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Time for Action – Off-Payroll Working April 2020 is Coming!

Whilst I feel it is hard to imagine that any contractor or employer is not aware of the Off-Payroll Working (IR35) changes that are due to be implemented on the 6th April 2020, recognising and acting on the window of change is quite a different matter. As I write we are 21 working weeks (taking out 2 weeks for Xmas and New Year) or 105 working days away from the 6th April implementation date! So, either way the reality is that we are well into the window of change. Some commentators, contractors etc. are still hanging onto the hope that the [...]

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Project Management CV Writing – Keyword Bingo

At Arras People one of the key challenges practitioners ask us about is how best to get past the CV sifting stage of the application process. As an applicant, you have to think of it like a game of keyword bingo. You know the one? When you make a list of keywords and phrases and tick them off as they get said, with the winner being the person who ticks of the most. Writing your CV with this in mind can help you with your job application. But to win this game you’ll have to do more than just litter your CV with keywords and phrases. So what [...]

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Is AI the Key to Reducing the UK’s Working Hours?

On Linkedin recently I have been seeing a lot of people talking about how we can reduce the number of hours that we work, with the idea being that a reduction of hours and more free time will lead to us being happier and healthier and therefore increasing productivity when we are working. Some of the methods I have seen suggested include things like unlimited paid holiday and flexi-time. Recently at the Labour Party conference, they announced that if elected they would implement a 4 day week. Reducing full-time weekly working hours to just 32 [...]

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Project Management Q&A: Getting the Best Day Rate

As a Project Management Contractor, what steps can I take to help me maximise my day rate? As a professional you should always have an idea of what you are worth in the current market if you are going to be effective in tracking down and securing the right kind of opportunities. Having a clear picture of your day rate will certainly make you appear professional when talking to recruiters and potential clients and also help you filter out the relevant opportunities. It should also save the embarrassment of trying to negotiate your rate after an [...]

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Project Challenge

Project Challenge is returning on the 26th September at the London Olympia. As always the event is FREE to enter and you can pre-register online. The expo is one of the UK’s leading independent show for projects, programmes, processes and resource with 24 high-quality presentations to chose from. As well as the presentations Arras People will of course be exhibiting once again. This is a great chance for you to chat to us in person and talk about your project management career and how we can help you progress it (we won’t’ be taking [...]

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Changing Sectors in Project Management

Many Project Management practitioners consider changing sectors at some point in their career with the most common reasons including: To broaden their experience and skill set To increase their earning capacity To follow up a passion they have for a certain sector or domain To avoid an economic downturn in their current sector Like all change, moving from a situation where you have lots of knowledge and experience to one where you don’t can appear daunting, but it should not be impossible. Despite many organisations and recruiters focussing [...]

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Contractor to Agency Worker

With the proposed Off-Payroll Worker April 2020 legislation still on the cards, one of the consequences that many project management practitioners will face is the prospect of losing their status as a Contractor and becoming an Agency Worker! This change in status will be part of a package of blows that project management practitioners who currently work through a PSC (Personal Services Company) will face if they are deemed to be IN-Scope of the legislation come April 2020. Their PSC (Limited Company) will become redundant if the pattern seen [...]

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Project Q&A: Getting Your Mojo Back

After five years of minimal pay rises and development opportunities, I feel I’ve become stagnated and unmotivated in my role. How can I get my “mojo” back? You’re not alone, many project practitioners (and others in the world of work) find it hard to remain enthusiastic in their current positions when they feel under rewarded with no promotion or progression opportunities on the horizon. The way I see it is you have two options – stay and explore how to make the best of the current opportunity, or look to move on and find a new [...]

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Is Project Management Really an Ageing Profession?

Over recent years Project Management has gained a reputation for having an ageing population. This was one of the statistics that caught my eye recently when I was looking over the 2019 PMBR. As you can see by the figure below the percentage of 50 to 59 is 36%. By far the largest age group of practitioners in the UK. If we compare this from previous years of the PMBR we can see the practitioner pool is getting older year on year (see: Age Demographic of UK Project Management Practitioners figure below) Traditionally project management has [...]

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Writing a Great PMO CV

We started off down a path to finding a great PMO role, so far we’ve looked at what it is you’re actually selling in the employment market and then we’ve started with the background prep we need to do before starting to write a CV. Both of these steps are crucial if we want to find a great PMO role – without them we’ll just be making application after application without really understanding the chance we have in landing one of those roles. You’ll be scattergunning your CV all over town and getting more wound up that you’re not [...]

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