Are You Ready for the Imminent IR35 Reform?

This year brings the introduction of the IR35 reform in the private sector. If your business is engaged with contract workers, you can expect to see some changes around how you hire – but, the reform is manageable. If you’re worried about the impact of this reform, keep reading as we have some insight that will prepare you. IR35 changes after April 6th 2021 Similar to the IR35 changes that occurred in 2017 in the public sector, the private sector will see contractors working for medium-large …

Get Excited Now By These Microsoft Ignite 2021 Announcements

This year the Microsoft Ignite conference hosted a 48-hour virtual event for over 150,000 tech leaders and practitioners. Here’s a recap of the major announcements: Microsoft Mesh Self-declared as their next big “whoa”, Microsoft Mesh promises to bring geographically dispersed teams together in the most connected way yet. It is a mixed reality platform that allows people to virtually travel countries and feel as though they’re present in the same room as people on different continents.  This …

How the New UK Skilled Worker Sponsorship System Works

This year, changes have been made to the UK’s sponsorship system, the tier 2 (General) visa has been replaced by a skilled worker visa. If you’re an employer and are wondering what the new rules and costs are for sponsoring an employee from overseas, including EU nationals, here’s our sponsorship guide.  What’s the process? Here’s a summary of how to sponsor a skilled worker in 2021:  Companies that wish to sponsor workers need to obtain a sponsor licence. To do this, …

What Implications Will Brexit Have on Employment Contract Law?

In 2016 the UK voted to leave the EU and after four long years of negotiations, a deal was finally struck on Christmas eve last year. The UK officially left its largest trading bloc on 31st December, and many employers are now wondering what implications this will have on employment contract law.  The short answer is that not a lot is expected to change. While Brexit does provide the UK with a certain amount of freedom to deviate from the former EU employment laws, it’s unlikely we will see …

What are the Pros and Cons of Recruiting Permanent and Temporary Staff?

Do you have a D365 project that you need to resource but are unsure whether to recruit temporary or permanent staff? A lot of employers opt for a combination of the two, as this allows businesses to accommodate for seasonal highs and lows. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to decide whether temporary or permanent recruitment is the best option. At Conspicuous, we know it all comes down to your unique situation, so it’s best to make sure you’re in the know about the pros and cons of each. …

Remote Onboarding: How to Make a New Remote Employee Feel Welcome

Hiring virtual employees has become the new norm. This means that a positive onboarding process is more crucial than ever. Obviously, an effective onboarding process is essential if you want to give your new employees a big warm welcome, but how do you achieve this when your new recruits are based at home?  In this post we’re going to give you the low-down on how to your current strategy. The goal is to ensure you give your new virtual team members everything they need to feel comfortable …

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10 Steps Towards an Effective Workplace Diversity Policy

Workplace diversity and inclusion are vital to healthy and effective businesses and improving them has key benefits for your company. Ultimately, having a diverse workforce with employees from all walks of life will: Equip your business with a wide range of experience and skills Give you a higher chance of solving critical problems faster, and Make you more attractive to potential employees.  It’s no surprise then that, according to some research, companies with significantly diverse …

Dynamics 365 Commerce

What Is Dynamics 365 Commerce? The Ultimate Guide for New Clients

Are you a retailer looking to elevate your brand? Are you striving to provide a more , frictionless shopping experience across your physical and digital channels? If so, a possible solution could be to use Dynamics 365 Commerce by Microsoft to build a custom retail solution for your business that elevates some of your main problems.  To do this, you will first need to understand the core challenges your customers face, work out what possible solutions to those challenges could look …

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Microsoft Inspire Sees Launch of AI-powered Dynamics 365 Retail & Anti-fraud Services

Microsoft Inspire 2020, Microsoft’s global partner network annual live event has joined the tsunami of conferences that have been taking place not in an exhibition centre, but on Teams and Zoom, as the conference has taken place this week and is running a huge number of virtual sessions online. One of the big pieces of news to come out of the first day is that Microsoft are making AI-powered improvements to Dynamics 365. Microsoft Inspire gave us news about Connected Store, which launched …

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The Four Questions You Need To Stop Asking in Interviews… And Four You *Should* Ask

Are you an employer? Involved in the recruitment process?  Getting the right formula for your interviews is difficult.  Different companies have different methods, promoting their own secret recruitment sauce.  At Conspicuous, we respect our clients’ and partners’ right to interview how they believe best fits their interest. That said, if you are asking any of the following questions during job interviews, you might be scaring away potentially great candidates, leaving …