• Although not without it challenges, moving abroad to work offers so many benefits. But what about the kids, is it really great for them? Well, according to those surveyed for the Expat Explorer Survey, one of the leading ex-pat surveys conducted annually by Mori for HSBC, two in five expat parents note that their children are more...Read more »
  • Achieving economic and workplace equality for women is an ongoing battle worldwide, with certain key sectors, such as technology, dominated by male cultures. However, it might be a surprise for many to learn that the United Arab Emirates is trying to lead the way in empowering women. Although there are still major challenges to overcome, the...Read more »
  • For most of us relocating abroad and finding a new job is too daunting to even think about. However, you might be surprised to know that with the right planning, research and of course mind-set, it can be done without any major stress. The old adage ‘fail to prepare; prepare to fail’ is definitely key here. Right from the start it’s...Read more »
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a very broad term and can mean many things to many people. Often, although seen as necessary, CSR plans end up as all words and no action. However, there is growing evidence which highlights the many benefits of developing a CSR action plan - with the emphasis on action - and it’s not just the trees...Read more »
  • If you want to get ahead in the Gulf region, then you need to understand how business is done, as norms and practices vary greatly from a European or US perspective. The region is so diverse in geography, ethnicity, religion and cultural practice it is necessary to learn the unique details of the economy and culture of each individual country...Read more »
  • The renewable energy sector has seen rapid growth over recent years, driven largely by increased investment and significant reductions in manufacturing and installation costs. This growth has led to nearly 10 million people being employed in the renewable energy sector last year, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) announced...Read more »
  • For many, the move towards digital currency is a revolution we have all been waiting for. The belief being that this revolution would allow people or institutions to transfer funds instantly, securely and without a middleman. It offers the potential to expand international commerce, support financial inclusion, and transform how we shop, save...Read more »
  • For many, Donald Trump’s recently announced withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement was seen as a major set-back to the move towards a global transition to renewable energy. However, latest reports have led to analysts warning that the US’s withdrawal risked the US being left behind in the fast-moving transition to a low-carbon...Read more »
  • The rest of 2017 promises to be eventful for recruitment with much of it likely to be dominated by Brexit, and the impact the UK’s decision to leave the EU has on both organisations’ hiring plans and restrictions around people coming to the country. With the aftermath of Brexit and political and economic uncertainty plaguing the...Read more »
  • Economies in the Middle East may be synonymous with the oil sector, but with the oil industry being somewhat troubled in the past few months, Middle East economies have been offered some relief thanks to rising growth outside of the oil sector. The new head of the International Monetary Fund’s Middle East and Central Asia Department Jihad...Read more »
  • The first data to be published under the new mandatory Gender Pay Gap rules has already been made available, within weeks of the new legislation coming into force. Under the rules, large organisations with more than 250 employees must calculate mean and median earnings for both genders, as well as reporting on bonuses paid and the...Read more »
  • Founded in 1904, the Association Of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is one of the world’s largest and most popular accountancy bodies with 188,000 members and 480,000 students in over 170 countries around the globe. Thought of by many as the world’s most forward-thinking accountancy body, its ACCA professional qualification is globally...Read more »
  • The Middle East may be at the centre of the world’s oil and gas industry, but as the world looks towards more sustainable energy sources thanks to concerns about climate change, green finance continues to grow strongly in the region. In fact, green bonds, which are bonds that fund businesses and assets that are environmentally friendly have...Read more »
  • Dubai has become a model for a sustainable and green economy, according to HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the managing director and chief executive officer of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). His comments were made to coincide with Earth Day 2017, which took place on Saturday, April 22nd worldwide, with a week of educational...Read more »
  • The government has published guidance for businesses on how they might be affected by the Great Repeal Bill, the piece of legislation that will transfer EU laws into domestic British law at the moment of Brexit, and in the months leading up to the moment when the UK finally leaves the EU. Although Article 50 has now been filed, it...Read more »
  • Business consultancy Great Place to Work has identified trust and respect from managers as two of the key factors for employers in attracting the best people into the workplace throughout the Gulf States, as part of newly published research from the organisation. Great Place to Work reports globally on workplaces with high levels of...Read more »
  • April 2017 sees the introduction of mandatory gender pay gap reporting in the UK, with about 9,000 of the largest firms in the country required to track and publish the difference between average male and female remuneration in their workforce. The new rules came into effect on April 6th for companies with 250 or more employees,...Read more »
  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is poised to become the financial technology capital of the Gulf region, according to reports, but there are still some questions about how well equipped the UAE is to achieve this. 'Fintech' has already passed through its first wave as an emerging market and reached considerable maturity on a global...Read more »
  • The latest Labour Market Survey figures from the Office for National Statistics show employment is at a record high, with nearly three quarters of working-age people in the UK currently in work. It relates to the three months ending January 2017, during which time 74.6% of people aged 16-64 were in work, equalling the highest figure...Read more »
  • The Middle East was once perceived as an economy based solely on oil, and while its natural resources undoubtedly have shaped its fortunes in the past, the region's business landscape has evolved to encompass everything from financial services to the modern digital economy. It is perhaps fitting that renewable...Read more »
  • What makes a great leader? The common answers to that question are often inward-looking - effective communication and guidance for the workforce, a keen focus on promoting the company's interests, and so on. But there is a case to be made for more outward-looking leadership too, and not only in the sense of working with external...Read more »