought changes in working practices that are not going to go away. Young people entering the workforce want very different things to their parents’ generation. The problems for employers will persist – but so will problems for employees. We are clearly going to see more people changing jobs in the future. They will work for a variety of different employers and may well have career gaps. That is going to make financial planning around areas such as pensions and mortgages more important than ever. 

Remember that we are always here to answer your questions: whether that is about your own career and financial planning – or the future careers of your children.

Strains and Stresses in Public Sector working

As public sector organisations seek to cut costs to cope with immediate reductions in funding, and in anticipation of the funding constraints being imposed during most of the current medium term planning period, the workforce is feeling the squeeze.
According to a recent Badenoch & Clark survey, 25.1 per cent of public sector workers have been forced to work extra hours. The survey found that staff aged between 45 and 54 have been particularly affected, with almost a third saying their working hours have been increased since the downturn.

It has been suggested that workers have been forced to put in extra hours to cope with job losses within organisations and to keep them running efficiently. They may also be finding that performance requirements are becoming more challenging, especially when linked to effective outputs and outcomes, and to economic cost and value measures.
The survey also found that almost two thirds of public sector workers have no plans to leave their job with 28.1 per cent citing a good work/life balance as an important factor that encourages them to stay in the sector. This may become less of an attraction.

It has not been unusual for public sector staff to work beyond their hours, particularly those who have development or delivery roles and functions, interfacing with the public and other sectors. What may be different now is that those more embedded in the bureaucracy (in administrative and support positions, predominantly office based – regarded by many observers as ‘nine-to-five’ jobs), may be feeling the pinch. The introduction in many public sector organisations of ‘flexitime’ working, may now, under pressure, be contributing to ‘stretched-hours’ working.

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The Concept Team

Financial Planner – Have you got what it takes?

Financial Planner
We have an exciting opportunity for an individual to progress their career in a ‘new model’ environment who wants to offer true financial planning to their clients.

This is an employed position with a basic salary and a 6 month probation period.

The Company
Concept Financial Planning was established with a desire to do things differently. Our two areas of focus are our Clients and our Advice. We have invested heavily in technology to enable us to deliver a consistent client experience and allow us to spend more time with our clients and less time on routine administrative tasks. Our business model is built around ISO22222 standards and we pride ourselves on delivering a service proposition we are very proud of and one which we believe is ready for the Retail Distribution Review.

The Role
• Qualified to Level 4 Diploma minimum
• Experience of working in a fee based environment
• Existing client bank
• Networking both face to face and through social media
• Full time role based in Reigate office
• Ability to work to ISO22222 standards and work towards the certification

The Individual
The successful candidate will need to have professional attitude with good interpersonal skills and a commercial approach to good quality business production.

Please email your CV in the first instance to

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