22nd June 2022

Meeting new regulations for diversity and inclusion : a five-point guide

New rules requiring disclosures from listed companies on gender and ethnic diversity at board and executive management level require a new approach.Many City firms are still digesting new FCA rules requiring more granular disclosures on gender and ethnic diversity in senior positions. Complying will in many cases require more rigour in both external recruiting and internal...

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16th June 2022

Rising cyber security threats are creating a perfect storm of demand for talent

We exist in a connected world, one faced with the daily challenge of protecting itself and its information from attack. The need for greater InfoSec and Cyber Security in businesses has created a very active market, where attracting and appointing talent is ever-more difficult.In this digital age, a world facilitated and run by technology, applications, and the information...

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14th March 2022

Improving diversity hiring outcomes in Financial Services

Diversity in financial services is being held back by outdated hiring methodsGender equality is moving in the right direction at UK investment banks and asset managers, it’s just happening at a slower rate than it should be.Gender pay gap data, though imperfect, is a useful barometer for progress. Women working at UK investment banks earn about 56% of their male...

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20th January 2022

Back to the office: changing working habits and their impact on productivity

In the post-pandemic corporate hierarchy of needs, consistency sits at the top.Last year’s government directive to “work from home if you can” heralded a softer touch than the previous year’s “everyone must work from home unless they are unable to do so”. Business leaders took note.Large corporates across financial services didn’t close their...

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6th October 2021

The changing role of Non-Executives in Private Equity

Within McLean’s Private Equity practice, we have witnessed the growing demand for Non-Executives who can additionally operate as a more hands on adviser, or ‘second CEO’ within portfolio businesses. The pandemic has further accelerated this trend and shown how critical these Non-Executive hybrids are as the board role has evolved.The changing role of a NED in private...

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17th September 2021

“Beyond the Usual Suspects”: Executive recruitment and the ongoing Diversity challenge

Results on diverse appointments have been slow in coming in both the private and public sectors. McLean Partnership Senior Partner Jonathan Swain explains why he’s optimistic new targets on diverse hiring will be met, but only if organisations and recruiters employ new methods to get beyond the usual suspects.Of all the ways to summarise the lack of progress UK business has...

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20th July 2021

Universities join the swelling ranks of institutions looking to land as a catalyst for change

A growing number of British institutions are repurposing land for an economy reshaped by the pandemic Universities in particular are now embarking on projects on an unprecedented scale, sparking demand from skills from non-traditional pools of talent.It’s easy to see why John Lewis’s foray into the private rented sector generated a big splash in the newspapers over the...

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