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A guide to a career in the catering industry

Statistics show that one third of people who work in the catering industry do it because they’re passionate about food. But, what makes this industry an attractive one to work in and what is recruitment currently like in the sector? We’ve teamed up with the Seaton Lane Inn, a modern country pub in Seaham, to...
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What is the gender pay gap?

The gender pay gap is the difference between a man and woman’s average weekly earnings, based on equivalent hours and job roles. In 2015, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released it’s latest figures in the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, which showed that their figures had shrunk to 9.4% from 9.6%. However, this...
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A guide to: job hunting at Christmas

It’s finally December and Christmas is coming! For many of us, Christmas is a time to take a well-earned break from the stresses of work and spend some quality time with our families. While taking a break is important, if you are looking for a new job then there is no reason why you should...
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A guide to: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is about raising awareness and funding to support those people affected by the disease. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, with one person being diagnosed every ten minutes. According to the latest figures, one in eight women in the UK will develop...
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A Guide To: Negotiating Your Salary

Negotiating your salary early on in a new job can seem daunting. Asking for a better deal after someone has offered you a career – maybe even the career of your dreams – seems almost wrong. Because of this it is important to remember that salary negotiations are a very normal part of business. It’s...
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Is a career in HR for you?

Article provided by Jo Sweetland, Mananing Partner, Green Park Human Resources (HR) is an industry growing fast in popularity, with the ONS estimating over 30,000 more people working in HR last year than five years earlier. However, with increased industry specialism and new career paths opening, it can seem a difficult profession to navigate and...
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A guide to: Maternity leave and your rights

Statutory maternity leave in the UK is one of the best in the world in terms of the amount of leave women are entitled to. Recent research, conducted by Instant Offices, found that the UK is one of the top five countries to offer the most maternity leave. In the UK legally, mothers are allowed...
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What is the Human Rights Act?

The Human Rights Act is a UK law passed in 1998.  It lets you defend your rights in UK courts and compels public organisations (including the Government, police and local councils) to treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect. The Act can be used by every person resident in the UK regardless of whether or...
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