Buying a house is one of the most important milestones in a person’s life, so it’s crucial to get it right. Government support, low mortgage interest rates, an increased emphasis on working from home, and better quality of life have given a boost to the sector. The property market of 2021 is shaping up to be savage — so, is now a good time to buy a house?

Property prices

In the last year, The UK house price index has revealed a steady increase in house prices. The latest house price index by Halifax revealed that average house prices in the UK saw a record high of £254,606 in March. As reported by Nationwide, London has been the worst-performing region with the weakest growth of its annual prices, and the northwest has been the strongest performing region. …


Women’s rights across the years…

Only a century ago, women were not allowed to do things we readily take for granted today such as own property, open a bank account, or have a beer at a pub unchaperoned. Today, although things look better than ever, there is a lot to be done to achieve true equality.

From joining the Fortune 500 CEOs to going into space, women have achieved many successes in the workplace, and despite all the struggles, we have seen a lot of progress.

In 2018 we celebrated 100 years of the suffragette movement — the amazing women…


When we went into lockdown, we all worried about what we would do without pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, holidays, theatres, and everything that keeps us busy.

The individual worlds we used to live in are suddenly becoming less significant and we are beginning to appreciate the simpler things in life. The changes in our lives have prompted new perspectives — we are appreciating things we once took for granted but that we now miss dearly — it has made us realize how much we have in our lives to be grateful about.

In addition, the pandemic has made us stop and…


Thank you Kristin for your lovely words! I hope you are doing well, I would love to hear your experience with your new baby too :)


On 24/03/2020 my sweet baby, Nina, was born. The baby which was part of my body for nine months is now a little human. When her body left mine and I first saw her, I felt a type of love I’ve never experienced before, beyond what words can explain. Tears rolled down my eyes as I stared at my little chubby baby. She was so calm and the instant I held her in my arms, I felt purpose.

Her birth didn’t turn out the way I planned. I was hoping for a water birth, but instead I ended up having…


The digital age brings opportunities, challenges and trends that are impacting organisations. It’s impossible to predict how artificial intelligence will evolve, but critics are fearful that it could replace HR professionals.

Could the HR function be handed over to robots?

The Deloitte Human Capital Trends research revealed that 38% of companies believe that AI will be fully implemented in their organisation within 5 years .

Research by PWC found that internationally, 50% of organisations are planning to invest in data analytics to find and develop talent and improve employee retention and 63% of them are re-thinking the role of Human…


The Challenge of Expatriate Compensation

Reward and pay are important factors for attracting, retaining and motivating employees. When developing an international reward programme it is important for organisations to ensure that the benefits outweigh the costs.

If it’s decided that an expatriate assignment is the best decision, the employee’s reward should be considered carefully to compensate the inconvenience of the international move. Nevertheless, employees should be also reminded of the benefits associated with the international assignment in terms of career prospects and personal development.

Should a reward strategy be developed centrally or should each subsidiary set its own strategy?

CIPD…


Today’s workforce is radically different from what organisations are used to managing in years past. The very nature of work is always online and the environment is location-agnostic.

Furthermore, we are seeing new attitudes to work and career: an increasing number of globe-trotting employees are daring to step out of their comfort zone in order to advance their career.

Unsurprisingly, a study by PWC found that international assignee levels have increased 25 percent in the last 10 years and by 2020 there is an estimated 50% growth.

Digital Transformation of Global Mobility

Technology is transforming business models and the workplace…


Around the world, over 2 billion people in more than 160 countries celebrate Christmas. You can find all sorts of traditions and celebrations around the world — but Christmas is more than that, it’s also about food. What is served for Christmas around the world varies greatly, with the usual roasted Turkey rarely seen on the table. These traditional Christmas dishes from around the world provide an insight into the various ways that people celebrate and indulge in the holiday — perhaps inspire you try something different for your Yuletide feast this year!

Sweden

In Sweden, the Christmas smorgasbord (or…


The way we see the world as adults is developed from when we were children. The community in which we grow becomes our “home” and as we grow older, traveling makes us break from the comforts of it.

What happens though when you are a global nomad and your home is a rootless journey around the globe?

Expat children were once limited to a minority of the global population — children of ambassadors, diplomats, or members of the military. However, with international careers growing, this has expanded to multinational business people, global educators, missionaries, and more.

Globalisation has increased the…

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